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What Makes an Electric Guitar Sound Like an Electric Guitar

A series of happy accidents and analog technologies led to the weird sound effects of the 1950s and beyond. An Object Lesson.<p>There’s an old joke in the technology industry: If a product has a problem, simply sell it as a feature. The electric-guitar-effects industry is no different. Music has often …

Guitar Chalk Sessions: Methods for Targeting Problem Areas in Your Guitar Solos

I’ve noticed something about my soloing in the last couple of weeks.First, I’m not what you would consider a “lead guitarist.” I can hang, sure. But …

David Gilmour Plans New Album, Announces Fall Tour Dates

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour has announced plans to release a new solo album later this year.<p>A brief message on his website added that the album (about …

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Borgward returns to Geneva after 55-year-absence [w/video]

"Given the will to succeed, you can achieve anything." With those words, Christian Borgward seeks to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Borgward, founder of the Borgward brand of automobiles that was the third largest automobile manufacturer in Germany in the 1950s …

Touring the private Ferrari collection of David Lee

David Lee isn't Southern California's most famous Ferrari collector, but he might be its most determined.<p>The watch and jewelry magnate has curated a stable of the Italian exotics, which he houses in a private garage in the San Gabriel Valley.<p>Currently in the collection of red racers is a complete …

Illinois Car Museum will give away DeLorean if Chicago Cubs win World Series

A museum in Illinois is giving away a DeLorean, but only if the Chicago Cubs win the 2015 World Series as predicted in the science-fiction film <i>Back to the Future II</i>.<p>Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Ill., has pledged to give away a 1981 DeLorean, complete with a flux capacitor, if the team can pull off a …

One Owner 1970 Shelby GT350

This 1970 Shelby GT350 (chassis 0F02M482278) is on offer by its first owner. Sold with the original order form, build sheet, initial registration and …

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Koenigsegg's founder explains why he builds hypercars

Christian von Koenigsegg details the thoughts and passions that go into everything his hypercar company builds.<p>Koenigsegg seems to have been born into the hypercar world fully-formed: A tough-to-pronounce company nobody'd heard of, from a country most folks don't associate with Ferrari-crushing …

What it looks like when an angry bison rams your car

Yellowstone's fauna are majestic...and sometimes they're ornery.<p>It's as though Terence Malick directed the famous stampede scene in <i>The Lion King</i>.<p>A car sits on an empty highway in snow-laden Yellowstone National Park. In the distance, you can make out the shapes of bison majestically running along …

Complete 1958 Austin Healey 100-6 Project

This 1958 Austin Healey 100-6 (chassis BN6L/4528) is a non-running restoration project sold complete with a correct drivetrain, though the engine …

The Hoonicorn Mustang is just as evil with no bodywork

Open-wheel mayhem ensues on Ken Block's only test run pre-Gymkhana 7.<p>Ken Block had only one opportunity to shake down the ridicutastic Hoonicorn Mustang RTR's AWD powertrain before using it to film Gymkhana 7.<p>Naturally the mandatory hoon session was recorded for posterity.<p>It's wild in its own way. …

Koenigsegg planning four-door model, camless engine

Koenigsegg is on the rise. Previously content building less than one vehicle each month, the Swedish supercar manufacturer arrived in Geneva this year with two new models it will build in parallel for the first time. But as impressive as the new Agera RS and Regera are, they're hardly the end of …

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Nissan GT-R LM hobbled by 'very minor' issue during Sebring test

We're always going to have a soft spot for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. It marks the start of the endurance racing season, after all. But it's the endurance racing circus' three-hour drive south for the annual to-do at Sebring International Raceway that really sets our hearts aflutter.<p>That's because …

1942 Studebaker M29 Weasel

This 1942 Studebaker M29 Weasel was fully restored in 2007, a job that included a full tear down and rebuild including its flathead straight six. …

Did Dog-Human Alliance Drive Out the Neanderthals?

