Wildlife:

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A Siberian tiger at the Yun­nan Wildlife Park in Kun­ming gave birth to seven cubs in three hours. It was a record num­ber of cubs in one lit­ter at the park, with Siberian tiger lit­ters nor­mally be­ing two to four cubs. A park em­ployee said mother and cubs are healthy.

Sci­ence:

Vir­tual Re­al­ity tech­nol­ogy is be­ing used at a drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ter in Liangzhu, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, to help ad­dicts kick the habit. The VR treat­ment pro­gram is used for assess­ment and treat­ment of drug ad­dic­tion.

Tech:

Chi­nese bike-shar­ing com­pany Ofo an­nounced on Thurs­day it has raised more than $700 mil­lion in its lat­est round of fi­nanc­ing, the largest in the in­dus­try to date. The com­pany com­pleted its Se­ries D round of fi­nanc­ing in Fe­bru­ary, rais­ing $450 mil­lion.

Buz­zword:

Boomerang refers to an em­ployee who quits to take an­other job and later re­turns to the com­pany. While it may seem in­con­ceiv­able, it is pos­si­ble to make the dreaded em­ploy­ment U-turn.

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Item­fromJuly7,1982,in Chi­naDaily:Bei­jing­pro­duces­morethan4,500met­ric ton­sof­garbagea­day— enoughtomakeamoundof 6,200cu­bicme­ters.

Of­fi­cialssaythere­arenot enough­land­fills­forallthe trash­gen­er­at­ed­bythe­cap­i­tal’sc­i­t­i­zens.

De­spite var­i­ous ini­tia­tives, waste treat­ment re­mains a ma­jor is­sue for many cities.

But cities such as Bei­jing are no longer re­ly­ing on land­fills to fix the prob­lem. In re­cent years, it has switched to in­cin­er­a­tion and bio­chem­i­cal treat­ment.

The cap­i­tal has taken the lead in garbage dis­posal, said Sun Xin­jun, di­rec­tor of the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sion of City Man­age­ment.

The con­struc­tion of 42 waste-pro­cess­ing plants has im­proved Bei­jing’s ca­pac­ity to in­cin­er­ate garbage, he said.

At least 60 per­cent of the city’s house­hold waste is now in­cin­er­ated or treated, com­pared with just 30 per­cent in 2013, Sun added.

Cit­i­zens are en­cour­aged to cre­ate less waste and im­prove waste sort­ing. There are also spe­cial garbage trucks to process kitchen waste.

The city has in­vested more than 250 bil­lion yuan ($37 bil­lion) in 133 en­vi­ron­men­tally-fo­cused projects.

Last year, Chi­nese house­holds pro­duced 250 mil­lion met­ric tons of waste, of which 80 mil­lion tons were re­cy­cled, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Hous­ing and Ur­ban-Ru­ral Devel­op­ment.

The coun­try’s 13th Five Year Plan (2016-20) em­pha­sizes the need to im­prove the re­cy­cling pro­gram.

The plan also calls for im­prove­ments to the waste clas­si­fi­ca­tion sys­tem, which is grad­u­ally be­com­ing a com­mon prac­tice in most cities.

VR tech­nol­ogy a new weapon in drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion

Ofo raises $700m in its new round of fi­nanc­ing

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