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What Exactly Is That New Car Smell?

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The smell of a new car is intoxicating. It reminds us of money and shiny objects. It evokes that golden period before repeat coffee stains, moldy Tupperware, and our boot's transformation into a Good Will depository change the way we feel about our car.

Safe, Smart, and... Fun? The Surprising Science of ATMs

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Using an automated teller machine is inherently risky. You stand there, your back turned, signaling to everyone around that you're about to have a wad of tens in your pocket. If you're lucky, there's a security guard on duty. But usually it's just you and whoever is lurking in that little convex mirror.