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China science, technology news summary — May 14

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BEIJING, May 14 (Xinhua) — The following is a summary of published science and technology news of China.

BEIDOU FACILITATES BUSES

High-resolution terminal devices of China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) have been installed in public buses in the city of Nanchang, east China’s Jiangxi Province, local authorities said Thursday.

In remote areas outside the coverage of conventional telecommunications network, the device can activate the emergency communication function realized through the BDS-3 system and accurately upload location information of the buses.

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GENOME MAP OF ASIAN DOMESTIC PIGS

A group of Chinese researchers have recently finished the genome map of the Meishan pig, a famous Chinese domestic pig breed, laying a foundation for the protection, development and utilization of local pig provenance resources in China.

The genome map records 2.51 billion base pairs of genes and annotates 22,074 coding genes. Genomic comparison between Meishan and Duroc pigs, a popular European pig breed, reveals 49,103 structural variations, 4.02 percent of which are Asian-specific.

CHINESE PATENTS

More than 4,200 Chinese patents were granted by 26 countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative in 2020, up 19.3 percent year on year, sources with the National Intellectual Property Administration (NIPA) said Thursday.

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China’s published patent applications also saw an increase of 17.1 percent year on year, reaching 6,198 in 22 Belt and Road countries last year.

Digital communications, computer technology and electronic equipment topped the list of industries involved in both Chinese patent applications and grants in these countries.

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