China Is Buying Gold, Sending Prices to Record Highs – Generic English
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China Is Buying Gold, Sending Prices to Record Highs – Generic English

Linked media - Associated media Beijing is buying up gold to diversify its reserve funds and reduce its dependence on the U.S. dollar, long considered the most important currency to hold in reserve. China has been reducing its U.S. Treasury holdings for more than a decade. As of March, China had about $775 billion worth of U.S. debt, down from about $1.1 trillion in 2021. When China increased its gold holdings in the past, it bought domestically using renminbi, said Guan Tao, global chief economist at BOC International in Beijing. But this time, he said, the bank is using foreign currencies to buy gold — effectively reducing its exposure to the U.S. dollar and other currencies. Many central banks, including China, starting acquiring gold after the U.S. Treasury Department took the ra...
Study Suggests Genetics as a Cause, Not Just a Risk, for Some Alzheimer’s – Generic English
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Study Suggests Genetics as a Cause, Not Just a Risk, for Some Alzheimer’s – Generic English

Linked media - Related media “This reconceptualization that we’re proposing affects not a small minority of people,” said Dr. Juan Fortea, an author of the study and the director of the Sant Pau Memory Unit in Barcelona, Spain. “Sometimes we say that we don’t know the cause of Alzheimer’s disease,” but, he said, this would mean that about 15 to 20 percent of cases “can be tracked back to a cause, and the cause is in the genes.” The idea involves a gene variant called APOE4. Scientists have long known that inheriting one copy of the variant increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, and that people with two copies, inherited from each parent, have vastly increased risk. The new study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, analyzed data from over 500 people with two copies of AP...
A New Diplomatic Strategy Emerges as Artificial Intelligence Grows – Generic English
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A New Diplomatic Strategy Emerges as Artificial Intelligence Grows – Generic English

Connected media - Associated media As a result, the strategy goes beyond the rules of managing cyberconflict and focuses on American efforts to assure control over physical technologies like undersea cables, which connect countries, companies and individual users to cloud services. Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant, has been seeking to dominate the laying of cables across the Pacific and, increasingly, around the world. But Mr. Fick maintains that American, Japanese and European firms still dominate the market, and that “this remains one area where we can compete vigorously.” Mr. Blinken, in his speech, made clear that part of the diplomacy he envisions involves persuading nations not to rely on undersea cables, data storage or cloud computing supplies from Chinese supplie...
Deadly Russian Strikes Hit Civilian Center and Other Targets in Odesa – Generic English
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Deadly Russian Strikes Hit Civilian Center and Other Targets in Odesa – Generic English

Connected media - Linked media Bomb disposal experts and human rights groups have said those bomblets, which are mass-produced and inexpensively made, generally have a 20 percent failure rate, often leaving behind hazardous duds that can explode later if mishandled. Because they are small, those duds can lay unnoticed among debris or vegetation and weigh so little that children can pick them up without realizing their danger. If confirmed, their use in Monday’s attack could mark an escalation in Russia’s tactics that are intended to make life miserable for Ukrainian civilians, including bombing power plants to cut off electricity to major cities. Moscow has repeatedly targeted urban centers in recent weeks, sometimes using weapons usually reserved for combat zones. The area targeted ...
When a Bunch of Bloody Yanks Came for English Soccer – Generic English
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When a Bunch of Bloody Yanks Came for English Soccer – Generic English

Linked media - Connected media Edens isn’t daunted. Over dinner one night, he told me about a hotel that he recently built in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The project included a club where members could store skis and have their cars parked by valets. Everyone, including partners, told him it wouldn’t work. “A lot of the locals said, ‘That’s not Jackson Hole, that’s not true to our heritage,’” Edens said. “ ‘We’re not Vail. We carry our own stuff.’” He disagreed. “Who thinks carrying your three young kids’ ski stuff through a parking lot is a good idea?” Edens proceeded with the ski club. “And people love it,” he said. “It’s completely sold out. And that’s how I feel about some of the other things that we’re doing now.” While he said that he is respectful of the club’s long history, he added t...
Lead in Beethoven’s Hair Offers New Clues to Mystery of His Deafness – Generic English
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Lead in Beethoven’s Hair Offers New Clues to Mystery of His Deafness – Generic English

