New bats found on Matsu
A research team has found a bat species never before sighted in the country on Matsu, according to the Endemic Species Research Institute. During a field project last month, the team found four bat species on the island, including a species previously unknown in Taiwan and its outlying islands that was later identified as the Chinese Pipistrelle. “This is extremely rare and precious, proving that Taiwan has abundant and valuable bat resources,” the institute said in a statement. Taiwan provides a broad spectrum of habitats for wildlife and has one of the highest bat diversities in the world in terms of species density, the Bat Conservation Society of Taipei said. So far, at least 35 species of bats have been recorded, the group said.
Workers piling on weight
Many deskbound workers try to reduce their stress by snacking in the afternoon and late at night, sometimes eating five meals a day, which can cause weight gain, according to the results of a recent survey. Lin Wen-yuan (林文元), general-secretary of the Taiwan Medical Association for the Study of Obesity, said nearly half of all office workers counter stress by consuming carbohydrates, fried chicken, sugary drinks, or comfort food. Many do not exercise regularly, with 48 percent having an excessive body mass index (BMI) and 20 percent of them being obese, Lin said. Many try to lose weight by cutting down on rice, Lin said, but eating less filling meals may increase their chances of eating high-calorie snacks later in the day. Lin suggested that people with sedentary jobs should exercise for 30 to 50 minutes a day, and at least 150 minutes a week. The survey was conducted in May among 1,068 office workers, aged 25-40, by 104survey.com.