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magped announces a lighter but stronger magnetic mountain bike pedal

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Back in 2019 we reviewed the magped Enduro mountain bike pedals, which keep the rider’s feet in place using magnets. Well, the Austria-based magped company has now announced a new-and-improved model, called the Sport2.

To recap our previous coverage, magpeds are designed for riders who want the advantages of so-called “clipless” pedals – such as increased pedalling efficiency, and less chance of your feet slipping off – but who still want to be able to release their feet from the pedals relatively easily.

Bearing those considerations in mind, each pedal has an upwards-facing neodymium magnet on its platform, which engages a corrosion-resistant flat steel plate bolted to the underside of the rider’s SPD-compatible shoe. When the foot moves straight up and down during normal pedalling, the magnet and the plate remain joined together. A simple outwards-twisting motion of the foot, though, causes the two to disengage.

While the the pedals were already considerably lighter and sleeker than their closest competitor (the MagLOCK), the Sport2 is said to be 56 grams lighter per pair – yet also stronger – than magped’s original Sport model. Along with the adjustable-height magnet (which is mounted on a polymer damper), each pedal also features a CNC-cut aluminum body, a chromoly spindle, and an improved three-bearing system.

Each magped Sport2 pedal measures 104 x 92 x 18 mm
Each magped Sport2 pedal measures 104 x 92 x 18 mm

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They can be ordered in the buyer’s choice of three different magnetic strengths, as determined by rider weight. Depending on the choice of magnet, the pedals range in weight from 420 to 458 grams per pair, and offer up to 38 kg (84 lb) of pulling strength. It should be noted that unlike the Enduro model we reviewed, the Sport2’s only have a magnet on one side of each pedal.

The magped Sport2’s are available now via the company website – in color choices of dark gray, orange, green and pink – priced at US$115 to $130 a pair. You can see them in use, in the following video.

Source: magped (US) (International)

magped SPORT2 60sec

Source: https://newatlas.com/bicycles/magped-sport2-magnetic-mountain-bike-pedal/

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Hidden Egyptian handbook reveals secrets of mummification

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A recently discovered text written around 1450 BCE contains previously unknown details about Egyptian mummification process

A 3,500-year-old Egyptian medical text is shedding new light on the ancient practice of mummification. Recently discovered inside a much larger work, the papyrus document being studied by University of Copenhagen Egyptologist Sofie Schiødt is the oldest known mummification manual.

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Category: Science

Tags: University of Copenhagen, Mummies, Archaeology

Source: https://newatlas.com/science/egypt-mummification-manual-louvre-carlsberg-copenhagen/

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Lasers and plasma shockwaves used to measure ripeness of fruit

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Researchers in Japan have developed a contactless way to measure the ripeness of soft fruit like mangoes

Judging how ripe a piece of fruit is can be a frustrating process for everyone from farmers to shoppers. Now, researchers at Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT) in Japan have developed a new high-tech way to check, without touching or damaging soft fruit like mangoes. All it takes is a laser and some plasma shockwaves.

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Tags: Food, Fruit, Laser, Food technology

Source: https://newatlas.com/science/fruit-ripe-lasers-plasma-shockwaves/

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Broadcasting tech swaps stadium ads for regional advertising

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Examples of the system showing two different ads (A,B) along with the magenta screen (C) which neither stadium audiences nor TV viewers see

When viewing sports coverage from other countries, it’s common to see sideline advertising boards that are promoting products you’ve never even heard of. This new TV system is capable of digitally replacing the content of those boards, so they’re advertising region-specific products.

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Category: Good Thinking, Lifestyle

Tags: Fraunhofer, Sports, Advertising, Broadcast, Television

Source: https://newatlas.com/good-thinking/fraunhofer-vibotec-sports-advertising/

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Scientists calculate life expectancy of Earth’s atmospheric oxygen

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An artist's interpretation of the atmosphere of Archean Earth, prior to 2.4 billion years ago. A new study suggests it may return to this oxygen-poor, methane-rich atmosphere in about 1 billion years' time

The Earth has an expiry date – in about five billion years, the Sun will expand and swallow up our home world. But it turns out life on Earth could have a much earlier end point. A new study has found that in about a billion years’ time, the atmosphere will lose most of its oxygen rapidly, which may have important implications in the search for life on other planets.

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Category: Environment, Science

Tags: Oxygen, Atmosphere, Earth, Geology, Exoplanet, Extraterrestrial

Source: https://newatlas.com/environment/earth-atmosphere-oxygen-life-expectancy/

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