5 night with flight and hotel and a northern lights tour. Even cheaper if you do less days.
US congressman, Steve Cohen, failed in an attempt to establish a minimum seat size standard on passenger aircrafts.
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, introduced the “Seat Egress Air Travel (SEAT) act’ in a bid to have the Federal Aviation Administration establish a minimum seat size standard. However, last Thursday, the House Transportation panel voted to ground the bill.
Mr Cohen says that seat width has shrunk from 18 inches in the 1970s to approximately 16.5 inches today. Meanwhile, American backsides have most certainly widened. As for seat pitch (the distance from one point of a seat to the same point on the seat in front), the congressman claims that also has shrunk from 35 inches to around 31 inches. “Shrinking seat sizes isn’t just a matter of comfort but safety and health as well” he said.
Cohen announced he will attempt to push the proposal in a stand-alone bill.
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Will it ever be safe to go back
They maybe has goo?
Here's just two of the many beautiful, serene GIF animations depicting life in Japan, by @1041uuu. [via Hacker News & designmadeinjapan]
(Photo: Mikael Buck)
Some people wear swim caps to protect their hair from the ravages of water, to keep hair out of pool filters, or reduce water drag while racing. The first of these is, of course, a concern for men with high-grade beards. They don’t want their perfectly designed facial arrangements to be harmed.
So it was inevitable that Virgin Trains, a British railroad company, would invent a device to protect the beards of swimmers. The beard cap is a Lycra swim cap that includes a wrap for beards and mustaches. PSFK reports that it’s a necessity for bearded athletic swimmers:
Virgin Trains, the official train partner to the Great North Swim, commissioned research after reading debates on swimming forums about beards causing drag. The findings revealed that 12 percent of men connect their beard to slower swim times and nearly a quarter feel their beards hinder their sports performance. Sporting men reported the reasons for this, with 11 percent saying their beard is irritating, 32 percent claiming it is a source of discomfort, and 42 percent saying they find it distracting.
-via Hopes & Fears
Scientists at MIT have pulled up a very tiny curtain on their newest invention: a 1.7cm square robot capable of assembling itself like a piece of origami. The Untethered Miniature Origami Robot is powered by a small neodymium magnet and four electromagnetic coils underneath the robot’s surface that create magnet fields necessary for it to operate. The small robot can walk on different surfaces, climb, carry objects twice its own weight, swim in shallow water, burrow, and it even completely dissolves in an acetone solution leaving behind just the magnet.
So what can we do with super tiny self-folding robots? Researchers hope to develop even smaller autonomous robots with additional sensors that can dissolve in water. Such tiny devices could have a variety of medical uses when introduced inside of a human body, maybe zapping cancer cells or cleaning clogged arteries. You can read more about it over at IEEE and in this research paper. (via Laughing Squid)