Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?
The 11% figure is from Mythbusters too, there's an actual company, Fastskinz, which builds much more subtle looking coverings which failed to make the grade in one test: Fastskinz Test Drive: Can a Golf Ball Covering Improve MPGs? - Popular Mechanics
Along the way, we periodically checked the fuel-economy readout on the dash display of both vehicles. At 139.9 miles, the Fastskinz Flex was returning 27.2 mpg while the unwrapped Flex showed 28.4 mpg. At 271.1 miles, the Fastskinz Flex was delivering 23.7 mpg and the unwrapped Flex showed 24.1 mpg. We drove until the gaslight glowed in both cars, which turned out to be 430 miles. Back at the gas pump, we filled each Flex in the same manner we did that morning. The Fastskinz Flex returned 24.52 mpg and the unwrapped Flex returned 24.55 mpg. The dash display read 24.8 mpg in the Fastskinz Flex and 25.6 mpg in the unwrapped Flex.
Essentially, in our test, we found no real fuel-economy improvement from the Fastskinz MPG-Plus wrap. And if you trust Ford's MPG displays, the Fastskinz Flex actually delivered slightly worse fuel economy on our loop. So two identical vehicles, on an identical route at identical speeds, with the same drivers, on the same day, returned nearly the same fuel economy. Where did MPG-Plus go wrong?
Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress
The biography of former U.S. defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld was edited to say that he was an "alien lizard who eats Mexican babies." 
French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review
They have 131 reviews on Google+, but 126 of those are from the last week. The 5 from the further in the past seem more favorable, FWTW.
Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?
Slashdot editor. Those guys are set for life! Timothy even has a lordship!
Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E
It's Tesla Motors, so why not "Model T"? Oh, wait...
Secret of the Banjo's Unique Sound Discovered By Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist
Actually the highest priced banjo on eBay is currently going for $24,900. Some vintage 5 strings sell for ca. $75k or more; by my informal estimate your average bluegrass musician spends about $1.5k on their instrument, some more than that. Contrast that with how you can buy a serviceable electric guitar at box stores for $200. I don't know what the typical rocker is spending these days, and indeed some spend tens of thousands on old Fenders and Gibsons, but I'd reckon that bluegrass banjo players are anything but poor.
Neanderthals Ate Their Veggies
It's romanticizing them, if you'd call picturing the Neanderthals as brutish carnivores romantic. In similar fashion Jean Auel popularized the theory of a cult based around worship of the cave bear, but it turned out those fossils simply turned out to be from bears who died during hibernation in caves where Homo sapiens neanderthal happened to have inhabited earlier/later.
Great White Sharks Making Comeback Off Atlantic Coast
We need to close the beaches!
Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists
A Bike Taillight that Goes Beyond Mere Taillighting (Video)
Feh. I'll take you down with tow cables fired from my Bagger 288.
SFW: Rule 34 in action.
New Mars Crater Spotted In Before-and-After Pictures
No no no, it's a typo for "meteors," and "Phillip J" at Yahoo says the mean of meteors is about the size of a grain of sand, so grain of sand x 50. Pretty small. I think.
US Officials Cut Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil By 96%
Maybe the submitter just displays complex/rippled grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say
Cobain actually varied the spelling of his name off and on to mess with people, "Curt" is found in some autographs.
James Cameron and Eric Schmidt's SOI Grieve Loss of Nereus ROV
"Mike Cameron, brother to James, is a super-smart aerospace engineer. He came up with a way to film at 12,600 feet underwater, and JPL wants to use the technology to explore one of the moons of Jupiter."
Oh great, haven't they read the memo about attempting no landings there? Now those aliens are going to get all monolith on our asses.
Meet Canada's Goosebuster Drone
The annual practice of catching the swans on the River Thames and marking them to indicate their ownership."
Thought that was perhaps akin to cow tipping at first...
Air Force Prepares to Dismantle HAARP
Having Ted back, that would be awesome. "The Internet isn't a truck, it's a series of
Air Force Prepares to Dismantle HAARP
Well, a person from Alaska controlled my mind for a while back in 2008, not that I was swayed over to her cause. But it was definitely on my mind for months at a stretch. "You've got to be kidding. From a helicopter?"
Elderly Mice Perk Up With Transfused Blood
Ozzy's longevity you can chalk up to his Neanderthal lineage.
How Concrete Contributed To the Downfall of the Roman Empire
As for why the Empire subsequently declined, here's a handy list: 210 Reasons for the decline of the Roman Empire. No concrete in there, the Republic being brought to an end by overzealous monument building would be covered by "Hubris" though, I suppose.
Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?
I've been using the same 16GB iPod Nano for 4 years now. There are aspects of the UI I'd change perhaps but it just refuses to quit.
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