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.
followers on Sina Weibo and works as a part-time commercial photogra
pher, said that virtually all his female clients ask him to alter their pictures digitally to mak
e them appear skinnier before they are posted online－even those who are already super-thin.
The 30-year-old also engages in “fat talk” with his fri
ends, and sometimes jokes about his rotund belly to his followers on Sina Weibo.
He said, “Different from women, guys my age or younger engage more in ‘mus
cle talk’ because they want to be bigger and stronger”, while many middle-aged men who h
ave gained weight get caught up in “fat talk”, as they “want to lose weight and be heathier rather than prettier.”
Denise Martz, a professor of psychology at Appalachian State University in
North Carolina, US, said, “Social media is giving women a false sense of how they usually look.
ions of a culture of sexism and bullying at Uber and US Department of Justice investigations. After a series of embarrassments, Kalanick was forced to res
ign in 2017 by a group of investors. Uber then hired Khosrowshahi to lead the company.
Uber has said it has the potential to grow not just in the cab hailing business, but also as a “sup
erapp” to provide logistic services, such as grocery and food delivery, organizing freight tra
nsportation, and even financial services, much like Grab, its Southeast Asian counterpart.
But market experts have struggled to find value in a company that has consistently posted los
ses, and warned that it may never be profitable. “The business is unprofitable, new entrants can enter the ma
rket, there is potential regulatory risk, and it is very price sensitive. What is there to like about this opportunity?” Ro
bert Johnson, professor of finance at Heider College of Business, Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska 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.
tivity of infrastructure, unimpeded trade, financial integration and closer people-to-people ties as its main goals, has advanced in solid steps, the report said.
“Significant progress has been made, including a number of landmark early results. Participating countries have obtai
ned tangible benefits, and their appreciation of and participation in the initiative is growing,” according to the report.
With a view to building a global community of shared future, the BRI uphold
s the principles of extensive consultation, joint contribution, and shared benefits, the report said.
“Through the initiative China has made a constructive contribution to the reform of th
e current global governance system and to economic globalization,” according to the report.
The report said China would face many problems and challenges in pursuing the BRI in
the future as well as unprecedented opportunities and prospects for development.
Smog in greater Beijing area could be thickened by 15 percent, experts say
Climate change has been making meteorological conditions in the
greater Beijing area more conducive to the generation of haze, and combined with heavy s
mog, the situation could trigger a rapid increase in the concentration of airborne pollutants, researchers said.
The National Joint Research Center for Tackling Key Problems in Air Pollution Control demonstra
ted that without a reduction in the discharge of pollutants, air quality in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster
could worsen by about 10 percent and even up to 15 percent in some cities because of unfavorable meteorological co
nditions, the China Meteorological Administration said in a release on Thursday.
Heavy air pollution and a high concentration of particulate
matter is more likely to be seen when wind speeds are lower than 7.2 kilometers per hour, rel
ative humidity is above 60 percent, and there is less than a 500-meter high “mixin
g layer”, which refers to the atmospheric height over which pollutants can be dispersed, it said.
report released on Sunday that attractions highlighting cultural experiences or tea-picking activities were among the hottest destinations.
Reservations for cultural attractions such as museums, temples and viewing cultural relics r
ose by 20 percent year-on-year during the break, and museum bookings rose by 17.8 percent.
Li Qiuyan, Lvmama’s branding development director, said the
Tomb Sweeping holiday is a good time for spring outings and leisure activities.
“Travelers are snubbing the attractions that offer only sightseein
g activities, while pursuing cultural experiences with medium and high-end accommodations,” she said.
Opportunities to view blossoming flowers also attracted travelers. Yuanto
uzhu, a peninsula in Wuxi’s Taihu Lake-one of the nation’s largest freshwater lakes, in Jiangsu
province-was among the top 10 hottest attractions because of its cherry blossoms, the report said.
Other popular attractions during the festival included Shanghai Disn
ey Resort, Mount Huangshan in Anhui province, and Happy Valley theme park in Beijing.
Tan Zhihua, former vice-president of the No 2 Intermediate Peopl
e’s Court in Chongqing, was killed during an alleged burglary, ThePaper.cn reported on Sunday.
The Shanghai-based website said the news was from an authorized source, but it did not disclose it.
Tan, 55, a Chongqing native, was removed from his court post in December 2016.
CHENGDU — A forest fire that killed 27 firefighters and three locals in southwest China’s Sich
uan province a week ago started to burn again Saturday afternoon, local authorities said Sunday.
Around 5 pm on Saturday, the fire was found to have started in the northeastern part of the fo
rest, according to the sources with Muli County, Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture.
So far, 350 firefighters are battling the fire and other 440 locals from neighboring towns have rushed to the site.