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2015 Kia K900 V-8

Answering the luxury call with old-school dynamics.<p>In many ways, we’re numbers people, performing as we do instrumented testing of hundreds of cars each year to extract the secrets of their acceleration prowess, grip, braking, and fuel economy. Such testing reveals a car’s dynamic strengths as well …

Kia

Let's Call This What It Really Is — And Let's Put An End To It

On the last day of school in the 6th grade, I was walking home when a car screeched to a halt in front of me. The driver rolled down his window and …

Who Were the Ancient Bog Mummies? Surprising New Clues

Ongoing research suggests at least two 2,000-year-old corpses had traveled before their deaths.<p>Cast into northern European wetlands, bog bodies have long appeared as opaque to archaeologists as their dark and watery graves. But new clues are coming in the centuries-old mystery of their origins.<p>Over …

These Photos Of Hong Kong Skyscrapers Will Make You Very Dizzy

When photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagreze first arrived in Hong Kong four years ago, he became fascinated with the city’s architecture. “I would lift up my head while walking through the buildings to look at the sky,” he tells Co.Design in an email. He took to photographing the city from below.<p>I …

Vagina selfie for 3D printers lands Japanese artist in trouble

Last month it took more than 20 firefighters to free a US student who had become trapped inside a giant sculpture of a vagina in Germany. But genital art elicited a very different response in Japan this week, when police arrested an artist for distributing data that enables recipients to make 3D …

Hollow Earth conspiracy theories: the hole truth

For centuries, Hollow Earth conspiracy theorists have tried to prove that there’s a whole other world beneath our own. But first they need to find the way in...<p><b>Late at night, on October 4 2002, a strange guest appeared</b> on a cult American <b>radio</b> show. Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell had a reputation …

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Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away

A drive through the sticky Florida heat into Alton Road in Miami Beach can be an unexpectedly awkward business. Most of the boulevard, which runs north through the heart of the resort's most opulent palm-fringed real estate, has been reduced to a single lane that is hemmed in by bollards, …

To Sell Houses, People Are Used As Props In McMansions They Don’t Own

A poignant story from the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i> follows one family that lost everything in the recession and has found a peculiar way to hold on to the trappings of wealth. It sounds like the plot of some long-lost dramatic version of <i>Arrested Development</i>, but this is real.<p>The Mueller family invested in …

Employees Who Stay In Companies Longer Than Two Years Get Paid 50% Less

The worst kept secret is that employees are making less on average every year. There are millions of reasons for this, but we’re going to focus on one that we can control. Staying employed at the same company for over two years on average is going to make you earn less over your lifetime by about …

2 + 2 Doesn't Always Equal 4

2 + 2 = ? appears to be one of the easiest problems in mathematics, and it is probably one of the first you ever encountered. If Kate has 2 apples and Matt gives her 2 more apples, then she has 4 apples. Obviously.<p>But what if we told you that 2 + 2 = ? has stumped even some of the smartest …

What you need to know about 3D-printed organs

Sure, 3D printers that can spit out chocolates, create shoes, handcraft cars and help astronauts sound fun and magical, but a lot of scientists are working to make models that aren't just fun. They're developing 3D printers that can also save and change lives by printing out functional human …

7 Scientific Solutions for Annoying Little Problems

<i>Image via Wonderhowto.com</i><p><b>by Elizabeth Maine</b><p>Scientists are working to alleviate those maddening, irritating, altogether obnoxious things that can make …

Etymology

Were dinosaurs all at sea?

Myths persist that large dinosaurs lived neck-deep in water, but while this is not true, they were not averse to taking a dip<p>In the early days of palaeontology, the dinosaurs were a clear anomaly compared to other known animals (both alive and extinct). Just how could such huge creatures have found …

X-rays reveal the mysteries of fire-ant rafts

Fire ants may be famous for their vicious sting, but they're also remarkable builders, able to quickly assemble a working raft out of their own bodies and sail through dangerous flash flood waters. But their secrets of living masonry have remained shrouded from view.<p>Now, scientists have peered into …

Georgia Tech

Study reveals rats show regret, a cognitive behavior once thought to be uniquely human

New research from the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota reveals that rats show regret, a cognitive behavior once thought to …

