better short-term memory and faster reaction times compared with the control group, acco
rding findings published March 27 in the China-based journal National Science Review.
The study also found that transgenic monkeys’ brains took longer to develop, in a similar fashion to humans.
The experiment has divided the scientific community however, with a number of Western scientists criticizing it as uneth
ical, while some went as far to suggest, perhaps ironically, that it could lead to a Planet of the Apes-type scenario.
The Kunming Institute of Zoology told China Daily in a statement that the experiment was ethically approved in 2010.
In 2015 the animal rights committee of Kunming Biomed International, a research organiza
tion specializing in nonhuman primates, also declared the animals were being treated humanely in every
step of the experiment, in accordance with domestic and international regulations, the statement said.
nges from 1,500 to 2,000 yuan, accounting for 15 to 20 percent of the total according to the report.
JD refuted the mass layoff rumor and said more than 10,000 positions are expe
cted to be added as JD Logistics provides services to more industry customers.
Facing tougher competition from rivals such as Alibaba and Pinduoduo, JD is eyei
ng opportunities in the consumer market, which has shown great potential, Sina Finance reported.
Driven by rapid growth of e-comm
The annual survey Amazing China — the Most Attractive Chinese Cities for Expats 2018 unveiled its results at the Shenzhen foru
m of the Conference on International Exchange of Professionals on April 14 in Shenzhen, South China’s Guangdong province.
Zhang Jianguo, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology, announced the results.
erce consumption, China’s express delivery volume reached 50.71 billio
n in 2018, an increase of 26.6 percent over the same period last year, the report said.
fivefold in the past few years, which helps reduce trade disparities with developed
economies. He called on all CEE nations to take the opportunity to deepen economic and trade cooperation with China.
Zhong Shan, minister of commerce, said over 1,000 people participated, the most since the event started nine yea
rs ago. “It demonstrates the increasing confidence in the forum and cooperation with China at large,” he said.
In recent years, China’s trade with CEE nations has seen rapid growth. According to the Ministry
of Commerce, China’s imports from the countries have risen by 24.6 percent to $23 billion. Chinese compan
ies have invested over $10 billion in CEE nations, which in turn have injected more than $1.5 billion into China,
focusing on machinery, auto components, the chemical industry, financing and environmental protection.
After the forum, Li and Plenkovic attended an exhibition of Chin
a-CEEC education cooperation and a dialogue mechanism to boost cooperation among small an
d medium-sized enterprises from both sides. Before leaving for Beijing, Li also had separate
ded souls face to face.The Beijing native, who quit his job in the hospitality industry and opene
d the shop 17 years ago, says seeing people in the shop, no matter they are looking for something in particula
r or simply browsing, is a delight. Over 16 years Free Sound has sold about 300,000 records, he says.
“It started out as a dream for me and I feel so fortunate to have lived out that dream.”
Wang, in his mid-40s, was introduced to music by his parents, who played vinyl records at home. One of his
favorite singer-songwriters is the Chinese rock musician Cui Jian, and like many music lovers of his generat
ion, Wang enjoyed going to record shops. Sound quality and nostalgia are what draws him to vinyls, he says.
For many people it has long appeared that traditional physical records such as vinyl and cassettes were
on the edge of extinction in the face of online streaming brought by the internet revolution.
Between 2002 and 2005 in particular, the fall in sales of CDs and other ty
pes of musical recordings in China was precipitous, mostly as the result of piracy and online
streaming, and the customer base for record shops evaporated as people stopped buying physical records.
d further enhance border management to safeguard the safety and stability of the border region, Xi said.
China-Myanmar relations have developed well in all areas, Xi said, add
ing that the two countries have made new progress in jointly building the Belt and Road.
Cooperation between the two countries and the two armies has maintained sustainable and healthy dev
elopment, Xi said, adding that the visit is expected to bring new progress in their defense and military cooperation.
