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    Auctions: Vettel's gold helmet brings in $118k for charity
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    If you caught the German Grand Prix this year, then you got to see the reigning multiple World Champion Sebastian Vettel win his home race for the first time. In fact, Germans got to see one of their own win the race for the first time since Schumacher took the checkered flags at both the German ...

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    Official: Ruby celebrates 90 years of BMW Motorrad with special helmet collection
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    BMW isn't the only one celebrating its own 90th anniversary building motorbikes. So is Atelier Ruby, that French manufacturer of jewel-like motorcycle helmets. Ruby has just released a capsule collection of helmets marking BMW Motorrad's 90th anniversary, and we want them almost as much as a ...

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    Video: LiveMap develops augmented reality motorcycle helmet
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    While mobile navigation for cars has evolved into a staple, in-cabin feature, motorcyclists have been stuck with paper maps and aftermarket solutions for years. A new Russian company is out to change that with a helmet that boasts integrated nav. LiveMap uses a microphone, light sensor, ear phone ...

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    Video: Watch a custom Ruby motorcycle helmet get illustrated, party ensue
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    Ruby makes some of the most beautiful (and pricey) vintage-inspired helmets on the face of the planet – the lids transcend the typical formless safety wear to something approaching sculpture. Maxwell Paternoster recently turned one of the company's Castel helmets into his own personal ...

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    Report: Racing helmet legend Bill Simpson turning his attention to pro football safety
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    Bill Simpson has turned his helmet expertise toward reducing the number of concussions in football. Simpson has been manufacturing helmets for motorsports for years, turning his experience as a drag racer and a driver in the Indianapolis 500 into safer equipment for use at the track, but it ...

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    Video: F1's Nico Rosberg explains how the racing helmet has evolved
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    As motorsports fans, we tend to pour over every detail of the race car's evolution, but it's easy to forget other aspects of a race team that progress at approximately the same rate. That includes safety equipment. Nico Rosberg took some time off from of his Formula One driving duties at Mercedes ...

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    Report: Motorcycle helmet law repeal trend leading to higher death rates
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    The more states allow people to ride motorcycles without helmets, the more people die, according to a study discussed in TheDetroitBureau.com today. The report, released by FairWarning.org, outlines how for the past 30 years, states have begun to loosen helmet restrictions on bikers and deaths ...

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    Angry Birds makes the inevitable transition to Formula 1 with Kovalainen
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    Has the Angry Birds franchise jumped the shark and hit those dastardly pigs yet? The ornery feathered video game stars have seen their mugs plastered across just about every retail good we can think of. We've seen everything from mundane merchandise like t-shirts, plush dolls and keychains to ...

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    Innovative rear-access helmet designed for safe post-accident removal [w/video]
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    Basic helmet design has come a long way since... wait, no it hasn't. Sure, Snell ratings change every few years as our understanding of head trauma increases, but the basic skull bucket remains pretty much the same as it has for decades. Voztec is looking to add a bit of innovation into the ...

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    Video: Motorcylist dies of head trauma while protesting state helmet laws
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    A motorcyclist in New York passed away while participating in a ride to protest the state's helmet laws this past weekend. Philip Contos, a 55-year-old Harley-Davidson rider, was participating in an American Bikers Aimed for Education (ABATE) ride with over 500 other bikers. According to ...

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    Protect your head with... a cardboard helmet?
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    We were nearly ready to break out the tin foil hats when we first ran across news that cardboard may be better at protecting your noggin than the polystyrene that's currently en vogue in helmets. Upon closer inspection, it turns out the corrugated paper product actually makes a fine impact ...

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    Folding motorcycle helmet nominated for Dyson Award
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    Twenty-five-year-old Australian Jessica Dunn spent five months riding a motorcycle in Indonesia as a foreign exchange student, and that meant hauling a helmet around all that time. Weary of that grind after just 150 days, Dunn developed the Proteus folding helmet and it is now shortlisted for ...

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    Video: Stay a Hero, Stay Safe campaign for motorcycle safety hits a familiar note
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    Remember the Embrace Life seatbelt advocacy ad? The spot, which was created by The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, featured a man driving an imaginary vehicle, and when he braced for impact (in his living room), his wife and daughter rushed to form a seatbelt. The safety ad went viral almost ...

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    Report: NHTSA updating motorcycle helmet laws
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has updated the motorcycle helmet law in an attempt to stop people from wearing improperly certified helmets and novelty helmets. The law doesn't change the construction of helmets directly, but changes the way they're labeled, to make it more ...

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    NHTSA orders manufacturer to stop selling helmets. Our heads thank them
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    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. And again. And again. Until the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tells you that your company is no longer allowed to make helmets and sell them in the United States. Or something like that. Specifically, we're talking about a ...

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    First drop in motorcycle related deaths in a decade, are we really any safer?
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    In a preliminary report, the Governors Highway Safety Association recently indicated a 10% drop in motorcycle related fatalities around the U.S. in 2009. This decline marks the first such improvement in over a decade as deaths have been on the rise consistently from 1997 onward. Are we really ...

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    New 'skull and skin' helmet sounds creepy cool
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    Have you heard the expression "break neck speeds?" This often overused tag has become the go-to hook line in many motorcycle crash stories on your local evening news. A new design concept called Super Skin from Industrial Design Consultancy, or IDC, looks to address the core issue. Eighty percent ...

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    VIDEO: Thermahelm motorcycle helmet is swell. Err... not swell
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    Thermahelm helmet animation - Click above to watch the video after the break
    We're sure this comes as a shock to nobody, but here we go anyway: brain swelling is bad. Very bad. That thick, hard skull surrounding your brain is great at providing a good deal of protection, but when things go awry ...

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    NYT straps on its helmet and wades into the brain bucket controversy
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    There's a bit of controversy going on in the helmet world, and it has a direct impact – pun intended – on every motorcycle rider trying to protect his or her head while looking for the best helmet to buy. All helmets approved for sale in the United States are tested and approved by ...

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    SpadaConcept designs a carbon-fiber racing helmet
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    If the name SpadaConcept rings a bell, you're probably recalling the Codatronca, the Italian coachbuilder's radical shark-nosed and tail-fined Corvette-based supercar pictured at right. The design studio has now designed a racing helmet for Italian manufacturer Stilo that's almost as radical. The ...

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