The effects of modern technology on the human body is a subject of fascination for many scientists.
From carpal tunnel syndrome and eye strain to the condition known as "tech neck", the negative effects of technology use are well documented.
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Now one company has created a 3D model of a future human, based on some of these scientific predictions - and the result is truly horrifying.
Dubbed "Mindy", the human of 2100 has a hunched back, caused by hours sitting in front of a computer monitor at the office and craning her neck to look at smartphones.
Her neck muscles have also grown to limit the damage caused by poor posture due to monitor and smartphone use.
"Spending hours looking down at your phone strains your neck and throws your spine off balance," said Caleb Backe, a health and wellness expert at Maple Holistics.
"Consequently, the muscles in your neck have to expend extra effort to support your head.
"Sitting in front of the computer at the office for hours on end also means that your torso is pulled out in front of your hips rather than being stacked straight and aligned." alt="2100年的人类什么样？弯腰驼背 手肘弯曲">
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New Zealand has started charging an “admission fee” of NZ$35 to overseas visitors.
The International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) came into effect on July 1, 2019.
The tax applies to most foreign visitors. Citizens of Australia and some small Pacific nations are exempt, as are transit passengers. Crews on ships and aircraft will also dodge the levy.
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Cockroaches are stepping up their defenses against the poisons designed to kill them.
A new study has found that German cockroaches, the most common species of the insect in the world, are developing cross-resistance to numerous insecticides.
Not only were researchers in some cases unable to reduce cockroach numbers during a six-month study period, even when combining different insecticides, but they found the insects' resistance increased up to six-fold within one generation.
'This is a previously unrealized challenge in cockroaches,' said Purdue University professor Michael Scharf.
'Cockroaches developing resistance to multiple classes of insecticides at once will make controlling these pests almost impossible with chemicals alone." alt="打不死的小强：蟑螂耐药性可快速增强4到6倍">
France's parliament adopted a smacking ban on Tuesday - a largely symbolic gesture in a country where there is still widespread support for corporal punishment against children.
According to France's Childhood Foundation, 85 percent of French parents admit to smacking their children.
Some conservative and far-Right members warned such legislation fostered unwanted "interference" in family life.
Once written into the Civil Code, couples who exchange marital vows will be reminded that "parental authority is exercised without physical or psychological violence".
France's penal code already bans violence against children. But under a 19th-century legal loophole, allowances have until now been made for parents’ “disciplining" alt="禁止体罚！法国“禁打屁股法”正式通过">