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South Korean auto brands surpass Japanese in J.D. Power quality study

South Korean auto brands now lead the industry when measured by the initial quality of their cars sold in the U.S., according to J.D. Power, the automotive research firm.<p>The ascendance of<p>Hyundaiand Kia marks an historic shift in the automotive world, said J.D. Power, which conducts an annual survey …

Brazil's $3 billion World Cup stadiums are becoming white elephants a year later

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro and the AP's Tales Azzoni have each written stories about what has been going on with the stadiums in recent weeks, and they don't paint a pretty picture.<p>Brazil spent more than $3 billion on the stadiums, some of which were built in far-flung locations without popular …

Brazil

The 8 most elite special forces in the world

They go where other soldiers fear to tread, scoping out potential threats, taking out strategic targets, and conducting daring rescue missions.<p>These really are the best of the best.<p>Although it's extremely difficult to rank these forces relative to one another, there are some units that rise above …

Taylor Swift may have given us a huge clue about Apple's plans to hurt Spotify

We don't know exactly how this is going to work, so I asked a source who is an employee at Apple what was going on. My source told me to look at Taylor Swift. "Loads of big names left Spotify last year, and we all wondered why," my source says. Though Swift got all the headlines, my source points …

Audi at Wörthersee: The TT Clubsport Turbo

Each year, the Volkswagen Group goes insane. No, we are not talking about corporate drama at the board level. This is even more fun: The legendary all-things-Volkswagen festival at Lake Wörthersee in Carinthia, Austria, serves as a launching pad for new technologies and sporty derivatives from VW, …

Time-Lapse Shows Rescued Puppy Growing Into Adulthood on a Treadmill

When filmmaker Dave Meinert rescued a sick four-week old Great Dane puppy named Pegasus from an careless breeder, he wasn’t expecting her to live …

Time-lapse Photography

Photos of Abandoned Places Found in New York City

For the past few years, photographer Will Ellis has been locating, exploring, and documenting obscure abandoned places in New York City. His images …

Ben Carson Announces 2016 Run

Former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson urged Americans to “use your brain” when he formally launched his presidential campaign in Detroit on Monday.<p>“Stop being loyal to a party or to a man and use your brain to think for yourself,” he told supporters.<p>Carson, whose 29 years as a pediatric …

19 Things You Didn't Know About Coffee

<i>By: Dan Gentile</i><p>Coffee is one of the most popular beverages on the planet (sorry, Brawndo: The Thirst Mutilator) -- but despite its popularity, most people don't know very much about what they're drinking every morning.<p>To help remedy that, we've compiled 19 sugary lumps of coffee knowledge with …

10 Ways Legal Marijuana Could Change The Food World In The Next 10 Years

Over the past decade, the culinary world has started to pick up a faint whiff of marijuana smoke. Famous, reputable chefs across the country have copped to their love of marijuana, and its utility in their creative processes. Because weed makes food taste better! Even science says so.<p>Meanwhile, the …

NFL GM Believes '30 to 40 Percent' of 2015 Draft Class Smoke Marijuana Regularly

Although some states have legalized the use of marijuana, it is still against the National Football League's rules for players to smoke pot.<p>The threat of suspension and/or fines is enough to make some players think twice about using marijuana, but there are some who still choose to partake.<p>It seems …

Football (U.S.)

90-Year-Old Tortoise Moves Twice as Fast After Having Legs Replaced with Wheels Because of Rat Attack

When a pet tortoise named Mrs. T was hibernating for the winter, she ended up losing her front legs. A rat had eaten both legs up to the elbow joint, after breaking in to the garden shed where she was sleeping. “We were afraid she may have to be put down,” stated Mrs. Ryder, the tortoise's …

Loyal Chinese Student Has Carried His Disabled Friend to School for Over 3 Years

An 18-year-old heroic teenager has been named “the most beautiful student in China.” For over 3 years, Xie Xu has carried his classmate Zhang Chi to school. Zhang can no longer walk because he copes with muscular dystrophy, a disorder that has slowly depleted his skeletal muscles.<p>Both boys live in …

