>TOEFL, GRE tests canceled
All TOEFL and GRE tests in the Chinese mainland in March will be canceled due to the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak, test administrators said on Monday.
After consultation with the National Education Examinations Authority (NEEA) under the Ministry of Education, ETS, administrator of the two tests, decided to further cancel all tests in March and will return fees to test takers' accounts.
Test takers originally scheduled for February and March testing will be able to register for a later date at no charge, ETS said.
ETS is currently working with NEEA to accommodate impacted test takers, including adding test dates in April and May, it said.
British Council, administrator of IELTS, announced on Friday it decided to cancel all IELTS tests in the Chinese mainland in March.
ETS and British Council announced last month they would cancel all TOEFL, GRE and IELTS tests in the Chinese mainland in February.
>Passengers begin to leave cruise
Passengers began disembarking on Wednesday from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship after spending two weeks in quarantine off Yokohama, near Tokyo, public broadcaster NHK reported.
Around 500 people were expected to disembark on Wednesday with the entire process to be completed by Friday, NHK said.
The Diamond Princess, operated by Carnival Corp, has been quarantined in Yokohama since Feb 3 after a man, who disembarked in Hong Kong before it travelled to Japan, was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.
More than 540 people have been infected with the virus on the liner, which originally carried some 3,700 passengers and crew. Many of those infected have been transferred to hospitals.
>SpaceX unveils tourism flight
SpaceX is planning to send up to four private citizens into space to take a trip around the Earth sometime at the end of 2021 or in early 2022.
The spaceflight company announced an agreement on Tuesday with Space Adventures, a space tourism business that has helped seven different private citizens take trips to (and from) the International Space Station aboard Russia's Soyuz rocket and spacecraft.
The new tourists would be carried on SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule.
The Crew Dragon fliers would launch from the Kennedy Space Center, but will not visit the space station. Instead, they will soar to a record high orbit, enjoying a view of Earth that has not been seen since NASA's Gemini and Apollo astronauts. The cost of a ticket is not yet known.
>Knockoff is the real thing
Thanks to modern technology and some expert detective work, a nearly 400-year-old painting that had long been attributed to an unknown artist in Rembrandt's workshop has been judged to have been a work of the Dutch master himself.
For decades, the Allentown Art Museum displayed an oil-on-oak panel painting called "Portrait of a Young Woman" and credited it to "Studio of Rembrandt."
Two years ago, the painting was sent to New York University for conservation and cleaning.
Conservators began removing layers of overpainting and dark, thick varnish that had been added over centuries - and they began to suspect Rembrandt himself was responsible for the original, delicate brushwork underneath.
Conservators used a variety of tools, including X-ray, infrared and electron microscopy, to bolster the case that it was the work of one of the most important and revered artists in history.
The scientific analysis "showed brushwork, and a liveliness to that brushwork, that is quite consistent with other works by Rembrandt," said Shan Kuang, a conservator at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts.
Outside experts who examined the 1632 painting concurred with the NYU assessment that it's an authentic Rembrandt.
The painting will go on public display again starting June 7.
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