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These Big Luxury Vehicles Show The World You've Made It

If you value comfort and opulence over driving excitement, you’ll want to be driven in cars like the Mercedes S-Class, Cadillac Escalade, and the …

Cadillac

The Biggest Mistakes John Davis Made in 35 Years of MotorWeek

The famous TV host is a legendary auto industry expert, but not all of his predictions were solid-gold hits.<p>If you're a gearhead who grew up with a TV, you know John Davis. The creator and host of <i>MotorWeek</i>, Davis has been bringing unbiased, informative, and charming reviews of cars, trucks, and …

The Most Astonishing Photos That Won Awards In 2015

It's been another year of awe-inspiring and goosebump-inducing photography. Take a look at the best of the best.<p><i>National Geographic Traveler</i> Photo Contest 2015<p>The travel arm of the National Geographic Society received more than 17,000 entries, with one image making it to the top spot: a spectacular …

Breakthrough In Hydrogen Cracking Could Create Clean Fuel

Hydrogen fuel cells have been one of the most exciting areas of green energy for a long time. After all, a vehicle that runs and produces water as …

Energy

Darth Vader actor 'not interested' in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Dave Prowse, who appeared as the evil Sith Lord in the classic original trilogy, says he has not even seen the trailer for JJ Abrams’s film<p>In terms of rampant hype, it is even giving the original space opera trilogy, which helped usher in the Hollywood blockbuster era and sold hundreds of millions …

A celestial hat-trick

This month we will be treated to a total lunar eclipse, a Harvest Moon and a supermoon – a hat-trick of celestial phenomena all linked to our only natural satellite.<p>A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon lies directly behind the Earth, with the Sun on the other side.<p>We experience at least two lunar …

This is ISO 4,560,000 with Canon’s Crazy New Camera

Back in July, Canon announced an ultra-high-sensitivity camera that has a ridiculously high max ISO of <i>over 4,000,000</i>. If you’ve been wondering what …

10 Super Mario fan theories that will make your mustache curl

One rule about pop culture: If it exists, there's probably a fan theory about it.<p><i>Super Mario Bros.</i> is celebrating its 30th anniversary on Sept. 13, …

The “five-second rule”—a scientist evaluates whether your eating habits could make you sick

When you drop a piece of food on the floor, is it really OK to eat if you pick up within five seconds? This urban food myth contends that if food spends just a few seconds on the floor, dirt and germs won’t have much of a chance to contaminate it. Research in my lab has focused on how food and food …

Microbiology

Super Mario Bros. is 30 years old today and deserves our thanks

We can all argue about what game deserves the title of “best ever,” but it’s hard to debate Super Mario Bros.’s status as the most important.<p>Before its release on September 13, 1985 (30 years ago today), most games weren’t about progression. They were about getting a high score. Pay a quarter and …

Retrogaming

'Nazi gold train found in Polish mountains' could be boobytrapped with mines, officials warn

"Crisis meeting" held in the Polish town of Walbrzych on how best to tackle alleged discovery of a Nazi ghost train carrying gold<p>Polish authorities have held a crisis meeting in which they warned treasure hunters against trying to unravel the mysteries of a gold-laden train said to have been …

Europe

Everything We Know So Far About the Massive Explosions in Tianjin

The blasts left at least 70 dead and 500 wounded, and Chinese officials are looking into whether this tragedy was a result of poor safety regulations or practices.<p>At 11:30 PM Wednesday night, a series of massive fireballs exploded out of a warehouse in the industrial part of Tianjin, China, a port …

Communist Party

FCC net neutrality rules take effect despite industry objections

With a simple declaration on its website, the<p>Federal Communications Commissionlaunched a new era of Internet oversight by touting that its tough regulations for online traffic were now in place.<p>The so-called net neutrality rules, designed to ensure the free flow of Internet data, took effect Friday …

Net Neutrality

Lost Planet 3 developer Spark Unlimited shuts down

The developer of Lost Planet 3 and one of the first Call of Duty games has shut down.<p>Polygon reported today that Spark Unlimited, the maker of console games such as Legendary and Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, is no longer making games and that it has laid off all of its employees. Craig Allen, who was the …

Big Data

2015 Lexus ES350

A luxury prescription for drivers who'd rather be home.<p>For all the brand’s recent emphasis on performance, the traditional essence of Lexus is embodied in cars like this one. Smooth, refined, posh, and chock-a-block with features and furnishings conceived to isolate its occupants from the noise and …

Matched

Month in tech: Lap of luxury – in a Volvo?

