Even though there are amazing innovations nearly ever

y day in the way 3D printers are used in key industries, including automotive, aerospace and

medical, we believe that we’re still just scratching the surface of the potential for 3D printing as an enabl

er of digital transformation,” said Tim Greene, research director at consultancy IDC.

Industry experts, however, have noticed a gradual paradigm shift. Acco

rding to Agam, the sector is on the cusp of a transformation from prototyping and desig

n to real-life manufacturing and end-user engagement. This year could herald such changes.

Conglomerates are leading the pack, with GE celebrating the 30,000th additively-manufac

tured fuel nozzle tip on a 3D printing device at its aviation plant in the US a couple of months ago.Under the addit

ive manufacturing method, the number of parts in a single fuel nozzle tip was reduced from about 20 pieces previo

usly welded together to one whole piece. The nozzle tip’s weight was cut by about 25 percent.

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I bought a 418-yuan insurance package for my cat

 that could reimburse me as much as 15,000 yuan,” said a cat owner in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan province.

Though China’s pet insurance market is still in its early stages, many industry insiders believe that it is only a matter of time before the market hits 10 billion yuan.

“We had less than 5,000 pet insurance clients between 2015 and February 2018, but now our customer base has r

isen to 160,000 after a thorough reform and two rounds of financing,” said Xu Hua, CEO of a pet company.

“Our performance doubled since we launched online channels last November. We estimate that daily orders for our pet insuran

ce products will exceed 300, with 10,000 monthly orders by the end of this year,” said Chen Ye, a pet brand manager.

Though the prospect of China’s pet insurance market looks pretty rosy, a well-developed business model is still needed for

both market players and customers with more companies running under the lowered threshold.

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As a result of the accumulated wisdom of the top thinke

inkers over the centuries, natural science is a really difficult subject

to learn for those without a strong interest in it. The more quantum physics books that are tailored

toward infants, the more children will develop an appetite for the subject in their early years.

More importantly, these science books are written in a way th

at most young children can understand. Inste ad of throwing a complicated concept at the infant

reader, it puts everything into a small story that the reader can enjoy with the help of their parents.

Honestly speaking, I would have preferred my quantum phys

ics textbooks in university to have been written in this way, instead of the traditional way. M

aybe I could have attained higher marks if my professor had brought a cat into the class

room to explain Schrodinger’s thought experiment using an actual cat, instead of simply telling me about it.

But the idea of making science interesting doesn’t just

apply to children’s education. A survey by the Chinese Association for Science and Tec

hnology found that only about 3.3 percent of China’s total population have a basic knowledge of natura

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In addition, sales and marketing efforts of hair transplant sp

t specialists have deepened concerns of consumers troubled by hair loss. From 2016 to 20

17, firms specializing in hair transplants saw an average annual sales growth of over 100 percent.

Beijing-based Yonghe Hair Transplant has 33 outlets nationwide. Its advertisem

ents mark broadcasts of popular TV series in China, and adorn walls of several subway stations.

“With the development of hair transplant and hair care technologies, and amid growing anxiety of consumers suffering ha

ir loss, strategic marketing is helping hair transplant agencies to post continuous growth,” Wang said.

Stress-inducing lifestyles are creating demand for other kinds of products as well. A large n

umber of young Chinese consumers reportedly suffer from insomnia. About 75 percent of those born aft

er 1990 have a habit of staying up late. Inadequate sleep makes them use medicine like sleeping pills, like in the United States.

There, the incidence rate of insomnia is around 32 percent to 50 per

cent, and the sleeping economy has created businesses worth tens of billions of dollars.

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On March 13, CNBC reported that Malta, an island nation i

the Mediterranean that is also a EU member state, has indicated it, too, could join the BRI. The news channel quoted Maltes

e Finance Minister Edward Scicluna as saying that “certain prejudices” should not come in the way of good business.

I am not sure if Marquis, or his boss, US National Security Advisor John Bolton, plan to lecture, warn or th

reaten Malta as they have been doing to Italy these past days. But instead of indulging in such rea

ctionary activities, the US should abandon its Cold War mentality and stop looking for non-existent enemies.

More important, the US should also stop forcing other countries to ch

oose between China and the US, especially as many countries made it clear they do not wan

t to be lectured on what they should do when the Obama administration launched the “pivot to Asia strategy”.

The world needs more infrastructure-building projects such as the BRI, not mo

ves to sabotage such projects, as the US has been trying to do for quite some time now.

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Beware craze for computer programming traininga training

district, Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, has seen the scale of its computer programming class increase expon

entially from dozens of students to tens of thousands in three years. China Daily reporter Li Yang comments:

In early 2017, the State Council sought to encourage computer program

ming education in primary and middle schools so as to boost the development of artifi

cial intelligence. Which fired the starting gun for training agencies to scramble to provide such education while mo

st schools were still waiting for the Education Ministry’s not-yet-ready deployment.

The popularity of computer programming training is not limited to Hangzho

u, it has become the most robust growth point in the extracurricular training market nationwide.

