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Trouble In The Air Between Shanghai And The U.S.

BEIJING DAILY, cyYES.com (China)

SHANGHAI - The Americans are stirring trouble again. This time it's the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai.

Following the American Embassy in Beijing, the Shanghai consulate announced two days ago that it's going to publish the air quality index every hour using the PM 2.5 measurement that tallies micro-particles.

For the first day, the published readings were between two to three times higher than the official figure published by the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau, according to the report by cnYES.com.

Again, this aroused a tornado of discussion among China's netizens. "We don't want beautiful figures. What we want is the true statistic," one blogger declared.

Last December when the northern coastal area, including Beijing, was covered by thick smog for weeks, the US Embassy staff in the capital posted a hazardous high PM2.5 index 10 times the European Union's maximum ratio of 50, causing alarm amongst residents.

The storm set off earned the American ambassador the label of "troublemaker" from pro-regime commentators. The Beijing daily wrote: "Instead of committing himself to developing Sino-US relations, the American Ambassador seems to be looking for faults and deliberately making trouble in China." the Beijing Daily wrote.

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Life On "Mars": With The Teams Simulating Space Missions Under A Dome

A niche research community plays out what existence might be like on, or en route to, another planet.

Photo of a person in a space suit walking toward the ​Mars Desert Research Station near Hanksville, Utah

At the Mars Desert Research Station near Hanksville, Utah

Sarah Scoles

In November 2022, Tara Sweeney’s plane landed on Thwaites Glacier, a 74,000-square-mile mass of frozen water in West Antarctica. She arrived with an international research team to study the glacier’s geology and ice fabric, and how its ice melt might contribute to sea level rise. But while near Earth’s southernmost point, Sweeney kept thinking about the moon.

“It felt every bit of what I think it will feel like being a space explorer,” said Sweeney, a former Air Force officer who’s now working on a doctorate in lunar geology at the University of Texas at El Paso. “You have all of these resources, and you get to be the one to go out and do the exploring and do the science. And that was really spectacular.”

That similarity is why space scientists study the physiology and psychology of people living in Antarctic and other remote outposts: For around 25 years, people have played out what existence might be like on, or en route to, another world. Polar explorers are, in a way, analogous to astronauts who land on alien planets. And while Sweeney wasn’t technically on an “analog astronaut” mission — her primary objective being the geological exploration of Earth — her days played out much the same as a space explorer’s might.

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