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[10/16, 3:56 PM] Supersmith 🌍🔭🔬: New Wheel Chair By SCEWO Can Climb Stairs With Ease

The wheelchair is a best option for disabled people to move along sidewalks and roads. Most buildings have wheelchair pathways or elevators to move between the floors. The problem arises when you have to get somewhere, and stairs are the only way to reach your desired destination. Designers have been trying to work around this issue by making wheelchairs that can climb stairs. A team in Zurich found a solution and created SCEWO, a sleek and stylish stair-climbing wheelchair.

This team launched the original prototype in 2015, and named it Scalevo. The wheelchair used two big Segway-like wheels to maintain balance while navigating on the ground. The chair used to drop a set of rubber tracks to navigate up the stairs. The team then improved the design to make a sleeker and refined version; SCEWO. The second generation design is a step further to a commercially available product that might give you a feel of being Charles Xavier from the X-Men.

The SCEWO wheelchair releases rubber tracks at the push of a button which help the user to go up or down on a stairway quickly.

Even cooler than the stair climbing feature is its Elevated Mode. How many times does it bother you when you have to communicate with a person standing up, and they either have to bend down, or the communication becomes quite uncomfortable? The Elevated Mode allows the chair to lift up while providing eye-to-eye contact with a standing person. It can even provide you quick and easy access to the objects placed at elevated heights. Thus, minimising your dependence on other people to boost your confidence. The SCEWO allows you to lower the rubber tracks for a better grip on the slippery surfaces.
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New Supersonic Plane Could Fly London To New York In Eleven Minutes

Remember Concord(e) and its New York to London flight that took just 2 hours and 52 minutes back in 1996?

Well you won’t after you feast your eyes on the ‘Antipod’!

The Antipod is a new design for a plane that will fly you from the UK to the Big Apple in a staggering 11 minutes!

In fact the plane, that would be nearly 12 times faster than Concorde, could reach a top speed of Mach 24.

To put things into perspective for you, Mach 1 is equal to the speed of sound, so Mach 24 would be,… well flippin’ fast!

The people behind the project are Charles Bombardier – an industrial designer, and Abhishek Roy – the founder of Lunatic Koncepts.

Speaking to Forbes, Bombardier explained:

I wanted to create an aircraft concept capable of reaching its antipode – or diametrical opposite – as fast as possible.

I am not sure the materials able to withstand the heat, pressure, and structural stress for this application have been invented yet, however, I was then contacted by Joseph Hazeltine.

He proposed using a novel aerodynamic phenomenon called ‘long penetration mode’ – LPM could help reduce heat.

In theory, the plane would carry up to ten passengers and would be able to cover almost 12,430 miles in less than an hour.

Its wings would be equipped with rocket boosters and the aircraft itself would be powered by a scramjet engine – an engine that doesn’t have any moving parts, but uses oxygen from the environment, instead of carrying heavy tanks on-board.

Imaginactive, the company behind the ‘Antipod’, are a non profit organisation which was founded by Mr Bombardier and they specialise in building the ‘vehicles of tomorrow’.

While the idea seems pretty fucking awesome, I dread to think how much a return ticket would cost!
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Adaptation is the name of the game when you live thousands of feet below the water’s surface. See how these deep-sea denizens make the most of their deep, dark home.

FRILLED SHARK :Humans rarely encounter frilled sharks, which prefer to remain in the oceans' depths, up to 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) below the surface. Considered living fossils, frilled sharks bear many physical characteristics of ancestors who swam the seas in the time of the dinosaurs. This 5.3-foot (1.6-meter) specimen was found in shallow water in Japan in 2007 and transferred to a marine park. It died hours after being caught.

