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BMW is busy electricking all kinds of things. The latest is the MINI Countryman hybrid, the first of the British brand's line to get a power cord and go mainstream. Unlike MINI EV experiments of the past, the Countryman PHEV retains all of the good qualities of the (wait for it) biggest MINI...Continue Reading Review: 2018 BMW MINI Countryman hybrid – the MINI gets a plugCategory: AutomotiveT
According to a new study, evidence of alien life in the atmospheres of potentially habitable exoplanets could be hidden from prying telescopic eyes by unusual air flow patterns. The research could have significant implications regarding how and where astronomers search for extraterrestrial life on nearby worlds...Continue Reading Another potential hurdle identified in the search for extraterr
At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota has announced it will build the world's first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station in California. This 'Tri-Gen" facility will use locally-sourced agricultural bio-waste to generate huge amounts of power, lots of hydrogen, and clean water. Yes, that probably means cow poop...Continue Reading Toyota to bu
GMC has taken its Sierra 2500HD Denali 4WD and turned it into a snow-munching monster with four grippy tank tracks replacing the wheels. The All Mountain concept vehicle looks like an absolute blast as it tears its way up the ski slopes of Whistler in a promo video...Continue Reading GMC All Mountain concept turns snow and steep gradients into a playgroundCategory: AutomotiveTags: Con
Leica gear has never been for the masses, but this takes exclusivity to a new level. For the price of a year-long backpacking trip around the world, you can now own the fastest-ever 75mm aspherical lens. The Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 is a US$13,000 piece of glass with a monster aperture and a razor-thin depth of field to deliver dreamy out-of-focus bokeh...Continue Reading Leica "pulls out all t
After almost four decades of dormancy, NASA has successfully ordered the Voyager 1 deep space probe to fire a set of thrusters that have been inactive for 37 years. The November 28 test was carried out by mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, as part of an effort to keep the unmanned explorer functional for up to an additional three years as it speeds
With some surveys finding the average American spending close to an hour per day behind the wheel of their car, the looming autonomous vehicle (AV) disruption is causing some to ask, what will people do with all this extra free time? Intel and Warner Bros. are already on the job, announcing a new partnership to develop what they are calling "in-cabin immersive experiences" designed to keep yo
A thumb ring for controlling digital devices may seem like the latest in a long line of interface gimmicks, but there's method to this jewelry madness. The Fingersound ring developed by researchers at Georgia Tech features built-in microphones and gyroscopes that allow the wearer to discreetly give commands or input data to connected devices by tracing lines and characters on their fingers wi
The OneManBand technology from OMB Guitars essentially combines aspects of the BeatBuddy, DigiTech's Trio stomp and Fishman's TriplePlay into one package, allowing guitarists to play along to a real-time backing band, solo using different instrument sounds or use the six string as a MIDI controller. Usefully, the project caters for those who want to add the technology to their own instruments
Early last year, we first heard about Fraunhofer's DEDAVE (Deep Diving AUV for Exploration) unmanned submersible. Then this July, we got word of an initiative aimed at locating sunken flight models of a famous Canadian jet fighter, the Avro Arrow. Now, the two have come together – Fraunhofer is reporting that one of its DEDAVEs has located a couple of of the models...Continue Reading Autonomo

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