Today's Mindblower

Will orbital chaos cause Earth, Venus and Mars to collide?

It's not a pleasant thought, is it? But when you mix chaos theory with a few crazy cosmologists, those tidy, predictable orbits start getting lively.

    • How Hackers Work

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      How Hackers Work

      Hackers have been attacking Adobe Acrobat 9 on Windows after a critical security vulnerability was found. Take a look at hacker culture and the various kinds of hackers, some of whom have run afoul of the law.

    • How U.S. Criminal Records Work

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      How U.S. Criminal Records Work

      Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested and jailed Wednesday on new child sex abuse charges. Every arrest and conviction goes on a criminal record, which is stored in massive computer databases that are accessible throughout the world. Once you have a criminal record, will it ever go away?

    • What would it take to reverse global warming?

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      What would it take to reverse global warming?

      The two largest producers of carbon dioxide emissions, the U.S. and China, butted heads again this week at the U.N. climate talks. Most scientists agree that human interference in the environment has something to do with the recent trend of rising temperatures on the Earth. What can we do about it?

    • Top 5 Myths About Apple

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      Top 5 Myths About Apple

      Apple opens its new flagship store in Grand Central Terminal in New York City today. Apple is one of the most successful companies around -- and one of the most mysterious. Here, we consider and debunk five of the biggest myths surrounding this tech giant.

    • Does the Higgs boson exist?

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      Does the Higgs boson exist?

      The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is providing an update on the search for the Higgs boson particle next week on Dec. 13. Rumors say it has been found, but does it even exist?

    • Top 10 Tips for Having a Good Flight

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      Top 10 Tips for Having a Good Flight

      Some things prevent flying from being fun -- small seats, crowded legroom, snoring seatmates and having to go back to the gate when Alec Baldwin is on your flight and won’t turn off his electronics. See these tips so you can make flying easier for everyone.

    • How Plug-in Hybrid Cars Work

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      How Plug-in Hybrid Cars Work

      GM continues to work with the government to determine the cause of Chevy Volt fires. Learn all about plug-in hybrid cars including their battery packs, which have been under investigation.

    • You Should Know Video: Transplants, Physics and the Moon

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      You Should Know Video: Transplants, Physics and the Moon

      It's no secret that Josh and Chuck are knowledge junkies -- but how much can they learn in 60 seconds? In this playlist, the guys tackle everything from fecal transplants to frame of reference physics and theoretical journeys to the center of the moon.

    • How Lying Works

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      How Lying Works

      Former U.S. Governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Wednesday after jurors agreed that he lied to the FBI and found him guilty in 18 corruption charges. Do you know how to spot a lie?

    • How Suicide Bombers Work

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      How Suicide Bombers Work

      A suicide bombing in Afghanistan on Tuesday killed dozens of people outside a Shiite shrine. Are these bombers strictly a modern phenomenon? How can they be stopped?

    • How Tsunamis Work

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      How Tsunamis Work

      Scientists have now determined that the tsunami that struck northern Japan on March 11 was caused by two waves. While it’s difficult to grasp the full effects this natural disaster has had on Japan’s people and culture, we can explain the physical factors that led to it.

    • 5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Car Safer for Driving in Foul Weather

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      5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Car Safer for Driving in Foul Weather

      New Mexico closed highways earlier this week and the entire country of Scotland went on alert after heavy snow and ice covered the regions. Do you know how to prepare yourself (and your car) to meet Mother Nature's fury?

    • How DUI Works

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      How DUI Works

      The Federal Aviation Administration chief resigned on Tuesday after a drunk driving charge. So how do blood alcohol levels, police procedures and DUI punishment work? What can you do to keep your friends and family safe when you've been out drinking?

    • How the Predator UAV Works

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      How the Predator UAV Works

      The U.S. military has confirmed that Iran has the missing RQ-170 drone, an unmanned U.S. spy plane. Remotely-operated spy planes exemplify the military trend toward high-tech, low-risk equipment. What can they accomplish in battle?

