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How A Supercharged Beetle Helped Discover The Element Mendelevium

On the periodic table of elements, there's a bunch of elements, usually named after famous scientists, that are known as synthetic elements. These are made by determined scientists with exciting-sounding machines called cylotrons or atom-smashers. And it seems a supercharged VW Beetle had a hand in the creation of one… » 11/13/13 4:00pm 11/13/13 4:00pm

Bullshit Study Says Driving A Roomy Car Makes You An Unethical Driver

I'm not sure what it is about cars that make writers and researchers so excited to try and find causalities between being an asshole and the car you drive. There's plenty of anecdotal stereotypes we have, but I believe that our ethics are not defined by what we drive. This MIT/Berkeley study says otherwise. » 8/23/13 1:25pm 8/23/13 1:25pm

Car Exhaust Turns Good Cholesterol Bad, Says Depressing Study

I imagine this is lousy news for most of our readers: UCLA researchers found that breathing auto emissions can trigger a change in "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, HDL) to the "bad" kind, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and the result of this is more clogged arteries and heart problems and all sorts of… » 5/20/13 1:22pm 5/20/13 1:22pm

Are We Born Able To Read A Gas Gauge?

Almost all the analog instruments on your car's dashboard– speedometer, gas gauge, tachometer, temperature gauge– rely on a fundamental concept known as the number line. We're so used to the concept of a series of numbers regularly mapped onto a space (linear or otherwise) that the common thinking is that it's just… » 4/27/12 12:00pm 4/27/12 12:00pm

Why Having To Pee While Driving Is As Bad As Drinking

As a lifelong urinator, I like to keep up with all the latest innovations in the field. That's why I was excited to see one of 2011's Ig Nobel awards went to Dr. Peter Snyder, VP of Research at Rhode Island Hospital, and author of an important study called "The Effect of Acute Increase in Urge to Void on Cognitive… » 4/23/12 4:00pm 4/23/12 4:00pm