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Cannondale's new gravel bike features unique rear suspension

Cannondale's Topstone Carbon features a single pivot in the seat tube

"Gravel bikes" are becoming increasingly popular, as they combine some of the toughness of mountain bikes with the speed of road bikes. Given that they travel on dirt trails and unpaved roads, though, some suspension might be good – and that's what Cannondale's new Topstone Carbon offers, in a novel fashion.

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Category: Bicycles

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Mushroom-inspired material gives liquids the slip

A microscope image of the nano-enoki PET

We've already heard about water-repellant materials that copy the structure of the lotus leaf. Now, however, scientists have created a flexible optical plastic that wards off liquids even better, and it was inspired by something else – the humble Enoki mushroom.

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Category: Materials

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