    • Did the United States put its own citizens in concentration camps during WWII?

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      Did the United States put its own citizens in concentration camps during WWII?

      This week, the U.S. remembers the thousands of American sailors and soldiers who were killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Is it true that some West Coasters were forcibly relocated after the attack?

    • 10 Remarkable Exoplanets

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      10 Remarkable Exoplanets

      Astronomers have just announced the existence of an earthlike planet called Kepler 22-b, 600 light-years away from Earth. Take a look at 10 other cool planet discoveries.

    • Should you buy a tablet or an e-reader?

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      Should you buy a tablet or an e-reader?

      Apple recently reported to JP Morgan analysts that they aren't concerned about iPad competitors such as the Kindle Fire. These days, the latest tablets and e-readers allow you to read books and compute. So which device is best?

    • 5 Myths About Renewable Energy

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      5 Myths About Renewable Energy

      The World Petroleum Congress is meeting this week in Doha, Qatar, to address concerns about global warming and the need for cleaner energy. Not everyone is sold on this vision, so a number of myths about renewable energy persist.

    • If the polar ice caps melted, how much would the oceans rise?

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      If the polar ice caps melted, how much would the oceans rise?

      Recent studies show that the Arctic ice caps originated when there was a drop in carbon dioxide levels, reinforcing the notion that the current uptick governs global climate change. The polar ice caps continue to shrink due to global warming, but how much would the oceans rise if the ice caps melted completely?

    • Stuff You Should Know Video: Space, Sneezing & Yosemite Sam

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      Stuff You Should Know Video: Space, Sneezing & Yosemite Sam

      Join Josh and Chuck as they research the first animal in space, why people sneeze in bright sunlight and why in tarnation Yosemite Sam keeps popping up on the radio.

    • 10 Countries With Perfect Climates

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      10 Countries With Perfect Climates

      A perfect climate means different things to different people. These 10 countries span the globe and offer a wide range of climates to satisfy any taste -- hot, cold or in-between.

    • 10 Strange Islands

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      10 Strange Islands

      Abandoned cities, haunted buildings, eccentric rituals and unexplained relics -- what bizarre stories do these peculiar islands have to tell?

    • 10 Stand-up Facts About Waterless Urinals

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      10 Stand-up Facts About Waterless Urinals

      Waterless urinals still haven't quite broken through to the mainstream, but they can save users billions of gallons of water over standard models. Read on to find out how they work, and stay safe and sanitary.

    • 10 Myths About Video Games

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      10 Myths About Video Games

      Ever since they took the world by storm in the early 1980s, video games have been the stuff of legend. However, the video game world is so insular that you'd have to be a dedicated gamer to even hear some of these myths.

    • 10 of the World’s Most Infamous Cults

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      10 of the World’s Most Infamous Cults

      Maybe you've heard about drinking the Kool-Aid or listening to The Family Jams -- but what do you really know about some of the world's most infamous cults?

    • Top 10 Things That Devalue Your House

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      Top 10 Things That Devalue Your House

      Letting a house slip into disrepair is a surefire way to decrease its value -- but what are some of the more subtle qualities that can lower a home's worth?

    • Top 5 Myths About Microsoft

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      Top 5 Myths About Microsoft

      How did a scrawny college dropout go on to start a world-renowned tech company and become the world's richest man in the process? The story is fraught with half-truths and myths, and we debunk five of them here.

    • Top 10 Survival Tools

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      Top 10 Survival Tools

      Let's say your vacation tour group ditches you in the outback. Or your car slips off an icy road in the middle of nowhere. Will you have the tools to save your life?

    • 10 Surprisingly Believable Bits of Malarkey

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      10 Surprisingly Believable Bits of Malarkey

      Some malarkey is so believable that it's turned many of us into inadvertent purveyors of hogwash. What are 10 bits of malarkey that tend to slip through the "hey, wait a minute" filter?

