> Pets get wearable fans to beat heat



Photo/Sweet Mommy

A Tokyo clothing maker has teamed up with veterinarians to create a wearable fan for pets, hoping to attract the anxious owners of dogs – or cats – that can’t shed their fur coats in Japan’s blistering summer weather. 东京一家制衣企业与兽医合作,为宠物设计了一款可穿戴风扇,希望能吸引那些在炎炎夏日担心自己的“毛孩子”太热的狗/猫主人们。

The device consists of a battery-operated, 80-gram fan that is attached to a mesh outfit and blows air around an animal’s body.


Rei Uzawa, president of maternity clothing maker Sweet Mommy, said she was motivated to create it after seeing her own pet chihuahua exhausted every time it was taken out for a walk.

孕妇装制造商Sweet Mommy的总裁Rei Uzawa称,她发现自己的宠物吉娃娃每次在酷热的夏天出去散步时都热得无精打采,因此受到启发。

The device debuted in early July and Sweet Mommy has received around 100 orders for the product, Uzawa said.


It comes in five different sizes and is priced at 9,900 yen.


> Candy taster job gets attention

加拿大公司招聘“首席糖果官” 年薪7.8万美元



Candy Funhouse, an online retailer of confectionery treats from chocolate bars to gummies and licorice, is hiring a $78,000 a year, work-from-home Chief Candy Officer. 作为一家销售巧克力棒、软糖和甘草糖等甜食的网络零售商,Candy Funhouse正在招聘“首席糖果官”,只需在家上班,年薪却高达7.8万美元(约合人民币53万元)。

Duties include: “leading candy board meetings, being the head taste tester … and all things fun.”


Several thousand candidates have already applied for the position, which was posted on LinkedIn in July, Chief Executive Officer Jamal Hejazi said.


The company said the Chief Candy Officer position is open to applicants as young as five — although parental permission would likely be required.


Many parents have filmed their child filling out the application and posted it online.


> Disease exacerbated by climate change



Floodwaters inundated much of the Heishuihao village, Suining, Sichuan province, on Aug 16, 2020. LIU CHANGSONG/FOR CHINA DAILY

More than half of known human infectious diseases have been exacerbated by climate change, according to a new study published Monday by the journal Nature Climate Change. 专业学术期刊《自然气候变化》8日发表一项最新研究显示,超过一半的已知人类传染病在某种程度上因气候灾害而恶化。

The study listed 1,006 ways climate hazards could make people sick, including the breeding of virus-carrying mosquitoes and mice after heavy rains and floods and warming oceans contaminating seafood and other human foods.


“The findings of this study are terrifying and illustrate the enormous consequences of climate change on human pathogens,” said Dr Carlos del Rio, an Emory University infectious disease specialist.


>China-Laos Railway ships over 1m tons



A China-Laos freight train arrives at the Chengdu international railway port on May 10, 2022. [Photo/VCG]

The Laos-China Railway Co., Ltd., a joint venture based in Lao capital Vientiane responsible for the operation of the railway’s Lao section, has said since its opening last December, cross-border goods transported by the China-Laos Railway have exceeded 1 million tons. 老中铁路有限公司(LCRC)是一家位于老挝首都万象的合资企业,负责铁路老挝段的运营。该公司表示,自去年12月开通以来,中老铁路运输的跨境货物已超过100万吨。

Since the opening of the railway, freight transport has shown a rising trend, with goods such as daily commodities, fertilizers, photovoltaics, textiles and vegetables, among others, shipped from China to Laos, while iron and zinc ore, charcoal, rubber, potash and fruits were transported from Laos and neighboring countries to China.


The cost of freight through the railway is almost the same as that of maritime transport, while the transport time is cut significantly shorter.


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