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作者:董静    文章来源:中国日报网    点击数:7    更新时间:2020/3/25   
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>Squatting is better for health

Resting postures such as squatting or kneeling may be better for health because they require more muscle activity than sitting on a chair, researchers claim.

The findings are based on data gathered from a hunter-gatherer population in Tanzania who wore devices that measured physical activity as well as periods of rest.

Anthropologists from the US found that despite being sedentary for almost 10 hours each day, equivalent to clocking a shift in the office at the desk, the Hazda people appeared to lack the markers of chronic diseases associated with long periods of sitting.

The researchers said it is because the Hazda squatting and kneeling uses more muscle movement than sitting on a chair.

They believe these active rest postures may help "protect people from the harmful effects of inactivity".



>Noodle-cooking robot chef

A robot developed by Connected Robotics is being trialed as a chef at a Tokyo train station eatery.
东京火车站内的一家餐厅近日正在试用Connected Robotics公司研发的机器人厨师。

The robot can prepare 40 soba noodle dishes per hour, which is about the same as an average cook.

Workers at the eatery hope the robot will reduce the risk of being burned by hot water.

The robotic arms, which are pre-programmed to boil noodles, pour the soup into bowls and sprinkle toppings, can boil up to three serves of soba noodles at once before rinsing them in cold water.

East Japan Railway Co said it will let the robot cook during a trial period through April 15 to determine whether it can function well enough and meet the expectations of its noodle-loving customers.


Medical staff wearing protective masks, glasses and suits treat a patient suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in an intensive care unit at the Oglio Po hospital in Cremona, Italy, March 19, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Italy fast-tracks new doctors

Italy will rush 10,000 student doctors into service, scrapping their final exams, in an effort to help the struggling health service cope with the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The crisis has pushed hospitals to breaking point at the epicenter in northern Italy and left other regions scrambling to strengthen their own health systems as the number of infected rises nationwide.

University Minister Gaetano Manfredi said the government would let this year's medicine graduates start work some eight or nine months ahead of schedule and waive mandatory exams they normally sit for before qualifying.

"This means immediately releasing into the National Health System the energy of about 10,000 doctors, which is fundamental to dealing with the shortage that our country is suffering," he said.

The graduates will be sent to work in general practitioners' clinics and at old peoples' homes, freeing up more experienced colleagues who will be sent to the rapidly filling hospitals.


A worker organizes Mobike shared bicycles in Jinan, Shandong province, on Friday. [Photo/China Daily]

>WeChat, Mobike win for design

Two designs from China – WeChat and Mobike – were selected for the 100 Great Designs of Modern Times this year, according to a report jointly compiled by business magazine Fortune and the IIT Institute of Design on Monday.

Social media platform WeChat from Tencent, as it has "integrated a host of essential mobile apps" and "become users' one-stop shop", took 31st place in the list, the report said.

Bikeshare service Mobike, solving the "last mile" problem with the first cashless, dockless bike share system, ranked 37th.

Tech firm Apple was named top designer with eight products ranked in the list, and the iPhone took the top spot.

The list is based on a survey from 100 designers, architects and design teachers.


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