He may only be 17, but physics prodigy Victor Lam Ho-tat is already stunning academics around the world with research that could greatly improve the reliability of power grids, social media networking systems and the internet in general.

The annual Dragon Boat Carnival kicked off on the Tsim Sha Tsui side of Victoria Harbour yesterday with more than 5,000 paddlers and 160 teams set to compete over three days of festivities.