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Govt releases more data for app development  Listenfacebook
The government is to make more of its data available to app developers, researchers, and members of the public this year as part of Chief Executive Carrie Lam's drive to transform the city into a hub for innovation and technology. 650 new sets of information will be added to a government website in formats that are easy for developers and researchers to use. These include info on waiting times at government health clinics, and even vacant parking spaces. Authorities say the amount of data to be opened up for free this year through the Public Sector Information Portal is a six-fold increase on previous years. Ben Tse asked Francis Fong, the Honorary President of the Hong Kong Information Technology Federation, what he made of the news:
Organ donation numbers decline  Listenfacebook
The Medical Association says Hong Kong is still struggling to overcome stigmas and superstitions that deter people from signing up as organ donors. It says organs were taken from just 39 donors who died last year, down slightly from previous years. Annemarie Evans asked association president Ho Chung-ping why it's proving so difficult to convince people to sign up as donors:
Chang’e 4 touches down on the far side of the moon  Listenfacebook
A Chinese robotic probe has become the first space craft to land on the far side of the Moon. State media confirmed that the Chang'e 4 probe touched down successfully in the unexplored South Pole-Aitken basin: the largest, oldest, and deepest crater on the Moon's surface. The landing marks a major step in China's quest to become a leading power in space exploration. Annemarie Evans asked David Baker, the editor of the UK-based Spaceflight Magazine, what he thinks of the achievement: