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Bruce Lee may have died from drinking too much water, new study says

  • Bruce Lee was known for saying, “Be water, my friend,” but the martial arts legend may have died from drinking a copious amount of it, according to a new study.
  • Lee died of cerebral oedema, or a swelling of the brain, in July 20, 1973, at the age of 32.
  • Kidney specialists from Spain are now claiming that the oedema was brought on by hyponatraemia.
  • According to a study published in the December 2022 issue of Clinical Kidney Journal, the “Enter the Dragon” star died due to his kidneys not being able to remove excess water.
  • Lee’s wife, Linda Lee Caldwell, previously noted her husband’s full liquid diet of “carrot and apple juice.
  • Matthew Polly, author of “Bruce Lee: A Life,” would often mention in his book Lee’s water consumption throughout the day.

Bruce Lee was known for saying, “Be water, my friend,” but the martial arts legend may have died from drinking a copious amount of it, according to a new study.

Lee died of cerebral oedema, or a swelling of the brain, in July 20, 1973, at the age of 32. Kidney specialists from Spain are now claiming that the oedema was brought on by hyponatraemia, which occurs when sodium in the body gets diluted after drinking too much water.

TikTok suppressing get-out-the-vote content, study suggests

  • Nonprofit organization Accelerate Change released a study on Sunday claiming that TikTok is suppressing video content that encourages people to vote. 
  • The group had influencers upload 20 different paired videos that were nearly identical, then compared each video’s view count.
  • In some of the videos, creators verbally used political phrases such as “mid-terms” and “get out and vote.” Meanwhile, others featured the same phrases, but they were written on signs instead of spoken.
  • The videos with verbalized election terms were reportedly viewed three times less than the videos with written phrases.
  • A TikTok spokesperson denied moderating the videos and asserted that the discrepancy in views was due to the differences in times and dates the purported “identical” video pairs were posted.

New research suggests that TikTok is suppressing content that encourages people to vote.

Nonprofit political group Accelerate Change claimed in a new report released on Sunday that TikTok videos get fewer views when creators use election-related phrases compared to similar videos but without the same terms.

Most Americans, British and Australians support helping Taiwan if China attacks, new poll shows

  • A recent study conducted by YouGov-Cambridge found that the majority of its American (52%), British (51%) and Australian (62%) participants believe “other countries should provide help to Taiwan” if China were to annex it, The Guardian reported.
  • When asked about a U.S.-led alliance that would supply Taiwan with troops or heavy weapons, the majority of the respondents did not express support.
  • However, at least 40% of participants from 10 of the 13 western countries included in the survey support imposing heavy sanctions on China, as well as supplying Taiwan with military advisers or intelligence.
  • “In other words, public opinion reflects a combination of two sentiments,” Joel Rogers de Waal, YouGov’s academic director, said. “There’s a predictable aversion to the prospect of physical confrontation with China, but also considerable support for the cause of Taiwanese defense in principle.”
  • The release of this year's YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project report coincided with the announcement that Chinese President Xi Jinping will serve as the general secretary of the Communist Party for a third term on Sunday.

Editor’s note (10/28/22): A previous version of this article stated that the survey questioned almost 105,000 adult participants from 25 countries around the world between Aug. 24 and Sept. 22. It has been updated to show that over 25,000 adult participants were surveyed during this period. We regret the error.

A new study revealed that the majority of adults from the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia believe other countries should offer help to Taiwan in case an invasion occurs.

Increasing number of Chinese researchers leaving the US out of fear, study says

  • A study conducted by the Asian American Scholar Forum (AASF) in collaboration with 11 Asian American organizations discovered that the number of Chinese-born researchers in the United States moving to other countries, including China, is increasing.
  • “There has been a significant increase of Chinese-origin scientists returning to China in recent years despite them wanting to contribute to science and research in the United States,” Xihong Lin, AASF board member and co-chair of the association’s Data and Research Committee, said.
  • Of the more than 1,300 Chinese-born faculty members surveyed between December 2021 and March 2022, around 61% of them said they "feel pressure to leave the U.S."
  • Meanwhile, around 47% of the respondents said they would like to relocate to Asia, while around 46% of them mentioned relocating to non-Asian countries.
  • The study also revealed the uneasiness Chinese researchers feel: 72% said they “do not feel safe as an academic researcher” in the U.S., 42% said they are "fearful of conducting research" in the U.S. and 65% are "worried about collaborations with China."
  • “It is clear from our research that the impact of the chilling effect from the ‘China Initiative’ is far from over,” Yu Xie, co-chair of AASF’s Data and Research Committee, said.

