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Expedition to the twin peaks of Mount Everest
While most students will be finishing exams and starting summer jobs, Western/Fanshawe College nursing student Laura Mallory will try to climb the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest.

Mallory, 20, heads to the Himalayas in April to start her historic expedition. Homesickness should not be a factor, since she will be making the climb with the rest of her family.

If Mallory completes the climb, she will enter the record books as the youngest Canadian ever to make it to the 29,000 ft summit of Mount Everest.

The Mallory family has experience mountaineering and has already tackled some of the other highest mountains in the world. Mallory climbed Russia’s Mount Elbrus and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in 2006.

Mallory is preparing herself by hitting the gym and training with her family on Mount Washington in New Hampshire.

There are many things that could go wrong while making the climb, but she believes she can overcome any challenges.

When asked why she was attempting a dangerous climb, Mallory confidently responded: “Because I can because it is there.”
"Zach Gable

How many times can a folding car fold?
Move over Smart car, you’re taking up too much space.

A new car conceived by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab will attempt to kick it up a notch when it comes to conserving space and energy in increasingly packed and polluted urban areas.

Sounding more like science fiction than reality, the rechargeable battery-powered City Car will be smaller than a Smart car.

Fitting into a parking space about an eighth the size of the average car, the City Car’s tiny size and “foldability” are due to its lack of an internal combustion engine.

Instead, the vehicle employs four electric wheel robots, allowing it to pivot 360 degrees and park by sideways movement.

Although production has not yet started, MIT’s Media Lab, in collaboration with General Motors, hopes to have the City Car hit the road in the next three to four years.

William Lark, PhD candidate at the Media Lab, has been working on the project since its inception.

“We’re trying to get the full thing fabricated within the month … once the full-scale model is built, it will be available for sponsors and the full public to view,” Lark said.
"Chris Drummond-Main

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