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up to 600 people are thought to have been inside the reina club when the shooting happened. the city's governor has called it a terrorist attack. the united nations security council has unanimously welcomed efforts by russia and turkey to stop fighting in syria and says it supports the start of a political process. peace negotiations are due to begin next month in kazakhstan which have the backing of russia, iran and turkey. london has marked the start of the new year with a spectacular fireworks display on the river thames. tens of thousands of people crowded on to the banks to watch. revellers are expected at times square in new york to join the celebrations in a few hours‘ time. security has been stepped up in major cities around the world. now on bbc news, it's time for click. this week, click technology and thai
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fighers. hello and welcome. i have sorted a christmas gift for you. thank you very much. inside it is the latest robotic interactive toy. it has loads of sensors and is for ages five and up. you have to nurture it in order to hatch it and then it brea ks in order to hatch it and then it breaks its way out and defend you teach it and care for it. so i am
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going to be a dad. yes. i shall mean you later. right. i'd better put it somewhere not on the table. we have had some adventures this year. in fa ct, had some adventures this year. in fact, it's a 52 weeks a year production, so it is difficult to get the team together. this is the kind of thing we have been doing. i am so luke skywalker. my bad. half a billion pixels on display here. some of the most extraordinary athletes you will see this year. say hello to the mega bot mark ii. the world's highest glass walkway. this is absolutely stunning. this week we are going to look back at some of our best bits from 2016
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and we start with a really positive story in a place that you wouldn't think there was any positivity at all. earlier in the year, jen went to jordan, to the border with syria, to look at some of the innovation happening in syrian refugee camps there. that's right. i went to zaatari, the biggest refugee camp in jordan. there are 80,000 refugees living there and it's actually a community of makers. i was fascinated to find out, and they are making some incredible technology out of some very rudimentary things in the camp. the main street here in zaatari is called champs elysee. it is a play on two things, the champs elysee in paris and the word syrians refer to damascus by. there are several hundred shops lining this street and you can find everything from bridal dresses to vegetable shops, barbershops and even quite a few mobile phone shops. technology here is being used in inventive ways to ease daily life. the camp is a community of makers
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and one of the most innovative people we met is safwan. three years ago safwan fled the violence in syria with two family members. they all have disabilities and struggled to get around on the unpaved roads. he wanted to have more independence and designed an electric bike around spare parts he found. the brakes. giving refugees access to technology
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and education is the focus of a group called refugee 0penware. one of its start—ups 3d mena is focused on fabrication technology, including 3—d printing. assam was an ambulance driver in syria and lost his leg in a bomb explosion. as well as customising his own prosthetics he helped a young yemeni boy, named zain, who lost part of his hand in a fire. they were able to include elements of zain's favourite cartoon character, ben 10, in the design, all for just 75 us dollars. assam also helped develop a 3d printing system using haptic feedback for another syrian refugee named ahmed.
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he was blinded by a sniper shot that went through his eyes. the echolocation system helps guide him to walk around unaided. they are planning to open fabrication labs in a refugee camp in turkey and in the northern jordanian city of irbid. it is a small but positive step to harness the talents of people forced into exile and help integrate them into a new country. brilliant. that wasjen, and for the next part of the programme i have had to clear the room because there is a serious danger to human life in this next item. is that not right? it is exactly right. the last few years, one of the biggest gifts people have been getting is, of course, drones. now, for the next few christmases a star wars movie will be released as well. as it should be. combine the two and what do you end up with? star wars drones.
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now, there is something special about these drones, isn't there, spencer? they are notjust drones we can fly about, we can actually engage in combat. they are armed with infrared guns which means you can fly them about and then press the fire button. you are going to get your best anakin skywalker on, well it would be luke skywalker because you have the x wing and i have darth vader's tie fighter. when a shot is registered we get a rumbling in the controller and you have got three lives there as well. feel the force. the force is strong with this one. talking of which, you met an amazing flying man this year. a man who flies like a bird. his name is yves rossi. he has an apprentice now called vince who is based out in dubai and he is thejet man.
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he has built and designed this enormous jet wing that allows him to fly in excess of 100 mph at about 5,500 feet. it is really quite remarkable. we went for a flight with him and saw what he does. jet man's training centre is based at this hangar in the desert outside dubai. today, i am going to watch him do his jet powered thing up close. how are you feeling? good. charged. in this hangar, yves and his team maintain thejet wings which are capable of flying at 189 mph. you are not flying solo any more? no, that is the big advantage now, to have a friend with me in the air. vince. vince has plenty of airborne experience as a three—time world champion skydiver. as a kid i would watch the magazine and i would see what yves was doing as a pilot and as a pioneer of wing
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shooting and flying. i would see who he was. outside the hangar, things are getting a bit noisy. this is why we got up early. 0ur ride has arrived. with the chopper on the flight line, it is time for yves to become thejet man. no flight would be complete without an inspirational soundtrack. i notice that as well as lacking doors, this particular helicopter lacks seats in the back as well. ok, 20 seconds until launch. that is without a doubt the most
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bonkers thing i have ever seen. so, we can just see yves in the distance. he is flying formation with the helicopter. there he is. he is going to fly parallel with the helicopter right now. oh my word. you will believe a man can fly. he has got about eight minutes' worth of fuel on board that. here he comes again. so, we arejust coming into land now, but yves is going to land by a slightly different method.
