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It's a bold claim, but a Japanese company called Terumo claims to have developed a special type of sock that can stop shuffling seniors from tripping over low obstacles like rugs or the edge of carpets. The secret is a custom sewing technique that causes the wearer to feel an upward pull on the front of their feet, which in turn helps shift their center of gravity back towards their heels, improving balance.

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Plain white socks these are not. The Atlas sock is a performance dress sock made from cotton, polyester and carbonised coffee. Carbonised coffee? Yes, it helps filter and absorb sweat and odour. Even more, the sock uses strain analysis, pressure mapping and thermal imaging to create something ridiculously comfortable.

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As cliche as the problem sounds, socks really do have a way of going missing in the wash. But why resort to just throwing single socks away, or suffering the embarassment of wearing a mismatched pair, when you can just stitch them all together into a eye-catching throw rug?

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Computer scientists around the world have been stumped by a vexing mathematical problem for ages: How does one go about sorting a large pile of socks when said socks are different? How does one model the plane of possibilities? The solution has arrived, and it's much simpler than you think.