Tokyo’s Olympic medals will be crafted from old gadgets

Tokyo’s olympic planning committee has a novel idea for crafting new medals: old technology. Instead of relying on mining companies for new gold, silver and bronze, it’s turning to the public and its swathes of unwanted, forgotten gadgets. You might not realize it, but your smartphone and household appliances contain small amounts of these precious materials. Starting in April, public offices and more than 2,400 NTT Docomo stores will offer collection boxes in Japan. The initial target is eight tons of metal, which will be whittled down to two tons…

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Chinese PhD education ‘shifted from Soviet to US model’

Chinese doctoral education has shifted from a Soviet to a US model, according to a working paper that demonstrates the growth and improvement of PhD education in the country. The paper, “From the former Soviet patterns towards the US model? Changes in Chinese doctoral education”, finds that although there is still evidence of the impact of Soviet ideas, PhD study has become increasingly influenced by the US since the mid-1990s. Futao Huang, professor at the Research Institute for Higher Education at Hiroshima University and international co-investigator for the UCL Institute…

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Michelle Obama’s fashion legacy and the style tips we’ve learned from her over the past eight years

Michelle Obama isn’t the only first lady since Jackie O to use fashion to define her public persona. But she’s indisputably the master and showed her class as she left the White House in an understated Jason Wu dress which left new First Lady Melania Trump to take centre stage – even if that Tiffany gift left her a little flustered. Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush and Hillary Clinton all knew the importance of style when it came to establishing substance. Nancy used her signature ‘Reagan Red’ to show her patriotism,…

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E-startups: Bhu:sattva’s fashion products made from organic natural farmers a hit in India, abroad

Ahmedabad-based organic textile start-up Bhu:sattva redefines organic fashion as more than just khadi, offering an experience it calls “from field to fashion”. It provides eco-friendly classic clothing across India, which are created from organic crops in soil that has also been certified as organic. The website has recently been expanded to include “art-inspired clothing”, and it plans to have a mobile application on Android as well as iOS platforms within the next six months. “We are one of a kind since we offer an organic experience through our clothes. From…

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Transfer news LATEST: LIVE Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool updates plus more from rest of Europe

OLIVER TODD: Bayer Leverkusen will listen offers for Javier Hernandez after the former Manchester United striker’s dip in form. Hernandez, 28, has not scored in over three months and has just 18 months left on his contract. That combination of circumstances means Bayer will consider bids for their star forward – with €25million (£21.4m) understood to be the figure they are looking for. Former Manchester United star Javier Hernandez could be heading out of Bayer Leverkusen 16:55 West Ham make £20m move for Celtic striker Moussa Dembele KIERAN GILL: West Ham…

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Health by the Numbers: 6 Key Findings from 2016

6 Key Findings from 2016 Are there more or fewer doctors than ever before? How many people are really smoking weed? Are people opting for the flu vaccine in greater numbers? Live Science looked into these questions and others by reviewing key data from 2015 and 2016, scouring for trends in health and medicine. Here are six of our findings: The percentage of Americans who use marijuana has increased. Are more Americans smoking marijuana than ever before? Yes, but the change may not be drastic — a recent confidential Gallup…

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Snatching Health Care Away From Millions

If James Comey, the F.B.I. director, hadn’t tipped the scales in the campaign’s final days with that grotesquely misleading letter, right now an incoming Clinton administration would be celebrating some very good news. Because health reform, President Obama’s signature achievement, is stabilizing after a bumpy year. This means that the huge gains achieved so far — tens of millions of newly insured Americans and dramatic reductions in the number of people skipping treatment or facing financial hardship because of cost — look as if they’re here to stay. Or they…

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Boko Haram ‘ousted from Sambisa forest bastion’

The Nigerian army has driven Boko Haram militants from the last camp in their Sambisa forest stronghold, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. “The terrorists are on the run and no longer have a place to hide,” Mr Buhari said in a statement. The Islamists’ camp fell at 13:35 local time (12:35 GMT) on Friday, he added. The army has been engaged for the last few weeks in a major offensive in the forest, a huge former colonial game reserve in north-eastern Borno state. There has been speculation that some of…

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New Brunswick secures $230M more for health care from Ottawa over 10 years

New Brunswick has secured $230 million more for health care from the federal government over the next decade, Premier Brian Gallant announced today. The bilateral deal — the first reached since talks between federal and provincial governments broke down earlier this week — includes funding for home care and mental health, he said at a news conference in Fredericton. It represents an estimated annual increase of 4.1 per cent — “the middle ground” between the 3.5 per cent that the federal government had been offering and the provinces’ counter-offer of 5.2 per…

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From LG V20 to OnePlus 3T, all the upcoming gadgets to look out for

LG V20 LG’s new flagship features dual cameras as well as a dual screen setup. It has a 5.7-inch IPS display (2560 x 1440 pixels) and a secondary 2.1-inch display (1040 x 160 pixels). Hardware includes a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and a 3,200mAh battery. It has 16MP + 8MP rear sensor with laser autofocus and optical image stabilisation, a 5MP front camera, microSD slot, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, 4G with VoLTE, USB Type -c and runs Android 7.0 .. OnePlus 3T The OnePlus 3T is an…

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