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chinadaily.com.cn 2022-07-18 15:44


> Chips: From shortages to overcapacity

A technician tests chips at a tech firm in Hefei, Anhui province. XIE CHEN/FOR CHINA DAILY


During the pandemic, semiconductor shortages affected industries including personal computers, smartphones and manufacturing. But the situation has suddenly reversed, turning a shortage into a glut in some industries.

In the three-week period from the end of May to June, consumers cut back spending on computers and smartphones and demand for chips fell in some industries, with an oversupply of chip capacity.

The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index is down 35 percent so far this year, far more than the S&P 500's 19 percent decline.


> 1.8 billion at risk for severe flooding

Photo taken on July 4, 2022 shows a flooded road in Windsor, New South Wales, Australia. [Photo/Xinhua]


More than 1.8 billion people worldwide are at risk for severe flooding, according to new research published in the journal Nature Communications.

The study combined a global flood risk database with information on population density and poverty, and found nearly 90 percent of people at risk live in poor countries and more than 780 million of those people live on less than $5.50 per day.

The study did not consider protections such as levees when assessing flood exposure.


> Video game prescribed by doctors to treat ADHD

The EndeavorRx game sees the user race around the universe (Credit: Akili)


While many parents worry their children spend too much time playing computer games, Kelcey Sihanourath is pleased to see her son pick up his tablet.

Now aged 13, he was diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) in pre-school.

Help came in what initially seems very incongruous - a computer game called EndeavorRx.

In 2020 it became the first such game to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use in the treatment of ADHD in children.

Kelcey says she was "a little skeptical” but started to see small, positive changes in his behavior after a period of time.

After failing fifth grade, Owain subsequently started getting As and Bs for his work.

Eddie Martucci, chief executive of Akili, plans to launch the game in Europe in the next few years.
开发EndeavorRx 游戏的科技公司 Akili 首席执行官艾迪•马尔图齐,计划未来几年内在欧洲推出这款游戏。


> Short space trips for paying passengers on the way

An artist's rendering of a space tourism vehicle. CHINA DAILY


CAS Space, a Beijing-based rocket company, is designing a set of reusable rockets and spacecraft to send paying passengers on short trips into space.

Yang Yiqiang, the founder of CAS Space, told China Daily on Wednesday if everything goes according to plan, the combination of the rocket and spaceship will become mature after at least 15 test flights and will be able to transport up to seven tourists per trip to an altitude of more than 100 kilometers, about 10 times the cruising altitude of a commercial jetliner.


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