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A backpack with a suspension system

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12:01pm, January 9, 2007

A new backpack design that uses elastic cords to minimize the pack's vertical motion could lessen bodily strain on wearers and reduce the effort required to carry a load. It could be useful to schoolchildren encumbered with books or to emergency personnel and soldiers who sometimes need to sprint while carrying heavy loads, says the pack's inventor, locomotion researcher Lawrence Rome of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

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