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Queen doesn’t plan to retire at 95, Charles has to wait

Despite decades of assurances that Queen Elizabeth II intends to stay “on the job” until the end, suddenly the British media are hinting that Her Majesty is thinking of retiring in 18 months when she turns 95, leaving Prince Charles to carry on as prince regent. 尽管英国女王伊丽莎白二世数十年来一直保证要“在位”到最后,但英国媒体突然表示女王正在考虑在18个月后,也就是95岁高龄时退休,查尔斯王子还要继续当摄政王。 Now comes word from the Prince of Wales’…

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The world’s largest banknote printing plant is going bankrupt, no money to print

The company that prints UK banknotes and passports warned there was “significant doubt” about its future unless a turnaround plan revived its fortunes. 打印英国钞票和护照的公司警告说对未来“很是担忧”,除非能扭亏为盈。 De La Rue, which prints notes for the Bank of England and more than 100 other central banks, said it was suspending its dividend to help tackle mounting debts as it…

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Russia can no longer participate in the Olympics and is sanctioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency

Russia was slapped Monday with a four-year ban from international sports events, including next summer’s Tokyo Olympics, over a longstanding doping scandal, although its athletes will still be able to compete if they can show they are clean competitors. 因为长期的兴奋剂丑闻,俄罗斯周一被禁止参加国际体育赛事四年,包括明年夏天的东京奥运会。如果运动员能证明未使用兴奋剂,仍可继续参赛。 The ruling by the World Anti-Doping Agency’s executive committee means that Russia’s flag, name and…

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El Niño is getting worse due to warming

If El Niños were dangerous before, they are looking to become especially destructive in the near future. Already severe and unpredictable, recent research indicates these natural weather events are now swinging to even greater extremes. 如果说厄尔尼诺以前很危险,那它在不久的将来将变得极具破坏性。最近的研究表明这些已经很严重并难以预测的自然天气现象现在正朝着更极端的方向发展。 Since humans started burning fossil fuels on an industrial scale, coral records from the past 7,000 years indicate that…

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New courier company promises slower delivery, but is more environmentally friendly

As consumers demand faster shipping times, carriers scrambling to make next-day deliveries don’t pack trucks as efficiently, meaning delivery trucks make their rounds with extra space in the back. 因为消费者要求快递速度要快,快递公司要想实现次日送达在装卡车时就不会高效利用空间,送货卡车的车厢里就会有剩余空间。 It also means that each package has a higher carbon footprint. But a new shipping carrier called Sendle is designed to make use of that…

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Your phone can now monitor disease, but you have to contribute privacy

In a new study out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, health researchers make the case for using real-time cell-phone data to track and mitigate major disease outbreaks. 在麻省理工学院进行的一项新研究中,健康研究员提出使用实时手机数据跟踪和遏制重大疾病突发。 Unfortunately, several barriers—including privacy concerns and a lack of data legislation—are likely to stop this kind of information from ever getting to researchers. 不幸的是,研究人员在获取这些数据时遇到了一些障碍,如对隐私的担忧、缺乏与数据相关的法律。 Earlier this…

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People with plants around them live longer

If you want to live longer, live around green space. 如果你想活得更久,那就生活在绿色中吧。 That’s the simple conclusion of the largest analysis ever performed on the relationship between the environment and human longevity—ever. Eight million people. Seven countries. One simple finding: 这是迄今为止对环境和人类寿命之间关系进行的最大规模分析得出的简单结论。数据来自7个国家的800万人。结论很简单: “When you are exposed to greenery or greenness around your home, your probability to die .…