Book Talk<p>With the help of wolf dogs, early humans out-hunted—and outlasted—Neanderthals.<p>In popular culture, they're often portrayed like members of a heavy-metal band: fur clad, shaggy haired, ape-like. But in most ways they were like you and me. They used fire and made tools, lived in social …

Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years.<p>In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human evolution: the origin of our genus <i>Homo</i>. The two lower jaws—one a reconstruction of a pivotal …

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Genius and the Brain

Science & InnovationThe Loom<p>The 92nd St. Y in New York is presenting “Seven Days of Genius” this week. As part of the festivities, the video site Big Think invited me to film a conversation with neuroscientist Heather Berlin about the nature of genius and the origin of creativity in the …

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Why McDonald’s Is Moving Toward Antibiotic-Free Chicken

The Plate<p>If the Food and Drug Administration won’t act, apparently, McDonald’s will.<p>The announcement that McDonald’s is moving to ban chicken raised using antibiotics important to human medicine was a bold step for two reasons: 1. The company is the world’s second largest buyer of chicken (it’s …

Chemical Exposure Linked to Billions in Health Care Costs

Researchers conclude they are 99 percent certain that hormone-altering chemicals are linked to attention problems, diabetes, other health problems.<p>Exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals is likely leading to an increased risk of serious health problems costing at least $175 billion (U.S.) per year …

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Galaxy in Front of Supernova Creates Cosmic Mirage: Einstein Cross

A galaxy's alignment lets astronomers watch a strange, distant supernova explode. And then watch it again. And again. And again and again.<p>Far, far away, a galaxy is acting as a cosmic split-screen. Parked in front of an exploding star, the galaxy's gravity is projecting magnified images of the …

After Menopause, Female Killer Whales Help Pod Survive

Weird & Wild<p>Female killer whales that live long past their "child-bearing" days may be valuable sources of information for their groups.<p>Like people, female killer whales undergo menopause, living long after their baby-bearing days are done. But why people, and whales, do so is very much up for …

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Peru’s Prehistoric Croc Hotspot

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>The “Age of Reptiles” was supposed to have ended long ago. The 170 million year reign of dinosaurs, pterosaurs, plesiosaurs, and their ilk was brought to an close 66 million years ago by an unfortunate combination of earthly and extraterrestrial causes, opening the way …

Ringling Bros. to Retire Its Circus Elephants

Weird & Wild<p>The circus will send its traveling Asian elephants to a conservation center by 2018.<p>After 145 years of featuring elephants in its circus acts, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey announced Thursday that it will retire its elephant herd by 2018.<p>"This decision was not easy, but it is in …

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Watch: Ice Fishermen Pull Up Live Bird

Pennsylvania ice fishermen received quite a surprise this week.<p>It's a good thing that a group of ice fishermen in Pennsylvania had a camera with them Monday. Otherwise, few would have believed their story.<p>The friends had set a line on a frozen lake about two hours north of Pittsburgh. When they …

'Extinct' Bird Rediscovered in Myanmar, Surprising Scientists

Weird & Wild<p>Scientists found the Myanmar Jerdon's babbler alive and well during a recent expedition.<p>A bird thought to have gone the way of the dodo decades ago has been rediscovered in Myanmar (Burma), scientists reported Thursday.<p>A team led by the Wildlife Conservation Society stumbled upon the …

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Seeing a 600-Year-Old Voyaging Canoe Up Close

Changing Planet<p>Tucked away along a hillside in Porohara, South Island, New Zealand, is <i>Onetahua Marae</i>.<p><i>Onetahua</i> means the “Gathering Sands,” and is named for the spit of land that juts out into the Tasman Sea at the northwestern edge of South Island. Here sperm whales annually beach themselves, and …

Why Your Fridge Pollutes and How It's Changing

The U.S. pushes to ensure new refrigerators and air conditioners contain less polluting chemicals.<p>Your home's refrigerator does more than store milk and meat. It also contains chemicals that emit greenhouse gases.<p>New fridges will likely be greener. In a switchover that will be largely invisible to …

Astronomers Find a Long-Lost Ocean on Mars

The ancient sea covered a fifth of the planet's surface, to a depth of at least a mile.<p>Astronomers using some of the world's most powerful telescopes have determined that an ocean at least a mile deep covered a significant fraction of the Martian surface four billion years ago.<p>The research, …

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