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National awards for top scientists
TWO Chinese scientists, physicist Zhao Zhongxian and pharmacologist Tu Youyou, won the nation’s top science award yesterday for their outstanding contributions to scientific and technological innovation.
President Xi Jinping presented them with certificates and offered his congratulations at an annual ceremony held to honor distinguished scientists and research achievements.
Zhao is a leading scientist in the field of superconductivity, while Tu won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her discovery of artemisinin to treat malaria.
Addressing the ceremony for the State Scientific and Technological Awards, Premier Li Keqiang pledged better services and policies to boost reform and innovation in science and technology.
China will advance key projects in cutting-edge technology targeting future needs, improve infrastructure, enhance basic research and innovation, and establish mechanisms to support workers in the sector.
Scientific research institutions, universities and people taking the lead in innovation will be entitled to more power in doing their job, Li said.
Distribution policies must be better implemented to honor and reward innovators, he said, adding that the country is willing to offer opportunities for talented individuals from home or abroad to fulfill their ambitions in China.
Kremlin says it’s tired of denying hacking claims
THE Kremlin has branded a hacking report by US intelligence baseless and amateurish, saying Moscow is growing tired of denying claims that the Russian government meddled in the presidential election in the United States.
“These are baseless allegations substantiated with nothing, done on a rather amateurish, emotional level that is hardly worthy of professional work of truly world-class security services,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists yesterday.
On Friday, US intelligence agencies released a report saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered a campaign of hacking and media manipulation to upend the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The Kremlin’s comments were the first official reaction by Moscow to the public report, which was half the length of the classified version presented to President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump.
“We still don’t know what data is really being used by those who present such unfounded accusations,” Peskov said, insisting the Kremlin was “categorically denying any implication” it was responsible for the alleged hacking.
“We are growing rather tired of these accusations. It is becoming a full-on witch hunt,” Peskov said, echoing Trump’s claim ahead of Friday’s briefing by spy chiefs that the hacking revelations were a “political witch hunt” aimed at discrediting him
Jia Jia could be the future but prefers to stay single for now
JIA Jia can hold a simple conversation and make specific facial expressions when asked, and her creator believes the eerily life-like robot heralds a future of cyborg labor in China.
Billed as China’s first human-like robot, Jia Jia was first trotted out last year by a team of engineers at the Hefei-based University of Science and Technology of China.
Team leader Chen Xiaoping sounded like a proud father as he and his prototype appeared at an economic conference organized by banking giant UBS in Shanghai’s futuristic financial center yesterday.
Chen said that perhaps within a decade artificially intelligent robots like Jia Jia will begin performing a range of menial tasks in Chinese restaurants, nursing homes, hospitals and households.
“In 5-10 years there will be a lot of applications for robots in China,” Chen said.