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City Hires Mimes to Mock Bad Drivers

Mimes! It’s a universally-acknowledged truism that you can never have too many mimes. The city of Caracas, Venezuela, demonstrated this by hiring mimes to stand in a neighborhood reputed to have the worst drivers. When drivers break the rules of driving safety, the mimes let the drivers know in a mime-ish way: Dressed in clown-like outfits [...]

Automatically Hardening Body Armor

Deflexion, developed by Dow Corning, is a material that is normally soft. When something hits it, the material instantly hardens, and then returns to its previous flexibility. So far, it’s being used to make body armor for athletes, such as motorcycle riders and rodeo competitors. Dow Corning says: It can be stylishly incorporated into a garment [...]