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Multi-rider vehicle retention apparel [new patent]
Multi-rider vehicle retention apparel [new patent] ● “When a passenger rides behind an operator of a motorcycle, the only way to hold on is to wrap the passenger’s arms around the torso of the operator.” What could be done to improve the passenger’s grip? Californian inventor Dale Lafayette Marks has just been awarded a US patent for ... [ click to read full item ]
Vampires in Transylvania
Vampires in Transylvania ● Interested in ‘Vampires in Literature and Film’ and/or ‘Werewolves in Literature and Film’? If so, then where better to learn more about such things than Transylvania University (Lexington, KY, US) ? Picture credit : The Vampire (1897) by Philip Burne-Jones Share this page? [ click to read full item ]
Hip-hop, Heavy metal, and 2D:4D ratios [BMJ Xmas issue]
Hip-hop, Heavy metal, and 2D:4D ratios [BMJ Xmas issue] ● The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has a tradition of publishing light-hearted and satirical fare (no spoofs, hoaxes, or fabricated studies) around the Christmas period. This year is no exception. Here’s a selection (all open-access) : Giving science the finger—is the second-to-fourth digit ratio (2D:4D) a biomarker of good luck? A ... [ click to read full item ]

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