India has the world’s most polluted cities, yet the world doesn’t pay attention

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While Beijing’s residents can now breathe a little easier after days of dangerous smog, Delhi’s residents are still enmeshed in a haze that offers no relief.

Last weekend, as a gray smog converged onto Beijing, news headlines and social media users all focused on Beijing’s highest air pollution level in over a year. Yet, while the U.S. Embassy’s reading of Beijing’s air pollution on Monday found a measure of more than 600, it measured an off the charts 999 in New Delhi on its air quality index just two days prior. Further while Beijing’s smog has since blown away, Delhi’s air quality measure on Friday is still in the “very unhealthy” range at 224 Read more…

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Roborace is the world’s first driverless racing championship

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The creators of the Formula E all-electric racing series have announced a new motoring championship called “Roborace.” It combines the fast-paced excitement of alternative energy racing with the thrill of robot competition.

And, no, there’s no need to check your calendars; it’s not April Fool’s Day. People are really planning to race driverless cars.

Roborace will serve as a support race to the headlining Formula E races during the 2016-17 season. The all-electric, driverless cars will compete in hour-long races that are aimed at accelerating the development of autonomous tech algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Read more…

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