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The smog-guzzling buildings fighting deadly pollution

<b>(CNN) —</b> Air pollution is now the biggest global environmental killer, the WHO has confirmed. The seven million deaths it caused in 2012 exceeded the victims of cigarettes, and is more than double previous estimates.<p>Air pollution in over half of 1,600 cities surveyed is now above safe limits of …

NASA will use video games to rekindle our love of space travel

The <i>Kerbal Space Program</i> folks teaming with NASA was pretty cool, right? Well, it wasn't an accident. The US aeronautics outfit is embracing the space-travel sim as a means to get the public interested in leaving our planet once again -- much like the televised Apollo launches were for generations …

NASA Unveils the 'Global Selfie' We Made on Earth Day

NASA has taken the wraps off a 3.2-gigapixel "Global Selfie" that was built from 36,422 images shared on social media one month ago, for Earth Day.<p>The space agency says more than 50,000 pictures from 113 countries and regions around the world were posted on or around April 22, using the …

Best Space Pictures: Cosmic Dust Bunnies, Hidden Black Holes, and Starry Everest Skies

Supermassive black holes cluster together while dust bunnies gain weight.<p>A lone motorcycle wends its way to Mount Everest's base camp from the Chinese side of the border with Nepal in a photograph submitted to Your Shot on May 17.<p>The 2014 Everest climbing season got off to a tragic start on April …

Meteor shower approaches in time for holiday weekend

The cosmos has aligned, quite literally, for families, space geeks and insomniacs alike, as the Earth is set to intercept a new meteor shower late Friday into Saturday.<p>The scientists who discovered the cosmic debris say the Camelopardalid shower could be "significant."<p>Some forecasts show 200 to …

Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo Concept Unveiled

Volkswagen continues its tease of the car bound for digital competition in Sony’s Gran Turismo 6, and now we have sketches and a name for the concept: the GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo. Like the Mercedes-Benz and BMW Vision GT concepts, the GTI Roadster will be downloadable in the game. But VW …

Roadsters

TOTD: You Choose – 2015 BMW X4 or BMW X3?

The crossover coupe niche is a tough sell. While the premium BMW X6 has seen success, the more affordable Acura ZDX was short-lived. With the success of the X6, the German automaker has just introduced the 2015 BMW X4, which stems from the more conventional X3 crossover. We want to know if you …

Acura

Lewis Hamilton In His F1 Car Takes On Ken Block In A Fiesta ST Rallycross: Video

The 2014 Global RallyCross Championship got underway in sunny Barbados over the weekend, and on hand to help kick off the new season was none other …

Photos: 2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4

View photos of the 2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 we recently had the pleasure of testing for a week.<p>A very special Italian with some very pedestrian interior bits.

Classic Cars

BMW Vision Gran Turismo for GT6 is Heritage-Inspired Awesomeness

At last year’s L.A. auto show, Mercedes-Benz pulled the wraps from its AMG Vision Gran Turismo, a slinky, low-slung thing that recalled a marriage of the closed-wheel W196 streamliner and the former Daimler property Dodge/SRT/Dodge Viper. For added zazz, M-B rolled out a full-scale model of the …

Total War: Rome 2 is getting new Pirates and Raiders DLC

<i>Total War: Rome 2</i> is getting a new <i>Pirates and Raiders</i> culture pack which will add the first playable Thracian and Dacian factions to the game, Eurogamer reports.<p>These factions will feature their own new battlefield units, naval units and culture units.<p><i>Pirates and Raiders</i> is slated to launch in the …

Square Enix reveals the survivors for Japan's Left 4 Dead arcade game

The four teammates that star in <i>Left 4 Dead: Survivors</i>, Square Enix and Valve's collaboration to release the zombie shooter in Japanese arcades, include a schoolgirl, bartender, uni student and a tour guide.<p>The survivors include Japanese university student, Kudo Yusuke (CV: Kijima Ryuichi), who was …

Here’s What You Need to Know About Hyrule Warriors

Nintendo Europe has provided a nice roundup of what gamers can expect when Hyrule Warriors launches on the Wii U. The game has yet to receive a …