Randy Merritt

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Secrets of the two-second pit stop

How do Formula 1 pit crews service racing cars so quickly?<p><b>A FORMULA 1 RACER IS IN THE MIDDLE OF A RACE</b>, dozens of laps to go. Everyone’s zooming over 300kph. But it’s time for repairs and tyre changes — time for a pit stop. The racer pulls in. Close to two dozen workers swarm on the vehicle. The …

Motorsport

Does the yeti exist? Scientists use DNA evidence in bid to solve mystery of the abominable snowman

It is one of the world's greatest enduring mysteries. Stories of a yeti, or an abominable snowman, have been entrenched in Himalayan folklore for hundreds of years - but there has never been any definitive proof of its existence.<p>Now, a team of leading international scientists will use advanced DNA …

Paranormal

8 Ways to Tailgate Like the Foodie You Are

<i>It's tailgating season, finally! Who doesn't love crisp Friday nights under the lights, especially if there's lots of great tailgating food involved? We've got 8 recipes guaranteed to stack your party menu for a win. Let's get cookin'!</i><p>It's called Crack Dip because it's completely, totally …

Adele ID Interview: Singer reveals details about more new songs in new interview

In her first print interview in over three years, with British magazine <i>I-D</i>, Adele detailed a handful of new songs from her forthcoming album, <i>25</i>.<p>On …

The origins of… ellipses, commas, and other punctuation marks

Everyone is now expected to add punctuation when writing, but that wasn’t always the case. It took centuries for the English language to build up the list of rules that has now become commonplace. Here’s a brief look at how we came to use these well-known punctuation marks.<p><b>Colons, commas, and</b> …

Linguistics

Texas Professors Warn Allowing Guns In Class Will Inhibit Free Speech

When students are having outbursts in class and vandalizing their professors' offices, bringing guns into school buildings seems unlikely to help.<p>As a women's and gender studies professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Lisa Moore is often the very first person to expose her students to the …

Guns

Edward Snowden Says He'd Go to Prison to Come Home

Speaking to the BBC, the NSA whistleblower said his lawyers were still awaiting a plea deal from the U.S. government.<p>Edward Snowden isn’t the spy who came in from the cold, but he might be edging slowly toward the warmth.<p>In an interview with the BBC, the beloved and reviled whistleblower said he’d …

No Charges For Teen Arrested After Bringing Homemade Clock to School

Police in Texas said Wednesday that charges will not be filed against a 14-year-old Muslim high school student who was arrested after he brought in a homemade clock that a teacher said looked like a bomb.<p>The arrest drew an outcry on social media. Hundreds of thousands of people used the hashtag …

Middle School

The Mothers of All Disasters

Massive hurricanes striking Miami or Houston. Earthquakes leveling Los Angeles or Seattle. Deadly epidemics. Meet the “maximums of maximums” that keep emergency planners up at night.<p>For years before Hurricane Katrina, storm experts warned that a big hurricane would inundate the Big Easy. Reporters …

Donald Trump's ex-wife once said Trump kept a book of Hitler's speeches by his bed

According to a 1990 Vanity Fair interview, Ivana Trump once told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that her husband, real-estate mogul Donald Trump, now a leading Republican presidential candidate, kept a book of Hitler's speeches near his bed.<p>"Last April, perhaps in a surge of Czech nationalism, Ivana …

Ruling puts Obama's immigration legacy in jeopardy

Latest legal blow could put final decision close to the end of his presidency<p>A series of setbacks and delays in the key legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration could irreparably damage his legacy on the issue, even if the Supreme Court ultimately upholds his …

Immigration

10 things farmers won’t tell you

<b>1. We’re a big business …</b><p>There are more than 7 billion people on the planet, and all of us need to eat. More than 800 million people are hungry, and …

Why red-state conservatives are the biggest porn hounds

Studies indicate people in religious states are more likely to search for adult materials online. Paging Dr. Freud!<p>Red-state conservatives may insist that the rest of us should keep aspirin between our knees and be forced to bear Divine Justice Babies if we don’t. They may refuse to provide cake or …

26 Stunning Images You Won't Believe Were Found On Google Street View

He created a Tumblr, 9-eyes — named after the 9 cameras Google Street View uses— where he curates the best images he finds.<p>Rafman says sometimes he picks a location and "just wanders," captivated by what he sees.<p>He also doesn't document where exactly the photos were taken.<p>He told The New York Times …

