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For Chinese kids and parents, there is a digital generation gap: report

A report has found that Chinese kids are more adept at handling digital devices than their parents. A 14-year-old student is better at using the internet than his parents, reported on Jan 11.

A “digital generation gap” has formed between Chinese children and their parents, said the report about Chinese children’s (between age 3 and 14) internet capability in the 2016-2017 period, released by China National Youth Palace Association on Thursday.

Chinese children are using the internet at an earlier age, and as a result, their proficiency is rising fast. The report came to this conclusion after analyzing 110,000 online questionnaires.

The report has also offered guidance to parents, helping them to better deal with children who are addicted to video games. It is the first paper of its kind in the country.

However, parents lag behind their children’s online capabilities, the report found. About 43.6 percent of 14-year-olds said they know more about the internet than their parents, and 63 percent of the parents agreed.

For children aged seven, the internet is a source of fun. About 8.5 percent of seven-year-olds said they have shopped online, 16.7 percent said they have uploaded pictures and images, and 4.1 percent said they have their own followers.

For kids aged between three and six, 29.1 percent are using the internet for no less than 30 minutes a day, and that duration increases as they grow older.

The more prevalence and proficiency of the internet among children is deepening the generation gap, experts warn. This gap is not good for the parent-child relationship, or for children’s online safety.

Zhang Haibo, director of the Children’s Media Literacy Education Research Center of the China National Youth Palace Association, suggests parents monitor their children’s online activities, enhance children’s awareness about cyber security, adapt ways of educating their kids, and keep up with their kids in internet knowledge.

Giza Pyramid: Scientist Suggests There is an ‘Iron Throne’ in Unexplored Cavity

Sphinx and Pyramid of Cheops

The newly discovered cavity in the Giza Pyramid has left scientists around the world wondering what lies inside the mysterious chamber. Italian mathematician Giulio Magli may have some answers.

In November 2017, the magazine Nature published the results of the ScanPyramids project revealing that there is a large cavity at least 30 meters long within the Pyramid of Cheops (Giza Pyramid) in Egypt. Since then, scientists and archaeologists around the world have been trying to discover what this void contains and what its purpose was.

Giulio Magli, professor of Mathematics and Archaeoastronomy at the Politecnico di Milano, has proposed one of the first hypotheses; his conclusions were published by Eurekalert.

According to the scientist, the newly found chamber was hardly a mistake made during the construction, neither did it carry an architectural function such as reducing the load on the main corridor of the pyramid, as some experts have suggested.
Magli believes that the answer can be found in the burial religion of the ancient Egypt.

“There is a possible interpretation, which is in good agreement with what we know about the Egyptian funerary religion as witnessed in the Pyramids Texts. In these texts it is said that the pharaoh, before reaching the stars of the north, will have to pass the “gates of the sky” and sit on his “throne of iron,” Magli was reported as saying by Eurekalert.

“The room may contain, at its upper end and exactly under the apex of the great pyramid, an object needed by Cheops after crossing the doors: the “iron throne” mentioned in the Pyramid Texts,” Magli said.

The scientist noted that in the pyramid there are four “air ducts” along which the spirit of the deceased ruler could “get out”, while the passage leading to the north ends with a sealed door. It is behind this door, according to Magli, that there is chamber containing the throne.

He recalled that inside the same pyramid the throne of Cheop’s mother Queen Hetepheres had been discovered. It had a low cedar base covered in gold and faience.

“Cheops’ could be similar, but coated with thin iron sheets. Of course it would not be melted iron, but meteoritic iron, that is, fallen from the sky in the form of Iron meteorites [distinguishable due to the high percentage of Nickel] and again cited in the Texts,” Magli said.

The pyramid of Cheops also known as the Giza Pyramid is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, which was built in the middle of the third millennium BC, at the time of Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops), representative of the Fourth Dynasty of the Ancient Egyptian Kingdom.

The structure, 145 meters in height and 230 meters in width, remains one of the tallest and largest structures ever built by mankind.

Source: sputniknews

Curiosity Rover Explores Scotland-Like Terrain on Red Planet

Mars surface

NASA rover Curiosity is exploring territory on Mars marked by a red sandstone formation known as Torridonian, similar to formations found in Scotland.

It is quite surprising to discover that parts of the red planet have been named after geological formations and places on Earth.

Currently, Curiosity is sending back images from a Martian ”Scotland,” as the geological formations are strikingly similar to those seen in the actual Scotland on Earth.

NASA has borrowed several names from geographic points in the Torridonian Supergroup in the north-western Highlands to describe areas on Mars, such as Torridon, Siccar Point, Muck, Wick, Sandwick and Holyrood.

Curiosity is set to spend a year exploring the Torridon quadrangle on the red planet.

“The group thought it appropriate to have a Scottish quadrangle because Scotland is the really the birthplace of geology,” Professor John Bridges, of the University of Leicester who is a participating scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory Mission, told BBC.

“Torridon has this red sandstone called the Torridonian which are the oldest sediments in the UK, and they are a great analogue for what we are seeing on Mars,” he added.

Various geological features on Mars have also been given Scottish names.

Curiosity is a small, car sized, rover designed to explore the Gale Crater on Mars as part of a NASA mission. It was launched from Cape Canaveral on November 26, 2011.

Source: sputniknews

Beauty is Power: Scientists Reveal New Factor Behind Politicians’ Success

Sahra Wagenknecht of the Left party (Die Linke) delivers her speech at the German parliament on the next EU summit at the German Bundestag in Berlin, on March 19, 2015

A research team from Germany came to an interesting conclusion, that the popularity of politicians is closely related to their looks.
Sociologist Ulrich Rosar and his colleagues in Düsseldorf stated that the connection between a politician’s appearance and the number of his or her supporters is “very substantial,” reported.

