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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.
The growth of manufacturing activity in China eased in April but remained within expansion territory, adding to the confidence that the country’s economy is stabilizing.
The purchasing managers index for the country’s manufacturing sector came in at 50.1 in A
pril, slightly down from 50.5 in March, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.
A reading above 50 indicates expansion, while one below it reflects contraction.
Senior NBS official Zhao Qinghe said in a statement that factory activity continued a steady ex
pansion in April, with the subindexes for production and for new orders standing respectively at 52.1 and 51.4. T
he readings are slightly lower than those in March, but they are higher than the average performance of the first quarter.
“Market demand is driving a stable growth in production,” Zhao said, adding strong growth in e
merging industries, such as high-tech and equipment manufacturing, also contributed to the steady performance.
A total of 12 million yuan ($1.78 million) of cash will be granted to 12 international scientists for their
groundbreaking academic contributions to the fields of quantum computation and quantum com
munications, according to a press release by the newly founded Micius Quantum Foundation on Friday.
With a combined donation of 100 million yuan from Chinese entrepreneurs, the foundation based in Hefei, East China’s Anhu
i province, will give each of the six annual laureates one million yuan. The foundation, a non-profit organization, ai
ms to promote development of quantum information science and technology.
The Micius Quantum Prize’s 2018 and 2019 laureates were announ
ced at the same time, as selection of first-year nominees took longer than expected, said Luo
Yi, president of the foundation and a scientist from the University of Science and Technology of China, based in Hefei.
JD Logistic, the logistics arm of the Beijing-based tech heavyweight JD
.com, will cancel the basic salary for delivery staff , CEO and Chairman Liu Qiangdong said i
n response to arguments on the company’s salary adjustments in an internal email sent on Monday.
JD Logistics lost over 2.3 billion yuan ($342.9 million) in 2018, its 12th consecut
ive year to lose money. If the situation continues, Liu said, the company would only last for two more years.
If internal settlements are deducted, JD Logistics lost more than 2.8 billion yuan last year.
The main reasons for the loss are few external delivery orders and high internal costs, Liu said.
The company has only two choices, according to Liu: one, increase external delivery orders to promote external inco
me growth; the other, reduce staff members’ well-being to the level of other express companies.
Reducing fund ratios to average levels and canceling the basic salary a
ims to encourage couriers to get more external delivery orders and increase revenue.