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16 Optical Illusions Your Brain Will Refuse To See Correctly

"Wait, what?!" –Your brain<p><i>This post was translated from Japanese.</i>

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What was it like witnessing the beginning of the universe?

New research has investigated the amount of light available in the newborn universe, which may offer some clues.<p>Something wonderful happened about …

A simple but ruthless exercise reveals who your star employees are — and who should be fired

Being a manager requires practicality bordering on ruthlessness — at least according to Patty McCord.<p>McCord was the chief talent officer at Netflix, from 1998 to 2012. She and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings created the company's culture deck, which has been viewed millions of times. Now she runs her own …

The Workplace

The craziest crashes from Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race

Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race was gnarly as hell – big waves, cold water and too many wipeouts to remember them all. Fortunately, we've found the …

Sailing

This Is What The Entire Known Universe Looks Like in a Single Image

Whoa.<p>Isn't it beautiful? This is an illustrated logarithmic scale conception of the observable Universe with the Solar System at the …

Top Headhunter Reveals Secret Interview Technique

If you understand real job needs, you only need to ask two questions to predict on-the-job success. It doesn't matter what you ask if you don't know job needs, you'll either be wrong, or lucky.<p>It took me 30 years and 2,500 interviews to make this table showing the best and worst predictors of …

Ultimate Bitcoin Mining Rigs

Even though bitcoin has blasted passed a value of $15,000 today up from $12,000 yesterday, it’s never too late to start bitcoin mining for your very …

Raspberry Pi Bitcoin Mining

If you are interested in taking advantage of the huge Bitcoin price surge recently which took the crypto currency passed the $12,000 mark, or would …

Nine places to go in London if you're totally obsessed with cheese

As many French gourmets have said, cheese is the pillar of civilisation.<p>Whether you're out with friends, planning a date or just plain down in the …

Mysterious ‘ghost car’ causes crash in bizarre footage that's left viewers baffled

A MYSTERIOUS "ghost car" caused a crash after appearing from nowhere in a video that has left viewers baffled.<p>Footage of the bizarre smash has …

Driverless Cars

This Tiny 125cc V10 Engine Runs and Is an Absolute Work of Art

This home-built V10 is gorgeous and needs to be in a go-kart.<p>This model V10 has fuel injection, a dry sump oil system, and a triple plate clutch. But this isn't just a model, this is a one-third scale model that displaces 125 cc... and it runs.<p>That's incredible.<p>The build, which started in 2014 and …

Motorcycles

The Last Voyage of the SS El Faro

How do you work out if a signal from space is a message from aliens?

Astronomers working at the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico have detected a weird radio signal, spotted when pointing their telescope at the …

Here's How Electric Cars Produce Instant Maximum Torque

Cars like the Tesla Model S deliver mountains of torque right from a stop. Here's how.<p>The Tesla Model S P100D has been breaking records left and right recently thanks to its monstrously quick 2.28-second 0-60 time. It's currently the fastest car to 60 mph you can buy, and holds the record for …

Interview: are we really breathing Caesar's last breath?

With every breath, we inhale the story of our planet. Sam Kean, author of Caesar’s Last Breath, tells us about the remarkable history of the air …

Julius Caesar

What Would Planet Earth be Like in a Black Hole?

Black holes are a constant source of fascination, particularly now that gravitational waves have been detected. One of the most popular questions …

Listen To The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3's Screaming Engine

Next year's GT3 is significantly faster and louder than a 2017 911 GT3.<p>If you want to destroy anything in a straight line, Porsche will sell you a $257,500 911 Turbo S with 607 horsepower, lots of naked carbon fiber, a wing and an unofficial time of 2.5 seconds to 62 mph. Yet if you're more into …

The Tech Behind the America's Cup

One could argue that all the fame and glory of the modern-day ­America’s Cup goes to the sailors, and beyond that, the helmsmen and faces of the …

Ask Ethan: What does the edge of the Universe look like?

There’s a point beyond which we cannot go, there are things beyond that we cannot know. But here’s what we expect.<p><i>“The Edge… there is no honest way</i> …

Gravitational Waves Detected for a Third Time and the Visualizations are Stunning

In September of 2015, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected, for the first time ever, gravitational waves in the …

How AMG's Engine Factory Makes No Mistakes, But All the Horsepower

To have AMG put your name on one of their engines, you need to study for at least 3 years and 9 months. To have it on a Pagani's V12, you need to be called Michael Kübler.<p>Last Saturday, the upgraded M159 6.2 V8 in an SLS AMG Black Series changed my life in various ways when I got close to its 8000 …

This is what it’s like to be struck by lightning

For every ten people hit by lightning, nine will survive. But what are the lasting effects of being exposed to hundreds of millions of volts? …

Weather

America's Cup 2017 boats: all you need to know

The six £10m America's Cup boats can sail four times faster than the wind.<p>Each team will sail broadly similar 50ft America's Cup Class (ACC) multihulls (catamarans). The design of the hulls, the cross members tha connect them, and the shape and size of the wing are prescribed. However, teams are …

Sailing

Formula 1 Legend Gilles Villeneuve Died 35 Years Ago Today

The Quebecois driver was known for his relentless on-track aggression.<p>Allsport UK via Getty Images<p>On May 8, 1982, during qualifying for the Belgian …

What is quantum entanglement? Part 2: Randomness and measurement

<i>This is part 2 in a lengthy series of posts attempting to explain the idea of quantum entanglement to a non-physics audience. Part 1 can be read …

Quantum Mechanics

What is Quantum Entanglement? Part 1: Waves and particles

If you follow science, or science fiction, to any degree, great or small, you’ve probably heard the term “quantum entanglement” before. You may also …

Physics

What is quantum entanglement? Part 3: Entanglement, at last

<i>This is part 3 in a lengthy series of posts attempting to explain the idea of quantum entanglement to a non-physics audience. Part 1 can be read</i> …

Quantum Mechanics

The world’s fastest camera captures the movement of light at five trillion photos per second

High-speed cameras are certainly useful for slow motion, but they can also find their application in science. Elias Kristensson and Andreas Ehn, …

Why Turning On Your Headlights Actually Slows You Down A Tiny Bit

On a long, tedious night drive, the mind sometimes wanders. As you watch the twin beams of your headlights reaching across the black, featureless …

Ten of the Fastest Production Cars to Ever Lap the Nürburgring — Road & Track

All with video to back them up, these are some of the quickest production cars to ever lap Germany's most famous, difficult track.