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chinadaily.com.cn 2018-12-26 15:53


>More Chinese dine alone
A recent report by market research group Kantar found eating alone is becoming increasingly common in China. Some 46% of the interviewees said they had eaten alone in the past 24 hours, up 9% from 2017. Around 16% of respondents said they preferred to eat alone. One reason for eating alone could be the rise of the single person Chinese household. According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, marriage registrations have dropped in China every year since 2014, while the divorce rate has risen for 16 straight years. Another reason for eating alone is time - or the lack of it. Commuters, strapped for time, often grab breakfast on the go at food outlets near subway and bus stations. And more people are having their lunch delivered from one of the many food delivery firms and choosing to eat it at their desks. Eat Solo is an online video channel with more than 1.5 million followers. Eddie Cheng, partner of Eat Solo, said that eating in solitude is convenient as many people study and work in big cities far from home.市场研究集团凯度最近的一份报告发现,独自用餐在国内正越来越普遍。约46%的受访者称在过去24小时曾独自用餐,这个比例比上一年增长了9%;约16%的受访者表示自己更加喜欢独自用餐。独自用餐的原因之一可能是中国一人户的增加。民政部称,2014年以来我国结婚登记率连年下降,而离婚率则连续16年增长。另一个原因是时间,或者说没有时间。赶时间的通勤族经常在地铁站和公交站附近的餐馆随便买点可以边走边吃的早餐。从众多外卖公司选一家订午餐外卖、选择在办公桌前吃午餐的人也更多了。网络视频频道"一人食"拥有超过150万粉丝。频道合伙人Eddie Cheng表示,许多人离乡背井一个人到大城市读书、工作,因此独自用餐十分便捷。


Britain's Queen Elizabeth poses after recording her annual Christmas Day message in London on Monday. [Photo/Agencies]

>Queen's Christmas message
Britain's Queen Elizabeth will say in her Christmas message that the festival's message of peace and goodwill needs to be heeded as much as ever, and people should respect each other even when they harbor the most deeply held differences. According to excerpts released by Buckingham Palace on Monday, the 92-year-old monarch will also speak of family and friendship. Throughout her 66 years on the throne, the queen has avoided commenting in public on contentious international affairs or party political issues, and the excerpts make no mention of the visit in July by US President Donald Trump or the turmoil over Britain's departure from the European Union. But speaking about the birth of Jesus, she will say: "I believe his message of peace on earth and goodwill to all is never out of date. It can be heeded by everyone; it's needed as much as ever. Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good step towards greater understanding."


Cao Yuan [Photo/nature.com]

>Physics prodigy honored
Cao Yuan, a 22-year-old doctoral candidate in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was named one of the 10 people who mattered this year by the journal Nature for discovering a "magic angle" in graphene sheets that spurred a new field of superconductor physics. In March, Cao surprised the nanoscience community by discovering graphene can potentially be an insulatoror or a superconductor by slightly changing the alignment of two graphene layers sandwiched together. In past experiments, graphene needed to be in contact with other superconductors to inherit some superconducting behaviors. But Cao's discovery shows that superconductivity might be an intrinsic quality of the purely carbon-based material, taking a huge step in the decades-long search for superconductors with a simpler makeup. The physics prodigy from Chengdu, Sichuan province, is the third Chinese scientist in five years to make Nature's list for pushing scientific development. Pan Jianwei, a world-leading quantum scientist, and Chen Hualan, an expert on bird flu, made the list in 2017 and 2013, respectively.


One of the newly developed Fuxing (Rejuvenation) bullet trains are unveiled at the China National Railway Test Center in Beijing on Dec 25, 2018. Three new types of domestically developed Fuxing trains designed with varying top speeds made their debut on Monday. [Photo/IC]

>New Fuxing bullet trains
Three new types of domestically developed Fuxing trains designed with varying top speeds made their debut on Monday, which experts said will offer more choices to potential overseas customers. A whole series of Fuxing trains were rolled out at the China National Railway Test Center in Beijing, including new versions - a longer train and two lower-speed versions. The longer Fuxing trains, which are 440 meters long and can seat 1,283 passengers, are the longest high-speed trains in China, with a maximum speed of 350 kilometers per hour. Two other Fuxing trains are expected to run at maximum speeds of 250 km/h and 160 km/h.

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