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chinadaily.com.cn 2018-11-26 16:30

Female Chinese graduates dressed in wedding gowns take selfies for their graduation photos in a car in Hangzhou city, east Chinas Zhejiang province, 7 May 2014.[Photo/IC]

>Women happier being single
According to a study by data analysts Mintel, 61% of single women are happy being single, versus 49% of single men. The survey also found that 75% of single women have not actively looked for a relationship in the last year, compared to 65% of single men. And the proposed reason for this is that for women, from spending more time and money on upkeep of your appearance, doing more chores, to putting more effort into resolving problems or argument, being in a heterosexual relationship is actually a lot of hard work and generally requires more effort and labor than for men. What's more, women are better at socializing while single. "Women tend to be better at having alternative social networks and other confidantes whereas men tend to rely quite heavily on their wives for that and have fewer other social ties," Professor Emily Grundy of the University of Essex explains.



>Nasal pegs threaten life
Women in East Asia are putting tiny nasal pegs into their nostrils so their nose could look more European. The beauty trend apparently started from South Korea about two years ago and has spread to Japan, the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, where women with a pointier European nose are considered more attractive. The beauty trend, however, has sparked serious health concerns. In a recent case from China, a woman reportedly swallowed a nasal peg by accident and the small item was later found in her stomach. A typical set consists of two small curved pegs, measuring 2-3 cm long, as well as one adjusting hook. Zhou Xin, an ear-nose-throat specialist, called the beauty trend "life-threatening". Zhou said in that the tiny objects could block a person's respiratory tract, causing difficulties in breathing and even posing danger to life. Zhou suggested women should not use the pegs.


The small furry mammals scurried in the shadow of the dinosaurs 145 million years ago. [Photo/University of Portsmouth]

>Man's oldest ancestor found
As ancestors go, it might not look particularly distinguished, but this toothy rat-like creature is the forefather of us all. Remains of the little nocturnal mammal, which lived 145 million years ago, were discovered on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset, by paleontologists from the University of Portsmouth. The animal is the earliest in a line that would eventually lead to humans, as well as branching off along the way to evolve into creatures as diverse as Blue Whales and Pigmy Shrews. The new species has been named "Durlstotherim newmani", after keen amateur paleontologist Charlie Newman, who founded his own fossil museum in a pub, and helped scientists collect the new specimens. The new species were identified by Dr Steve Sweetman, a research fellow at the university. Sweetman said the finds rewrite the history of mammal evolution.
作为人类祖先,它可能看起来并没有很尊贵,但这种长得像老鼠的啮齿动物是人类的祖先。朴茨茅斯大学的古生物学家们在多赛特郡的侏罗纪海岸发现了这种生活在1.45亿年前的小型夜行哺乳动物的残骸。这是与人类祖先一脉相承的最早的动物,在演变过程中,它还进化成了蓝鲸和鼩鼱等多种不同生物。新发现的这个物种被命名为Durlstotherim newmani,得名于热心的业余古生物学家查理•纽曼。他在一家酒馆里创办了自己的化石博物馆,帮助科学家收集到了这些新标本。朴茨茅斯大学的研究员史蒂夫•斯威特曼博士识别出了这一新物种。斯威特曼说,这一发现改写了哺乳动物的进化史。



>Social media linked to suicide
An increase in suicide rates among US teens occurred at the same time social media use surged and a new analysis suggests there may be a link. Suicide rates for teens rose between 2010 and 2015 after they had declined for nearly two decades, according to data from the US Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study suggests that one factor could be rising social media use. Recent teen suicides have been blamed on cyberbullying, and social media posts depicting "perfect" lives may be taking a toll on teens' mental health, researchers say. "We need to stop thinking of smartphones as harmless," said study author Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University. "Monitoring kids' use of smartphones and social media is important, and so is setting reasonable limits, she said.

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