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

Science May Have Eliminated The Need To Wash Cars

Researcher Catarina Esteves of the department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at TU/e (you know, the Technical Universtity at Einddhoven, Netherlands) has developed a coating who's self-healing properties could mean never needing to wash your car again. » 7/24/12 3:00pm 7/24/12 3:00pm

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

German Scientists Developing Electronic 'Smart Tires'

All season radials are pretty versatile tires, but let's face it, they aren't necessarily all that great on snow and ice or off highway. A team of German scientists developed new technology they hope will allow motorists to use the same tires in all conditions. » 4/25/12 3:30pm 4/25/12 3:30pm

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

Testosterone Makes Men Buy Fast Cars

A Concordia University John Molson School of Business study has found men's testosterone levels spike when driving ostentatious cars, effectively making them "sexual signaling" devices. The John Molson School of Business will be rechristened the "School of Obviousness" next week. » 10/15/09 10:30am 10/15/09 10:30am

Will Convertibles Make You Deaf?

Speeds of 50–70 MPH in a convertible car generate noise levels above the threshold of hearing damage, according to a study published in the medical journal Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. » 10/07/09 9:30am 10/07/09 9:30am