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Nike’s Self-Lacing Sneakers Go On Sale November 28

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Nike’s Marty McFly-inspired self-lacing sneakers finally have a release date. The futuristic sneakers will go on sale in a limited number of stores on November 28, according to Engadget.

The HyperAdapt 1.0, with what Nike calls “adaptive lacing,” were first teased as a prototype in a video with Michael J. Fox in 2015, and the final product was officially announced in March. However, we’re still waiting on information on how to make the appointment required to purchase a pair.

For now, users will still have to adjust the fit manually, but one day, the company hopes to create shoes that can sense exactly how snug you need the fit to be for different maneuvers.

Here’s how the HyperAdapt 1.0 works, according to a statement from Nike’s technical lead on the project, Tiffany Beers: “When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten. Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it’s perfect.”

The shoes are made for athletes, but as Nike’s partnership with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research indicates, they could also be useful for people with diseases or disabilities that make it difficult to accomplish fine motor tasks like tying shoes.

[h/t Engadget]

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The Very Disgusting Reason You Should Always Wash New Clothes Before Wearing Them
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It’s sometimes assumed that clothing with a price tag still dangling from the sleeve can skip an initial wash. Someone else may have tried it on, sure, but they didn’t run a marathon in it. Why not just throw it in the closet as soon as you get home?

One big reason: lice. As The Independent reports, Donald Belsito, a professor of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center, told NBC's Today show recently that clothing fresh off store racks can harbor infestations of lice, scabies, or fungus.

You might be familiar with head lice as the dreaded insects that occupy the scalp and give school health monitors cause for concern. Head lice can be transmitted via clothing and other fabrics, and anyone who tried on a shirt or dress before you did can be a carrier. While they only live for one or two days without a blood meal, that’s still enough time to cause problems if something is being tried on frequently.

Scabies is far more insidious. The mites are too small to see, but the allergic reaction they cause by burrowing into your skin to lay eggs will be obvious.

Both scabies and lice can be treated with topical solutions, but it’s better to kill them by washing new clothes in hot water. A good soak can also get rid of formaldehyde, a common chemical used in fabrics to help ward off mold in case stock gets wet in transit. Formaldehyde can cause allergic skin reactions. For all of these reasons, it’s best to hit the washing machine before those new pants ever hit your hanger.

[h/t Independent]

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These Super Realistic Ski Masks Let Your Inner Animal Come Out
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No matter how serious you are about your skiing performance, it doesn't hurt to have a sense of humor on the slopes. These convincing animal masks spotted by My Modern Met make it easy to have fun while tearing up the trails.

Each animal mask from the Canadian apparel company Beardo is printed with a photorealistic design of a different animal's face. Skiers can disguise themselves as a bear, dog, fox, orangutan, or even a grumpy-ish cat while keeping their skin warm. The only part of the face that stays exposed is around the eyes, but a pair of ski goggles allows wearers to disappear completely into their beastly persona.

The playful gear is practical as well. The stretchy polyester material is built to shield skin from wind and UV rays, while the soft fleece lining keeps faces feeling toasty.

Beardo's animal ski masks are available through their online store for $35. If you like to stay cozy in style, here are more products to keep you warm this winter.

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[h/t My Modern Met]

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