"Drive it like you stole it" is a common and arguably overused phrase to describe the way "real" car enthusiasts think everyone should behave behind the wheel: pushing a car to its limit at every opportunity. And it's tempting, to say the least, to really explore the potential of a brand new car. After all, you've probably been waiting a long time for the chance to call it your own. But cars actually need a "break-in" period before you test them to the max. Here's why. … [Read more...] about Do You Have to ‘Break In’ a New Car?
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First, he made a fortune on the stock market short selling stocks. Short selling is a strategy that banks on a company's performance taking a nosedive. So let's say you suspect a particular company is going to hit some rough financial trouble. You sell off stock in that company. The only catch is you don't actually own any of that stock; you're selling something you don't possess. … [Read more...] about The Most Hated Man in America Gets Arrested
Launched in 2012, Giving Tuesday (often styled with a hashtag as #GivingTuesday) was created by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y. This New York City-based cultural center sought to use a social media-based platform to kick off the charitable giving season, while also encouraging donors not to wait until the end of the year to make contributions. The organization teamed up with the United Nations Foundation and executives from Mashable, Facebook and Groupon to spread the word about the day. … [Read more...] about After Cyber Monday, People Open Their Wallets for Giving Tuesday
In the era of smart phones with GPS and Google Maps, you're probably already familiar with the system of geographic coordinates that's commonly used to describe locations on the Earth's spherical surface. That system is based on latitude, the distance north or south from the Earth's equator, and longitude, which is the distance east or west of the Prime Meridian, an imaginary line that runs north to south through Greenwich, England. The distances are measured in degrees — 90 degrees in each direction for latitude, and 180 in each direction for longitude — and minutes, seconds and fractions of a second. (For more on how that system works, check out these pages from the U.S. Geological Survey and the IBM Knowledge Center.) … [Read more...] about How Do We Find Things in the Blackness of Space?