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Looking Back At A Forgotten Mercedes-Benz Gullwing Supercar

Mercedes-Benz’s return to motor-racing in the late 1980s proved to be very successful, very quickly. By the turn of the decade, the collaboration …

Scientists Are Using Wormholes To Make Black Holes Less Weird

Warping space to fight infinities<p>Black holes are light prisons, dense regions of space with such powerful gravity that light can't escape their pull. Unfortunately, what goes on inside those jails is impossible using our regular outsider physics laws, with things like disappearing prisoners and …

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Tools to Help You Paint Like a Pro

Tons of new painting tools hit the market every year, but many are unnecessary or don't work as advertised, so they quickly fade from stores shelves. The products here offer real benefits and can make your next painting or staining project faster and easier.<p>Graco TrueCoat 360DS paint sprayer<p><b>Price</b>: …

Engineers just created a programmable quantum computer

Computer scientists have created a small programmable quantum computer that can run a number of quantum algorithms.<p>Quantum computers have the …

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Osprey Tiltrotor Flies Again Thanks to 3D-Printed Parts

The process will help aircraft—especially older ones—live longer than ever before.<p>The U.S. Navy has flown a MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft with a key part made from "additive manufacturing," or 3D-printing. The successful project will lead to ways to keep older planes fly long after part-makers …

Here's the Real Reason You Should Never Warm Up Your Car

It takes longer, wastes fuel, and actually increases the wear and tear on your engine.<p>On cold winter mornings, some folks will fire up their cars and leave them running for 10, 20, maybe even 30 minutes, thinking they're reducing wear and tear by letting their cars warm up gently. But Jason from</i> …

15 Pickup Trucks that Changed the World

Galaxy Note 7 hands-on: Killer phablet features the iPhone still can’t touch

When Apple first released its larger iPhone 6 Plus to appease smartphone fans who were clamoring for iPhones with larger displays, I personally …

Galaxy Note

Mercedes-Benz shows off the first fully electric heavy urban transport truck

Daimler isn’t about to let Tesla own any more ‘firsts’ in electric transportation; the German company revealed the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck today in Stuttgart, an all-electric truck with a total admissible weight capacity of 26 tonnes (29 U.S. tons), which makes it the first clean energy big rig …

Everything Is Made Of Waves; Also, Particles

Everything in the universe has both particle and wave nature, at the same time.They’re really just different language describing the same mathematical object.

6 Tips for Laying Top-Notch Tile

Tackling a tile job may seem intimidating for first time DIYers, but these tips will help you every step of the way.<p>Setting your own tile can save a lot of money, and is a DIY project that anyone can take on. Mark Clement of MyFixItUpLife has laid a lot of tile, and shares his top tips for getting …

8 Cars That Made Way More Horsepower Than Advertised

Sometimes, automakers don't reveal the true potential of their finest cars.<p>You'd think that if you built a car with a ton of horsepower, you'd want to shout it out from the mountaintops. Most of the time, that's the case, but for various reasons automakers occasionally choose to underrate their …

These Excellent Animations Show Exactly How Turbochargers and Superchargers Work

Even if you're an engineer, you'll appreciate these visual explainers.<p>With forced induction quickly becoming the norm on today's cars, it's important to understand how it all works. Turbo- and superchargers are fairly simple devices in principle, but a good visual is sometimes the best way to show …

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Saturn’s moon Titan could have the right chemistry for life

By Rachel Feltman<p>Rachel Feltman<p>Bio<p>Titan, Saturn's aptly named largest moon, is exactly the kind of place we want to visit: NASA describes it as "one of the most Earth-like worlds we have found to date." It has a dense atmosphere and stable lakes and rivers.<p>Its air isn't breathable (it's almost …

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Electronic implant in 'Spock' nerve could reverse rheumatoid arthritis