Road Rage Camaro A-Hole Wrecks Himself Into Big Rig: Video

Instant karma is gonna get you, especially if you’re a giant jerk. From what we can see here, everyone got what they deserved—except the poor …

Decline in Science Spending Threatens Economy, Security: MIT

Warning of an "innovation deficit," scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say declining government spending on basic research is holding back potentially life-saving advances in 15 fields, from robotics and fusion energy to Alzheimer's disease and agriculture.<p>Science funding is …

Federal Budget

Here's How Restaurants Manipulate Menus To Make You Spend More Money

Americans are spending more on eating out than ever before, and restaurants are doing everything they can to up the bill. Professionals known as "menu engineers" work to increase the amount of money consumers will spend by looking at the profitability, placement and popularity of certain items.<p>Last …

2016 Cadillac ATS-V First-Drive – BMW baiting

The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V is not your grandpa’s Caddy. Neither is it the BMW M3 or M4, despite the team responsible for the sedan and coupe duo …

All signs point to Apple announcing a monster earnings report

Get ready for another monster report.<p>Analysts are expecting big iPhone sales and think Apple could provide a major update to its cash return program.<p>According to data compiled by Bloomberg, analysts are looking for $56 billion in revenue, which would represent 23% growth.<p>Apple's revenue growth is …

Photograph: Carlos Barria /Reuters<p>British food on a union jack table at Ultraviolet in Shanghai.<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/4/4/1428156134970/058c42cb-0bc9-4b6d-80e4-f4b47e16f725-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Carlos Barria /Reuters<p>British food on a union …

Champagne

Animals May Be Able to Predict Earthquakes 3 Weeks in Advance

Animals may be able to sense an earthquake coming as long as three weeks before it happens, well before humans can, a new international study …

Plus Tidal, Deezer, Rhapsody, Beats Music, Google Play and other digital services, as Information Is Beautiful updates its 2010 infographic<p>In 2010, data journalist and information designer David McCandless published an infographic on his Information is Beautiful website showing how much musicians …

Songwriting

How a California real estate developer helped create Apple as we know it

With an innovative architectural style that brought elegant living to the masses, real estate developer Joseph Eichler left an indelible mark on California in the 1960s.<p>His beautifully simple blueprints also had an undeniable impact on Apple’s co-founders — although Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs …

New Research Shows Education Won't Fix Inequality

A new study shows giving more Americans a college education will help lower-income groups, but won't do much to close the income gap.<p>There is a …

Scans show that brain regions crucial for the development of language, memory and reasoning skills tend to be smaller in those from poorer backgrounds<p>Brain scans of children and young adults have revealed that specific brain regions tend to be smaller in those from poorer backgrounds than those …

The Brain

13 Mind-Bending Thoughts About Photography

Photographer Matthew Rycroft put together this video containing 13 strange, random, and mind-bending “facts” about photography. These are short and …

Crossing your fingers might reduce pain, says study

Next time you hit your finger with a ill-judged strike of the hammer, cross your fingers, scientists suggest.<p>A study has found that crossing the fingers can confuse the way the brain processes feelings of hot, cold and pain – in some cases reducing painful sensations.<p>Scientists believe the …

University College London

Nuclear leak caused by 'wrong type of kitty litter,' confirms government report

Some — but not all — kitty litter can be used to stabilize nuclear waste<p>A yearlong investigation by the US Department of Energy has confirmed that a major accident at a nuclear waste storage facility was caused by the wrong type of kitty litter. Last year, a single 55-gallon drum of waste material …

Google teams up with health firm to develop AI surgical robots

Google has struck a deal with the healthcare company Johnson & Johnson to develop surgical robots that use artificial intelligence.<p>Google’s life sciences division will work with Johnson & Johnson’s medical device company, Ethicon, to create a robotics-assisted surgical platform to help doctors in …

Medical Technology

'Crackberry' days over as BlackBerry handset sales fall to just 8.5m

The collapse of the BlackBerry from the “crackberry” device that business executives and political leaders could not live without to an almost forgotten handset was highlighted on Friday when the company revealed it sold just 8.5m handsets last year – compared to more than 50m four years ago.<p>The …

Mobile Technology