Connected media - Associated media As he lay on his deathbed, his publisher gave him a gift of 12 bottles of wine. By then Beethoven knew he could never drink them. He whispered his last recorded words: “Pity, pity — too late!” For a composer, deafness had been perhaps the worst affliction. At age 30, 26 years before his death, Beethoven wrote: “For almost 2 years I have ceased to attend any social functions, just because I find it impossible to say to people: I am deaf. If I had any other profession, I might be able to cope with my infirmity, but in my profession it is a terrible handicap. And if my enemies, of whom I have a fair number, were to hear about it, what would they say?” When he was 32, Beethoven mourned that he could not hear a flute, or a shepherd singing, which, he wro...
Humane’s AI Pin Wants to Free You From Your Phone – Generic English
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Humane’s AI Pin Wants to Free You From Your Phone – Generic English

Linked media - Linked media A Language Interpreter An important feature on the Ai Pin is the ability to translate a conversation into another language in real time. With one finger held down on the pin, I could set a language to translate to, such as Mandarin. When I held two fingers down on the pin and spoke a phrase in English, the Ai Pin said it in Mandarin, and vice versa. I tested this with several other languages, including Spanish, French and Indonesian. I confirmed that the interpreter was usually correct, though with converting English into Mandarin, it incorrectly translated “good morning” into “da jia hao,” which means “hello, everyone.” Would You Look at That? Humane is including a feature called Vision on the Ai Pin, which is labeled “beta” to signal that it is unfinishe...
Monday Briefing – The New York Times
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Monday Briefing – The New York Times

Linked media - Linked media Cease-fire talks in Cairo faltered Negotiations between Israel and Hamas stalled again, meaning more uncertainty for the families of Israeli hostages and no quick reprieve for Palestinians in Gaza. Mediators struggled to bridge the remaining gaps, and a Hamas delegation left the talks, officials said. The main dispute was over the duration of a cease-fire, with Hamas demanding a permanent one and Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, expressing openness to only a temporary halt in fighting. Hamas blamed the lack of progress on Netanyahu, who has vowed to stage a ground offensive in Rafah, where about a million Palestinians have been sheltering, with or without an agreement. Israel and the U.S. contend that Hamas has been holding up a deal. Netanyah...
Edward Dwight, Once Picked to Be the First Black Astronaut in Space, Aims for Space at Last – Generic English
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Edward Dwight, Once Picked to Be the First Black Astronaut in Space, Aims for Space at Last – Generic English

Linked media - Related media Edward Dwight is going to space, finally. In the coming weeks, as conditions allow, Mr. Dwight is expected to be part of a six-person crew heading into space on the latest mission of Blue Origin, the space company founded by Jeff Bezos. Blue Origin’s seventh human flight will carry an array of adventurers including a venture capitalist, a craft-beer entrepreneur from France, a retired accountant who has been told by doctors that she is going blind, and Mr. Dwight, a retired Air Force captain who 60 years ago was chosen, and then passed over, to be the first Black man to orbit Earth. Mr. Dwight wound up in the astronaut training program at Edwards Air Force Base in California in the early 1960s under the command of Chuck Yeager. (In 1947 General Yeager bec...
Robert Oxnam, China Scholar Beset by Multiple Personalities, Dies at 81 – Generic English
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Robert Oxnam, China Scholar Beset by Multiple Personalities, Dies at 81 – Generic English

Linked media - Connected media Mr. Bouton said that he had not been aware of the full extent of Dr. Oxnam’s alcoholism and that he had had inklings about his behavioral problems. He said that it was remarkable that Dr. Oxnam had been able to work through them. But in 1992, Dr. Oxnam told the society’s board that he was going to resign. “The Bob part of me was touched that they pressured me to reconsider,” he wrote in his book. But he left. In addition to his wife, whom he married in 1993 and who was president of the Asia Society from 2004 to 2012, his survivors include his daughter, Deborah Betsch, and his son, Geoff Oxnam, both from his marriage to Barbara Foehl, which ended in divorce in 1993, and four grandchildren. After leaving the Asia Society, Dr. Oxnam hosted and wrote a seri...