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Danish Novozymes Signs MOU for Production of Cellulosic Biofuel in China

Today, Danish Novozymes, and the two Chinese partners COFCO and Sinopec, signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering the next steps towards commercialization of cellulosic biofuel in China. As part of the agreement, COFCO and Sinopec will build a cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant for which Novozymes will supply with enzymes. The new plant comes online in…

Finland celebrates Its EXPO 2010 Pavilion Day

Finnish President Tarja Halonen announced the opening of the Finland Pavilion Day this morning at the Expo Center. Halonen said this year marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Finland and China, and China is now Finland’s leading trade partner in Asia and fourth-largest partner worldwide. She noted “there is still a lot of…

Danes Turns Buck on the Back of Japan PM’s Fashion

When pictures of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s multi-colored button down shirt started spreading on the Internet, people around the world cringed. But not Peter Crawfurd and Michael Yang with own company in China. They saw brilliance. “Extraordinary,” said Danish Yang, of PM Hatoyama’s purple, red, yellow, blue and green shirt. “That’s exactly what we see…

Chinese Lunar Calendar Doesn’t Work in Sweden

If you’re among the parents-to-be who’ve used one of the increasingly popular online Chinese calendar charts to predict your baby’s sex, a University of Michigan epidemiologist recommends that you hold off on painting the nursery pink or blue.   Sven Cnattingius and Tobias Svensson of the Karolinska Institute and Hospital in Stockholm, and Dr. Eduardo Villamor…

Norway Pavilion is a Solar Powered “Forest”

Helen & Hard’s extraordinary pavilion for Norway at this year’s World Expo Fair 2010 in Shanghai is a forest of fascination! Called “Norway Powered by Nature,” the structure is a solar powered landscape consisting of 15 independently functioning “trees” which at end-of-life can pack flat and be shipped away to each become part of a…

King Carl Gustaf Led the Celebrations of the Sweden Pavilion Day

The Shanghai World Expo celebrated Sweden Pavilion Day yesterday. Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf led a delegation of 50 people, including the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Maud Olofsson, to join in the celebrations. Shanghai Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng congratulated the nation on the occasion. He said the Sweden Pavilion, with the theme of “Spirit of…

Danish Mountaineer Dies in Tibet

A Dane and two other foreign mountaineers have reportedly died and one was injured while trying to explore mountains in Tibet during this spring mountaineering seanon, according to the China Tibet Mountaineering Association (CTMA) Friday morning. Tom Jørgensen, a 56 year-old Danish mountaineer, died on the way back to Zham Port in Tibet on May…

‘Mathilde Maersk’ largest vessel ever to call Vietnam

Vietnam has witnessed the largest ship ever to call at her shores. The ‘Mathilde Maersk’ made its inaugural call as part of Maersk Line’s new direct service between South Vietnam and the US West Coast on its Trans-Pacific 6 string.‘Mathilde Maersk’ measures 367 metres long and can carry about 9,000 TEUs. Together with 13 sister…