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​​The Evolution of the Combustion Engine​​

What started as a simple controlled explosion changed the auto industry.<p>Before fuel injection, meting out gasoline into a combustion chamber was an imprecise and finicky process. Carburetors frequently needed cleaning and rebuilding, and they were affected by weather conditions, temperature, and …

Autos

Why You Should Always Buy the Second-Fastest Car

In praise of the penultimate model.<p>Twenty years ago, long before Sabine Schmitz became a <i>Top Gear</i> host, she was my driver.<p>It was 1998, and I had stopped by the Nurburgring for a lap in the Ring Taxi—a service in which a pro driver will let you ride along for a blistering trip through "Green Hell." …

Top Gear

A New Study Could Explain Why Some Guys Get Grey Hair Early

Those silver strands could have nothing to do with age.<p>Why do some guys go grey in their 20s, while others reach their 40s without a single silver strand in sight? We know that genetics play a role in the greying process, but scientists still haven't pinpointed the exact reason some guys become …

India set to rekindle its strange but fascinating love affair with the FIFA World Cup

Despite qualification still being a distant dream, the FIFA World Cup hype continues to grow in India....<p>Less than six weeks remain for the World Cup …

The Yellowstone supervolcano is a disaster waiting to happen

Yellowstone National Park sits squarely over a giant, active volcano. This requires attention.<p>Yellowstone has been a national park since 1872, but it was only in the 1960s that scientists realized the scale of the volcano - it's 44 miles across - and not until the 1980s did they grasp that this …

Google’s Grasshopper app teaches you how to code

Google's incubator for employees' "20 percent time" side projects, Area 120, typically produces fun things like an app to make YouTube more social and expanding Smart Replies. Now the workshop has released an app to help beginners learn to code in Javascript, which could be helpful for novices who …

Having Big Genitals Can Spell Evolutionary Disaster, Say Paleobiologists

Bigger isn't always better, at least for some species.<p>For most animals, survival is all about being good at getting laid. That’s why sexual …

Zoology

Diamonds Buried Within Rare Meteorites Reveal Existence of "Lost Planet"

In 2008, astronomer Richard Kowalski looked into a telescope in Tucson, Arizona, and spotted an asteroid called 2008 TC3 barreling through the …

Meteorites

If You’re Empathetic, It Might Be Genetic

Being able to identify and respond to other people’s emotions helps us maintain healthy relationships, and encourages helping behavior. Previous …

Nothing Sounds Like a Flat-12

Ferrari's 312 T4 was the last Ferrari to win a driver's championship until 2000.<p>Way back when, Formula One allowed for a lot of creativity in its engine designs. For example, this Ferrari, which had a flat-12. It also won the 1979 F1 driver's championship with Jody Scheckter at the wheel. Not too …

Florida Highway Patrol Car Caught Racing A Lamborghini Aventador On Video

Video showing what clearly appears to be a Florida Highway Patrolman in a Highway Patrol Dodge Charger lining up alongside a Lamborghini Aventador …

Sports Cars

In Cave in Israel, Scientists Find Jawbone Fossil From Oldest Modern Human Out of Africa

Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery of a fossilized human jawbone in a collapsed cave in Israel that they said is between 177,000 and 194,000 years old.<p>If confirmed, the find may rewrite the early migration story of our species, pushing back by about 50,000 years the time that Homo …

Anthropology

Why speedometers go to 140 or 160, even if cars can't drive that fast

papanooms/Flickr<p><b>Most speedometers max out around 140 or 160 mph, even though the cars aren't designed to go that fast.</b>• <b><br>The practice serves automakers' needs to mass-produce standard gauges for different cars.</b>• <b><br>It also adds psychological benefits to drivers, who may want to think of themselves as</b> …

Police Officer Hits 143 MPH in Chevy Impala While Chasing Drunk McLaren 720S Driver [UPDATED]

There's a reason police cars need to be pursuit rated.<p>Facebook | Alpharetta Department of Public Safety<p>Kyle CheromchaView Kyle Cheromcha's …

How many calories you burn doing 39 popular exercises

Everything we do burns calories.<p>But have you ever wondered how your running habits compare to your friend's cycling sessions? Or how your weekend kayaking trip stacked up to a morning swim?<p>Calorie-counting isn't the best way to lose weight— for that, you're better off focusing on which foods you …

RED reveals more about its holographic smartphone display

When RED Camera first announced its crazy $1,200 Hydrogen smartphone with a "holographic display," a lot of folks wondered how that would actually work. Now, CEO Jim Jannard has revealed that RED is creating the screen in partnership with a company called Leia Inc. (yes, like <i>that</i> Leia). A spin-off …

Augmented Reality

Gorgeous, majestic white giraffes spotted, captured on video for first time ever

A pair of rare white giraffes were spotted in Kenya and captured on film for the first time ever.<p>The giraffes, a mother and its child, have white skin due to a condition known as lueucism. The condition prevents pigmentation in skin cells and causes skin to turn white and pale.<p>The giraffes were …

A stroke took away this neuroscientist's sense of past and future

Jill Bolte Taylor recalls all the things she forgot.<p>As a neuroanatomist at Harvard, I studied how our brain creates our perception of ­reality. And then one morning, I woke up with a sharp pain directly behind my left eye. In the course of four hours, I lost the ability to walk, talk, read, write, …

New AI can work out whether you're gay or straight from a photograph

An algorithm deduced the sexuality of people on a dating site with up to 91% accuracy, raising tricky ethical questions<p>Artificial intelligence can accurately guess whether people are gay or straight based on photos of their faces, according to new research that suggests machines can have …

Artificial Intelligence

Fully modular desk is every computer geek's dream come true

Matej Grozdanovic had a dream. His dream was to build the best computer desk in the world. Even better, he wanted to build a desk that can be used in …

Gear & Gadgets

When Will Voyager Stop Calling Home?

The twin spacecraft still send data back to the planet they left 40 years ago.<p>Forty years after they left Earth, the Voyager twin spacecraft are still chugging along, logging 35,000 miles an hour as they zoom farther and farther into the cosmos.<p>“I’ve had people ask me, you mean the mission is still …

Space

15 Amazing Views Under the Night Sky

Striking moonlight, colorful auroras, and star-studded skies are the ultimate rewards for tackling your adventures under the night sky.

National Parks

Cristiano Ronaldo haircuts: The Real Madrid star's most memorable styles

From his early days at Manchester United to the modern superstar at the Santiago Bernabeu, Goal takes a look back at the Portuguese's different looks<p>From his spaghetti blonde highlights to his signature short cut, Cristiano Ronaldo's many hairstyles have been copied by fans across the world.<p>Much …

Real Madrid Have Surpassed Barcelona in Just About Every Way

La Liga starts this weekend, and while the best teams are still the best teams, the dynamic between Real Madrid and Barcelona has officially shifted. …

Why Are Barcelona Release Clauses So Much Lower Than at Real Madrid?

There are no two ways about it, Barcelona were thoroughly embarrassed last week when Paris Saint-Germain triggered Neymar's release clause and …

Real Madrid Star Gareth Bale’s Legs Look Jacked

Gareth Bale is quickly becoming a household name in the soccer universe. The Welshman is one of the many stars within Real Madrid’s starting 11. In …

Soccer

3 Things You Didn't Know About Running

<i>The following story is excerpted from TIME’s special edition,</i> The Science of Exercise<i>, which is</i> <i>available at Amazon.</i><p>There’s no denying that running is …

Can This Quantum-Computing Genius Beat Out IBM and Google?

Few people can say they’ve brought about a quantum leap in their field. But if all goes well for Chad Rigetti, this summer he will join them, by …

Old laptop batteries power a beater BMW to a Guinness record for long-range EVs

Tesla's Model S 100D is the king of the hill when it comes to range in the electric car segment. According to the EPA, it can travel for 335 miles on a single charge. A California-based company called IT Asset Partners (ITAP) set out to build a sedan that can travel farther using largely recycled …

Einstein's Theory About Gravitational Waves Was Just Proved Right — Again

Science, like so many other things, has tipping points. Figure out how to isolate and identify one virus and you’re on your way to bagging them all. …