Gyroscopic driving cabins may revolutionize urban travel

August 25, 2017 by  
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This futuristic gyroscopic driving cabin – controlled by a joystick – may just be the future of urban commuting. A Russian design company, Dahir Insaat , has created the futuristic pods to provide a radical new green solution for cities looking to curb urban transportation problems. The gyroscopic glass-dome cabins use an innovative take on the classic gyroscopic system to enable the vehicles to be completely self-balancing. With just two wheels, the pod’s movements are completely controlled with a joystick instead of a steering wheel. Related: Zero-emission hydrogen-powered car is designed to revolutionize everyday travel Although the concept is feasible for individual drivers, designer Dahir Semenov wants to expand the idea of gyroscopic vehicles to include public and emergency transportation for cities. The concept envisions gyro vehicles such as firetrucks or public buses lifted on narrow stalks that would use rails to glide over conventional traffic . Semenov has spent years developing the concept , mainly inspired by the need to address the issues facing overcrowded urban areas. He said, “I do not have the slightest doubt that this mode of transportation will supersede buses, trams, and trolleybuses in the cities of the future… I can say without exaggeration that this mode of transportation is compatible with the human habitat, with the spaces in which city dwellers recreate… After all, it is absolutely safe in both ecological and physical terms.” + Dahir Insaat Via Yanko Design

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Hundreds of people come together to save beached whale in Brazil

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A beached whale is a tragic sight – but a community of sun-worshippers in Brazil refused to sit by when it happened on their beach. Hundreds of people rallied around a stranded humpback whale in Buzios, digging around the animal in hopes of saving its life. They spent hours trying to save the whale, and were rewarded with the return of high tide. A humpback whale was recently stranded on the beach of Praia Rasa in Buzios, and people on the beach jumped into action. They tossed water and dug around the whale to keep it alive for hours. Biologists on site said the whale was young, weighed as much as 15 tons, and was around 45 feet long. Related: Hundreds of whales die in New Zealand’s third largest mass stranding When high tide returned, the whale was at last able to leave the beach. A Buzios City Hall spokesperson said the whale found its way back to the ocean . Amateur video footage shows crowds of people standing on the beach watching the whale reenter the water. We don’t fully understand why whales strand themselves, although several reasons have been suggested. University of Aberdeen professor David Lusseau published a piece on The Conversation detailing some of these reasons, like that whales beach themselves because they are injured or sick, or have become disoriented. They also might behave differently if food stocks plunge, temperatures are strangely low or high, or if pollutants seep into the water. Lusseau said often whales that are returned to the ocean will re-strand themselves hours or days later (especially if they were ill) – but some whales are able to escape. If you come across a beached whale, the charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation said your first response should be to call an expert for help – many countries have stranding networks that can help ensure the whale is treated correctly. Via The Telegraph Images via Wikimedia Commons and screenshot

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