Morning Special (2019. Sep. 21. Sat.)
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▶Science & Tech
Harvard University has awarded 10 scientific achievements for the 2019 Ig Nobel Prizes, the awards that are given to those who "make people laugh and then think."
The ceremony was held with more than 1,000 guests in attendance. This year's winners included Italian researcher Silvano Gallus for his studies on whether pizza can help cure cancer, and German psychologist Fritz Strack "for discovering that holding a pen in one's mouth makes one smile, which makes one happier - and for then discovering that it does not."
As is the case every year, the prizes were handed out by real Nobel Prize winners.
▶WNR: News Focus 1 (19.09.16)
Thieves have nicked an expensive piece of art from the birthplace of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
The artwork in question was a golden toilet said to be worth some seven billion won and meant to mock the excessiveness of American culture.
When asked if the thieves might melt it down for the gold, officials said that such an idea was not out of the question.
The toilet had previously been on display at the Guggenheim Museum, where museum-goers queued for hours for a chance to answer nature's call.
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▶WNR: News Focus 2 (19.09.17)
South Korea's capital city of Seoul has been said to have the sixth most expensive grocery prices in the world.
Perennially high-priced cities like New York and Tokyo ranked lower than Seoul at seventh and 15th, respectively.
The data come from a global database that analyzes the grocery prices in 377 cities, comparing staple items like milk and bread.
The top five most expensive cities were all in Switzerland, with Zurich head and shoulders above the rest.
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▶WNR: News Focus 3 (19.09.18)
Genetic predisposition, obesity, and unfavorable lifestyle have been found to play a significant role in the development of type 2 diabetes.
A recently released study also found that weight loss has been shown to delay the onset of the disease among high-risk subjects.
Diabetes has become more prevalent as of late because of the abundant availability of food and sedentary lifestyles.
According to the International Diabetes Federation, approximately 425 million adults were living with diabetes in 2017.
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▶WNR: News Focus 4 (19.09.19)
An emergency ban of all vaping products with flavors outside of the tobacco and menthol range has been approved by the New York state Department of Health’s Public Health and Health Planning Council.
The Center for Disease Control reported recently that 27.5 percent of U.S. high school students have used an e-cigarette within the last 30 days, with nearly 60 percent of those who vaped reported use of fruit, menthol, and mint flavors. Other recent research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that vaping among adults aged 18-24 shot up 46 percent from 2017 to 2018 and that the trend has been popularized by flavored vaping products.
Following a two week grace period, the ban will be enforced beginning October 4th.
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▶WNR: News Focus 5 (19.09.20)
Indonesia is set to pass a new criminal code that could outlaw living together outside marriage, extramarital sex and insulting the president,
If passed, adultery could be punishable by up to one year in prison, while couples living together outside marriage could be sentenced to six months, an offense that can be reported by a village head.
Activists have called on president Joko Widodo to delay the bill, saying significant revisions were required.
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