Why bother to get a reversing camera?

Here’s an interesting question: why bother to get a reversing camera? Aren’t there other, cheaper options that do the job just as well, like sensors or mirrors? And if that’s the case, then why should I shell out for a camera when I can spend less on something equally effective. The simple answer is that...
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Headlights Are Useful

Headlights are useful – essential, even. When you’re driving at night, you need to see what’s in front of you, and headlights do a stellar job at that. They even have a high beam setting for poorly lit country roads, so you can properly view the road ahead. The problem is that if you’re parking...
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Cats Are Intelligent

People like to think that cats are intelligent. Sometimes we attribute to them a sort of scheming, genius-level intellect that they might have absorbed from the evil masterminds and Bond villains who love them so. There’s even a book called “How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You”. And yet, despite these...
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Lookback Time

In astronomy, there’s a concept called “lookback time”. The idea is this: some stars and other astrophysical phenomena are so far away, that it takes their light a really long time to reach us. Sometimes millions or even billions of years (though the closes ones are really only a few light years away). That means...
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In Fiction, Disasters Are Entertaining

In fiction, disasters are entertaining. Whether it’s a big budget disaster film like Titanic, or just your typical comedy of errors where miscommunications lead to cringe-worthy social awkwardness for all involved, we stare transfixed at stage or screen to drink in other people’s catastrophes. There’s even a word for it in German: schadenfreude, which means...
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Senses in Isolation

It’s an interesting discovery from neuroscience that humans actually quite rarely use any of their senses in isolation. For instance, taste and smell get combined all the time. A great deal of what we think we taste actually comes from smell, while sometimes what we think is smell is actually a taste – sweet is...
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Every Driver Knows The Feeling

Every driver knows the feeling. You’re reversing down a narrow driveway onto a busy road, moving slowly, taking your time in case there are obstacles that you can’t see. Suddenly, whoosh – another vehicle speeds past, apparently out of nowhere, and you’re grateful for the narrow miss. If you hadn’t been so careful, you might...
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There’s not a hell of a lot of lighting

On a country road at night, there’s not a hell of a lot of lighting. Even if you have your highbeams on, that only helps you see what’s in front of you. So if you need to reverse or look at what’s behind you, you might be doing little better than you would if you...
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Seeing through a screen gives you an advantage

Fans of certain genres of video games, especially first person shooter games, will be familiar with the phrase “screen cheating”. For the uninitiated, these games generally involve splitting a television screen so that each player focuses on one part of the screen, which shows the world from their point of view. If you look at...
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“Don’t Look Back In Anger”

“Don’t Look Back In Anger” is a song by the band Oasis, famed for their many hits like “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova”. It’s also some pretty sound advice, up there with “don’t drive when you’re angry”. Taken together, you definitely don’t want to look back in anger while driving. The trouble is, if you drive...
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