1. Brightest pulsar found in Large Magellanic Cloud
An international team of researchers claimed to have discovered the brightest pulsar ever found outside the Milky Way, which is 10 times brighter than any other pulsar found outside the Milky Way.
The new pulsar, named PSR J0523-7125, is located in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). A relevant study has been published in Astrophysical Journal.
2. Phage may cure multidrug-resistant infections
According to a study recently published in Nature Communications, phage therapy has proved effective in treating multidrug-resistant mycobacterium chelonella infections in immunocompromised patients by using a combination of antibiotics and surgery.
3. Sea grass can be global pool of organic carbon
A study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution showed that sucrose accumulation at the bottom of the sea grass bed was about 80 times higher than the previous marine record. It suggests that sea grass could be equivalent to a large global pool of organic carbon, presumably due to inhibition of the activity of microbes that break down carbon.
4. World's first Omicron variant vaccine enters clinical trials
On May 1, the first dose of an inactivated vaccine for the omicron variant of COVID-19, developed by Sinopharm, was administered in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. It is also the world's first inactivated vaccine against the Omicron variant to enter clinical trials.
5. Highest weather station set up on Qomolangma
Chinese researchers reached the top of Qomolangma on May 4 and installed the world's highest automatic weather station at an altitude of 8,800 meters to study the effects of climate change on the environment of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.
The feat allowed Chinese scientists to directly collect data for the first time from the summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain.