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Londrino inventa capacete de papel para ciclistas

20 janeiro 2014 Atualizado pela última vez 12:57 BRST 14:57 GMT

Transcript

On the streets of London a helmet can save a cyclist's life.

Anirudha Surabhi knows this only too well. He was in a bike crash in 2009.

He had a lucky escape but his polystyrene helmet was destroyed.

Now he's come up with what he says is a safer model, which was inspired by the woodpecker.

His paper helmet is designed in a similar way to the bird's head and beak and offers protection by cushioning the cyclist's head.

Transcrição em português

Nas ruas de Londres um capacete pode salvar a vida de um ciclista.

Anirudha Surabhi sabe bem disso. Ele teve um acidente em 2009.

Ele teve sorte em escapar, mas seu capacete de poliestireno foi destruído.

Agora ele inventou um que chama de modelo mais seguro, inspirado no pica-pau.

Seu capacete de papel é desenhado de uma forma semelhante à cabeça e ao bico do pássaro e oferece proteção ao acolchoar a cabeça do ciclista.

Vocabulary

cyclist - person who rides a bicycle

lucky escape - fortunate avoidance of a dangerous situation

polystyrene - a type of light plastic

come up with - invented

cushioning - protecting by absorbing shock

Exercise

cyclist / lucky escape / polystyrene / come up with / cushioning

1. The phenomenon of large, distributed groups __________ better answers than individuals working on the same problem was explored in James Surowiecki's 2004 book The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few.

2. A Canadian reportedly had a __________ as a polar bear mauling him was apparently scared off by the light from the man's mobile phone.

3. Often__________seek out quieter back roads for their journey, avoiding the heavy traffic and its dangers but adding "long-cuts". This, however feels like a direct A to B.

4. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand cut the key interest rate 0.5 points to 2.5%. The central bank's move is aimed at __________an economy that was just starting to emerge from recession.

5. Everyone has their favourite over-packaging bugbear be it the infamous shrink-wrapped coconut or bananas packaged singly on _________trays.

Answers

Source: Tapping into the IT cloud crowd http://bbc.in/1m4AJNp

2. A Canadian reportedly had a lucky escape as a polar bear mauling him was apparently scared off by the light from the man's mobile phone.

Source: Canadian's phone 'scares off' polar bear attacker http://bbc.in/1hlIxKl

3. Often cyclists seek out quieter back roads for their journey, avoiding the heavy traffic and its dangers but adding "long-cuts". This, however feels like a direct A to B.

Source: How super? What cyclists make of superhighways http://bbc.in/1kzqe9a

4. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand cut the key interest rate 0.5 points to 2.5%. The central bank's move is aimed at cushioning an economy that was just starting to emerge from recession.

Source: New Zealand slashes interest rate to aid quake recovery http://bbc.in/1aZ3CVO

5. Everyone has their favourite over-packaging bugbear be it the infamous shrink-wrapped coconut or bananas packaged singly on polystyrene trays.

Source: A month without plastic http://bbc.in/1ds7lBl

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