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>Wasabi the Pekingese named 'Best in Show'

The Westminster Dog Show crowned a Pekingese named Wasabi its "Best in Show" on Sunday, in the culmination of a reworked pandemic edition of the competition missing its usual pooch-loving crowds.

Normally held in February, the show was delayed and moved from its home in the heart of New York City to a country estate due to COVID-19. Spectators were kept away, and it was the show's first time being held outside Manhattan, but the singular passion of the event, now in its 145th year, was unchanged: dogs.

Three-year-old Wasabi was crowned best in show from a pack of seven group winners, which also included Mathew, a French bulldog; Connor, an Old English sheepdog; and Striker, a Samoyed.

His owner and handler David Fitzpatrick lauded his pooch's "charisma, movement and showmanship".


>Invisible sculpture sells for $18,000

An invisible sculpture created by Italian artist Salvatore Garau was recently acquired by a private collector who paid a whopping $18,000 for it during an auction.

Titled "I am", the invisible work of art basically represents a void, a technically empty space that is actually occupied by the energy of the sculpture.

So how does one keep an invisible sculpture?

Well, the artist suggests storing the artwork in a special room, in a space free from obstruction, of about 150×150 cm.

Special lighting and climate control are optional, since "I Am" is immaterial... "

The successful outcome of the auction testifies to an irrefutable fact: The void is nothing but a space full of energy, and even if we empty it and nothing remains, according to Heisenberg's uncertainty principle that nothingness has a weight," the artist said.


>Half of cosmetics contain toxic chemicals

More than half the cosmetics sold in the United States and Canada are awash with a toxic industrial compound associated with serious health conditions, including cancer and reduced birth weight, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame tested more than 230 commonly used cosmetics and found that 56% of foundations and eye products, 48% of lip products and 47% of mascaras contained fluorine — an indicator of PFAS that are used in nonstick frying pans, rugs and countless other consumer products.

The FDA said on its website that there have been few studies of the presence of the chemicals in cosmetics, and the ones published generally found the concentration is at very low levels not likely to harm people.

But Graham Peaslee, a physics professor at Notre Dame and the principal investigator of the study, said the cosmetics pose an immediate and long-term risk.

"PFAS is a persistent chemical. When it gets into the bloodstream, it stays there and accumulates," he said.

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>Luosifen listed as intangible cultural heritage

A total of 185 new cultural practices and expressions, including the preparation of luosifen, have been inscribed on the latest list of national intangible cultural heritage released by the State Council.

The latest fifth list brings the total number of national intangible cultural heritage practices to 1,557, according to the State Council figures.

Liuzhou luosifen, a soup dish dubbed by some people as the "durian of soup" for its strong smell, originated in Liuzhou, a city in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

It features rice vermicelli soaked in a spicy broth flavored by river snails and topped with ingredients including pickled bamboo shoots, string beans, peanuts and tofu skin.

Despite having the word "snail" in its Chinese name, actual snails don't commonly appear in the dish, but are used to flavor the broth.

Xinhua reports that the annual sales of river snail rice noodles in more than 20 countries and regions exceeded 10 billion yuan ($1.54 billion) in 2020, while providing over 250,000 jobs across the industrial chain.

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