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“猛禽脆弱,” 南方周末,  [“Fragile Raptors,” Southern Weekly.] Coauthor. January 25, 2013. 

2008年1月4日,北京猛禽救助中心工作人员前往怀柔救助一只受伤的秃鹫。秃鹫展开双翅可达到3米。 (CFP/图)

在北京二环和三环之间的北京师范大学校园内,有一排闹中取静的绿色铁皮房子,里面设置了人造草皮和栖杠。有的房间暂时空着,有的房间里站着一只金雕,或是游隼。它们都正在接受康复治疗。过不了多久,它们就能再次回到野外了。

这里是北京猛禽救助中心。有的时候,把猛禽养作宠物的人发现它们因为不适应平地上的生活而生病,无奈把鸟送到这里来。还有些情况是小鸟坠巢,捡到的人不知该如何处理,便找到这里。

猛禽形态各异,在地球上的分布也很广泛。仅仅在中国,就有包括猫头鹰在内的84个种的猛禽,占到了世界猛禽总数的20%多。Read more…

In November 2016, AAAS EurekAlert! began to integrate EurekAlert! Chinese content into its main site. Due to that process, old content – including the three articles below – is currently unavailable.

“Brain Drain (and Gain) Is an Outdated Notion for China,” EurekAlert! Chinese, March 2012.

“Neurocognitive processing of Chinese characters shows similarities with alphabet-based language processing,” EurekAlert! Chinese, December 2011.

“From clones to clouds: The progress of computer forensics in China,” EurekAlert! Chinese, August 2011.

“What causes stuttering?” Probing Questions, Research Penn State, February 2011.

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In the movie A Fish Called Wanda, he’s the guy who bungles the old lady’s murder. In My Cousin Vinny, he’s the inept public defender for the accused. People who stutter are so often portrayed in popular media as either incompetent or disturbed that even they find themselves wondering what’s wrong with them. One of the most influential individuals in twentieth century psychology, Sigmund Freud, blamed stuttering on—you guessed it—the parents. It was thought that a stuttering child was possibly mimicking speech quirks of a caregiver or else suffering a neurosis or personality disturbance.

Freud couldn’t have been more wrong, explains Gordon Blood, a Penn State professor of communication sciences and disorders. “Stuttering is a neurophysiological problem, not a psychological problem, but what causes it is still a mystery.” Read more…

“How did Valentine’s Day start?” Probing Questions, Research Penn State, February 2011.

Never mind the 160 million greeting cards that will be purchased for Valentine’s Day this year. Forget about the 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolates that will pass from giver to recipient. Long before today’s modern commercialized frenzy, Valentine’s Day was, well, just another day to commemorate a saint. In Catholic tradition practically every day of the year is a saint’s day, so how did Saint Valentine — instead of, say, Saint Sigfrid, whose day is Feb. 15 — become associated with romantic love? Read more…

“Why are resolutions so hard to keep?” Research Penn State, January 2011.

For the person who’s trying to quit smoking, it may be a friend’s offer of a cigarette at the bar one Saturday night that knocks them off track. For someone with a weight loss resolution, it may be that piece of cake at Aunt Ellen’s birthday party in March. Vowing to improve your money management skills? Good luck making it past all those post-holiday sales.

Why are resolutions so hard to keep? Read more…


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