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How to Build a Tall Bike, a Rotating Camera Rig, a Convertible Bench, a Breakdown Paint Station & More

core77 - 20 August, 2016 - 02:36
Building a Tall Bike

Remember that tall bike we saw in NYC a couple weeks ago? We wondered how it was built. Here Laura Kampf shows us by constructing one herself:

Orbiting Time Lapse Camera Rig

Some crazy design & engineering from Frank Howarth this week, as he makes an overhead camera boom that slowly rotates, providing a very cool time-lapse effect with circular motion. Also: Who knew Howarth was a Tone Loc fan? (Wait 'til the end of the video.)

Steel & Wood Hatchet Handle

After Howarth's project, this is probably the most industrial-design-prototyping-class-like project of this week's batch: We see how Jimmy DiResta conceives of the form for a steel-handled hatchet, starting with an existing head, paper and pencil, then actually fabricates the thing. Super-cool to watch him mill out the handle using that UFO-shaped cutting head, then to see all of the work that goes into seamlessly integrating the wooden handle:

Restoring an Old Handplane

In the first half of the last century, manufacturers made solid hand tools that will last forever, if properly cared for. But even if they've been neglected, you can restore them to their former function and glory with a little elbow grease. Here Jay Bates shows you how, rescuing an old Stanley #5 handplane, and helpfully demonstrates how to tune and adjust one to your work.

Board-on-Board Cedar Fence, Part 2

It's still blazing hot in Texas, and April Wilkerson is still out there putting up her board-on-board cedar fence. She's devised a portable way to keep some of the sun off of her while she works, and I like the handled spacer she uses to make the job go quicker:

Breakdown Portable Paint Booth

It's also hot in Georgia, where Bob Clagett is based, and he's tired of painting his projects outside. But he's got no room in his small shop for a paint booth. The solution? Build a breakdown paint booth that can be folded flat and tucked away when not in use:

Convertible Bench

In this Honda-sponsored video, Marc Spagnuolo shows you how to make a cool "convertible" bench, where the seating parts can be flipped forward to create a table-like surface:

Samurai Sword Rack

Jesse de Geest goes at it with rotary tool and carving gouges to make an organic, one-of-a-kind sword rack out of "a murdered deer":

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Olympic Venues After the Games, The Abundance of Walmart Crimes and Why You're Probably Procrastinating Right Now

core77 - 20 August, 2016 - 02:36

Core77's editors spend time combing through the news so you don't have to. Here's a weekly roundup of our favorite stories from the World Wide Web. sdfkdslfka

How to Overcome Procrastination How To Overcome Procrastination from Stuart Langfield on Vimeo.

I'll be honest with you, I procrastinated on finding my article to share this week. I did however find a great video that attempts to explain why this phenomenon in my brain might be happening and, if you can relate, what might be going on in yours as well. Here's to not letting that cute cat video your coworker sent you deter you from your goals today.

—Allison Fonder, community manager

Walmart's Out-of-Control Crime Problem is Driving Police Crazy

This fascinating Bloomberg article looks at how overall crime at Walmarts around the country is so bad that it's draining local police resources. By not paying for security, Walmart essentially offloads those responsibilities onto taxpayers, increasing their own profits.

—Rain Noe, senior editor

John Maeda's Next Gig? Design Kingpin of the Open Web

This morning my feed was a flurry of tweets from media Twitter, both with the announcement from Gawker and NYT Now (RIP). But, when the internet closes a tab, it opens a new one (right?), so I was excited to hear about design.blog, one of the latest endeavors from John Maeda announced along with his recent move to Automattic, the company behind WordPress and, by extension, 26 percent of the Internet. As always, excited to see where this goes.

—Carly Ayres, columnist, In the Details

Olympic Wastelands

Here are some depressing images of what actually happens to the elaborate Olympic venues years after their Closing Ceremonies. Happy Friday!

—Emily Engle, editorial assistant

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A Look at Flat-Packed Dinosaurs, Virtual Reality Meditation and the Making of a Luxury Candle 

core77 - 20 August, 2016 - 02:36

An enormous global community enabling the creation of over 100,000 projects in the past six years, Kickstarter brings people together and brings projects to life. Earlier this month, the organization held their first annual day-long summer festival, celebrating all types of creators and innovators.

