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Myneral.me wins the TechCrunch Hackathon at VivaTech

Myneral.me wins the TechCrunch Hackathon at VivaTech

It’s been a long night at VivaTech. The building hosted a very special competition — the TechCrunch Hackathon in Paris.

Hundreds of engineers and designers got together to come up with something cool, something neat, something awesome. The only condition was that they only had 36 hours to work on their projects. Some of them were participating in our event for the first time, while others were regulars. Some of them slept on the floor in a corner, while others drank too much Red Bull.

We could all feel the excitement in the air when the 64 teams took the stage to present a one-minute demo to impress fellow coders and our judges. But only one team could take home the grand prize and €5,000. So, without further ado, meet the TechCrunch Hackathon winner.

Winner: Myneral.me

Current mining operations lack transparency and clarity in the way they are monitored. In order to understand how a material went from initial discovery in the mine to end product, a new tool is necessary to monitor operations. Myneral.me offers an all-encompassing platform for the metal and mining sector that showcases CSR to both industry partners and end users. Find out more on Myneral.me.

Runner-Up #1: Vyta

Vyta takes patient information and helps doctors understand which patient needs to be treated first. A simple tool like this could make things smoother for everyone at the emergency room and improve treatments.

Runner-Up #2: Scrub

SCRUB = SCRUM + BUGS. Easily track your errors across applications and fix them using our algorithmic suggestions and code samples. Our open-source bug tracker automagically collects all errors for you. Find out more on GitHub.

Runner-Up #3: Chiche

Finding the future upcoming brand depends on the set of data you are using to detect it. First, they do a simple quantification of the most famous brands on social medias to identify three newcomers. Second, they use Galerie Lafayette’s website as a personal shopping tool to propose customers the most adequate product within the three newcomers.


Judges

Dr. Aurélie Jean has been working for more than 10 years as a research scientist and an entrepreneur in computational sciences, applied to engineering, medicine, education, economy, finance and journalism. In the past, Aurélie worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Bloomberg. Today, Aurélie works and lives between USA and France to run In Silico Veritas, a consulting agency in analytics and computer simulations. Aurélie is an advisor at the Boston Consulting Group and an external collaborator for The Ministry of Education of France. Aurélie is also a science editorial contributor for Le Point, teaches algorithms in universities and conducts research.

Julien Meraud has a solid track record in e-commerce after serving international companies for several years, including eBay, PriceMinister and Rakuten. Before joining Doctolib, Julien was CMO of Rakuten Spain, where he improved brand online acquisition, retention, promotions and campaigns. Julien joined Doctolib at the very beginning (2014), becoming the company’s first CMO and quickly holding CPO functions additionally. At Doctolib, Julien also leads Strategy teams that are responsible for identifying and sizing Doctolib’s potential new markets. Julien has a Master’s degree in Marketing, Statistics and Economics from ENSAI and a specialized Master in Marketing Management from ESSEC Business School.

Laurent Perrin is the co-founder and CTO of Front, which is reinventing email for teams. Front serves more than 5,000 companies and has raised $79 million in venture funding from investors such as Sequoia Capital, DFJ and Uncork Capital. Prior to Front, Laurent was a senior engineer at various startups and helped design scalable real-time systems. He holds a Master’s in Computer Science from École Polytechnique and Télécom ParisTech.

Neesha Tambe is the head of Startup Battlefield, TechCrunch’s global startup launch competition. In this role she sources, recruits and vets thousands of early-stage startups per year while training and coaching top-tier startups to launch in the infamous Startup Battlefield competition. Additionally, she pioneered the concept and launched CrunchMatch, the networking program at TechCrunch events that has facilitated thousands of connections between founders, investors and the startup community at-large. Prior to her work with TechCrunch, Neesha ran the Sustainable Brands’ Innovation Open — a startup competition for shared value and sustainability-focused startups with judges from Fortune 50 companies.

Renaud Visage is the technical co-founder of San Francisco-based Eventbrite (NYSE: EB), the globally leading event technology platform that went public in September 2018. Renaud is also an angel investor, guiding founders that are solving challenging technical problems in realizing their global ambitions, and he works closely with seed VC firm Point Nine Capital as a board partner, representing the fund on the board of several of their portfolio companies. Renaud also serves on the board of ShareIT, the Paris-based tech for good acceleration program launched in collaboration with Ashoka, and is an advisor to the French impact investing fund, Ring for Good. In 2014, Renaud was included in Wired UK’s Top 100 digital influencers in Europe.

