Space Trips to be Sold on Taobao
   2014-06-10 20:40:57    Xinhua      Web Editor: һ



Tooth Decay an Alarming Problem in Migrant Schools

A new study finds more than half of students in some schools for migrant children have decayed teeth.

The study was done by the Shanghai branch of Roots & Shoots, an international non-governmental organization promoting environmental education and action.

The study finds over half of students in the schools have decayed teeth, mostly because their parents lack knowledge about proper dental care.

The study found that less than 20 percent of children in the schools brush their teeth twice a day.


Space Trips to be Sold on Taobao

Booking a space trip online in China will become a reality in a few days.

Taobao has announced that it will exclusively broker the Dutch Space Expedition Corp's business in China.

Consumers on the Chinese mainland can book a private tour to explore space on its platform starting June 12.

Three astronaut programs will be offered: Pioneer Astronaut, Founder Astronaut, and Future Astronaut, selling for some 600 thousand yuan, 1.4 million yuan and 630 thousand yuan respectively.

The Pioneer astronaut program, providing an option to fly 61 km high on a Lynx Mark I, is expected to take off in 2015.

People in good health over 18 years old, less than 2 meters in height, can apply for the space tour programs. But only after passing a medical exam and training programs can the applicants fly into space.


Junk Food Ads Target Sports Kids: Study

A new study says junk food advertising at community clubs is undermining the benefits of children's sport.

Researchers say the extent of the problem is staggering.

Bridget Kelly is the lead author of the study.

She says children are being exposed to unhealthy messages for up to four hours a week.

This is achieved through marketing on uniforms, signage on the field, discount vouchers and other promotions.

According to the study, those playing outdoor cricket and rugby have the greatest exposure.

The researcher says children's exposure to unhealthy food and drink marketing is recognised as a significant contributor to childhood obesity.


The Noise of the Modern Life is Making Some Ill

We are surrounded by the sounds of the machinery that make our lives comfortable and convenient.

But when we have to listen to these noises for too long or at the wrong time, they can inflict silent and stealthy damage.

Increasing evidence shows this damage isn't just to our ears, but to our waistline size, blood vessels and hearts.

A four-year project by researchers in Sweden has found people's waistline sizes increase a centimetre for every ten-decibel rise in the noise levels.

Another study reported that the waistlines of those most exposed to plane noise increased on average by 6?cm.

A similar study found that being exposed to higher levels of aircraft noise raised the risk of admission to hospital for heart disease by 20 per cent.

The effects of noise pollution are even felt by babies in the womb. Researchers found that for every six-decibel increase in traffic noise there was a drop of 15 to 23 grams in birth weight.

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