Michael Gibson

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Could you track down your doppelganger?

I used to live on the south coast, and each day on my way into work I would stop off at the <b>Brighton</b> railway station kiosk for a caramel latte and an update on my "twin".<p>According to the affable barista behind the counter, a woman who looked "the image" of me would swing by 30 minutes before I …

How Formula 1's amazing new hybrid turbo engine works

Engine development has reached a new zenith.<p>A 1.6-liter V6 turbo revving at 15,000 rpm with unlimited boost that turns small drops of fuel into 600 hp aided by an electrical system that pumpsout another 160 electron-charged horses. This is the pinnacle of engine development.<p>As we get to know more …

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Space will go fully commercial with 2015 launch from Bigelow, SpaceX

The International Space Station will continue its home improvement project next year, this time by adding a large, inflatable workroom from Bigelow Aerospace.<p>The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, will head to low-Earth orbit (LEO) in 2015 aboard the Dragon, a rocket built and operated by …

How to Write a Great Best Man’s Speech - Ape to Gentleman

For many men the idea of giving a Best Man’s speech sends them into a cold sweat; the fear of not being engaging enough, funny enough or downright …

Are you ready for the virtual reality revolution?

My body is in the <i>Observer</i>'s offices in King's Cross, but my mind is in another world entirely.<p>Strapped to my head is the Google Cardboard virtual reality headset. Assembled from a handful of simple components, the cardboard contraption has whisked me away into a peaceful forest with red, orange and …

Honda Is Designing Houses, Because Cars And Homes Will All Be Part Of The Smart Grid

You can see as much from a prototype smart home recently opened by Honda in California. It features an enormous 9.5-kilowatt solar array, a …

Should You Stay Up Late?

Come on, one more episode of Scandal couldn't hurt.<p>So you want to keep bingeing on Netflix, but you need to wake up early tomorrow. What’s the worst that could happen?<p><i>Click here to read more about the science of sleep.</i><p><i>This article originally appeared in the March 2014 issue of</i> Popular Science.

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Honda speeds towards its dreams with new Civic Type R Concept [w/videos]

A war is coming. It's been brewing for some time between the top-performing hot hatches, and will be determined by the ultimate bragging rights: the lap record at the Nürburgring for front-drive cars. Renault claimed it and reclaimed it again with successive versions of the Megane RS, then Seat …

13 Incredible Natural Wonders That Deserve A Spot On Your Bucket List

As humans, we built a Great Wall. We built some pyramids. We also built a lighthouse and a temple and some hanging gardens.<p>...but we can't just <i>build</i> an underwater river. It's time to make way for Mother Nature's craftsmanship on your list of must-see world wonders.<p><b>1. Pink lakes</b><p>A breed of tiny algae …

5 Reasons Every Connected Traveler Should Be Using a VPN — Vagabondish

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure.<p>iPods, tablets, smartphones, PCs … traveling with a handful of gadgets is practically …

The Death and New Life Of: Fuel Injection

Think it's as easy as squirting in some gas? Think again.<p>Hop in the car on a subzero winter morning and crank the ignition switch. For the first 85 years of motoring, nothing guaranteed successful ignition inthis situation. Back then, we relied on the crude but easily serviced carburetor. Today, …

The Audi Ur-Quattro never stops sounding awesome

No matter how old this noise is, it never truly gets old.<p>Audi's famed Sport Quattro is one of the stars —perhaps <i>the</i> star—of 1980s rallying, and the sounds of the turbocharged straight-five are part of the car's identity.<p>Every pop, throttle jab, and overrun cackle is particularly delicious to hear, …

What Formula 1 cars will look like in 2014

F1 cars in 2014 might have a very pointy nose.<p>We already know that Formula 1 cars will be radically different for the 2014 season under their carbon-fiber bodywork. Turbocharged V6s will replace the normally aspirated V8s of last season, and with lower maximum fuel loads, energy recovery systems …

Mercedes Edges Out BMW For 2013 U.S. Luxury Car Sales Crown

Mercedes-Benz has ended 2013 with the sales crown for luxury autos in the U.S., with 312,534 units walking out the door over the past 12 months. This …

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