    • Top 10 Improvements in Engine Design

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      Top 10 Improvements in Engine Design

      For more than 150 years, automotive engineers have been continually working on ways to refine and improve the internal combustion engine. These are 10 of the biggest and most significant engine improvements of all time.

    • 10 Mundane Traditions with Strange Origins

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      10 Mundane Traditions with Strange Origins

      Sometimes, there are things we do as part of a tradition without really considering where the practices may have started. What are some of the common traditions we take part in today that may have surprising origins?

    • 10 Places You’re Probably Being Watched Every Day

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      10 Places You’re Probably Being Watched Every Day

      In the park. On the bus. At the mall. At your job. Is there any place you can go and not be watched? After reading this article, you may agree the answer is "no."

    • 10 Big Cases of Revenge

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      10 Big Cases of Revenge

      The concept of revenge predates legal history, and one could even say that it's simply part of who we are as humans. But sometimes the need for vengeance can kick into overdrive – as it did in these 10 infamous acts of revenge.

    • 10 Costly Food Recalls

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      10 Costly Food Recalls

      We can't live without food. But sometimes instead of nourishing our bodies, it can actually kill us. And it's no cheap (or easy) task to get that food off the market. These are 10 of the biggest food recalls in history.

    • Top 5 Ways to Get Smarter

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      Top 5 Ways to Get Smarter

      The human brain has a great capacity to adapt, rewire and grow. How can you help your noggin reach its ultimate potential?

    • 10 Construction Projects That Broke the Bank

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      10 Construction Projects That Broke the Bank

      Whether we're trying to save a sinking city or dig a massive tunnel, our appetite for construction knows no bounds. But if designers had known the actual cost of these 10 projects, they might have gone back to the drawing board.

    • 10 iPad Apps for Home Organization

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      10 iPad Apps for Home Organization

      Organizing your home is never easy, but there are ways to simplify the process. Until they invent technology that will actually do the work for you, these apps will help you get everything done.

    • 10 Crazy Examples of Horrible Movie Science

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      10 Crazy Examples of Horrible Movie Science

      We get it. Movies are fiction. But for those of us who love science, seeing even fictional worlds behave in a way that's flat-out wrong just rankles.

    • Top 10 Moments in Space Bathroom History

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      Top 10 Moments in Space Bathroom History

      When you think about space travel, you probably don't take the time to wonder how astronauts go to the bathroom. However, the annals of aeronautic history abound with tales of space bathroom mishaps. Here are 10 of our favorites.

    • 10 Signs You’re Not Happy

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      10 Signs You’re Not Happy

      Snapping at your best friend and zoning out in front of the TV for hours might be more than a case of the Mondays. If you can't sleep and you're consumed by stress, you might be unhappy.

    • 10 Incredible Holes

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      10 Incredible Holes

      A fiery crater. A gaping sinkhole that swallowed a city block. A narrow borehole people drilled deep into the Earth. The planet sure has some bizarre cavities.

    • 10 Futurist Predictions in the World of Transportation

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      10 Futurist Predictions in the World of Transportation

      Making it around the world in 80 days really isn’t anything to brag about today: The ISS does it in less than 90 minutes. But for those of us who are a little closer to the ground, we’re always looking for ways to make travel faster -- and in some rare cases, into something completely new.

    • 10 Completely Archaic Laws Still On the Books

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      10 Completely Archaic Laws Still On the Books

      Dive into the darkest corners of the world’s aging legislation and you’ll find statutes that will puzzle even the most lawful citizen. Case in point: prohibiting pretzels with beer.

    • 10 of the Biggest Lies in History

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      10 of the Biggest Lies in History

      You don't look fat in those pants. I didn't copy off his paper. She's a natural blonde. I am not a crook. Lots of us lie, but what are the biggest fibs ever told?

    • 10 Famous Fake Antiques and the Suckers Who Bought Them

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      10 Famous Fake Antiques and the Suckers Who Bought Them

      We use the term "suckers" lightly -- even experts have been fooled by some of the faux antiques on this list. How can a painting, sculpture or sacred document carry a false identity for so long, and what happens when the ruse is revealed?

