British arithmetic difference affects economy

The National Centre for Mathematical Competence surveyed 2,000 British adults between the ages of 16 and 75. The survey consisted of 5 questions. Basic math questions that can be answered without any time limit, and use pen and calculator. It turns out that just over half of the people answered no more than two correctly. The agency said British adults’ math abilities “are not ready for everyday life.”

A follow-up survey of 101 MPs and 591 business leaders found that these people underestimated the proportion of people with poor math and their impact on the economy. It is reported that the mathematical difference will cause the UK’s economic impact of 388 million pounds per week. The vast majority of business leaders and lawmakers support the ability of governments and employers to “refocus” on the computing power of adults.

“Abuse of antibiotics is one of the biggest challenges of this century!” Swiss “Glimpse” reported on the 26th that the Swiss health department is currently conducting a “return to antibiotics” campaign to raise public awareness and awareness of the increasingly serious problem of antibiotic resistance .

The “Return to Antibiotics” campaign was initiated by the Swiss Federal Public Health Agency, with the participation of major Swiss hospitals, doctors’ associations and pharmacy organizations, which lasted from November 18 to the end of this month. During the event, Swiss people can return the unused antibiotics in their home to a family doctor or take them to a pharmacy. To encourage public participation, many pharmacies and clinics also prepare small gifts.

Although antibiotics can be regarded as one of the most significant breakthroughs in modern medicine, the Swiss newspaper “Zurich Zurich” reports that if antibiotics are used excessively or even abused, bacteria will develop resistance, which will lead to weakened or even lost drug efficacy. To this end, the Swiss Federal Public Health Agency has set up a website entitled “Antibiotics: Use Wisely, Take Medicines Accurately” to popularize science. In addition, the Swiss Federal Public Health Agency has also produced promotional videos that explain how to deal with them intuitively and vividly with cartoon characters Remaining antibiotic drugs. Swiss law requires that expired or unused medicines not be thrown directly into the trash or flushed out of the toilet, as these two practices may cause antibiotics to be released into the environment or into the groundwater. The correct way is to return them to a doctor or pharmacy, and then the state handles these drugs through professional institutions.

According to reports, Switzerland launched a strategy to combat antibiotic abuse in 2015. In the past few years, Switzerland has adopted a number of effective measures, including guiding people to use antibiotics properly, promoting related research, and raising public awareness.

How serious will the crisis from climate change be? According to the British Reuters report on the 26th, the World Resources Institute (WRI) recently said that global climate change will lead to reduced rainfall, and by 2040, water shortages may directly threaten 40% of global crop irrigation.

WRI experts believe that the “silent crisis” of “water shortage” is threatening the global food supply. Especially in areas that rely on monsoon to bring precipitation, the instability of precipitation due to climate change will affect at least one-third of crop irrigation. Climate change, improper use and other factors have led to water shortages, while agriculture is a major factor, accounting for 70% of fresh water. WRI said that by 2040, about 67% of wheat, 64% of corn, and 19% of rice could be in areas of extreme water scarcity. Experts believe that urgent action is needed now to change irrigation methods, improve soils, multiple drought-tolerant crops, and reduce food waste.

Is the chicken singing too disturbing? A French mayor countered that “new rural people” were too arrogant, and asked the government to include “Voices of Villages” into the intangible cultural heritage.

According to the French “Parisian” reported on the 25th, although many urban people chose to “return to the countryside,” they were unable to adapt to the sounds and smells of the countryside, and would often go to court to “defend their ears and noses.” This year, after the rooster crowing and duck screaming disturbed the people and the animal was sentenced to “victory,” there are now more farmers in Cantal province facing fines because of “the smell of cattle raising”. Some officials in rural areas have decided to defend the Voice of the Country. De Prince, the mayor of Beaumont-de-Lomagne, put up a sign at the entrance of the town, saying: “Here are church bells, crowing cocks, wooing frogs … If you appreciate all this, We welcome you to settle in. “Dusayul, the mayor of Gajac, Gironde, also wrote an open letter to Congress, saying that” rural noises “such as chickens and ducks are actually a simple and rich daily life. , Should be listed as a national intangible cultural heritage for protection, so that people “cannot sue.”

To improve cow breeding conditions and milk production, a farm in Moscow region of Russia wears VR glasses for cows.

According to the Russian TASS news agency on the 26th, the Moscow State Agriculture and Food Department said that Russian milk producers have not fallen behind world standards, and experts are experimenting with wearing VR glasses for cows on a farm. VR glasses will show cows beautiful images of summer fields to help cows relax. It is reported that the experience of the world’s milk industry shows that in a calm atmosphere, milk production by cows will increase significantly, and sometimes even improve milk quality. Russian experimenters hope that this virtual reality technology will help increase milk production. During the test, it was also found that by wearing these glasses, the anxiety of the cows was relieved, and the overall mood of the herds was improved.