If you’ve driven anywhere in the United States, then you’re aware of how bad our roads are. Potholes, cracks and structurally deficient bridges all increase our travel times and cause extra wear on our vehicles. Part of the reason for this lies in the materials used in our infrastructure—but scientists have some new…
On a long, tedious night drive, the mind sometimes wanders. As you watch the twin beams of your headlights reaching across the black, featureless landscape, your mind may wander to this thought: if those headlights are sending out billions and billions of photons at the speed of light out from the front of my car,…
Earlier this month, the Navy issued a memo earlier that would ban vaping on its vessels starting in May, but there’s a hope yet for our military’s e-cig users, thanks to American ingenuity and possibly an eperimental SEAL submarine.
The typically recommended tire pressure for most of us is between 30 to 35 PSI. Of course, we’ve all wondered what would happen if we just kept filling up the tire and didn’t stop until something happened.
Tetris, the iconic, simple but mesmerizing game of fitting little digital blocks in neatly with each other. It’s a satisfying pastime. But a new study now suggests that it could have therapeutic effects on car crash victims.
Oil is the lifeblood of every gasoline and diesel-burning automobile engine. It flows through the components, keeping them cool and lubricated. Without it, the engine would just seize up and fry itself. But apparently they can keep on churning for longer than I expected.
Jeremy Clarkson, a man who has never, ever in his life exaggerated about anything ever, threw out a totally believable number today. In a new ad for The Grand Tour, he said that they collectively drove 1,474,546,320 miles over the course of filming the first season.
Some of my favorite bad and dumb movies are the Fast and Furious films. They don’t take themselves too seriously, and the plots are so easy to follow that you don’t really even need to know how to speak English to enjoy them. Fast and Furious also introduced me to nitrous oxide, or NOS (though that’s technically a…
Having to sit at a red light is a miserable experience. There you are, trapped with your thoughts, staring at an inanimate light you let dictate your daily life. How sad is that? What are some other sad thoughts? How can I make this light turn green and escape this introspective hell? Is that guy picking his nose? He…
It’s one of those numbers that I’ve got in the back of my head for no reason: 2.75 seconds. That’s how long it takes a car dropped out of a plane to accelerate to 60 miles per hour. When I saw the hilarious new Tesla Model S P100D did 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds it was a reminder that Elon’s electric sedan was now faster…
If you know anything about cars, you probably salivate a little bit when you hear that something is made out of carbon fiber. It’s highly valued in aviation and automotive use for its lightness and strength. But, unlike aluminum, plastics and steel, it’s also very difficult to recycle. Until now!
Traffic congestion is caused by more than just construction, cops, bad drivers and lane-drops. Ever notice traffic jams can happen for no reason? You’re not imagining things, and this video explains why.
Platinum is worth about $1,000 an ounce. Did you know you can sweep some of that right off the side of a busy highway?
The nerds at Asap Science went Good Will Hunting all over a whiteboard to figure out that “the smelly part” of a fart can theoretically fly at 243 meters per second. Don’t worry, the added complexities of reality help slow the stank down. But the breakdown is actually pretty interesting! You know, from an engineering…
WD-40 is one of the greatest products on the planet. Seriously, that stuff is like the water on LOST, it fixes everything. That little red straw it comes with, on the other hand, is the absolute worst. Well now it’s time to say goodbye to the straw.
Back in May, astrophysicist and science educator Neil deGrasse Tyson found his show was bumped due to a NASCAR race. Undeterred, he took to Twitter to explain some of the physics of racing. We're fans, but we thought his math was a little off. So Dr. Tyson just showed up in the comments to explain it all.
When an episode of Neil deGrasse Tyson's (frankly excellent) Cosmos gets postponed for the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 race, Neil deGrasse Tyson got revenge the only way he knew how – by dropping knowledge. But one of those tweets might have been just a bit wrong.
A report sponsored by the US Department of Transportation says semi-truck and busesshould get a lot sleeker and shift their primary propulsion fuel to natural gas by 2018.