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5:41am

Thu June 12, 2014
All Tech Considered

Uber's Rapid Growth Pits Innovation Against Existing Laws

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 9:53 am

Taxi drivers gather in Berlin before joining an anti-Uber protest through the city. It coincided with similar protests in cities across Europe.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

To see the speed of technological innovation, look no further than a street corner. Hailing a cab from the street is less common in cities with Uber, a service that lets you request a ride with the simple tap of a mobile phone app.

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9:20am

Tue February 18, 2014
The Salt

Old London Air Raid Shelter Becomes Vegetable Farm

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 9:30 am

Zero Carbon Food is growing leafy greens, herbs and microgreens in a World War II bomb shelter in London.
Courtesy of Zero Carbon Food

During World War II, Londoners would descend spiral staircases into tunnels to escape German bombs. Now one of those long-empty air raid shelters is filled with fresh greens.

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10:35am

Tue September 3, 2013
World

'Death Ray II'? London Building Reportedly Roasts Cars

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 12:17 pm

A man reacts to a shaft of intense sunlight reflected from the glass windows of the new "Walkie Talkie" tower in central London on Aug. 30.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

A skyscraper under construction "melted my Jag," reads the headline from London's City A.M.

"Beam of light from Walkie Talkie skyscraper 'melts man's Jaguar,' " says London's Metro.

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10:38am

Wed August 21, 2013
The Salt

Forget Cronuts: London's 'Townies' Take On Hybrid-Dessert Craze

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:45 am

American baker Bea Vo, who runs Bea's of Bloomsburg, a string of bakeries in London, came up with this answer to the cronut: the townie, a tartlet-brownie with a gooey center and a crisp outer shell.
Courtesy Bea's of Bloomsburgy Helena Marie Fletcher

What's a baker to do when all foodies can talk about, on both sides of the Atlantic, is the cronut craze, a croissant-doughnut that NPR reported on earlier this year? Simple: Come up with an equally addictive hybrid dessert.

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7:48am

Thu August 15, 2013
World

James Bond Parachutist At London Olympics Dies In Accident

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 3:41 pm

Stuntman Mark Sutton, doubling for actor Daniel Craig (or, as James Bond) during the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics last summer.
Ian Langsdon EPA /LANDOV

"The stuntman who parachuted into the London 2012 opening ceremony as James Bond has been killed in an accident," the BBC reports. "Mark Sutton, 42, from Surrey, died Wednesday while wingsuit flying near Martigny, Switzerland. Swiss police investigating the Briton's death said it appeared he had died after crashing into a ridge of rock."

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