No. 76

June 2011

Headline News Innovation and Development

Applied Technology

Basic Science Cooperation between CAS and Local Authorities
Bioscience International Cooperation Brief News Geoscience
International Cooperation

Sino-US S&T Strategic Policy: Join Hands for Innovation

From May 26th to 27th, the Second Seminar on Sino-US S&T Strategic Policy & Intellectual Property Management was held. The seminar was co-sponsored by CAS, National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Prof. Charles Vest, President of NAE, and Dr. John Boright, Executive Director of the International Cooperation Office of NAS led the US group. Li Jiayang, Vice President of CAS met with the US delegation. At the seminar, experts from relevant research institutions of CAS, the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), etc. had in-depth discussions with their US colleagues on intellectual property rights and the patent systems of the two countries, reform of patent law and the challenges in the field.

A Peking Man tooth Found in Sweden

Fossils for so-called Peking Man are extremely rare, as most of the findings disappeared during World War II. But recently a Peking Man tooth has been found at the Museum of Evolution of the Uppsala University by the Chinese and Swedish scientists. Swedish paleontologists were the first group of scientists to come to China in the early 20th century, and they carried out a series of expeditions in collaboration with their Chinese colleagues. They found large numbers of fossils, which were brought to Sweden. So far, there are still 40 cartons left unopened and forgotten¡ªuntil know. Over the last few months, some of them have been opened by Per Ahlberg and his colleague Martin Kendra, as well as the Museum Director, Jan Ove Ebbestad, who had paid attention to the cartons in the storeroom. Then, two Chinese scientists, Profs Liu Wu and Tong Haowen from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, CAS were invited to join. Among the fossils left untouched ever since 1920s, a human tooth - canine tooth of Peking Man was identified by Prof. Liu Wu. ¡°This is an extremely important finding. It is the only canine tooth in existence. It can yield important information about how Homo erectus lived in China,¡± Liu commented.

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