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This Floating Gym in Paris Converts Human Energy to Utility-Grade Electricity

Now, that’s one reason to exercise!

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How many times have we convinced ourselves to exercise regularly only to lose the drive to work out a few days into the program? We have continuously recited silent mantras in our head in an effort to persevere, only to lose from the comfort of our warm and cozy beds and, well, the irresistible taste of that succulent steak. True, being fit and healthy requires will and determination – something that is not innate of everyone.

Interestingly, Carlo Ratti Associati, an Italian innovation and design firm, thought of a brilliant way to encourage people to exercise, and at the same time, harness human power.

They created a boat that will require its passengers to exercise to keep it sailing along the River Seine. The boat will utilize the pedal power and convert it to utility-grade electricity. In the event that there aren’t enough people aboard, energy will be harnessed from the photovoltaic cells installed on the boat’s roof. Pretty creative, huh?

Exercising while sightseeing – not bad!

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Carlo Ratti, the firm owner, said:

“It’s fascinating to see how the energy generated by a workout at the gym can actually help to propel a boat. It provides one with a tangible experience of what lies behind the often abstract notion of ‘electric power’.

The boat boasts of a sleek design.

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The floating gym offers people a unique environment for working out.

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The 20-meter-long boat called the Paris Navigating Gym can accommodate approximately 45 people. The project is yet to be completed and designers say that it may take 18 months before the boat’s maiden voyage.

“The Paris Navigating Gym investigates the potential of harnessing human power,” says Carlo Rotti.

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Now, that’s one more item to add to that Paris bucket list!

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Neurosurgeon Vows to Perform First Ever Head Transplant in the World This Year

Off with their heads!

The idea of a human head transplant is like something lifted straight from a sci-fi novel or movie. It sounds absurdly farfetched and medically impossible that skepticism, to a certain extent, is inevitable.

However, Dr. Sergio Canavero, an Italian neurosurgeon, begs to differ. He argues that a human head transplant is not far from reality and though it may be extremely difficult, it is possible. Amidst sharp criticisms and accusations that his claims are mere publicity stunts, Dr. Canavero remains resolute and vows that the first ever human head transplantation will occur this year. In fact, he was able to gather a multinational team of surgeons composed of doctors from China, Russia, and South Korea.

Interestingly, Dr. Canavero bears an uncanny resemblance with this doctor from Metal Gear Solid.

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South Korea Unveils Giant Robot To Patrol Its Borders

It looks straight out of Avatar!

Hankook Mirae Technology, a robotics company from South Korea, has just unveiled Method-2, their very own giant robot. The huge machine stands 13 feet tall and weighs 1.5 tons. Many has compared its appearance to the Amplified Mobility Platform suit – a robot from sci-fi blockbuster Avatar.

South Korea’s Method-2 robot looks straight out of a sci-fi movie!

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This, of course, shouldn’t be a huge surprise to everyone considering that the robot’s designer is Vitaly Bulgarov, a guy who has worked in different Hollywood movies such as Robocop, Terminator, and Transformers.

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DARPA’s New Self-Steering Bullets Turn In Mid-Flight to Hit Moving Targets!

The Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) bullets were created to boost the hit rates for difficult, long-distance shots.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) — which works under the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) — developed self-steering bullets in a bid to boost the hit rates for difficult, long-distance shots.

Established in 1958, DARPA works closely with the members of DOD's Science and Technology (S&T) network. DARPA's main task is "to accelerate the adoption of new technologies."

Snipers are the target beneficiaries of the self-steering bullet.

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