A simple electronic implant into the 'Spock' nerve could reverse the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, clinical trials in the Netherlands have shown.<p>The vagus nerve has been called the ‘captain’ of all nerves because it is linked to so many crucial parts of the body including the heart and the …

Japan Is In the Market for 100 New Fighter Jets

The purchase will be Japan's biggest in decades.<p>Japan is set to issue a tender for up to 100 new fighter jets, a program the country hopes will help rejuvenate its aging air force. As reported by Reuters, the contract is expected to be worth at least 40 billion dollars.<p>The new fighter program, …

Hole in ozone layer is closing and will be 'healed' by 2050, scientists say

The hole in the Antarctic ozone layer is beginning to close, scientists have discovered.<p>Researchers from the University of Leeds and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, have confirmed the first signs of an increase of ozone, which shields life on Earth from the sun’s harmful …

8 Dusting Tricks That Will Make Your Home Sparkle

Grime, we are so done with you.<p>Dusting hard-to-reach places can be a pain. Learn the best way to dust your car, ceiling fans, filters and more.

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Beijing Is Sinking About Four Inches Every Year

The heart and bustling center of China, Beijing, is collapsing under the weight of centuries of water mismanagement and construction. Beijing’s history stretches for more than 3,000 years and with it comes inherited decisions related to water use in and around the city. The city is not new to …

'Forbidden Symmetry' Found in 4.5-Billion-Year-Old Meteorite

Until recently, crystals with ‘forbidden symmetry’ were thought impossible to naturally occur. Yet, a 4.57 billion-year-old meteorite was found in the far northeastern region of Chukotka, Russia exhibiting crystals with naturally occurring ‘forbidden symmetry‘ for the first time. Dr. Paul …

Forgotten Weapons: Remembering When Revolvers Had Safeties

To guard against light trigger pulls and keep tear gas rounds where police officers loaded them, these unique revolvers came with large manual safeties.<p>One of the classic gun nerd tropes is when an armed protagonist in a tense scene disengages the safety on their revolver with a nice audible click. …

7 Things You Learn After Driving a Lamborghini For a Week

People stare.<p>The moment the average human straps into a Lamborghini Aventador, checks all the controls, and hits that first turn off the driveway, their inner Will Smith starts hollering "I've got to get me one of these!" Your buddy's Camaro is quick. The Aventador, no matter how fast you've gone, …

Learn How to Make a Rip Cut, the Most Popular Cut on Your Table Saw

Cutting with the wood grain is the first cut you'll make and the most common one you'll use.<p>Once you buy a table saw, you'll wonder how you ever built anything without it. Ask anyone who does woodworking, and they'll tell you the table saw one of their most-used tools.<p>The first and most common cut …

Tesla first drive, electric road trip, hybrids to supplant diesels? The Week in Reverse

<i>Which controversial new Tesla vehicle did we finally get to drive, and what did we think of it?</i><p><i>And, where is our electric-motorcycle riding</i> …

The Earth's magnetic field is weakening ten times faster than expected

New satellite data from the European Space Agency has revealed some puzzling findings: the Earth’s magnetic field appears to be weakening much faster …

9 Race Cars So Good They Were Banned

Too fast for the rule books.<p>At its very best, motorsport inspires innovation of the highest order. Sometimes, the best race cars push too far ahead, leaving the competition—and rule-makers—in the dust. These nine cars were effectively banned for being <i>too</i> fast, <i>too</i> brilliant for the competition to …

Humans Could One Day Evolve to Live Forever

If jellyfish can do it, why can't humans?<p>It is a biological inevitability that just about every living organism will die—it's the <i>how</i> and the <i>when</i> that are up for debate. Some species barely make it to adulthood, while others go on for centuries. Ninety-nine percent of all species have already gone …

This Adorable Tiny Car Is Actually A Bike

Like a kid’s trailer, Kjellman’s design, now called a PodRide, has a lightweight, zippable fabric cover. But it also has headlights, turn signals, a …