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Nanotubes: Like carbon fiber, but 20 times stronger

They're the stiffest, strongest material known to man, and they could revolutionize car design forever.<p>Now that carbon-fiber composites have migrated from the world of blank-check motorsports to semiaffordable production cars such as the BMW i3 and Chevrolet Corvette, what's next? Is there another …

Europe's 8 Most Picturesque Towns

From the islands of the Mediterranean to the peaks of the Alps, Europe's postcard-perfect towns continue to inspire travelers with distinct architecture preserved from 1,000 years ago. Filled with plenty of charm, many of these treasured areas contain historic ruins, cobblestone streets, and …

Travel Guides

Hyundai Closer to Building Santa Cruz Pickup, Considering Second Alabama Plant

Want a smidgen more proof that Hyundai will build the Santa Cruz pickup concept? Read this three-sentence article from <i>Reuters</i>, which quoted a company executive in South Korea, and see if you can find the “yes.”<p>We can’t, but after our longer interview with Hyundai USA’s vice president of product …

Secret Service may have erased surveillance tapes

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Secret Service Director Joe Clancy told lawmakers in a closed-door meeting that the Secret Service may have erased surveillance video of agents driving a car through an active bomb threat investigation at the White House.<p>House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz told CNN …

What You Need To Know About The FAA's New Drone Rules

They're a big flying deal<p>As early as last summer, it looked like the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was never going to figure out drone rules. Technical, legal, and definition-based challenges hobbled their efforts to weave unmanned aircraft into American skies.<p>Sunday, however, was a huge …

Amar'e Stoudemire will join Mavs

DALLAS -- Amar'e Stoudemire has committed to joining the Dallas Mavericks, according to league sources, giving him a chance to compete for a …

2016 Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG

The ultimate automotive anachronism—and provocation.<p>Fun fact: Geländewagen is German for off-road vehicle. The vehicle is also known as the "G-wagen" or simply the "G." Only M-B marketing types refer to it as "the G-class.”<p>Conceived in the early 1970s, jointly developed with Austrian truck maker …

They call this Dodge Challenger "King of the Shakers"

Dodge is bringing the shaker hood back to the 5.7-liter R/T, and for the first time to the 392 Hemi Scat Pack.<p>Considering that the last time a shaker hood was offered, the entire run was sold in just 4 days, Dodge is bringing the shaker scoop back to the 5.7-liter R/T models, and to the 392 Hemi …

Dodge

United Airlines' CEO Jeff Smisek: Disloyal to Loyal Workers

The following letter was recently sent to Jeff Smisek, CEO of United Airlines. It describes a spreading practice where highly profitable airlines (with the notable exception of Southwest) put their loyal employees jobs up for auction to the lowest bidding outside vendors. This results in less …

Here's what the first Ubuntu phone will look like

It's been promised for years, but now it looks like the first Ubuntu phone is actually happening. The Aquarius E4.5 Ubuntu Edition is expected go on …

Apps

Complaint about NBA ref brings $25,000 fine

<b>(CNN) —</b> NBA star Chris Paul has been called for many technical fouls through the years. His latest is drawing perhaps the most notice, and his criticism of the female referee who called it has drawn a $25,000 fine from the league.<p>The conversation around the technical has centered on what Paul said …

Lamborghini turns empty tunnel into a launch tube

An Aventador. At night. In an empty tunnel. It sounds as super as you'd think.<p>UK photographer Alex Penfold is a <i>great</i> shooter, and if you like car porn, you should immediately follow him on Flickr, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter.<p>He recently finished a session with this satin chrome Lamborghini …

10 ways to boost chances of surviving a plane crash

<b>(CNN) —</b> Survival and rescue stories from the deadly crash of TransAsia Airways Flight 235 in Taiwan are inspiring as well as intriguing. They raise the question: Why do some passengers survive plane crashes and others tragically don't?<p>Some of those who lived through Wednesday's crash credited their …

The One Thing I Can't Stop Doing That's Helped Me Travel More

If I know I'm going anywhere near Europe, Asia or Africa -- or at least closer to them -- and I will not have the opportunity to return for a long time, you better believe I'm going to take advantage. For me, even a taste of a place is better than no taste at all.<p>A few years ago I started something …

Anthony Bourdain

Jupiter Ascending is a beautiful hot mess

<i>Jupiter Ascending</i> is, to borrow a phrase, a hot mess.<p>This mega-budget sci-fi roller coaster stars Mila Kunis as a young Russian immigrant who cleans toilets for a living but may actually be a reincarnated space queen. Opposite her is Channing Tatum as a part-wolf super soldier bodyguard with …

