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https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/oct/17/chinese-city-plans-to-launch-artificial-moon-to-replace-streetlights
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The Guardian
‘Dusk-like glow’ of proposed satellite could light an area with a diameter of 10-80km, People’s Daily reports
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https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/personal-robots-are-set-to-be-a-19-billion-market-opportunity-by-2020-says-frost--sullivan-300775758.html
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PR Newswire
/PRNewswire/ -- The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies such as machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing, and gesture...
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https://citylimits.org/2019/08/20/many-reasons-drive-citys-storefront-vacancies-report-says/
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City Limits
A Department of City Planning report that examined 24 commercial neighborhoods across the five boroughs found a small increase in storefront vacancies over the last decade — but says the uptick cannot be blamed on rising rents alone.
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http://singularityhub.com/2016/10/19/8-ways-ai-will-profoundly-change-city-life-by-2030/
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Singularity Hub
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http://99percentinvisible.org/article/new-uses-old-digs-excavating-adapting-underground-architecture/
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99 Percent Invisible
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https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3083874/coronavirus-china-risks-being-left-out-new-global-economic
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South China Morning Post
The man who shepherded China into the World Trade Organisation has warned that the country could face geopolitical and economic isolation post-coronavirus.
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https://finhealthnetwork.org/research/sizing-the-financially-underserved-market/
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Financial Health Network
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https://www.huffpost.com/entry/developing-nations-sharing-economy_b_8419960?utm_hp_ref=world&guccounter=1
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The Huffington Post
This essay is the third in a four-...
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http://inhabitat.com/super-rugged-solar-roads-to-hit-four-continents-in-2017/
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Inhabitat
A subsidiary of France's Bouygues Group plans to test solar roads in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa in 2017.
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https://hbr.org/2019/12/are-businesses-ready-for-deglobalization
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HBR Org
Four long-term risks to prepare for.
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https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/fema-buy-millions-homes-due-climate-crisis-191009183328285.html
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AlJazeera
Low-income and rural US areas have received fewer buyouts than expected under FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
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https://www.businessinsider.com/billion-dollar-cities-science-fiction-2019-1
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Business Insider
The technologies in these billion-dollar megaprojects rival science fiction.
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http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/who-needs-cars-smart-mobility-can-make-cities-sustainable/
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Eco Business
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/06/boffins_say_mars_had_ocean_covering_20_per_cent_of_planet/
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The Register
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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/01/rent-cap-legislation-in-force-berlin-germany
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The Guardian
Capital pioneers law prohibiting landlords from charging new tenants more than 10% above local average
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http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2015/03/29/russia-joins-chinas-asian-infrastructure-bank-but-doubts-its-power-against-imf/
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Forbes
Burned by the West, Russia jumps on China's bandwagon.
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http://aoarchitect.us/projects/g107-baoan/
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AO Architect
The redevelopment of 30km long G107 highway in Bao'an, Shenzhen. It will be an organic city with the world's first drone highway.
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http://www.designcurial.com/news/seeing-into-the-future-of-skyscraper-design-4741201/
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Designcurial
As we reach the final stage to our future cities tri-series, we consider part three: vertical cities.Read parts one and two.Much like the growing number of skyscrapers in the world today, this...
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https://www.asianscientist.com/2018/08/print/smart-cities-high-performance-computing/
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Asian Scientist
Supercomputers are helping urban planners run simulations, make predictions and build models, bringing the dream of a smart city closer to reality.
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http://www.factor-tech.com/future-cities/2483-illuminating-the-underbelly-the-reflection-technology-set-to-light-up-narrow-city-streets/
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Factor
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/08/12/baghdad-iraq-heat-climate-change/?arc404=true
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Washington Post
Door handles blistering to the touch. Leaves yellowed and brittle. And a yawning divide between AC haves and have-nots.