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Awesome Google Features You May Not Have Known About

For example, did you know that Google can guide you through your wedding?<p>From the silly to the useful, these Google features (which we picked out of this great Quora thread) will make you love Google even more than you probably already did.

Typography

Hear this sports announcer realize moment when ball hits his rental car

We don't tend to cover a lot of cricket on <i>Autoblog –</i> the sport or the insect, really. It's just somewhat rare that either of them intrude upon the automotive domain. However, it's hard not to at least muster a grimace – or even a laugh – when watching this cricket announcer calling a game, only to …

8 Ways to Lower the Odds of Being Ticketed When Police Pull You Over

How do bad cars happen? How, for instance, did Pontiac's Aztek—the greatest failed model in recent history—get all the way from flawed design to ugly product? We asked Bob Lutz, our industry expert and man-about-town. Here's the inside dope.<p><i>(Photo Credit: Visions of America/Contributor/Getty Images)</i><p>…

35 Science 'Facts' That Are Totally Wrong

Hollywood, friends, and family have perpetuated these 35 science myths for years. But it's time to set the record straight.<p>Is there fire in space?<p>Does tequila really come with a hallucinogenic worm?<p>Can you overdose on Vitamin C?<p>The answers to these questions will surprise you.<p>For this list, we used …

Hair Color

5 amazing gadgets you won't believe exist

If you haven't noticed, the "Age of Technology" is upon us. Real versions of yesterday's dreams are popping up like Orville Redenbacher kernels in a 3,000 watt microwave. Not a day goes by, it seems, that we are not blown away by a new technology product or service that would have seemed stranger …

This Is the World's Smallest Functional V-12 Engine

You'd never guess it judging by the collection of tiny, intricate works of kinetic art on display in his workshop, but José Manuel Hermo Barreiro, a.k.a. "Patelo," claims to be a "very impatient person." A retired naval mechanic, Patelo continues to create after his contemporaries have ditched …

The Science Behind Baking Your Ideal Chocolate Chip Cookie

You like soft and chewy. He likes thin and crispy. If only there were a way to bake chocolate chip cookies to please everyone.<p>There is! And, no, it's not Martha Stewart's way. It's science.<p>We've taken our cues from a few spots: a bioengineering grad student named Kendra Nyberg, who co-taught a …

Here's What Scientists Discovered When They Conducted A Rigorous Study Of Pizza Cheese

Nobody can ever seem to agree on which pizza is the best, so a team of scientists decided to call in an unbiased pizza-evaluation algorithm to determine how to compose a winning pie.<p>While a fair assessment of pizza quality — a pressing concern in certain food circles — would require considering …

How To Turn A Clothespin Into A Matchstick Gun

Update your desktop arsenal with this creation<p>DIY enthusiast Grant Thompson, who previously made a 10-penny battery that powered a small light for almost two weeks, is at it again. Inspired by another project tutorial, Thompson created seven variations of a mini-pistol that can fire matches over 20 …

10 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

You may be missing out on some of the iPhone's most powerful features.<p><b>1. Take Siri to School</b>Tired of Siri pronouncing things wrong? Next time she screws something up, tell her "That's not how you pronounce X," and then pronounce it for her. She'll give it another try, and offer you a few options …

Batteries

Hollow Earth conspiracy theories: the hole truth

For centuries, Hollow Earth conspiracy theorists have tried to prove that there’s a whole other world beneath our own. But first they need to find the way in...<p><b>Late at night, on October 4 2002, a strange guest appeared</b> on a cult American <b>radio</b> show. Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell had a reputation …

5 Old-Timey Medical Treatments That Actually Work

Leeches, lobotomies, and more<p>Thanks to vast improvements in hygiene, pharmaceuticals, and surgical techniques and devices, medical treatments today tend to be significantly less painful—and less deadly—than they were a century ago. Though the cures of yesteryear often seem brutally primitive, some, …

Medicine

The Scientifically Best Times To Drink Coffee During The Day

Why you should treat caffeine the way you treat painkillers or antibiotics<p>When's the optimal time to get your coffee kick? Sometime between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning should work well, neuroscience doctoral student Steven Miller explains in a supremely helpful blog post.<p>Careful timing of when …

How to Teach Humans to Remember Really Complex Passwords

If passwords are considered the bane of the data security industry, it’s partly because humans are awful at choosing them: By some counts, we still …

