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chinadaily.com.cn 2019-01-18 15:37


>Brexit boxes hit market
As worries over a no-deal Brexit mount, businesses, including major supermarkets such as Tesco, and Marks and Spencer, see there is an increasing need for stockpiling. In response to concerns about possible shortages or delays of food and medicines with a sudden erection of customs checks at borders after March 29, one business, Emergency Food Storage, stood out with marked sales of its "Brexit Box" - an emergency kit containing 60 servings of main meals, 48 portions of meat, a water filter, a fire starter and energy gels, according to the product description. Launched in December, the box, having been sold around 25 packs at a price of 295 pounds each, is a better option than lower-priced supermarket tins, the company's managing director James Black said. "We genuinely hope it (no-deal scenario) does not happen but we want the Brexit Box to be an insurance issue," he added. British businesses urged the government to take immediate action to introduce a "Plan B" after Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal was rejected overwhelmingly in Parliament on Tuesday night.



>Senior catwalk models
Wearing a bright floral ensemble with her short hair dyed blonde, Chinese model Ma Yinhong struts a Shanghai catwalk with a style and swagger that belie her 56 years. Ma is one of a growing number of older models sought after by Chinese and international labels trying to court the country's growing faction of "silver spenders". Once confined largely to life insurance and healthcare ads, today glamourous Chinese seniors are in demand for high fashion. By 2050, one in three people in China, or 487 million people, will be over the age of 60 - more than the population of the US. This greying population, combined with rising incomes and living standards, means an explosion in consumption by China's elderly is forecast in coming decades. Portraying older models in active, youthful lifestyles sells well.



>Father of China's H-bomb dies
Yu Min, a nuclear physicist widely known as the father of China's hydrogen bomb, died on Wednesday at the age of 93. Yu, together with 99 other Chinese people from different walks of life, won the honorary title of "reform pioneer" at a gathering held in Beijing on Dec 18 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up. In January 2015 Yu also won China's top science and technology accolade. Yu, a native of Tianjin, earned his bachelor's degree in physics from Peking University in 1949 and then conducted postgraduate research at the school's physics department. He also served as a teaching assistant. He entered the Modern Physics Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and began to study atomic nuclear physics theory in 1951. To address the country's strategic needs, Yu began to conduct theoretical research on nuclear weapons in 1961. For the next 28 years, Yu and his work remained top national secrets.


>Signals from deep space
Astronomers have revealed details of mysterious signals emanating from a distant galaxy, picked up by a telescope in Canada. The precise nature and origin of the blasts of radio waves is unknown. Among the 13 fast radio bursts, known as FRBs, was a very unusual repeating signal, coming from the same source about 1.5 billion light years away. Such an event has only been reported once before, by a different telescope. "Knowing that there is another suggests that there could be more out there," said Ingrid Stairs, an astrophysicist from the University of British Columbia. "And with more repeaters and more sources available for study, we may be able to understand these cosmic puzzles - where they're from and what causes them." There are a number of theories about what could be causing them. They include a neutron star with a very strong magnetic field that is spinning very rapidly, two neutron stars merging together, and, among a minority of observers, some form of alien spaceship.

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