Meet the UK robotic tech company making the 2020 elite London Marathon possible

The starting gun for the 2020 London Marathon will finally be fired this weekend, and it is down in large part to one British tech company’s device.

The major event will look nothing like it did in previous years.

Instead of competing along miles of tarmac, cheered on by stands packed with supporters, just 100 elite runners will be taking part in a collective marathon in the “secure biosphere environment” of a closed-loop circuit around St James’s Park, whilst more than 45,000 people will be completing their 26.2 mile route “virtually” this Sunday – running on their usual practice routes.

But it is still a big moment. The race will be the first major marathon to take place anywhere in the world since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, and as a result safety is a priority.

The Bump wearable device looks like a small disc (Tharsus)

The ultimate priority for

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Launching A Startup Comes Down To Making A Few Key Decisions

A successful startup is made up of a collection of good decisions. It is led by entrepreneurs who are not afraid to make decisions, follow through on their decisions, and use the lessons they learned from earlier decisions to make better future decisions.  

If you’re starting and fear the uncertainty of the startup journey, think about your launch phase in terms of the decisions you will need to make using a backward approach. Start by listing the different key areas of your startup like product, marketing and legal. Next, list all of the key decisions you may have

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Are China’s pollution remediation efforts making the planet warmer? China’s efforts to combat aerosol pollution resulted in warming throughout the northern latitudes — ScienceDaily

A 10-year effort by China to improve air quality and reduce pollution-related health risks has caused warming in areas across the northern hemisphere, according to new work published in Environmental Research Letters.

Aerosols are tiny particles that are spewed into the atmosphere by human activities, such as burning coal and wood, or by geological phenomena, like volcanos. Their negative effects on air quality can damage human health and agricultural productivity.

Similar to how the aerosols emitted in a volcanic eruption can cause global temperatures to drop, some aerosols from human activity also have a cooling effect on the climate. Unlike greenhouse gases, which induce global warming by trapping heat in the atmosphere, aerosol particles can cause sunlight to be reflected away from the planet either directly or by interacting with clouds.

“This means that some of the effects of global warming are being masked by aerosol pollution,” explained lead

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Elite Dangerous Is Making Its Horizons Expansion Free

Elite Dangerous is making Horizons, its 2015 expansion, free for all players. Horizons added the ability to land on planets, use ground vehicles and bases, and craft weapons, alongside numerous other upgrades–all of which will soon be available to everyone with the base game on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

From October 27, Horizons will be made free to all players–right now, it costs $30. If you bought the expansion at an earlier point, you’ll be given an exclusive paint job for your ships, called Azure. It can be applied to all 41 ships in the game.

Elite Dangerous has a new expansion coming in 2021, called Odyssey. It will let you get out of your ship and explore planets by foot, expanding the game out even further. Earlier this year, the Fleet Carriers update proceeded the announcement of a new narrative arc for the game, which will see the

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Xbox Will Keep Making Hardware After Series X/S

Microsoft will continue to make new gaming hardware after the release of the Xbox Series X/S this year, Phil Spencer has said. Speaking to Yahoo, Spencer said that just because the gaming industry is embracing digital and streaming now more than ever, that doesn’t mean Microsoft will abandon gaming hardware anytime soon.

“In terms of future hardware, absolutely I think we’re going to see more console hardware down the road,” he said. “Just like in video, just like in music, it’s not that streaming has cut off device innovation. I think we’ll continue to see that, and that’s absolutely what we’re planning for.”

While Microsoft is committed to continuing to make new hardware, the company won’t force you to buy an Xbox if you want to play Xbox games. Microsoft’s new strategy is to release its titles across platforms whether that be a game console, a PC, or a smartphone/tablet.

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New Value Together: Making data centres more friendly to Earth

Data explosion has inevitably been triggered by digital transformation as more services go online, especially in the post COVID-19 era. Apparently, we are fully connected  from different devices on our side while we are reading news, playing games, or streaming videos. However, the importance of data centres is often overlooked.

Data centres serve as more than just data transfer hubs or service support platforms. It is indeed a critical infrastructure for the global digital economy, raising concerning of the increasing energy consumption.

According to the 2020 figures from Data Centre Knowledge, energy consumption of data centres is expected to triple over the next decade, compared to the current level of around 1% of global energy consumption.


Energy consumption is a common concern

Greenpeace provided a similar prediction in 2019, saying that data centres in China will consume as much as 266.79 Terawatt hours (TWh) of energy by 2023, compared to

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Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: Novavax, Costco & more

Here are the companies making headlines in extending trading.

a statue of a person riding a horse: A child wearing a face mask sits on the Charging Bull statue, also known as the Wall Street Bull, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York, August 19, 2020.

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A child wearing a face mask sits on the Charging Bull statue, also known as the Wall Street Bull, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York, August 19, 2020.

Novavax — Shares of the biotech company rose more than 4% after Novavax announced that it had started a phase three trial in the United Kingdom for its coronavirus vaccine candidate. Novavax said the trial would involve up to 10,000 patients over the next four to six weeks.


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Costco — Shares of the retailer fell 2.6% after reporting its results for its fiscal fourth quarter. The company reported $53.38 billion of revenue, $1.3 billion above what analysts were expecting, according to Refinitv. Costco also beat earnings estimates, reporting adjusted earnings per share of $3.04 versus $2.84 expected. The company said it had

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