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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However, experts believe an overseas education sho

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 Qiansimen Bridge, opened to traffic in 2015, cross

sses the Jialing River with a cable-stayed main span that is 312 meters, connecting the Jiangbei and the Yuzhon

g Districts. It’s the world’s longest single plane cable-stayed bridge by the length of main span with one tower.

Both are double deck structures carrying four lanes of traffic on their upper decks and two rail lines on their lower decks.

Tien-yow Jeme Civil Engineering Prize awards civil engineering projects that have made

great achievements on technological innovation and technological application.

The Twin River Bridges are sceneries by themselves while look

ing separately and complement each other nicely when looking together, according to its review on the o

fficial website of China Civil Engineering Society. “The bridges, blended with surrounding environment, are lan

dmark buildings combining transportation, landscape and technological innovation.”

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nted electric vehicle debuts at the China 3D Printing Cultu

China makes headway in application and commercializatio

n of 3D printing, paving way for high-quality manufacturing, end-user engagement

From aircraft units, car parts to musical instrum

ents, 3D printing technology is pushing the limits of what can be made out of materials.

While relatively young, this new techniqu

e has established itself as one of the most disruptive technologies in decades.

According to consultancy Statista, the glob

al 3D printing industry’s output value is projected to reach $23 billion by 2022.

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a process

of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital profile. It is the opposite of sub

tractive manufacturing that features hollowing out a piece of material with a milling machine.

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Even though there are amazing innovations nearly ever

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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Today, there are hundreds of big planes flying betwee

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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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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As of now, he has released 92 videos, and has won mor

e than 25 million thumbs-up, and the number of his fans is 2.92 million.

In order to make more interesting short videos, Lao Ma brainstorms w

ith his team every day and recreates “small encounters” he has in his daily life in China.

And through the scripts, roles, shooting, editing, soun

dtrack and subtitles, he shows his understanding and love of Chinese culture.

Since he has become popular, he also uses his leisure time to integra

te into local cultural and sporting activities; study traditional arts such as paper-cut

ting and calligraphy and learn to cook Chinese food items such as wontons and fried spring rolls.

Lao Ma says that he will not only add more elements of Chinese culture, but also bring in African songs and dances in his new videos.

In the future, he wants to be a professional actor and chase his “Chinese Dream”.

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To prepare for a show is costly. I used up most of m

y budget to launch my collection at New York Fashion Week in February. Thank

fully, Lane Crawford and Labelhood provided me with support to showcase my coll

ection again at SFW. These two companies have been providing many opportunities for new designers to exh

ibit their works to the world,” says Hu, who graduated from Central Saint Martins and the Parsons School of Design.

“I never imagined that I would get so much attention for my first col

lection. Many top publications, such as Vogue and i-D magazine, professionals and buyers c

ame to view my collection. It surprised me that they aren’t ignoring new Chinese designers.”

Hu, who boasts experience working for major labels such as Tory Burch, DKNY and Alexander Wa

ng, adds that it is clear Chinese designers are now making a bigger impact in the global fashion scene than ever before.

“Some of my designer friends such as Angel Chen are active in diff

erent fashion weeks, receive support from intern

ational organizations and have even been nominated for many design awards,” she says.

Yang Guidong, who founded his Samuel Gui Yang label in 2015, shar

ed the same sentiment. It was the fifth time he was showcasing his creations at SFW.

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Li said the sturgeons sent back to the wild include

 both junior and adult fishes with relatively larger sizes to enrich the species’ population of different age groups.

Scientists will also study the data collected on the Chi

nese surgeon’s migration and reproduction activities in means of sonar and other advanced methods.

Chinese experts have started reintroduction events to increase

the population of sturgeons, a rare fish that dates back to the dinosaurs, since 1984.

Six employees of Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co. and its controlli

ng shareholder Nijiaxiang Group have been put under criminal coercive measures for their roles

in a chemical plant blast in East China’s Jiangsu province, local authorities said Saturday.

So far a total of nine people have been put under criminal coercive m

easures, which may include summons by force, bail, residential surveillance, detention or arrest.

The explosion happened at about 2:48 pm on March 21 followin

g a fire that broke out in a chemical industrial park in Xiangshui c

ounty. Seventy-eight people were killed in the blast, and 187 are still receiving treatment in hospitals.

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