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Motor Authority

Easy riding: exploring the USA by motorcycle

Maybe the best decision I’ve ever made in my life was to go along with a bunch of friends on a two-week, 3000-mile motorcycle trip from Portland, Oregon, to Knoxville, Tennessee, on tiny vintage bikes and shoestring budgets. We took the smallest roads through the smallest towns, camping most of the …

National Parks

At $140 Billion, Amazon Is Bigger Than Ever, Still Smaller Than Google and Apple

For the first time in its history, Amazon shares traded above $300 a piece this week. When Jeff Bezos took his company public in the spring of 1997, …

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Brabus: The power of ‘B’

It was barely a fortnight ago that Mercedes revealed the brand new 585bhp S63 AMG. Clearly, Brabus looked at that figure and laughed.<p>Because what we have here is the German tuner's take on the S-Class, packing a whole lot more power. Welcome to the B63S.<p>It's the most powerful performance pack …

Mercedes-Benz

Is your dog happy to see you? Look at its eyebrows to find out

Dogs use specific facial expressions to show how happy they are to see their owners, scientists have found.<p>While most dog owners will recognise their pet’s wagging tail as a sign of joy, they may also want to pay more attention to their animal’s face the next time they walk in through the front …

Good News For Flexible Electronics: Scientists Invent A Stretchy Gold Conductor

A new nanoparticle material conducts electricity even when stretched to twice its original length.<p>A team of scientists at the University of Michigan has discovered that when stretched to their limits, gold nanoparticles embedded into elastic material self-assemble into conductive pathways. The …

How Transplanted Pig Lungs Could Save Human Patients

Martine Rothblatt, the founder and CEO of the Maryland-based drug company United Therapeutics, entered the orphan drug business to develop pharmaceutical treatments for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a rare but deadly heart disease. Rothblatt spoke with PopMech about the art and science of …

What's the 'Internet of Everything' worth? $613 billion, Cisco reckons

In 2013, Cisco calculates that companies could produce $613 billion of mostly incremental profit by harnessing the growing networked world of people and things.<p>Cisco Systems wants its customers to know that there is a huge amount of money to be made if they focus their strategy and IT budget on …

Internet of Things

The Roots of the Next Financial Crisis—How Wall Street Undermines Reform

As Wall Street money flows to Republicans, Democrats are scrambling to get back in big money’s good graces, writes Lawrence Lessig.<p>Fifty-one percent, …

Jaguar F-Type squares off against Porsche 911, Aston V8 Vantage with Chris Harris

Chris Harris is back on the job, taking on really really difficult car questions like: Which enormously sexy and good-to-drive, high-performance convertible is the top of the heap? As one of the hottest cars in the luxury space right now, the Jaguar F-Type S is, of course, in on the action. …

Lotus getting into the motorcycle business

Lotus founder Colin Chapman is famously quoted as saying something to the effect of "Simplify, then add lightness." We're a bit amazed that it took this long, but someone appears to be taking that message to heart at the British marque, losing a couple of wheels, a clutter of bodywork and a whole …

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How mobile phones are making cash obsolete in Africa

When he rolls into a gas station to fill his tank, Barkhad Dahir doesn't get out of his car. He punches a few buttons on his cellphone and within seconds he has paid for the fuel.<p>With the same quick keystrokes on his phone, he pays for virtually everything he needs: groceries at the supermarket, a …

Africa

ORIGINAL NSA WHISTLEBLOWER: I Saw The Order To Wiretap Barack Obama In 2004

This week he appeared on the Boiling Frogs Show and detailed how he had his hands "in the nitty-gritty, the nuts and bolts" during his 20 years as a U.S. intelligence analyst.<p>Tice claimed that he held NSA wiretap orders targeting numerous members of the U.S. government, including one for a young …

Surveillance

Is obesity a disease?

The American Medical Association’s new classification for the condition is the subject of heavy controversy<p><i>Disease: a disordered or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body resulting from the effect of genetic or developmental errors, infection, poisons, nutritional</i> …

Will Silicon Valley's Confident Technologist Investors Save Healthcare?

“Every interaction in every area related to health is just so sh*tty,” explains Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook executive and founder of the VC firm Social+Capital Partnership. “The software is crap, the services are crap, the people are crap. So there is a lot of value that people like us …

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May 17, 1984: Linda Brown on becoming 'the symbol of Brown vs. Board of Ed'<p>4-year-old reunited with stranger who donated liver for …

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