Turtle species nears extinction as last known female dies

The female turtle died after an artificial insemination procedure at the

Suzhou Zoo in Jiangsu province on Saturday. Though Chinese and foreign experts confir

med that it was healthy before the surgery, the animal went into a coma and never woke up.

The operation went well, according to the zoo. The f

emale turtle was more than 90 years old and had gone through four such procedures.

The experts harvested the turtle’s ovarian tissue and stored it in liquid nitr

ogen for future research. They are working on the carcass to determine the cause of death.

The turtle came from Changsha Zoo in Hunan province in 2008 to meet

the only male specimen in China, which continues to live at the Suzhou Zoo.

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The male turtle, thought to be more than 100 years

old, has poor sperm motility and its genitals were damaged. Since it could not naturally impr

egnate the female, experts had undertaken four insemination procedures since 2015.

“It’s a disastrous loss for the protection of the species,” said Liu Nonglin, chief engineer of the Chinese Association of Zoolog

ical Gardens. “The experts had researched former insemination surgeries, consulted colleagues and made the best

surgery and rescue plan. The team even experimented on three male and two female large-sized Asian turtles usi

ng the same surgical procedures. But the tragedy happened even though the surgery was well planned.”

More than 1 meter in length and weighing more than 100 kilograms, Yangtze giant softshell turtles are the world’s largest freshw

ater turtles. Besides the one male left in China, two other animals, whose sex is unknown, have been observed in the wild in Vietnam.

“Artificial insemination surgery for the turtle requires procedures

such as anesthesia, blood sampling and sperm extraction,” Wen Cheng, a turtle expert with

International Union for Conservation of Nature, was quoted by Lifeweek.com.cn as saying.

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es for exNo shutdown of smartphone business

Image-editing app developer Meitu Inc stated, in response to previous reports, that it was

not true the company planned to shut down its smartphone business by the middle of this year.

Meitu would cooperate with Xiaomi to launch a new smartphone marking the beginning of a new area

. The cooperation with Xiaomi will represent the start of technological enhancement and scale devel

opment, said Meitu’s spokesman, accepting an interview with Shanghai Securities News on Monday.

On November 19, the company and Chinese smartphone maker Xia

omi reached a global strategic cooperation arrangement that gave exclusive license to X

iaomi to use Meitu smartphone brand, image-related technologies and certain smart hardware products for 30 years.

The first smartphone made and marketed by Xiaomi with image and camera provide

d by Meitu will be launched by middle of this year, according to Chinese news outlet Jiemian.

The firm will continue to handle after-sales service of previously sold Meitu brand smartphones.

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Chongqing twin bridges win top civil engineering award

The Twin River Bridges in Southwest China’s Chongqing municipality, a famous scenic spot, has won Tien-yow Jem

e Civil Engineering Prize, the country’s top civil engineering award, Chongqing Daily reported.The twin bridg

e consists of the Dongshuimen Bridge over the Yangtze River and the Qiansimen Bridge over the Jialing River. Looki

ng from above, the twin bridges connecting Jiangbei district, Yuzhong peninsula and Nan’an district look like one

long bridge.Qiansimen Bridge. [Photo/IC]The Dongshuimen Bridge, opened to traffic in 2014, crosses the Yang

tze River with a cable-stayed main span that is 445 meters long, connecting the Yuzhong and Nan’an Districts. It is the

world’s longest single plane partially cable-stayed bridge by the length of main span with two towers.

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A number of entrepreneurs from across the world

 showed their innovative ideas, hoping to gain acc

ess to potential investors, mentors and business partners through the platform.

Wang Zhigang, minister of Science and Technology, said China

will further open up and strengthen international coop

eration in technological fields to promote a favorable environment for global talent.

The two-day event, with an exhibition area of 70,000 square meters, attracted more

than 4,000 professional organizations, training agencies, universities, tec

hnology enterprises and human resource agencies from 52 countries and regions across the world.

