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Stop hurting your engine by idling the car when it's cold out

If you're one of the many drivers who thinks it's important to idle your car — turn it on and let it sit — in these frigid winter months to protect the engine, you've likely fallen victim to a myth that may be doing more harm than good.<p>We spoke with former drag racer Stephen Ciatti— who has a PhD …

MIT scientists have charted a course for Mars that they say beats NASA's by a landslide

It's a very different plan than the NASA astronauts in the latest sci-fi action film "The Martian" take.<p>Moreover, it's not what the real NASA describes in their outline for human exploration of Mars, called the Mars Design Reference Architecture 5.0.<p>But the US space agency might want to reconsider …

Space Science

Why we should stop worrying about our wandering minds

Daydreaming has a bad reputation, but neuroscientists are beginning to realise that a wandering mind is not only typical – it might be beneficial.<p>Sit down, relax and think of nothing. Struggling? There might be a good reason why your mind seems to wander even when you try very hard to switch off: …

The Brain

How A Folding Electric Vehicle Went From Car Of The Future To 'Obsolete'

<i>This story is the latest in</i>NPR's Cities Project<i>.</i><p>A few years ago, engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology debuted a design, a decade in the making, for a car that would transform urban transportation.<p>They called it the CityCar. It's a small, electric two-seat pod, with "robot wheels." …

Bike Lanes

UK documentary makers found guilty in Indonesian court

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1204000/1204799_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524701509_20857de9dab7338565f0c5e14d5b3fbb<p><b>Two UK journalists have been found guilty of violating Indonesia's immigration laws by filming a documentary without a press visa.</b><p>Neil Bonner and Rebecca …

Crime

Facebook will give employees super slow Internet speeds every Tuesday to better understand markets like India

For most people, the stark differences will likely be jarring.<p>Engineering director Tom Alison remembers the first time he opened Facebook on a phone with a 2G connection.<p>"I felt like, 'Whoa!'" Alison tells Business Insider. "It definitely tested my patience — it felt like parts of the product were …

10 Questions That Will Transform Your Life

<i>This article was originally published on Completed Thoughts.</i><p>Have you ever asked yourself questions like these?<p>"Why do I have to get up so early?"<br>• "Why is this happening to me?"<br>• "I'm screwed, aren't I?"<br>• "Why is life so hard?"<br>• "I should just give up, shouldn't I?<p>If you are like the average person, you …

Microsoft shuffles its cloud business to keep the good times rolling

Indeed, revenue for Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise division (internally called C+E) was up 13% year-over-year, as adoption of the Microsoft Azure public cloud computing platform continues to be strong.<p>In a memo titled "Accelerating Our Momentum Even Further" that was sent to all employees in the …

A Microbiologist Recreated 'Starry Night' With Bacteria In A Petri Dish

And it's not too shabby.<p>If only Vincent van Gogh could have lived to see this strikingly accurate reproduction of his iconic "Starry Night" -- especially since, instead of oil on canvas, the work is a bacteria on petri. Because even with these most minute of materials, the night sky still swirls …

Biology

17 books Bill Gates thinks everyone should read

While Bill Gates has a schedule that's planned down to the minute, the entrepreneur-turned-billionaire-humanitarian still gobbles up about a book a week.<p>Aside from a handful of novels, they're mostly nonfiction books covering his and his foundation's broad range of interests. A lot of them are …

Chicago Architecture Biennial Review

The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial look at ways smart design can solve the world’s problems.<p>...

Architecture

Best of luck Microsoft, but the Surface Book isn't going to save the PC

<b>Microsoft has unveiled the pinnacle of laptop design as the format faces a terminal, and possibly unstoppable, decline</b><p>Three things happened in the space of two days last week that explain perfectly the state of the market for personal computers.<p>On Wednesday morning, at a glamorous Apple-style event …

The 15 most underrated foodie cities in the US

Some of America's smaller cities and towns boast delicious cuisine — and are totally affordable to visit.<p>We asked our friends at Hotels.com to curate a list of some of the best foodie destinations in the US where average hotel prices are under $100.<p>The list is based on the actual prices consumers …

Microsoft Word versus Google Docs

For the last few decades, Microsoft Word has been the de-facto standard for word processors across the working world. That’s finally starting to …

Apple’s Jimmy Iovine is ‘scared’ for the future of music

Iovine, who joined Apple through its $2 billion acquisition of his company Beats Music last year, railed against music services like Spotify that use a "freemium" model on stage at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit.<p>Spotify's model lets people use the service for free, as long as they listen …

The fascinating life of Nikola Tesla, the man who electrified our world and fell in love with a pigeon

The Serbian-American engineer and physicist had over 300 patents worldwide, and his inventions helped pave the way for alternating current (AC), electric motors, radios, fluorescent lights, lasers, and remote control, among many other things.<p>But he was also highly eccentric — from his bizarre …

NASA shows where Matt Damon would have been stranded on Mars

NASA's love for <i>The Martian</i> movie is seemingly endless. In another publicity stunt for the sci-fi film, the space agency posted images taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, showing where the stranded astronaut Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, would have been staying on the Red Planet. The …

19 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent (And Why It Matters for Your Career)

Uncover 20 signs you're emotionally intelligent and how it has the ability to influence your career.

Is the global economy heading for recession?

As far as economic expansions go, our’s is pretty long in the tooth. Since World War II, the average length of time between recessions is about 58 …

Bill Gates doubles down on his drive to improve teaching

After seven years and millions of dollars, Bill Gates says his foundation is perhaps not even a quarter of the way towards its goal of improving …

The Science of Sounding Smart

When you’re trying to convey the quality of your mind to your boss, or to a company that’s considering you for a job, your best ally may be your own voice.<p>Although some people may assume that their ideas and intellect would come across much better in written form, it turns out that using your voice …

Stephen Hawking is a theoretical physics genius, but the mystery he finds most intriguing is women

Hawking has been outspoken about the dangers of AI, which he has warned "could spell the end of the human race."<p>He himself uses a primitive form of AI to produce his characteristic robotic speech, since he suffers from a motor-neuron disease similar to ALS.<p>Here are a few of the best questions and …

Singularity

Everyone is copying Microsoft's Surface

Bill Gates always wanted a tablet.<p>Back in 2001 when the first real tablet PC running Windows emerged, Gates was bullish in an interview with CNN: “Within five years I predict it will be the most popular form of PC sold in America,” he said. Apple’s iPad won the tablet popularity race nearly 10 …

Microsoft's CEO shared a surprising motive for the coolest feature in its new phones

By plugging them into an optional dock adapter, you can use them almost like Windows 10 PCs, running full versions of Microsoft Office and other Windows Universal Apps with a mouse, keyboard, and monitor<p>Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella discussed the new feature, dubbed "Continuum," in an interview with …

How much consciousness does an octopus have?

What about an iPhone? And how much consciousness can we meaningfully ascribe to someone in a coma?<p>Animals ranging from parrots to elephants continue …