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ten the same ones I would ask. That’s what we do with the show. We go straight to heart of the matter and take on very central question

s – like why are we are, how did we get here and what should we be doing? And the answer is that we don’t fully k上海夜生活女神会所

now, but we have a vague idea. I can talk about the edge of our knowledge and that raises the questions that we all ask.

上海夜生活The important thing about science is that it shouldn’t be separated from other aspects of human endeavor.

I think science can be described as a human reaction to nature, and that’s the motivating factor. There’s only one intere

sting question really, in my view, which is: What does it mean to be small, fragile and finite – to live a small, fragile a上海夜生活女神会所

nd finite life in an infinite universe? That, ultimately, is the only question that I’m interested in.

Physics is like a rule book for the building blocks we encounter, compar

tmentalizing why and how things happen, and establishing reason and fact. But probability seems like the devil’s advoca上海夜生活

te; it comes along and stirs it all up in ways that are unknowable and unanswerable. Isn’t the very random natu

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There’s a sequence where I say exactly that in the show. Why is the Earth the way it is?

It’s a very complex mixture of the simple laws of nature and chance, and separating the tw上海夜生活

o is important if you’re trying to think about our place in the universe. You have to understand there’s a lo

上海夜生活女神会所t of chance involved, which we can’t make sense of. It’s just like blind chance. For example, the asteroid that wiped out the d

inosaurs – had that flicked one speck of dust a different way in relation to the solar system, we might not have happen

ed. We wouldn’t be here. About one billion other things might not have happened, either. (laughs)上海夜生活

So you can’t define a human being through the laws of nature, but you can extract from

the laws of nature a framework that allows you to think. You’re not allowed to stray outside it. For exa上海夜生活

mple, we do know we are very small. But there’s nothing we can do about that. I struggle with that sometimes.

上海夜生活女神会所One of your BBC programs begins with a lovely moment where you examine the beauty of a snowflake.

The inspiration for that came from the 17th century and an incredible work called The Six-C

ornered Snowflake by (Johannes) Kepler. It is absolutely brilliant. It’s considered the first book to e上海夜生活

ver describe the structure of crystals or snowflakes, and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

A courtier is charged by his king to bring the most valuable gift he can find that is close to上海夜生活

nothing. So the courtier considers some water, some dust and then the snowflake. “I’ll give you the most val

uable gift, which is the closest thing to nothing I can find,” he says. Kepler is a great ge上海夜生活女神会所

nius, with the most amazing mind. Every single question he asks about the universe so long ago is correct.

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there may be something very, very profound about the way that sp

ace-time behaves – and why the universe is accelerating at the speed it is.上海夜生活品茶微信

There are two answers to that and it’s quite political, of course. Space flight is expensive. And if you’re interested purely in s

上海夜生活cientific research, then I think you can send a lot of robots, because you can get more of them.

But, it’s also true that human capability is far in excess of robots, so we need that.

Most scientists would say they don’t like space flights because it removes a lot of money from their activities.上海夜生活

On the second point, we’re going to Mars because there is nowhere else to go

上海夜生活品茶微信 Not to the other planets, so we have to stay here, or if we go anywhere, to Mars.

But I think as a civilization, we may need to start thinking of going somewhere.

Have you written any children’s books, or will you?上海夜生活

It’s tremendously difficult to write books for children. A friend of mine, Oliver Je

ffers, wrote a great children’s book. Every single word and sentence has to be so pr上海夜生活品茶微信

ecisely constructed; it’s an art, a real art. I’ve written for newspapers – you would well understand – and you can ha

v上海夜生活e different allowable paragraph lengths, and sometimes the shortest sentences in a paragraph are the most diffi

cult ones to write. I would love to write children’s books, but it’s a skill I don’t have now.