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just in the distance out there, you can see him. his parachute is deployed and he will land right back at his hangar. truly incredible stuff. as you can see, we have reached that part of the christmas dinner now. i will crack on though. my most memorable moment of the year was when i visited cern and the large hadron collider and had a jolly good cry. having a moment. we were really lucky to be able to see inside the collider and the cms experiment because they they had opened it up for cleaning. even better, we filmed the whole thing in 360, so you can take a peek inside.
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welcome to the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. right now, you are standing inside cern, the european organisation for nuclear research. you have got a view that very few people will ever see. we are about 100 metres beneath the swiss—french border and above you is just one of the experiments at the large hadron collider, itself the largest machine in the world. in a few minutes we will head up there, on that cherry picker, to see what happens when you smash particles together at close to the speed of light. before we do, let me show you what kit you need to get things going that fast. so, here we are walking along part of the long circular tunnel that houses the lhc. that is it next to you, that is the large hadron collider. that collection of magnets. it is a 27 kilometre—long loop. there are four experiments on the lhc and ten accelerators
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in the complex, which together accelerate bunches of particles to close to the speed of light. this cavern contains the cms experiment, the compact muon solenoid, although there is nothing compact about it, if you ask me. this is one of the places that helped to discover the higgs boson. so, that big shiny pipe above you is connected to the tunnels that we were just in. when the beams of particles are going fast enough, tiny adjustments are made to bring those two beams together until, right here, they collide. in an instant, the particles are smashed to pieces and it is these even smaller particles that the cms can detect. it is an enormous sensor that looks for the fundamental building blocks of the universe.
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by using even higher energy collisions, the cern scientists hope to find other particles and explain mysteries like dark energy and dark matter which makes up 95% of the matter in our universe. this is big science performed on the tiniest of scales. that was cern in 360 and this is the clickmas table in 360. everybody wave at the camera. the brilliant thing about filming in 360 is you can do really weird things with the picture on normal tv, like this. but you can also feel like you are genuinely sitting in the middle of our table on a candle. if you go to the link on the screen, you can see us surrounding you, about to eat you. the man behind the 360 show is this man over here. steve beckett, who is wearing the beautiful augmented reality christmas jumper. why? what do you think of this? it is a little bit scary. terrifying.
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from one engineering marvel at cern and to another engineering marvel now that spans two mountains in china. dan simmons went to the oldest national park in china. tucked away on the edge of this world heritage site, someone has decided to build a bridge from the middle of nowhere to the middle of nowhere. unlike me, they hope, the thousands of visitors who will come here will not be too scared to look down. 300 metres through the highest glass walkway in the world. these are the final days of construction for this three—year project, more than 300 engineers have worked through all weather conditions to build what is also the longest glass—bottomed bridge in the world. a breathtaking 430 metres. crossing the zhangjiajie grand canyon.
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the walkway itself is just 60 centimetres thick, so the challenge to keep everything stable has required some fresh thinking. 70 glass balls are to be positioned on the springs along the walkway. they have been designed to move to counter any swaying. these curved railings will persuade up to 800 visitors to keep changing direction. 0ffsetting the resonance caused by hundreds walking at a constant speed. 0ur hosts were keen to show just how safe i was. each panel of the walkway has three layers of toughened glass held together by glue. here goes. it looks like you can see the top glass has shattered here.
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we're 0k. laughter do you know what, i think this might be safe. 0k, guys, we get the point. that has to be the finest shot that anyone in this programme has shot in forever, surely. 0k, fairenough. one of the other amazing things we saw this year was in zurich when we went to see the first bionic games. the cybathlon.
