Using the database, researchers are able to carry out automatic facial recognition on panda faces to tell one animal from another, the center said.
Panda researchers hope algorithms and AI technology will help them analyze data on pandas both in captivity and the wild.
The app and database will help us gather more precise and well-rounded data on the population, distributi
on, ages, gender ratio, birth and deaths of wild pandas, who live in deep mountains and are hard to track,” said Chen Peng, a researcher w
ith the base who co-authored a paper on “Giant Panda Face Recognition Using Small Database.”
“It will definitely help us improve efficiency and effectiveness in conservation and management of the animals,” Chen said.
China has carried out four scientific field research project of giant pandas in the wild.
The giant panda was scientifically discovered 150 years ago and named in the city of Ya’an, Sichuan. It remains one of the world’s most endangered species.
World-renowned architect Ieoh Ming Pei, commonly known as I.M. Pei,
has died at the age of 102 at his home in Manhattan, according to multiple reports on Thursday.
Praised as “one of the most revered architects in the world” by The New York Times, Pei has le
ft the world many of its most well-known architectural designs, among many other intangible heritages.
Pei’s modern designs and high-profile projects led him to be considered one of the most high-prof
ile architects of the 20th century, with the renovation of Paris’ Louvre Museum perhaps the most famo
us project he embarked on. He was also involved in the building of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
What Pei valued most in architecture, as he put it, was that it must “stand th
e test of time”. He also valued simplicity: “The simpler the solution, the more powerful it is,” he once said.
anghai, before moving to the US in 1935. He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard’s design s
chool, and spent the early years of his career designing buildings for a real estate developer in New York.
Pei is known for his affection towards precise geometry and design details. He also ha
d a strong reverence for light, as shown in the famous pyramid of the Louvre Museum.
His significant works include the Jacob K Javits Convention Center in Manhattan (1979 to 1986), the Morto
n H Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas (1982 to 1989), the Bank of China Tower in Hong K
ong (1982 to 1989), and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar (2003 to 2008).
ion as of the end of last year. Nearly 70 percent held a junior colleg
e degree or above, accounting for almost half of all healthcare professionals, she said.
Last year, there were 150 million people 60 years or above living with chronic diseases
in China. Of those, 44 million were fully or partially disabled and in need of regular nursing services, she said.
“With more nurses and nurse’s aides, the demand for nursing services from the elderly will be gradually met,” she said.
The commission will also encourage community health centers to provide more nursing services for the e
lderly in neighborhoods, Jiao said. They would include more beds and setting up day-care centers.
Regulations will also be released to encourage community health centers to provid
e beds to the elderly at home, so family doctors can provide treatment there, she said.
No need for dogs, cats to go through quarantine if they meet set conditions
Pets owners no longer need to be separated from their beloved dogs or cats when they ar
rive in China from overseas if they meet certain conditions, under a regulation that took effect on May 1.
Dogs or cats with valid electronic chips arriving from 19 designated c
ountries or regions no longer have to undergo weeklong quarantines if they pass on-site inspe
ctions at ports of entry, according to the regulation released by the General Administration of Customs earlier this year.
The designated countries and regions are New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii and Guam of the Unite
d States, Jamaica, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Cyprus, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, J
apan and Singapore, as well as China’s Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.
eggs” and “draining the lake to get the fish” has reached a dead end, Xi said.
“We should protect the ecological environment as we pro
tect our own eyes, and treat the environment as we treat our own lives,” he said.
The president, who has advocated building a community with a shared future
for mankind, also brings an international perspective to environmental protection.
“In the face of environmental challenges, all countries are in a community with inter
linked destinies, and no country is immune,” Xi said at the opening ceremony.
The exhibition attracted more than 110 countries and internati
onal organizations, as well as more than 120 unofficial exhibitors.
About 10 heads of state and prime ministers attended the opening ceremony.
versity of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, in the United States, said Xi
wants to convey a specific message: that China sees the BRI as a method by which it can make
a substantial and permanent contribution to lasting peace, common security and global prosperity.
“While some Westerners may scoff at the impact they think the BRI m
ay have on these issues, Xi genuinely sees the BRI as a global development project and will cont
inue to wholeheartedly put China’s money, resources and energies into this project,” he said.
Chen Weihua in Brussels, Bo Leung in London, Zhao Huanxin in Washington, Edith Muteth
ya in Nairobi and Chen Yingqun in Beijing contributed to this story.The profits of China’s major indu
strial firms surged by 13.9 percent in March, a drastic rebound compared to the 14-percent decline in January-Febru
ary period, official data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Saturday.
through Sri Lanka on Sunday has risen to 359, according to a police report released
on Wednesday. While mourning alongside Sri Lankans, the world community needs to shore up greater reso
lve and build a broader consensus to counter extremism and terrorism worldwide.
The terrorist attacks in various locations in the South Asian country o
n the same day must have required a lot of planning, and i
t is believed they were the result of collaboration between domestic and overseas extremists.
This series of terrorist attacks follows the attacks on two mosques in Christc
hurch, New Zealand, and both tragedies should not only sound the alarm but also rally the
international community to eliminate the terrorist and extremist elements in civil societies.
US retail giant Walmart Inc will continue to grow its hypermarkets, Sam’s Club stores, and community-ba
sed smaller-sized supermarkets businesses in China with more advanced technologies, according to a top official.
Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart, told China Daily during his visit to Shanghai on Thursday that China is still one of
the most important markets for the US retailer. Technology will be another major focus area for the com
pany in China as Walmart has always been a “people-led company that relies heavily on technology,” he said.
McMillon said Walmart has developed digital solutions to better u
nderstand customer behavior and spending patterns, which in turn has helped the ret
ailer to create new products and to solve old retail problems with modern technology.
Wern-Yuen Tan, president and CEO of Walmart China, said digital technology has hel
ped Walmart to reach out to more customers and improved the overall decisionmaking process.
ces, including the transport system, which reduces the quality of tourists’ experience to a large