You’re a wine lover. Why not write a book on wine?上海夜生活品茶微信

I’m a big fan of wine writer Jancis Robinson. For wine, I’m still on the learning curv

e. I started collecting it to drink, but I don’t collect it as investment; it’s more like a sort of exploration. I like lear上海夜生活

ning curves, so music and wine and other subjects make for interesting diversions. I get bored every five or six ye

ars, so science is about the only constant thing. I love red wines, like Bordeaux, but as I’ve got older, I find the上海夜生活品茶微信

y are less easy to drink. So I like white Burgundies, and I very much like chardonnay and c

hampagnes, blanc de blancs. It’s a bit niche though, the study of white Burgundy, to write a book about.

Are you more underwhelmed or overwhelmed by the public’s general knowledge of science?

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cluded more than 150,000 civil IPR disputes and more than 2,000 criminal IPR cases, up 80 percent and 23 percent res

上海夜生活pectively year-on-year, according to Zhao Gang, deputy director of the administration.

From January to May, Chinese police detained more than 9,900 suspects for alleged I上海夜生活

PR infringements and violations such as producing or selling counterfeit goods, he said.

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ending the Patent Law and the Copyright Law, and further shortening the time al

lotted for reviewing patent and trademark applications by upgrading our intelligent systems,” he added.

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es by establishing a national-level IP court. The new court, under the Supreme Peo

ple’s Court, aims to streamline the appeal process by allowing litigants to bypass top provincial courts.

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pproach to business with their Chinese partners amid the US-China trade dispute.

“Because the US consumers won’t want to pay more, we needed to source our products to上海夜生活

make sure that we are competitive in the market, so we had to slow down our business with China,” said Jo

ey Baxter, an importer and manufacturer for the dress brand JAX in New York.

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SA, Apparel Sourcing USA and Home Textiles Sourcing Expo, which started M

onday and will conclude on Wednesday, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York,

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ed eventually,” Baxter said. “Unfortunately, it’s taking longer than expected.”

“We are very much against the trade barriers,” said Detlef Braun, a member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt GmbH, orga

上海夜生活nizer of the expo. “We are here for free trade; we are against protectionism,” he said.

He said Chinese textile companies have had to raise prices due to the tariffs. “Some of the mar

kets are getting unattractive for us, and consequently, the business would be damaged,” Braun said.上海夜生活

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row, then there could be a certain point where this market is losing attractiveness,” he said.

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in its container throughput capacity, Chen added. In 2018, the entire c

上海夜生活ontainer throughput reached 21.92 million twenty-foot equivalent units, up 7.6 percent year-on-year.

From January to June, the Nansha area of Guangzhou Port achieved c

ontainer throughput of more than 8 million TEUs, up 6.8 percent year-on-year. In the same period上海夜生活

, Guangzhou Port’s container throughput totaled 10.16 million TEUs, up 9.7 percent year-on-year.

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the total container capacity of Guangzhou Port, said Mo Zhiping, deputy general engineer of Guangzhou Port Group.上海夜生活

With the fourth phase completed and put into operation by 2021, the to

上海夜生活tal Nansha area of Guangzhou Port will be able to handle 20 million TEUs a year.

According to a recent report by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, as China’s economy and trade continues to grow, deman

d for container transportation in most Chinese ports will maintain a healthy growth, particularly in Shanghai, Zhou上海夜生活品茶微信

shan in Zhejiang province, Guangzhou, and Qingdao in Shandong province.

In May, Guangzhou Port signed a strategic cooperatio

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Li Kewu, a ports expert with Huawei Technologies, suggested that the di

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oming more intelligent, it has also increased investment,” Li said. “As competiti

on increases, Guangzhou Port will hopefully become a leader among intelligent ports worldwide.”上海夜生活

The government’s guideline to implement the Healthy China Initiative focusing on disease prevention, chronic disease manage

ment and high-quality treatment will lead to an overhaul and transformation of the health industry, promp上海夜生活品茶微信

ting companies to provide better products and services for people in the country, industry insiders said.

The State Council, China’s cabinet, issued the guideline

on July 15 for the initiative, which was in a blueprint released in 2016 by the Commu

nist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council. The initiative covered areas such as public health

services, environment management, the medical industry, and food and drug safety.

