August 15, 2013

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Study: Bike Lanes Don't Hurt Business

In some cases, may help

Far from driving off customers, bike lanes could boost businesses' sales, according to a study by a student at the University of Washington.

Kyle Rowe, a student in the Community, Environment, and Planning program, studied retail outlets' sales before and after the construction of two new bike lanes in business districts in Seattle. His findings? Businesses earned more, in some cases increasing sales up to 400 percent, according to Treehugger.

While it seems likely that cyclists were responsible for the shift, at least in part, Rowe cautions that there's no way to determine that for sure, though he says it's clear that the new lanes didn't hurt business. "The only conclusion that can be drawn from the data is that the changes to the right-of-way at the [business districts] did not have a negative economic impact on the businesses."

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Wingsuit flying over Dubai     Photo: Richard Schneider

James Bond Stuntman Dies in Wingsuit Accident

Known for London Olympics drop

The British stuntman who performed at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics was killed in a wingsuit flying accident Thursday in the Swiss Alps. Mark Sutton crashed into a rocky ridge after jumping from a helicopter at 10,800 feet. He and 19 other pilots were taking part in Helibase 74, a three-day, non-competitive event in Switzerland and France.

The accident unfolded after Sutton jumped from the helicopter on a warm-up flight intended to last a minute. Footage revealed that Sutton veered off course after jumping, hitting the mountain at a speed of over 155 miles per hour.

"There was no chance of survival," a spokesman for the Swiss police told The Telegraph. “This was an accident. The production company and helicopter company are not implicated in any way."

In the 2012 Summer Games, Sutton played a lead role, jumping into the Olympic Stadium while dressed as James Bond. He co-jumper, who played the role of Queen Elizabeth II, told The Sun that he lost a friend who was "smart, articulate and funny. "In any sport where you share a common bond you can make friends in a heartbeat that last a lifetime."

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Oldest Rock Art in North America Found

At least 10,500 years old

A group of petroglyphs discovered at Nevada's dried-up Winnemucca Lake is the oldest known rock art in North America, according to new research. A team including researchers from the University of Colorado estimated the age of the petroglyphs by dating layers of carbonate under and over the petroglyphs deposited by rising and falling lake waters. According to the team's research, the drawings are between 10,500 and 14,800 years old.

"Prior to our study, archeologists had suggested these petroglyphs were extremely old," said Larry Benson of CU Boulder. "Whether they turn out to be as old as 14,800 years old or as recent as 10,500 years ago, they are still the oldest petroglyphs that have been dated in North America." According to Discovery, the geometric carvings displace the previous record-holder, a set of glyphs at Long Lake, Oregon, that are at least 6,700 years old.

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