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last year we reported that MIT researchers were investigating how a fleet of autonomous boats could improve urban waterways in amsterdam. dubbed roboat, the research project saw the senseable city lab at MIT, directed by carlo ratti, collaborate with the amsterdam institute for advanced metropolitan solutions (AMS). together they envisioned a new kind of on-demand infrastructure comprising autonomous platforms that could combine together to form floating bridges and stages, collect waste, deliver goods, and transport people, all while collecting data about the city. 
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scientists at the hefei institutes of physical science, part of the chinese academy of sciences (CASHIPS), have developed a nuclear fusion reactor that achieved 100 million degrees celsius in its core plasma during a four-month experiment this year. nicknamed the ‘chinese artificial sun’, the experimental advanced superconducting tokamak (EAST) can reach temperatures seven times hotter than the core of the real sun, which is about 15 million degrees celsius. 
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Yesterday, Vladimir Putin presented his country with a belated Christmas present: the Avangard hypersonic missile. According to Russian media, it's capable of reaching Mach 20. And if its ability to conduct evasive maneuvers at high velocity is as good as the Russian president boasted back in March, it would render missile defense systems effectively useless.
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Campaign Live

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Coca-Cola: faces ban from advertising on TfL network The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed plans to bank junk food advertising on the Transport for London network's out-of-home estate, starting from February.
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Russell Sage Studios looked to the crops of Bangladesh to form the rich-hued interiors of this tea shop and bar in Covent Garden, London, which serves hot drinks by day and alcohol-infused tipples at night.

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Americans often take education for granted. Whether their children attend public or private schools, the opportunity to learn is always there, from kindergarten through high school and often beyond. Meanwhile, many children around the world can only dream of this priceless endowment. Sydney architect Stephen Collier noticed this problem and wanted to take action – so, along with various international non-profit groups, he developed School-in-a-Box, which has helped make the dream of education a reality for many children in Papua New Guinea.
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At heart this trend isn’t just about payments. Yes, consumers will increasingly expect to use their (smart)phones to pay for anything, wherever they are: not just ‘online’, but for ‘real-world’ commercial transactions, too*.
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Analyzing 40 PubMed journals for blockchains revealed a continued and growing interest from the healthcare research and medical sector in developing blockchain solutions to streamline almost everything related to health.

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the analog motor ‘AM1’ might look and ride like a traditional bicycle, but really it is capable of double the performance in comparison. its ultra-lightweight, minimalist, aluminum framed design is enhanced with a detachable 24V battery that gives riders that extra push, whether they are commuting to work or leisurely cycling through the city.
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The ridesharing company applied for a patent for a product that detects altered user state. It could make rides safer by giving drivers more information.

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Many ferries are powered by polluting diesel, but the European Union-funded E-ferry could offer a cleaner alternative: a medium-sized ferry able to transport trucks, cars, passengers and cargo with zero greenhouse gas emissions. While this isn’t the first zero-emission ferry, the team behind the project says the new ferry will be able to cover longer distances — traveling 22 nautical miles between charges.
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London is taking a swing at plastic waste by offering alternatives to plastic water bottles. Instead of buying another container that could end up in a landfill or the ocean, people in the city could use a drinking fountain or refill reusable bottles under a new scheme. The Guardian reports London aims to install 20 new drinking fountains and launch a bottle refill initiative.

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I’ve got a lovely bunch of London hacks, bum-ba-be-bum. Here they are a-quoted all below. Your Hack Your City columnist is on Dayquil today, and just conscious enough to guide you through the best tips for London, collected from our smart and probably beautiful readers earlier this week.

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Campaign Live

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The event will feature light graffiti, interactive light bubbles and flora light drawings and is taking place for the fourth consecutive year. Installations will include ‘Dazzling Dodecahedron’ by UK artist Amberlights, a 3D installation that people can enter to enjoy a rainbow spectrum of colour.
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Hands On London, the 3 between not-for-profits, and Sense London, the experience agency, have taken over Sherlock Holmes at Baker Street station, Amy Winehouse (above) at Camden Market, and Kinder Transport at Liverpool Street station.

The organisations are asking the public to donate their coats between 13 and 24 November as part of the 2017 Wrap Up London campaign. They will be passed on by Hands On London to people including the homeless, elderly, families in need, and refugee charities.

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