From virtual meditation to flat-pack dinosaurs and luxury candles, check out a roundup of the talent showcased at the vibrant festival:

Splyt Light

A tool to design DIY fixtures, Splyt Light is a kit of sockets and connectors that allows the creation of custom lighting. Inspired by hardware store y-connectors, the shapes are refined into matte plastic modules that can be combined into countless forms. In addition to a wall with the illuminated y-connectors, Splyt Light showcased their endless connection possibilities with an outlandish light sculpture sitting on the steps of Kickstarter Festival.


A laser-cut geometric light installation, Hybycozo's intricate patterns lit up the night at Kickstarter Festival. While the goal of their Kickstarter campaign was to raise enough funds to construct a triambic icosahedron for this year's Burning Man, the polyhedrons displayed at Kickstarter were much smaller and less interactive than anticipated. Nonetheless, Hybycozo's dazzling, golden, faceted shapes were an attractive addition to the festival.


A luxury candle at an affordable price, Brooklyn start-up Keap is on an admirable mission. In the process of becoming a certified B-Corp and striving for sustainability through 30% recycled and reusable glass packaging, slow-burning all natural wax, lead-free wicks and avoiding adhesives all together, Keap is unlike any other candle maker on the market. Having already reached notable success since reaching their Kickstarter goal in November of 2015, Keap made a return to the Kickstarter community to lead a candle making workshop at the Kickstarter Festival.

Boneyard Pets

Created by 32 Square, a design and fabrication shop founded on the idea of maximum production with minimum waste, Boneyard Pets is a fun three dimensional skeletal puzzle. Made of Komatex, a brand of PVC, the flat-packed dinosaurs are ready to assemble using interlocking joints that eliminate the need for adhesive. After an interactive day of puzzle solving fun and showing visitors Boneyard Pets' endless mutant-dinosaur possibilities, the group displayed the skeletons around the grounds and in the trees, allowing the dinosaurs to appear as if they're running into the night.

Photo Credit: Boneyard PetsSoundSelf

Virtual reality is usually associated with doing things in an artificial reality, but SoundSelf's use of virtual reality is more about not doing. Unlike most video games, this VR meditation has no end goal. The voice controlled experience generates mesmerizing sounds and visuals that are said to induce a hypnotic state. While the SoundSelf booth did not provide much for onlookers, those who had a chance to play the hour-long innovative "game" had quite the indescribable experience.

Categories: art & design

These #Core77sGotTalent Semifinalists Are One Step Closer to Winning Tickets to the Core77 Conference

core77 - 20 August, 2016 - 02:36

We take pride in nurturing a community at Core77 full of amazingly talented and thoughtful designers—which is why we've organized a contest so you can show us what you've got. 

One awesome new feature of our 2016 Core77 Designing Here/Now Conference is the incorporation of workshops led by Core77 community members. In the spirit of celebrating the depth of knowledge in skill here at Core77, we're throwing the "Teach Me Something" Video Contest. If you win, you'll be scoring 2 free tickets to the conference Thursday, September 29th in L.A.! 

With one week left to enter, here's a friendly reminder to get busy and show us your stuff.

Submissions have been flying in and we've already chosen a few semifinalists to throw in the running for the grand prize. Here are a few examples of what you guys have taught us just this week:

How to Route a Circle

LA-based Base 10 Furniture's clear and concise tutorial for how to make a perfect circle in wood using a router and jig has us itching to get into the wood shop—a clear standout of the week!

How to Make a Sawdust Stove

The awesome Germany-based maker and YouTuber Laura Kampf offered up a few of her DIY projects for the contest—one of our favorites? A camping stove made simply from a metal coffee can. 

How to Center Your Drill Bit AKA "The Wiggler"

 A simple tip from designer Joshua Dycus helps you center the bit on your drill press 100% of the time, every time. 

Thanks to everyone for your awesome submissions so far, and remember you've still got one week left! The "Teach Me Something" Contest closes next Friday, August 26th at 11:59 EST. What are you waiting for? Show us your stuff! 

Post your video on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #Core77sGotTalent #core77con OR on our Facebook Event Page Wall and you might just win!

