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chinadaily.com.cn 2019-08-07 14:01


>Is procrastination genetic?


New research appearing in the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience journal shows procrastination may be related to genes.

Researchers from the University of Bochum in Germany focused on a single gene which creates an enzyme called tyrosine hydroxylase.

This gene helps regulate the production of dopamine — a chemical messenger that plays a role in brain processes such as attention, memory and motivation. The presence of dopamine is different from person to person.

Researchers say this affects "cognitive flexibility". This is related to whether people can multi-task. Those who cannot may be forced to make fewer decisions simultaneously.

This, in turn, makes some people procrastinate or appear lazy. In other words, when people appear lazy, it may not be their fault.


>Richest alumni in the world


Tsinghua University and Peking University have the Asia-Pacific region's second- and third-largest ultra-high net worth alumni, according to a report released by wealth information provider Wealth-X.

Ultra-high net worth individuals are defined as having a net worth in excess of $30 million, the report said.

The National University of Singapore occupies the top spot in the region.

The known number of UHNW alumni at Tsinghua University and their cumulative wealth are 74 and $103 billion respectively, while those of Peking University are 67 and $116 billion.

17 of the world's top 20 universities by number of UHNW alumni are from the US. Harvard University, the winner in the ranking, has more than 1,830 known UHNW alumni with a total wealth of $1,889 billion.


>Yuan to remain stable

People walk past the headquarters of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank, as two paramilitary police officials patrol around it in Beijing, China November 20, 2013. [Photo/REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

China's central bank reiterated on Monday it is confident in its ability to keep the yuan's exchange rate stable after both the onshore and offshore yuan broke seven against the US dollar.

The People's Bank of China attributed the weakening of the currency beyond 7 yuan per US dollar Monday to factors including unilateral and protectionist measures, as well as the expectation of additional tariffs on Chinese goods, according to an online statement.

In a statement released on Monday evening, PBOC Governor Yi Gang said he "is confident in the renminbi continuing to be a strong currency".

Yi said China will adhere to the principle of letting the market decide the yuan's exchange rate. "China will not make a competitive devaluation of the yuan, nor will it use exchange rates as means for competition or coping with trade disputes," he said.


>Honest cyberspace promoted


Chinese online service providers and users will be blacklisted if they fabricate, post or spread information that violates social morality, business ethics or honesty toward the public, according to a proposed regulation issued by the Cyberspace Administration of China.

Businesses and individuals offering technologies, devices or services to publish or broadcast fake information to disrupt cyberspace and damage society's interests will also be blacklisted, it said. Public opinion is now being solicited on the proposed regulation.

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