Wildlife spotted in Sao Paulo river after removal of tons of trash

Recent sightings of fish, ducks and herons in the infamously polluted Pinheiros river in São Paulo have raised hopes that wildlife in the city’s main waterway may finally be returning. Brazil’s most populous city has an ambitious project to clean up Pinheiros by the end of 2022. São Paulo Governor said the clean-up of the river was the largest environmental …

What are the odds of Covid infection outdoors?

There have been a number of studies attempting to quantify the risk of outdoor Covid spread. Last October, Chinese researchers published a paper in the journal Indoor Air compiling information on over 7,000 cases plus data on where the virus was caught. Only one documented outbreak occurred outdoors, in a village in Henan — where a 27-year-old man became infected …

What has China achieved in 5G development so far?

China has achieved a lot in 5G development. It has built the largest 5G network in the world. Last year, over 600,000 5G base stations were built in China, bringing the total number to over 718,000. By the end of 2020, China achieved full 5G coverage in all cities. This year, the country intends to build at least 600,000 more …

Four weddings and a fine: Taiwan couple maximizes leave with repeat weddings

Keen to make the most of a statutory holiday for newlyweds, a couple in Taiwan found a novel way to maximize their honeymoon — by marrying four times in just over a month. The unusual story is the latest to go viral and highlight innovative, if somewhat bizarre, loophole wrangling by Taiwanese citizens. Taiwanese companies are legally obliged to offer …

Four weddings and a fine: Taiwan couple maximizes leave with repeat weddings

Keen to make the most of a statutory holiday for newlyweds, a couple in Taiwan found a novel way to maximize their honeymoon — by marrying four times in just over a month. The unusual story is the latest to go viral and highlight innovative, if somewhat bizarre, loophole wrangling by Taiwanese citizens. Taiwanese companies are legally obliged to offer …

‘Narcocat’ intercepted with drug delivery for prison

Authorities in Panama intercepted an unlikely smuggler, a fluffy white cat, bearing an assortment of drugs in a pouch tied to its body as it tried to enter a prison. The feline felon was stopped outside the Nueva Esperanza jail, which houses more than 1,700 prisoners, in the Caribbean province of Colon, north of the capital Panama City. It “had …

NASA extracts breathable oxygen from thin Martian air

NASA has logged another extraterrestrial first on its latest mission to Mars: converting carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere into pure, breathable oxygen, the U.S. space agency said. The unprecedented extraction of oxygen, literally out of thin air on Mars, was achieved by an experimental device aboard Perseverance, a six-wheeled science rover that landed on the Red Planet February 18 …

Japan to open large vaccination centers in Tokyo, Osaka: media

The Japanese government is planning to open large vaccination centers in Tokyo and Osaka this month in a bid to speed up its inoculation drive, according to local media. The government will open a center in Tokyo as early as May to vaccinate around 10,000 people a day. The site will be open to those living and working in Tokyo, …

Core module ng space station, matagumpay na inilunsad ng Tsina; Pangulong Tsino, nagpadala ng pagbati

Noong Abril 29, matagumpay na inilunsad ng Tsina ang core module ng space station, at pumasok ito sa nakatakdang orbita. Sa ngalan ng Komite Sentral ng Partido Komunista ng Tsina, Konseho ng Estado at Central Military Commission, nagpadala si Pangulong Xi Jinping ng bansa ng mensaheng pambati. Anang mensahe, ang pagtatatag ng space station at pambansang laboratoryong pangkalawakan ay mahalagang …