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1,200 HP Nissan GT-R Races 1,200 HP Bugatti Veyron on Papenburg High Speed Oval

We’ve seen plenty of races that pitted the Bugatti Veyron, in its various iterations, against uber-fast machines with much less blue blood. However, …

Sports Cars

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

<b>1. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (1678)</b><p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.<p><b>2. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)</b><p>By the end of the 19th century, no book in English literary history had …

Literature

President Barack Obama's favourite books

President Barack Obama is a voracious reader so when he recommends a book it tends to get noticed.<p>In an interview with People magazine in December 2015, he said that his favourite book of the year was the novel Fates and Furies by Lauren Goff. Fates and Furies, a portrait of a dishonest marriage …

6 Things You Should Know About Lab Diamonds

Lab Diamonds Help Catch Up to Demand<p>A clear, sparkling diamond is rare. That’s part of its appeal. Those mined today formed billions of years ago. But a new method can grow gem-quality diamonds on demand in just three months. Lab diamonds are identical to their natural counterparts and cost 30 to …

Jewelry

This app lets you text without Wi-Fi or a data plan anywhere in the world — even on a plane

FireChat is the perfect travel app, allowing users to send and receive text messages entirely without data or internet thanks to something called mesh networking.<p>Basically, mesh networking allows you to communicate wirelessly by bouncing your message from one phone equipped with FireChat (within …

5 things that are considered incredibly rude in Japan

With its baroque rituals and ancient traditions, Japanese etiquette strikes fear in the hearts of even seasoned travelers. But no need to worry: It's effort — not execution — that matters most to the Japanese.<p>"Everybody understands you're from a different culture," says Yuko Ehara, a Tokyo-based …

Catholic Bishops In Kenya Call For A Boycott Of Polio Vaccines

Africa will mark one year without polio on Tuesday. The last case was in Somalia in 2014.<p>But last week, a polio vaccination campaign in Kenya faced an unlikely opponent: The country's Conference of Catholic Bishops declared a boycott of the World Health Organization's vaccination campaign, saying …

Public Health

Prince Compares Record Contracts To Slavery In Rare Meeting With Media

Music icon Prince is worried about the future of the music business for artists, and his top priority can be summed up in one word: Freedom.<p>"Record contracts are just like — I'm gonna say the word – slavery," Prince told a group of 10 journalists Saturday night, during a meet and greet at his …

Music

Turning cow poo into power is profitable for US farm

The family-run American farm invested in a biogas recovery system which transforms cow poo and other waste into electricity.<p>Enough electricity, in fact, to power 1,000 homes, a service which the local utility company pays for handsomely.<p>But that's just a side benefit.<p>"It works economically, but one …

The Madness of the World's Most Dangerous Motorcycle Race

The Isle of Man TT is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious motorcycle races on the planet, and perhaps the most dangerous. Since the race …

The mistake we all make... and the simple experiment that reveals it

Bill Gates is the richest person in the world. At the age of 19, he dropped out of Harvard to start Microsoft, and in a few short years he made it the most profitable corporation in the world. It’s tempting to think that he must be one of the smartest people who ever lived.<p>Gates is undoubtedly …

Psychology

11 Science Fiction Concepts NASA Wants to Make Reality

NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, carefully selects participants from a broad range of studies and grants them each $100,000 to …

Photos without Google Plus is exactly what we've been asking for

Though nowhere near official, it seems Google may actually be splitting its impressive Photos service from their sputtering social arm.<p>Android Police recently got some hands-on time with Google’s new “Photos” app. The report doesn’t divulge all the details we’ve been hearing about — like sharing …

Gold Wrapped Lamborghini Gallardo Crashes in Liverpool

Not too long ago, a gold chrome wrapped Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder crashed in London. Well fast forward to the start of August and another gold …

Yahoo To Get Its Iconic San Francisco Billboard Back

Happy 20th Birthday, Yahoo!<p>What did you get, what did you get? I bet there’ll be parties galore. Gifts, prizes. Presents!<p>– <b>A BILLBOARD!</b><p>A Billboard?<p>– <b>THE Billboard.</b><p>If you’ve lived in, or have ever been to, the Bay Area, you’ve probably seen the Yahoo Billboard (it’s on Interstate 80). It was a pretty …

