Viet Nam News WASHINGTON — Have you ever heard of macaws that blush, much like humans do at an emotional moment? Researchers still don’t quite understand how it works, but a French team says they have observed the phenomenon multiple times in a group of five captive blue-and-yellow macaws (Ara ararauna) macaws. They published their findings on Wednesday in the journal PLOS One. Blue-and-yellow macaws have a part of their cheeks that is naked, uncovered by feathers, and researchers noticed that this fair skin would redden during interactions with their handlers. "Birds don’t have muscles in their faces," explained lead researcher Aline Bertin of INRA, a French public research institute dedicated to agricultural science. "Their facial expressions have never been studied," she said. Anecdotally, people who took care of macaws noticed them blushing, their cheeks reddening with increased blood flow, much like in humans, But they still needed to document the … [Read more...] about Birds that blush: scientists document an animal mystery
Vietnamese and foreign delegates from Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) partners have agreed to work together to narrow the development gap in innovative education and human resources building among the members. Vietnamese Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha delivers the closing speech at the conference (Photo: VNA)The consensus was reached at a two-day ASEM conference on innovative education and human resources building for sustainable development, which wrapped up in Hue city, central Thua Thien-Hue province, on March 31st.Local and international speakers delivered 17 speeches, focusing on the role of education and human resources for sustainable development in the 21st century; opportunities, challenges and the role of related parties; facts and lessons in Asia and Europe; and Asia-Europe cooperation in innovative education and human resources building for sustainable development. The participants also agreed to enhance inter-sector access in education and training to … [Read more...] about ASEM to narrow gap in innovative education, human resources building
During the two-day event, delegates shared domestic and international experience in promoting education and human resources for sustainable development in the 21st century, practices and lessons learned in Asia and Europe. Local and international speakers delivered 17 speeches highlighting the role of education and human resources for sustainable development in the 21st century; opportunities, challenges and the role of related parties; facts and lessons in Asia and Europe; and Asia-Europe cooperation in innovative education and human resources building for sustainable development. They consented to promote innovative education and skills development for high-quality human resources to meet the needs of the 4th industrial revolution. The participants also agreed to enhance inter-sector access in education and training to boost people’s comprehensive development, create lifelong learning opportunities associated with the fourth industrial revolution, and promote affiliation … [Read more...] about ASEM conference on innovative education concludes in Hue
A careful examination of higher education in the U.S. will reveal many reasons why it would be foolish for Vietnam - or any other country - to imitate the American system. The cost of higher education in the U.S. is extremely high by international standards. At many private universities the average cost of one year's tuition, fees, housing, and meals now exceeds $60,000. (Costs are roughly half that at public universities.) One reason for the high costs is the cancerous growth of bureaucracy. Universities typically have as many administrative employees as faculty, and there are many buildings that house only administrative offices. These administrators spend much of their time going to pointless meetings, attending expensive unnecessary conferences, and producing a tremendous number of wasteful publications that almost nobody reads. The list of top administrative ranks includes: the president, many vice-presidents, the provost, several associate provosts, several assistant provosts, … [Read more...] about Higher education: Is it wise for Vietnam to imitate the US?
When it comes to having a short memory and getting easily distracted, dogs often get a bad rap. A study out Wednesday suggests their recall ability may be deeper than previously thought. In fact, they appear to be able to remember what people did in the recent past, said the report in Current Biology. This kind of recall is known as episodic memory -- the ability to mentally travel back in time and remember details about an event. It has been shown to exist in humans and primates, but never in dogs until now. "It is not possible to simply ask them, 'Do you remember what happened this morning?'" said lead researcher Claudia Fugazza. So she adapted a training technique she pioneered called "Do As I Do" for the study, which allows dogs to answer with their behavior. According to the method, dogs are trained to imitate human behavior. A person may stand on a chair, leap in the air, or tap an umbrella. Dogs are trained to do the same on cue, when the person says "Do it." For this … [Read more...] about