In addition to our judges, here’s the hackmaster who was the MC for the event:

Romain Dillet is a senior writer at TechCrunch. Originally from France, Romain attended EMLYON Business School, a leading French business school specialized in entrepreneurship. He covers many things, from mobile apps with great design to privacy, security, fintech, Apple, AI and complex tech achievements. He also speaks at major tech conferences. He likes pop culture more than anything in the world. He now lives in Paris when he’s not on the road. He used to live in New York and loved it.

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Google launches Jetpack Compose, an open-source, Kotlin-based UI development toolkit

Google launches Jetpack Compose, an open-source, Kotlin-based UI development toolkit

Google today announced the first preview of Jetpack Compose, a new open-source UI toolkit for Kotlin developers who want to use a reactive programming model similar to React Native and Vue.js.

Jetpack Compose is an unbundled toolkit that is part of Google’s overall Android Jetpack set of software components for Android developers, but there is no requirement to use any other Jetpack components. With Jetpack Compose, Google is essentially bringing the UI-as-code philosophy to Android development. Compose’s UI components are fully declarative and allow developers to create layouts by simply describing what the UI should look like in their code. The Compose framework will handle all the gory details of UI optimization for the developer.

Developers can mix and match the Jetpack Compose APIs and view those based on Android’s native APIs. Out of the box, Jetpack Compose also natively supports Google’s Material Design.

As part of today’s overall Jetpack update, Google also is launching a number of new Jetpack components and features. These range from support for building apps for Android for Cars and Android Auto to an Enterprise library for making it easier to integrate apps with Enterprise Mobility Management solutions and built-in benchmarking tools

The standout feature, though, is probably CameraX, a new library that allows developers to build camera-centric features and applications that gives developers access to essentially the same features as the native Android camera app.

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Google’s Flutter framework spreads its wings and goes multi-platform

Google’s Flutter framework spreads its wings and goes multi-platform

Google’s Flutter UI toolkit for cross-platform development may only be two years old, but it has quickly become the framework of choice for many developers. Until now, though, ‘cross-platform’ only referred to Android and iOS. Late last year, Google announced that it would also take flutter beyond mobile and to the web. Today, at its I/O developer conference, it’s doing exactly that with the launch of the first technical preview of Flutter for the web

Google also today announced that Flutter developers will soon be able to target macOS, Windows and Linux and that the company itself is already using the framework to power some experiences on the Google Home Hub as it looks to bring Flutter to more embedded devices, too.

“We built Flutter from the ground up to be this beautiful, fast, productive, open-source toolkit for building tailored experiences, originally for mobile,” Google’s group product manager for Flutter, Tim Sneath, told me. “The big news for this week is that we are finally opening Flutter up beyond just mobile to really lean into our broader vision for Flutter as our general-purpose, portable UI toolkit for mobile, we, embedded and desktop.”

By default, Flutter apps are written in Google’s Dart language, which can be compiled to JavaScript. In that respect, bringing Flutter to the browser seems straightforward, but getting the Flutter engine up to production quality in the browser took some engineering work. The team, Sneath noted, was especially keen on making sure that Flutter would work just as well in the browser as it does on mobile and to ensure that both the developer and user experience remain the same.

“The challenge is really how to bring it down to the client and create these rich Flutter-based experiences that can take advantage of the standards-based web,” he said. Going to the web also means addressing basic things like resizable windows, but also support for interacting with keyboards and mice.

Those same requirements also apply to the desktop, of course, where the code isn’t quite production-ready yet. Developers, however, can now start experimenting with these features. The team says that the macOS version is currently the most mature, though if you are brave enough, you can try building for Windows and Linux, too.

The team also wanted to build this in a way that there will be one Flutter code base and that there would be no need to fork the framework or the applications that developers build on top of it to support these different platforms. “Our expectation is that we will be able to deliver one framework for all of these places,” said Sneath and stressed that we’re talking about native code, even on the desktop, not a web app that pretends to be a desktop app.