    • Rocket Pictures

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      Rocket Pictures

      The science of rocketry is extremely complex and, at times, dangerous. This collection of images highlights the tech that gets all that science off the ground.

    • Popular Web Site Pictures

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      Popular Web Site Pictures

      Sure, you consider yourself the king of the Interwebs, but we bet you aren’t familiar with all of the sites that made our gallery. Or are you? Guess there's only one way to find out.

    • iPod Pictures

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      iPod Pictures

      The current versions of the iPod line were announced in 2010, but iPods have changed a lot through the years. Learn about the different features of iPods and see how the new versions compare with the older models.

    • Interactive Gallery: How to Build a Pool

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      Interactive Gallery: How to Build a Pool

      DIY can be a sink-or-swim affair. To make sure your project yields results that you can actually swim in, check out our interactive gallery for expert insights into building the perfect pool.

    • Perennial Flowers Image Gallery

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      Perennial Flowers Image Gallery

      These blooming plants will dazzle you with color year after year. Sit back, smell the hibiscus and check out these photos of some of our favorite perennials.

    • Off-Roading Pictures

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      Off-Roading Pictures

      Off-roading is a wildly popular recreational sport. Discover what makes it so appealing to off-road enthusiasts as you click through these off-roading pictures. It's about to get bumpy!

    • Interactive Gallery: How to Build a Pond

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      Interactive Gallery: How to Build a Pond

      Who says a pool is the only cool water feature for your backyard? This interactive gallery will have you building and relaxing by the side of your serenity-inducing pond in no time.

    • Genetics at Work Pictures

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      Genetics at Work Pictures

      What's more fun than looking at pictures of DNA and celebrities? Check out Dolly, dimples and dominant and recessive traits in this fun gallery charting how genetics play out in humans (and a few animals).

    • Tree Pictures

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      Tree Pictures

      These tree pictures will allow you to stroll through the world of walnuts, maples, redwoods and more.

    • Quantum Physics Pictures

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      Quantum Physics Pictures

      Quantum physics is a term that's interchangeable with "quantum mechanics." It deals with matter and energy at the smallest scale available: the atomic and subatomic realms. Take a look at these quantum physics pictures.

    • Rainbow Pictures

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      Rainbow Pictures

      Why are there so many pictures of rainbows? And what’s on the other side? Hum along with us as you browse through a few snaps of one of nature’s most beautiful effects.

    • Custom Car Pictures

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      Custom Car Pictures

      Do you love custom cars? Buckle up and get ready for a wild ride through the world of custom cars, then and now!

    • Storm Pictures

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      Storm Pictures

      Thunderstorms are impressive and destructive elements of nature. This collection of images highlights some of the most spectacular features of storms.

    • The Best in Class: Bentley Pictures

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      The Best in Class: Bentley Pictures

      Most of us will never have a chance to ride in, let alone own, one of these autos of the rich and famous. But what we can do is give you a visual tour of the different models, the production process and the luxury details that are all part of the Bentley mystique.

    • Hacking and Computer Pictures

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      Hacking and Computer Pictures

      Hacking has become a more common problem, and the risk of identity theft is always increasing. Hackers have become infamous for their viruses and their ability to outsmart our password-protected secrets. Take a look at these hacking and computer pictures.

    • Cell Phone Pictures

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      Cell Phone Pictures

      Cell phones are more than just a communication convenience. They're also a fashion statement packed with technology. See the latest cell phones and how they're used in this cell phone image gallery.

    • Green Science Pictures

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      Green Science Pictures

      This green science image gallery shows eco-friendly applications as they apply to scientific disciplines. Take a look at these green science pictures.

