The world’s lightest giant panda has been born in Chengdu, Sichuan province.
According to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a fema
le cub about the weight of an average chicken egg was born in the base on Tuesday.
Chengda, an eight-year-old female panda, gave birth to two female cubs that day.
“At 2:41 pm, Chengda gave birth to a female cub that weighed 171.9 gram
s. At 6:08 pm, it gave birth to the other female cub that weighed 42.8 grams, fewer than one
-quarter of the weight of its elder sister, and measuring only two-thirds as long, ” said base chief Zhang Zhihe.
Before Tuesday, the world’s lightest panda cub was Wuyi, a male pa
nda weighing 51 grams when it was born on Aug 7, 2006, in the Chengdu base.
Thanks to milk from two female pandas, Wuyi, whose name means 51 in Chinese, gained weight and by October he was as heavy as his peers.
Firms from China and the UK are ideal partners in many countries along t
he Belt and Road Initiative, a China-Britain Business Council official said in Beijing.
“The UK has taken a very positive view on seizing these opportunit
ies for UK businesses, particularly our banks, our large consultancy firms and our infr
astructure companies,” said Jeff Astle, managing director of China operations at the council.
British expertise in areas of financial services, banking, legal services, consulting services around engineering pro
vides a broad range of opportunities for UK firms to collaborate with Chinese firms in other countries, Astle said.
“We benefit from many English legal jurisdictions in many
of these countries, the English language and our businesses have long history and experiences in these coun
tries. That means we are a great ideal partner for Chinese firms in many of these Belt and Road counties,” said Astle.
Scientists have developed structural brain atlases for the Chinese pediatric population, o
ffering a basic tool for future studies on Chinese children’s brain development.
In magnetic resonance (MR) imaging studies of child’s brain development, structural brain atlases usually serve as imp
ortant references. However, the popular existing pediatric brain atlases are mostly based on MR images obtained from C
aucasian populations and thus are not an accurate characterization of Chinese children’s brains due to differences in genetic and environmental factors.
Scientists from the Beijing Normal University have created a set of age-specific Ch
inese pediatric atlases based on high-quality MR images from 328 cognitively normal Chinese children aged between 6 and 12.
The brain atlases include sex-specific templates and multiple age-specific templates. They show dramatic anatomica
l differences in the bilateral frontal and parietal regions compared with the brain atlases based on Caucasian populations.
The brain atlases have been released online and researchers can download it for free. They may help reveal the Chinese c
hildren’s brain structure and functional development, providing a reference for neuroimaging studies on Chine
se children with abnormal brain development such as autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).