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Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Dare you cross the 180-metre-high Haohan Qiao? Translation: 'brave men's bridge'?

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A shimmering white line cuts across a valley in Shiniuzhai national geological park. This vertigo-inducing, glass-bottomed suspension bridge has just opened to the public.  Too much for one visitor, the 180 meters high, 300 meters long bridge brings visitors to their knees.   Known as Haohan Qiao, the name translates as brave men's bridge.

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NETSLANG - BOOTYFUL  CYW  SCRIMS   Do you know these words? If not, you soon might. They are some of the fastest growing words from online niches around the world, as identified by new software that charts the rise of language online.

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Bootyful, an alternative spelling for beautiful, has had a dramatic rise in usage on Twitter in South Wales. Cyw (coming your way) has become popular in the north of the country. Scrims comes from gaming forums, where it refers to practice sessions before competitive games. 

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'Tech Tattoos' Could Replace Wearable Fitness Trackers.  The biometric tattoos combine a micro-controller, LED lights and conductive inks to create a circuit board on the surface of the wearer's skin.

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Chaotic Moon, a start-up known for conjuring fun projects like a shark-punching virtual game, has a wide range of applications in mind for the temporary tattoo technology it's developing. Called "Tech Tats," they're quite literally stick-on tattoos that look a bit embossed against the skin, since they contain electronic components, including a microcontroller and LED lights.

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Luxury is about to be redefined in London. An ambitious project plans to build a "sky pool" made entirely of glass and hanging 10 stories above the ground. The 25 by 5 meter by 3 meter deep pool will be made of 20 cm thick glass, and will act as a sort of bridge between two apartment buildings in London's Nine Elms district. On site construction begins this year, and in 2018 buyers will be able to move in.

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For anyone wishing to make a high-level splash, London's latest planned addition to the skyline could be just the thing.  The transparent "sky pool" will, the developers say, be the first of its kind in the world. Swimmers will be able to look down 35 metres to the world below as they take a dip, with only 20cm of glass between them and the outside world.

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Over 1,000 high-profile artificial intelligence experts and leading researchers have signed an open letter warning of a "military artificial intelligence arms race" and calling for a ban on "offensive autonomous weapons". The letter, presented at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was signed by Tesla's Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Google DeepMind chief executive Demis Hassabis and professor Stephen Hawking along with 1,000 AI and robotics researchers.

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The letter states: "AI technology has reached a point where the deployment of [autonomous weapons] is – practically if not legally – feasible within years, not decades, and the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms."