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THE BICYCLE GRAVEYARDS OF CHINA

For a year and half now, Chinese authorities have been stocking the unused bicycles of failed shared bike start-up companies in parking lots or storage areas around the city. As the bike share companies went bankrupt one by one, they left behind a staggering number of bicycles that paint a clear picture of how supply […]

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ALUMINIUM FOIL TO STRENGTHEN YOUR WIFI SIGNAL

Wi-Fi signals are ubiquitous, but even though they’re invisible to us, the materials they interact with still affect them. These electromagnetic waves can travel through wood, glass, or concrete, but not water, so—pro tip—don’t put a fish tank in front of your router. Then there’s metal: it reflects the waves, a fact you can even […]

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ROBOT DOGS GET BUDDHIST SEND OFF IN JAPAN

Anyone who has ever owned a dog – or any pet, for that matter – can tell you how difficult that last day is. And so it must have been for the owners of 114 Sony Aibo robotic dogs whose beloved pets were given a Buddhist send-off last week at a ceremony at Japan’s 450-year-old […]

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THE GENETIC SECRETS OF ROSE REVEALED

For the first time researchers have deciphered the full genetic “book” of this most prized of plants. The secret history of the rose reveals surprises – it is more closely related to the strawberry than we thought.   And in the long term the work could lead to roses with new scents and colours, says […]