> Dutch students devise carbon-eating electric vehicle
A student team from the Eindhoven University of Technology, in the Netherlands, created a special sporty all-electric car resembling a BMW coupe, but is unique: It captures more carbon than it emits.
Called ZEM, for zero emission mobility, the two-seater houses a Cleantron lithium-ion battery pack, and most of its parts are 3D-printed from recycled plastics, said Jens Lahaije, finance manager for TU/ecomotive.
The goal is to minimize carbon dioxide emitted during the car's full lifespan, from manufacturing to recycling, he added.
ZEM uses two filters that can capture up to 2 kilograms of CO2 over 20,000 miles of driving, the Eindhoven team estimated.
They imagine a future when filters can be emptied at charging stations.
An employee of an auto parts manufacturer answers a tax official's queries on production in Fuzhou, Fujian province, on June 1. [Photo by XIE GUIMING/FOR CHINA DAILY]
> China's tax, fee cuts, deferrals inject market vitality
The country's accumulated tax refunds, tax and fee cuts, and tax and fee deferrals this year topped 3.3 trillion yuan as of Aug. 31, according to the State Taxation Administration.
These preferential policies have taken effect in easing the financial burden on enterprises, value-added tax invoices data shows.
From April to August, the sales revenue of enterprises that received VAT credit refunds increased by 6.9 percent year-on-year, 4.6 percentage points higher than enterprises that did not get the refunds.
During the same period, sales revenue of manufacturing enterprises that received VAT credit refunds expanded by 7.5 percent year-on-year, 4.2 percentage points higher than enterprises that did not.
Small and micro firms are the major beneficiaries of tax and fee preferential policy package, accounting for 93.1 percent of the taxpayers getting VAT credit refunds during that period.
> Global cooperation key in preventing online fraud
Telecom fraud is a common transnational form of organized crime that has become a global public hazard, with scammers often targeting citizens from a different country, seriously infringing on their rights and interests and the security of their property.