Tran Van Phuc My head went blank for a moment. A few seconds later, I realized I had a broken arm and felt warm blood oozing down my face. I had been cycling down a steep slope and tumbled into a bush. It was the summer of 1985. I was delivering some handicraft products my family made to a village a few kilometers away from our home, after a not very successful day at the local market. I was riding down the slope when a truck suddenly appeared towards the bottom. My knee-jerk reaction was to make a sharp turn, as my bicycle unfortunately lacked a brake. Before I knew it, I woke up in a bush, surrounded by pebbles and gravel, with a large, bloody gash on my right temple. I was in panic mode. I called out to passersby for help, but no one bothered. A minute, then two, then five, the blood started to soak my shirt in crimson after I took it off to cover the wound. In the end, I had to help myself up, broken arm and all, and take my bike to a shop to have its burst … [Read more...] about When people die on our streets without help, humanity dies
What resets our circadian clock
This picture released on Wednesday by Eberhard Karls of the University of Tuebingen shows a reconstruction and computer model of part of a skull named Apidima 2, discovered in a Greek cave, that was determined in a study to have the characteristics of Neanderthal man. A 210,000-year-old skull has been identified as the earliest modern human remains found outside Africa, putting the clock back on mankind's arrival in Europe by more than 150,000 years, researchers said. — AFP Photo PARIS — A 210,000-year-old skull has been identified as the earliest modern human remains found outside Africa, putting the clock back on mankind's arrival in Europe by more than 150,000 years, researchers said on Wednesday. In a startling discovery that changes our understanding of how modern man populated Eurasia, the findings support the idea that Homo sapiens made several, sometimes unsuccessful migrations from Africa over tens of thousands of years. Southeast Europe has long been … [Read more...] about ‘Oldest remains’ outside Africa reset human migration clock
Boxed in: Nguyeãn Quang Haûi shrugs two Iran players during his side’s 2-0 loss on Saturday. For Viet Nam to qualify to the knock-out stages they must beat Yemen in the final game and hope other results go their way. — Xinhua PhotoViet Nam News “I do not think the problem belonged to any individual. It is true there are personal faults to cause us losing sometimes, but today is an exception. The rival was too strong and I do not wish to mention any player’s name here.” Although they are still to win in the tournament, Việt Nam can progress if they beat Yemen, and other matches elsewhere in the competition go there way. The top four third placed teams will move on to the next stage, but coach Park knows to “do so, they must relay on other teams winning or losing. “The loss has made Việt Nam to fall to third of Group D, with zero points and stand at the bottom of the group,” he said. “However, we still have … [Read more...] about We still have our chance: Coach Park
President Xi Jinping warned that no one would 'dictate' China's development path. (Photo: AFP/Wang Zhao) With the clock ticking since Dec 1 on a 90-day deadline to reach a deal with the United States, China has only made superficial peace offerings as it tries to buy time to shore up its economy, analysts said. The lack of a clear direction suggests dissent from within the party leadership "since the summer", Jean-Pierre Cabestan, a political science professor at Hong Kong Baptist University, told AFP. There are "fierce divisions" in the leadership on "how to handle the trade war with the US and how to relaunch reforms, and whether to relaunch reforms or not," he said. "I don't think they've settled the disputes." Xi vowed Tuesday to press ahead with reforms as the party celebrated the 40th anniversary of its landmark "reform and opening up" policy. But Xi, who has accumulated titles to become China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, warned that no one would "dictate" China's … [Read more...] about Under pressure: Clock ticks for China in trade talks
We've been warned repeatedly about the health perils of being out-of-sync with our body clocks. Are we eating in the right way for these circadian rhythms, and could changing our mealtime habits boost our health and help us lose weight? 'Breakfast like a king' What did you eat this morning for breakfast or lunch? The chances are it wasn't steak and chips, chickpea curry or anything else you might normally have for dinner. Yet some scientists believe eating more of our daily calories earlier in the day - and shifting mealtimes earlier in general - could be good for our health. One study found women who were trying to lose weight lost more when they had lunch earlier in the day, while another linked eating later breakfasts to having a higher body mass index. "There's already a very old saying, eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper, and I think there's some truth in that," says Dr Gerda Pot, a visiting lecturer in nutritional sciences at King's College … [Read more...] about Are we eating at the wrong time for our body clocks?