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The first-ever Disability Futures Fellows program, clever interior ideas, sound design in EVs and more

New Studies Find Many Genes Influence Left- or Right-Handedness Scientists have long-posited that one single gene may determine whether a person is left- or right-handed (the latter, of course, being dominant, with 90% of people favoring their right). This theory does take into account the fact that environment factors (including geography and culture) likely play a critical role, too. Now, however, several studies involving millions …

Audi Embraces EV Sound Design With New e-tron GT Soundtrack

Audi’s new e-tron GT teaser presents insight on the importance of sound design for electric vehicles. The complex task (creating effects that replace traditional car noises like idling, acceleration, gear-shifting and more) has been handled independently by the carmaker—helmed by sound engineers Rudolf Halbmeir and Stephan Gsell. The new video, called “Some hear a car, we hear the future,” offers a little behind-the-scenes look (and …

Canyon’s Bike Pedal-Powered Electric Car Prototype

German bike brand Canyon recently unveiled a concept for an electric vehicle that bridges the gap between sedan and six-speed bicycle. The bike pedal-powered EV could reach a top speed of 37mph, maneuver between cars and last for nearly 100 miles on a single charge. There’s room for one—the pilot—but a storage section has enough space for a sizable grocery run. This is still a …