In the framework of their research, the scientists analyzed 1,786 politicians — whose looks were judged by groups of men and women, with the attractiveness grades ranging from zero to six (unattractive to very attractive).

The findings showed that good looks were the second most important factor behind voters’ support for a candidate, with the politician’s familiarity being the top criterion.

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After having examined the German political scene, the experts compiled a list of prominent political figures in accordance with their attractiveness.

Christian Lindner, the head of the FDP faction in the Bundestag, ranked first in the men’s category with 3.43 points. In her turn, Sahra Wagenknecht, leader of the Left Party, came out in the lead in the women’s group with 4.08 points.

At the same time, the SPD leader Martin Schulz received only 1.67 points, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) trailed him with 1.04 points.

Source: sputniknews

Shanxi church demolished as illegal building: official

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/1/10 21:18:40

A church in a North China city is being demolished amid a city-wide campaign to remove illegal buildings, a local government official said Wednesday.

“A Christian offered his farmland to a local Christian association and they secretly built a church using the cover of building a warehouse,” a government department official from the Shanxi Province city of Linfen told the Global Times on Wednesday. He insisted on anonymity.

“The local housing department stopped the building of the church, named Jindengtai Christian Church, in 2009, when the church was almost finished, as the land owner did not apply for the necessary approval,” he said. The church was rarely used, the official said.

The demolition started Tuesday and continued on Wednesday. The church was built by the Jindengtai Christian association, witnesses told the Global Times.

The founder of the association never registered the church, the Linfen official said.

Religious groups above county-level must register churches with their local civil affairs bureaus, according to a regulation on the registration of religious groups in China.

An employee of Linfen Christian Church told the Global Times she had never heard of the Jindengtai Christian association.

Eight members from the Jindengtai Christian association were jailed in 2009 for “illegally occupying farmland” and “disturbing traffic order by getting together,” said a Christian close to the head of the Jindengtai Christian association on Wednesday.

The Linfen official confirmed five people were jailed for disturbing public order.

Members of the Jindengtai Christian association assembled in front of the Fushan county government building gates in Linfen in September 2009, calling on the government to “repent” for shutting down one of their gathering places, he said.

The head of the association did not answer calls from the Global Times as of press time.

China’s market demand of automobiles to reach 29.98 million in 2018: report

China’s market demand of automobiles is expected to reach 29.98 million in 2018, according to a report released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) on Jan. 11, China News reported.

The report, which analyzed factors including macro economy, population structure, products, and policies that influence the automobile market, found that sales volume of automobiles in China is expected to rise by 3 percent in 2018.

Statistics by CAAM show that China’s automobile sales saw an increase in both domestic and global markets in 2017.

By December 2017, the number of new energy vehicles in China reached 1.73 million, and that of blade electric vehicles hit 1.5 million, according to the statistics.

In addition, there are 213,900 public and 231,800 private charging piles in China, making China the country with the most number of blade electric vehicles and charging piles.

Ukrainian woman experiences folk-custom wedding of Tujia minority

Misko Nataliia, a Ukrainian woman teaching at a college in central China’s Hunan Province, experienced the folk-custom wedding of the Tujia ethnic minority on Jan. 11, China News reported.

She fell in love with the young man Jiang Zongkun of Tujia minority several years ago. Although they have held a simple wedding ceremony before, she still wished to experience the folk-custom wedding.

Wheelchair-friendly buses launched in Chongqing

Wheelchair-friendly buses officially launched in southwestern China’s Chongqing municipality on Jan. 10. The barrier-free service is no doubt a piece of good news for people with mobile impairments.

Thirty-one buses are equipped with a wheelchair lift, making the buses accessible to the physically disabled.

In addition, each bus has six USB ports, turning the vehicles into mobile charging stations.

China launches toilet navigation system to help tourists locate nearest restrooms

A toilet navigation system has recently been launched in China to help tourists across the country find the nearest places to answer nature’s call.

The system was jointly developed by China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and AutoNavi, a Chinese web mapping, navigation, and location-based services provider.

“It only takes seconds to locate nearby toilets after opening the app,” said Zhao Wei, a tour guide in Xiamen, Fujian province. He said he always had a hard time finding toilets for his tour groups before, which was quite embarrassing.

The system not only offers the locations of nearby bathrooms, but also provides directions.

“We need to keep pace with the toilet revolution and facilitate it with technologies, thus benefiting tourists in a practical way,” said an employee of the CNTA.

The new service covers all of China’s highest-level tourist attractions, and more than 70% of the secondary-level ones, which add up to more than 500,000 toilets.

In addition, the system can also help tourists access other practical information, including tourist sites introduction and local services.

13,200 tons of ‘imported waste’ returned by Ningbo port in 2017

A total of 13,200 tons of imported waste mixed up with imported garbage was inspected and returned by Ningbo in 2017, topping all other Chinese ports, according to the Ningbo Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, China News reported.

The bureau says that a total of 42,200 tons of imported waste to be used as raw materials worth $4.71 billion were inspected by the port, among which 13,200 tons was mixed up with illegally imported garbage worth $20.12 million. The waste was all returned by the port.

The main reason for the large number is that overseas shippers are not familiar with China’s policy and laws on the import of waste as raw materials and their efforts to reduce relevant sorting costs, so that they usually turn a blind eye on waste exports to China.

Developed countries including the U.S., the Netherlands, Germany, and Canada create the most industrial waste each year. China, as the world’s largest importer of waste that could be used as raw materials, might be affected if the countries do not carefully sort out their waste.