Sneath showed me a demo of the New York Times puzzle app on mobile and the web and the experience was identical. That’s the ideal scenario for Flutter developers, of course.

With today’s update, Google is also introducing a few new features to the core Flutter experience. These include new widgets for iOS and Google’s Material Design, support for Dart 2.3’s UI-as-code features and more. The Flutter team also announced an ML Kit Custom Image Classifier for Flutter to help developers build image classification workflows into their apps. “You can collect training data using the phone’s camera, invite others to contribute to your datasets, trigger model training, and use trained models, all from the same app,” the team writes in today’s announcement.

Looking ahead, the team plans to introduce improved support for text selection and copy/paste, support for plugins and out-of-the box support for new technologies like Progressive Web Apps.

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Scientists Create E. Coli With Entirely Synthetic Genome

Scientists Create E. Coli With Entirely Synthetic Genome

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Scientists created a variant of the E. coli bacteria with an entirely synthetic genome, according to a new paper.

Building and replacing the large entire genome yet was just one goal of the team from the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK. They hoped that the resulting bacteria would use a reduced number of possible DNA base pair combinations in order to produce the 20 amino acids. In the future, the now-obsolete sequences might be used to produce never-before-seen amino acids and proteins.

The thrust of the paper wasn’t just to rebuild a bacteria’s genetic code, but to simplify redundancies in order to have more genetic code to work with to create custom genomes. Genetic code is written in four letters: A, T, C, and G, which represent the molecules adenine, thymine, cytosine, and guanine. These nucleotides can arrange into 64 three-letter “codons,” most of which correspond to an amino acid, the building blocks of the proteins that allow life to function. All but two of the amino acids are encoded by multiple synonymous codons. The researchers wanted to see if they could rewrite the E. coli bacteria’s genome with fewer codons, like rewriting the dictionary but representing all hard “k” sounds with only the letter k, instead of sometimes using c or q as the English language does.

Producing the genome required first drafting it. The researchers designed a genome where they replaced two codons that encode the amino acid serine with synonyms, and did the same with the stop codon, which tells cellular functions when to stop reading a strand of DNA while building a protein. Then, the researchers built their DNA using the various lab techniques already employed in synthetic biology. Finally, they had to replace the bacteria’s genetic material with the synthetic DNA. They couldn’t just transfer it all over—they had to break their genome into pieces, slowly transplanting bit by bit into living bacteria until they had replaced the entire E. coli genome, according to the paper published in Nature.

The E. coli survived, though they grew slower and were longer, according to New York Times reporting. But the new E. coli cells relied on only 61, rather than 64 total codons.

It was a tour de force, one scientist told Gizmodo. “For those of us who work in synthetic genomics, it’s the headline, most exciting thing; they synthesized, built, and showed that a 4-million-base-pair synthetic genome could work,” Tom Ellis, director of the Center for Synthetic Biology at Imperial College London who reviewed the paper, told Gizmodo. “It’s more than anyone had done before.”

Science-fiction speculation aside, there are several potential uses of a synthetic genome like this. There are obvious biotechnological applications—removing the redundancies allows researchers extra codons to experiment with, potentially to develop new amino acids, proteins, and bacteria that can do new things. The codon swap is also a firewall against viruses that might try to hijack the cell, said Ellis. It’s a rapidly evolving field, and this is just one of several groups in the midst of performing these kinds of genome swaps.

The methods that the researchers used to swap the genome provide “a blueprint for future genome synthesis,” according to the paper. And next up, the researchers hope to figure out how much more they could streamline the E. coli genome, as well as what they can do with the codons that they’ve freed up.

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China to bring water to desert through longest tunnel in the world

A 1,000-kilometer tunnel in China, which would become the longest in the world, will bring water from Tibet to the Taklimakan desert in Xinjiang if the project in which engineers work.

According to the South China Morning Post, the engineering work will transport water from the Bramaputra River to the Taklimakan desert, which covers an area of ​​270,000 square kilometers.

Once built, this tunnel will vastly outstrip the New York underground aqueduct, now the longest in the world, with 137 kilometers in length.