Learn more about the contest and rules here!
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A Tool That Thoroughly Sharpens and Maintains Your Knives

core77 - 20 August, 2016 - 02:36

This new multi-functional tool is both a knife sharpener and a tool to work on your knife combined into one unit. There are two pull-through sharpening slots, a coarse and a fine slot, for sharpening everyday pocket knives and sport knives. In addition to knife and tool sharpening capabilities, the Sharpener and Knife Tool can also be used to repair and maintain your knife. It has 8 different wrench bits that store inside the product's durable, plastic housing to use for removing pocket clips an

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How Nord-Lock Washers Work

core77 - 20 August, 2016 - 02:36

I've got several industrial sewing machines mounted on leveling feet to deal with my uneven floors. But I've found the vibrations of the machines are enough to loosen the nylon-insert lock nuts attaching the feet to the table legs. While poking around for a better solution, I came across this Nord-Lock Washer design:

It's a clever exploitation of wedges, and is of course completely reversible. The idea isn't new; the company has been making these for some 30 years.

Nord-Lock's newer X-Series of washers feature serrations on both sides, allowing them to bite into the underside of the bolt head:

While the washers are removable for the sake of performing maintenance on whatever you're bolting together, the end user has to make the call on whether they're reusable or not:

They're also not quite idiot-proof in that one must ensure the washers are laid down in the correct orientation. But overall I think it's a pretty sound design.

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Extreme Demonstration: Company Flips Car in Roll Cage Bonded With Their Super-Tape

core77 - 20 August, 2016 - 02:36

This video's title, "Redneck Drives a Duct Tape Car Off a Cliff" is a bit misleading, but perhaps there's no other way to describe it in 10 words or less. The folks behind FiberFix, a super-tape allegedly 100 times stronger than duct tape, put together this nutty demonstration of its strength:

Three things a Core77 reader will probably be wondering:

1) What exactly is in the tape, and how is it applied?

The tape is impregnated with resin, which begins to harden when you add moisture. I.e. you dip it, then start wrapping it. It dries in about 20 minutes and is reportedly sandable and paintable.

2) How did they form the cage and fix the pieces in place to tape them?

They spot-welded the cage together, then ground the welds off one at a time to tape the joints.

3) What's the cage made out of?

Jalopnik reports that they used 2" outside-diameter hot-rolled steel tubing with a 0.12" wall thickness.

The crazy thing is that Harmon Brothers, the production company who conceived of the idea, didn't really know if it would work. The mechanical engineer they hired to vet the concept refused to sign off on it—and they did it anyway. Here's how:

As you saw, they used half as much FiberFix as they did duct tape. It would be neat if FiberFix's price was only double that of duct tape, but given that it's 100 times stronger, it's of course more expensive. A 2"-wide, 50"-long roll of FiberFix runs eight bucks, or 16 cents an inch. A 1.88"-wide, 20-yard roll of duct tape can be had for about $7 and change, which comes out to a penny per inch. But when it comes to material strength, there's simply no comparison.

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Design Job: The Odds Are in Your Favor—Black Oak Casino Resort is Seeking a Graphics Specialist in Tuolumne, CA

core77 - 20 August, 2016 - 02:36

The Graphics Specialist is responsible for daily requirements of internal and external graphic production. Designs, coordinates, and produces a variety of marketing visual material for promotions, posters, fliers, advertisements, packaging and media outlets such as websites and other digital avenues for the Resort.

View the full design job here
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Comedian Perfectly Sums Up iPhone vs. Android

core77 - 20 August, 2016 - 02:36

Is there anything worse than being berated for your personal choice of phone? By someone who does not see the phone as an occasionally helpful glass rectangle, but as a lifestyle choice, a representation of your worth as a human being?

Here comedian Ronny Chieng, prior to landing his Daily Show gig, sums up the iPhone-vs.-Android conflict nicely. (Warning: The language is NSFW!)

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How Aluminum Bicycle Wheels are Made and Assembled

core77 - 20 August, 2016 - 02:36

It's interesting to see that the rim of a bicycle wheel is essentially made the same way that Jimmy DiResta made the rim of a magnifying glass in last week's Maker's Roundup. I guess there's only so many ways to turn a straight piece of metal into a circle.

