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China science, technology news summary -- Jan. 14

Xinhua
14 Jan 2022, 16:18 GMT+10

BEIJING, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- The following is a summary of published science and technology news of China.

MUCUNA FOSSIL

Chinese and Vietnamese researchers have discovered Mucuna fossil pods dating back approximately 10 million years in northern Vietnam, according to a recent research article published in the Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology.

Mucuna is a pantropical genus with approximately 105 extant species of climbing lianas and shrubs in the legume family, the third-largest family of flowering plants. It is widely distributed in pantropical areas, with its center of diversity located in Asia.

HIGH-TECH SMES

More than 200,000 new high-tech small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be cultivated by the end of 2025 as China strives to foster a favorable environment for the growth of such firms, according to a notice recently issued by the Ministry of Science and Technology.

China will, in particular, boost the development of innovative sci-tech SMEs featuring key technologies, research personnel, high-value intellectual property rights, and high research input, according to the notice.

NEW FINDINGS ON PREHISTORIC HUMAN

China's National Cultural Heritage Administration Thursday released the latest archaeological findings in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, shedding light on prehistoric human activities in the region.

At a prehistoric site in Ngari Prefecture, archaeologists discovered continuous stratigraphic accumulations and unearthed over 5,000 pieces of relics, including a large quantity of stoneware, a small number of animal bones, and burnt stones, as well as fire and ash pits.

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