    • Seven Wonders of the World Pictures

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      Seven Wonders of the World Pictures

      Scholars disagree about the first person to compile the list of the seven wonders, but most can agree that all of the items on this list are pretty incredible. Check out these amazing marvels, from the Great Pyramid of Giza to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

    • Robot Pictures

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      Robot Pictures

      Whether they’re adorable like ASIMO or creepy like the world's most lifelike androids, today's robots take on a range of shapes and sizes. But they're not all humanoid. This gallery also shows off a few that are inspired by the animal kingdom.

    • TV Show Pictures

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      TV Show Pictures

      Can you name the longest-running TV show, the longest-running animation, the most-watched show finale? Peek at these TV show pictures and learn some fun facts and trivia about the most popular shows in television history.

    • Famous Landmarks

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      Famous Landmarks

      From Stonehenge to the Taj Mahal, see pictures of some of the world's most stunning sites.

    • National Park Pictures

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      National Park Pictures

      Ever since the first national park was established in the United States, they've been a getaway for relaxation and adventure for humans, and a safe haven for wildlife. Take a journey through America's national parks.

    • A Fiery Final Flight: Hindenburg Disaster Pictures

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      A Fiery Final Flight: Hindenburg Disaster Pictures

      On May 6, 1937, the Hindenburg, the largest airship ever built, crashed and burned in Lakehurst, N.J. Thirty-six people were killed, including one person on the ground.

    • Brake Pictures

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      Brake Pictures

      Be honest: Do you ever really give much thought to how your car slows down or stops? Browsing through these spectacular street car and race car brake pictures might change that.

    • Gun Pictures

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      Gun Pictures

      Guns come in all shapes and sizes. Put on your safety gear and take a look at this gallery of revolvers, Glocks, shotguns and even flamethrowers.

    • Wiretaps and Tinfoil Hats: The Privacy Quiz

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      Wiretaps and Tinfoil Hats: The Privacy Quiz

      Before Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the National Security Agency's surveillance of American citizens, tales of that kind of privacy infringement may have sounded delusional. Test your knowledge of what's conspiracy and what's not in our quiz.

    • Quiz: What's Next for NASA?

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      Quiz: What's Next for NASA?

      Now that the space shuttle program has concluded, NASA is poised to start a new era. How much do you know about the agency's future missions? Test your knowledge with our quiz.

    • The Ultimate Superhero Quiz

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      The Ultimate Superhero Quiz

      This quiz is able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Bullets ricochet off its chest (although it ducks when the emptied gun is thrown at it). Test your knowledge of superhuman ability while we stretch your brain to the limits. Pow! Kunk! Whap!

    • Cars Caught on Camera

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      Cars Caught on Camera

      Red-light cameras may have saved some lives, but they've also stirred up more controversy than any other traffic control device on the roads to date. Test your red-light camera knowledge with our quiz.

    • How much do you know about Chrome?

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      How much do you know about Chrome?

      The Google Chrome Web browser is full of fun and useful features. How much do you know about Chrome? Surf through this quiz to find out!

    • Hate Quiz

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      Hate Quiz

      Think you understand the most disturbing -- and, in some cases, the most lethal -- of human emotions? Take our quiz to show your stuff.

    • Touchscreen Talent: Have You Mastered the iPad?

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      Touchscreen Talent: Have You Mastered the iPad?

      Apple has sold tens of millions of iPad tablet computers since their release in 2010. If you haven't touched, tapped or swiped one, you will soon enough. Get up to speed with our quiz, and find out just how much you know about Apple's iPad.

    • Car Smarts: Transmissions

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      Car Smarts: Transmissions

      A car's transmission enables the engine to provide a wide range of output speeds. Without it, you'd be limited to just one gear. Test your knowledge of both automatic and manual transmissions in this quiz.

    • Travel the World: World Geography

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      Travel the World: World Geography

      You don't have to be a globetrotter to explore the far corners of the Earth -- you can test your knowledge of the world with our geography quiz.

    • How well do you know Frankenstein's monster?

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      How well do you know Frankenstein's monster?

      Frankenstein's monster is all up in your pop culture, fighting werewolves and letting you know what he thinks about fire (it's bad). So grab a torch, storm the walls of this quiz, and see if you have what it takes to come out the victor.