Beyond that, there are a lot of fascinating bits in this video, which shows you how an aluminum Campagnolo bicycle wheel comes into existence. Check out the clever use of removable magnets during the assembly process, and the wicked machine that precisely tensions the spokes at the end:

Categories: art & design

A Two-Headed Drill/Driver With Rotating Chuck

core77 - 20 August, 2016 - 02:36

The standard modus operandi for folks who are drilling holes and driving screws is to have one tool for each. Not having to continually swap bits is worth the weight of an extra tool pulling one side of your belt down. Thus most folks doing this sort of work have both a drill and an impact driver, and ideally the latter is stubbier and can get into tight spaces.

However, for DIY'ers doing light-duty work where the power of an impact driver is not needed, it would be handy to have one tool that could swiftly bring both a twist bit and a driver bit to bear. Enter Worx's Switchdriver, which features a two-headed rotating chuck:

Despite its 20-volt battery, this doesn't look like the kind of heavy-duty tool a contractor would rely on, nor does the "three easy payments of $33.33" provide any illusion that you're getting, say, Festool quality here. And the overall length is unlikely to be useful, in driving mode, inside a cabinet. But I admire that the company is experimenting with a well-established form factor in order to improve the UX. That is the kind of thinking, and risk-taking, that will eventually advance the category.

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Reader Submitted: Space Cradle: A Sophisticated Take on 3D Mouse Hand Rests

core77 - 20 August, 2016 - 02:36

TheSpace Cradle is a wood and leather ergonomic hand rest for 3D mice, secondary mice used to navigate in 3D programs such as CAD.

Credit: Tal VolkCredit: Tal VolkCredit: Bret LorimoreCredit: Bret LorimoreCredit: Bret LorimoreCredit: Bret LorimoreCredit: Tal VolkCredit: Tal VolkCredit: Bret LorimoreView the full project here
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Can't Attend the Fall Design Festivals? Window Shop the Organizing Products Before Their Debut

core77 - 20 August, 2016 - 02:36

Since I don't have the time or money to go visit all the many interesting design and furniture shows around the world, I content myself with gazing at the products shown on the exhibitions' websites. While shows like Maison & Objet rightfully get a lot of attention, others have intriguing products, too.

Tent London is part of the London Design Festival, which runs from Sept. 22-25. One of the companies exhibiting there is Slåke with its Saddle chair, designed by Christoffer Angell, Øyvind Wyller and Simen Aarseth. 

The arm cushions have pockets where the end user can stash a magazine, a remote control or something of a similar size; that can certainly come in handy. And the chair looks lovely, unlike those with separate chair armrest organizers.

Another eye-catching item from Tent London was the dwiss, for kitchen recycling; it was designed by Paul Timmer. With four compartments, two on top and two on the bottom, recyclables can be divided up however the end user's locale requires. 

There's a removable bin in one of the top sections to accommodate compostables. 

One possible drawback to this design: Because the dwiss is made from beech plywood rather than something like plastic, the end user needs to avoid having standing water in any of the compartments. People are sometimes careless with their garbage cans and recycling bins; consumers who know this could possibly be an issue in their households should look elsewhere.

A third interesting item from Tent London is the bike hanger from Cactus Tongue. Bikes with a horizontal or slightly sloping crossbar can be hung horizontally; bikes can also be hung vertically by the handlebars or the seat post. It's made from stainless steel and includes leather contact pads. (Extra contact pads can be bought, too, which can come in handy.) It can be used both indoors and outdoors.

This bike hanger is 38 cm (almost 15 inches) deep, which is a bit more than a number of others. While this means it protrudes further from the wall, it also accommodates more bikes (because of the potential for a vertical orientation) than many others. And bikes that are just a bit too large for other hangers might find this one works for them.

Cactus Tongue points out that hanging the bike by the handlebars can be useful when the end users wants to work on the bike. 

100% Design runs in London from Sept. 21-24, and that show's website is where I discovered the Swich wireless charging stand from Lutman Design Studio. The stand uses Qi wireless charging technology which iPhones currently do not support, but there are easy workarounds using a charging card or a charging case. (The Swich website sells some of those charging cases.)

