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The 10 Best Things From February 2015

Some things are just... better<p><i>This article was originally published in the February 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science, <i>under the title "Obsessed."</i>

Why You Should Learn to Love the Transmission That Never Changes Gear

Corvette geeks may hate them, but continuously variable transmissions aren't going away.<p>CVTs are our least favorite type of transmission, mainly because their only nod to driver involvement is engine drone under heavy throttle. In spite of the lost love, CVTs are making inroads against manuals and …

FIA announces 2015 World Rally Championship calendar

Martin Aguilar / | December 06, 2014 07:05<p>Will adopt Rally 2 regulations<p>The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) has announced the 2015 …

Trains Could Use Lasers To Blast Leaves Off Track

Why rake ‘em when you can burn ‘em<p>Autumn: It’s a time for cool, breezy weather, pumpkin spice lattes, and the buildup of colorful tree leaves on the ground. While many enjoy the picturesque leafy exodus, there are some who don’t always look forward to the yearly ritual – notably railway …

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Apple deleted users' non-iTunes music and didn't tell them about it

Long before Apple was shoehorning the latest from U2 into your iTunes account, it was deleting songs originating from rival services. Tell us if this sounds familiar: You grabbed Lady Gaga's <i>The Fame Monster</i> from Amazon MP3 in 2009, threw it in your iTunes library, went to sync your 160GB iPod …

The 6 Best Off-Road Trailers of 2018

<i>Last Updated January, 2018: This post has been updated with new picks for 2018.</i><p>There was once a time when exploring the great outdoors on wheels …

Win-Win: Vortec-Swapped 1994 Land Rover NAS D90

This 1994 NAS Land Rover D90 is built to our ideal spec, mainly thanks to the Chevy Vortec V8 and New Venture 5-speed that has been swapped into the …

Buick to use Velite name for its Cascada?

Ever since Opel brought out the Cascada convertible last year, rumors have been flying that Buick would offer it Stateside – much like it does with the Insignia-based Regal and the Astra-based Verano. And now we might have our best clue yet as to what Buick might call it.<p>According to <i>GM Authority</i>, …

Scion Wins SEMA with This Mega-Sweet xB Custom '70s Van

We love SEMA for its incredible display of mobile creativity, but even by the show’s standards, the Scion x Riley Hawk Skate Tour xB is a work of ’70s-tastic art.<p>Slammed down on classic Cragar S/S wheels and white-letter BFGoodrich tires, this amazing vanlet dives back four decades in time with its …

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10 Things You Need to Know About the 707-hp Dodge Hellcat V-8

Chris Cowland, Chrysler’s director of advanced and SRT powertrain, recently came clean with the engineering secrets behind the 707-hp 6.2-liter Hellcat V-8. In case you just stirred from suspended animation, this Dodge Challenger SRT engine is the most potent powerplant ever sold to customers for …

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