    • Fact or Fiction: The Internet

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      Fact or Fiction: The Internet

      It's hard to believe that only about 20 years ago, the Internet was a strange, new world. And now it's difficult to imagine life without it. But how much do you really know about the Internet?

    • What's your calling?

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      What's your calling?

      How many jobs have you had? Do you know the difference between networking and career branding? See if you have the skills to ace the Ultimate Employment Quiz. If not, we're telling your boss.

    • The Ultimate La Brea Tar Pits Quiz

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      The Ultimate La Brea Tar Pits Quiz

      Over the years, archaeologists have excavated an abundance of important fossils from the La Brea Tar Pits, also known as Rancho La Brea. How knowledgeable are you about this prehistoric place of many a mammoth's demise?

    • Think you know how to feed yourself? Prove it.

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      Think you know how to feed yourself? Prove it.

      Eating: It’s easy as pie, right? The 50 million Americans who endure food poisoning every year – and the 30 percent of Americans who are trying to lose weight – may think otherwise. Are you any good at feeding yourself?

    • Clicking and Picking: The 'Minecraft' Quiz

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      Clicking and Picking: The 'Minecraft' Quiz

      Punching trees is an easy way to begin, but to survive long term in 'Minecraft' you'll have to handle everything from starvation to skeletons to silverfish. Do you know your planks from your pistons and your ghasts from your golems?

    • Lift or Drag? The Physics of Flight Quiz

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      Lift or Drag? The Physics of Flight Quiz

      Long before the Wright brothers guided their fixed-wing aircraft over the North Carolina dunes, daredevils and engineers worked to decode the secrets of sustained heavier-than-air human flight. What do you know about the physics of flight?

    • Test Your Knowledge: How Not to Get Pregnant

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      Test Your Knowledge: How Not to Get Pregnant

      Try to estimate when you're ovulating and have sex regularly -- that's the basic recipe for getting pregnant. But what about when you're NOT trying to make a baby? Do you know the ins and outs of how not to get pregnant?

    • Tech Talk: Internet Quiz

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      Tech Talk: Internet Quiz

      Since its popularization during the 1990s, the Internet has become a big part of many of our lives. But it's changed a good deal since then -- test how much you know about the Internet.

    • Was it a flop or a hit?

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      Was it a flop or a hit?

      If you're an average American, you spend about four hours each day watching TV. That amounts to 13 years over the course of a typical lifetime. How much can you tell us about television's greatest hits and flops?

    • Who Said It: Captain Kirk or Captain Picard?

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      Who Said It: Captain Kirk or Captain Picard?

      Many people have served as captain on the U.S.S. Enterprise. But out of all the captains in Starfleet, two hold a special place in our hearts: Captain James Tiberius Kirk and Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Think you know who is who?

    • Could you survive a plane crash?

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      Could you survive a plane crash?

      You probably figure you're a goner in the event of a plane crash, right? In some situations, yes, but don't count yourself out. With some advance planning and quick thinking you could improve your chances -- even when falling from 35,000 feet.

    • Who Is the 99 Percent?: Occupy Wall Street Quiz

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      Who Is the 99 Percent?: Occupy Wall Street Quiz

      On Sept. 17, 2011, between 1,000 and 2,000 activists took to the streets of Lower Manhattan's financial district to protest wealth inequality in the United States. Test your knowledge of how the Occupy Wall Street protests work.

    • Movie Trivia Challenge

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      Movie Trivia Challenge

      You've got throwing an Oscar party down pat. Your favorite blogs are written by grips, gaffers and set designers. The people who work the box office at three movie theaters know you by name. Think you've got what it takes to pass this movie quiz?

    • Are you brave enough to face these haunted hotels?

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      Are you brave enough to face these haunted hotels?

      Have you ever been spooked by a hotel stay? Find out how your supernatural experience measured up with these alleged hotel and motel ghost sightings.

