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Why Don't Airlines Have Parachutes for Passengers?

<i>Why don't airlines have parachutes for passengers?</i><p><b>Andrew Hennigan:</b><p>There are four reasons why you don't find a parachute under your seat on commercial …

The hard truth about Terence Crutcher and Tulsa: What kind of white person do you want to be?

The killing of yet another unarmed black man by police shows little will change until White America joins the fight<p>If America were a song, the killing of unarmed black people by the police would be a standard chord progression or rhythm, the sort of indistinguishable background noise that you hear …

Premium gas provides no benefit to cars that use regular, AAA study finds

Research by<p>AAAhas found that motorists wasted $2.1 billion in 2015 buying premium gasoline for cars that don't require it.<p>Using tests designed to evaluate vehicle performance, fuel economy and emissions, AAA researchers said they found no benefit to using premium gasoline in a vehicle that only …

Electric Vehicles

How Pop Culture Wore Out Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’

Leonard Cohen’s ballad “Hallelujah” has become so inescapable that the songwriter once asked for a break from his own track. “I think it’s a good song, but too many people sing it,” he told The Guardian in 2009, agreeing with a critic for The New York Times who asked for a moratorium on …

Celine Dion

US to release driverless car guidelines and safety assessment

White House will publish footsteps for auto-makers interested in making self-driving vehicles and model legislation for states that want to legalize them<p>The White House will release guidelines for self-driving automobiles on Tuesday, as well as model legislation recommended to states that want to …

Teleportation, the next generation: Chinese and Canadian scientists closer to a quantum internet

Chinese and Canadian scientists say they have successfully carried out a form of teleportation across an entire city.<p>The two teams working …

Flat Earthers Argue Trees Don't Exist. They're Not Wrong.

I feel you. I don't believe you, but I feel you.<p>Last month, a YouTuber from Crimea commenced a conspiracy when they posted a video called “There are …

Sex Tips for Boring People: The New G-Spot, Expired Sex Toys, and Oral Orgasms

What is the cul-de-sac, and why do people say it's better than the G-spot?<p>First it was the mysterious clitoris you had to conquer. Then you learned …

Deductible

Here’s All The Really Cool Stuff GoPro Announced Today

GoPro has long been the biggest name in action cameras. Their indestructible little steel boxes have captured everything from spearfishers escaping sharks to Easter egg hunts for the internet’s amusement. But now that everybody from major camera companies to GPS manufacturers has an action camera, …

Drones

Watch a Gigantic RC Fighter Jet Tragically Disintegrate in Mid-Air

RC planes aren’t cheap, and crashing even a $200 model can be heartbreaking given how much work is required to build and test it before your first …

Aerospace

Can You See All 12 Black Dots At Once?

It’s no dress, but this optical illusion will surely make your head hurt.<p>What you’re looking at is called Ninio’s extinction illusion. There are …

Londoners in 2050 won't need cars. They'll be living in an app-powered eco-capital

The success of London in 2050 will be measured by its environment. By this I don’t just mean the quality of its air, or whether it has retained its biodiversity, important though those are. I mean the overall quality of life for Londoners. Will they experience the city as spacious, efficient, …

England

A woman with schizophrenia told us what it's really like to live with incurable hallucinations

That was how she understood the specters that flitted through her room at night, moved things around, and made faces at her from the branches of trees.<p>Raised in the Southern Baptist community of Indian Land, South Carolina, Star Withers used her faith to understand a universe that she said seemed …

Mental Health