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Monday, February 19, 2018

Ten Things of Science and Sense

Chinese woman joins handbag in X-ray machine/Pear Video
  1. A Chinese woman joined her handbag through an X-ray machine to prevent her bags being stolen at security.
  2. A skit on China's biggest Lunar New Year TV show has sparked widespread criticism and accusations of racism because an Asian actress appeared in blackface and with exaggerated buttocks.
  3. China says Tibet has developed considerably under its rule, but rights groups say China continues to violate human rights, accusing it of political and religious repression - something Beijing denies.
  4. British political party UKIP members have voted to sack leader Henry Bolton after controversy over racist messages sent by his partner. The former army officer had faced calls to quit after it emerged his partner Jo Marney sent racist messages about Meghan Markle.
  5. Many Western countries have banned smoking in bars and restaurants, but Austria's far-right Freedom Party have scrapped plans for a ban. The move has horrified Austria's medical establishment who believe the decision has made Austria "the ashtray of Europe".
  6. A link between highly processed foods and cancer has been suggested by French researchers.
  7. Personality Disorder (PD) is a medical disorder that cuts life expectancy by almost 20 years, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP), afflicts more people than cancer and costs the country around £11bn a year.
  8. US research has found that chemicals from everyday household products now contribute as much to air pollution in cities worldwide as vehicle emissions.
  9. Researchers in the US have used a new scanning technique to discover a painting underneath one of Pablo Picasso's great works of art, the Crouching Woman (La Misereuse Accroupie).
  10. Sweden is one of the most innovative countries in the world, yet has a business culture that discourages bragging about its success.

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