Illustration by Đỗ Dũng By Kiều Duy Khánh Every night, rain or shine, Sừa went out to a gigantic block of stone under the coffee plum tree next to the Sủ Sung stream to fish and sleep. Yet for two days straight, he hadn’t shown up. Did Sừa leave for another stream with more fish? Or was he bored with fishing? Sừa’s fishing buddies had been asking each other such questions on their night shifts. Sừa hadn’t left for another stream. Nor had he gotten bored with fishing. Instead, Sừa was seriously ill. Sừa was ill, which sounded strange! Even though he was over 40, Sừa looked stronger than twentysomethings. His arms were firm and rugged like an old tree on the Sắng mountain. His chest was square and red, bursting like a stone slab. Sừa wasn’t ill because of an internal problem; he fell ill because of a breeze. Though the breeze was blowing … [Read more...] about The soul of the piêu* scarf
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Dengue fever epidemics could be forecast up to eight months in advance by a new satellite-based, early warning system. The rising number of dengue fever patients is overloading the Tropical Medicine Faculty at Da Nang Hospital as the outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease in the central city has reached "alarming level", according to the Da Nang Disease Control Centre. VNA/VNS Photo Van Dung This system, known as D-MOSS, is being developed by a consortium led by HR Wallingford and sponsored by the United Kingdom Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme. D-MOSS is developing a forecasting system in which earth observation datasets are combined with weather forecasts to predict the likelihood of dengue epidemics. The project, which started in Vietnam last year, aims to develop an operational early warning system to improve dengue prevention and increase control capacity. It creates better understanding of the relationships between environmental stressors, the … [Read more...] about Satellite system helps forecast dengue epidemics in Vietnam
It's thought 2.5 billion people could benefit from technology first developed in the 1200s. At Lockheed Martin, for example, it used to take a technician two painstaking days to measure 309 locations for certain fasteners on a particular curved panel. But according to Shelley Peterson, the aerospace company's head of emerging technologies, the same job now takes little more than two hours. What changed? The technician started wearing glasses. But not just any old glasses: specifically, the Microsoft Hololens. It looks like a bulky set of safety goggles. And it layers digital information over the real world. In this case, it scans the curved panel, makes its calculations, and shows the technician exactly where each fastener should go. Productivity experts are gushing about the potential benefits of augmented-reality devices such as the Hololens and Google Glass. When Google first demonstrated its smart glasses in 2012, their prospects seemed quite different. They were seen as a … [Read more...] about Why do billions of people still not have glasses?