3 John Beck has always considered himself a "solid B-plus" when it comes to trivia, so he was absolutely thrilled when he won $117,099 over five consecutive games of "Jeopardy!" in 2003. The show had a five-win limit at the time, and it felt like the ultimate victory. But as he sat in the studio audience and watched the next trio of contestants play, he couldn't help but think: "I'm pretty sure I would have won that game, too." Of course, the concept was a non-starter. Until a few months later, when it suddenly wasn't. The show kicked off its 20th season by instituting a new "sky's the limit" rule - "a deliberate ploy by the show to beef up ratings," Claire McNear wrote in her "Jeopardy!" history book "Answers in the Form of Questions" - allowing contestants to win as many games as possible. Soon, a mild-mannered computer engineer named Ken Jennings arrived on the scene and stayed put, steamrolling contestants week after week after week, causing some to … [Read more...] about Amy Schneider rules the ‘Jeopardy!’ super-champ era. Some former 5-day winners are jealous they never got the chance.
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The James Webb Space Telescope, launched Dec. 25, will shortly arrive at the destination from which it will begin its in-depth examination of the distant universe. However, unlike its predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Telescope won't be orbiting Earth. Rather, it will orbit the sun in an area of space known as a Lagrange point, where the tricky overlap of gravity from the sun and Earth and centrifugal forces from its orbit will allow the telescope to maintain its position relative to the orbiting Earth almost - but not quite - effortlessly. The Earth-sun orbital relationship produces five Lagrange points, which scientists number L1 through L5. Placing the telescope at L2 - perpetually in Earth's shadow, shielded from the sun's radiation and glare - will allow it to look farther, while also keeping its sensitive instruments at the super-cold temperatures they need to operate. In the 18th century, Italian French mathematician Joseph-Louis Lagrange determined … [Read more...] about What is a Lagrange point, the final destination for the James Webb Space Telescope?
For a decade, Atif Mahr mentored young people, preaching the virtues of anti-violence even as the streets of his north St. Louis neighborhood echoed ever more often with the crack of gunfire. Then one day last October, those bullets tore a jagged hole in Mahr's own family. His daughter Isis was dropping off a friend when a gunman unloaded on her car. The soccer standout, who had been saving money to pay her way through nursing school, was 19. "I always feared it," Mahr said. "I never imagined it." Isis's death filled him with hurt. The reaction from the community, however, gave him hope. The past two years have been dreadful for public safety in U.S. cities as homicide numbers soared - in some cases to record levels. Experts say a constellation of factors is to blame, including the pandemic's scars and a breakdown in trust between police and the communities they serve during the social unrest of 2020. But as 2022 kicks off, city leaders from coast to coast say the stars may … [Read more...] about Homicide rates have soared nationwide, but mayors see a chance for a turnaround in 2022
Through hurricanes and flooding, Jerry Mohn has waited a long time for the federal government to build the kind of protective barrier that could shield Galveston’s coastline from devastating storm surges triggered by massive weather events. In 2008, Hurricane Ike devastated the island town with head-high floodwaters and 110-mile-per-hour winds that caused billions of dollars of damage and killed dozens of people. “Look what happened with Ike — the same thing could happen again,” said Mohn, a longtime Galveston resident and beach preservation advocate. “It devastated Galveston Island completely, the downtown flooded, all the beaches were destroyed — it was just really bad.” Protecting Galveston isn’t the only goal of a massive series of infrastructure projects meant to limit the devastation from extreme weather. Scientists have modeled worst-case scenario storms that also make clear the potential for devastation in nearby Houston . Given that the state’s largest city is … [Read more...] about Texas may get a coastal storm barrier, but will it be too late?
The production of the Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe was reportedly discontinued in December last year after nearly seven years on the assembly lines for the sports car. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, as the German automaker has a new generation SL , which will morph into the next-generation AMG GT Coupe. We are happy to share the very first spy photos of this new model. Our spies captured a camouflaged prototype testing on public roads in snowy Sweden. The test car is wearing what seems to be the final production body and a striking yellow exterior color is sneaking underneath the disguise. These don't seem to be production headlights, though it’s probably safe to say we know how they will look based on the new SL. Gallery: Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe first spy photos 13 Photos Not everything in terms of design will be identical between the two cars, though. … [Read more...] about New Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe Spied For The First Time
How does one even begin to have a modest discussion about automotive design? Few topics in the realm of motoring are as broad and subjective as styling, but then again, design is quite possibly the single most important aspect of a vehicle. That's why this week's Rambling About Cars episode is so special. Bruce and Smith welcome Motor1.com Editor-In-Chief Seyth Miersma to the program for the challenging task of chatting about great automotive design in the span of just one hour. Considering the discussion exceeded the mark by about 15 minutes, one might say the task was a failure. But the unwritten rules of car culture forbid any discussion featuring the Auburn Boattail Speedster, Lamborghini Miura, Audi R8, and the Lancia Stratos from being labeled anything but a win. The entire episode is devoted to design, opening with Bruce offering an interesting take on 1960's trends in America with an eye towards downsizing and minimalism. Miersma builds on that assessment with … [Read more...] about Discussing Our Favorite Eras Of Automotive Design: RAC #55
Mercedes-Benz is really expanding their electric vehicle portfolio. Within the last two years, the German automaker has introduced seven electric models under the EQ name. The first one was the EQC , introduced in 2018 as a 2019 model. After the EQC was released, it was followed by the EQV in 2020. However, 2021 was the year Mercedes-Benz went all out with the EV launches. In the last ten months, we saw the introduction of the EQA , EQB , EQS, and EQE. Let's not forget the EQG concept that was shown back in September. That model's production is expected to start by 2022. But over in the US, Mercedes-Benz's electric push isn't as loud as it could be. The only electric model offered is the EQS, which only made its local debut recently. That's despite the fact that the EQC has been around longer. There is good news, though, as the electric crossover will arrive in the US eventually. It'll be a pretty long wait, though, as it's set for a 2025 launch. Mercedes-Benz's electric … [Read more...] about Next-Gen Mercedes EQC, C-Class EV Coming To US: Report
Williams engineering director Adam Carter has left the team ahead of the new season as part of the team’s continued restructuring. Carter had been with the team since 2016 and worked his way up to the role of engineering director, but becomes the latest departure from the team as CEO and team principal Jost Capito puts in place a new staffing structure to try and bring the team back up the standings. Capito said in a statement confirming the news: “As we look ahead at our engineering strategy and requirements for the next year and beyond, we have made changes in our engineering structure. “Adam Carter has left the team and I would like to thank him for his hard work and contribution over the last six years.” Carter has experience in Formula 1 dating back to 1998 when he started out in a junior engineering role at Arrows. The team’s hierarchy has changed significantly since Dorilton Capital took over ownership from the Williams family. Capito was brought in as CEO and took … [Read more...] about Engineering director parts company with Williams