posted May 12 2014 3:47PM
It might draw an argument from some, but many give Lexus credit for introducing the concept of the luxury crossover vehicle to the market. Now, many years later, they continue to lead the pack when it comes to sport utility vehicles that bathe you in comfort and spoil you with toys.
I spent a week behind the wheel of the RX350, and grudgingly handed the keys over at the end of the trial. Here’s what I came away with:
posted May 9 2014 6:18AM
We love the Great Pyramid, but we're still not completely sure how it was built. If the ancient Egyptians really rolled those 3-ton blocks across the desert, wouldn't they bog down in the sand? An early drawing from those days might've revealed the answer, and it involves water.
And if you're going to take notes in class, don't use your laptop. Students may groan when they hear this, but writing notes in longhand fashion actually produces better results and better grades. I've got details.
Plus, one simple thing you can do to make people THINK you're smarter (even if you're not), and the physics behind Pinocchio's nose. Yep, all of that - and more - can be found down this digital pathway right here. All of the cool kids are getting their nerd on, and you can, too.
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posted May 8 2014 8:20PM
A friend of mine turned me on to an independent film called Once, and I found it to be an interesting tale of music and mettle. When I heard that the Broadway production of the story was coming to Denver I wondered how it would translate from the screen to the stage.
The answer is: Brilliantly.
If you’re a fan of the film, it probably won’t surprise you to know that there are differences; it’s almost impossible to clone everything and make any sense in a different medium.
posted May 2 2014 6:23AM
How'd you like to get behind the wheel of your car and read a book while it drives you to work? Well, we're getting closer to that day. You gotta see the video of Google's self-driving car. The future is (almost) now!
You've seen mortgage calculators, and life-span calculators. But you've gotta see the weirdest collection of calculators, including one that figures out how many Lego bricks it would take to build your house (I mean your actual house), and one that calculates how many - ahem - indirect "partners" you've had in your life.
Plus fun videos about how beards are no longer sexy and the physics behind pouring ketchup. Yep, we cover it all when we get our nerd on. To get there, just follow this virtual yellow brick road, and have fun!
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posted Apr 25 2014 6:20AM
You wanna know why babies are so cute? So we don't eat 'em. Well, that's an old joke, but it's also pretty much true. This week's News For Nerds explains the science behind those darned cute babies.
There's also a fascinating story about the misconceptions we have about going #2. That's right; almost everything you've heard about pooping is untrue. So read up on it and get to know your bowel movements, people.
Plus, naps will kill you! Did you hear me? NAPS WILL KILL YOU! I've got the details on that, along with one of my favorite stories of the week: There's an ocean on one of Saturn's moons! You have no idea how cool that really is, because I just KNOW there's life in that alien ocean.
These stories, and more, are all waiting for you to come find them, which you can do right here. Click and enjoy.
It's always fun to get your nerd on!
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by Dom and Jane
posted Apr 18 2014 6:20AM
There's no way around it, so I'm just gonna say it: If you wanna go to Mars, you're gonna have to drink your own pee. And the pee of your fellow astronauts.
Don't be grossed out; it's actually something that could help millions of people on our home planet, too. I've got the details for you this week.
Plus, if you think that airplane food tastes bad, there's a reason. And I'll tell you why.
I've also included a story this week that explains why you get grouchy with the love of your life when you're hungry. It's called getting "hangry." (The story involves voodoo dolls, so you gotta love it.)
Oh, and video of a jet-powered snowboard. C'mon, who doesn't wanna do that?!
Just follow this digital wormhole, and you'll soon be gettin' your nerd on with News For Nerds. Enjoy.
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posted Apr 11 2014 6:20AM
We like familiar stuff, which explains why we listen to the same music over and over again. Finally a scientist has tried to figure that out. I've got the story.
Plus, until I injured a foot I was running about 20-24 miles per week. Now a new study says that running that much could lead to an early death. What?? I'm sure this will be controversial, but you'll wanna read it.
And for some reason parents have been giving their new baby boys names that end in a particular letter, way more than other letters. Curious?
Those cool stories, and more (including a guy who discovered the worst place on your body to receive a bee sting) when you skip down this digital path right here. C'mon, it's time to get your nerd on!
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by Dom and Jane
posted Apr 6 2014 12:18PM
Colorado has always had something of a love affair going with their Subarus, but for years it relied heavily on the Outback. A co-worker once told me that it could almost be named the Official Car of Colorado.
But times are changing. Folks in the Rocky Mountains are finding that they can get the same reliability - and, importantly, the same all-wheel-drive functionality - from an Outback sibling. In this case, the Impreza.
Look, you have to keep in mind that not everyone can drop fifty grand on an SUV. Subaru has raised their hand, saying “Um, we’ve got what you need for less than HALF that.” And they do.
by Dom Testa
posted Mar 28 2014 6:25AM
Imagine a sea of bubbles, and each one contains an entire universe. Some people think this is the coolest idea ever; other people say it gives them a headache. Either way, you gotta check it out. It's in the link below.
Also, I've got the best (and worst) science jokes, courtesy of our nerdy friends at Popular Science. Plus, opening a wine bottle with a shoe (video), voting on the fashion design of the next wave of spacesuits (photos), and a fantastic video explanation of why Thor's hammer would destroy the entire planet if the muscular dude ever dropped it. It's one of my favorite videos of the month.
It's all waiting for you to enjoy and to share when you follow this easy digital path.
Click away and get your nerd on!
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by Dom Testa
posted Mar 21 2014 6:24AM
Got bags under your eyes? Yawning throughout the day? Maybe not getting enough sleep? Well . . . YOU'RE GONNA DIE!!
That's what my doctor said to me. And to make it worse, there's new research that shows what your lack of sleep is doing to your brain . . . and it's not good. I've got details in the link down below.
It's not all bad news this week, though. I'm a fanatic about dark chocolate, and it turns out that your gut is, too. There are good microbes in your stomach that turn dark chocolate into anti-inflammatories, which ultimately is good for your heart (and other parts). Check out that story in the link below.
Plus, I have a somewhat-creepy story about how Siri is a lightweight compared to the computer assistance we're about to get. In fact, computers will soon know what you need BEFORE you ask for it. There's also a segment about how a particular new craze could lead more teenagers to smoking. Sigh.
All of these stories are awaiting you in the digital wonderland known as News For Nerds, which you can find right here.
C'mon, it's time to get your nerd on.