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Out of space


A 4G network could soon be on the moon.

And speaking of space, an American startup is bringing SMART and environmentally-friendly tyres developed by NASA back down to earth.

Made from an alloy comprising nickel and titanium, the space agency designed the tyre to withstand rough terrain and extreme temperatures.

Similar to chainmail, metallic wires are interwoven to form a mesh pattern, giving the tyre its durability.

When navigating an obstacle, the material changes shape, before regaining its original form at molecular level.

A thin rubber tread is added for optimum grip on roads. Soon available for bicycles, tyres for scooters and cars slated to follow.

This tyre has unfolding potential, and NASA’s environmental technology is equally cutting edge.

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