Fight against pseudoscience
To help students tell the difference between fact and fiction, a course titled with a Chinese phrase meaning "apparently right, but actually wrong" was launched at Fudan University in Shanghai this school year. The course brings disciplines together, and has a total of 17 subjects to be discussed.
These topics are centered on methods differentiating science from pseudoscientific beliefs, such as how strong the risk of vaccination is and how genes define destiny. It has attracted much attention, and been welcomed by students there. Over 1,000 students have chosen the course, and the topic on Weibo has won tens of thousands of thumbs-up among users in a gesture of support.
It is necessary to teach such courses, as there are many highly-educated people, including experts and scholars, who harbor misconceptions and lack necessary judgment, said Lou Hongwei, a lecturer for the course.
1st all-women spacewalk
US astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir stepped outside the International Space Station Friday morning, the first time in history that two women have done a spacewalk together. Koch and Meir were expected to spend more than five hours outside the space station to replace a failed power controller, but extended their spacewalk to "accomplish some get-ahead tasks on the space station," according to NASA.
The astronauts spoke with US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence during the spacewalk. The conversation marked the first time since the 1969 moon landing that a sitting president spoke directly to astronauts who were physically outside of a spacecraft in space, according to the White House.
Koch and Meir both joined NASA in 2013, the year NASA's astronaut class was 50% female. Koch is also on her way to making history with a 300-day mission, which will be the longest single spaceflight by a woman.
Online safety for minors
The draft revision to the Minors Protection Law, which highlights the importance of online protection for juveniles, was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress for its first review on Monday. In a new chapter called "Internet Protection", legislators began by giving a nod to minors' proper internet use. The 11-clause chapter lays out duties for governments, schools, parents and digital service providers as to their responsibilities in navigating youngsters through cyberspace.
Internet enterprises are ordered to set various functions, such as time management or consumption restrictions, in their online products and services to allow parents or guardians to prevent their children from indulging in cyberspace. The chapter forbids threats, insults and attacks on minors in written, visual or audio forms and empowers parents and other guardians to demand service providers remove such content.
Ant Financial tops unicorns
Hurun Report Inc on Monday released the Hurun Global Unicorn List 2019, a rank of the world's billion-dollar startup companies, for the first time. The report found 494 unicorn companies across 118 cities in 24 countries. China's Ant Financial topped the list with a valuation of $150 billion, followed by China's ByteDance and Didi Chuxing.
According to the report, Beijing is where most of the world's unicorns are based, with a total of 82 unicorn companies. The city is followed by San Francisco and Shanghai. Rupert Hoogewerf, chairman of Hurun Report Inc, said at the ongoing World Internet Conference on Sunday that China's development of advanced technologies has made it the most popular destination of choice for unicorn companies.