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Hong Kong protests: Trump suggests ‘personal meeting’ with Chinese president

Hong Kong protests: Trump suggests ‘personal meeting’ with Chinese president

World
US President Donald Trump has suggested a "personal meeting" with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss the political crisis engulfing Hong Kong. In a tweet Mr Trump said he had "ZERO doubt" that Mr Xi could "humanely solve the Hong Kong problem".He also tied the protests to a US trade deal with Beijing, in the face of ongoing trade tensions."Of course China wants to make a deal. Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first!" he tweeted. Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump I know President Xi of China very well. He is a great leader who very much has the respect of his people. He is also a good man in a “tough business.” I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to qui
Retirement savings rate improves when workers get help with whole financial life, study suggests

Retirement savings rate improves when workers get help with whole financial life, study suggests

Finance
Workers who get advice on all money matters impacting their lives do a better job saving specifically for retirement, a new report suggests.Among more than 2,400 employees who have had access to ongoing coaching for all aspects of their financial lives, the average retirement-plan contribution rate climbed to 9.4% of pay in 2018 from 6.3% in 2013, according to research from the Financial Wellness Think Tank, which is sponsored by financial-wellness benefit provider Financial Finesse.Additionally, the share who said they are on track to reach their retirement income goal jumped to 57% in 2018 from 21% in 2013.Jason York | Getty ImagesOverall, financial wellness among the financially coached workers improved during that five-year period to 6.4 from 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 10. That compares to...
Declining fertility led to Neanderthal extinction, new model suggests

Declining fertility led to Neanderthal extinction, new model suggests

Science
May 31 (UPI) -- To better understand the decline of Neanderthals, researchers in France developed a population model and used simulations to determine which demographic factors had the largest effect on Neanderthal numbers. Their analysis, published this week in the journal PLOS One, showed declining fertility offers the likeliest explanation for the disappearance of the Neanderthals. Scientists have previously suggested the Neanderthal's extinction is best explained by catastrophe, like climate change or the spread of disease. But with limited empirical evidence, such hypotheses are difficult to test. Neanderthal remains suggest the hominin species died out over a period of 4,000 to 10,000 years. To better understand this decline, researchers built a model and ran simulations to test th...
GM fungus rapidly kills 99% of malaria mosquitoes, study suggests

GM fungus rapidly kills 99% of malaria mosquitoes, study suggests

Health
A fungus - genetically enhanced to produce spider toxin - can rapidly kill huge numbers of the mosquitoes that spread malaria, a study suggests.Trials, which took place in Burkina Faso, showed mosquito populations collapsed by 99% within 45 days.The researchers say their aim is not to make the insects extinct but to help stop the spread of malaria.The disease, which is spread when female mosquitoes drink blood, kills more than 400,000 people per year. Worldwide, there are about 219 million cases of malaria each year.Conducting the study, researchers at the University of Maryland in the US - and the IRSS research institute in Burkina Faso - first identified a fungus called Metarhizium pingshaense, which naturally infects the Anopheles mosquitoes that spre...
Dogs' personalities can change, research suggests

Dogs' personalities can change, research suggests

Science
Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Most longtime pet owners would likely agree that dogs can have distinct personalities, and research has shown those personalities are shaped by their owners. Now, new findings out of Michigan State University suggest dogs' personalities change over time. Life-changing events can transform human personalities. The results of a new survey, published in the Journal of Research in Personality, showed similar types of changes can affect dogs. "We expected the dogs' personalities to be fairly stable because they don't have wild lifestyle changes humans do, but they actually change a lot," lead study author William Chopik, professor of psychology at Michigan State, said in a news release. "We uncovered similarities to their owners, the optimal time for training and even a time i...