BEIJING, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- The following is a summary of published science and technology news of China.
A new study on an extinct ant species revealed that the animal used to be a solitary hunter some 100 million years ago.
According to an article published in the journal Current Biology, an insect called haidomyrmecine, or hell ant, was captured in tree resin and found preserved in amber dating back 100 million years.
After analyzing the amber specimen, scientists from China, the United States and France found that the amber had captured a predation attempt. The study revealed the hell ant can prey independently in a way that existing ants can't.
WATER ENVIRONMENT RESTORING
A remote sensing study shows that the water environment of the Jiuzhaigou scenic spot in southwest China's Sichuan Province has started to recover after being hit by an earthquake, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
Jiuzhaigou National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its spectacular waterfalls, lush forests and serene plateau lakes, was hit by a 7.0-magnitude quake on Aug. 8, 2017.
Chinese researchers have developed an antimicrobial coating with effective protection lasting up to six months, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences.