A Wicked Ride: Segway and GM’s P.U.M.A.

Are you ready for the newest mode of transportation? Bye bye bicycle, hello P.U.M.A. P.U.M.A. stands for Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility vehicle. It’s a two-wheeled vehicle that balances on gyroscopes and is powered by rechargeable batteries. Top speed is 35 miles per hour or three times as fast as a Segway scooter. The PUMA will cost 1/3 to 1/4 the cost of a traditional vehicle and a three hour charge will cost only 35 cents. A single charge will take you 35 miles. It’s intended for city dwellers and was developed by G.M. and Segway. Gold star for G.M. for trying to turn around their gas guzzling S.U.V. ways!

Coolest part? The cars would communicate with each other wirelessly to regulate speed, reduce congestion and prevent accidents. These small, nimble electric vehicles will know where other moving objects are and will avoid running into them. An internet like web will connect the vehicles so that people can move through the cities and find places to park and connect.

It’ll be a dawn of a new day. As Jim Norrod, the CEO of Segway states, "We are excited to be working together to demonstrate a dramatically different approach to urban mobility. There's an emotional connection you get when trying something made by Segway. The Project P.U.M.A. prototype embodies this completely through the combination of dynamic stabilization, seamless drive-by-wire controls, and sophisticated battery systems to complete the connection between the rider, environment, and others." You won’t see this baby hitting the road till 2012 but for now, check out Engadget’s review of their joy ride.

It’s a unique riding experience we can’t wait to try out ourselves! P.U.M.A. website Source: US News and Wired

January 17, 2017

Liberating Portraits of Ballerinas Elegantly Dancing in the Streets of Cairo

Like many dance photographers, Mohamed Taher has a knack for beautifully capturing the body in motion. His interest in movement is evident in his Ballerinas of Cairo series, and the captivating collection of photos also serves a more poignant purpose: it helps women fight sexual harassment and reclaim the city’s streets. After learning about the Ballerina Project, an ongoing series that documents dancers in urban settings across the globe, Taher was inspired to carry out a similar undertaking in the Egyptian capital.

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January 17, 2017

Rare Ruby Seadragon Is Spotted Alive for the First Time

While a ruby seadragon may sound like a mythical creature taken from the pages of a fairy tale, this incredibly rare animal was spotted in the deep waters of Western Australia for the first time. Recently, researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the Western Australian Museum observed two ruby seadragons for 30 minutes using a mini remotely-operated vehicle.

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