But as carriers start to deploy 5G at scale, smartphone manu

  facturers will start to have 5G as a base specification, rather than an additional special variant of their 4G phones, Stanton added.

  The 5G model, which is quite large at 6.4 inches due to what Samsung calls a combination of desi

gn reasons, will launch on the major carriers in the second quarter and first be exclusive to Verizon.

  ”Although volume expectations will be relatively limited initially, having a foothold at the begi

nning of 5G deployment will be important to Samsung’s brand and being part of the 5G j

ourney with the carriers, so it can learn as much as possible about this new technology and make continuous imp

rovements with iterative devices,” Ben Wood, director of research at market data firm CCS Insight.

  The new S10 phones learn your habits. For example, it’ll know you often open a

weather app and access Spotify in the morning, and pre-load those apps in the

background to save you on load time. (It’ll close them when you’re done so it doesn’t drain battery power, too).

  Samsung says this small touch will extend the battery life to about 24 hours on one charge — and you’ll have so much power remaining, you can share it with friends.

  Perhaps that’s the neatest new feature of the entire lineup: the abili

ty to charge another smartphone by placing it on top of any S10 device. It will make wish

you knew someone — anyone! — with one of these smartphones when you’re at 2% battery life and looking for a boost.

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Tiny tyrannosaur fossil discovery changes the dinosaur timeline

  yrannosaurus rex wasn’t always the king of the dinosaurs. Before they became towering predators, tyrannosaurs star

ted out much smaller, and a newly discovered fossil is helping fill the gap between those two extremes.

  The fossil findings are detailed in a study published Thursday in Communications Biology.

  The dinosaur fossil was found in Utah, where it lived 96 million years ago in a lush delta during the Cretaceous period. It’s been

named Moros intrepidus, which means “harbinger of doom.” The dinosaur lived at the end of th

e allosaurs’ reign at the top of the food chain and before Tyrannosaurus rex arrived.

  It’s now the oldest tyrannosaur from the Cretaceous period found in North America.

  Medium-size tyrannosaur fossils have been found from the Jur

assic period, about 150 million years ago. And then, about 81 million years ago during the

Cretaceous, tyrannosaurs grew into giant predators and replaced allosaurs as the top of the food chain.

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According to the researchers, SRT proteins have “remarkable

  properties” and materials made from them are elastic, flexible and strong. They also have therm

al, self-healing and electrical conducting capabilities, which gives the potential for some new applications.

  The massive floating device created to clean up plastic in the ocean has broken

  One could be to create a self-healing, recyclable fabric by making a coati

ng that is resistant to damage caused by washing machines. That could reduce the number of

clothing microfibers that end up being washed into the oceans, which contributes to microplastic pollution.

  SRT proteins could also be used to make protective clothing for chemical and biological warfare agents, say the researchers.

  As well as polluting our oceans, plastics have been found to emit greenhouse gases when they degrade.

  Cigarette filters are the No.1 plastic pollutant … and don’t prevent cancer

  ”I am a polymer scientist and want to minimize plastic pollution and create environmental sustainability,” explains Demirel.

  Demirel acknowledges that more work is needed to scale up production of the materials. Synthetic SRT p

roteins currently cost at least $100 a kg to produce, but he hopes to bring the price down to a tenth of that.

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Within Japan, every professional person I speak to is bemused

  by Brexit,” said Paul Bacon, a professor at Tokyo’s Waseda University who specializes in Japan’s relations with Europe. “It

is obvious here how economically damaging it will be, and also that it creates serious difficulties for Japan

ese industry.”Britain is set to leave the European Union in less than 40 days, but Prime Minister Theresa May has failed to

secure parliamentary backing for her plan for what happens next, heightening fears of a disorderly departure.

  That’s infuriating for Japanese businesses and government officials, who have been aski

ng for years for reassurances that British leaders would limit the harmful effects of Brexit.

  The “trust has evaporated” between Japanese companies and the UK government, s

aid Seijiro Takeshita, a professor at the University of Shizuoka’s School of Management and Information.

  apan Inc has poured billions into the UK economy. More than 1,000 Japanese companies do bus

iness in the country, supporting more than 140,000 jobs, according to the most recent Japanese government figures.

  Many of them used the United Kingdom as a launchpad into Europe. But if the country

exits the EU’s unified market, “it makes no sense for Japanese industries to base themselves in the UK,” Bacon said.

  Around 60% of Japanese firms in the United Kingdom surveyed by the Japan External Trade Or

ganization in the fall of 2018 said they expected Brexit to have a negative impact on their future business.

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apanese companies tend to invest for the long term

  a very low tolerance for risk, according to Takeshita.

  ”The current situation in Britain is just that — uncertainty,” he said. “Many are backing off.”

  He predicted more Japanese firms will retreat as Brexit unfolds.

  Toyota (TM) warned in December that a British exit from the Euro

pean Union without a deal in place would put at risk vehicle production worth millions of d

ollars a day, but it stopped short of saying it would cut its investment.A senior executive at Nomura (NMR) in N

ovember described Brexit as “a great concern” that will increase costs and risks for financial firms. Nomura has alr

eady started moving dozens of jobs from London to Frankfurt and hiring new staff on the European mainland.

  It’s not just about Brexit

  There are others reasons why Japanese companies are dialing back their commitments to the United Kingdom.

