>Oxygen bar goes viral
The air quality in Delhi has dropped to levels likened to smoking 50 cigarettes a day.
In between all the measures to battle the severe air pollution levels in the city, there's one more option for you - a bar that has "pure air".
Founded by Aryavir Kumar and Margarita Kuritsyana, Delhi's first-ever oxygen bar - named "Oxy Pure" - offers 15 minutes of 80-90% pure oxygen starting from Rs 299.
The bar, which was launched in May, also offers its customers several aromas to choose from that can be infused with oxygen that is odorless.
The aromas include lemongrass, lavender, cherry, eucalyptus and more.
"Some people, who try it for the first time, will feel relaxed and fresh. But only people who undergo the sessions regularly will get real benefits of the aroma," said Bonny Irengbam, senior sales assistant at the bar.
Irengbam said the bar saw a significant rise in the number of customers two to three days after Diwali, as the pollution levels were high adding that people are warming up to the idea of an oxygen bar.
"They have realized the need for it," he said.
>A hibernating trip to Mars
The European Space Agency (ESA) is studying putting astronauts in hibernation for a future trip to Mars and back in hopes of radically reducing spacecraft architecture.
By removing a spacecraft's crew quarters, ESA says spacecraft mass could be reduced by a third. There would be a similar reduction in consumables, equivalent to several tons of saved mass.
ESA has begun outlining how hibernation would enable mission designers to adjust spacecraft architecture, logistics, radiation shielding, power consumption and overall mission design.
The key to all of this is in lowering human heart rates sufficiently to make hibernation work.
The mission would also need to be optimized for artificial intelligence, "fault detection, isolation and recovery" in order to maintain a minimum level of system performance until the crew could be revived.
ESA says its next step is researching how brain pathways are activated or blocked during initiation of hibernation.
In theory, humans might be able to hibernate more than eight months at a time.
>Rooster Awards winners
Twenty awards were announced during the closing ceremony of the 28th China Golden Rooster & Hundred Flowers Festival, which concluded in Xiamen, Fujian province, on Saturday.
"So Long, My Son" was the biggest winner of this year's Golden Rooster Awards.
The film, which delivered the best actor and best actress awards to its leading cast members, Wang Jingchun and Yong Mei, at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, brought them the same accolades at the Golden Roosters.
The film also scooped up the award for best screenplay. It was co-written by A Mei and director Wang Xiaoshuai.
"The Wandering Earth", a game-changer that revived the Chinese sci-fi film genre, took home the award for Best Picture.
Hong Kong director Dante Lam, known for his action-studded scenes on location, won the award for best director for the box-office hit "Operation Red Sea".
>Bloomberg joins 2020 race
Former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg launched a video ad Sunday to formally announce his campaign for president in the 2020 US election.
The minute-long campaign ad portrayed the 77-year-old media mogul as "jobs creator, leader, problem solver."
The announcer said in the ad that Bloomberg, who runs as a Democrat, will let the wealthy pay more in taxes, the middle class get their fair share and everyone be able to get health insurance. "广告称，作为民主党人参选的布隆伯格将让富人缴纳更多的税款，中产阶级得到公平的份额，人人都有医疗保险。
The ad also highlighted the billionaire's efforts to restore New York after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, as well as his resolve to tackle climate change.
"I'm running for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America," Bloomberg said in a tweet. "I believe my unique set of experiences in business, government, and philanthropy will enable me to win and lead," he added in the tweet.
US media reported that the former three-term New York City mayor has spent over $30 million so far in buying airtime reservations for TV commercials promoting his political agenda across the country, an amount that overshadows the campaign advertising budgets of other Democratic contenders.
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