>job hunters judged in seconds
hopeful interviewees expect to be evaluated on their experience, conduct and ideas.
but new research shows class bias in recruitment is based on just a few seconds of speech - and those first words can shape the way they are assessed in their competence and fitness for a job.
the findings demonstrate that people can accurately assess a stranger's socio-economic position, defined by their income, education, and occupation status, based on brief speech patterns.
hiring managers are also influenced by these snap perceptions in ways that favor job applicants from higher social classes.
researchers found that reciting seven random words is sufficient to allow people to discern the speaker's social class with above-chance accuracy.
the researchers also showed that pronunciation cues in an individual's speech communicate their social status more accurately than the content of their speech.
a staff of an e-commerce division takes a nap at his desk at ksw food company's headquarters in suzhou, jiangsu province, on nov 11, 2015. [photo/ic]
>mutation allows less sleep
a genetic mutation that allows people to feel fully rested with fewer than six hours sleep a night has been identified by studying a family who get by on less than average.
researchers at the university of california, san francisco, have been seeking out and studying families in which some people seem to need less sleep than normal.
they found several mutations make people need less sleep.
reseachers reported that a mutation in a gene called adrb1 allows 12 members of a family to sleep as little as 4.5 hours per night without feeling tired.
on average, people need 8 hours sleep a night.
in most people, sleeping less than 6 hours a night results in a marked decline in cognitive abilities within days.
over long periods, sleep deprivation can contribute to many disorders, including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression.
however, people who sleep less because they have one of these gene variants are healthy and don't appear to suffer any ill effects.
>dogs dyed to look like pandas
a cafe featuring chow chow dogs painted as panda cubs has prompted widespread criticism over the treatment of the pets.
the cute pet games cafe opened last month in chengdu, sichuan, home to a large proportion of the endangered bear species, featuring six fluffy chow chows dyed white and black.
internet users criticized the cafe's treatment of the dogs.
"in the name of loving animals, these pet cafes just want to make money," one said.
another said: "i suggest dyeing the dog owners black and white."
some pointed to comments by vets that dyeing a dog can damage its skin.
others, calling the animals "panda dogs", defended the cafe owner's right to change the pets' appearance.
"it's your dog. you get to decide. very cute," one said.
patients get intravenous drips at children's hospital of nanjing medical university in nanjing, jiangsu province. [photo/chinadaily]
>flu vaccine stockpile to double
the supply of flu vaccines in china this year will be twice as large as last year to ensure demand is met, the top health authority said on wednesday, adding it is well prepared for the arrival of flu season.
he qinghua, deputy director of national health commission's disease prevention and control bureau, said that about 28 million doses of flu vaccines will enter the domestic market this winter and next spring, which is peak flu season in most parts of china - more than double the number available during the last flu season.
the commission has been working with related departments to encourage flu vaccine producers to increase production for this year, and the national medical products administration has also accelerated inspection and approval procedures for flu vaccines this year.
more than 20 million doses of flu vaccine have been released to the market after approval, he said. about 8 million doses have been used for vaccination so far, twice the number for the same period last year.
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