Swich allows end users to easily use their phones while the phones are charging. It uses microsuction tape to hold the phone to the stand; the "tiny micro suction cups" are supposedly good for holding "the smooth back of mobile phones." However, this might mean the stand doesn't work so well for phones in cases that don't provide that smooth back.

The other show that caught my eye was the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair, held back in February. Karl Andersson & Söner featured its Svall magazine shelf, which comes in multiple lengths and in both a horizontal and vertical orientation. It's a nice way to keep magazines out and visible so they (hopefully) don't get neglected.

In the horizontal orientation, the curved slots help keep magazines upright. However, some end users may have oversized magazines which don't fit into those slots. 

Piniwini is an older product from the same company; it has a small shelf (invisible while in use) that makes it appear that the books (or whatever) are balanced on the peg.

While it's an interesting look, I'm not sure how practical it would be for many end users. I'm sure I'm not the only one who would be afraid of knocking the books off that tiny shelf. 

Maze Interior was another company at the Stockholm Fair, and the F-Shelf designed by Kent Johansson was one of the products featured. It's a nice wall-mounted option for rooms with no space for a nightstand. End users can get the shelf in either of two orientations, depending on which side of the bed they are placing it and which orientation they prefer.

But both orientations present some challenges. If the shelves are both easy to reach, putting a book back in place could be a stretch. And if it's easier to put the book back, the lower shelf is a bit tricky to reach. 

Maze also has the Step S shoe shelf, designed by Gustav Rosén. These are flat platforms for the shoes; a simple solid shelf might work just as well, if not better, in some situations. But it's a small piece that can fit into little niches, where getting the right-sized shelf might be challenging for end users who don't want to make their own. And it can be combined in a series to create the illusion of a single longer piece. 

Mifune Design Studio was also at the Stockholm fair, and the piece that caught my eye was the versatile S hanger. It can be used with or without the hangers, and unused hangers can be stacked around the hanger-shaped base. It might not be the most stable piece, though; end users with large rambunctious dogs could possibly have problems with this one.

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Remembering Joani Blank: Designer Of The First Modern Sex Toy Store

core77 - 20 August, 2016 - 02:36

The world recently lost a pioneer in the design field, a business innovator, and a passionate advocate for better sex. Joani Blank, founder of Good Vibrations, the first women-centered and all-inclusive sex toy shop in America, died on Saturday August 6th, at the age of 79. 

Blank started the first Good Vibrations in San Francisco in 1977, after working as a therapist with anorgasmic women. The decision was sparked after recognizing that the physical tools for self-empowered sex were largely sold in seedy spaces that alienated women or did not cater to their needs. She responded by banking up $4,000 (roughly 16k 2016 bucks), opening a tiny storefront in the Mission, and bringing the conversation about female experiences of sex into daylight, literally. No back alley entrances, screens blaring porn, leering shoppers, or windowless rooms. No veiled talk about "massagers," or "how to please him" as the first order of business.

Though we can now take frank discussion of toy quality and well lit specialty boutiques for granted, those seemingly obvious trends started with Good Vibrations. The store was one of the first anywhere to discuss women's sex toys openly, honestly, knowledgeably, non-judgmentally, and to guarantee quality. Long-time GV employee Carol Queen recalled manufacturers being shocked and confused when the store began testing and returning faulty units. Despite industry incredulity, that type of care built customer confidence and trust in the fledgling brand. 

As a result, the store can claim a good deal of responsibility for making the quality-first sex boutique a thing, and for popularizing now ubiquitous items like the Hitachi Wand and strap-on harnesses.

In addition to paving the way for more approachable sex toy retail, Blank also put her passion into toy designs that uniquely addressed women's enjoyment. Several of her designs are still on the market, including "butterfly" style wearable vibrators. She was one of the first women to crack into the (still male-dominated) niche, and made headway for the many female-led toy companies we see today.

The store's quiet popularity helped it expand into a local chain, and later add a satellite store in Boston. It even has its own sex toy museum! After decades of growth Blank moved to transition the company into worker-ownership, letting employees take the reins as a co-op. The franchise has been through several iterations since, particularly as the internet has challenged small brick and mortar commerce. It is now singly owned by Joel Kaminsky, a former top executive at a large adult material distributor. Good Vibrations remains a resource on sexual health and happiness, IRL and online. 

