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24
Sep
2017

Transforming scooter won’t stand for just sitting

The Metro Shark in standing mode (purple) and sitting mode (red)

Standing up on an electric scooter may give you better situational awareness as you zip around, but sitting down is less tiring if you've got a long way to go. Well, the Metro Shark allows you to do both, transitioning from one configuration to the other in just a few seconds.

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Category: Urban Transport

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24
Sep
2017

Electronic outdoor lock tattles on thieves

The goLock Venture can be mounted on a bicycle's frame

Locking your outdoor gear up certainly helps keep it from getting stolen, but guess what – thieves may still go after it anyway! That's where goLock's Venture lock comes in. Unveiled at Interbike 2017, it notifies you and sounds an alarm if anyone messes with it.

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Category: Outdoors

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24
Sep
2017

Powerful drilling speargun lets bacteria poison their enemies

The mechanism by which some bacteria inject deadly poison into other cells has been revealed by ...

There are about 40 trillion bacteria living in and on you, which means things are pretty crowded at the microscopic level. With all that competition between microbes, some have developed a novel way to deal with unwanted neighbors: a tiny speargun that injects lethal poisons through a mechanism known as a type VI secretion system (T6SS). Now researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland have figured out just how the deadly weapon works.

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Category: Biology

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24
Sep
2017

Car-top ultrasound system may keep you from breaking your bike

A Raacked prototype on display at Interbike 2017

There's one problem with carrying your bicycle on a car-top rack – you might forget that the bike is up there when you pull into your garage, a drive-thru or a parkade, so you end up smashing it. Well, that's why Raacked was created. It's designed to warn you when you're approaching overhead obstacles that your car-topped bike (or other item) won't clear.

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Category: Bicycles

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24
Sep
2017

Proposed timber tower would be a tall drink of water for NYC

The Central Park Tower would rise to a height of 712 ft (217 m), making it ...

New York City's DFA Studio recently unveiled a blue sky proposal for an observation tower in Central Park. If built, it would be the world's tallest timber structure and offer excellent views of NYC. Interestingly, it would also filter the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir and turn it into a freshwater pond for everyone's use.

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Category: Architecture

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