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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tte of standing on the right and walking on the left, is not the first city to abandon the

norm. Many cities in China, including Tianjin, Xi’an and Nanjing have dropped the practice.

“It used to be a courtesy not to block people walking on the escalat

or, but given the safety concerns and damage to the machines, holding the handrails and standi

ng still should be advocated,” lawyer Liu Linsheng was quoted as saying in the local news portal Eastday.

The new notices, although not compulsory, have won support from commuters.

“It’s been a habit for most to leave space on the left for those who walk

on escalators, so we may not be able to change our habits overnight,” said Peng Xu

an, a commuter in Shanghai. “But for the safety of everyone, if you want to walk or are in a hurry, you can use the stairs.”

Peng said he has seen some people fall while trying to move too quickly

on an escalator, adding that during peak hours standing on both sides is more efficient.

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uld not be viewed purely from the perspective of return on investment, because the experience can help students develop valuable, nonacademic skills.

China will continue to significantly relax market access, and create

a more attractive investment and business environment, Finance Minister Liu Kun has said.

Liu made the remarks when attending a ministerial-level luncheon durin

g the 99th Development Committee meeting held by the World Bank and the Inter

national Monetary Fund on April 12 and 13 in Washington, D.C., according to China’s Ministry of Finance.

Vice-Finance Minister Zou Jiayi attended a ministerial-level meeting and gave a speech.

The finance minister said that with international development and cooperation facing severe challenges, the World

Bank as the world’s most important multilateral development institution should adhere to the principle of mult

ilateralism, support all parties in jointly supporting the rules-based multilateral trade system, firmly follow the purpose of serving all member coun

tries, and adopt differentiated, targeted aid strategies based on their respective national conditions.

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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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 material until the object is created, and each of these can be regarded as a sliced, horizon

tal cross-section of the eventual item,” said Michael Agam, president of South Asia at Stratasy

s, an additive manufacturing solution provider based in the United States.

Stratasys provides technologies that are used to create prototype, manufacturing tools and

production parts for industries from aerospace, automotive, healthcare to consumer products.

ou to produce complex (functional) sha

pes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods,” Agam said.

Falling product costs, ease of customization of goods, as well as governm

ent incentives are helping China emerge as an Asia leader in additive manufacturing.

China’s 3D printing industry is expected to reach $7.68 billion in output value, or one-thi

rd of the global market by 2020, according to a forecast by the China Industry Information Institute.

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y day in the way 3D printers are used in key industries, including automotive, aerospace and

medical, we believe that we’re still just scratching the surface of the potential for 3D printing as an enabl

er of digital transformation,” said Tim Greene, research director at consultancy IDC.

Industry experts, however, have noticed a gradual paradigm shift. Acco

rding to Agam, the sector is on the cusp of a transformation from prototyping and desig

n to real-life manufacturing and end-user engagement. This year could herald such changes.

Conglomerates are leading the pack, with GE celebrating the 30,000th additively-manufac

tured fuel nozzle tip on a 3D printing device at its aviation plant in the US a couple of months ago.Under the addit

ive manufacturing method, the number of parts in a single fuel nozzle tip was reduced from about 20 pieces previo

usly welded together to one whole piece. The nozzle tip’s weight was cut by about 25 percent.

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en cities around the world and carrying machine components,” noted Mohammad Ehteshami, the former head of engineer

ing at GE Aviation who now runs GE Additive, a new business focusing on the latest manufacturing techni

ques like 3D printing. “Tomorrow, you won’t need to do all of that. You’ll just print what you need.”

At Siemens, additively-manufactured turbine blades can be cooled by complex internal channels, thereby improving their fun

ctional efficiency. Such technology now allows novel geometries that were not possible before.

According to a report released by the German conglomerate, add

itive manufacturing enables rapid prototyping resulting in up to 75 percent of former develo

pment time, and is more sustainable by consuming up to 65 percent less resources, by reducing gas emiss

ions by up to 30 percent and generally by creating components with longer life spans.

Experts believe that China is quickly closing the gap on the technology’s application and commercialization.

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 one trip and fill out a form at the platform to apply for working visas. A professional team will also help their family members with the relevant procedures.

To better serve foreign talents, a number of domestic and international human resources ind

ustry leaders have set up offices in the talent hub, including Manpower, Shanghai Foreign Service Group, CDP Group and Liepin.com.

 China has issued guidelines to ensure the high-quality development of cross-border e-commerce

posting and delivery services, a State Post Bureau (SPB) official said on April 11.

The guidelines were jointly issued by the SPB, Ministry of Commerce an

d General Administration of Customs, SPB official Tu Gang told a press conference.

While stressing the significance of cross border delivery services, Tu said weaknesses r

emained in aspects such as user experience, security control and international rules.

China will launch a whole-process supervision approach on cross-border delivery services and impl

ement security management regulations including real-name receiving and posting, human and machine examination of parcels.

China supports foreign investors to set up new businesses in the industry within its territory through legitimate applications.

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New Zealand’s new gun law officially took effect on Friday less than a month after the terror attacks on Christchurch mosques which killed 50 people.

Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy signed the law on Thursday night, which was the final step before it becomes law.

The New Zealand parliament passed the bill after its third or the final reading on Wednesday night. In acorda

nce with the new gun law, possessing military-style semi-automatics (MSSAs) and assault rifles and associated parts will be illegal.

The new gun bill, namely the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines and parts) Amendment

Bill, won overwhelming support in the parliament as it was passed by a vote of 119 to 1.

Possession of prohibited firearms could face a jail term up to five years, according to the bill.

The New Zealand government had vowed to ban MSSAs soon afte

r the Christchurch terrorist attacks on March 15, which also injured 50 others.

The New Zealand government has also announced that a legal framework for the gun buyback will be established.

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in China though it will take some time to recapture the glory years of the 1990s,” Hou

says. “The completion of the factory shows that China’s vinyl record production, wh

ich originated in Shanghai in the 1920s, is ready to take off again in the same city.”

According to Nielsen Music’s sales report for 2018, 16.8 million vinyl recor

ds were sold in North America over the year, 15 percent more than the year before.

A vinyl revival in China started in 2005 and then in 2012, says Zheng

Yu, a record shop owner in Beijing. The boom is the result of a commercial redisco

very and appreciation of vinyl records among collectors and record stores, he says.

“Life is improving all the time in China and some listeners have realized that the format gives off a better sound. It’

s not only old fans who grew up buying and listening to vinyl but younger listeners, too. The

y’ve grown up with the internet but see vinyls as a kind of tangible entertainment and as arresting works of art.”

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