About 110,000 visitors were at the conference.China uses high-tech measures for cultural heritage protection

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Consultancy IDC estimates the country will pour in bill

ion into the sector this year. This makes it the third-largest market behind the US and Western Europe.

Beijing has homed in on a series of policies to advance 3D printers. In the past, the Min

istry of Industry and Information Technology, the industry regulator, had released the National 3D Printing Indus

try Development Plan (2015-2016), which established goals for the sector’s innovation and commercialization.

Separately, the ministry came up with a second action plan later in December 2017 to give a further boost. In its latest move, it included the

sector in the nation’s strategic emerging industries list, heralding massive opportunities for related companies.

But the technology itself has experienced challenges over time. At the early stage, most of the 3D printers were used for rapid pr

ototyping – meaning, mimicking early-stage product mock-ups. Commercialization was not imminent.

 

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Second minor earthquake in a week detected in Beijing

magnitude earthquake at a depth of 19 kilometers was detected at 12:47pm on Sunday

in Beijing’s Huairou district, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

It is the second earthquake in a week that occurred in the capital, following a 2.9-magnitude earthquake in Beijing’s Haidian district last Sunday.

Earthquake experts said minor quakes are normal in the area, as Beijing is located in the earth’s rift zone. There is no need for worry.

Since Beijing is at the junction of the earthquake zone of Shanxi province, the North China Plai

n and Yanshan Mountain, it’s normal for the capital to experience small quakes at a magnitude of two to thre

e, said Sun Shihong, a researcher at the China Earthquake Networks Center, as quoted by Beijing News.

“There will be no major impact on those living or working in the capital,” he said.

Seven rift belts are scattered through the plains in Beijing, mostly lyin

g from the northeast to the southwest. Among those rift belts, active ones are more likely to trigger quakes.

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Sudan defense minister sworn in as head of transitional

Sudan’s Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf on T

hursday was sworn in as head of the transitional council in Sudan, official Sudan TV reported.

“Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf took the constitutional oath as chairman of the Trans

itional Military Council and Kamal Abdul-Marouf Al-Mahi as his deputy,” the report said.

Earlier on Thursday, Ibn Auf announced the ousting of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and his government.

He further declared a state of emergency for three months and a curfew for one month.

The defense minister said that a military council would be formed to run the country during a transitional period of two years.

He also announced suspension of the interim constitution of the Republic of Sudan, and clo

sure of the Sudanese air space for 24 hours together with border passages all over Sudan until further notice.

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Student from Angola uses short videos to share his exp

With his exaggerated expressions and inborn sense of humor, Lao Ma, a student from Angola, has

become an internet sensation. He has 2.8 million fans on Tik Tok, a video sharing application similar to Musical.ly.

Plus, he speaks fluent Chinese and has a strong interest in Chinese culture. Although not Chinese, he has a Chinese heart.

This 23-year-old African student Clarck Gable (Chinese name Lao Ma) is from Huambo province, Angola.

He is currently studying at the School of International Co-education of Nantong Vocational

University in Jiangsu province, majoring in computer application technology.

In the second half of last year, Clarck and his friends signed up on Tik Tok, and began to create self-directed

short videos. Most of their works are based on the experience of Lao Ma in China. The videos are loved by fans.

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journey in style: Boss X Mark Chao luxury travel capsule

Thanks to strong local support and the pursuit of individualism and cre

ativity instead of copying the creations of more established brands, Chinese designers now en

joy more recognition from their international peers, according to the Chinese design community.

“Chinese designers used to have a bad reputation because there was a lack o

f originality in the past. But platforms like Labelhood and Shanghai Fashion Week have ban

ded together independent designers who believe in originality to correct this perception,” says Caroline Hu.

Hu could be seen as the beacon of creativity that illustrates the reality of the Chinese fashion scene today. Despite this being

her first outing at SFW where she was showcasing her debut collection, Hu won the inaugural Business of Fashion China Prize.

Born in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, the New York-based Chinese designer thanked Labelhood, an incu

bator for emerging Chinese fashion designers, and retailer Lane Crawford for playing a key role in her success.

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