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chinadaily.com.cn 2018-09-21 17:10

US President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump with Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland and his wife Mrs. Agata Kornhauser-Duda at the White House. [Photo/VCG]

>Poland suggests 'Fort Trump'
Polish President Andrzej Duda appealed to the US President Donald Trump's well known affection for slapping his name on buildings as he pitched a permanent US military base in his country that he said would be named "Fort Trump". Trump raised his eyebrow at the idea but didn't rule it out. Trump then hailed Poland's offer to pay $2 billion toward US costs, even as he blasted other unnamed "immensely wealthy" countries the US effectively pays to defend. "When we're defending immensely wealthy countries and they're not paying for the defense to the US they're only taking advantage of us," Trump said, resurrecting a harangue about Germany and other NATO allies who fall short of defense spending pledges.



>Strongest material created
Scientists have simulated the strongest known material in the universe. So-called "nuclear pasta" is the material at the heart of a neutron star's crust, taking the form of extremely dense structures that take on shapes resembling different types of pasta, such as lasagna and spaghetti. Using a supercomputer to run simulations requiring 2 million hours' worth of processor time, researchers have unraveled, for the first time, the ways in which neutron star crusts break. Researchers from Indiana University and the California Institute of Technology say the new simulations could help us better understand major astrophysical phenomena, such as gravitational waves.


Supplied undated handout image obtained September 14, 2018 of a thin piece of metal seen among a punnet of strawberries in Gladstone. [Photo/VCG]

>Strawberry needle scare
A young boy has been arrested in New South Wales, Australia, after he admitted to inserting sewing needles in strawberries and said it was just a prank, as police continue to investigate at least 20 other instances of food tampering across the state in a crisis that has rocked the country's agriculture sector. Since last week, Australians in every state have reported finding needles concealed in strawberry punnets. Australian police say sewing needles have been found hidden in an apple and a banana. Health Minister Greg Hunt has called it a "vicious crime".



>'Golden eggs' to cure cancer
Japanese scientists have created hens that can lay multi-million pound "golden eggs" containing an expensive protein used to treat serious diseases such as cancer and hepatitis. The creation of the so-called "golden eggs" was masterminded by scientists at Japan's Biomedical Research Institute at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. The new technology involved scientists using new genome editing technology to create hens that can produce eggs containing high quantities of the protein human interferon (干扰素) beta at a low cost. The protein quantity in individual eggs ranged from 30 to 60 milligrams, resulting in each egg reportedly being valued as worth between around 408,000 and 2 million pounds a piece. Human interferon beta is a natural anti-viral protein with a hefty price tag which is commonly used as a therapeutic agent for diseases such as cancer and hepatitis. Scientists are currently collaborating with Cosmo Bio, a Japanese reagent maker, to explore the potential commercial production of the hen-based protein.
日本科学家培育出可以产下价值数百万英镑的"金蛋"的母鸡,这种蛋含有一种可用于治疗癌症、肝炎等重病的昂贵蛋白质。培育这种所谓的"金蛋"的创意来自日本国家先进工业科技研究院生物医学研究所的科学家。这一最新技术需要科学家利用新基因组编辑技术来培育能低成本生产出含有大量人类干扰素β蛋白鸡蛋的母鸡。据报道,每枚鸡蛋中这种蛋白的含量从30到60毫克不等,因此每枚蛋的价值在约40.8万到200万英镑之间。人类干扰素β是天然的抗病毒蛋白,通常用来治疗癌症、肝炎等疾病,价格高昂。这些科学家目前正与日本试剂制造商Cosmo Bio合作探索这种依靠母鸡产出的蛋白的商业化生产潜力。

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