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In China, the tunnel that now holds the record is 85 kilometers long and is located in Liaoning province (on the border with North Korea), but last August the government started work on another tunnel that will measure 600km and will be completed in eight years, in Yunnan, in the south of the country.

The latter, wide enough to allow the movement of two high-speed trains and which will cross mountains thousands of meters above sea level, will serve as a test for the new technology, engineering methods and infrastructure needed for the future tunnel that will link Tibet and Xinjiang, according to the newspaper.

The Tibetan plateau prevents monsoon rain from reaching Xinjiang, isolated to the north by the Gobi desert and to the south by Taklimakan, leaving 90 percent of the region unfit for human life.

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The first time the possibility of pouring water from Tibet to Xinjiang was considered during the Qing Dynasty in the 19th century, but never out of bounds because of the huge costs of the project, the challenge it poses for engineering, the potential impact potential protests from neighboring countries.

“The water pipeline project in Yunnan demonstrates brain, muscle and tools to build extremely long tunnels on hostile terrain,” which will give authorities confidence to approve the Xinjiang project, a Chinese Academy of Sciences researcher told the Chinese newspaper.

Both the Yunnan and Tibet highlands are prone to earthquakes and have many active tectonic failures.

Google bets on artificial intelligence against fears of domination

Experts from Google, one of the companies that bet more on the development of artificial intelligence, debated this Wednesday in China on the future of this technology that fascinates and terrifies the human being.

Researchers such as Demis Hassabis, the founder of DeepMind, one of Google’s leading artificial intelligence labs, or Jeff Dean, of the Google Brain subdivision, participate in a forum unheard of in the country, given the company’s complicated relationship with China, which blocks its popular search engine.

The conference message was one of optimism. Artificial intelligence, which is now experiencing a big boost thanks to companies like Google, Apple, as well as Chinese companies like Baidu or Tencent, will bring us benefits we still do not imagine, not the apocalyptic ideas of robots subjugating the man.

“New disease cures will be obtained through the ability of artificial intelligence to seek new medical properties,” predicted Google President Eric Schmidt, who stressed that the greatest impact of technology in the coming will be in medicine.

It is an ideal field for artificial brains to help humans, Schmidt pointed out in one of the presentations that linked a philosophical to a technological content, by trying to explain what are phenomena such as creativity and intuition, and how they can be extrapolated in processors.

“Fields such as chemistry or biology are still so complicated and with so much data that not even the most intelligent of the experts can read all the studies done. An artificial intelligence can do this, contributing ideas while the scientist rests,” explained Schmidt.

In short, Google dreams of “benign” artificial intelligence, such as Hollywood portrayed in such films as “AI: Artificial Intelligence” or “The Bicentennial Man.” In both, man-made robots are even capable of loving.

The hypothesis is the best of the vision of scientists like the British Stephen Hawking, who came to predict that artificial intelligence will destroy humanity.

“It’s important that the technology is developed ethically and responsibly, for the benefit of everyone,” said Hassabis, who heads one of Google’s top projects in the industry, Alpha Go, countering catastrophic predictions.

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AlphaGo is a technology by Google for the most complex mental game of mankind, Go. This week, also in Wuzhen, Google’s “robot” challenged and beat the world’s best player, Ke Jie, just 19 years old, for the first time.

According to Hassabis, the Go is just a launch pad to test artificial intelligence in one of the most demanding games of mental calculation ability – the number of possible moves exceeds that of atoms in the universe.

But it is not enough just to be good at calculating. Intuition is one of the most important parts of the game, and the challenge is a test for more transcendent technology goals in the future.

Among the possible applications that the AlphaGo system may have in the medium term, Hassabis cited projects for new materials, medicines or even education. He also left out the world of smartphone wizards, who have come to life thanks to software such as Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana.

Artificial intelligence, forum participants pointed out, differs from preprogrammed programs by learning new things, evolving, and being able to cope with new problems from previous experience.

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Common examples in our day-to-day life were cited, such as the well-known Google translator, which, thanks to user evaluation, improved the way we translated many languages. Although still imperfect, the service has improved a lot since it was released.

According to Jeff Dean of Google Brain, the potential of artificial intelligence should not be a cause for concern, as this kind of technology always works to reach a concrete goal. So the myth of the robot that gains self-consciousness and decides to attack man is just that: just a myth.