    • Raindrops Game

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      Raindrops Game

      Improve your math skills and sharpen your mind with the Raindrops game. Can you solve the math equations in the raindrops before they hit the water? There's only one way to find out.

    • History Puzzles

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      History Puzzles

      From ancient civilizations to modern political movements, royals to revolutionaries, explore our past in these history puzzles.

    • Sudoku Ultra

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      Sudoku Ultra

      Other sudoku games will let you use cheats, either with or without a penalty. But this game is a different story: one with no cheats!

    • Addiction Solitaire

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      Addiction Solitaire

      Find out why this speedy variant of a classic card game is called "Addiction Solitaire."

    • Mahjongg Age of Alchemy

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      Mahjongg Age of Alchemy

      Think you have what it takes to make the high score? Get to the top spot and earn extra treats for being the queen or king of online Mahjongg Age of Alchemy.

    • Mahjongg

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      Mahjongg

      The challenge in Mahjongg online is finding all the matching tiles while working your way through the pile quick as a wink. Can you take on the challenge of the tiles?

    • Word Bubbles

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      Word Bubbles

      The Word Bubbles Game will challenge your verbal agility and put your vocabulary and memory to the test. How many words can you come up with?

    • Culture Puzzles

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      Culture Puzzles

      Remember disco and leisure suits? Ever twirl a Hula-Hoop or fold a paper crane? Fads and traditions like these help to define a culture or era. How quickly can you complete these people and culture puzzles?

    • Electronics Puzzles

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      Electronics Puzzles

      From CPUs and circuit boards to televisions and iPods, high-tech gadgets are a constant presence in modern life. Now they're appearing in your puzzles, too. Can you put these puzzles together faster than you can upload a new playlist on your iPod?

    • Podcast Word Search

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      Podcast Word Search

      Are you the ultimate HowStuffWorks podcast fan? Prove it in this word search game with ten exciting levels, numerous categories and backgrounds inspired by the podcasts.

    • Currency Puzzles

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      Currency Puzzles

      You're great at spending it. Now let's see how expert you are turning all these puzzle pieces into a pile of cash. Ready, set, windfall!

    • Carniball

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      Carniball

      An amusement park classic comes to your desktop. Get some ball-tossing target practice without leaving your chair.

    • Adventure Puzzles

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      Adventure Puzzles

      Whether you're into extreme sports, wilderness survival or good old-fashioned jet-setting, explore the planet as you make the pieces of these adventure puzzles fall into place.

    • Speed Match

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      Speed Match

      Speed Match may help you to think faster and improve your reaction time. All you have to do is remember and compare the symbols flashing on your screen in this fast-paced matching game.

    • Auto Puzzles

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      Auto Puzzles

      Are you a rabid racing fan or a home mechanic? Or maybe a connoisseur of classic cars? Satisfy your automotive enthusiasm by piecing together these auto puzzles.

    • Flip Out

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      Flip Out

      Ever just feel like flipping out and clicking on a ton of stuff? We hear you loud and clear. Flip Out is a fresh new take on matching games. How far can you get?

    • Lost in Migration

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      Lost in Migration

      Can you keep up with the flock? Do you remember in which direction it was heading? Exercise your brain and your attention span with Lost in Migration.

    • Arctic Tri Peaks Solitaire

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      Arctic Tri Peaks Solitaire

      In this version of the classic solitaire game, you play through a mountain of cards, eliminating them as you go.

    • Sport Fishing

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      Sport Fishing

      Reel in some marine monsters with Sport Fishing! The great outdoors is at your fingertips, allowing you to catch fish big and small from the comfort of your office chair.

    • Auto Channel: Picture Pieces

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      Auto Channel: Picture Pieces

      Prove that you’ve got those keen special eyes with Auto Channel: Picture Pieces!

    • Color Match

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      Color Match

      Put on your sweatbands and get ready to train your brain! Improve your concentration by matching words and colors in the Color Match game.

    • Monkey Gems

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      Monkey Gems

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      Baby Animal Puzzles

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