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Michelin’s Puncture-Proof Tire Ensures You’ll Never Get A Flat Tire Ever Again

This innovation will definitely make flat tires a thing of the past.

  • An airless and puncture-proof tire has recently been unveiled by Michelin.
  • Created in collaboration with General Motors, the new tire system aims to get rid of flat tires for good.

Ask any driver and they’ll readily tell you this: having a flat tire is one of the most dreadful experiences you can experience when you are out there on the road.

Well fortunately, some brilliant minds are working together to help drivers avoid flat tires in the first place. In a Mental Floss article, we read about the collaboration between Michelin and General Motors for a new tire called UPTIS, which is short for Unique Puncture-Proof Tire System.

Meet the UPTIS, a new tire tech created by Michelin and General Motors.

As it’s name implies, the unique tire cannot be punctured at all. Besides, it doesn’t have air.

The official Michelin website describes UPTIS as “an airless mobility solution” that effectively helps vehicles avoid the dangers of flat tires and puncture blowouts.

It’s way tougher than your regular tire!

According to Michelin and GM, UPTIS is obviously much better compared to regular tires because it also removes the need to perform regular maintenance including pressure checks and damage inspections.

Furthermore, the new tech is friendly to the environment since it decreases the number of worn tires that contribute to pollution. Besides, conventional tires are made of natural rubber and plastic.

Wath UPTIS in action here:

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The prototype has since received mixed reactions from netizens online.

While there are those who are “so excited” for the product to hit the market, there are others who are hoping improvements would be done before that.

As one commenter pointed out, using the UPTIS could be “a nightmare in winter conditions” if the holes are not covered up.

Michelin site’s FAQ tells us that the UPTIS will be “available as an option” for certain GM vehicles by 2024.

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  • The full approval of the drug depends on the findings of safety studies
  • Oligomannate will be available in China by the end of 2019 while global trials are scheduled to start in 2020

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Clinic Performs First Utero Surgery in Ohio on Fetus Before its Birth

The procedure will minimize the health risks from spina bifida.

  • A hospital in Cleveland has successfully performed in utero surgery on a fetus to repair spina bifida.
  • The fetus was still in the uterus when the procedure was performed by a team of over a dozen specialists.
  • The baby was born healthy just a few weeks after the surgery.

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Filipino Scientist Made Bioplastic Using Mango and Seaweeds

It might become one of the Philippines’ greatest contributions ever.

  • Bio-polymers known as pectin and carrageenan are found in mango and seaweed, respectively.
  • Montinola chose mango and seaweed because of their abundance.
  • The bio-plastic is completely water-soluble and can imitate the motion of our body.

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