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Japanese Students Attend Virtual Graduation Ceremony By Using Robots

With schools now being closed, it means that for some students, they will be missing out on being able to attend one of the biggest milestones in their lives, which is graduating from school. However, it seems that Japan’s love for robots has paid off because at the Business Breakthrough University in Tokyo, robots were used as avatars by students to allow them to attend their graduation ceremony virtually.

According to one student, Kazuki Tamura, “I think this is truly a novel experience to receive a certificate in a public area while I am in a private space.” Interestingly enough, this is actually not the first time a graduation ceremony has been held virtually in Japan due to the coronavirus outbreak. Earlier last month, we reported that an elementary school held its graduation ceremony in Minecraft where students attended by showing up as virtual avatars in the game.

The robots

The FDA Asks Companies to Stop Selling Ranitidine

With its promise of taming the ravages of stomach acid, ranitidine—best known under the brand name Zantac—was counted among the agents of pharmaceutical salvation, the enduring and reliable drugs that treat intractable diseases and make daily life more tolerable. In 1987, Zantac became the most-prescribed drug in the world.

But last week ranitidine was essentially erased from the US market. The US Food and Drug Administration asked manufacturers to withdraw ranitidine products, both in prescription and over-the-counter forms, because of an “impurity” in the pharmaceutical compound. Over time or in the presence of heat, ranitidine can form unacceptable levels of a probable carcinogen known as N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA, the agency determined.

“We didn’t observe unacceptable levels of NDMA in many of the samples that we tested. However, since we don’t know how or for how long the product might have been stored, we decided that it should not be

From condoms to booze, Singaporeans searched for these items the most during circuit breaker measures

Sex. Dining. Entertainment.

These are the three main activities Singaporeans are possibly partaking in while their time until the recently imposed Circuit Breaker to end.

The measure by the Singaporean government to flatten the coronavirus curve went into effect on April 7 and will run until May 4.

As 5.6 million dwellers of Lion City remain indoors, away from the virus which is also called COVID-19, there’s been some trends on the items they’ve been searching online.

Southeast Asian meta-search website operator, iPrice Group released their findings and boy, some of the searches were rather surprising to a certain extent.

Condoms were on the list.

Love during the time of coronavirus. IMAGE: Cleo.

While healthcare products such as vitamin C, face masks, and hand sanitizers dominated the majority of the searches, condoms were searched 67 percent more frequently in the week of March 23.

iPrice believes that the

This website replicates the sounds of being in the office again

Even though I’ve worked from home for more than three years, it can still get lonely at times. My apartment is usually very quiet and almost all of my conversations with my colleagues happen silently over Slack, save for the clatter of my mechanical keyboard. I worked in an office for the first part of my career, and at times, I get nostalgic for the white noise of an office — the idle chatter, the whirring of a too-cold air conditioning system, and other people clattering away at their keyboards.

If the pandemic has left you surprisingly nostalgic for your office, imisstheoffice.eu, made by Kids Creative Agency, might be the closest thing to actually being back there. When you load up the site, hit the play button in the bottom-left corner and it will play a lot of sounds that are common at most offices: indecipherable snippets of