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Diamond: Britain's answer to the Large Hadron Collider

The darling of particle physics might be the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern, but as a practical tool it's no match for the UK's Diamond Light Source. Located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory campus at Harwell in Oxfordshire, Diamond is an alchemist's dream, a place where beams of light …

APOD: Opportunity's Decade on Mars (2014 Jan 25) Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ/Arizona State Univ http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140125.html Explanation: On January 25 (UT) 2004, the Opportunity rover fell to Mars, making today the 10th anniversary of its landing. After more than 3,500 sols (Mars solar days) the golf cart-sized robot from Earth is still actively exploring the Red Planet, though its original mission plan was for three months. This self-portrait was made with Opportunity's panoramic camera earlier this month. The camera's supporting mast has been edited out of the image mosaic but its shadow is visible on the dusty solar panels arrayed across the rover's deck. For comparison, a similar self-portrait from late 2004 is shown in the inset. Having driven some 39 kilometers (24 miles) from its landing site, Opportunity now rests at Solander Point at the rim of Endeavour Crater. http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17759 http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA07372 http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/ http://athena.cornell.edu/ http://www.mars.asu.edu/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140125 #APOD

Did men really once think groping was all right?

There's a moment in the film <i>Groundhog Day</i> when Bill Murray's character – doomed to relive the same day again and again – abandons decorum. A man approaches him in the road, expecting conversation. And Murray, beginning to lose his wits, punches the guy in the face.<p>I pondered the scene once or twice …

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Jaguar Super Bowl Ad to Feature F-Type Coupe, Famous British Bad Guys

Jaguar is betting big on advertising this year, launching its first Super Bowl commercial ever. The brand has uploaded several teaser videos in advance of the 60-second spot, titled “Rendezvous,” which airs February 2 during the second half of the big game. The commercial will feature the British …

Toyota Takes Global Sales Crown for Second Year in a Row

Automaker Says it Will Sell Over 10 Million Cars in 2014<p>Toyota came close to selling 10 million vehicles worldwide in 2013, making it the top-selling automaker for the second straight year in a row. With an official tally of 9.98 million units sold, Toyota beat General Motors, which sold 9.71 …

John Phillips: Car Jockey to Hackle Jockey and Back

Thought car jargon was wordy and impossible to understand? Wait 'till you try fly fishing.<p>Twenty-some years ago, <i>C/D</i>’s editor-in-chief, William Jeanes, recruited a new managing editor whose job it was to improve our writing. “He is, to some of you, an instrument of torture,” William said of Steve …

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