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The World's Smallest Engine Runs on a Single Atom

Physicists are building a nano engine that runs on a single atom and will arguably be the most efficient ever made.<p><b>Like the one in your car</b>, Johannes Roßnagel's engine is a four-stroke. In four steps it compresses and heats, then expands and cools. And as with any other engine, this cycle is …

Quantum Mechanics

Worlds Collide: Volvo Combines Turbocharging + Supercharging

The great turbocharger vs supercharger debate has raged for ages, splitting the choice of forced induction between two philosophically opposed setups: the former offering a revvier, higher-strung sort of boost (thanks to exhaust gases), and the latter delivering a gruntier and lower-end power …

Lotus Cars

A Wonderful Bad Idea: Drag Racing on Ice

Speeds of 150 mph and no lane divider. What could go wrong?<p>Open-wheel drag racing has lost its sense of danger. Accelerating from 0-150 faster than a GT-R gets to 60 just doesn't get the adrenaline pumping anymore. How about we lose the lane divider? That should spice things up. No? Still not …

Drag Racing

Why There's No Way Brooklyn Bridge Will Be Better Than The Brooklyn Bridge

The icon's creation story is set to go Hollywood, but will it have all of this?Originally published at Esquire.<p><i>NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images</i><p>Last week, Variety announced that Daniel Radcliffe will star in "Brooklyn Bridge," a movie about the building of New York's famous landmark. A …

New York Times

Here's How You'd Really Fight With a Lightsaber

Forget the theatrical flailing. Armed with an elegant weapon for a more civilized age, you'd try to poke your opponent before they poked you.<p>You've seen all six Star Wars movies and eagerly await the seventh. You've bought the merch and played the video games. Now, dear Padawan, you can train as a …

Martial Arts

3 Ways Red Tape Could Ground Private Space

The nation has never seen anything like the nascent private space industry. There are laws and regulations that could keep spaceflight safe or smother entrepreneurial firms and industries in their cradles.<p><b>Spaceflight is an exciting business:</b> There are powerful rockets, inspiring missions, and …

Space Exploration

Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner Concept, Revealed

Yeah, it's got a Cummins.<p>With the reveal of the Frontier Diesel Runner at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, diesel is officially an automotive craze. Or perhaps Nissan is just trying to steal some of the thunder from GM's upcoming Canyon and Colorado midsize trucks, which will also offer diesel in the …

Auto Shows

8 of the World's Weirdest Bicycles

Why settle for a fixie when you could be riding a floating bike or a pedal-powered Ferrari?

New York City

The 12 Greatest Overlooked Cars

Nobody ever includes the Volkswagen Scirocco 16v or Jeep Wagoneer in their lists of the greatest cars of all time. Which is a mistake.


How Far Away Are Active Invisibility Cloaks?

New active cloaking technology prepares to leave the lab. Now you see me...<p><b>Despite the Harry Potter headlines they've</b> inspired, efforts over the last few years to create a real-life invisibility cloak have been simple proofs of concept. They're lab experiments, and not the kind of thing that could …

Harry Potter

2015 Victory Gunner: A $13,000 Battle Cry Against Harley-Davidson

The only U.S. motorcycle maker older than Harley-Davidson is Indian: the Native American-monikered manufacturer was founded in 1901, while Milwuakee-based Motor Company was formed just two years later. And thus, Indian's recent revitalization by Polaris Industries was nothing less than a …


9 Utterly Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories

Moon landing deniers have nothing on these people.<p>From lizard people to the Denver airport being a portal to Hell, some of our favorite far-out conspiracy theories.

Large Hadron Collider

This Is Where BMW Motorcycles Are Made

BMW Motorrad builds some of the world's best bikes on the world's quietest, most organized assembly line in Berlin.<p>On what is possibly the most serene assembly line in the history of manufacturing, the crew of engineers at BMW Motorrad's Berlin plant is hard at work churning out some of Germany's …


How the Mazda Miata Went from Sketch to Immortality

Our favorite little sports car hit the scene on Feb. 9, 1989.Originally published at<p><i>Bob Hall/Mazda</i><p>Just as the Ford Mustang will forever be connected to the 1964 New York World's Fair, the Mazda Miata will always be able to trace its roots back to the Chicago Auto Show. On February …

Auto Shows

Sinkhole Swallows 8 Cars at National Corvette Museum

Eight Corvettes were swallowed by a large sinkhole in the main atrium of the National Corvette Museum.<p>In a fairly bizarre turn of events, a sinkhole opened up this morning inside the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Eight display cars were pulled into the hole, but luckily it …

Chevrolet Corvette

How Crazy Ants Crush Fire Ants—Their Own Venom is the Antidote

Two species of ant have been at war for centuries. But in a new battleground—the United States, where both kinds of ants are invasive—a trick of chemical warfare is giving crazy ants an advantage over their archenemies.<p><b>The two species march to war across an</b> arid landscape. When they meet, it is an …


Here's How Comcast Will Get Around Antitrust Laws to Buy Time Warner Cable

Comcast will make concessions to the Feds for show, but all the merger can do is harm consumers.Originally published at<p><i>Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call via Getty</i> <i><br>Comcast chairman and CEO faced a contentious antitrust hearing just four years ago when his company purchased NBC/Universal. Now</i> …


Should You Buy a Fat Bike?

If you're thinking about taking on some extreme terrain on two wheels, then consider an over-the-top fat bike.<p><b>If you're not familiar with fat bikes like the</b> Salsa Mukluk or Surly Moonlander, think of a two-wheeled monster truck with you as the motor.<p>"Fat bikes allow people to ride bicycles in …