Online Zoo Attracts Millions of Viewers
   2014-06-03 20:55:10    Xinhua      Web Editor: Shi



Online Zoo Attracts Millions of Viewers

Baidu Online Zoo has attracted more than 3 million page views as of June 1st, a figure which also represents six months' of visitor numbers for the animal park itself.

Beijing users accounted for just 14 percent of visitors while the rest were from other provinces.

More than 80 percent of users were adults, and the penguin ranked as the most popular animal, followed by the giant panda.

The project is China's first online zoo offering netizens live broadcasts of animals.

Six animal sites are currently open, including penguins, giant pandas, elephants, alpacas, ring-tailed lemurs and giraffes.

Such was the demand from visitors on June 1 the online zoo used a 3G China Unicom network to upload data but the cloud player automatically shifted to a recorded broadcast to avoid long delays.

Baidu is now cooperating with Beijing Zoo and China Unicom to lay fiber optic cables to open more venues and offer more services.


Children's Cothing Fails Safety Standards for Drawstrings, Chemicals

Close to 10 percent of drawstrings on children's clothing in China fail to meet standards and pose a danger.

Experts warned this at a world-leading German-based testing facility on Tuesday.

Chinese parents should not buy garments with drawstrings for children under 7 years old because of the risk of strangulation.

Experts also sounded the alarm about potentially harmful chemicals on children's clothing.

They say parents should not buy clothes with a strong smell or very dark colors for children.

About 3 percent of children's clothes they tested in China fail to meet the standard on formaldehyde.


Cynical Attitude in Golden Years Linked to Dementia Risk

A new study from Finland shows an individual's personality and outlook on life may affect their risk of developing dementia.

While cynical distrust, anger or hostility have been linked to heart problems and inflammation in past research, researchers say dementia may be another potential consequence of a bad attitude.

For their analysis, they defined cynicism as a person's belief that others are motivated by selfishness.

They looked at data on 1,500 Fins between the ages of 65 and 79. The participants were examined for basic characteristics, attitudes and dementia in 1997 and again eight to 10 years later.

The study found that people who scored highest on the cynicism scale, tended to be more overweight and were more likely to smoke.

Of the highly cynical group, 8 in 100 people developed dementia. Of the moderate-cynical group, 5 in 100 people developed dementia. 4 percent people in the least-cynical group developed the disease.


British Feet Get Two Sizes Bigger in 40 Years

Experts have said British feet are getting longer and wider.

The College of Podiatry said during the past four decades, the average British foot has increased by two shoe sizes.

In 1970, men's feet were on average size eight and women had size four feet, but now the average male wears a size 10 and the average female wears a size six.

Researchers say the increase could be linked to the population's increased weight and height.

A new poll conducted by the college found that two-thirds of women claim their feet have got wider in adult life and 35 per cent said they have got bigger.

And the survey of 2,000 British adults found that 48 per cent of men said their feet have got bigger, and 61 per cent said their feet are wider.

The college also cautioned that many people risk foot problems by trying to squeeze their feet into shoes that are too small.

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