Gu Wei Di Qi
How limitless green energy would change the world
What would we do with an abundant, cheap, inexhaustible supply of renewables? Perhaps the desalination of seawater, suddenly cost-efficient, would relieve Earth's water shortages. Rubbish might be recycled on a massive scale, allowing for the extraction of precious trace elements such as rare earth metals, while carbon dioxide (CO2) could be vacuumed out of the atmosphere to slow climate change. People could live comfortably in Earth's polar regions or travel far and wide in battery-powered vehicles. Goods and services that require electricity might become cheaper, even free. Our emissions footprint could soon be undetectable.
How to store data for 1,000 years
"You know you're a nerd when you store DNA in your fridge." At her home in Paris, Dina Zielinski, a senior scientist in human genomics at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, holds up a tiny vial to her laptop camera for me to see on our video call. It's hard to make out, but she tells me that I should be able to see a mostly clear, light film on the bottom of the vial – this is the DNA.
The parents who track their children
laine Spector was anxious to hear whether her son had safely gotten back to his dorm in Texas, after a recent visit home. But rather than waiting for him to call or text, the Baltimore, US-based mum was carrying on with her day, and awaiting a reassuring ding from her phone.
How to help children find good friends
or many of us, the coronavirus pandemic revealed who our closest friends are. Deprived of social opportunities to interact with a wider group, we became more reliant than ever on a small group of confidants. For children, the situation was even more dramatic, especially for those too young to enjoy Zoom calls. Many missed their social circle – especially their best friends.
Your teen's being sarcastic? It's a sign of intelligence
If I were to tell you that sarcasm is one of our most powerful linguistic tools, your first response might reasonably be, yeah right! Perhaps you’d even simply assume that I was indulging in a little irony myself.
Brotherly love, often under the eyes of the world, is the existence of being prickly Always be brought some unwarranted comments and comments, until the outside world more voices, even if their ears do not listen, eyes do not see, but also inevitably by some red dust past intrusion.
Middle-aged women in love will release these "signals"
Love is an eternal topic, if life is missing love, it will seem dull and uninteresting. It is because of the existence of love that life is filled with the color of anticipation as if the future becomes bright, the pursuit of happiness is the common nature of mankind, so in the pursuit of love on the road, we are tireless, willing, even if injured do not care.
How our brains cope with speaking more than one language
I'm standing in line at my local bakery in Paris, apologising to an incredibly confused shopkeeper. He's just asked how many pastries I would like, and completely inadvertently, I responded in Mandarin instead of French. I'm equally baffled: I'm a dominant English speaker, and haven't used Mandarin properly in years. And yet, here in this most Parisian of settings, it somehow decided to reassert itself.