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McLaren’s New Car Has A Display That Transforms Before Your Eyes

There may come a time when someone challenges you to a drag race. If you’re up for it and you know what you’re doing, then go ahead and accept. As you are heading down the track, you keep staring at the driver display to check how fast you’re going, what gear you’re on, and the engine temperature. You get distracted and you end up losing. Good thing McLaren now has a solution to that annoying driver display.

The driver display is typically found behind the steering wheel on the dashboard. It has various instruments that display car and engine conditions including speed, mileage, temperature, and other important gauges. While this information is useful to see, sometimes it can be a little distracting. This is particularly true when you need to focus on the road or your driving.

In order to address this concern, a folding driver display for your dashboard is now available on the second-generation McLaren Super Series. McLaren is a British automaker based in Woking, Surrey. It was founded in 1963 by Bruce McLaren and produces high-end luxury and sports cars.

The newest Super Series, the 720S, was seen at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The 720S has a carbon fiber monocage and a new 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 engine that is capable of 710 horsepower. It weighs only 2,828 pounds without fluids. It can do a quarter mile in only 10.3 seconds and can stop from 124 mph in only 4.5 seconds.

The second-generation Super Series is really, really fast. McLaren wanted to make sure that the driver would focus on what’s important: driving really, really fast. In order to do that, the automaker decided to make the driver display foldable to ensure no distractions.

The display comes in different modes. When you first receive it, it will come in full, upright mode and display the complete instrument cluster. There is also a slim mode to make sure there are no distractions. The driver display will fold out of the way and you’ll be all set to focus on driving as fast as you can.

The new coupe will be available in May of 2017 and an open-top model will be coming in 2018 or 2019. It is expected to have a base price of $285,000. Luckily, the transforming driver display is already available on the base model. If you have the extra money to spend, an open-topped Spider and an LT version will also be made available.

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This Is A Spider Catcher

Stephen King is a celebrated American writer of suspense, horror, fantasy, and science fiction. One of his books, “It,” featured a giant black female spider. Similarly, best-selling author J.K. Rowling depicted spiders as scary insects in the Harry Potter series. Spiders get a bad rap in fiction because a lot of people suffer from arachnophobia or the fear of spiders.

While spiders are generally harmless, a lot of us are still afraid of them. One dad from Ireland named Tony Allen wanted to help his son cope with this fear. He invented a tool called the “My Critter Catcher” as a humane way of removing the spiders from his home. This allowed Allen’s son to remove the spider on his own and help him overcome his fear of the bug.

The catcher is 65 cm in length which is long enough to catch the spider without getting too close to it. It functions easy enough for even children to use. All you need to do is squeeze the handle to open the bristles and catch the spider. When you are ready to release the bug, just squeeze handle again, so the bristles re-open to release the spider. It’s that simple to use!

My Critter Catcher lets you remove the spiders safely and quickly. The critters remain unharmed and you don’t need to spray harmful chemicals in your home. In addition, you won’t need to kill the bugs and clean up the mess either. This new device is the safe and environmentally-friendly option your family needs. If you’re afraid of spiders, this could even help you get over your fears.

Interested in this handy device? It’s already available on Amazon for $22.99. According to the customer questions & answer portion, the My Critter Catcher will also work on other household pests such as bees, scorpions, and grasshoppers. It can even catch cockroaches if you’re fast enough to catch them!

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This Plane Cabin Concept Detaches And Parachutes To Safety

According to official statistics, there is just one plane flight in every 1.2 million crashes annually. While riding an airplane remains one of the safest modes of transportation, Ukrainian engineer Vladimir Tatarenko proposed an aircraft design last year that has detachable cabins, claiming that it could save the life of everyone on-board if the plane gets into trouble.

Tatarenko has been working on the project since 2013 with the sole goal of making air travel safer. His idea involves a separate passenger engine that can detach from the engine, wings, and cabin in the event of an on-flight accident. The cabin will deploy a parachute to lower it to the ground.

This new safety system design features a cabin that includes storage space, so cargo and passenger luggage remain safe. According to Tatarenko, surviving a plane crash is possible, but aircraft engineers can do nothing about human error.

Tatarenko’s radical design is equipped with rubber tubes that inflate to cushion the impact to the ground or water. He noted that the design would consider the existing technology of using Kevlar and carbon composites for fuselage, wings, flaps, spoilers, and tail. These composites will partly compensate the weight of the parachute system.

However, commercial airplanes have not shown much interest in Viktor’s proposal which they believe would increase aircraft price, reduce seating capacity, and consumer more fuel. Many people have also expressed reservations about the idea. One social media user noted that less than 500 people die worldwide a year from plane crashes and there millions of flights yearly. Another criticized Tatarenko’s concept for dramatically weakening the airframe due to the joints and fittings to connect a fuselage and a body together.

While the proposal posits a cutting-edge design, it seems impractical, according to critics. They highlighted the potential impact of the design on the rest of the plane and the possibility of the detached cabin smashing into crowded areas or mountains. They even questioned the escape plan for the pilots.

Tatarenko argued that he conducted a survey that found the willingness of 95% of the respondents to buy a more expensive ticket to use such a safety system. Back in 2015, he also designed an escape capsule system that would rescue passengers on board. The capsule will detach itself through a rear hatch at the tail end of the plane. It has two gunpowder engines that will slow down the speed of its decent and then a parachute will pop out.

Air travel remains safer than you think despite high-profile accidents over the past five years. The year 2014 was a bad one for the aviation industry due to the flight catastrophes of the MH370, MH17, Air Algerie 5017 and Air Asia QZ8501. There were six other incidents that year but with million commercial jet departures per year, does Tatarenko’s idea will up the ante for air travel safety?

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