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Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko enjoy viewing weeping cherry trees in full bloom at Kyoto Gyoen National Garden in Kyoto, Japan, March 27, 2019. [Photo/IC]


>Royals mark 60th anniversary


Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Wednesday just three weeks before he abdicates his throne.

The couple met at a 1957 tennis tournament. Akihito and Michiko Shoda married on April 10, 1959, making him Japan's first future emperor to wed a commoner.

"I am truly grateful to the Empress, who herself was once one of the people, but who chose to walk this path with me, and over 60 long years continued to serve with great devotion both the Imperial Family and the people of Japan," Akihito said.

Akihito and Michiko broke with tradition, especially in choosing to raise their three children, in speaking far more often to the public, and making amends for the war victims in and outside the country.

Unlike their predecessors, Akihito and Michiko are almost always together - Akihito kneeling beside Michiko speaking intimately with disaster victims at evacuation centers, or to residents at nursing homes or a handicapped people's workshop.

Their friendly interactions have won deep affection among the Japanese.


Scientists have obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87.[Photo/Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration]


>First image of black hole


The first-ever image of a black hole, a joint effort of more than 200 astronomers worldwide, including 16 from the Chinese mainland, was released on Wednesday.

It was the first visible representation of what are considered the most extreme objects in the universe.

The image depicts the black hole at the heart of Messier 87, a massive, distant galaxy in the Virgo galaxy cluster.
照片中捕获的是室女座星系团中超大质量的遥远星系Messier 87中心的黑洞。

It resides 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the sun.

It puts to the test Albert Einstein's Theory of General Relativity put forward in 1915, which allows for a prediction of the size and shape of a black hole.

The Event Horizon Telescope, a globe-spanning array of eight ground-based radio telescopes, was used to observe the black hole. It took an international scientific team to capture the paradigm-shifting image, which was announced through coordinated news conferences around the world.




>Work schedules under fire


Activists are calling for more supervision over labor exploitation in an online crusade spearheaded by software developers against the so-called 996 work schedule, which is widely practiced in China's tech industry.

The rules - which require employees to work from 9 am to 9 pm, six days a week without overtime pay-came under fire after a programmer created 996.ICU, a page on code-sharing platform GitHub.com. The page garnered immediate attention at home and abroad.

The name 996.ICU refers to a saying among Chinese developers that following the 996 schedule puts you at risk of ending up in an intensive care unit.

In the weeks that followed the creation of 996.ICU in March, the page has accrued almost 200,000 stars - which indicates popularity among users.

Jiang Ying, a professor at China University of Labor Relations and a leading expert on China's Labor Law, said the rare protest by sleep-deprived tech firm employees underscored the difficulties facing workers who defend their rights.

"When resorting to the legal system for protection, there is a price to pay: time, money and the risk of losing your job. And as a result they took to cyberspace," she said.


The director of the National Reference Centre for Invasive Fungus Infections, Oliver Kurzai, holding in his hands a petri dish holding the yeast candida auris in a laboratory of Wuerzburg University in Wuerzburg, Germany, 23 January 2018.[Photo/IC]


>Fungus poses serious threat


Candida auris, a drug-resistant fungus, which can cause death and serious illnesses in people with weakened immune systems, is spreading across the world - including in some of America's major cities.

As of Feb 28, there have been 587 cases confirmed in the US, with the majority of cases occurring in New York, New Jersey and Illinois, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Some of the symptoms of C. auris include fever and chills. It can cause bloodstream and ear infections - not to mention death.

According to the New York Times, an elderly man was sickened by the fungus last year at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, after being admitted for abdominal surgery. He died after 90 days.

Afterwards, the hospital "needed special cleaning equipment" and ended up removing "some of the ceiling and floor tiles" in the man's room in order to get rid of the fungus.

"Based on information from a limited number of patients, 30–60% of people with C. auris infections have died. However, many of these people had other serious illnesses that also increased their risk of death," according to the CDC.

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