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China develops world’s first Graphene electronic paper

Chinese researchers have developed world’s first graphene electronic paper that will catapult the material to a new level.

It was developed by The Guangzhou OED Technologies in partnership with a company in Chongqing Province of China.

Key facts

  • Graphene e-paper is more pliable and has more intensity as compared to traditional e-papers. It has high-light transmittance means optical displays will be much brighter.
  • Compared with liquid crystal displays (LCDs), e-papers are thinner, bendable and energy efficient.
  • Mass production cost is much lower compared to traditional e-papers, which use the rare, expensive metal indium.

About Graphene

  • Graphene is the world’s strongest and lightest known material derived from carbon.
  • It can conduct heat and electricity. Its single layer is of 0.335 nanometers thickness.
  • It can be used to create hard or flexible Graphene displays and also can be used in electronic products such as e-readers and wearable smart devices.

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China successfully launches Kunpeng-1B sounding rocket

China has successfully launched the Kunpeng-1B sounding rocket equipped with a new altitude control system.

It was launched from a launch pad in Danzhou City in the southern Chinese Hainan Province.

About Kunpeng-1B sounding rocket

  • Kunpeng-1B sounding rocket is research rocket for carrying measurements in the upper atmosphere and to help in high-speed flight and space tourism research.
  • The rocket was made of new materials of flexible carbon fibre to enable easier flight. The head of the rocket was equipped with a new altitude control system.
  • Its falling ball experiment detection has important scientific significance as it will further help to study of low latitudes in the ionosphere and in the upper atmosphere.

Earlier China had launched its first Kunpeng-1 Sounding Rocket in April 2013.

About Sounding rockets: They are low-cost launch vehicles designed to carry scientific instruments that take measurements during the rocket’s sub-orbital flight. They are sometimes called a research rocket.

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Lobsang Sangey re-elected as PM of Tibetan Government-in-exile

The Tibetan government-in-exile has re-elected Lobsang Sangey (48) as the Prime Minister for a second consecutive term.

The election result was announced by the Tibetan election officials in the northern Indian town of Dharmsala which is the headquarters of the government-in-exile.

Sangey secured about 58 percent of the 58,740 votes cast. He defeated his only rival Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament by 9,012 votes.

The 2016 general election was the second election since the Dalai Lama had stepped down as head of the government-in-exile in 2011 to focus on his role as the Tibetans’ spiritual leader. Tibetans living in exile in 40 countries had casted their votes for this election.

Sangey was born in Darjeeling, West Bengal. He had completed his studies in Delhi, before going for higher education in the US. He was a senior Fellow at the Harvard Law School.

Tibet Issue

  • China says Tibet has historically been part of its territory since the mid-13th century and was governed the Communist Party since 1951.
  • Tibetans say that they were effectively independent for most of their history, and the Chinese government wants to exploit their resource-rich region and crush their cultural identity.
  • China had taken whole control of Tibet in 1959 and after a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule Dalai Lama and his followers have been living in exile in Dharmsala.
  • Currently China doesn’t recognize the Tibetan government-in-exile.

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