>New high-speed railway opens
A new high-speed railway route connecting east and central China started operation on Sunday.
With a designed speed of 350 kph, the route connects the city of Shangqiu in central China's Henan province, and Hefei and Hangzhou, the capital cities of East China's Anhui and Zhejiang provinces.
The northern section of the railway, from Shangqiu to Hefei, went into operation in December 2019, according to the China Railway Shanghai Group.
Covering a distance of 794.55 km, the Shangqiu-Hefei-Hangzhou high-speed railway is expected to spur the rise of the central region and boost the integrated regional development of the Yangtze River Delta.
>UK top destination for study
For the first time, the UK has overtaken the US as the preferred overseas study destination for Chinese students, a report released Sunday showed.
In the survey for the annual Report on Chinese Students' Overseas Study, the UK was preferred by 42% of respondents, up by 1 percentage point from last year.
Study in the US was preferred by 37% of respondents, down by 6 percentage points.
Australia and Canada, both at 16%, tied as the third most popular destinations for overseas study, followed by Japan, Germany and Singapore.
The report attributed the shift in students' preferences from the US to the UK to tense Sino-US relations in the past two years and the UK's advantages, such as the reopening of the Post Study Work Visa and quicker graduation requirements.
>Flies won't transmit COVID-19
With the arrival of summer, many people are worried about contracting COVID-19 through mosquitoes or flies.
In response to the concern, Wang Liping, a researcher from the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said there is not yet evidence of people getting infected with the novel coronavirus through a mosquito or fly. She made her remarks at a news conference on Saturday.
She said the virus is mainly spread through respiratory droplets and physical contact.
However, Wang said mosquitoes and flies could transmit other contagious diseases, such as malaria and dengue fever.
She reminded people to guard against mosquito bites and keep food from flies in summer.
>A degree in Ninja studies
The first master's degree in Ninja studies was awarded in Japan's Mie University when Genichi Mitsuhashi, 45, completed the degree from the university, which is located in the area considered to be the place of origin of Ninjutsu.
Mitsuhashi spent two years examining historical documents on the true nature of the stealth fighters while perfecting his martial arts skills.
Mitsuhashi started learning kung fu, horinji kempo and other martial arts in high school. He previously studied rural development in Kyoto University.
Ninjas are famous for being black-clad assassins who are incredibly secretive and stealthy, meaning they also had "comprehensive survival skills", he said.
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