14th August 2017

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Nottingham Trent student re-thinks the washing machine. Undergraduate Dylan Knight has developed an alternative design that could see the traditional concrete weight, commonly used to hold the machine steady mid-spin, replaced with a water counterweight. The designs are intended to make the appliances easier to move and more environmentally friendly. Telegraph

Driverless buses have taken to the streets in Estonia. The city of Tallinn has been trialling the new service with no major incidents. The technology isn’t fool proof, however, with a number of near misses being reported. The vehicles are also required to be accompanied by a host who can explain the technology to passengers. BBC News

UK food banks are running out of supplies as children lack access to free school meals during the holidays. One food bank reportedly found itself without basic supplies just one week in to the summer break. The sudden demand is thought to be the result of the estimated one million children whose inability to access free school meals out of term time has put pressure on services across the country.  Independent

9-year-old boy applies to be NASA’s planetary protection officer. Jack Davis of New Jersey filed an application for the $187,000 per year role, reasoning that he was a perfect fit for the role because he is young and can “learn to think like an alien.” James L. Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division replied, encouraging Jack to “study hard and do well in school” so he might join the team one day.  The Washington Post

Dutch police arrest man who attached lampposts to his car during theft. In what will likely go down as one of the least subtle thefts of recent times, the would-be thief was not only caught red handed by police, but he was also reported to be in breach of several traffic violations. RT

Marijuana company buys an entire Californian town to create a cannabis paradise. All 120 acres of Nipton, which borders Nevada, has been purchased by American Green Inc. with a view to creating the world’s first “energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination”. CNN

British punk singer deported from the US for impersonating Trump on stage. Peter Bywaters was detained after flying in to attend a festival and was subsequently interrogated for six hours after being shown photos of him dressed as Trump. The US Customs and Border protection office claim he was deported for having the wrong visa. BBC News

Eggs are as bad as smoking, according to new Netflix documentary. The online streaming network’s new documentary What The Health has stirred controversy in the food world following claims it makes as part of a study of non-vegan diets. The claims have been disputed by experts as ‘distorted science’. Independent

“I wasn’t going to lose my hair. This hair wasn’t going anywhere. I said, ‘No way.’ And I just kept the faith it would be all right.”

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood on beating lung cancer without chemotherapy.

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