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Consultant raises the bar on 'reaction management'

<b>The gig:</b> Consultant Jon Taffer, 60, is the star and executive producer of the Spike TV reality series "Bar Rescue," now in its fourth season. He's the author of the 2013 business book "Raise the Bar: An Action-Based Method for Maximum Customer Reactions." In the show and the book, Taffer lays out …

Pencil artist works in miniature — and that’s the point

Salavat Fidai is working proof that artists need not create large pieces to make a name for themselves.<p>Much of what he creates is no bigger than the tip of a pencil — literally.<p>Under the glow of a single work light while his family sleeps, Fidai uses a craft knife and 4x magnifying glass to create …

What Does Shipwrecked 170-Year-Old Beer Taste Like?

Bottles found under the sea sampled<p>Yo ho ho and a bottle of beer. Scientists in Finland have analyzed two different beers recovered from an 1840's shipwreck in the Baltic Sea to see if they could figure out how the beers were made.<p>Unlike some notable examples of booze that were stored in ideal …

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Marijuana is much safer than alcohol or tobacco, according to a new study

Marijuana is roughly 114 times less deadly than alcohol, according to recent findings published in the journal <i>Scientific Reports</i>. Of the seven drugs included in the study, alcohol was the deadliest at an individual level, followed by heroin, cocaine, tobacco, ecstasy, methamphetamines, and …

Toyota Yaris WRC to compete for 2017 World Rally Championship

Toyota confirms its return to the world's top rally series.<p>The last time Toyota ran a factory effort in FIA World Rally Championship competition, it was 1999, and they won. Evidently, they decided that an 18-year hiatus would be long enough.<p>The automaker returns to the WRC in 2017 with a works …

TOTD: Can the 2017 Jaguar XE Topple the BMW 3 Series, Other Rivals?

It’s been a long time since Jaguar has stolen so much of the spotlight in the luxury category. But with a deluge of new products — including the F-Type and upcoming F-Pace CUV — Jaguar could be on its way to becoming a major player in the U.S. Its new entry-level luxury car, the XE, may seal its …

This R/C drifting is so good, I don't care that it's a commercial

Lexus uses amazing R/C drift stunts to sell you a full-size Lexus RC<p>As a society, we've hit a very strange point as we complete the run-up to the 2015 Super Bowl. Companies that want to sell you things are no longer satisfied to have basically every TV-watching eyeball suction-cupped to their …

Three Body Hacks You Shouldn't Try At Home

Leave these self-improvement tricks to the professionals<p>To improve themselves, a growing number of people are going beyond meditation or exercise. These brave pioneers are trying to hack their bodies with bacteria, special diets, and even electrical zaps.<p>1. Smell Better<p>Humans don’t stink—it’s the …

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Kim Dotcom launches end-to-end encrypted voice chat ‘Skype killer’

New MegaChat promises secure, encrypted and ‘private’ video chatting through a browser<p>Kim Dotcom’s encrypted file sharing service has added free end-to-end encrypted voice and video chat through the browser.<p>MegaChat, which promises to keep video chats secure and private, has been developed by the …

Kim Dotcom

Leaked Galaxy S6 Details Hint At Samsung's Plan To Rival Apple Pay

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is going to be one of the most anticipated Android devices this year. The Galaxy S6 is expected to have a glass and metal body, improvements in the TouchWiz interface responsiveness, a major decrease in memory consumption, upgraded cameras and a boost in the chipset, according …

Phones

Mystery ‘alien’ radio signal picked up in space

Radio waves in space could be evaporating black holes, alien communication or merging neutron stars<p>A mysterious radio signal which may have come from a black hole, a neutron star or even an alien civilisation, has been picked up by astronomers.<p>Fast radio bursts, which last only milliseconds, are …