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Cadillac's Big Step Toward Automotive Autopilot

Cadillac’s Super Cruise has a processor that combines a camera, radar, and GPS data to steer the car down the center of its lane.<p>While Google's prototype self-driving car does a fine job commanding headlines, automakers have been rolling out the features that will ultimately lead to a road-ready …

Human-powered helicopter hovers accurately for 60 seconds, beats 'impossible' challenge

A Canadian duo and their Kickstarter-funded, pedal-powered helicopter have won one of the longest-standing challenges in the history of aviation — keeping a human-powered aircraft hovering up in the air at height of at least 9.8 feet, within a 32.8 by 32.8-foot square, for 60 seconds minimum. The …

The World's Largest Building Is Open For Business

It could fit 20 Sydney Opera Houses inside it and has its own artificial sun.<p>The New Century Global Center, a behemoth Chinese officials are calling the world's largest standalone building, has finally opened in Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan province. The colossal structure has 5.5 …

Secrets behind the sophisticated spam scams

A recent poll called them one of modern life’s top irritants, but how do spam messages work? And in a world of constantly streaming information online, should you act like a scammer yourself if you want to win attention?<p>I woke recently to find a panicked email from an old colleague at the top of my …

Life of a Highly Sensitive Prison Guard in Norway

OSLO—American psychologist Elaine Aron estimates that 15–20 percent of people in the world have a highly sensitive nervous system, which makes it …

Psychology

A Real-Life Stairway To Heaven And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Protecting Your Online Privacy

With the NSA conducting surveillance on our data and Google scanning our email, how can we protect our personal information? Jon Xavier, digital producer at <i>Silicon Valley Business Journal</i>, discusses the services that you can use to make your information more secure and private.<p>Transcript<p>IRA FLATOW, …

5 Stars: A Mosquito's Idea Of A Delicious Human

If mosquitoes used Yelp, they might look for their next meal by searching nearby for a heavy-breathing human with Type O blood, sporting a red shirt and more than a smattering of skin bacteria. Preferably either pregnant or holding a beer.<p>That's some of what we take away from a post today on the …

Translating Emoji into a Giant Light Show

A DIY Microwave Hack Downloads Cooking Instructions From Barcodes

For when microwaving isn't easy enough.<p>Inspired by a Reddit post suggesting food products carry QR codes that would allow a microwave to automatically follow cooking instructions specific to that food, developer Nathan Broadbent decided he could hack a better microwave, one that could download and …

Audio pioneer Amar G. Bose, creator of Bose speakers, dies

Audio tech pioneer Amar G. Bose, founder of the high-end audio equipment company that bears his name, died today at age 83, according to statements from the Bose Corporation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. No cause of death was immediately given. Dr. Bose founded the Bose Corporation …

The Science Behind The Summer's Biggest Blockbusters

The answers to the most nagging, fascinating, and bizarre questions of the summer movie season.<p>How Strong Can Someone Become?<p><b>Inspired By Man Of Steel</b><p><b>THE PLOT:</b> In the latest remake of the 75-year-old comic franchise, Superman, an innocent farmer's son, discovers his powers and saves the planet from …

How To Turn A Match Into A Tiny Rocket [VIDEO]

Blast off!<p>The swift strike of a match on July 4 typically precedes sky-high spectacles. But matches themselves can be fireworks. When ignited, the bulb of fuel on a match's tip combusts into space-hogging gases. By containing the gas in aluminum foil and directing it downward, you can create a …

Fringe Factor: Tampons But Not Guns Banned in Texas Legislature

Texas banned feminine-hygiene products in the state house, Pat Robertson wants a ‘vomit button’ for same-sex activity on Facebook, and more from the …

20 Movies You Can’t Even Believe Are 20 Years Old

Do you still quote <i>Dazed and Confused</i>? Or roll your eyes whenever someone mentions <i>Sleepless in Seattle</i>? We hate to break it to you, but both films …

Weekend Edition – A Nissan 350Z Art Car by Sharpie Pen, and it is up for sale…

Yes, it seems that this is an impromptu Art Car Weekend here at the Hooniverse, and why not. Let’s all get lost in the alternate world that is art, …

Woman Burns Down Boyfriends Apartment Building After An Argument

Hell hath no fury like an apartment scorched.<p>Whitney Holmes, now charged with aggravated arson and domestic battery, found a great way to get even …

Apartment Building

Weekend Edition – A 2006 Jeep Wrangler Art Car in Miami, and yes, it’s For Sale…

Art Cars seem to be an acquired taste, and in all reality, I’m still not liking any of them. From the tacky glued on Art Cars of Portland, to the BMW …

Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines – review

Some people make music to communicate the stirrings of their soul. Robin Thicke makes music to communicate to you the size of his penis. I'm not …

Photographer Gets So Close to Lava That His Shoes and Tripod Catch on Fire

Back in May, we featured the volcano photos of photographer Miles Morgan, a guy who gets so hot to lava that he’s had his shoes and tripod melt. If …

Bank of America whistle-blower’s bombshell: “We were told to lie”

<b>(Sashkin via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Bombshell: Bank of America whistle-blowers detail horrid schemes to fleece borrowers, reward foreclosures (UPDATED)<p>David Dayen<p>June 18, 2013 11:45am (UTC)<p>Bank of America’s mortgage servicing unit systematically lied to homeowners, fraudulently denied loan …

How to Avoid Getting Scammed at Your Dealer's Service Desk – Feature

Modern cars come with a maintenance regimen recommended by the manufacturer, but some dealers will try to sell you their own more expensive plan with extra, often needless services. If you let them. Don’t.<p>A substantial share of a dealership’s profit comes from its service department. The more it …

Chrysler

Edward Snowden: the truth about US surveillance will emerge

The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has warned that the truth about the extent of surveillance carried out by US authorities would emerge, even if …

Lil Wayne FLAG TRAMPLE WAS AN ACCIDENT I Didn't See It There

<b>Lil Wayne</b> is lying through his diamond-encrusted teeth ... claiming he didn't INTENTIONALLY step on the American flag during a video shoot ... …

McLaren 12C Spider at Monticello Motor Club. How's your Tuesday going?

Chevrolet Finally Announces 2014 Corvette Stingray's Power Figures

When Chevrolet pulled the sheets off of the 2014 Corvette Stingray at this year’s Detroit auto show, we were smitten with its saucy sheetmetal, upgraded interior, and promising-looking all-new small-block V-8 engine. We were less enthused with the mystery surrounding the small-block’s details, …

Why the Sky ISN'T Blue

12 Things You Might Not Know About TLC

What happens when you mix a Spice Girl with the "L" in TLC? Greatness. Greatness happens.

Stress Tester: How to Test a Car's Handling Without Driving It

The lab rig that tells you everything you'd ever need to know about a car's chassis.<p>Front sensors track wheels through their full range of motion.<p>Electric screw actuators move the test car's body up, down, and through pitch and roll motions.<p>A steering robot turns the wheel while measuring input and …