  Advances in technology mean carmakers can now automate more of their supply ch

ains. That has made it cheaper to operate factories in Japan, where labor costs are typically high.

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Even if the 25-percent duties imposed on soybeans shipp

ed from the US are lifted as a result of upcoming bilateral trade talks and China’s decision to resume soybean imports, “the

percentage of US soybeans in China’s total imports could further dwindle in 2019″ as the nation looks for w

ays to avoid further escalation in the weakening economic relationship, Jiao said.

In 2018, China purchased 16.6 million tons of soybeans from the US, about half of 2017’s level of 32.9 million tons and the lowest since 2008

, Reuters reported. Meanwhile, the country is buying more soybeans from Brazil, Argentina and Russia.

In January, relevant departments issued a soybean “rejuvenation” plan, aiming to boos

t soybean cultivation in traditional planting areas including Northeast China, Cent

ral China’s Henan Province, East China’s Anhui and Shandong provinces and Southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

The plan also specified that China will allocate 10 million mu (666,666.7 hectares) of land for soybean planting in 2019.

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Forcing one to drink can’t be a test of friendshipA friend of

Lunar New Year’s day in hospital this year, because he was urged to drink Kweichow Moutai, the famous Chinese liquor. After recklessly guzzli

ng almost half liter, he went into a coma due to alcohol poisoning and ended up in the emergency room. My poor friend missed the entire Spring Festival.

For many foreigners, such an incident may be beyond imagination, and include a shock factor. Why do some Chinese pe

ople always force others to drink? How is drinking linked to sincerity and good faith? Well, welcome to the Chinese drinking culture.

As an old saying goes, “In wine there is truth.” Some Chinese people tend to believ

e that under the influence, people may reveal their true beliefs and feelings which would not be expressed when they are sober.

As a result, when people are urging their friends to drink, they may say: “If you don’t drink up, you are not m

y true friend!” It sounds they could only be honest and open to each other when they are dead-drunk.

In another type of situation, people who hold more power force their subordinates to drink. They would say: “Dr

ink this up, and then I will promise you your promotion.” It is more like forced persuasion or even a threat. In

China, urging people to drink is like a “game of thrones.” The domineering would force others to drink up so as to show off their

power, while the pliable tend to yield. They use empty bottles to tell the strong: “See, I keep drinking and don’t care sacrificing my health for you.”

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The explosive growth of China’s middle class has generated

m in business opportunities, and other factors such as urbanization are having a positive effect on consumer spending.

It is very likely for the government to further open the Chinese economy to foreign investment. Although the external econ

mic situation is complex, China is moving quickly to push forward a draft law amendment that supports the co

ncept of pre-establishment national treatment, which will encourage fair competition between foreign and do

mestic businesses. Such measures will give foreign investors more opportunities to share China’s growth dividend.

China is at a critical point in its economic restructuring and rising up the value chain. If foreign companies leave the country at this crucial juncture, it will be di

fficult for them to re-adapt and re-enter the market after the economy reaches a new equilibrium.

Amid the economic restructuring, only foreign enterprises that remain calm and adapt to China’s development can survive and win their place in the market.

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Moreover, the number of Chinese who go abroad is closely

residents’ disposable income levels and income growth. Data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed that in 2017, the per ca

pita disposable income of the high-income group reached 64,934 yuan ($9,604.71). For most of the residents in the high-inco

me group, overseas tours remain as a kind of luxury spending, thus the per capita disposable income for residents that traveled abroad

should be raised to at least 120,000 yuan a year. Yet this group probably numbers less than 100 mil

lion residents. In other words, the number of people who can afford the average cost of going abroad is theoretically less than 100 million.

Although many research institutions are optimistic about the development pr

ospects for Chinese people’s overseas tourism, the growth rate of private outbound trip

s was only 5.7 percent in 2017, compared to 22 percent in 2010 and 10.6 percent in 2015, showing a do

wnward trend. This may actually reflect the decline in the growth rate of disposable income.

I don’t agree with the so-called “consumption downgrade,” as the Engel coefficient – the propor

tion of money spent on food in household expenses – fell to 28.4 in 2018. Yet, the slowdown in consumption growth, increased leverage r

atio in home purchases and other factors have all impeded the pace of the consumption upgrade.

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What apparently has shattered the confidence of the ruling

its poor performance in recent polls in three key Indian states.

One key factor that apparently sealed the fate of the BJP was prevailing anger among upper castes. So the first thing the prime

minister did was to grant 10 percent job reservation to the less well-off among the upper castes.

The BJP projected the move as a “game changer” which it claimed would win it the support of a certain section of society bu

t now finds itself on the back foot as the Congress came out with a proposal promising “minimum income guarantee” fo

r every poor villager if the party was voted to power. The idea has left the BJP leadership unnerved.

The head of the Pakistan Navy hailed the Chinese navy’s participation in the Aman 19 multinational maritime exercise during a visit to the

warship Kunlunshan on Sunday, saying that the Chinese naval presence in the Indian Ocean is vital to regional ­security.

Pakistan is holding its sixth multinational maritime naval drills, Aman 19, from Friday to Tuesday in Ka

rachi, with navies and observers from 46 countries including China, Russia and the US participating in the exercise.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy), which has participated in all

previous Aman exercises, sent two warships from the Task Group 998 for the exercise.

“The PLA Navy has always been a very big participant, we are really grateful for that,” Ch

ief of the Pakistani Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi told the Global Times during his visit.

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