Racist Museum In China
A museum in China has removed an exhibit this week that showcased photographs of animals with portraits of black Africans, sparking complaints of racism.
The exhibit titled This Is Africa at the Hubei Provincial Museum in the city of Wuhan displayed a series of diptychs, each one containing a photo of an African person paired with the face of an animal. In a particularly striking example, a child with his mouth wide open was paired with a gorilla and other works included baboons and cheetahs.
The curator said exhibit was eventually removed after complaints by Africans, including some living in China, All the photographs were taken by Yu Huiping, a construction magnate who has traveled to Africa more than 20 times, has previously won awards for his work and is vice-chairman of the Hubei Photographers Association.
About 92% of the population belongs to the dominant Han ethnicity and ethnic minorities mostly live in the sporadically populated far west of the country. African countries are increasingly important trading partners, but cultural stereotypes dominate Chinese popular discourse on the continent.
Chinese scientists have genetically engineered purple rice, which is rich in antioxidants(Credit: Qinlong Zhu/South China Agricultural University)
Chinese scientists genetically engineered purple rice that is rich in antioxidants and may reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.
The added health benefits of the new rice are due to the increased levels of anthocyanins. Not only do these compounds boost antioxidant activity, which is linked to reduced risks of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, they also give foods like blueberries and red grapes their eye-catching coloration. As a result, the new rice breed has a rich purple pigment.
The next phase for the team involves studying how safe the new purple rice is to eat, and whether the technique can be applied to other cereals. Eventually, the researchers say the technique could be used to increase the levels of other nutrients and chemicals in plants.
David Coleman, the owner of the SAT college-entrance exam, which has been plagued by a raft of cheating incidents overseas, outlined new security measures but stopped short of remedying the test’s biggest vulnerability.
The New York-based College Board said the steps include reducing the number of times the test is given outside the United States and increasing the auditing of test centers. But the not-for-profit organization did not say it would end its practice of reusing test forms overseas that were initially given in the United States – the source of many of its security lapses in recent years.
As Reuters reported last year, the College Board has failed to stop a widespread and known security problem. Asian test-preparation companies are gathering questions and reading passages from past SAT exams, and then giving their clients that material to practice upon. The questions later show up on SAT exams administered overseas, giving an unfair advantage to students who have seen them.
Reuters also found that the College Board knowingly had administered some exams overseas that it knew had leaked. More here
China had unveiled a robotic crime fighter known as the AnBot at the Chongqing International Tech Fair this April. This was developed by the National Defense University to enhance the country’s anti-terrorism and anti-riot measures. The droid will patrol the departure hall of terminal three of the airport, reports the People’s Daily Online. The robot is to help relieve the pressure off airport police in their daily patrols and save human resources. AnBot can work around-the-clock and deter suspects with sound and light, and react to emergencies with an electric riot fork. The security robot is equipped with four high-definition digital cameras, which it can use to snap pictures of travellers’ faces, and then send them immediately to human co-workers for further analysis. It is capable of autonomous patrols, intelligent monitoring and auto recharging.
The Chinese are selling counterfeit product through Amazon. Sellers are shipping their inventory to Amazon FBA centers, and when an order is placed, Amazon packs and ships the merchandise to the consumer.
The merchandise is also eligible for Amazon Prime and super saver shipping. Amazon even manages customer service and returns through this program 24 hours a day, according to its FBA advertisement. The problem with this is it offers Chinese counterfeiters easier access to product information, making it easier to create fake merchandise, send it to the FBA fulfillment centers, and undercut legitimate sellers.The counterfeiters even pay for reviews, generating thousands of positive reviews in a short period of time to add an appearance of legitimacy to their online store. Consumers are the ones who discover the fakes.
Amazon has made it easier for Chinese counterfeiters to do business through their FBA program, and has no effective method or plan to fix the problem and police offenders.
Watch what you purchase!
Tsinghua University’s Center for Statistical Science has set up a Medical Big Data Center because of the increasing demand for medical big data research. One of the largest economic consulting firms headquartered in Boston named Analysis Group will also join the center as a strategic partner to develop the Medical Big Data Center.
According to Liu Jun, director of the Center for Statistical Science of Tsinghua University, who is also professor of statistics at Harvard University, the center’s research will focus on medical big data methodology development and applications. In addition, the center will provide research to support clinical decision making, health policies, hospital and healthcare system management, and innovation . The center will also focus on the development of talents who will lead medical big data research in academics, government and the healthcare industry.
The Medical Big Data Center will work together with the Institute for Data Sciences and Medical School, while other institutes in Tsinghua will also invite researchers and experts from various academic and research organizations, including Peking University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Harvard University。The collaboration between research teams from Tsinghua and Analysis Group will help develop talent who will play an important role in medical big data research, medical informatics and related industries in China.
Democratic leader Sen. Harry Reid, said that the December hack into Office of Personnel Management data was carried out by the Chinese. Reid is one of eight lawmakers briefed on the most secret intelligence information. The United States officials have declined to publicly blame China. It is believe that the hackers now have all personnel data for every federal employee, every federal retiree, and up to one million former federal employees .
The union believes the hackers stole military records and veterans’ status information, address, birth date, job and pay history, health insurance, life insurance, and pension information; and age, gender and race data.
Authorties believe the hackers stole what is known as Standard Form 86, which require applicants to fill out deeply personal information about themselves. The officials said they believe the hack into the security clearance database was separate from the breach of federal personnel data announced last week — a breach that is itself appearing far worse than first thought. It appears that all of the millions of security clearance holders, including CIA, National Security Agency and military special operations personnel, are potentially exposed in the security clearance breach. American officials have said that the cybertheft originated in China and that they suspect espionage by the Chinese government, which has denied any involvement.
After Edward Snowden, was able to steal tens of thousands of the agency’s most sensitive documents it has become more difficult for the federal government to hire talented younger people into sensitive jobs, particularly at intelligence agencies.Today, if you get a job with the government, your own personal information may not be secure.