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The great walls of China, viewed from different angles
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An artist's interpretation of
Jianianhualong tengi , a dinosaur that
lived during the early Cretaceous period
between 100 million and 145 million
years ago.
Credit: Julius T. Csotonyi 2017 / Xu,
Currie, Pittman et al. /2017.
A 145-million-year-old dinosaur about the
size of a wild turkey sported a plume of tail
feathers that were surprisingly modern-
looking and aerodynamic in shape, a new
study finds.
Though flight ready, the beast's tail feathers
may or may not have been used for flying,
said the researchers who found the
exceptional specimen, a roughly 3.6-foot-
long (1.1 meters) dinosaur, in 2015 in
China's Liaoning Province, an area known for
its incredibly well-preserved fossils of
dinosaurs with feathers.
The scientists named the find Jianianhualong
tengi, after Jianianhua, the Chinese company
that supported the study, and "long," the
Mandarin word for "dragon," the researchers
said. The species name honors Fangfang
Teng, the director of the Xinghai
Paleontological Museum of Dalian in China,
who helped the paleontologists access the
specimen. [ Images: These
Downy Dinosaurs Sported Feathers ]
J. tengi, which weighed just over 5 lbs. (2.4
kilograms), was a troodontid, a bird-like
theropod. Though most theropods , such as
Velociraptor and Tyrannosaurus rex , were
carnivorous, J. tengi was likely an omnivore,
based on its tooth anatomy and the diet of
its closest relatives, said study co-lead
researcher Michael Pittman, an assistant
professor of vertebrate paleontology at the
University of Hong Kong.
The incredibly well-preserved skeleton of
Jianianhualong tengi , a dinosaur with tail
feathers that may have been capable of
Credit: Xu, Currie, Pittman et al. /2017
Asymmetrical feathers
Unlike the symmetrical feathers seen on
most dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period,
J. tengi's feathers were asymmetrical, with
the vanes on one side of the central shaft
longer than those on the other side — a
feature that is crucial for flight, the
researchers said.

"Bird feathers need to be asymmetrical in
order to form an airfoil," said Steve Brusatte,
a vertebrate paleontologist at the University
of Edinburgh, who was not involved with the
study. "It has to do with the physics of wing
shape, the same way that airplane wings
have to be designed a certain way."
However, asymmetrical feathers "are also
found in species that do not fly," making it
unclear whether the Cretaceous-age
dinosaur could take flight, Pittman said.
A dinosaur tail feather that shows
Credit: Xu, Currie, Pittman et al. /2017
The asymmetrical feathers on J. tengi's tail
are the first record of aerodynamically
associated feathers in the bird-like
troodontid dinosaurs, Pittman said. The
Velociraptor relative Microraptor (a
dromaeosaur) also had asymmetrical
feathers, Pittman said.
"This reveals that the closest common
ancestor of birds (shared with troodontids
and the bird-like dromaeosaur dinosaurs,
raptors), possessed asymmetrical feathers,"
Pittman told Live Science in an email.
The finding will likely help paleontologists
decipher the timing of the evolution of
asymmetrical feathers, both Pittman and
Brusatte said.
"Strangely enough, the asymmetrical
feathers are on the tail," Brusatte told Live
Science in an email. "Does this mean that
Jianianhualong was using its tail to fly? It's
hard to be sure." [ Photos: Velociraptor
Cousin Had Short Arms and Feathery
Plumage ]
J. tengi's arm and leg feathers aren't
preserved well enough to show their
symmetry, "so we don't know what the
feather condition of the entire animal would
have been like," Brusatte said. "It is possible
that Jianianhualong had asymmetrical tail
feathers, but symmetrical (and thus non-
flight-worthy) arm and leg feathers like most
other nonbird dinosaurs. We just don't
A photograph (A) and a laser-
fluorescence image (B) of
Jianianhualong tengi 's tail frond
Credit: Xu, Currie, Pittman et al. /2017
Perhaps feather asymmetry evolved first for
display purposes before the features were
used for flight, Brusatte said. The
investigation into the history of flight is a
hot topic, as a growing number of
researchers try to determine which dinosaurs
could fly. For instance, research presented
at the 2016 Society of Vertebrate
Paleontology meeting in Salt Lake City
showed that several dinosaurs, such as
Microraptor , and early birds, including

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