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Elephants Have a Secret Weapon Against Cancer

The biggest animals should have the highest risks of developing tumors, but they don’t.<p>In 2012, on a whim, Vincent Lynch decided to search the genome of the African elephant to see if it had extra anti-cancer genes. Cancers happen when cells build up mutations in their DNA that allow them to grow …

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The Linguistics of 'YouTube Voice'

The attention-grabbing tricks that keep an audience watching, even when people are just talking at a camera<p>Hey guys! What’s up? It’s Julie. And today I want to talk about YouTube voice.<p>So the other day, I was watching this YouTube video from the PBS Idea Channel about whether Ron Weasley from <i>Harry</i> …

Depressed People Use These Words More Often

They're not always negative words.<p>From the way you move and sleep, to how you interact with people around you, depression changes just about everything. It is even noticeable in the way you speak and express yourself in writing. Sometimes this “language of depression” can have a powerful effect on …

Nitrogen Versus Compressed Air: Which Is Better for Your Tires?

Sometimes, manufacturers fill tires with pure nitrogen instead of just normal air. Here's why.<p>Odds are you don't give a second thought to what kind of air is in your tires. It's just air, right? Well, as Team O'Neil Rally School instructor Wyatt Knox explains, not all air is made equal. Moreover, …

Gamers' Revenge: Why the Latest Money-Making Tactic Is Causing an Uproar

When EA, the American video game company, launched <i>Star Wars Battlefront II</i> in November, it was seeking redemption. The previous edition of the game, …

How a single bout of exercise instantly protects the heart

A new review of existing studies examines the evidence behind the idea that an acute bout of exercise is able to offer immediate protection for the …

GM may kill 6 car models as it works with UAW to tackle sales slump

The president of the United Auto Workers union said on Thursday the union is talking with General Motors about the potential threat to plants and jobs from slumping U.S. car sales. GM's response will be more trucks and SUVs, and sources say at least six slow-selling car models may be killed off.<p>"We …

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HTTPS Certificate Revocation is broken, and it’s time for some new tools

Certificate Transparency and OCSP Must-Staple can't get here fast enough.<p>This article was originally published on Scott Helme's blog and is reprinted …

9 Fast Wagons Made For The Fun-Loving Grown Up

Ah, the humble station wagon. Where would a many family man be without the practicality of cramming in a lovely partner and a few ankle biters whose …

12 of the Most Over-the-Top Pizzas

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Amazon won the 2016 chat wars, but Microsoft isn’t far behind

At the start of 2016, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple had no publicly known plans to create an ecosystem for bots. There was no Microsoft Bot Framework, no Facebook Messenger bot platform, no iMessage App Store, and no Lex Framework from Amazon.<p>Then a whole lot changed. After some of the …

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Why Nissan's New V8 Doesn't Need a Throttle

The 5.6-liter V8 in the Armada and Titan has a throttle, but mostly as a backup.<p>In order for V8s to continue to exist, automakers have to develop all sorts of new technology to boost fuel economy and provide performance gains. In the Armada and Titan, Nissan uses a V8 equipped with Variable Valve …

This NASA Laser Could Save the World

As phytoplankton goes, so goes the planet.<p>An ecosystem of tiny, cold-resistant phytoplankton living beneath the surface of icy waters near the north …

This Is The Japanese Car Exam That Car Nuts Everywhere Want To Take

One hour to complete 100 multiple choice questions. And in Japanese only! Ouch! Those are the conditions of a new test that is becoming popular in Japan. It tests your knowledge of cars, and if you pass, awards you with what the Japanese call the “Car Meister (Expert) Certification.”<p>Wanting to find …

Morning Yoga Poses That Will Wake You Up

If you want to establish a consistent yoga practice, one of the first steps is to find the time of day that works best for you and make sure to be on …

Motorcycle Live 2016: what you can expect to see at the NEC

There will be echoes of bike shows of half a century ago when Motorcycle Live opens on November 19, as new machines from old British rivals Triumph and Norton vie for top-of-the-bill status amid the 2017 models on display at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.<p>Triumph’s show stars follow …

Scientists measure the smallest increment of time ever recorded

The breakthrough will allow for stunning time lapses that reveal the behavior of electrons.<p>How many times can you cut increments of time in half …

Scientists say you should do this exercise at least twice a week to make your brain work better

Engaging in <b>regular weightlifting</b> could actually make your brain work better and prevent dementia, concludes new research by Australian scientists. As …

Cognitive Impairment

9 small things you do that people use to judge your personality

Whether it's a date or a job interview, the small stuff matters — from the firmness of your handshake to how often you check your phone.<p>We checked out the Quora thread "What are the really small things that tell a lot about a person's psychology and personality?" and the latest scientific research, …

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There Are Still More Than 24,000 Volvo Amazons on Sweden's Streets

On the car's 60th birthday, it's still a common sight in its home country. Talk about some thick Swedish steel!<p>Inspired by American, British and Italian cars and designed by the then 26-year-old Jan Wilsgaard, the Volvo Amazon debuted in the first weekend of September, 1956. Originally spelled …

Here Are Five Things You Should Never Do With a Turbocharged Car

If you own a turbocharged car, learn why you shouldn't do these five things.<p>The days where you needed to be an expert to drive a turbocharged performance car (like the first-gen 911 Turbo shown above) are long gone, but there's still some skill involved. If you want to preserve the life of your …

Here's what Tour de France cyclists eat and drink within an hour after racing

All meals are important for the riders competing in Tour de France, one of the world's most grueling endurance events. But the one eaten immediately after racing five hours is the most critical to recovery and rehydration, and therefore performance. In a short window of about an hour, the cyclists …

Watch 64 Floppy Disk Drives Play the Theme from 'Star Wars'

Performance uses 64 floppy drives, eight hard disks, and two scanners.<p>Long, long ago (in 2011, to be precise), Paweł Zadrożniak, then a student at Poland's AGH University of Science and Technology, became something of an internet hero when he took two floppy disk drives and made them play John …

Samsung's 'Smart Glow' reinvents the notification LED

It'll also help you frame the perfect rear-camera selfie.<p>One of the perks of owning an Android phone is that manufacturers often include a notification LED that tells you when you have missed calls, tweets or text messages that need a response. Samsung has installed them in its mobile devices from …

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10 of the Best Shifters Ever Made

These things make every shift so, so satisfying.<p>A shifter doesn't need to be interesting or beautiful to accomplish its task. So when an automaker puts in the effort to design a cool gear selector, we have to recognize it. These are some of our favorite shifters in the automotive world.

OneCore to rule them all: How Windows Everywhere finally happened

Microsoft promised developers that Windows would run anywhere. This summer, it finally will.<p>The Windows 10 Anniversary update, due later this summer, …

9 Race Cars So Good They Were Banned

Too fast for the rule books.<p>At its very best, motorsport inspires innovation of the highest order. Sometimes, the best race cars push too far ahead, leaving the competition—and rule-makers—in the dust. These nine cars were effectively banned for being <i>too</i> fast, <i>too</i> brilliant for the competition to …

Tummy problems? Just swallow this stomach-repairing origami robot made of meat

Magnetically controlled robot may fix lesions and remove accidentally-eaten batteries.<p>A chunk of meat that bursts open once eaten and unleashes a …