posted Sep 19 2014 6:19AM
Another week, another story about how our food is killing us. This time it's artificial sweeteners (again). I know, I know, but the scientists insist on taking away all our fun. The story is in the link below.
And when you feel really sick, but you still drag your carcass into work, you know what you're doing? You're infecting everyone else. A new study shows just how fast your flu virus is racing around the office - and it's not pretty. Details in the link.
Plus, a new formula for being productive - based on how long you work at one stretch followed by a specific break time - and the video of the week: a robot cheetah. Yes!
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by Dom and Jane
posted Sep 12 2014 6:22AM
Kate and William are about to have another royal child - hip hip hooray! - and so science once again looks at the effect of birth order on personality and such. I've got your details in the link below.
Also, how many MicroLives did you add to your lifespan by eating your broccoli last night? Wait - what's a MicroLife? It's a funky new stat, that's what, and it helps you to figure out just how bad - or how good - you're treating your body.
Plus, the science behind Angry Face, and how to choose gym clothes that will be less stinky. Important, right?
All of it is patiently waiting for you down this digital path
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posted Sep 6 2014 3:19PM
Suppose you’ve got a hankerin’ for a nimble, stylish sports car, but you want to spend less than $30k. I mean, you still want good performance and, since it’s a sports car, you want something that will smoke through the turns on winding roads in the foothills.
Subaru comes to the rescue.
I spent a week tooling around in the 2015 BRZ, and found it to be one of the best times I’ve ever had with only four cylinders.
posted Sep 5 2014 6:18AM
You're getting sleepy in the afternoon, and you wonder: Should I take a nap or just drink some coffee? It turns out that the answer is: Both. They call it a coffee nap, and it could be just what you need. Details are in the link below.
And which memories do you think are the most powerful for you? Your trip to Hawaii, or the music playlist you created three months ago? You're gonna be surprised.
The rest of News For Nerds covers learning a second language, and how to keep your tan during the winter.
It's all good stuff, and you can dive in by following this underlined link thing
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posted Aug 29 2014 5:14AM
What would you think if middle school and high school started at 9 or 9:30? What? You don't like that idea? It messes with your schedule? It would be inconvenient for you? Well, it's actually MUCH better for your kids. Now what do you say? I've got the story in the link below.
Also, we only THINK we hate waiting. It turns out that sometimes it's good for us, and not all waiting is the same. Interesting story, and you'll find it in the link down there.
Plus, the reasons why you lose friends as you age, how monkeys don't own any selfies that they take, and video of a robot riding a hovercraft. I mean, how could it get any better than this?
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And you'll thank me.
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posted Aug 22 2014 6:23AM
Think you're addicted to coffee? Gotta have it every morning, right? Otherwise you're useless. Well, what if it's not the coffee that you're hooked on, but the routine of making it? Cool stuff, and I've got details in the link below.
Plus, science is always trying to come up with new ways for personal identification. Forget about retina scans - how about a device that recognizes your body odor? Or your veins? Think I'm kidding? I'm not. The story is in the link below.
And some other cool things this week: How Twitter helped to identify restaurants that served up food poisoning, how to get by on the pitiful amount of sleep you're getting, and a gigantic fart machine that will make you laugh - unless you have no soul whatsoever.
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posted Aug 15 2014 6:25AM
Hollywood has funny ideas about what happens when you step outside the Millennium Falcon without your helmet. But, alas, Hollywood usually gets it wrong. No, you won't explode, but it's still incredibly unpleasant. Want the deets? I've got 'em for you in the link below.
The movie Jaws started our real fascination with sharks, and Shark Week on television owes its ratings success to fear. But how many people actually die from shark attacks? And would you believe there are at least half-a-dozen other things in the ocean that are MUCH deadlier than sharks? See that link below for a fun video about it.
Plus, cat lovers have a new reason to strut: something in cat poop might help cancer patients. I also have a story about vibrating shoes that will help you find your way around town.
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by Dom and Jane
posted Aug 5 2014 2:55PM
I’ve never opened a review by mentioning parking, but it demands to be addressed in the first paragraph. After more than 15 years of reviewing cars, the RAM 3500 is the first one where I had to plan where I would park the vehicle before I even left the house.
There you go. Now you have an idea of just how big this truck is.
It’s not like the heavy-duty truck category is crowded - there are only a handful for you to choose from - but it is intensely competitive. All it takes is a tweak here and a shift there for one manufacturer to suddenly crow that they’re the best haulin’/hardest workin’ man's-man-of-a-truck in the history of pickin’-em-up.
posted Jul 9 2014 4:57PM
The Dodge Journey has its work cut out for it. The small-to-midsize crossover SUV really wants to compete against some of the leaders in the category - and it does an admirable job when you get right down to it - but this is a segment of the car world that has some tough opponents.
For starters, let’s point out that buyers who are anxious for a third-row of seats have a viable option here. Granted, that third row is really only practical for little kids, but when you’re seating seven there’s a pretty good chance that’ll include some little people.
Plus, you can choose built-in booster seats in the second row, which many families love.
posted Jun 26 2014 3:48PM
So you’ve decided that you finally want to experience an SUV. You’ve driven small sedans all your life, and the Colorado lifestyle (both summer and winter) have you craving something a little more rugged.
Or you’ve already tried other SUVs, but they were mostly posers - you know, an SUV body without the off-road chops to really stake a claim.
In both cases, Toyota’s dependable player in this category is the legendary 4Runner, first introduced in 1984. Over the years it has developed from little more than a pickup with a hard-case back into today’s mid-size sport utility.