“AlphaGo is creative, it generates new things, but it keeps the programmed goal of winning a game. I’m not afraid that artificial intelligence will develop its own goals,” he said.

Google bets on artificial intelligence against fears of domination

Experts from Google, one of the companies that bet more on the development of artificial intelligence, debated this Wednesday in China on the future of this technology that fascinates and terrifies the human being.

Researchers such as Demis Hassabis, the founder of DeepMind, one of Google’s leading artificial intelligence labs, or Jeff Dean, of the Google Brain subdivision, participate in a forum unheard of in the country, given the company’s complicated relationship with China, which blocks its popular search engine.

The conference message was one of optimism. Artificial intelligence, which is now experiencing a big boost thanks to companies like Google, Apple, as well as Chinese companies like Baidu or Tencent, will bring us benefits we still do not imagine, not the apocalyptic ideas of robots subjugating the man.

“New disease cures will be obtained through the ability of artificial intelligence to seek new medical properties,” predicted Google President Eric Schmidt, who stressed that the greatest impact of technology in the coming will be in medicine.

It is an ideal field for artificial brains to help humans, Schmidt pointed out in one of the presentations that linked a philosophical to a technological content, by trying to explain what are phenomena such as creativity and intuition, and how they can be extrapolated in processors.

“Fields such as chemistry or biology are still so complicated and with so much data that not even the most intelligent of the experts can read all the studies done. An artificial intelligence can do this, contributing ideas while the scientist rests,” explained Schmidt.

In short, Google dreams of “benign” artificial intelligence, such as Hollywood portrayed in such films as “AI: Artificial Intelligence” or “The Bicentennial Man.” In both, man-made robots are even capable of loving.

The hypothesis is the best of the vision of scientists like the British Stephen Hawking, who came to predict that artificial intelligence will destroy humanity.

“It’s important that the technology is developed ethically and responsibly, for the benefit of everyone,” said Hassabis, who heads one of Google’s top projects in the industry, Alpha Go, countering catastrophic predictions.

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AlphaGo is a technology by Google for the most complex mental game of mankind, Go. This week, also in Wuzhen, Google’s “robot” challenged and beat the world’s best player, Ke Jie, just 19 years old, for the first time.

According to Hassabis, the Go is just a launch pad to test artificial intelligence in one of the most demanding games of mental calculation ability – the number of possible moves exceeds that of atoms in the universe.

But it is not enough just to be good at calculating. Intuition is one of the most important parts of the game, and the challenge is a test for more transcendent technology goals in the future.

Among the possible applications that the AlphaGo system may have in the medium term, Hassabis cited projects for new materials, medicines or even education. He also left out the world of smartphone wizards, who have come to life thanks to software such as Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana.

Artificial intelligence, forum participants pointed out, differs from preprogrammed programs by learning new things, evolving, and being able to cope with new problems from previous experience.

Related image

Common examples in our day-to-day life were cited, such as the well-known Google translator, which, thanks to user evaluation, improved the way we translated many languages. Although still imperfect, the service has improved a lot since it was released.

According to Jeff Dean of Google Brain, the potential of artificial intelligence should not be a cause for concern, as this kind of technology always works to reach a concrete goal. So the myth of the robot that gains self-consciousness and decides to attack man is just that: just a myth.

“AlphaGo is creative, it generates new things, but it keeps the programmed goal of winning a game. I’m not afraid that artificial intelligence will develop its own goals,” he said.

Identical twins are considered the most beautiful in the world

Leah Rose and Ava Marie are two identical twins who have revolutionized Instagram because of their great resemblance and great beauty. They are already considered the most beautiful twins in the world.

 

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Leah and Ava are the most beautiful twins in the world. They made themselves known in 2017 because their mother, Jaqi Clements, made an Instagram profile where she showed these beautiful girls, to which the users responded with hundreds of compliments. Now with 7 years, they have become a ‘little women’ that can even be worth to be models. Of course, something has not changed in them, they are still like two drops of water.

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Leah Rose and Ava Marie are identical twins who were born in California on July 7, 2010. From the first day, they attracted attention both for their excessive resemblance and for their beauty. And even more so when her mother decided to post photos of both on Instagram.

