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How one woman’s stolen identity exposed a system of exam fraud

Millions have now sat for the most important exam of their lives
Millions have now sat for the most important exam of their lives

This week around 10 million students across China have sat the Gaokao – a college entrance exam which determines their entire future.

Hanging over their heads, though, is the recent revelation that hundreds of other students before them were victim to an identity theft scandal which saw them robbed of their results.

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For Chen Chunxiu, it was an exam that could change everything. Doing well in the Gaokao meant the farmer’s daughter had a shot of getting into her dream university. Failing meant it would remain just that – a dream.

She failed.

Denied admission to college, she took up various jobs – a factory worker, a waitress – before eventually becoming a kindergarten teacher.

But 16 years later, she found to her shock that she had, in fact, earned a place at the

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What happens when a drinking water system fails? Ask this small California town

Residents in Earlimart, California, lost water service when a 50-year-old well on Mary Ann Avenue failed in late May.

When it came back on, the main source of drinking water for more than 8,000 residents became a well contaminated with a chemical from banned pesticides. And most residents didn’t know.

The Tulare County town’s water system is failing, in a lot of ways.

“I started noticing there was no water at all at certain times,” Arlet Garcia told The Fresno Bee. She couldn’t shower, wash dishes, flush the toilet or wash her hands in the midst of a pandemic and 100-degree heat.

“I would boil the water to cook something, and it had this scent, it was an awful scent,” Garcia said. “I don’t even use it to cook anymore. If I need to use water to cook beans or make soup, anything like that, I use bottled water. I

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A guide to Sonos, the wireless speaker system that lets you control music in every room of your house at once

A Sonos speaker can be a great addition to your music setup.
A Sonos speaker can be a great addition to your music setup.

Sonos

  • Sonos is a multi-room music system that lets you control what music plays in each room of the house.

  • Sonos lets you play music from your computer, phone, or virtually any online service through any Sonos speakers in your network.

  • Offering a broad line of speakers and components, Sonos models include small wall-mounted speakers, large shelf speakers, soundbars, and a wireless subwoofer. 

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Sonos is a multi-room music system that has made high-quality sound systems, once considered a luxury, accessible to the wider public.

It’s true that Sonos didn’t invent multi-room audio systems. But Sonos did make them incredibly popular throughout the early 2000s, and nowadays, they’re easy to find.

Here’s everything you need to know about Sonos, the popular audio setup for audiophiles and casual listeners alike.

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Netgear Debuts New Wi-Fi 6 Mesh System

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Netgear on Tuesday announced the arrival of the Orbi AX4200 (RBK752) Wi-Fi 6 mesh system. The new product joins the WiFi 6 AX6000 Tri-band Mesh System (RBK852), the company’s existing flagship system, but is available at what the company calls a “more attractive” price point.

The new system can support up to 40 devices, while the flagship can support more than 60, while the RBK752’s listed Wi-Fi speed is 600+1200+2400. The RBK852 boasts double that. The new system, according to Netgear, is aimed at families with “slightly fewer devices.”

The product, the company says, is “designed to make robust whole-home WiFi 6 mesh accessible to more households around the globe.”

“In the current environment where home networks are now constrained by every member of the household working from home, distance learning and streaming video or playing online games, this new Orbi WiFi 6

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NASA simulates alien sunsets from the solar system and beyond

NASA simulates alien sunsets from the solar system and beyond
NASA simulates alien sunsets from the solar system and beyond

NASA has revealed a fabulous new collection of simulated sunsets, allowing us to see what the view would be like from the surface of another world.

When scientists make plans for a new space mission, part of the design process involves trying to come up with just about every conceivable situation the spacecraft could encounter on its journey and when it reaches its destination. At the same time, they also try to think about everything the mission team back on Earth could possibly need to interpret what the spacecraft sees and experiences.

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The planet Uranus, as seen by Voyager 2 in 1986. Credit: NASA

In going through some of these steps for a possible future mission to the planet Uranus, NASA planetary scientist Geronimo Villanueva came up with something truly remarkable – a set of simulations that reveal what

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I Tried the Tempo Studio, an At-Home Fitness System That Turns My Dining Room Into a Gym

Photo credit: Tempo Studio
Photo credit: Tempo Studio

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There are a lot of cool things out there that make us wonder — do they really work? In our I Tried It series, we set out to use them in the real world and have determined that, in fact, they really do.

On Trial: Tempo Studio at-home fitness system

The Tester: Brandon Carte, former frequent gym-goer who has been stuck in a workout rut.

The Brief: The pandemic caused nationwide gym closures and equipment shortages, and it also snatched my drive to stay in shape. To help reignite my fitness journey, I tried the Tempo Studio, a new home fitness system that combines weightlifting, high-intensity interval training, and mobility classes.

Over the last 2.5 years, I’ve maintained a consistent routine of weightlifting at the gym and eating a high-protein diet to gain muscle mass. But when my gym

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