“The guideline and action plan cover all the urgent challenges Chinese society is facing in the health

sector, especially in disease education and prevention, chronic disease management, and control of

diseases causing great burdens, such as cancer, diabetes, and respiratory dise

ase,” said Shi Lichen, founder of medical consultancy Beijing Dingchen Consultancy.

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Li Wei, cultural counselor 上海夜生活he Chinese Embassy in

Mongolia, said Chinese movies and TV dramas are full of positive energy and show the goodness of human nature. “They ha

ve become an important channel for Mongolian people to better understand China,” she added. 上海夜生活

The plots of Chinese movies and TV dramas are considered by mo

 上海夜生活女神会所st Mongolian viewers as closer to the real life and filled with life philosophy.

“The TV play ‘Ten Years of Love’ is perfect for young people like me,” said Bilguun, who works for a company in Ula

n Bator. “I feel deeply about the drama’s special emphasis on family ties,” he added.

Nearly 30 years ago the photographer Xie Hailong began an investigation of rural students and te 上海夜生活女神会所

achers, recording their living conditions and the stories of their striving for educational opportunities.

In 1992, when he was 41, he became a photo journalist for China Youth Daily, and vis

ited more than 100 rural schools in 128 counties in 26 provinces over the following 10 years.

 上海夜生活A photo he took in 1991 that told the story of Su Mingjuan, 8, with great sparkling eyes and a pencil in hand, in rural Jinz

hai county, Anhui province, became a household image after it was used as a poster for Project Hope.

The project, launched by the China Youth Development Foundation in 1989, is dedicated t 上海夜生活女神会所

o helping poor children get an education. It received 100 million yuan ($14.5 million) in six months.

 上海夜生活By last year the project had received donations totaling more than 15 billion yuan and had helped nearly 6 million students in need.

While Xie dares to say his photos calling for educational opportunities have alm

ost fulfilled their historical mission, more needs to be done to reduce poverty and achieve educational equality, he says.

However, because schools and governments of rural areas are now more awa 上海夜生活女神会所

re of the potential social assistance they can receive, some may abuse good intentions.

Xie once took 500 schoolbags to a rural school of Daliangshan in Sichuan province in 2016. A teacher told him that the s 上海夜生活女神会所

chool wanted to give only a small part of those bags to outstanding students as a learning incentive.

The proposal angered Xie, who insisted that the teachers distribute the bags to every one of the 495 students.

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This year, O’Neill said, it looks as if Japan is going to try to feature the issue of global governance of te上海夜生活

c上海夜生活品茶微信hnology in terms of some common rules. He said it, and other countries that have ideas for new are

as of focus in the future, need to be pushed to explain precisely what they want to achieve in doing so.

“It is all very well to make very general grand statements, but unless anything specific occurs between and across G20 cou上海夜生活

ntries, what is really the point?” O’Neill said. “This must surely become a prerequisite fo running out of time to secu

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Zhu Qiwen and Liu Yi contributed to this story.

Thanks to e-commerce, in which McCormick believed China “is well ahead of the world”, consu

上海夜生活品茶微信mers are looking at tangible qualities rather than the brand per se when placing jewelry orders.

“That’s really a game changer. With Chinese consumers becoming more pragmatic, it’s eas

y to understand how they are getting more demanding on quality, which will …make the market healthy and optimistic.”

While digital space is far from being the main norm for shopping diamonds, a lot of Chinese would go online to look for infor上海夜生活

mation on multiple dimensions of the stones before trying on multiple times in physical stores. And China’s advanced seamless online-to-offline sce

narios would allow consumers to still place orders through digital means if certain types remain exclusive via internet channels, she noted.

In 2017 China’s diamond industry accounted for 16 percent of the $82 billion global market, up from nonexistence two decades ago, according to De Beers.上海夜生活品茶微信

McCormick believed transparency is important to the industry traditionally perceived to be “shrouded

in secrecy” at least in the eyes of the end consumer. Therefore her association has just released the first-ever Socioeconomic and

上海夜生活品茶微信Environmental Impact of Large-Scale Diamond Mining report in May, which found out that major diamond producers represented by the group have cre

ated net benefits of $16 billion, outweighing environmental and socioeconomic impacts by 17 times.

