Avoid pushing the engine up to redline.Be particularly careful if it's a high-performance car.Don't floor the gas pedal.If it's a manual transmission, shift gears before it redlines.Don't use cruise control. It's important for the engine to go through different RPMs.If possible, avoid short trips that don't allow the car's engine to warm up to normal operating temperature.Avoid towing as it can put a heavy load on the engine, and because the car's brakes and tires require increased stopping distance (see Now That's Interesting). … [Read more...] about Do You Have to ‘Break In’ a New Car?
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Back in the 16th century, the word shinobi was used as an adverb to describe any activity carried out in secret. In the monk's account, the invaders could have been mercenaries, common thieves or highly trained warriors. All we know was that they acted "in secret." But as early as the 17th century, Turnbull says, you start seeing exaggerated stories about Iga warriors in which shinobi the adverb becomes shinobi the noun. … [Read more...] about Research Center Seeks to Separate Ninja Fact From Fiction
"For longitude on the Earth, we arbitrarily assigned Greenwich, England as the Prime Meridian," Palma says. "The Prime Meridian for the right ascension system is called 'The First Point of Aries,' and it is defined as the position of the Sun on the sky as it moves from south to north along the Ecliptic" — an imaginary line that denotes the path of the Sun — "and passes through the celestial equator. When the Sun is at that location, it is the vernal (or March) equinox on Earth. Right ascension increases to the East from there. So, a star on the sky that is exactly halfway around the sky from the Sun on the vernal equinox would have a right ascension of 180 degrees." … [Read more...] about How Do We Find Things in the Blackness of Space?