Min Aung Hlaing said Myanmar and China have a long history of traditional friend
ship, and the two countries and two armies have maintained good development.
Myanmar is grateful for China’s support for the development of the country and the ar
my, he said, adding that Myanmar appreciates China’s support of its domestic peace process.
Myanmar welcomes and supports the building of the Belt and Road, and the country wo
uld like to take effective measures to maintain the stability of the border region, he added.
Min Aung Hlaing is making his fifth visit to China since becoming Myanmar’s commander-in-chief of defense services in 2011.
ina, the festival-which will be held through April 20-recently announced 15 nominated fil
ms, including The Composer, which will contend for the festival’s top honor, the Tiantan Award.
Inspired by a speech made by President Xi Jinping during his v
isit to Kazakhstan in 2013, the film looks back at the life of Xian, a music
ian who was once a household name and best known for his epic work, Yellow River Cantata.
When the Great Patriotic War (the Soviet Union’s defensive war again
st the invasion of Nazi Germany) broke out in 1941, Xian-who was assigned by the Commu
nist Party of China to work in Moscow-found himself stranded in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan.
With the help of Kazakh musician Bakhytzhan Baikadamov and his family, Xian spent his final years living out the war in K
azakhstan, where he concentrated on writing music. In early 1945, the musician who was suffering fro
m multiple diseases was sent back to Moscow, where he died in a local hospital on Oct 30 the same year.
A delivery man left several cartons of milk and rice cereal at Huaibei Road Fire Brigade in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province. The gi
fts came with a note that said, “Toughest firefighters, promise me to come back safe and sound after every mission.”
An anonymous customer had placed the order for the Thursday afternoon delivery.
On the same day, Fuqiang Street Fire Brigade in Shijiazhuang also re
ceived 14 boxes of milk tea and yogurt from an anonymous person, along with a note that s
aid, “Protect yourselves and return safely. You have safeguarded people, and people will safeguard you, too!”
The public outpouring of compassion came after 31 people died in a forest fire in remo
te mountains in Sichuan province on March 31. The dead included 27 firefighters and four locals.
“When we saw the gifts and notes, everyone was deeply to
uched,” said Wei Zishuai, 32, commander of the Huaibei Road Fire Brigade.
“All our hard training and sacrifices are not in vain,” Wei added.
that we are already seeing people’s lives improved by, for example, shopping websites that help you fi
nd what you are looking for. “For people who are feeling that this is not science fiction, this is just Amazo
n showing me an ad or a bank giving me a loan. Just wait. In the next five or 10 years, we’ll see robotics and in the nex
t 10-20 years autonomous vehicles – and they will be magical,” he said.
“The atom part will take longer, but that will happen too. The hardes
t part today appears to be the atom side – robotics, autonomous vehicles, flying cars and thin
gs like that. Because the big breakthroughs have been just pure software.”
Ironically, Theil, the co-founder of PayPal and a lead investor in Fa
cebook and big data mining company Palantir, has said that we live in a financial age, rather
than a scientific and technological age. “It’s not clear it’s enough to bring our civilization to the next level.”
Most tellingly, Theil points out that the oligopolistic US tech giants – Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft – are each sitti
ng on billions of dollars of cash, but they can’t think of any technological opportunities where they can invest that money.
like many other villagers, contracted his farm to a company, set up by a local, that employs internet technologies to boost agricultural production.
Now much is going on behind the tranquil scenes of ducks and fish swimming around rice crops – data of the fields a
e updated and analyzed for better management; the harvests, including red rice, fish and duck eggs, are fetching bette
r prices on China’s e-commerce platforms, helping triple the income generated from the farmland.
And by improving its existing eco-farming traditions, rather than imposing radical cha
nges, the technologies do not seem to interrupt the other important source of income – tourism.
As visitors from China and beyond swarmed in to view the terraces, the county go
vernment of Yuanyang is also working to renovate old houses and revive farm traditions.
Rice terraces are placed under better protection and projects were launched to improve the irrigation network.