>Jordan's sneakers sell for $560K
Michael Jordan mania is taking over the auction world, as a pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s sold for $560,000 and became the most expensive sneakers ever sold.
迈克尔·乔丹热潮正席卷拍卖界，近日一双耐克"Air Jordan 1s"以56万美元(约合人民币398万元)的价格售出，成为有史以来售出的最贵运动鞋。
The sneakers, which were worn in a game by Jordan and autographed, sold for more than three times their original estimate, after a frenzy of bidding that saw the value go up by $300,000 in the final 20 minutes.
The final hammer price beat the previous record holder, a pair of 1972 Nike Waffle Racing "Flat Moon Shoes" that went for $437,500 in 2019.
Sotheby's didn't disclose the name of the buyer or seller, but said bidding came from four continents.
The sale coincided with the last episode of the popular ESPN documentary about Jordan, "The Last Dance."
>Royal budget to lose ￡18M
The British royal budget could lose millions of pounds in revenue while residences remain closed to tourists during the coronavirus crisis.
Members of staff in the royal household face pay freezes and projects have been halted amid the closures. These include Buckingham Palace, which usually welcomes visitors during summers when the Queen is at Balmoral.
Last year, tourism earned the royal household more than ￡70 million.
According to the Sun, an email from the Lord Chamberlain warned staff that income is expected to fall by a third this year, nearly ￡18 million.
In the email, the Lord Chamberlain Earl Peel said the royal household was "not immune" to the impact of the pandemic.
It was last week confirmed Buckingham Palace would remain shut to visitors for the remainder of the year, while those who have booked to explore the Queen's London home will be refunded.
>Robot dog patrols parks
Singapore is trying a new way to get its residents to stay away from each other.
Spot, Boston Dynamics' famous yellow and black canine robot, has been deployed to patrol the parks in Singapore and to encourage residents to social distance amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The four-legged robot "dog" broadcasts a pre-recorded message to visitors to remind them of the importance of social distancing.
The device is also equipped with cameras that can scan the surroundings and help officials estimate the number of people gathering in parks.
"These cameras will not be able to track or recognize specific individuals, and no personal data will be collected," the government said in a statement.
>Plastic pavement to curb waste
Ninety percent of the plastic we use ends up in landfills, or in the world's oceans.
Now, a Scottish firm has invented a way to recycle that hard-to-use plastic for a role that requires durability: paving roads and highways.
The driveway at Christopher Boyle's 17th-century English estate used the equivalent of 750,000 plastic bags and bottles ground up along with other hard-to-recycle plastic.
"It has all the ecological, environmental benefits, but to your ordinary punter, you don't see any difference at all," Boyle said.
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