• Jobs

    The low-desire life: why people in China are rejecting high-pressure jobs in favour of ‘lying flat’ | China

    Name: Low-desire life. Age: People – young ones especially – have been rebelling, dropping out, rejecting the rat race for pretty much ever, since the rat race began. But in China, it’s becoming more common. On trend, you might say. And it’s China we’re talking about? Exactly. A few brave urban professionals are rejecting high-pressure jobs in order to pursue a low-desire life, also known as “tangping” or “lying flat”. It was possibly started by a man named Luo Huazhong, who quit his job as a factory worker in Sichuan province, then cycled to Tibet to hang out and get by on odd jobs. Luo called his lifestyle “lying flat”…

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  • Online School

    Texas school districts roll back options after lawmakers fail to extend life of virtual learning

    Nearly 1,000 students told Frisco ISD administrators that they wanted to continue with online learning next school year, but now that’s not going to happen. On Tuesday, Frisco Superintendent Mike Waldrip announced that the district had to cancel plans to open a virtual school this fall because funding to continue the option wasn’t clear. Numerous other districts, including Round Rock and Hays, also have scrapped plans. “With no signs that the Texas Education Agency will act soon to grant districts a waiver, Frisco ISD has no choice but to discontinue planning for this option in the coming school year,” Waldrip said in his letter to families. The future of online…

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  • Science

    Life sciences is poised to be Boston’s dominant industry. Has the area become the Silicon Valley of biotech?

    “The concentration of capital, science, and people in Boston has never felt better,” says Bruce Booth of Atlas Venture, an investor who has worked in the city since 2005. Just this week, Flagship Pioneering, the company-creation factory in Cambridge that hatched Moderna, collected a fresh $3.4 billion in capital to keep funding new ventures. In the stretch since December, you can find six major indications that Boston is the undisputed hub of the life sciences industry, a place where ideas and products that change ― and save ― people’s lives around the world originate. All three COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use in the United States have ties to Boston.…

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  • Science

    Let there be life! Scientists create single-cell organism that reproduces

    Scientists have managed to create a single-celled synthetic organism that can successfully reproduce, in a new study by J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). The JCVI-syn3A organism has 672 genes in its DNA, making it one of the simplest and smallest genetic codes. By comparison, a typical bacterial cell has more than 4,000.  This new cell the scientists have been researching includes 19 more genes than previous studies. Of those, seven were identified as participants in cell division. However, the function of the remaining genes is still unknown; this will be the basis of future research on…

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  • Science

    Scientists discover Antarctic marine life trapped under ice for half a century

    Fossil of ‘real-life Loch Ness Monster’ found in Antarctica Scientists have recently uncovered the fossilized remains of a 70-million-year-old elasmosaur in Antarctica, which would have once weighed as much as 15 tons, making it one of the largest of its kind ever found. Fossil hunters are calling the find a real-life Lock Ness monster, as many believe Nessie is a long-necked plesiosaur, such as an elasmosaur. It is now one of the most complete ancient reptile fossils ever discovered. German researchers have uncovered marine life along the Antarctic seafloor for the first time in decades after a massive iceberg calved from the continent’s ice sheet last month.  The iceberg, dubbed…

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  • Exchange Student

    Exchange student from Italy adjusts to U.S. pandemic life

    News – AP-State Beatrice Latina will take back to Rome a memorable souvenir from her experience living in the Alle-Kiski Valley. By JOYCE HANZ, Tribune-Review BRACKENRIDGE, Pa. (AP) — Beatrice Latina will take back to Rome a memorable souvenir from her experience living in the Alle-Kiski Valley. Her covid recovery story. Latina, nicknamed “Bi Bi” by her friends, is from Italy and the sole foreign exchange student at Highlands High School in Harrison. She tested positive for covid-19 about two months after moving into her Brackenridge host family home in September. A 14-day quarantine ensued. “I lost my smell for four months and taste for two months,” Latina said. “I…

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  • Science

    A heavyweight life science developer is looking at the Watertown Mall for new lab space

    WATERTOWN — An aging mall in a hot part of Greater Boston’s exploding life sciences industry could soon be reconfigured as … what else? Lab space. Heavyweight life science developer Alexandria Real Estate Equities has a deal in place to buy the Watertown Mall, according to four real estate industry executives familiar with the deal. The sale has not closed, and thus could yet fall through, but if it goes through, the deal would represent the latest burst in an explosion of life sciences development along Arsenal Street in Watertown’s East End. Neither Alexandria nor the Watertown Mall’s longtime owner, New York-based Rosen Associates Management Corp., would comment on the…

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