Matt J Palmer

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Good Idea/Bad Idea: Use A Power Drill To...

With great power, comes great responsibility.<p>Clean the Bathroom (Good Idea)<p>Like scrubbing bathtubs? Neither do we, so cut the required elbow grease with a power scrubber. Drill through the center of a circular tub brush. Then drive a threaded bolt through the hole so the threaded end pokes out of …

Power Tools

Deep freeze: how scientists are resurrecting magnet technology to cool refrigerators

Thanks to recent breakthroughs, the insides of our refrigerators could work very differently in the coming years. Scientists at GE are perfecting a method of transferring heat that uses magnets to achieve temperatures cold enough to freeze water.<p>The method is based off the magnetocaloric effect, …

Human Brains Now Understand Smiley Emoticon Like A Real Face

Just don't turn that :-) upside down.<p>The brain is great at recognizing faces. When you see a face, specific areas of the occipitotemporal cortex are activated. But what about emoticons, such as the smiley face--how does the brain react? Is it possible that they might be seen similarly to faces, …

Carnegie Mellon University

Onions, Emotions, and Why We Cry

Are You Game?

So… and be honest now… have you gotten sucked into one of these games like Candy Crush, or Farmville, or Mafia Wars?<p>And have you ever felt maybe a little bit guilty about it afterward? Wished they weren’t quite so mindless and yet so darned addictive?<p>Not to worry. Not only are you not alone in this …

I had the bacteria in my gut analysed. And this may be the future of medicine

We are all familiar with "gut feelings", "gut reactions" and "gut instincts", but how much do we really know or care about our guts? As we become increasingly more aware of what we put in our stomachs, it's striking how ignorant we remain of what takes place in our intestines. And it turns out …

How well do you know the world? Play Geoguessr to find out!

Think you're a geography expert? Test your knowledge with BBC Travel’s Geoguessr – the game that proves how well you know the world!

Ten of the world's best destinations for drinkers

Instead of cracking a can at home, why not search out one of these boozy hotspots? Whether you fancy guzzling a pint, sipping a cocktail or knocking back a dram or two, we can help you quench your thirst in style.<p>Pivni Lazne Bernard, Prague, Czech Republic<p>Sure, a pint of pilsner wouldn’t go amiss - …

Britain's recovery looking solid, but no rate change until 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s economic recovery is entrenched, with solid growth predicted in coming quarters, but it will be at least a year before the Bank of England tightens monetary policy, a Reuters poll found.<p>The logo is seen at the Bank of England in the City of London January 16, 2014. …

European Union migrants work harder than Britons, says Viviane Reding

European migrants are more likely to work harder than their British counterparts, a senior Brussels official says<p>European migrants are more likely to work harder than their British counterparts, a senior Brussels official has claimed.<p>Viviane Reding – a Commission vice-president who was visiting …

Ukip a major threat to Britain, says Clegg

A victory for Ukip in the European elections would threaten the British economy, destroy jobs and leave the country open to climate chaos, Nick Clegg …

The immigration vortex - Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

<b>Labour cannot duck the issue of immigration, suggests James Morris</b><p>For the last five years global political elites have been consumed by one issue: …

King Arthur sets up his own political party

The self-described reincarnation of King Arthur is setting up his own political party, with an aim of fielding dozens of political candidates in the …

Opinion: What are we going to do about male underperformance?

What is our society going to do about underachievement by males? It is well documented at school level that girls overall significantly outperform …

Diagnosis done. Time for a cure - Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

The good news: it was a speech Tony Blair could easily have given. The semi-approving invocation of Margaret Thatcher, the silence where Labour’s …

Lions led by donkeys - Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

<b>There are lessons for today in the defeat of the miners’ strike which began 30 years ago next month</b><p>This year marks the 30th anniversary of the start …

Opinion

Letters to the Editor<p>On this day

What's So Bad About Encouraging Students to Be Leaders?

What a recent Atlantic essay misunderstands about the difference between American and British universities—and the nature of the life of the mind<p>Tara Isabella Burton’s recent <i>Atlantic</i> essay “Why Are American Colleges Obsessed with ‘Leadership’?” initially appears to make an appealing, convincing …

Senators: Kerry Admits Obama's Syria Policy Is Failing

Secretary of State John Kerry has lost faith in his own administration’s Syria policy, he told fifteen U.S. Congressmen in a private, off-the-record …

Surviving More Than a Year Adrift at Sea Is Possible, With a Little Luck

Reports that a fisherman survived many months adrift at sea are plausible, according to experts.<p>Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink. Just the thought of being set adrift on the open ocean is scary enough. But try living on the deep blue yonder for more than a year, as a recently rescued …

Dell's latest laptop combines OS X and Windows 8, creates ultimate marketing mistake

Some PC manufacturers choose to imitate Apple’s MacBook line with various products, but Dell has taken a slightly different approach. In a recent marketing video, the company has raised the bar above MacBook imitation and transformed its very own Dell XPS 15 into a laptop that combines OS X and …

The 8 Worst Mistakes Made by the Axis During World War II

The three major Axis powers — Germany, Japan, and Italy — committed a host of catastrophic errors during the war. But some of these miscalculations …

New theory suggests the universe emerged from a long, cold deep freeze

Conventional thinking has it that the universe and all the matter within it exploded out from a single point, the so-called Big Bang Singularity. But …

New laser-printed material is lighter than water, as strong as steel

An internal structure like that of bone keeps the material porous but tough.<p>Materials shape human progress—think Stone Age or Bronze Age. The 21st …

How Fast Can You Read?

Staples has created a pretty nifty online test where you can compare your reading speed to the national average. The test times you while you read a …

This just in: Paper is the best Facebook app ever

Mark Zuckerberg has finally done it.<p>After a long succession of mobile mishaps, he has delivered the portable Facebook app I've always wanted… and there's hardly any evidence that Paper is a Facebook product. Upon opening the app for the first time you're greeted with a shimmering Paper logo set in …

The End of American Exceptionalism

Conservatives are right: The attitudes they say make America special—religiosity, patriotism, and mobility—are fading. And it has nothing to do with Barack Obama.<p>From the moment Barack Obama appeared on the national stage, conservatives have been searching for the best way to describe the danger he …

The Not So Sweet Facts About Sugar

A new study offers a broad overview of the use of sugar in the US diet and its consequent health implications. The good news is that the growth in sugar intake appears to have stopped and may even have slightly declined. The bad news is that people still consume way too much sugar and that that …

The networked car is no longer just an idea; it will be mandated in future vehicles

For the last two years, automakers and the U.S. Department of Transportation have been investigating the idea of cars talking to once another, …