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SpeedKore Performance’s Tantrum Is a ’70 Dodge Charger Turned 1650-hp Supercar

Pro Touring cars—a.k.a. “restomods”—have become a passion-fueled art form of late, and honestly, they don’t get better than SpeedKore’s stunning ’70 Dodge Charger–based “Tantrum.” Done by the same Wisconsin shop that produced an unforgettable 1970 Plymouth Barracuda for the <i>Furious 7</i> movie, the …

Sports Cars

Scientists say left-handed people may be smarter in one key way

As is so often the case with social science research, the frustrating answer is "it depends."<p>But there are certain cognitive domains where left-handed people do seem to excel. One such area is called "divergent thinking," or the ability to generate new ideas based on existing information.<p>That's …

The Brain

DNA storage allows all the world’s digital information to be stored in 9 liters of liquid

Conventional hard drives are topping 10TB now, but that could seem like a laughably small amount of space if DNA-based storage takes off. Two teams …

Genetics

Get a College-Level Computer Science Education with These Free Courses

We're lucky to have access to so many excellent free online courses for just about anything you want to study, including computer science. Here's a …

5 vitamins and minerals that are actually worth your money

Science tells us that taking most vitamins is worthless — but here’s a few that buck the trend<p>Recently, a number of studies published in the <i>Annals of Internal Medicine</i> underscored a fact that scientists have become increasingly sure of: The vast majority of vitamins and mineral supplements are …

Scans Reveal Strange Warm Spot At Giza Pyramid

Probably not grain storage...or a Stargate<p>There's a lot we know about the iconic Pyramids at Giza. We know they were built thousands of years ago to hold royal mummies and grave goods (not grain). The pyramids were likewise not the home/landing site/temples of aliens dead set on taking over …

Randy Pobst Gets His Shift Together on The Racing Line

Learn the proper way to heel and toe.<p>Randy Pobst is back for the third episode of “The Racing Line” and his message this time around is pretty clear – if you’re a race car driver, you better no how to shift. With that said, Pobst dedicates the episode on how not to be a shift knob, whether it’s an …

Volkswagen also lied about its gas-powered cars

Volkswagen admitted in September that it used defeat devices aimed at fooling emissions tests in 11 million of its diesel vehicles -- but now its gasoline models are implicated in the scandal as well. On Tuesday, Volkswagen reported that it understated the level of carbon dioxide emissions of about …

China has been burning way more coal than previously reported

Revised estimates could complicate efforts to curb carbon emissions ahead of Paris climate change conference<p>China has been burning substantially more coal than previously believed, according to new government figures released this week. As <i>The New York Times</i> reports, the revised data show that China …

Li Keqiang

Watch this black hole rip apart a star - Futurity

Astronomers caught a black hole tearing apart a star in the center of a galaxy about 290 million light years away from Earth.

Have We Detected Megastructures Built By Aliens Around A Distant Star?

Or just a cloud of comets? Scientists want to investigate further<p>The Kepler space telescope's job is to find faraway planets that could potentially support life. But as <i>The Atlantic</i> reports, scientists are exploring the possibility that the telescope may have detected something even more …

Study May Ease Drinking Water Worries About Fracking

A new study of drinking water in areas where fracking is used to extract natural gas found that contamination is not common and it probably did not come from deep underground.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>Let's turn to the ongoing controversy about fracking, the technique that injects water deep …

Fracking

7 Nutrients (Besides Fiber and Protein!) That Can Help You Lose Weight

Time to revise that grocery list!<p>Even if your diet is a fruit-and veggie-packed rainbow of healthiness, you could still be missing out on vitamins and nutrients that are essential for getting you closer to your goal weight, says Jessica Cording, R.D., a dietitian in New York City. In order to lose …

An Ice-Proof Coating For Airplanes Based On A Frog's Skin

Biomimicry takes to the air<p>Konrad Rykaczewski, an assistant professor of engineering at Arizona State University, has strived for years to develop a better anti-icing solution for airplanes. His drive is more than academic: He was once stranded for two days in London when a long snowfall depleted …

When it comes to jogging, less is more, study argues

Hey, fitness junkies, here's something to ponder the next time you lace up your athletic shoes for that long, heart-pounding run: A Danish study recently concluded that high-intensity, high-mileage joggers die at the same rate as channel-surfing couch potatoes.<p>The study, published Monday in the …

Marathons

Have We Found Alien Life?

Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others<p><i>This feature was originally published in the February 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science.<p>Kenneth Nealson is looking awfully sane for a man who’s basically just told me that he has a …

Researchers Discover An Ancient Replica Of Our Solar System

The finding is good news for the search for intelligent alien life<p>Deep within the bowels of our Milky Way Galaxy, there is another solar system that is like a miniature replica of our own. Except this planetary system is just a tad older — by about 7 billion years.<p>Using images and data collected by …

'Heavenly' Ice Halos Form Over New Mexico—What Causes Them?

Ice crystals high in Earth's atmosphere can shape light in unexpected and beautiful ways.<p>It's not quite like finding diamonds in the sky, but a photographer in Red River, New Mexico, was lucky enough to catch rainbow-like arcs and pillars of light blazing over a snowy landscape last week. This …

Earth Science

Does this Martian meteorite contain traces of life?

Researchers say they’ve found evidence of biological activity inside a meteorite from Mars that landed on the Moroccan desert in 2011.<p>The Tissint …

Engineers create 'superomniphobic' texture capable of repelling all liquids

(Phys.org) —A pair of researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has created the first surface texture that …

Engineering

Interstellar: the truth about wormholes

Christopher Nolan's new film, Interstellar, sees astronauts leaping across galaxies via a 'wormhole'. Could it one day be possible?<p>The universe wasn't designed to make life easy for science-fiction writers. Nowhere is this more obvious than if you are trying to write a grand space opera.<p>You know …

Physics

Dark matter may have been detected – streaming from the sun’s core

First direct detection of dark matter, thought to make up most of the matter in the universe, would be a historic breakthrough<p>An unusual signal picked up by a European space observatory could be the first direct detection of dark matter particles, astronomers say.<p>The findings are tentative and …

This fusion reactor could be cheaper than coal - Futurity

Engineers have designed a fusion reactor that, when scaled up to the size of a large electrical power plant, would rival costs for a new coal-fired …

Coal

Suspended Animation In Space Travel: What Scientists Still Need To Learn

Human hibernation could be a great way to get to Mars (and beyond), but a few big questions remain.<p>The first astronauts who head off to Mars might make the entire 180-day journey while they’re fast asleep. In a NASA-commissioned study on human stasis, aerospace engineers at SpaceWorks have found …

Crazy but true: Messenger spacecraft spots ice at Mercury's north pole

NASA’s Messenger spacecraft has sent back its first visible-light images of water ice on Mercury, the tiny charbroiled planet that orbits closest to the sun.<p>The findings, described in the journal Geology, reveal that the ice deposits look surprisingly "fresh" – and hint that water could have been …

Astronomy

Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready for use in a decade.<p>Tom McGuire, who heads the project, …

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Violent video games research: consensus or confusion?

A new paper arguing that there is consensus that violent video games cause aggression highlights the pitfalls of peer review<p>It seems like a simple question to ask, but it is one that is apparently very difficult to answer: what are the effects of violent media on our behaviour? It’s also a question …

Researchers develop green tea-based 'missiles' to kill cancer cells more effectively

Green tea has long been known for its anti-oxidant, anti-cancer, anti-aging and anti-microbial properties. A group of researchers from the Institute …

Greased lightning: the nanotechnology in engine oil

Nanotech additives act like minuscule ball bearings to lubricate moving metal surfaces that come into contact inside engines, improving fuel efficiency and reducing wear and tear<p>The Consumer Products Inventory lists over 1,600 products that have been identified by the manufacturer as containing …