Dining Out? Beware of Extremely Contagious Norovirus

Food & Dining

Three spectators killed, six injured at Jim Clark Rally in Scotland [w/video]

If you've ever watched an off-road rally and wondered how the spectators are allowed to get so close to the cars traveling at high speeds over loose and often unpredictable surfaces, we're afraid to report that your suspicions have tragically been confirmed as news comes in of two separate crashes …

Stranger than The Shape of Water: the woman wooed by a dolphin

In 1965, Margaret Howe moved into a flooded house in order to teach a dolphin to talk – but he wanted something from her in return. As the Oscar-nominated inter-species romance The Shape of Water is released in cinemas, we revisit the stranger-than-fiction story of The Girl Who Talked to</i> …

These Harvard And MIT Kids Say They've Made NSA-Proof Email

Those who worry that Gmail or the National Security Agency may be rifling through their emails now have a new alternative: ProtonMail, a super-secure email service created by students from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.<p>"It was the Snowden leaks that got us started," …

Google Releases VirusTotal Uploader for OS X

Google today announced the release of VirusTotal Uploader for OS X, allowing Mac users to upload suspicious files for scanning. You can download it now directly for OS X 10.8 and 10.9 from VirusTotal (8.52MB).<p>For those who don’t know, VirusTotal Uploader for Windows is a popular tool for submitting …

New meteor shower could make for heavenly viewing

Night skywatchers are anticipating a rare debut of a never-before-seen meteor shower this Friday and Saturday evening. The cosmic premiere of the May Camelopardalids could even rival the prolific Perseid shower in August, according to NASA.<p>"Some forecasters have predicted a meteor storm of more …

Longitude Prize 2014: six great challenges of our time – as it happened

Over to you …<p><b>Jessica writes:</b> The success of the Longitude 2014 Prize will depend on its design. As I said earlier, challenge prizes only work well when they open up the problem to a wider pool of people to solve, when those people will make the time to get involved and when it's likely that the …

'Assassins Creed: Pirates' now available as a free-to-play browser game

Here's the thing about <i>Assassins Creed: Pirates</i> (you know, aside from the obvious swashbuckling theme): It was made specifically for phones and tablets. In fact, Ubisoft warned from the get-go that we probably wouldn't see a PC or console version. Starting today, though, you can play it on your …

Brazilian Investigators Cracking the Case of Missing One-of-a-Kind Snake

Search continues for a rare boa constrictor stolen from Brazil to breed for the reptile trade.<p>With its abundant rare species and remote locales, Brazil has long been known as an epicenter for wildlife trafficking. But that's changing, thanks to a group of dedicated investigators who are pursuing …

Watch a Valet Crash a Lamborghini Aventador

So this is a thing: Some poor Lamborghini Aventador owner in Monaco—we know, wipe a tear for this sad soul—valeted his ride, only to have a passing RAV4 bash into it. Clearly this was the RAV4’s fault. Never mind the kind valet chap driving the Lambo seems to have thought he had the supercar in …

Reinventing the wheel with built-in shock absorbers

When Israeli farmer Gilad Wolf broke his pelvis in 2008, he resolved not to lets his crops wither on the vine and became determined to turn his …

Diesel-Powered Trident Iceni Sports Car Tops 190 Miles Per Hour, Gets 58 Miles Per Gallon

If you think diesel engines are only for work trucks, sport utility vehicles and efficiency-focused compact cars, the Trident Iceni Magna might change your mind.<p>This slinky two-seater from Trident Sports Cars Ltd., a boutique British automaker founded in 2005, uses a modified Duramax diesel engine …

Lytro changed photography. Now can it get anyone to care?

“Okay, can I take it out of the box now?”<p>Lytro product director Colvin Pitts wants to show me the camera he’s been working on since 2007. He cautions that it’s just an early model, then gently lifts the stark, black device out of an unmarked box. It looks like a cross between a DSLR and a …

From 'goof' to maths genius thanks to a blow to the head

Jason Padgett is one of the world's few 'sudden savants' – able to draw elaborate geometric fractals following a brain injury which changed his life.<p>A self-proclaimed former "goof" and college dropout has told how he became a maths genius after suffering a traumatic brain injury<p>Jason Padgett is a …