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【Economist】The pandemic: The way we live now

中文导读新冠病毒传播速度迅猛,一波未平一波又起。尽管疫苗研发指日可待,遭受打击的各经济体也逐渐恢复,但问题在于,在还没有有效药物或疫苗的情况下,人们将对疫情放松警惕、对口罩产生抵触情绪、对政客产生不信任,这些因素都可能助长病毒进一步肆虐。Covid-19 is yet to do its worstIT IS ASTONISHING how rapidly the pandemic has spread, despite all the efforts to stop it. On February 1st, the day covid-19 first appeared on our front cover, the World Health Organisation counted 2,115...

【Quartz】Why didn’t Einstein’s descendants inherit his IQ?

This question originally appeared on Quora: Why Didn’t Einstein Descendants Inherit Einstein’s IQ? Answer by Adrien Lubas Ecoffet, Quora engineer, Frenchman, Americanophile.They did, to an extent. But first let’s step back a little bit and talk about IQ heritability.IQ is highly heritable, and that heritability is largely driven by genes (from 50% to...

【CNN】China is investing billions in chipmaking to catch up

China is investing billions in chipmaking to close the gap with its global rivalsCHINA's largest semiconductor maker could raise as much as $7.5 billion this year by listing its stock in Shanghai — a move that could deliver the Chinese mainland its largest share sale in a decade, and reduce the country's reliance on foreign chips.Semiconductor Manufacturing...

【CNN】Does more sweating mean a more intense workout?

How much you sweat doesn't necessarily correlate with how intense your workout is or how many calories you burn.FOR SOME people, summer is the time to head indoors to exercise. But others welcome the heat as a way to sweat more and get a better workout.Indeed, I've long regarded the sweatiness of my exercise sessions as a sign of how hard I was pushing...

【LATimes】The plastics you don’t see might kill you

Not only do plastics refuse to biodegrade, but minuscule plastic particles are in the air we breathe and the food we eat, according to new research.Farmers harvest oysters in Samish Bay, Wash., in 2008. Plastic traces have been found in seafood and other food and beverages.(Los Angeles Times)DISPOSABLE gloves and face masks — along with antiseptic wipes,...

【Bloomberg】New U.S. Visa Rules Put Chinese Students in Dilemma

New U.S. Visa Rules Threaten to Deport 369,000 Chinese StudentsHundreds of thousands of Chinese students enroll at U.S. colleges and universities each year, and right now, a lot of them are concerned.As schools try to figure out how to start the fall semester amid the coronavirus pandemic, some -- including Harvard University and the University of Southern...

【Economist】Producing a vaccine: Moonshot

中文导读新冠疫情爆发以来,世界大国纷纷投入到疫苗研发竞赛中。英国牛津大学詹纳研究所(Jenner Institute)的疫苗领跑全球,目前已经进入最后阶段的临床试验。但疫苗的有效程度、注射剂量以及人群接种顺序等问题还有待探讨。如果英国能最先研制出疫苗,不仅能使全球收益,还有助于挽回之前抗疫工作不佳丢失的颜面。Oxford University has taken the lead in the race to produce a covid-19 vaccineBY OXFORD’S EASTERN bypass road, some way from the famous spires, sits an unremarkable collection of glass office buildings...

【Conversation】What makes something smell good or bad?

Cookies taste so good. Smell tells us that before we even take a bite. How?PEE-YEW! Your old socks smell soooo bad. But why? Maybe you’ve learned to dislike the smell. Maybe your socks are full of gross bacteria. Or maybe, it’s both. Our team studies the brain and sense of smell – it’s one of our favorite topics. But first, how do you smell?What is...

【NewYorker】How People Learn to Become Resilient

Perception is key to resilience: Do you conceptualize an event as traumatic, or as a chance to learn and grow?Norman Garmezy, a developmental psychologist and clinician at the University of Minnesota, met thousands of children in his four decades of research. But one boy in particular stuck with him. He was nine years old, with an alcoholic mother and...

【Economist】Airlines and the climate: Setting a new CORSIA

中文导读国际航空碳抵消和减排计划(CORSIA)的出台旨在减缓全球的碳排放,预计2021年生效。然而在疫情的冲击下,全球航空业严重受挫。为了帮助航空公司度过难关,国际民航组织(ICAO)决定暂时调高全球排放基准,但这却引来的环保主义者的强烈反对。他们认为此碳排放计划原本就缺乏力度,收效甚微,且调整前的低水平的基准线对许多航空公司并不会造成巨大负担。A carbon-intensive industry defangs an already mostly toothless offset scheme“THE WORST year in the history of aviation” is how the International Air Transport Association (IATA)...

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