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If you can change your own oil, you can adjust your valves

You can do a better job than your shop can. Here's how.<p>Adjust your own valves and you become a man. When you go forth into the world, lesser souls shall part before you like the Red Sea. Women will sense your well-oiled, mechanically capable aura and entice you into back rooms with a trail of …

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This Is How To Make Iced Coffee Taste Like The Pros

It's summer, the time of year when we as a collective body of caffeine addicts all switch from hot cups to the refreshing crispness of coffee on ice. But it's so dang expensive (due to the fact that it actually takes more coffee, labor, and time to make it, but whatever).<p>This is why we should make …

Sorry, Folks, Rich People Don't Create The Jobs

Hecto-millionaire Nick Hanauer is at it again.<p>One of the country's most successful entrepreneurs and investors, Hanauer is on a mission to teach his fellow 1%-ers how the economy actually works — how jobs are actually created, how a higher minimum wage would actually help, and how the crazy …

Dinosaurs were neither cold-blooded nor warm-blooded, study finds

Dinosaurs have long been thought of as slow, lumbering, cold-blooded animals, akin to reptiles like the crocodile and the lizard – but there's been increasing signs in recent years that they may have been warm-blooded, as mammals and birds are. New research out of the University of New Mexico in …

32 of the Best Chromecast Apps

Google Chromecast is an unusual device. Unlike most streaming set-top boxes, it doesn’t come with a remote, a bevy of pre-loaded apps or even an obvious menu system.<p>Instead, the Chromecast acts as a conduit for the apps and content you might find on your PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet. The latter …

Where Life Is: The Search for a Planet Like Ours

The hunt for Earth-like planets is hampered by funding issues, but scientists still believe.<p>Residents of the Pacific Northwest sometimes refer to the region as “God’s Country,” not for the ceaseless rain that soaks the land from October until May, but for those few glorious summer months when the …

Quantum computing explained: harnessing particle physics to work faster

Around the world teams of scientists are working on the next technological revolution: quantum computing. But what makes it so special? And why do we need it? We ask physicist Dr Ruth Oulton of the Bristol University to explain.<p><b>In a normal computer, information is stored as bits. How is it</b> …

Robots Are Evil: The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

<i>The third in a series of posts about the major myths of robotics, and the role of science fiction role in creating and spreading them. Previous topics: Robots are strong, the myth of robotic hyper-competence, and robots are smart, the myth of inevitable AI.</i><p>When the world’s most celebrated living …

Physicists Prove Surprising Rule of Threes

More than 40 years after a Soviet nuclear physicist proposed an outlandish theory that trios of particles can arrange themselves in an infinite …

The nine companies that know more about you than Google or Facebook

You probably assume Google and Facebook know everything about you. You may not have heard of a group of companies who possibly know even more. They’re called data brokers, and their business is collecting and selling personal data—typically without your knowledge or consent—that are used to verify …

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If Mario had a dating site profile

Everyone needs love, even our favorite video game characters. That’s why we created Extra Hearts, a dating site for the likes of Samus, Mega Man, and other digital heroes.<p>This time, Nintendo’s favorite mascot, Mario, creates a profile. After Peach broke his heart with her Extra Hearts page, this …

The Month In Plagues: A Deadly Fungus, Genetically-Engineered Mosquitoes, And More

Here are some links on infestations, contagions, and controls from around the web this past month. Have more? Add them in the comments.<p><b>In outbreak news</b><p>The Guinea Ebola epidemic got a lot of press this month. Doctor’s Without Boarders reportedly said the scale of the outbreak is “unprecedented.” …

How To Make Powdered Booze At Home

Fluffy like confetti and just as liquorous as the bottled stuff<p>Some truths we rarely question. The sky is blue. The sun rises in the east. Cocktails are wet. But a new product, called Palcohol, aims to crumble our everyday expectations. It's an alcoholic beverage -- in powder form. Carry a …

The hills are alive with the sound of Datsun

Swiss hillclimbs seem to be the place to see awesome stuff in action.<p>It's hard to tell just which Datsun S30 variant this is (let's just say it's a 280Z) from simply watching it tear ass up a hill in Switzerland, but it's not hard to understand the truly important part: It sounds fantastic. These …

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Which is More Likely: Teleportation or Space Colonies?

