Why Your Car Isn’t as Fast as the Magazines Say

by Jason Cammisa | Road & Track

Photo credit: Camden Thrasher

From Road & Track

Back when I was just a wee enginerd, a car’s 0-to-60 time was the first number I looked for. The immutable net of all factors—horsepower, torque, weight, gearing, drive wheels—it was a single point of information that allowed me to accurately bench-race cars.… Continues

Royal Australian Air Force unveils unmanned Boeing aircraft

by Emerald Pellot | ITK

The Royal Australian Air Force and Boeing Australia unveiled the first military aircraft designed in Australia in over 50 years.

The Australian government invested $40 million in the program and was Boeing’s largest investment in a new unmanned aircraft program based outside of the U.S. … Continues

Ex-Apple store employees reveal the biggest mistakes customers make at the Genius Bar

by leadicicco@businessinsider.com (Lisa Eadicicco) | Business Insider

Customers line up at an Apple store.

AP

  • Some of the most common mistakes people make when coming into the Apple Store for repairs include forgetting their iCloud password and failing to back up their device beforehand.
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Dell’s modern design comes to the XPS 15 and revived XPS 17

Goodbye, thick bottom bezel!

by Cherlynn Low@cherlynnlow | engadget

Dell

With each new generation, we’ve heaped praise on Dell for its well-built XPS line of laptops, and it seems hard to imagine how the company can keep improving the series.… Continues

Google Chrome will finally help you organize your tabs

by Sarah Perez | TechCrunch

Google Chrome is rolling out a new feature to help you better manage all your open tabs. The company announced today the launch of “tab groups” for the beta version of its web browser, which will allow you to organize, label and even color-code your tabs for easy access.… Continues

NASA researcher arrested over alleged secret China connections

By Justin Vallejo | Independent

The FBI confirmed the shooting will be investigated by its Inspection Division: Getty

A university professor funded by NASA has been arrested for allegedly keeping connections to the Chinese communist government a secret from US authorities.… Continues

Why Did George Lucas Do the ‘Star Wars’ Prequels? Kathleen Kennedy Thinks She Knows the Answer

by Jeremy Fuster | The Wrap

Kathleen Kennedy, the longtime producer and now head of Lucasfilm, has a theory as to why George Lucas decided to return to his famed “Star Wars” series for the Prequel Trilogy after stepping away for a decade.… Continues

The reason why some people get very sick with the coronavirus, and others do not, could be hidden in their genes

by awoodward@businessinsider.com (Aylin Woodward) | Business Insider

May 9, 2020, 7:39 AM CDT

A medical staff member is seen next to a patient suffering from COVID-19 in the intensive-care unit at the Circolo hospital in Varese, Italy, April 9, 2020.
A medical staff member is seen next to a patient suffering from COVID-19 in the intensive-care unit at the Circolo hospital in Varese, Italy, April 9, 2020.

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Will humans go extinct? For all the existential threats, we’ll likely be here for a very long time

Nick Longrich, Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology and Paleontology, University of Bath

by Nick Longrich, Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology and Paleontology, University of Bath | The Conversation

Will our species go extinct? The short answer is yes. The fossil record shows everything goes extinct, eventually.… Continues