November 14, 2013

The Flow is assembled for a test by Copenhageners.     Photo: copenhagenize.eu

Designers Debut Pop-up Bike Lanes

Lego-style paths offer temporary solution for cyclists

No bike lane? No problem. At least in Copenhagen, anyway. That’s where the Copenhagenize Design Company has debuted The Flow: inexpensive yet high-quality, pre-fabricated, interlocking modules that snap together to form a temporary cycling path.

The Flow is being hailed as the “gateway drug” to cycle-friendly cities by allowing municipalities to experiment with bike lanes without spending a lot of money. “Cities can kickstart their bicycle infrastructure network at a fraction of the price and see virtually instant results," reads Copenhagenize’s website. “It’s a low-risk investment with long-term benefits.”

Each Lego-like block is made from 100 percent recycled plastic and wood, according to Inhabitat.com. In addition to being slip-resistant and water-permeable, the blocks are easy to put together; a small team can link together a half-mile of track in one day.

“A larger team will just make it go quicker and father,” the company said. “The ease of implementation makes it possible even for families with children to participate in the process.”

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A robotic deer     Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife/Associated Press

Hunter Shoots Robot Deer, Faces Charges

Robot season! Deer season! Robot season! Deer season! (It's neither.)

Is that a deer on the side of the road?

No, actually; it's a robot planted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and on Saturday morning a Florida man pulled over, got out of his car, and shot it, prompting police officers to emerge from a nearby hiding spot and charge him with shooting deer during closed season, discharging a firearm from a roadway, and taking deer from a right-of-way.

"He crossed a ditch and walked up toward the fence carrying a rifle," the report stated. "He placed the rifle on the fence to steady himself and shot at the replica," hitting it in the neck.

The man was arrested, saying he knew that hunting season was closed and that shooting deer from a roadway is illegal, and was released Sunday after posting $1,120 in bonds. He will appear in court December 12, facing a year in jail and $2,500 in fines if convicted.

The FWC often installs fake deer where illegal deer-harvesting is suspected. The most severe charge a hunter can incur by shooting one is a third-degree felony for firing across a fence line, called trespassing by projectile and offering a maximum sentence of five years in prison plus $5,000 in fines.

"It does help," said FWC Officer Jeffrey Babauta. "Once word gets out that there is a fake deer out there, it deters the bad hunting."

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Alice McKennis skiing at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. McKennis suffered a season ending injury in March and is back on the slopes after a lengthy recovery.     Photo: Courtesy of AliceMcKennis.com

Alice McKennis Back After Shattered Leg

Skier's tibia broke into 30 pieces

After shattering her right tibia into approximately 30 pieces, Alice McKennis is back on her skis and looking for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

The World Cup alpine ski racer and 2010 Olympian suffered a season-ending injury in March. Mid-turn, her right ski tip caught a rut, twisting her leg, hyperextending her knee, and cracking her tibia most of the way down her leg. After reconstructing her tibia with 11 screws and a summer of extensive rehab, McKennis still hasn’t returned to gate training but has already made GS turns at close to full speed.

“My goals haven’t changed even though I’ve had a setback,” she told Summit Daily News. “I feel confident in it. I’ve come back from an injury before.”

It’s stil unknown if she’ll enter the World Cup race on November 29 in Beaver Creek, Colorado, but she hopes to compete in the subsequent race at Lake Louise, Canada.

Watch the crash:

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Thursday morning in Aspen, CO     Photo: Courtesy of Aspen Snowmass Roundshot

Aspen Goes High-Tech for Mountain Webcams

Four 360-degree view Roundshot cameras installed

Colorado's Aspen ski area will install its fourth Roundshot camera next week, becoming the first location in the U.S. to implement these high-definition cameras. Roundshot cameras aim to replace the universal low-quality webcams with 66 megapixels of panoramic beauty, which can all be seen with an Internet connection, reports The Denver Post

The Roundshot cameras capture a high resolution, 360-degree image every ten minutes. All of this data is then immediately transferred to the web where viewers can zoom in and track weather movement, search through archived images, and also create time-lapses of the day's weather, according to The Denver Post. "We wanted something that if you hired a professional photographer to sit atop the mountain, it had to be that good," said Paul Major, the director of Aspen Skiing's information technology.

While this technology will likely become more popular around the country, Roundshot cameras aren't cheap. Aspen Skiing spent close to 20,000 dollars for each device. Major, Aspen's IT guy, first saw these cameras on vacation in Switzerland and set up his own company to acquire and install them in the states, reports The Denver Post. The units are also difficult to setup, Aspen Skiing had to find areas with a stunning 360 view in addition to having an internet and power source.

There are nearly 50 live Roundshot cameras operating around Europe, all of which can be viewed through the website's livecam. Go ahead and say goodbye to productivity at work.

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