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China National Academy of Painting organized for its membrs two tours to Macao Special Administrative Region to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Macao SAR. [Photo provided to China Daily]

>Museums lengthen life

A trip to the theater, museum or art gallery could help you live longer. And the more often you get that culture fix the better, a new study suggests.

Researchers from University College London (UCL) found that people who engaged in the arts more frequently - every few months or more - had a 31% lower risk of dying early when compared to those who didn't.

Even going to the theater or museum once or twice a year was linked with a 14% lower risk.

"While other health behaviors like smoking, alcohol and exercise are undoubtedly bigger predictors of mortality, these leisure and pleasure activities that people don't think of as a health related activity do support good health and longevity," said Daisy Fancourt, an associate professor at UCL's Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health.

Fancourt said that engaging with the arts can act as a buffer against stress and build creativity that allows people to adapt to changing circumstances. 

It also helps people build social capital - accessing emotional support and information that helps people age more successfully.



>Decoding sleep paralysis

You jerk awake in the middle of the night in confusion.

Is there a figure standing in the corner of the room?

Your brain begs your limbs to move, but nothing happens. The anxiety increases.

Your eyes scan the room. Just as you're about to hit peak panic, you sit up and the figure disappears.

You've just experienced sleep paralysis, one of many "parasomnias," which is the name experts give to all sorts of weird things that occur during sleep.

Sleep paralysis happens when the brain incapacitates the body to prevent it from acting out the vivid dreams occurring during REM (or, rapid eye movement) sleep. It often comes with a feeling of immobility, and a sense of choking.

While not everyone who has sleep paralysis experiences hallucinations, seeing a person or a ghost in the room is the most common vision, said Baland Jalal, a researcher who investigates the phenomenon.

Hallucinations vary by culture - the Chinese call it "guiyachuang" or ghost pressure because they believe a ghost sits on people's chests.

In Newfoundland, it is the "old hag" because people see a witch and in Egypt people see Jinn, which are known to hunt and sometimes kill their victims.


Graduating students prepare for the national college entrance examination, or gaokao, at a high school in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, June 5, 2019. [Photo/SIPA]

>Enrollment plan targets basics

The Ministry of Education launched a pilot enrollment plan for colleges on Wednesday that will replace China's independent enrollment scheme this year.

The "strengthening basic disciplines plan" at 36 top universities focuses on students with special talents in majors in basic disciplines including math, physics, chemistry, biology, history, philosophy and ancient characters.

Students will be able to sign up for the plan in April. After they take the national college entrance exam (or gaokao) in early June, the 36 universities will release the list of students qualifying for the plan based on their gaokao scores. The universities should then give those students written and physical tests and interviews before releasing final enrollment lists by July 5.


Photo taken on Nov. 20, 2019 shows Huawei's exhibition booth during a press preview for the 2019 World 5G Convention in Beijing, capital of China. [Photo/Xinhua]

>5G phones set to take off

The 5G phones will cost less than 1,500 yuan by the end of this year, and their sales are expected to exceed 4G phones in 2020, said a report by China Mobile.

Wang Hengjiang, deputy general manager of China Mobile Terminal Company, said the 5G phones will witness a market explosion with a scale of over 150 million units this year, and more than 10 phone brands plan to release 5G phones in 2020, creating about 100 new phone models.

In the first quarter, from January to March in 2020, phone vendors will release high-priced flagship 5G phones, and the price will fall to around 2,000 yuan in the second quarter.

The 5G phone is expected to cost less than 1,500 yuan in the fourth quarter, priced at 1,000 to 1,500 yuan, according to China Mobile.

The latest report by research firm International Data Corporations said Huawei will lead the global 5G phone market by shipments in 2020, followed by Apple and Samsung.

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