A new species of skink was discovered in the northwest of Vietnam by Vietnamese, Russian, and German scientists. The name of this new species, Darevsky’s Ground Skink Scincella darevskii Nguyen, Ananjeva, Orlov, Rybaltovsky & Boehme, 2010, is dedicated to the memory of the late Prof. Dr. Ilya S. Darevsky, a famous herpetologist of the Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia, in recognition of his great contributions to lizard systematics and training of many Vietnamese zoologists since 1970s.
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Nowadays, strong development and lack of pollutant control in many economic sectors have made environmental pollution more severe than ever before. Many industries such as consumer goods production and food process… have dismissed poisons that can damage human ecology and cause serious diseases for humans by their release into air, water resources. The development of nano technology, of which, typical material, nano TiO2 can help to clean the environment.
From 1999 to 2009, scientists from The Institute of Biotechnology, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, researched several technologies to detoxicate dioxin infected soil by bioremediation at old military bases in the central city of Da Nang. The results show that in laboratories or pilot fields from 0.5 to 100 cubic metres, the pasteurization effectiveness reached from 40 to 100 pgTEQ per day.
At the invitation of the head of the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), Dr. Doan Dinh Lam, head of the Sedimentary Research Department under the Institute of Geological Sciences participated in a summer survey at King George island in the South Pole from January 11th 2010 to February 8th 2010. The delegation conducted a geological survey and collected specimens at Barton and Weiver peninsulas and King George island.
In the framework of scientific and technological cooperation between the Institute of Natural Products Chemistry under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology and the Institute of Applied Chemistry under the Russian Scientific Center, in early 2007, a delegation from the Russian Scientific Center led by Leontyev V.S., Deputy General Director of the Center, paid a working visit to the Institute of Natural Products Chemistry. During the working visit, the two sides discussed possible cooperation areas, including the transfer of technology and devices to produce absolute ethyl alcohol without using chemical agents. This is advanced technology that was granted a patent by the Federation of Russia, possessed by the Russian Scientific Center.
The fluorescent X-ray spectrometer is widely used in the world to analyze ultimate compositions qualitatively and quantitatively independent from their chemical link. A notable advantage of this spectrometer is quick analysis that does not damage models which can exist in many different states such as solid, liquids or gas. At the end of 1989, Doctor Le Quang Huy and his colleagues at the Institute of Materials Science were successful in researching and manufacturing the first fluorescent X-ray spectrometer in Vietnam. Upon this, scientists have continued to research and upgrading products and promoting application in many provinces and cities in Vietnam with positive results achieved.