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that was brilliant. it was incredible to see the latest in robotic arms, prosthetic limbs, motorised wheelchairs, brain controls, an amazing day. it was also a competition for the people who created the devices. 66 teams from all over the globe have been designing, building and training for this very unique competition. disabled athletes, known as pilots, will be competing using advanced assistive devices. it is the brainchild of this man, robert reiner, a professor for sensory motor systems at eth zurich. it is an event for people with disabilities who are allowed to use any kind of technology. that technology helps them to better perform in daily life activities, so we are focusing on the challenge of daily life and allowing technology to help people with very severe disabilities. each of the six disciplines will have qualifiers in the morning
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before the grand finals in the afternoon. how do you win? simple, get round the course or through the obstacles in the shortest time while incurring the lowest number of penalties. the powered arm prosthesis race is notjust about power, it is about precision and reliability. the teams need to come up with the best ideas to help their pilots grip, twist and balance their way along the obstacle course. the race is designed to test how well pilots can work with their prosthesis to complete tasks that would typically be challenging for them. yes, this is the race where the mightiest tech in the world can be foiled by the humble clothes peg. what is the next challenge you feel you could reasonably overcome to better the product? the next thing that is a big technical challenge that would improve the functionality is the touch sensitive
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nature of the fingers. there is no feedback at the moment in commercially available hands for getting the signal back to the body. the ultimate victor was a group of biomechanical engineering students from delft university of technology in the netherlands. together with their pilot, bob ridoce, himself an expert in prosthesis, they went for a slightly more established body—powered approach. this means that physical movements like reaching forward or lifting your shoulders are used to control the device. while this gold medal idea might have won the day, in the end, just crossing the line was enough to send most teams home happy. the wheelchair final was a much closer run thing for the four finalists, and again you can really see the variety
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of ideas and designs. the hong kong team went for these caterpillar tracks, which made short work of the rumble strips. that is not a wheelchair, that is a wheel tank. that lack of suspension really gave the pilot a rocky ride on the uneven ground. and balance was the big issue as these chairs arrived at the stairs. the climax of the event, with three pilots all reaching them at the same time. as the hong kong pilot had to endure being thrown about, florian houser showed off the clever weight—shifting feature of the swiss chair, which ensured that he did not topple over. in the final seconds, the swiss team came from third place to beat hong kong by just five seconds. music plays cheering
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now, that was a tiny snippet of what was a really special show. if you missed it or would like to watch it again, it is still on iplayer. just scroll back to october. it is nearly time to go. first we have to check on our hatchling here. how is it doing? it has hatched. there it is. it is a beautiful thing. wake it up. wake up, little hatchling.
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oh, dear. now it grows up and you teach it things and one of the fun things you can do is teach it to speak, so you can say happy christmas, spencer. happy christmas, spencer. joy, the world hasjust become a better place. it is for ages five and up, and the side—effect of it hatching is these tiny bits of plastic do break off, so if you have young kids around, obviously be very wary that you shouldn't leave them to their own devices. these are a choking hazard. take care, but otherwise it is cute. delightful. one more world first that we took part in this year. this year, kate and i hosted click‘s first live show in front of a studio audience. is there anybody there?
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that was interesting. are you ready? yes. i said, are you ready? yes. let's go. click theme plays cheering and applause now, if you were not lucky enough to be in the audience, don't worry. we recorded the whole thing, and we will be showing highlights and behind the scenes stuff from the show on the programme next week. thank you very much for watching our clickmas special. there is only one thing left to do, which is the words first 360 degrees cracker pull. merry clickmas. yay! double winner! 0h! good morning and a very
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happy new year to you. the change of year brings a change in the weather. if we take a look at the recent satellite picture, you can see this strip of cloud sinking its way southwards. there is rain coming from this cloud. it is associated with a weather front, and in fact, it is a cold front. and as that continues to journey southwards and eastwards through new year's day, we will see increasingly cold air digging in from the north. and that really is the pattern for the next couple of days. but back to the here and now, the first part of new year's day increasingly wet across southern parts of the british isles. so this is the story at 9:00am this morning. across south—west england, some quite heavy bursts of rain. that's stretching up through the south midlands and into east anglia. to the south—east, a mild start.
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seven degrees in dover. a lot of cloud, but the main body of rain won't have got here by this stage. and then, on the back edge of the weather front, with cold air starting to dig in, and we could see sleet, possibly some wet snow developing, particularly up over high ground, the pennines. wintry showers for northern scotland. rain close to the coast, but inland, over high ground, some snow. windy here, potentially some icy stretches on untreated roads, as there could be in the north—west and northern ireland. then for wales, we're back into our weather front, with rain and wintry weather up over high ground. remember, cold air is digging into the back of the weather front. and our front essentially stalls across south—eastern areas, so here we can expect rain throughout new year's day. but further north, some bright skies, some sunshine, and wintry showers, particularly for exposed coastal areas. and a really chilly day, four or five degrees, mild air holding on across the far south and south—east. but then, as we go through the night, that cold air works its way southwards
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across all parts of the country, as we finally push our weather front away. and we will see quite a widespread frost, as well, and potentially icy stretches, particularly where we see showers through the night on exposed coasts. and these are increasingly turning wintry, even to quite low levels. some of these will continue into monday. for most for monday though, it is a beautiful day with sparkling sunshine. however, it won't do much for the temperatures, 3—6 degrees at best. as we go deeper into the week, high pressure is in charge of the weather, particularly out to the west. a north—westerly wind, so not a particularly warm wind direction, but slightly less cold air will work into the mixture on tuesday and wednesday. with it, a fair amount of cloud, but for many it will stay dry. just a few showers for exposed coasts. welcome to bbc news. we will cross live to new york, america, where we will see the giant new year's eve ball start to make its way down.
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formed of nearly 2700 crystal triangles, which by 32,000 lights. all of this at times square which they say in an understated fashion is the crossroads of the world. the countdown now, with just is the crossroads of the world. the countdown now, withjust 30 is the crossroads of the world. the countdown now, with just 30 seconds to go. i leave you in the hands of the host and ban ki—moon, either look of it, on his last few moments in office. live in new york, at times square. countown music
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