Yet a worrying phenomenon is that many trainees have just bid far

ewell to their toddler phase, and are too young to be learning programming skills.

It is noteworthy that, in most cases, it is parents who seat the minors behind monitors for ho

urs, irrespective of whether the children have developed the necessary capability to study programming.

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Members also carry on doing their other tasks, such as far

ming, cooking, taking care of children and household chores, and pick up pins and needles only in their free time.

“Apart from being able to increase their incomes, what is noticeable is that the women finally have a say in their family decisions now,” says Zhang.

“Earlier, they used to feel that they needed to ask their husbands even if they just w

anted to buy a 10-yuan sweater. But now, they feel free to make their own choices.”

In 2016, the China Women’s Federation designated Xihe county as the model base for alle

viating poverty and began to offer financial support to the likes of Qiqiao Workshop.

One of the beneficiaries was Lyu Xiaohong, the founder of the Baoji Embroidery Culture Company.

The federation encourages poor households to become shareholders by allocating each

of them an equity of 5,000 yuan. At the same time, Lyu’s company signed an agreement with the hou

seholds, promising a dividend of not less than 1,000 yuan by the end of each year. Now, 36 poor households in the v

illage, more than half of such households there, have decided to join the company.

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French court okays screening of film on priest’s abuse

French court on Monday approved cinema screenings of an award-winning director’s new film about the real-life story of a

priest accused of sexually abusing boy scouts, even though the case has yet to come to trial.

The 73-year-old priest, Bernard Preynat, had argued that a public release of the film, By the Grace of God, could prejudice his case.

His lawyer, Emmanuel Mercinier, said the court issued its decision on Monday morning.

The film by screenwriter and director Francois Ozon won the jury prize at the Berlin film festival this weekend.

It will hit the screens in France on Wednesday, a day before Pope Francis holds a summit

meeting of bishops at the Vatican to discuss the sex abuse of minors by clergy members.

The film, which Ozon worked on in secret for years, tells the story of the scandal which broke in 2015 wh

en a former scout, Francois Devaux, went public with allegations that Preynat had abused him as a child 25 years earlier.

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people die in train mishap in eastern Indiaothers injured wh

t least six people were killed and several others injured when a train derailed in India’s eastern state of Bihar early on Sunday.

According to official sources, the Delhi-bound train derailed in the Vaishali district o

f Bihar state when the driver of the ill-fated train was trying to change the tracks.

The “12487 Jogbani-Anand Vihar Seemanchal Express” was reportedly running

at full speed and the passengers were asleep when the accident occurred at around 4:00 a.m. local time.

The train was scheduled to reach Delhi’s Anand Vihar railway station at around 9:00 p.m. local time on Sunday.

Meanwhile, relief and rescue operations are underway at the site of the accident.

“We are focusing on rescue and relief operations right now. Railway Accident Me

dical Van along with team of doctors are at site. Two teams of the National Disas

ter Response Force have reached the spot,” said Smita Vats Sharma, spokesperson of Indian Railways.

All trains running on this particular route have been diverted.

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Wang Yuanfang denied prosecuting Fan Bingbing, did not

Recently, some media reported that Fan Bingbing owed TFBOYS member Wang Yua

nyuan tens of millions of yuan, and that his mother was ready to sue. In response, Fan Bingbing voiced denial, saying that arre

ars were false rumors, saying that Wang Yuan’s endorsement and fees had been settl

ed before the termination of the contract, and there was no problem of arrears.

On the other hand, Wang Yuanfang denied suing Fan Bingbing. The studio issu

ed a statement on rumors such as “Wang Yuan will sue Fan Bingbing” on the inte

rnet, saying that the relevant contents are false information and enjoy working with Fan

Bingbing and his team during the period of cooperation. The expenses related to “Big

Master” have been settled as scheduled, and there is no case of recovering film rem

uneration. It also said that lawyers have been entrusted to deal with the matter and infringers will be investigated by law.

Fans of the two artists also came forward to clarify. First of all, Wang Yuan’s fans said:

no rumors, pay attention to works, Wang Yuan’s brother, the first performer in Berlin Film Festival after 00, the amb

assador of UNICEF, made two speeches at United Nations Headquarters. Time Maga

zine of the United States was selected as one of the 30 most influential young peo

ple in the world. After 00, Wang Yuan’s younger brother starred in Hollywood Maj

or Productions and Global Persons Column. Home, the originator of the Sour

ce Fund. At the age of 18, she has participated in the creation of 10 songs.

Fan Bingbing’s fans said: Mr. Wang Yuan had a good time with Ms. Fan Bingbing and the team. Fans of Ice House also ap

preciated Wang Yuan’s little brother. After retrieving tens of millions of pieces of remuneration, it is said that the Int

ernet is not an illegal place. We will severely condemn such acts and resolutely defend the legitimate rights an

d interests of artists of both sides in view of malicious rumors made by people with ulterior motives.

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