Joani herself remained interested and familiar with the business late into life, and had been known to visit the SF area stores to chat, poke around and show off her newest tattoos. She authored numerous books on sexual comfort, health, partnership, and identity, and lectured widely on both sexuality and co-housing issues.

Good Vibes, Boston

Her daughter Amika Sergejev shared a Facebook post detailing the last period of Joani's days, her lifetime of social justice work, and gentle passing. 

"This fierce revolutionary woman has taught us all so much. She has done so many things in her full days here on earth and I know you all have stories…"

Countless people who never met Joani also have their own wonderful stories, thanks to her visionary support for more enlightened and better designed sex.

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Holy Cow: Uber Launching Self-Driving Cars This Month!

core77 - 20 August, 2016 - 02:36

We figured self-driving cars were maybe five or ten years away. But Uber has beaten Apple, Google, Tesla and others to the punch, and is rolling out a small fleet of autonomous Volvos—this month, according to Bloomberg.

In the test city of Pittsburgh, Uber users will summon cars as normal using the app. But a handful of the cars that show up—they will be assigned randomly—will be driverless Volvo XC90s, kitted out with "dozens of sensors that use cameras, lasers, radar, and GPS receivers." Rides in these cars will be completely free of charge.

That doesn't mean that you'll be able to sit in the back of one of these driverless Ubers and argue with your spouse in privacy. While a computer will be doing the driving, current law requires a "safety driver" man the driver's seat, ready to grab the wheel if anything goes wrong. Uber is even doubling down and adding a second staffer to ride shotgun:

These professionally trained engineers sit with their fingertips on the wheel, ready to take control if the car encounters an unexpected obstacle. A co-pilot, in the front passenger seat, takes notes on a laptop, and everything that happens is recorded by cameras inside and outside the car so that any glitches can be ironed out. Each car is also equipped with a tablet computer in the back seat, designed to tell riders that they're in an autonomous car and to explain what's happening.

If you're wondering why Pittsburgh, well, that's where Uber's engineer-studded Advanced Technologies Center is located. There's an additional benefit to the city in that it provides Uber-gineers an opportunity to work out a rather important kink:

On a recent weekday test drive, the safety drivers were still an essential part of the experience, as Uber's autonomous car briefly turned un-autonomous, while crossing the Allegheny River. A chime sounded, a signal to the driver to take the wheel. A second ding a few seconds later indicated that the car was back under computer control. "Bridges are really hard," [Engineering Director Raffi] Krikorian says. "And there are like 500 bridges in Pittsburgh."

It's unclear how much of the driverless technologies in these test cars were developed by Volvo, and how much by Uber. But given that Uber is reportedly not limiting themselves to Volvos for their robo-car ambitions, it's a safe bet that the Uber ATC is doing most of the heavy lifting.

If any of our readers in Pittsburgh (we're looking at you, Carnegie Mellon ID students) catch a ride in one of these, share your experience with the rest of us!

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Rio Olympics 2016: Lutalo Muhammad suffers agonising last-second taekwondo defeat

World News - 20 August, 2016 - 02:32
Great Britain's Lutalo Muhammad suffers an agonising last-second defeat in the men's -80kg taekwondo final.
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US swimmer Bentz speaks out over Ryan Lochte's actions in Rio

World News - 20 August, 2016 - 02:32
One of the US swimmers caught up in a scandal over a made-up robbery at the Rio Olympics speaks out over team-mate Ryan Lochte's actions.
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Rio 2016: History for Bolt as women's hockey team & Skelton add to GB gold haul

World News - 20 August, 2016 - 02:31
Sprint legend Usain Bolt completes an unprecedented Olympic 'triple triple' as Britain close in on their record medal haul.
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Rio Olympics 2016: Usain Bolt wins ninth Olympic gold as Jamaica take 4x100m relay

World News - 20 August, 2016 - 02:30
Usain Bolt ends his Olympic career by claiming an unprecedented 'triple triple' and ninth gold as Jamaica win the 4x100m relay final.
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Muhammad loses taekwondo final in last second

World News - 20 August, 2016 - 02:06
Great Britain's Lutalo Muhammad loses in the last second of the -80kg taekwondo final to Cheick Sallah Cisse of the Ivory Coast.
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