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Taiwan: Country in East Asia
Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC), is a state in East Asia. Neighbouring states include the People's Republic of China (PRC) to the north-west, Japan to the north-east, and the Philippines to the south. The island of Taiwan has an area of 35,808 square kilometres (13,826 sq mi), with mountain ranges dominating the eastern two-thirds and plains in the western third, where its highly urbanised population is concentrated. Taipei is the capital and largest metropolitan area. Other major cities include Kaohsiung, Taichung, Tainan and Taoyuan. With 23.7 million inhabitants, Taiwan is among the most densely populated states, and is the most populous state and largest economy that is not a member of the United Nations (UN).

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Cosmic rays may be the source of biological 'handedness'

Interaction between cosmic rays and early life-forms may be responsible for the fundamental property of chirality, or "handedness," in biological molecules.

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First-ever mobile coronavirus test lab made from shipping containers: study [Video]

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Researchers from the U.K. have developed the first-ever shipping container lab for COVID-19 testing that features a mobile, low cost, scalable and open-source design.

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Unusual neutrino signals caught in the Antarctic, explained [Video]

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A team of scientists discovered unusual signals caused by high-energy neutrinos. Their cause is unknown.

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NASA renames its next-gen telescope after woman chief astronomer credited with launching the Hubble telescope [Video]

NASA renames its next-gen telescope after woman chief astronomer credited with launching the Hubble telescope

NASA has renamed its next-generation Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope after Nancy Roman, the agency's first chief astronomer known as the Mother of Hubble.

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Scientists create mice chimeras with an unprecedented amount of human cells: study [Video]

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A group of astronomers has successfully captured an image of the birth of two planets orbiting the star PDS 70.

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Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen says no to 'one country, two systems' [Video]

Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen says no to 'one country, two systems'

After inauguration for second term, island's president says Taiwan and China must find peaceful way to coexist.

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India and Bangladesh are evacuating millions before the path of Tropical Cyclone Amphan.

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Taiwan swears in President Tsai for second term [Video]

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President Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in for her second and final term on Wednesday in a ceremony at Taiwan's presidential palace in Taipei. Gloria Tso reports.

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Astronomers have discovered a red giant 3,500 light-years from Earth that could be one of the oldest stars in the cosmos.

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A melting Alaskan glacier may set off a landslide and trigger a tsunami in Prince William Sound, according to a public letter by climate scientists and geologists.

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The Moon will cast its shadow over parts of the Eastern Hemisphere from Africa and Eastern Europe to the Pacific in an annular solar eclipse on June 21.

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Chinese authorities in Hunan are currently investigating a baby product shop following reports of five children being diagnosed with rickets after consuming fake milk powder sold by the store.

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Taiwan wants to share its COVID-19 expertise, but seat at the table denied by Beijing [Video]

Taiwan wants to share its COVID-19 expertise, but seat at the table denied by Beijing

Taiwan wants to share its COVID-19 expertise, but seat at the table denied by Beijing

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Astronomers find rare super-Earth in Earth-like orbit [Video]

Astronomers find rare super-Earth in Earth-like orbit

Astronomers from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand have discovered a new "super-Earth" orbiting a star located near the Milky Way's "galactic bulge," a dense region of stars in the center of..

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China to conduct major military exercise in South China Sea: report [Video]

China to conduct major military exercise in South China Sea: report

China's People's Liberation Army Navy plans to conduct a large-scale amphibious assault drill off Hainan Island in August, according to the Japan Times.

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Taiwan's TSMC to build Arizona chip plant [Video]

Taiwan's TSMC to build Arizona chip plant

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd , the biggest contract chipmaker, said it plans to build a $12 billion factory in Arizona in an apparent win for the Trump administration's efforts to wrestle..

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Polar vortex brings springtime snow to the U.S. East Coast [Video]

Polar vortex brings springtime snow to the U.S. East Coast

The polar vortex dumped snow and cold Arctic air on parts of the northeast United States and Canada over Mother's Day weekend.

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Atomic testing during the Cold War affected rainfall patterns in Scotland [Video]

Atomic testing during the Cold War affected rainfall patterns in Scotland

The electric charge from radioactivity caused by atomic testing during the Cold War caused a rise in precipitation on Shetland, Scotland.

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