16 Reasons To Love (And Respect) The Ocean

The ocean can be described in an endless number of ways. It's refreshing, beautiful and humbling. It's vast, mysterious and terrifying. It's magnificence has inspired countless novels, films, documentaries, songs, and HuffPost articles.<p>If it were a god, it would already have millions of devoted …

Found! Oldest Known Alien Planet That Might Support Life

Astronomers have discovered what appears to be the oldest known alien world that could be capable of supporting life, and it's just a stone's throw away from Earth.<p>The newfound exoplanet candidate Kapteyn b, which lies a mere 13 light-years away, is about 11.5 billion years old, scientists say. …

Universe

Harvard confirms century-old book is covered in human skin

Harvard owns a book that's bound in human skin. It's sure of it, too. One of its curators announced today that tests on a book titled <i>Des destinées de l’ame</i> (<i>Destinies of The Soul</i>), which was published sometime in the 1880s, have confirmed with 99.9 percent confidence that it's been bound in human …

Chiquita is valued at $1 billion and WhatsApp 19 times that—the numbers that really prove Piketty wrong

Our times have an eerie similarity with the early decades of the 20th century—severe financial crises, a drastic skewing of income distribution, and terrorism (do not forget the assassinations of Tsar Alexander II of Russia, Empress Elizabeth of Austria, president Carnot of France, King Humbert of …

Income Inequality

The Crazy Genius Behind Solar Roadways

Here’s an idea crazy enough that it just might work: Pave the streets with solar-powered panels that have their own built-in heat and LED lights. That’s what Scott and Julie Brusaw hope to accomplish with their ongoing Solar Roadways project, which they just funded through a hugely popular …

The Blind Woman Who Sees Rain, But Not Her Daughter's Smile

Imagine a world that is completely black. You can't see a thing — unless something happens to move. You can see the rain falling from the sky, the steam coming from your coffee cup, a car passing by on the street.<p>This was the world that Milena Channing claimed to see, back in 2000, shortly after …

13-Year-Old Girl Literally Gains New Perspective By Scaling Mount Everest

Photo: REX USA/Alex Staniforth/Rex.<p>Some stunning news out of Nepal, everyone. On Sunday morning, a 13-year-old girl became the youngest woman ever to …

Alfa Romeo 4C vs. Porsche Cayman and Lotus Elise

Alfa's comeback sports car is super-focused, but is that enough to beat England and Germany?<p>Alfa Romeo divorced itself from the US so long ago that we now only remember the sweet moments, not the overwhelmingly bitter reasons for the marque's departure. Twenty years have passed since the last 164 …

Alfa Romeo

Everything Is Distributed

In September 2007, Jean Bookout, 76, was driving her Toyota Camry down an unfamiliar road in Oklahoma, with her friend Barbara Schwarz seated next to her on the passenger side. Suddenly, the Camry began to accelerate on its own. Bookout tried hitting the brakes, applying the emergency brake, but …

Hands-on with the Muse brain sensing headband — the most important wearable of 2014 (exclusive)

I got my hands on an early version of Interaxon’s brainwave reading headband, the Muse, and I think this could be the most important wearable of the year.<p>And that’s saying a lot, considering I’ve seen 2014’s entire lineup for health tech at the Consumer Electronic Show as well as a few undisclosed …

Interesting Engineering

Engineering

Pictures of the week: The Oldest Living Things In The World, by Rachel Sussman

Each week, the Guardian Weekend magazine's editorial team choose a picture, or series of pictures, with a powerful or surprising story to tell. This week, their choice is Rachel Sussman's The Oldest Living Things in The World

Matter will be created from light within a year, claim scientists

Researchers have worked out how to make matter from pure light and are drawing up plans to demonstrate the feat within the next 12 months.<p>The theory underpinning the idea was first described 80 years ago by two physicists who later worked on the first atomic bomb. At the time they considered the …

26 Sexist Ads Of The 'Mad Men' Era That Companies Wish We'd Forget

The rampant sexism in "Mad Men" was typical of the 1960s, when the outlook for women in America was just beginning to change. While the "second wave" of feminism began in the '60s, mainstream America was still very much a "man's world."<p>That attitude carried over into advertising, which did little …

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