10 most expensive cars in the world

<b>With a dream car comes the thrill of an adrenaline rush as you are pushed back in your seat by the break neck acceleration or sit up with the spine</b> …

Skip the rosé: These refreshing summer wines are ancient, complex, and “orange”

On a recent night at Four Horsemen, a buzzy new wine bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, nearly everyone sipped wine of a similar shade. It wasn’t burgundy, ruby, yellow, or pink, but a peachy amber glow that filled their glasses, which shimmered with humidity on an August night.<p>The patrons, and I with …

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Researchers find another Android exploit that can hijack a phone - in OEM installed software

Things are not going very well for Android, with the past two weeks revealing at least two particularly dangerous exploits that could allow for a …

15 books to read in your 20s if you want to get rich

However, it can be difficult to know where or how to start, especially if your parents didn't teach you much about money or if you've never taken a personal finance class.<p>The good news is that there are a bunch of resources out there designed to jump start you on a path to financial success, and …

FYI: What Causes Muscle Twitches?

Got a twitch in your eyelid, arm, or leg? Wondering where the hell it comes from and how to get rid of it? Answers within.<p>Involuntary muscle twitches are exceedingly common and yet not very well understood. "Nearly everyone experiences it," Dr. Daniel Drachman, professor of neurology and …

Frances Kelsey, doctor who kept thalidomide out of US, dies aged 101

Canadian doctor refused to bow to pressure from makers of drug when she worked for the US Food and Drug Administration in the early 1960s<p>Frances Kelsey, a Canadian doctor known for her tenacity in keeping the drug thalidomide off the US market, has died aged 101.<p>Kelsey died on Friday morning, less …

FDA

Twitter Collapses 5%, Tumbling Toward IPO-Level Prices

Shares of Twitter, a popular social media company, fell sharply today, dipping nearly 6 percent by midday trading. The company’s equity fell in value below the $30 mark, setting new lows. As of the time of writing, shares of Twitter are worth just over $29.<p>For context, Twitter went public at $26 …

Here Is The Hardware Powering The International 2015 Dota 2 Championships

Nvidia, Samsung, and Corsair, oh my!<p>Tomorrow will mark the end of The International Dota 2 Championship 2015, the most lucrative e-sport tournament of all time, with the final pool well above $18 million dollars. Sixteen teams came to play—but they’re not using their own computers. Nvidia, the …

Case Study: Why This Photograph "Works"

Today we are going to do something a little different. Lightstalking has many many great articles advising you about both composition and learning …

San Francisco plane crash: parents of teen killed by rescue truck drop lawsuit

The parents of a teenage girl run over and killed by emergency vehicles after the Asiana Airlines crash-landing at San Francisco airport two years ago dropped their lawsuit against the city on Friday.<p>Boeing 777 from Seoul crashes on landing at San Francisco airport<p>Read more<p>The parents’ lawyers …

San Francisco

'My Wife Is Fat'

Reader Wife Is Fat writes:<p>I felt compelled to send you a message after reading the Husband is Overweight entry because my situation is a bit reversed. I'm in the army and my wife is the overweight one (200lbs and 5'4") and she knows it. She gained weight after she was pregnant with our daughter …

Revolutionary tidal fence is set to trap the sea’s power

A British company has announced plans for an array of unique marine turbines that can operate in shallower and slower-moving water than current designs.<p>Kepler Energy, whose technology is being developed by Oxford University’s department of engineering science, says the turbines will in time produce …

Hydroelectric Power

The Easy Steps That Helped Me Lose More Than 175 Pounds

When I got to college, I weighed about 300 pounds and <i>then</i> put on the freshman 15—times two. I think the reason I gained so much is that I just kept up my unhealthy habits, didn't exercise, and ate like a college kid. I don't think I had one vegetable while I was there.<p>After college, I started …