A new study suggests the number of Chinese researchers relocating to China from the United States is increasing despite the end of the controversial China Initiative earlier this year.

The Asian American Scholar Forum (AASF) published a report titled “Caught in the Crossfire: Fears of Chinese-American Scientists” on Sept. 3.

Ancient China used face-whitening cosmetics before Ancient Greece, study claims

  • A team of researchers from the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Shaanxi Academy of Archaeology discovered ancient bronze containers containing lead white residue that the ancient Chinese used for face-whitening makeup.
  • The discovery was made at a nobility cemetery located in the Liangdaicun site in the city of Hancheng in China’s Shaanxi province.
  • The researchers published their study in the open-access journal Humanities and Social Sciences Communications on Sept. 3.
  • “The results show that these residues were the earliest synthesized lead white in the world to date, which was produced by the precipitation method in solution distinct from the corrosion method practiced in ancient Greece,” the researchers wrote.

Chinese researchers have unearthed bronze containers with lead white residue that the ancient Chinese used for face-whitening makeup around 300 years before the ancient Greeks started making their own.

The team of researchers from the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) and the Shaanxi Academy of Archaeology discovered the ancient artifacts at the Liangdaicun site in the city of  Hancheng in China’s Shaanxi Province.

New Japanese study reveals the best way to put a crying baby to sleep

  • Researchers from the Riken Research Institute in Japan tested the effects of four different actions on 21 crying infants aged 7 months and younger.
  • Their study, which was published in peer-reviewed journal Current Biology on Tuesday, had the babies’ mothers carry them while walking, sit while holding them, rock them in a stroller and put them to bed.
  • The researchers’ findings suggest that the best way to put crying babies to sleep is by walking with them for at least five minutes with no sudden movements, sitting and holding them for another eight minutes and then placing them gently into bed. 

A study published in the peer-reviewed journal Current Biology on Tuesday has revealed the best way to put a crying baby to sleep.

The study, which was led by researchers from the Riken Research Institute in Japan, analyzed 21 babies aged 7 months or younger.

Chinese universities among world’s top schools in producing ultra-rich graduates

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  • Chinese universities, including Peking University and Tsinghua University, are among the top universities to produce the most “ultra-wealthy” alumni, according to Altrata.
  • Peking University, the alma mater of Baidu co-founder Robin Li, has produced about 1,101 ultra-high net-worth (UHNW) individuals, landing the school at No. 8 on the list.
  • Tsinghua University, the school from which Chinese President Xi Jinping graduated, churned out about 1,100 ultra-wealthy alumni, placing it at No. 9 on the list.
  • Altrata defined ultra wealthy as those with a net worth of $30 million.
  • Harvard University came in at No. 1 among U.S. universities, with 17,660 ultra wealthy graduates.

Chinese universities, including Peking University and Tsinghua University, are among the top universities to produce the most “ultra-wealthy” alumni, according to a recent report from data company Altrata.

Peking University, the alma mater of Baidu co-founder Robin Li, has produced about 1,101 ultra-high net-worth (UHNW) individuals, landing the school at No. 8 on the list. Forbes named the 53-year-old tech company founder the 45th richest person in China, with a net worth of about $7.7 billion.

Indonesian monkeys use stones as sex toys, researchers find

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  • Researchers studying the activity of over 170 long-tailed macaques living at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in central Bali between 2016 and 2019 observed that the monkeys were using stone tools as sex toys.
  • The study, which builds on lead author Camilla Cenni’s previous research in male monkeys in 2020, established that female monkeys exhibited similar behavior.
  • One difference the scientists observed among the female monkeys was their selectiveness in choosing stones to rub/tap against.
  • "When we talk about tool use in animals, we normally think about survival-dependent instances," Cenni was quoted as saying. "There is an increasing number of studies that are suggesting that using objects as tools doesn't have to be a matter of survival. This is clearly an example."

A species of monkeys in Indonesia has been observed using stones as sex toys, a new study revealed. 

Researchers made the conclusion after studying the activity of over 170 long-tailed macaques living at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in central Bali between 2016 and 2019. 

