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Paper helmet

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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.

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

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.
Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

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.

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Answers

How did you do?

1

coming up with

2

lucky escape

3

cyclists

4

cushioning

5

polystyrene

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