LONDON， Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Work started Monday on what will be the world's most sophisticated polar research ship， named after a man regarded as the world's greatest naturalist.
Backed by 244 million U.S. dollars worth of government investment， the RSS Sir David Attenborough is Britain's largest investment in polar science since the 1980s.
At a ceremony held in the Cammell Laird shipyard on the River Mersey near Liverpool， an audience of 1，000 people watched as Attenborough， 90， laid the keel at the start of the ship building project that will lead to sea trials starting in 2018.
Saying the new vessel was named after a man regarded as a national treasure and a global icon， British Minister of State for Universities， Science， Research and Innovation Jo Johnson hailed Attenborough as "a man whose insatiable curiosity， boundless enthusiasm and countless adventures have inspired generations."
"It may be thoroughly unusual to name a vessel after a person who is alive and well， but I can't think of anyone more deserving of this honor，" said the minister at the ceremony.
He said the polar research ship will inspire young and old with its pioneering research missions in the cold of the Antarctic and the Arctic.
Johnson said the research findings gathered will help policymakers to take on some of the world's greatest challenges， such as climate change， rising sea levels and declining marine biodiversity. Like her namesake， this ship will teach people about life on earth.
"Scientists on board will make discoveries that change our understanding of our world. This is important research. The polar regions are the areas where we first see the impact of climate change，" he said.
"That's why the work carried out on the RRS Sir David Attenborough is so crucial. When it's fully operational， this ship will enable pioneering research in the Arctic and Antarctic for the next 25 years or more，" the minister said.
The new polar research ship， commissioned by Britain's Natural Environment Research Council， will be operated by the British Antarctic Survey in the polar regions.
Photo taken on Sept. 29 Nike VaporMax Laceless Mens , 2017 shows archaeologists working on Keros Island in Greece. Archaeologists unearthed new findings on the Aegean Sea island of Keros during excavations in 2017, Greece's Culture Ministry announced on Jan. 24, 2018. The findings reveal that locals in the early Bronze Age had far more sophisticated architectural and technical expertise than initially thought. (XinhuaGreek Ministry of Culture)
ATHENS, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Archaeologists unearthed new findings on the Aegean Sea island of Keros during excavations in 2017 Cheap Nike VaporMax Triple Black Mens , Greece's Culture ministry announced on Wednesday.
The findings reveal that locals in the early Bronze Age had far more sophisticated architectural and technical expertise than initially thought.
Keros is a small uninhabited island of 15 square km, located about 10 km south of Naxos, belonging to the Cyclades islands group. It is known as an important site for the Cycladic civilization which flourished around 3200-2000 BC.
Archaeologists of the British School of Athens, digging under permit from the ministry Nike VaporMax Triple Black Mens Sale , so far have brought to light the settlement of Daskalio next to the prehistoric sanctuary and thousands of flat-faced marble figurines. The fragmented statues are believed to have been deposited on Keros during rituals 4,000 years ago.
Last summer's excavations on Keros, conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Cambridge, the Ephorate of the Cyclades and the Cyprus Institute Nike VaporMax Triple Black Mens , focused on Daskalio where researchers found an imposing series of structures than previously thought, according to the ministry.
"The new findings show that Daskalio was covered by unique monumental constructions built with stones brought from Naxos," it said.
It is believed to have been the largest known settlement in area at the time, the ministry stressed.
Beneath the terraces Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 Mens Sale , scientists participating in the project, co-directed by British Prof. Colin Renfrew, found an advanced complex of channels used either to carry water or as part of a drainage system.
Nearby experts discovered two workshops containing items which indicate that prehistoric residents were skilled in metallurgy.
Scientists will also further examine in coming months the food traces found, which included burnt seeds of grapes Cheap Nike Air VaporMax 2.0 Mens , olives, figs and cereals, as well as remains of legumes and almonds.
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BEIJING, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Liu Dawei, an artist who specializes in traditional Chinese painting, was re-elected the president of the Chinese Artists Association (CAA) here on Wednesday.
A total of 225 fine artists were elected to form the association's council by 441 delegates at its eighth national congress Nike VaporMax CS Mens , which ran through Monday to Wednesday.
Wang Mingming and 13 others were elected vice-president.
Liu said that fine art in China has seen a new dawn and the CAA is very confident about the art form's future.
Liu, 68, was first elected CAA president in 2008. He was taught by renowned Chinese painters such as Ye Qianyu, Jiang Zhaohe Nike Air VaporMax 97 Mens , Li Keran, Wu Zuoren and Huang Zhou, and excels in depicting historical events and the life of minority groups in north China.
Dozens of his works have been exhibited in China and abroad. His "Playing Polo" was acquired by ex-International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch.
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