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Here's Why Knowing The Correct Racing Line Makes You Faster

A lot of street driving novices might try to justify swerving like a maniac all over the road in some sort of effort to hit what they call a “racing …

Karting

The Iraq War and the Inevitability of Ignorance

The U.S. is destined to keep overlearning the lessons of the last conflict.<p>There’s a specific reason it is so hard to be president—in normal circumstances—and why most incumbents look decades older when they leave the job than when they began. The reason is that the only choices normal presidents …

Political Science

Quantum physics made fun

Clifford V. Johnson adopts the graphic novel approach, while Philip Ball decides which myths need busting<p>We all know that physics and maths can be pretty weird, but these three books tackle their mind-bending subjects in markedly contrasting ways. Clifford V. Johnson’s <i>The Dialogues</i> is a graphic …

Quantum Mechanics

You'll Have the Shiniest Car on the Block With Amazon's Chemical Guys Sale

Chemical Guys makes some of the most popular car detailing products on the market, and Amazon’s currently taking 20% off several soaps, sealants, …

40 Perfect Pasta Dishes

Few pantry staples are more versatile than pasta, and we have the recipes to prove it. If you have picky eaters at home, try these kid-friendly …

Slovaks Protest After Murders Prompt Premier's Allies to Quit

Key allies of Slovakia’s prime minister resigned from the cabinet as opposition supporters protested in the capital in a call for other officials to …

Europe

A Potentially Game-Changing Message from the Dawn of Time

Telescopes are, and have always been, time machines. They transport us not only across space, but across the aeons, showing us the light of long-dead …

Dark Matter

LS1-Powered 1973 Datsun 240Z

This 1973 Datsun 240Z was reportedly built and raced as a GT2 car in the late 1990s, and was purchased by the seller out of La Jolla, California in …

What Went Wrong in Vietnam

The military historian Max Boot takes on the counter-insurgency maven Edward Lansdale.<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>For almost thirty years, by means financial, military, and diplomatic, the United States tried to prevent Vietnam …

Russia's clash with the west isn't about ideology — it's about geography

At his dacha, standing before a map of the newly expanded Soviet Union shortly after Germany's surrender in May 1945, Josef Stalin nodded with approval.<p>The vast buffer he'd carved out of Soviet-occupied Eastern Europe would now protect his empire against future Napoleons and Hitlers. Stalin then …

Geopolitics

Four apps that will help you learn to play music

Pick up an instrument, learn your favorite songs, and practice a bit of music theory.<p>I'm a musician, and I learned the tricks of the trade the expensive and slow way: with private guitar lessons, summer music programs, and more theory books than I'd like to admit. Thankfully, in 2018 you can get …

James Joyce’s Love Letters to His “Dirty Little Fuckbird”

<i>On Nassau Street in Dublin, on June 10, 1904, twenty-two-year-old James Joyce saw (as clearly as he could see, since he was not wearing his glasses, and his vision was poor) the twenty-year-old Nora Barnacle, then a young chambermaid, sauntering by. Nora would later tell the story of their first</i> …

Confederation: The One Possible Israel-Palestine Solution

“The two-state solution is over,” Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told reporters, responding to Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as …

Thrones of Britannia Is the Most Detailed Total War Yet

It is 878 AD and Ireland is beset from without and within. Our shores swarm with viking raiders and settlers who have established themselves at the …

How A Box Of Magic Crystals Brought Down Australia's Most Famous Race Car Driver

Being unfamiliar with Peter Brock is pretty much unthinkable to Australian auto racing fans, but for much of the rest of the world, that’s the sorry …

How to Design Beacons for Humanity's Afterlife

Let’s say we had a way to distribute beacons around our solar system (or beyond) that could survive for billions of years, recording what our …

Here's How To Do A Tune-Up On A Modern Gasoline Car

Have you ever come across an ad for a used modern car that mentions the vehicle had just received a tune-up? What does “tune-up” even mean in regards …

Disney just explained some of the biggest secrets in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

The last <i>Star Wars</i> movie premiered a few days before Christmas, conquering the box office on opening weekend and in the weeks that followed. <i>The Last</i> …

Star Wars

Unearthed: Why we’ve got monuments like Stonehenge all wrong

AT POVERTY POINT, Louisiana, a remarkable monument overlooks a bend in the Mississippi river. Built around 3500 years ago, entirely from earth, it …

Archaeology

10 Most Satisfying Cars

Choosing the perfect car can involve significant research, as you look at pricing, features, and safety. A savvy shopper will also factor in a …

Why Battery Cost Could Put the Brakes on Electric Car Sales

Battery prices need to drop by more than half before electric vehicles will be competitive with cars powered by internal-combustion engines, …

Electric Vehicles

Archaeologists find first evidence for Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain

The first Roman invasion of Britain by Julius Caesar in 55BC is a historical fact, with vivid accounts passed down by Tacitus, Cicero and Caesar himself.<p>Yet, despite a huge landing force of legionaries from 800 ships, no archaeological evidence for the attack or any physical remains of encampments …

Trucks

Modified 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 6-Speed

This 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is a modified example that has been with the seller for 10 years. Approximately $60k has reportedly been invested in …

1974 TVR 2500M

This 1974 TVR 2500M was purchased by the seller in 2003 and is equipped with a TR6-sourced 2500cc inline-six and a 4-speed manual transmission. The …

Classic Cars

Watch A Porsche 911 Flat-Six Get Dissected In High Definition

The Porsche 911 flat-six is an iconic engine. This rear-mounted engine is the heart of probably the most talked about and praised sports car of all …

High-Definition

Watch this 11-minute trip through Ford Mustang history

The Ford Mustang famously started life as a reskinned Ford Falcon. Despite the similarities with another youth-targeted car in its own product line, …

Ford Mustang

A Teenager Won $250,000 For His Video Explanation Of Einstein's Special Theory Of Relativity

What were you doing when you were 18 years old? If we had to guess, we'd say you probably weren't winning hundreds of thousands of dollars for a …

Physics

1973 Opel GT

This 1973 Opel GT was sold new in Columbia South Carolina where it spent most of its life until it was stored due to by engine failure. Now powered …

Classic Cars

1964 Plymouth Barracuda 4-Speed

This 1964 Plymouth Barracuda has under 500 miles on a cosmetic restoration completed in April 2017, and is powered by a believed-original 273ci V8 …

Classic Cars