A new poll by Pew documents what Americans believe about the tech of the future.<p><i>May 1975 PopMech.</i><p>How do Americans feel about the sci-fi technologies promising to invade their lives? This week, pollsters from the Pew Research Center released the results of a survey of 1001 adults, revealing which …

Brand new Jaguar driver believes he's too important to sit in traffic. Insta-karma smackdown.

Beard Fashions Are Governed By Darwinian Selection

Why did the hipster get a sweaty chin? Because he grew a beard before it was cool.<p>By the beard of Darwin! Some studies have shown that women generally like beards, while others show that whiskers make men appear older and more aggressive. New research suggests that it's all relative, though, and …

Will we ever… detect other universes?

Is there anything outside our Universe? Many physicists think it’s possible, says Marcus Woo, but could we one day know for sure?<p>We think of our Universe as everything there ever was, is, and will be.<p>But according to some researchers, there might not just be many universes, but an infinite number …

The Navy Wants To Fire Its Ridiculously Strong Railgun From The Ocean

They want to test firing it from a ship in 2016, and again in 2018.<p>In 2016, the U.S. Navy is going to test a railgun—a weapon that can repeatedly launch a projectile at more than 5,000 MPH—from a boat. In 2018, they're going to do it again. And in the 2020s, the Navy is going to figure out just …

Enjoy The Feeling Of Adderall? You May Be Less Likely To Develop ADHD

A link between affinity for a drug and susceptibility to a condition<p>Amphetamine, the primary ingredient in Adderall, is commonly taken by people with ADHD to improve their focus, memory, and so on. Some people in particular who take this drug, also known as dextroamphetamine, report feelings of …

Watch This Charger Fully Juice A Smartphone In 30 Seconds

The power of quantum dots<p>I still remember flipping through paper magazines while waiting for webpages to load on my family's PC, in the 1990s. Maybe one day waiting for your phone to charge will seem as antiquated.<p>An Israeli startup recently demonstrated a prototype charger that fully charges a …

Tobacco plant may light the way to beating cancer, Australian scientists say

The tobacco plant could be a powerful weapon in the fight against cancer, say Australian scientists.<p>They have found a molecule in the flower of the plant that targets cancer cells and rips them open, according to an article in the journal eLife.<p>"There is some irony," the lead researcher, Dr Mark …

This is what Candy Crush Saga does to your brain | Dana Smith

The Candy Crush game app exploits some well known weaknesses in the human brain to keep us playing<p>Last week, Candy Crush Saga, the mind-numbingly simple yet addictive game that involves matching coloured sweets, was estimated to be worth $7.1bn. While that amount dropped by 16% after the company’s …

Hobby Lobby retirement plan invests heavily in contraception manufacturers

Hobby Lobby claims it sincerely objects to certain contraception, but has $73 million in assets that show otherwise<p>The owners of Hobby Lobby have such strong objections to providing employees with comprehensive contraceptive coverage that they have taken their case all the way to the United States …

Watch Out For iBeacon—Because It’s Watching You

It might even tell you about mayo discounts.<p>Last June, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software, sneaked something big into his Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. On a slide listing features that would debut in iOS 7, an unfamiliar word appeared: iBeacons. An iBeacon is a …

Plutocracy without end: Why the 1 percent always defeats the middle class

There are more of us than them. But income inequality keeps getting worse — and there is sadly no end in sight<p>I’ve been writing about what we politely call “inequality” since the mid-1990s, but one day about ten years ago, when I was traveling the country lecturing about the toxic curlicues of …

Technology Company Using Fitness Trackers To Monitor Employees

Do you record your food or steps electronically? Your workplace might want to do the same.<p>All companies keep track of how well their employees are doing, but few do it to the extent that a company called The Outside View does.<p><i>The Guardian</i> reports that the U.K.-based technology company has been …

This Martini-liveried LEGO Porsche 911 RSR is awesome

Classic Porsche racing lines, recreated with interlocking bricks.<p>If you haven't yet seen <i>The Lego Movie</i>, go out and get yourself inspired to build something. Take this, for instance: Malte Dorowski's exacting tribute to the Porsche 911 RSR. Built in 1974, the actual race car was a privateer racer's …

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