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On July 7, 2017, to celebrate ten years, her mother posted the first photo of her little ones on Instagram, but she never imagined that this image would go viral and change the direction of her life. Everyone saw its beauty and its photogenicity, hence the agencies did not wait long to want to represent Leah and Ava. We do not know if it happened with great models, who already started to be from their childhood.

So life has changed. They had to open an account of them on Instagram, with only 171 publications but where they already have more than 200,000 followers. The truth is that no one can doubt its beauty, and as with Anastasia Knyazeva, the most beautiful girl in the world, they have become a benchmark for the beauty and fashion sector. Although in your case, twice.

Theresa May sends an e-mail to the Spanish people in the United Kingdom: "I want you to stay, Merry Christmas"

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May has sent a Christmas email to ask for peace of mind for the residents of the country before the arrival of Brexit.

 

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has sent a Christmas email to foreigners living in the UK, including of course the Spanish, to explain what will happen to them after the Brexit. The letter ensures that the rights of foreigners will be respected and clarifies in several parts that also those of the British who are in the EU. The end is the best: “I want you to stay, Merry Christmas

It is Christmas time and we are all receiving postcards, until the Kings of Spain have made their Christmas card, and we bring you a very special one. The Brexit of the United Kingdom, that is to say, its exit from the European Union, has many implications and the time when the definitive break with the EU takes place is getting closer. But of course, many doubts arise for the many Spaniards there.

About 3 million citizens of the European Union who until now resided there under the premise of the free movement of people and goods, among them, more than 100,000 Spaniards, who have received a message of hope from the UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Under the title, “Letter to EU citizens living in the United Kingdom”, it begins: “As Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, I am proud that more than 3 million EU citizens have chosen to establish their homes and means of subsistence here in our country, “May begins in an extensive text.

 

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“I know our country would be poorer if you left and I want you to stay . “ 

The Prime Minister explains that those Europeans who have lived more than five years in the country when the Brexit is produced can opt for the status of settled, a new migratory category that is equivalent to the current permanent residence.

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The email specifies that the rights to healthcare, pensions and other benefits will remain the same as they are today. But in addition, the European Health Card of the United Kingdom will remain in force.

However, as the agreements and specific terms are still pending in the negotiations with the EU, May, who was already a victim of Internet memes after the Brexit announcement, ends the email saying: “Right now you do not have to do nothing at all. ” And before saying goodbye he wishes “you and all your families a great Christmas and a very happy New Year”. Well, we also wish you.

The car drove into the bus stop and broke in half! The driver with the passenger fled

The Ford Focus literally fell apart in two parts under the impact of a giant speed hit at the Whitworth bus stop near Rochdale. Witnesses say that the driver and the passenger have managed to get out of the vehicle and escape the accident site.

The accident happened on a Sunday evening – driving at a speed of about 70 miles per hour. The Ford Focus hit the bus stop, which was extremely unattainable. The impact was so great that the car broke up in half.

Witnesses of the incident said that both the driver and the passenger “miracle” got out of the vehicle and fled the scene. The police who intervened in the case began to search the area with a helicopter.

It is reported that the “refugees” are 17 or 18 years old. The street where the accident occurred was closed in both directions for 6 hours. One of the locals, 45-year-old Andi Jackson, said it was a miracle that no one was at the bus stop at that time.

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In an interview for the Manchester Evening News the witness said: “I heard a huge bang. I went to see what happened on the road and saw lots of lights and car parts scattered all over.The car was driving along Market Street about 70 or 80 miles per hour. The driver had to lose control of him and wiped almost the van.

He crashed into a bus stop and the entire rear of the car was on the other side of the road.Someone who was in the street told me that two teens had fled the car. It’s amazing that they managed to get out of it at all. They must have been injured. You can not shake the car without getting hurt yourself. Well, there was no one at the bus stop.

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A spokesman for Lancashire Police confirmed that the service was summoned to the scene of the accident around noon on Sunday: “Ford Focus hit the wall and then at the bus stop near Birches Hotel on Market Street. The driver of the car escaped from it a moment later. Officers searched the area for a driver and his passenger, but failed to locate them. No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing. Please witness the incident to report to the police. “