Breaking in a new vehicle is really about the engine. The break-in — or mechanical run-in — period is designed to begin to wear the engine evenly and smoothly with low, consistent pressure, normal operating temperature and smoothly flowing oil. The goal is to get the engine's piston rings, which expand, contract and flex, to seat properly on the cylinder walls. If there are imperfections in the pistons or the cylinder walls from the manufacturing process, working the engine too hard and too soon can wear down those imperfections too quickly. That leads to "hot spots" within the engine's cylinders, which can cause problems in the years to come. … [Read more...] about Do You Have to ‘Break In’ a New Car?
Then, young Shkreli, 32, was ousted from a biotechnology company he founded in 2011 called Retrophin. The board of directors fired him in 2014, and he was founder and CEO of that company. Why was he pushed out? Shkreli had already made a reputation for himself as being a bit erratic and unpredictable. And the charges he faces now relate to him allegedly taking stock illegally from Retrophin to pay off debts accrued by an unrelated business. That's securities fraud. … [Read more...] about The Most Hated Man in America Gets Arrested
In this video, we bid adieu to the name Gary. You see, the Garys of the world have been in sharp decline over the decades, namely because of the fickle nature of the naming public. … [Read more...] about Gary’s a Trustworthy Name. Is Yours?
Stephanie Lurzel and her colleagues studied 104 Holstein-Friesian calves at a commercial dairy farm in Germany. From birth to Day 14, they stroked the necks of half the calves for three minutes a day and did not pet the other half of the group. By Day 90, the calves who had experienced neck rubs weighed more than the control group, pointing to the positive influence of gentle human interaction on animal weight gain. … [Read more...] about Study: Cows Grow Bigger, Give More Milk After Early Positive Human Interaction
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
Clyde Tombaugh got his gig as a junior astronomer with Lowell Observatory when he sent in observations he’d made of Jupiter and Mars on a homemade telescope (constructed using such sundries as a 1910 Buick’s crankshaft and discarded dairy farm equipment). He was only asking for their opinions on his work, but they were so impressed that they offered him a job. … [Read more...] about Our Closest Look Ever at Pluto’s Weird, Beautiful Surface