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Once a storied stop on the Silk Road, Xinjiang is now notable for vast re-education camps set up to turn the Uighurs faith in Islam to faith in the Chinese Communist Party. Rights groups say the Chinese government has detained hundreds of thousands of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities without trial.

Although the couple has lived in New York City since and are permanent residents in the U. He is believed to be under surveillance on a residential bail-like release, according to Wen Yunchao, a New York-based former political commentator and family friend. This means Lu could still face charges if, in the eyes of the authorities, he misbehaves.

VOA knows Wen as a credible source. Lu took to photography when he first held a camera in At the time, he was a year-old factory worker in Yongkang, his hometown in Zhejiang province. Intent on a photography career, he opened a portrait studio and started an advertising company before taking classes at the school now known as Fine Arts Academy of Tsinghua University in Beijing between and There, because of unsafe procedures used during a government-sponsored blood drive, many villagers were infected with HIV when they sold blood.

In some villages, up to 40 percent of the residents were seropositive, but received no help because China did not officially recognize the existence of AIDS within its borders in an era when it wanted foreign investment. Lu spent three years visiting more than of these villages, shooting tens of thousands of pictures. Those portraits earned him his first World Press Photo award in He is the first photographer from China to be invited to the U. In , he won a National Geographic Photography Grant. In , at the Prince Claus Awards ceremony in The Netherlands, Lu explained to the audience why he became a photographer.

I keep on finding those problems and hope to play some roles with my photos. But in covering controversial issues in China, Lu drew criticism for staging photos he presented as truthful documents of a moment. In , Lu was disqualified from entering a renowned Chinese photojournalism contest because the judges questioned his journalistic ethics.

That same year, the respected Chinese photojournalist He Yanguang alleged that Lu had admitted paying an addict in order to photograph him using drugs. Lu denied this. It won him the W. On Nov. She said he had been invited to meet with local photographers in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

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Metal Scrap 7 products available. Metal Pipes 2 products available. View complete range. Save time! Carbon can form very long chains of interconnecting carbon—carbon bonds , a property that is called catenation. Carbon-carbon bonds are strong and stable.

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Through catenation, carbon forms a countless number of compounds. A tally of unique compounds shows that more contain carbon than do not. The simplest form of an organic molecule is the hydrocarbon —a large family of organic molecules that are composed of hydrogen atoms bonded to a chain of carbon atoms. A hydrocarbon backbone can be substituted by other atoms, known as heteroatoms.

Common heteroatoms that appear in organic compounds include oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur, phosphorus, and the nonradioactive halogens, as well as the metals lithium and magnesium. Organic compounds containing bonds to metal are known as organometallic compounds see below.

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Certain groupings of atoms, often including heteroatoms, recur in large numbers of organic compounds. These collections, known as functional groups , confer common reactivity patterns and allow for the systematic study and categorization of organic compounds.

Chain length, shape and functional groups all affect the properties of organic molecules. In most stable compounds of carbon and nearly all stable organic compounds , carbon obeys the octet rule and is tetravalent , meaning that a carbon atom forms a total of four covalent bonds which may include double and triple bonds.

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Exceptions include a small number of stabilized carbocations three bonds, positive charge , radicals three bonds, neutral , carbanions three bonds, negative charge and carbenes two bonds, neutral , although these species are much more likely to be encountered as unstable, reactive intermediates. Carbon occurs in all known organic life and is the basis of organic chemistry. When united with hydrogen , it forms various hydrocarbons that are important to industry as refrigerants , lubricants , solvents , as chemical feedstock for the manufacture of plastics and petrochemicals , and as fossil fuels.

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When combined with oxygen and hydrogen, carbon can form many groups of important biological compounds including sugars , lignans , chitins , alcohols , fats , and aromatic esters , carotenoids and terpenes. With nitrogen it forms alkaloids , and with the addition of sulfur also it forms antibiotics , amino acids , and rubber products.

With the addition of phosphorus to these other elements, it forms DNA and RNA , the chemical-code carriers of life, and adenosine triphosphate ATP , the most important energy-transfer molecule in all living cells. Commonly carbon-containing compounds which are associated with minerals or which do not contain bonds to the other carbon atoms, halogens, or hydrogen, are treated separately from classical organic compounds ; the definition is not rigid, and the classification of some compounds can vary from author to author see reference articles above.

Among these are the simple oxides of carbon. The most prominent oxide is carbon dioxide CO 2. This was once the principal constituent of the paleoatmosphere , but is a minor component of the Earth's atmosphere today. Some important minerals are carbonates, notably calcite.

Carbon disulfide CS 2 is similar. The other common oxide is carbon monoxide CO. It is formed by incomplete combustion, and is a colorless, odorless gas. The molecules each contain a triple bond and are fairly polar , resulting in a tendency to bind permanently to hemoglobin molecules, displacing oxygen, which has a lower binding affinity. For example, it can form the nitride cyanogen molecule CN 2 , similar to diatomic halides. Other uncommon oxides are carbon suboxide C 3 O 2 , [85] the unstable dicarbon monoxide C 2 O , [86] [87] carbon trioxide CO 3 , [88] [89] cyclopentanepentone C 5 O 5 , [90] cyclohexanehexone C 6 O 6 , [90] and mellitic anhydride C 12 O 9.

However, mellitic anhydride is the triple acyl anhydride of mellitic acid; moreover, it contains a benzene ring.

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Thus, many chemists consider it to be organic. These anions are also associated with methane and acetylene , both very weak acids. With an electronegativity of 2. A few carbides are covalent lattices, like carborundum SiC , which resembles diamond. Nevertheless, even the most polar and salt-like of carbides are not completely ionic compounds.

Organometallic compounds by definition contain at least one carbon-metal covalent bond. Many metal carbonyls and metal cyanides exist for example, tetracarbonylnickel and potassium ferricyanide ; some workers consider metal carbonyl and cyanide complexes without other carbon ligands to be purely inorganic, and not organometallic. However, most organometallic chemists consider metal complexes with any carbon ligand, even 'inorganic carbon' e.

Metal complexes containing organic ligands without a carbon-metal covalent bond e. While carbon is understood to strongly prefer formation of four covalent bonds, other exotic bonding schemes are also known. Thus, the carbon is bonded to five boron atoms and one hydrogen atom. This phenomenon has been attributed to the aurophilicity of the gold ligands, which provide additional stabilization of an otherwise labile species.

It is important to note that in the cases above, each of the bonds to carbon contain less than two formal electron pairs, making them hypercoordinate, but not hypervalent. Even in cases of alleged C-5 species that is, a carbon with five ligands and a formal electron count of ten , as reported by Akiba and co-workers, [95] electronic structure calculations conclude that the total number of electrons around carbon is still less than eight, as in the case of other compounds described by three-center bonding. The English name carbon comes from the Latin carbo for coal and charcoal, [96] whence also comes the French charbon , meaning charcoal.

In German , Dutch and Danish , the names for carbon are Kohlenstoff , koolstof and kulstof respectively, all literally meaning coal -substance. Carbon was discovered in prehistory and was known in the forms of soot and charcoal to the earliest human civilizations.

In , [] Carl Wilhelm Scheele showed that graphite, which had been thought of as a form of lead , was instead identical with charcoal but with a small admixture of iron, and that it gave "aerial acid" his name for carbon dioxide when oxidized with nitric acid. Vandermonde confirmed that graphite was mostly carbon by oxidizing it in oxygen in much the same way Lavoisier had done with diamond. In their publication they proposed the name carbone Latin carbonum for the element in graphite which was given off as a gas upon burning graphite. Antoine Lavoisier then listed carbon as an element in his textbook.