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Toyota Built a Beautiful Wooden Car Without Using Nails or Screws

It’s a model for Milan Design Week, so don’t expect to find these popping up on used car lots.<p>Cars are utilitarian machines, sure, but they also become vehicles for sentiment and nostalgia. In order to capitalize upon the sentimental value of cars, Toyota lovingly hand-crafted the woorden Setsuna, …

Special belt to be created for Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao victor

It is the most anticipated fight in the history of boxing, so it only makes sense the victor will receive a special belt, possibly containing emeralds or platinum.<p>Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will square off in the ring May 2, finally. While the two prepare for the bout, …

Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

How long can we stay awake?

We can fight off the sandman for a while, but after a certain point, sleeplessness leads to temporary madness and – just maybe – death, discovers Adam Hadhazy.<p>People start to hallucinate and go a bit crazy<p>It’s surprising how we spend our lives. Reach your 78th birthday and according to some …

University of Chicago

The oil price: The Saudi project, part 2

By refusing to rein in production while prices fell, the Saudis permitted a big surplus to grow and served notice on higher-cost rivals (Russia, Venezuela, American shale-oil producers) that they would not prop up other people's profit margins at the expense of their own market share.<p>That signal …

Oil

Superbug cases reported in North Carolina; 1 dead

<b>(CNN) —</b> The same superbug that contributed to two deaths in Los Angeles has been reported in North Carolina, where one person has died, a spokesman told CNN.<p>Eighteen people have contracted carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, so far this year, said Kevin McCarthy, spokesman with the …

Super Bug

The Easy 4-Day Detox: Grooming & Health

Long Reads<p>Trap’s reigning kingmaker has never felt freer. Now he's ready to see the world.<p>By Alex Pappademas2 days agoView More<p>Gentlemen's …

Red Carpet

Researchers read and write brain activity with light

Neuroscientists at UCL have developed an ‘all-optical’ method for simultaneous recording and alteration of nervous impulses in the living brain.<p>A team of neuroscientists at University College London has developed a new way of simultaneously recording and manipulating the activity of multiple cells …

This Neuroscientist Is Trying to Upload His Entire Brain to a Computer

Randal Koene wants to move humanity from Earth to the The Cloud, making us part-robot and completely immortal.<p>Humans, if you hadn't already noticed, have stopped evolving. As David Attenborough recently reminded us, our species is the first – by our free will – to remove itself from the process of …

The DJI Inspire 1: finally, a drone that flies well indoors

A drone carrying mistletoe at a TGI Friday’s clipped a photographer on the nose earlier this month, drawing quite a few rounds of “well, duh!”<p>It …

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Could Be Just 10 Years Away

Hyperloop, the ultra-fast tube transport dreamed up by SpaceX founder and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, could be ready for passengers in as few as 10 years.<p>In a 76-page report released on Dropbox on Thursday, a new startup called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies laid out plans for building …

Microscope Uses Holograms Instead Of Lenses To Diagnose Disease

It could be cheaper and easier to use than traditional microscopes<p>A new prototype microscope doesn't use lenses to magnify objects. Instead, it makes holograms that a computer digitally records and magnifies. The result is a microscope that's cheaper and easier to use than traditional, lens-based …

Microscopy

What Your "Working Memory" Does (and How to Give It a Tune-Up)

Working memory is like your brain's scratch pad, managing information as you go about your day. But our routine deluge of information can make us …