A roundup of the past month's most compelling car-technology news.<p>The Swedish company unveiled the XC90 Excellence Lounge Console concept at the Auto China show, held in Shanghai. The rework of the recently redesigned Volvo SUV scraps the third-row bench and front-passenger seat in favour of two …

Volvo

Watch these rally drivers narrowly escape likely death

A few more inches, and this would have ended a lot differently. That tree means business. Luckily, the drivers walked away.<p>Let's get this out of the way: both occupants walked away from the crash unharmed, although shaken up. Which is quite understandable, when you consider that they were just a …

'Rough Rides' and the Challenges of Improving Police Culture

Freddie Gray isn't the first person to be gravely injured while riding in a police van.<p><i>Updated on April 27, 2015, at 5 p.m.</i><p>A rough ride. Bringing them up front. A screen test. A cowboy ride. A nickel ride.<p>Police say that intentionally banging a suspect around in the back of a van isn't common …

Justice

Why do we have allergies?

Allergic reactions to everything from pollen to peanuts make life a misery for millions. But why does our body over-react to seemingly benign intruders? Carl Zimmer reports.<p>For me, it was hornets.<p>One summer afternoon when I was 12, I ran into an overgrown field near a friend’s house and kicked a …

Immunotherapy

Large Hadron Collider proton beam reaches new record energy

After successfully circulating beams at lower energies on Easter morning, CERN is now into new territory again<p>On Easter Sunday the Large Hadron Collider circulated beams of protons again for the first time in nearly two years. This was a major milestone on the way to recommissioning the whole …

Spectacular macro images reveal minute details of insects faces - Telegraph

Nature Photography

What’s the most we can remember?

People with extraordinary memory talents suggest that your mind may be capable of retaining more than you think, says Adam Hadhazy.<p>Unlike digital cameras with full memory cards that cannot snap any more pictures, our brains never seem to run out of room. Yet it defies logic that one adult human …

The Brain

16 Secrets Of The Lincoln Continental Concept

Details, From the Engine You'll See to the Fab Lighting Features You Won't<p>Fans of Ford‘s luxury brand got what they’ve been waiting for with the debut of the <b>Lincoln Continental Concept</b> at the New York Auto Show. Here’s a closer look at some of the concept’s cool features and whether you’ll see them …

Frackman's accidental activist: 'There's blood in the water and I'm the shark'

His house has been broken into, his emails get hacked, but unlikely documentary hero Dayne Pratzky isn’t stopping his fight against fracking any time soon<p>Josh Fox’s 2010 anti-fracking exposé GasLand has one jaw-dropping moment, the kind of gasp-inducing money shot that singlehandedly sold it as a …

Environment

Watch a Fixed-Crankshaft Engine Do Its Thing

You’re looking at one very clever piece of engineering. It’s an Adams-Farwell air-cooled, piston-driven, rotary engine—one of our 10 Most Unusual Engines of All Time. The crankshaft is fixed, connected to the frame of the car, while the crankcase rotates around it to drive the vehicle. In this …

Videography

Lawsuit reveals gruesome details of Takata airbag victim's death

Legislation Introduced This Week Could Stop Future Oversights<p>The accident was minor. The aftermath was horrific.<p>Carlos Solis was waiting to turn left into a Houston-area apartment complex on January 28 when oncoming traffic struck the front-left corner of his 2002 Honda Accord, pictured above. He …

Sleep a lot? You might have a heightened risk of stroke, study says

There's no way to diagnose a stroke before it happens, but researchers say they've identified a clue to help doctors predict who's at risk – the amount of sleep they get at night.<p>Older adults who said they slept more than eight hours were 46% more likely to suffer strokes in the next decade than …

Medical Research

The greatest movie car chase you've never seen

It's from a 1986 Jackie Chan Hong Kong actioner called Armour of God.<p>You know all the famous movie car chases. The fun is discovering one you <i>weren't</i> aware of. Allow us to help.<p><i>Armour of God</i> is a 1986 Hong Kong action movie directed by and starring Jackie Chan, so you know it's going to be fun and …

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 …

Neuroscience

Dazzling color films? Thank the wizards at Technicolor

Most feature films made during the Golden Age of Hollywood were in black and white, so audiences were dazzled when a movie exploded in Technicolor. The rich, flamboyant use of Technicolor in such late 1930s classics as "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "The Adventures of Robin Hood," "The Wizard …

Animation