Opinion PUBLISHED: 11:20 21 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:20 21 July 2018 Teenage boy taking a driving lesson with an instructor. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto monkeybusinessimages When we reached our teens, what were the things we most wanted to do? I’ll skip over the most obvious thing for the sake of taste and decency.Thing Two was to pass your driving test, get a car and drive, drive, drive.Never mind 18th birthdays, it was the big one seven that mattered most.I remember my group of friends in Cromer waiting for the big day with impatience - and jealousy in the case of those whose birthdays fell towards the end of the school year.In truth, few of us were prepared to wait.So many of us went - pre-17 - through the ritual of going to an abandoned Second World War airfield with mum or dad and learning to drive on the runway.It saved a few quid by getting us further down the road when we started the real lessons.My lessons with Ron Dutch were £8.50 per hour. … [Read more...] about Should teens still learn to drive now freedom no longer needs four wheels?
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Advertising Feature By Chris TachibanaOct. 5, 2017 , 2:00 PM This Advertising Feature has been commissioned, edited, and produced by the Science/AAAS Custom Publishing Office Ali Salanti was studying malaria when an unexpected discovery led him into cancer research. Although a move this dramatic is unusual, many scientists reorient their research in ways that affect their students, collaborators, and institutions. This prompts the question, why deliberately move into a new field? What are the risks and benefits of taking such a step? And what factors are important to consider before doing so? Throughout his career, Ali Salanti was “100 percent dedicated to studying malaria.” Then his group at the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark made a discovery: The malarial protein VAR2CSA binds a modified carbohydrate that is abundant on cancerous but not normal cells. Knowing it would change his career to study VAR2CSA … [Read more...] about The scientific swerve: Changing your research focus
In 1903, Horatio Nelson Jackson bet a friend $50 that he could drive a motorcar across the country. Never mind that he didn't have maps, driving experience, or even a car. He and his co-driver, Sewall K. Crocker, drove in a two-cylinder car from San Francisco to New York City. They were the first to make an automotive cross-country trip in the United States. It took them merely two months, three days, twelve hours, and 30 minutes. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The quirky buddy-cop duo didn't exactly have cruise control, satellite radio, or even a windshield. They didn't stop at Travelodges or snack on teriyaki-flavored beef jerky, either. Move ahead a century, give or take a decade or two, and the humble automobile has made quite a bit of progress. The modern cross-country road trip—a rite of passage in a nation as vast as ours—has become more comfortable, more enjoyable, and more fun. Even if there are still challenges, new technology for your road trip allows … [Read more...] about 6 Ways Tech Is Changing Your Road Trip
Automatic is a $99 car app and dongle focused on increasing your awareness of your car and how you drive it. After intensive use, I wouldn’t give it up, and I look forward to seeing more new features, such as the web dashboard announced earlier this week. I just wish I had more control over the sensitive data collected by the app. The Automatic Link dongle plugs into your car's OBD-II port (all U.S. cars from model year 1996 onward have one) and transmits data to your phone via Bluetooth. Combined with location stats, all this data allows the Automatic app to monitor your driving style and fuel efficiency, log trips, check engine health, remember where you parked, and even notify loved ones in case of accidents. Automatic's capabilities somewhat overlap those of other competitors who offer their own OBD-II dongle/app systems. For example, both the Zubie Key and MetroMile’s Metronome report driving data to apps via built-in cellular connections, while the Metronome also … [Read more...] about Automatic app review: For $99, the truth about your car and your driving
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