Dogs shed tears of joy when reunited with their owners, study suggests

  • Dogs shed tears of joy when reunited with their owners after being separated for a long time, a study published on Monday in peer-reviewed scientific journal Current Biology has found. 
  • Takefumi Kikusui, the study's lead author, said in a statement that dogs “shed tears associated with positive emotions." 
  • After seeing his poodle shed tears while nursing her puppies, he went on to conduct a study on how oxytocin plays a role in such a reaction. 
  • Oxytocin, the so-called “love hormone,” has previously been found in both dogs and their human owners during their interactions.
  • The recent study’s findings suggest that the release of oxytocin strengthens the bond between dogs and their human owners. They also suggest that there is a link between tear production and emotion in animals besides humans.
  • While earlier studies have shown that dogs release oxytocin naturally in the presence of their owners, this is reportedly the first time tear volumes and oxytocin have been studied in relation to owner-dog reunions.

Dogs tear up when reunited with their owners after being separated for a long time, a new study from Japan has found.

The study was published on Monday in peer-reviewed scientific journal Current Biology.

Airbnb hosts with ‘distinctively Asian names’ received fewer bookings during pandemic years, study shows

  • The rise of anti-Asian hate amid the spread of COVID-19 in 2020 resulted in fewer bookings for Asian American hosts on Airbnb, a Harvard study published on Aug. 3 suggested.
  • The study, titled “Scapegoating and Discrimination in Times of Crisis: Evidence from Airbnb,” was based on New York City data sourced from the website Inside Airbnb.
  • Researchers found that Airbnb hosts with “distinctively Asian names” encountered a 12 percent decrease in guests compared to hosts with “White-sounding names” after January 2020.
  • The study posits that the ability to view the names and profile photos of hosts on the online house-sharing platform made it “easier for users to discriminate.” 
  • In response to the new study, Airbnb stated that “measuring race based on name does not paint a full or accurate picture. Many hosts who would identify as Asian may not have ‘distinctively Asian names’ and therefore would not be included in the analysis.” 

The rise of anti-Asian hate amid the spread of COVID-19 in 2020 has resulted in fewer bookings for Asian American hosts on Airbnb, as suggested by a recent study. 

The new Harvard University study, titled “Scapegoating and Discrimination in Times of Crisis: Evidence from Airbnb,” revealed that Asian American hosts on the online home-sharing platform received fewer bookings than hosts of other ethnic backgrounds in the year anti-Asian sentiment was on the rise.

Short kings, rise and grind: Study says 5’6″ men need to earn $175,000 more a year to be as desirable as 6’ men

  • Finance influencer Vivian, popularly known as “Your Rich BFF,” broke down a study on online dating that found men who are 5 feet 6 inches must earn an additional $175,000 per year on average to be seen as desirable as men who are 6 feet, with the number being even higher for Asian men.
  • In the clip posted to her Instagram account on Friday, Vivian began by asking, “How much is six inches worth?”
  • Referring to a study conducted by the University of Chicago in 2006 titled “What Makes You Click? — Mate Preferences and Matching Outcomes in Online Dating,” Vivian noted the trade-offs between height and income.
  • The number increases with shorter heights, with men who are 5 feet, for example, needing to make an additional $317,000 in income.
  • Also included in the study are the income-ethnicity trade offs, which shows that for equal chances with a white woman as a white man, an Asian man has to make on average a whopping $247,000 in additional annual income.

Finance influencer Vivian broke down a study on online dating that found shorter men must earn more per year to be seen as desirable as taller men, with the number being even higher for Asian men. 

In the clip posted to her Instagram account on Friday, Vivian, better known by her online handle “Your Rich BFF,” begins by asking, “How much is six inches worth?”

New study explains why you should spend less time thinking and more time sleeping

  • A new study published in the journal “Current Biology” on Thursday explained why thinking hard for several hours makes individuals tired and influences how people make low-cost action decisions.
  • Prolonged intense cognitive work causes a build up of potentially toxic byproducts in the prefrontal cortex of a human’s brain, which in turn affects an individual’s control over their decisions.
  • This directs one to perform actions that do not require effort or to do nothing at all as the cognitive fatigue takes hold.
  • Mathias Pessiglione, one of the authors of the study, said that there is no known way to avoid this mental limitation, but she pointed toward the practice of good sleep.

A new study explained why thinking hard for several hours makes individuals tired and influences how people make low-cost action decisions.

The researchers of the study, which was published in the journal “Current Biology” on Thursday, found that prolonged intense cognitive work causes a buildup of potentially toxic byproducts in the prefrontal cortex of a human’s brain. This buildup then affects an individual’s control over their decisions, causing one to do things that do not require effort or to do nothing at all as the cognitive fatigue takes hold..