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Watch as ‘the Beast’ Asteroid Sails Past Earth This Week

Changing Planet<p><b>A giant asteroid will silently glide by Earth this week, a stark reminder of cosmic dangers lurking nearby.</b><p>Measuring about 1,067 feet (325 meters) wide, the space intruder nicknamed “the Beast,” more formally known as HQ124, has an estimated width equal to an aircraft carrier …

Mini interns turn Paceman into Adventure pickup

With coupes and convertibles, hatchbacks and crossovers, Mini has done just about every bodystyle we could think of, and then a few more as concepts. But it hasn't done a pickup. At least it hadn't until now.<p>What we have here is a Mini Paceman (that, of course, being the coupe version of the …

Top Gear producer expresses regret over 'light-hearted' racist joke

Generally, when you're globally known like the team at <i>Top Gear</i> and are getting sued for $1.66 million over claims of racism, it's in your best interest to apologize early, often and profusely. You should not, however, apologize a month after the fact, when the furor had already died down. Someone, …

Analyzing Automakers’ Recall History in the Past 30 Years—Who Is Worst?

Mercedes-Benz has the lowest recall rate and BMW is quickest at issuing them, according to a study looking at nearly 30 years of federal data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.<p>The study, taken by Boston metro–based car-listing website iSeeCars, totaled U.S. vehicle sales from …

Automotive Industry

Photographer Takes to the Skies to Capture Some Magnificent Aerial Views of Germany

Take to the skies and there surely will be some amazing views to behold. 50-year-old Klaus Leidorf knows this fact all too well. The German …

Photography

Hallucinations - Review

Hallucinations are much more common than most people realise and in fact, may be a universal part of the human experience. This is the main premise in Oliver Sacks' newest collection, Hallucinations [Picador/Pan Macmillan, 2013; Guardian Bookshop; Amazon UK/audiobook CD UK; Amazon US/kindle …

How To Make Powdered Booze At Home

Fluffy like confetti and just as liquorous as the bottled stuff<p>Some truths we rarely question. The sky is blue. The sun rises in the east. Cocktails are wet. But a new product, called Palcohol, aims to crumble our everyday expectations. It's an alcoholic beverage -- in powder form. Carry a …

First sex-determing genes appeared 180 million years ago

The Y chromosome, which distinguishes males from females at the genetic level, appeared some 180 million years ago, according to a new study …

The (Psychic?) Dreams of Psychologists

Look, I blame myself. I took a few weeks off from writing Unpopular Science posts because I was traveling and then deathly ill (I couldn't talk, which for me is a kind of death). And what happens? Rick Dyer admits he didn't murder Bigfoot, a Texas couple shot a chupacabra, and Jesus appeared on a …

Ancient flying reptile from China fills evolutionary gap | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It was the start of something big - really big.<p>The fragmentary remains of the Kryptodrakon progenitor found in the famed "dinosaur death pits" area of the Shishugou Formation in northwest China are seen in an undated illustration courtesy of Brian Andres. REUTERS/Illustration …

White matter might matter much more than we thought

Look up ‘myelin’ in any neuroscience textbook and you’ll find something along these lines: It is a fatty substance that forms a sheath around axons, and gives the fibre bundles their white appearance when viewed under the microscope. The myelin sheath insulates the fibres, and helps them to carry …