A New and Terrifying Tick, a 3D-Printed Shoe Sole, and More News From Today

It’s time to get freaked out about a deadly new tick, New Balance is bringing us into 3D-printed shoe future, and WIRED wants to help you upgrade your underwater photography game. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

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The terrifying unknowns of an exotic invasive tick

A new kind of tick is creepy-crawling around New Jersey and 10 other states, biting people and feasting on livestock. It’s called the Asian longhorned tick and it harbors an array of viruses including a potentially deadly hemorrhagic fever. It also lays thousands of eggs at a time, producing waves of offspring that extract so much blood they can kill cattle.

New Balance’s latest shoe comes with 3D-printed soles

New Balance is using 3D-printed soles to make its shoes lighter, more supportive, and more durable. Cool! But even cooler: the promising future of 3D-printed shoes. Companies could print out custom kicks on the spot, freeing themselves from overseas manufacturing issues and the massive inventories shoemakers need to maintain.

Cocktail Conversation

Many of the talented, hardworking players in the Women’s World Cup started building their skills when they were very young. But according to a professor at the University of Texas, Austin, getting kids into a specialized sport too early can be dangerous. Honing in on one sport can lead not only to burnout, but to injuries from working the same muscles in the same way without enough rest. So if you want your kid to become a pro soccer player, sign her up for basketball, too!

WIRED Recommends: Underwater Smartphone Photography Gear

You see the photos on Instagram: those awesome shots of dogs diving for balls in a pool, or your fully-submerged friend smiling and waving. You don’t need a fancy phone to do it, but a little underwater gear can upgrade your game in a hurry. The WIRED crew put together some of its favorites.

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