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I’m not attracted to archaic devices like proroguing,” he said

Meanwhile, Britain’s leading tax and spending think tank has said that Hunt’s promise to

 上海夜生活reduce corporation tax to the lowest rates in the advanced world would only “exacerbate” the UK’s financial problems.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies warned that his plans would mean a continuation of the u

 上海夜生活npopular Tory policy of austerity and would cost 13 billion pounds ($16.5 billion) a year.

The foreign secretary, Hunt, has proposed reducing the rate of corporation ta

x paid by companies to 12.5 percent, matching the rate in Ireland among the lowest of any major economy. 上海夜生活

The institute disputed the claims of some low-tax advocates that the policy would pay for itself by

上海夜生活driving up company investment and encouraging overseas companies to locate in Britain.

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t to raise defense spending, would “leave no scope to relieve the pressure on other areas of pu

上海夜生活上海品茶blic spending without tax rises, or a fiscal stance which risked putting debt on a rising path”.

United States – The second night of the first Democr上海夜生活上海品茶atic primary debate here on Thursday featured more early front-run

ners for the party’s presidential nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.

Thursday night’s 10-Democrat matchup included four of the five front

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ders of Vermont, Senator Kamala Harris of California, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg of Indiana.上海夜生活上海品茶

They shared the stage with Senator Michael Bennet of Colora

do, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Congres

sman Eric Swalwell of California, author and activist Marianne Williamson, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

Both Conservative leadership contenders announced this week they will bring down the barriers to talented overseas workers.

Johnson said he would make the UK “much more open” to high-skilled migrants such as scientists, while Hunt promis

ed to scrap the immigration target of keeping net migration below 100,000, which has never been met.

Hunt said: “We’re not going to be a country that changes from Little Britain in

to Little England and pulls down the shutters and says ‘Foreigners not welcome’.”

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News of Lippi’s hiring triggered a wave of chatter on Chin

nese social media. An hour after the announcement, related topics had been viewed more than 5 million times. While many b

asked in the coach’s return, others expressed concern about the current status of the national team.

The last major appearance of Team China was at the 2019 China Cup in

Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, in March, when the squad lost both its gam

es. Lippi’s successor, Fabio Cannavaro, who coached both China and Evergrande, resigned a month later.

Lippi will now guide the team through the qualifying rounds

of the 2022 World Cup. China is looking to secure a place in the

World Cup again after making its one, and so far only, appearance in the finals in 2002.

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Britain’s May to agree departure after latest Brexit deal bid

 British Prime Minister Theresa May will set out a timetable for her departure in early June after the latest attempt to get her Br

exit deal approved by parliament, the chairman of a powerful Conservative committee said on Thursday.

Three years after Britain voted to leave the European Union, there is littl

e clarity over when, how and even whether Brexit will happen, prompting some in her party to c

all for a new approach to the country’s biggest policy shift in more than 40 years.

May has promised to step down after her Brexit deal is approved by lawma

kers. But many in her party want her to set out clearly when she will quit if the agr

eement is rejected for a fourth time, and others are demanding her immediate departure.

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Sales of Saky products in the lower-tier market only accou

unt for about 20 percent of the total, but they have quadrupled in the past two years.

“If you can prove to small-town youths that the products are useful, they are willing to pay,” Lan said. “Some inno

vative Saky products have also seen rapid growth in lower-tier markets, including one that removes stains from teeth.”

Chen, from Roland Berger, said that while small-town youths are narrowing the gap with their count

erparts in bigger cities in many ways, they still have many distinct demands. If companies want to win t

hem over, it is important for them to have a deep understanding of lower-tier markets and to draw up strategies acc

ordingly, whether in building brand awareness, or providing specialized products and distribution channels.

For example, while helping a jewelry company to access lower-tier markets, he found tha

t jade inlaid with gold is very popular, although it is considered unfashionable by consumers in large cities.

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