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Here’s What ‘Compression Ratio’ Actually Means And Why It Matters

You’ve heard the term compression ratio before, but have you ever wondered exactly what it means? Well, it’s time to explain exactly what compression ratio is, and why every carmaker is now obsessed with it like it was the Holy Grail.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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If You See Green Storm Clouds, Prepare for the Worst

You see those green, billowing storm clouds over there? Those are bad. Not because you’ll get whisked away to some annoying musical world—no, because those clouds mean that storm is particularly nasty and dangerous. It might even mean a tornado is approaching.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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The Real History of President’s Day

Today is President’s Day, a holiday celebrated every year on the third Monday in February. It’s a day to honor all of our great nation’s presidents, but it started out as a celebration of one president in particular. I’ll give you a hint: he chopped down his dad’s cherry tree (not really), he had wooden […]

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What the Hell Is Obstruction of Justice?

The phrase “obstruction of justice” is being thrown around a lot these days, especially if you watch or read the news. President Trump has been accused of obstruction of justice regarding Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion with Russia, and now Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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The Difference Between Emergency Contraception and Abortion Pills

In a recent Black Mirror episode, one character (it’s not a spoiler if I don’t say who, right?) attempts to end another’s pregnancy with emergency contraception in her breakfast smoothie. Folks, EC and abortion pills are two totally different things.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How Do Missile Defense Systems Work?

You’re probably aware the U.S. has a missile defense system, and the thought alone makes you feel (relatively) safe and cozy here in the states. But do you know how these systems work? Or how effective they can be? They’re not the impenetrable shield you think they are.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Endurance Racing Pit Stops Explained

What’s with the clamp on the wing? Why do racing fuel hoses have two lines? Why am I asking you all these things when the answers are in this video? FCP Euro highlighted a pit stop by one of the Marc Cars V8-powered Mazda3s at the California 8 Hours at Laguna Seca which explains it […]

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Why You Don’t Have to Be Afraid of Serial Killers

There’s no greater boogeyman in our modern society than the serial killer. They’re ruthless killers, they’re everywhere, and they’re after you—right? Not really. Serial killers are very real, and very dangerous, but the chances of you encountering one are next to nothing.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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All About CTE, the Brain Trauma Common in Football Players

Aaron Hernandez, the former Patriots tight end who died by suicide earlier this year while serving a life sentence for murder, is the latest football player to be publicly diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The condition is linked to depression, aggression, and problems with impulse control.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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All About Hepatitis A, The Reason San Diego Is Bleaching Its Streets

In San Diego, 16 people have died from Hepatitis A in the last few months and over 400 have contracted the disease. Hepatitis A is a virus that attacks the liver, and it spreads fairly easily in the right circumstances. Here’s what you need to know.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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