The truth about driverless vehicles

Is Google’s vision for driverless cars really the future? Plenty of autonomous vehicles are already on the road, says David Robson, but they’re not what you imagine…<p><b>We’ve heard a lot about Google’s cars. What’s the reality?</b> <br>Given the media coverage, it would be easy to assume that Google is the …

Autonomous Vehicle

Erik Prince Is Right: Private Contractors Will Probably Join The Fight Against ISIS

"If the old Blackwater team were still together, I have high confidence that a multi-brigade-size unit of veteran American contractors or a multi-national force could be rapidly assembled and deployed to be that necessary ground combat team," Prince wrote on the website of Frontier Services Group, …

This Man 3D Printed A Crazy Paper Airplane Machine Gun That Folds And Shoots Planes In Seconds

Amid concerns about 3D printed guns, one man has made a prototype of a weapon everyone can agree on: a 3D printed machine gun that shoots paper airplanes.<p>YouTube user Papierfliegerei fabricated most of the parts for the whimsical weapon using the German 3D printing website fabberhouse.de, and …

'You Have The Right To Remain Silent.' Or Do You?

"You have the right to remain silent."<p>Any devotee of TV crime dramas or police procedural shows hears the phrase regularly. But new court decisions in recent years have chipped away at that principle.<p>Take the case of California resident Richard Tom. In 2007, he broadsided a car, injuring a girl and …

Wal-Mart’s new scheme to prey on America’s poor

The multinational retailer wants to offer affordable banking. Here’s why that’s a horrible idea<p>The FDIC estimates there are 10 million people living in the U.S. who do not have a bank account — that’s one out of every 13 households. Nearly 33 percent of people living in Starr County, TX can’t write …

Gun nuts’ tragic confusion: Why “open carry” groups don’t get police brutality

To their credit some gun groups didn’t like John Crawford being shot by cops. The problem: their reasoning (update)<p>After finally being allowed to view the video of the police shooting of a man in an Ohio Wal-Mart, it's very hard for any reasonable person to conclude that the authorities acted …

Top 10 Ghost Towns

With their silent streets, derelict buildings, and remnants of homes and workplaces, abandoned towns offer a haunting view into the lives of once thriving communities.<p><i>Here’s a look at our top ten from around the world:</i><p><b>1. St. Elmo, Colorado</b><p>Once a booming mining town and trading post along railroad …

Facts vs. the GOP: Why America is living through a new era of segregation

Republicans like to blame poverty on the breakdown of the “traditional” family. The numbers tell a different story<p>Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, have once again made the nation consider the durability of racial injustice as a defining factor of the American experience. Black children go to …

Obama channels Reagan: Why his ISIS strategy is doomed from the start

The Gipper’s muscular foreign policy did nothing to prevent terrorist attacks. Obama’s falling into the same trap<p>The world is going to hell in a hand basket — and it is all Barack Obama’s fault. So says the conventional wisdom emanating from the right wing of the U.S. political spectrum.<p>According …

Obama May Have Just Dealt A Crushing Blow To Russia's Oil Exploration

The measures are "designed to effectively shut down this type of oil exploration and production activity by depriving these Russian companies of the goods, technology, and services that they need to do this work," a senior Obama administration official said Friday.<p>The official added the intention …

Secrets of the Water Smoker Revealed

If you're just starting out with smoking, you'd do well to consider a charcoal water smoker--sometimes called a bullet smoker. Shaped like an upright bullet (hence the nickname), the water smoker is simple to operate, but serious enough for competition cooks, who often employ these hard-working …

Ireland's Castles

Castles dot the countryside of the Irish Isles. Some remain private homes, some are open to the public, and some are mere ruins of what they once were.

Ireland

Burqas And Mankinis In This Playful, Colorful City Of Contrast

Years ago, a friend in Belize pointed out that a country never escapes its origins. The United States, he told me, is a land of puritans. Belize is a land of pirates.<p>And Istanbul is a land of traders. Once the end of the 4,000-mile-long Silk Road, the mother of all trade routes, this part of the …

Scientists Discover Dozens of Monuments Hidden Below Stonehenge

This field of ancient stones may be more complex than initially believed.<p>Scientists have new evidence that there is more to Stonehenge—the ancient rock formations that stand alone in a field in Wiltshire, England—than meets the eye.<p>Based on cutting edge digital mapping technology, researchers at …