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US scientists picked for top China panel

When C.D. Mote Jr, president of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), was asked by China Daily on Monday to share his thoughts on becoming a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), he said he was not aware of the news. “I didn’t even know that I was actually being considered,” he said. “It’s very exciting. It’s extremely exciting, actually.” The CAE, one of the most prestigious academic institutions in China, announced on Monday in Beijing its newest group of 70 Chinese members and eight foreign members, often known as academicians. The foreign members include five Americans, one Briton, one Canadian and one Austrian, bringing CAE’s foreign members to 49

Consensus reached on cybercrime

State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun (center), US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson (right) and US Attorney General Loretta Lynch pose for a photo on Tuesday morning in Washington ahead of the first round of high-level dialogue to fight cyber crimes following the signing of a bilateral anti-hacking accord in September during President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the US. The two countries hope a better cooperation in cyber security and a better management of their differences could help the overall bilateral relations. Chen Weihua / China Daily China and the United States reached an important consensus on fighting cybercrimes at the first round of high-level dialogue on the issue in Washington on Tuesday. The two sides agreed on a guiding principle for fighting Internet crimes and related issues.

Plastic bricks given creative twist in Rome exhibition

A girl poses at a sculpture featuring a yellow man ripping his chest open at The Art of the Brick exhibition in Rome. Jin Yu / Xinhua Some 80 sculptures, over 600,000 tiny plastic bricks, and recreations of some of the world’s most iconic masterpieces. The Art of the Brick exhibit of American Nathan Sawaya opened in Rome on Oct 28, giving Italians a taste of how artistic inspiration can mingle with playfulness, and pour out through a most “surprising” material. “The exhibition captures people’s curiosity and imagination, and is being shown for the first time in Italy. So far, Rome’s audience has surely met our expectations,” Italian curator Fabio La Gioia told Xinhua

Not local enough

Top: Audiences watch a screening of Go Away Mr Tumor in a theater in Jinan, Shandong province. The surprise choice of Go Away Mr Tumor instead of Wolf Totem as China’s official entry for this year’s Oscars has shocked local filmmakers, who say the Academy’s rules ‘aren’t clear.’ Xu Fan reports. Young Chinese director Han Yan was stunned to learn that his romantic comedy Go Away Mr Tumor is China’s official submission for the Oscars. The list of 81 movies, which are accepted for this year’s best foreign language film, was announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Oct 8. It was also a surprise for industry observers that China’s longtime favorite, Wolf Totem, was not chosen, as its core creative team had too many non-Chinese members. Go Away Mr Tumor, adapted from the biography of the late cartoonist, Xiong Dun, has been chosen instead of the Sino-French coproduction Wolf Totem.

Nobel Prize for medicine focuses on ravaging parasitic diseases

Chinese pharmacologist Tu Youyou, pictured in 2011, jointly won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine along with Irish-born William Campbell and Japan’s Satoshi Omura, the Nobel Assembly at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute announced on Monday. Tu won part of the prize for discoveries related to a novel therapy against malaria. Xinhua / Jin Liwang The Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded this week focuses on three dreadful parasitic diseases – elephantiasis, river blindness and malaria – that still ravage mankind, “debilitating diseases that affect hundreds of millions people annually”, the Nobel Committee said in its citation. Parasitic diseases have plagued humankind for millennia and persist as major global health problems, especially for the world’s poorest populations, those who can least afford exotic cures. Chinese scientist Tu Youyou was awarded half the prize and the other half went to two scientists who also came up with “powerful new means to combat” these afflictions. Japanese microbiologist Satoshi Omura focused on a group of bacteria, streptomyces, that live in the soil and were known to produce a plethora of compounds with bacteria-fighting powers. Omura, who has two PhDs in pharmaceutical sciences and chemistry and is professor emeritus at Kitasato University in Japan, was said to carry a plastic bag with him, even when he played golf, to collect soil samples. He was able to isolate and mass-reproduce literally thousands of bacteria that showed promise fighting parasites, picking the 50 best.