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LA Auto Show: VW Design Vision GTI

VW didn't unveil any all-new world debuts at the 2013 LA Auto Show but the German company did showcase a trio of cars for the first time in North America.<p>The E Golf is a fully electric Golf that will arrive next year packing a 150 hp motor, a 24.2 kWh battery pack and a range of 100 miles.<p>The Cross …

One of the Brightest Bursts NASA Has Ever Seen

A trio of telescopes studied the brightest gamma ray burst ever seen, which appeared in the sky in April.<p>Break out the superlatives: Today in the journal <i>Science</i>, a NASA team reports on the brightest, longest, most powerful gamma ray burst they've ever seen. And this sighting could change what they …

Universe

Found: Neutrinos From Beyond the Solar System

Neutrinos could help astrophysicists create a fuller picture of the universe and help determine the mysterious origins of cosmic rays.<p><b>Today in the journal Science, researchers at</b> the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a scientific instrument buried in the Antarctic ice, report the discovery of 28 …

Lumia 2520 Review: A Finnish Approach to the Windows Tablet

Nokia enters the tablet market with a familiar aesthetic and impressive specs, but can they overcome boundaries that have claimed other Windows tablet victims?<p><b>On Sale Date:</b> Now<p><b>Price:</b> $499 (Off-Contract)<p><b>With shareholders approving Microsoft's</b> decision to acquire Nokia's Devices and Services unit …

Your Shop Needs This Immaculate Tool Infographic

The latest print from Pop Chart Lab maps out every hand tool a DIYer could dream of.<p>Your dad owns every tool under the sun. But does he own a beautifully illustrated family tree of every tool under the sun?<p>PopChartLab, makers of completist prints and apparel that map out the connectedness of coffee …

Rumored: The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition is not the last SLS

If a car has Final Edition in its name, it seems safe to assume the vehicle is the end of the line. Not so with Mercedes-Benz. Despite its moniker, the 583-hp Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition unveiled at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show and the Tokyo Motor Show last week might not be the last SLS, …

The 5 Baddest Biz Jets

The next time you need to make that board meeting in Berlin or power lunch in Tokyo, climb aboard one of these lean, luxurious private airplanes.<p>The next time you need to make that board meeting in Berlin or power lunch in Tokyo, climb aboard one of these lean, luxurious private airplanes.

Aviation

Racing Games: A Brief Visual History

From 8-bit graphics to the power of next-gen consoles, racing games have been through some changes. Here are seven notable leaps forward in bringing gamers closer to the cockpit.<p>From 8-bit graphics to the power of next-gen consoles, racing games have been through some changes. Here are seven …

What's Wolfram Up To With New Programming Language?

In a mysterious blog post Wolfram Alpha founder Stephen Wolfram promises a knowledge-based programming language that can do just about anything under the sun.<p><b>Wolfram Research is famous for its</b> Mathematica scientific computational language, which gave rise to the Wolfram Alpha answer engine. But …

Physics Explains Why Tapping Your Beer Makes it Foam Over

Why does tapping the top of an open beer bottle make it foam over? It turns out the physics are very similar to those of a mushroom cloud.<p><i>Credit: Javier Rodriguez-Rodriguez / Carlos III University of Madrid, SPAIN Almudena Casado-Chacon / Carlos III University of Madrid, SPAIN Daniel Fuster / CNRS</i> …

2015 Audi A3 e-tron Prototype Test Drive

The only A3 to get a five-door wagon layout, this plug-in hybrid Audi might be one of the best-driving PHEVs we've ever seen.<p><b>Sometimes the best tech is what disappears</b> into the background. A quick look at the A3 e-tron prototype suggests Audi understands the power of understatement. While EV …

How Small Is Small? The Nanoscale Explained in One Chart

At a certain point, very small is just very small—at least to the naked eye. But on the nanoscale, much smaller than the width of a human hair, scientists are setting itty-bitty world records and creating tiny works of art.<p><b>Nano art has come a long way</b> since researchers arranged atoms to spell IBM …

Building a Sound System for Your Wireless Home

In a world with a glut of options for data transmission, this guide will help you pick the best format to fill your home music, sans speaker wire or vacuum tubes.<p><b>For all but the purist vinyl-owning</b> audiophiles, speakers have become wireless extensions of our phones, tablets, and laptops. A few …

Is the Camera That Sees Around Corners Ready to Leave the Lab?

