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chinadaily.com.cn 2020-06-01 17:34

US President Donald Trump deplanes from Air Force One as he returns to Washington after travel to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, US, May 27, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Twitter flags Trump tweet

Twitter on Tuesday added a fact-checking label to two tweets by US President Trump, the first time the social media platform has used such a label for the president's tweets.

The tweet now includes a link directing users to information debunking the president's false claims about mail-in voting fraud.

In his tweets, Trump alleged that mail-in ballots will be "substantially fraudulent" and result in a "rigged election."

There is no evidence of widespread fraud in voting by mail, but Trump had been spreading his unfounded claims for weeks, as more states expand mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic.



>Mask with opening for food

Israeli inventors have developed a coronavirus mask with a remote control mouth that lets diners eat food without taking it off, a device they say could make a visit to a restaurant less risky.

A squeeze of a lever, much like a cyclist operates a handbrake, opens a slot in the front of the mask so that food can pass through.

Avtipus said the company plans to start manufacturing the mask within months and had already submitted a patent.

It said it would likely sell at a 3 to 10 shekel premium above the price of the simple pale blue medical masks many Israelis wear.



>Soles for beach-lovers

Beach lovers rejoice - you can now enjoy a stroll along the beach without burning your feet on the scorching hot sand.

An Italian company has created stick-on soles that can protect your feet when you're clambering over rocks and swimming in the sea.

Nakefit's waterproof and cut-proof soles are available for pre-order now, with 10 pairs costing 30 euros.

The creators say the rubber soles are heat resistant, making them ideal for walking along sandy beaches.

The alternative to flip-flops also is anti-slip, and can be peeled off and on for multiple uses.

As well as protecting against the sun, the soles can be worn in the swimming pool to protect against verrucas (扁平疣) and other infections.

The soles come in black, pink and light blue and a range of sizes for men and women.


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>Childbirth harms the planet

By not having a child, the carbon footprint of an individual living in a developed country would be reduced on average by an extra 58.6 tons of carbon dioxide every year, based on current emission rates.

This is the biggest impact of all possible actions you could take to help the environment.

A team from Sweden's Lund University came to this conclusion after conducting an analysis of the things individuals can do to produce less greenhouse gases.

Lead author Seth Wynes - who does not have any children - said: "We found there are four actions that could result in substantial decreases in an individual's carbon footprint: Eating a plant-based diet, avoiding air travel, living car-free, and having smaller families."

The impact of having a child is calculated by factoring in not only the extra impact of the child, but also that of their potential future descendants.

The researchers said: "Persuading a US family to have one less child would provide the same level of emissions reductions as persuading 684 teenagers who do not recycle, to recycle comprehensively for the rest of their lives."


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