Even though the engine is the biggest concern with regard to breaking in a new car, drivers should also be mindful of the brakes and tires. Their surfaces aren't yet optimized for performance because they may have a film left over from the manufacturing process. Since tires and brakes both work by creating friction, they're less efficient if they're too smooth. So give yourself extra stopping distance for the first couple hundred miles in a new car, or whenever you get new brakes or tires. … [Read more...] about Do You Have to ‘Break In’ a New Car?
But we may soon have more clues to the real origins of the ninja tradition. That's in part because in July 2017, a Japanese university announced the opening of the world's first international ninja research center. Mie University is located in Iga, in Mie Prefecture, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southwest of Kyoto, where the first and most famous ninja "school" may have existed in the 16th century. The new research center will house not only historical documents related to the ninja, but also hundreds of novels, movies and cartoons that have helped to forge the modern image of the black-clad assassin. … [Read more...] about Research Center Seeks to Separate Ninja Fact From Fiction