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Big, Bad Supermoon Rising: A Photo Gallery

Auto Fabrica Yamaha SR500

The English workshop Auto Fabrica is fast developing a distinctive style. It’s the reduction of the motorcycle to its simplest form, finished to the highest standard with low-key paintwork. And it’s incredibly easy on the eye.<p>If there’s a four-wheeled parallel, it’s those super-sanitary hot …

Denim Is in Real Danger of Going Out of Fashion

America, with its glamorous image of cowboys and rock stars, gave jeans to the world, but now denim is suffering from the blues.<p>Domestic sales of jeans dropped 6 percent last year, worrying some manufacturers and prompting VF Corp, the maker of Wrangler and Lee brand jeans to set up a think-tank to …

Clothing

First Exoskeleton Gets FDA Approval For U.S. Sales

The ReWalk exoskeleton helps people with spinal-cord injuries sit, stand, and walk.<p>A motorized exoskeleton, designed to help paralyzed people walk again, just earned U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. It is the first such device to do so.<p>The device, called ReWalk, straps on user's bodies …

Physicists create tractor beam made of water

A surprising new technique created by a team of physicists led by Professor Michael Shats at the Australian National University reveals that simple wave generators can be used to move floating objects in a number of directions -- even against the waves.<p>"We have figured out a way of creating waves …

Quantum Mechanics

Dumb Infiniti owner climbs into passenger seat, lets car drive itself

You should never, never, never do this.<p>Autonomous cars are essentially here already, thanks to the myriad electronic aids available to drivers.<p>You all knew the Mercedes-Benz S-Class could basically drive itself, and when a driver removed himself from the equation by fooling the car's active …

10 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

From the editors of PopularMechanics.com, You may be missing out on some of its most powerful features.<p><b>1) Take Siri to School</b> <br>Tired of Siri pronouncing things wrong? Next time she screws something up, tell her "That's not how you pronounce X," and then pronounce it for her. She'll give it another …

Gear & Gadgets

Ixion windowless private jet by Technicon Design offers immersive panoramic views

International agency Technicon Design has created a concept for a private jet that replaces windows with screens that can display the external …

Parts of The Last of Us Movie to be 'Quite Different' to The Game

"What are the most important beats that we can't lose? Start with those, and cut everything else out."<p>The Last of Us creative director Neil Druckmann …

2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR: Poised to Clash with Cayennes

A 'Ring-honed, 550-hp beast—from Land Rover?<p>Yet another abbreviation for performance has arrived, but this one comes from an unexpected place. Land Rover, a brand that usually trumpets the mudslinging and stair-climbing prowess of its SUVs, is introducing a new, Nürburgring-tuned version of its …

Wheel to the Rescue

The RollEvac military vehicle concept uses biomimicry to aid in time-sensitive rescue and evacuation operations in combat situations. Inspired by the …

Will illegal immigrant kids stay or be sent home? Depends if they have a lawyer

What a difference a lawyer makes.<p>As the immigration crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border deepens, a review of deportation hearings for minors caught crossing reveals stark disparities depending on their legal representation. If they've got an attorney, they stand a fairly good chance of staying in …

Dust in the Wind

When Marc Jacobs enlisted the colorist Victoria Hunter to dye the wigs for his fall 2014 runway show, he sent her a pair of sunglasses, a fabric swatch, and a single press-on nail, all in the same elusive minky-brown hue—and then challenged her to match it. You might describe the color as greige, …

T-Mobile launches an app to unlock your smartphone

It took T-Mobile just one week to launch a phone unlocking app after President Obama signed the phone unlocking bill into law.<p>Not known for missing a chance to antagonize the excesses of market giants AT&T and Verizon, the launch of the app should be seen as partly symbolic. T-Mobile CEO John …

Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber

Apple may be planning to introduce its iWatch in September, according to a comment from prominent Apple journalist John Gruber. In a post highlighting the charging functionality of the Moto 360, Gruber suggests Apple will be announcing its "wrist wearable thing next month."<p>It looks like Motorola's …

US warns Russia against Ukraine invasion

The United States has warned Russia against using the humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine as a pretext for an invasion, saying such a move would be "completely unacceptable".<p>The warning came after Russia proposed setting up humanitarian corridors to come to the aid of civilians in east Ukraine …

1968 Dodge Charger Hemi

It looks like the Chrysler Corporation is flat out in the automobile business again.<p>From the November 1967 Issue of <b>Car and Driver</b><p>Last year, we applauded Plymouth for building what we thought was the best looking Detroit car of 1967, the Barracuda. A remarkable feat, considering the Chrysler …