Clippers' Chris Paul cites 'bad call' for comment, not official's gender

Chris Paulrarely talks before games and didn't venture far from his routine Friday even while addressing comments he made the day before about referee <b>Lauren Holtkamp</b> that were construed by some to be sexist.<p>"You know, last night was about a bad call, that's all," Paul said.<p>The<p>ClippersAll-Star point …

Detroit walker with 21-mile commute receives a new car

For years, James Robertson walked 21 miles a day to get to his job in Detroit. Now the kindness of strangers brought him $300,000—and a brand new car.<p>It's been a whirlwind week for James Robertson.<p>The 56-year-old Detroit resident's story came to national attention this week after an article in the</i> …

15 Hours Overnight at Seoul's Incheon Airport With Kids

Just great. Nearly twelve hours on an airplane to Incheon and six more hours the next day to Phuket with two kids and we'd have to deal with the noise of the nearby construction all night long.<p>Our first night after departing the USA on our gap year was spent sleeping at Seoul's Incheon Airport. …

Incheon

Why Call of Duty's zombie mode shouldn't have happened and almost didn't

Call of Duty's infectious take on zombie warfare was "lightning in a bottle," "a signature moment for the franchise," a reinvigorating, beloved bit of surprise development.<p>It was also almost killed once it was discovered.<p>"When you think about it, Call of Duty zombies shouldn't exist," said Mark …

Geneva Motor Show preview: Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren to launch new models

Sports car fans, now might be a good time to book a flight to Switzerland.<p>The 2015 Geneva Motor Show is a month away and already high-end brands such as Ferrari, McLaren, and<p>Porscheare lining up to debut new models. It is de rigueur for the world’s elite automakers to save their most exotic model …

Here’s Who Lorne Michaels Wishes He Had Hired at Saturday Night Live

Over the years you may have heard certain comedians and actors talk about their failed auditions for <i>Saturday Night Live</i>. Just this past summer, <b>Lisa Kudrow</b> and <b>Kathy Griffin</b> told us how devastated they were to be rejected by the Lorne Michaels–created sketch series. (“We are still not over it, I …

Jordan executes prisoners after ISIS video

<b>(CNN) —</b> The family of a Jordanian fighter pilot mercilessly killed by ISIS is calling for total revenge.<p>Lt. Moath al-Kasasbeh, 27, was burned alive while confined in a cage.<p>In response, Jordan executed two prisoners -- Sajida al-Rishawi, a would-be suicide bomber whose release ISIS had previously …

Porsche 911 Turbo, Turbo S get new Aerokit package

More downforce without additional drag? Porsche engineers love a challenge. It'll cost ya, though.<p>The masses went agog yesterday for the debut of the Porsche Cayman GT4. In some corners of the internet, the commentariat noted that Porsche and Ford had cued up a replay of the late 1960s/early 1970s …

Bruce Jenner has reportedly told family about gender-transition plans

Bruce Jenner's rumored transition from male to female has garnered the cover of this week's People -- which touts it has "the real story" about the situation -- bolstering long-running buzz about the onetime Olympic decathlete's personal life.<p>Jenner has told family members about the planned …

The Next Episode: Apple’s plans for Beats-based music service revealed

Six months after buying the subscription music service Beats Music, Apple is actively working to launch a completely new paid streaming music service that will compete with Spotify and Rdio. Yet to be named, the new service is entirely Apple-designed, yet leverages Beats’ technologies and music …

Plane hits bridge, crashes into river

<b>(CNN) —</b> Someone in the cockpit of a TransAsia Airways flight apparently made a mayday call because of an engine problem shortly before the plane crashed Wednesday into a river in Taiwan, killing at least 32 people.<p>A male voice on a recording of radio conversations between air traffic control and …

Plane Crash

The Polygraph Has Been Lying for 80 Years

Eighty years ago this week, inventor Leonarde Keeler proudly proclaimed his expert testimony before a Wisconsin jury to be “a signal victory for …

Lie Detection

ZF 9-speed Automatic Problems Mount, Chrysler Releases Third Update for Cherokee

Problems with the ZF-designed nine-speed automatic transmission are continuing to pile up, with customer complaints continuing to roll in regarding new Jeep, Chrysler, and Acura models.<p>A recent report from <i>Automotive News</i> said Fiat-Chrysler would be updating software for the transverse-mounted 9HP …

2015 Subaru WRX STI

If you want some action, it has the traction.<p>If competition improves the breed, then the corollary is that the lack of competition invites stasis. And the Subaru WRX STI has only one natural predator: the dead-car-rolling Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, the product of an enterprise that seems a little …