The minds behind CORNAR, a 2012 PopMech Breakthrough Award-winning camera that can see around corners, have created a $500 version that can accomplish the same feat.<p>Scientists at MIT have created a low-cost camera that can capture a burst of light as it travels across a scene at 670 million miles …

What is Alcantara?

If you've ever read a luxury car review, you've likely come across the word Alcantara. But what is this mystery material all about?<p>First, a quick history lesson. In 1970, a Japanese scientist by the name of Miyoshi Okamoto developed a synthetic material for Toray Industries, the company he was …

This Is It: The 2015 Ford Mustang

Redesigned for the first time in a decade, the Mustang looks leaner and meaner for its sixth generation. This pony car is ready to tackle the curves.<p><b>For nearly 50 years, the Ford Mustang has</b> stood for accessible and affordable American speed. Numerous challengers have come and gone through those …

8 Quick Home Upgrades You'll Wish You Installed Sooner

It doesn't take a lot of money or time to make a big difference. Consider these simple home improvements, which you won't believe you ever lived without.<p>It doesn't take a lot of money or time to make a big difference. Consider these simple home improvements, which you won't believe you ever lived …

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S: It's the Packaging, Baby

When a manufacturer stuffs the biggest engine they make into the smallest body they offer, speed freaks take notice. When that model only comes with a manual gearbox, die-hard driving aficionados rejoice. And when said setup becomes discontinued and replaced with an automated, two-pedal gearbox-- …

Apple Gets Curved Screen Patent, Offers Possible Glimpse Into Tech Future

With Apple receiving a patent focused on the production of curved screens, are much-rumored tech like the iWatch and radical iPhone redesigns in the future?<p>Now with a patent granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office, Apple is being a little more forthcoming about the design of its upcoming …

The 10 Most Innovative Games of 2013

Our year-end collection of inventive games includes an invisible boy, a swarm of heroes, a paper universe, and much more.<p>Our year-end collection of inventive games includes an invisible boy, a swarm of heroes, a paper universe, and much more.

What If They Try to Hack Amazon's Drones?

It's not just Amazon's Prime Air delivery drones—small UAVs of all kinds are coming to America. But what happens when digital attackers turn their attention to drones?<p><b>Not everyone is thrilled</b> with the rise of civilian drones in American skies. Last week, after Amazon hyped its plan to deliver …

How a Manmade Greenhouse Gas Can Be 7100 Times Worse Than CO2

Perfluorotributylamine, produced by the electronics industry, absorbs heat better than any other known greenhouse gas, researchers report, but has been previously overlooked.<p><b>Chemists have found a greenhouse gas that is 7100</b> times more powerful than carbon dioxide in terms of contributing to global …

Jupiter's Moon Europa Is Bursting With Icy Geysers

Two studies of Europa, which is thought to have a subsurface ocean, are good news for the potential for life to exist on this icy satellite.<p><b>Two exciting blasts of news</b> have scientific minds swimming—with the possibility of life in Europa's ocean. Today scientists announced evidence pointing to the …

How CIA Culture Allowed a Rogue Mission Gone Wrong

Retired FBI agent Robert Levinson went missing in Iran in 2007, and in 2010 the AP revealed his ties to the AP. Now a new investigation shows that the CIA employee who sent Levinson to Iran was an analyst who didn't have that authority. How did it all go so wrong?<p><b>In American culture, the words</b> …

Rugged Action-Camera Comparison Test

Once dominated by GoPro, the action-camera market is now swelling with competitors. Which tough video taker takes the cake?

What We've Learned So Far From the Asiana Flight 214 Investigation

Five months have passed since Asiana Flight 214 wrecked while trying to land at San Francisco airport, killing three and injuring nearly 200 passengers. The National Transportation Safety Board held a lengthy hearing to announce what went wrong on board the 777.<p><b>As the National Transportation Safety</b> …