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Ford's Voodoo V-8: A Tech Primer – Feature

From the September 2015 issue<p>The new rev-happy 5.2-liter V-8 in the Mustang Shelby GT350 is one of the most compelling reasons to visit a Ford dealership in 2016. Code-named Voodoo and sharing its basic architecture with the Mustang GT’s 435-hp, 5.0-liter Coyote engine, this new powerplant is an …

Study: Autonomous Vehicles Will Go Mainstream In 5 - 10 Years

Auto enthusiasts and analysts have been debating autonomous cars for years. Some critics think they're decades away from becoming a reality, and at …

What Driverless Cars Mean for Today’s Automakers

The rumors have finally been confirmed: Apple is building its own autonomous car. With Apple’s entry, it’s clear. The automotive industry has opened up again. The manufacturers we’ve become so familiar with over the last century — Daimler, Ford, BMW, Volkswagen, Toyota, and General Motors — aren’t …

9 Helpful Apps for Photographers

Hopefully I’m not the only photographer in the world that tends to get quite excited when I discover a new app, or software that could definitely be …

Elon Musk is taking cues from Henry Ford to disrupt the auto industry—and it’s working

The share price of Tesla Motors shot up this week after a financial analyst said that the electric vehicle maker is “uniquely positioned to dominate” the auto industry.<p>Is Tesla, with its tightly integrated supply chain, following the strategy of another one-time dominant automaker—the Ford Motor …

Tesla

How Diffusers Help Racecars Make Downforce

Diffusers have become fashion accessories on cars, but they earn their keep on the track. Here's how they work.<p>The same principles that loft a 618-ton Airbus into the sky also keep a Formula 1 race car glued to the track. Downforce is lift inverted, the net result of the pressure differential …

The Physics of Diffusers: How to Make a Car Really Suck

Gettin' down with downforce.<p>Finessing the Flow <br>The diffuser acts as an expansion chamber to manage the air as it exits from underneath the car and reintegrates it with higher-pressure ambient air. Smoothing this transition reduces turbulence and drag in the car's wake and improves airflow under the …

How Do Motorcycles Lean So Far Without Tipping Over?

Riding a motorcycle is just like riding a bike except it's much faster—oh, and you don't have to pedal. In both cases, the two wheeled vehicle can …

How Honda's VTEC Variable-Timing System Works – Feature

From the August 2015 issue<p>Trademark erosion may not impact the environment, but marketers have noted the lexicographical slide of some brand names into generic labels. Kleenex, Band-Aid, Xerox, and Zamboni (yes, other companies make ice-resurfacing equipment) all underwent the transformation, and …

Controversially, Physicist Argues Time Is Real

NEW YORK — Is time real, or the ultimate illusion?<p>Most physicists would say the latter, but Lee Smolin challenges this orthodoxy in his new book, …

2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Sedan

An excellent and thoroughly improved sports sedan that runs neck and neck with the old C63 Black.<p>Karl Benz is getting the short end of the stick now that all of the hot-rod Mercs are moving under the Mercedes-AMG umbrella—a transition that began with the new AMG GT—but he might be happy to know …

Your brain is protecting you: How we purge bad memories

New findings from the National Institutes of Health could have real implications for how we treat anxiety disorders<p>Bret Stetka<p>August 6, 2015 9:30am (UTC)<p>The brain is extraordinarily good at alerting us to threats. Loud noises, noxious smells, approaching predators: they all send electrical impulses …

Neuroscience

2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe Verdict

A Gran Year With a Gran Touring Car<p>In long-term car loans, as in life, the adage holds true that all good things must ultimately come to an end. So it was, as BMW‘s representative showed up at MT headquarters and politely asked that the key for my 650i Gran Coupe (and the car itself, of course) be …

WHATCAR? Group test - BMW M3 vs Mercedes-AMG C63

<!img class="inlineimg" src="/forums/multisite-style/m3post/statusicon/post_old.gif" alt="Old" border="0" /> 08-03-2015, 07:01 AM<p>#<b>1</b><p>YungDro<p>Major<p>1009<p>Rep<p>…

Six Stupid Interview Questions Job-Seekers Hate

I don’t know about you, but I’d be embarrassed to look at a job-seeker across a conference table and ask him “What’s your greatest weakness?” Why in God’s name would it be any of my business what someone’s greatest weakness is — if there even is such a thing as a weakness?<p>Who came up with the idea …

IIHS: 2015 Ford F-150 Crash Tests Reveal Disparate Results Between Body Styles

The Ford F-150 aced a suite of crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and earned the nonprofit group’s “Top Safety Pick” rating. Of note, however, is that the honor was bestowed only to the SuperCrew body style, the bestselling version of the truck.<p>The four-door …

How to Create Basic Double Exposure Portraits in Camera and in Photoshop

Scouting the world to find the perfect shot is one of photography’s pure joys. You discover the perfect moment, carefully frame your viewfinder, and …

Renault Duster vs Hyundai Creta vs Mahindra Scorpio - Price Comparison

<i>The Hyundai Creta is loaded with features to the brink, but loses out on driving feel which the Renault Duster provides in abundance. However, it is</i> …

Inside The Ford GT's Secret Underground Design Lab: Video

Even for those without a terribly active imagination, the phrase "secret underground lab" implies plenty. And while there's no death ray, roomful of …

20 striking photos of international borders from around the world

While some boundaries simply consist of markings on a road, in areas of political turmoil borders are marked by high fences and heavily guarded gates.<p>From the USA-Canada border, which spans over 5,000 miles, to satellite images that capture the brightly lit border of India and Pakistan at night, …

Space

This Man Is Smarter Than Tesla And Einstein

There have been many great minds that have roamed the planet Earth and have passed the torch to the next generation. Einstein and Tesla are …

Steve Jobs' 14 Most Inspiring Quotes

With a life as storied as he had, it's no wonder that Steve Jobs is remembered not only for running an incredibly successful company, but for being tremendously outspoken.<p>He seemingly had an opinion on everything, and his thoughts often echoed his obsessive commitment to quality at Apple, whether …

Motivation

Is the self an illusion?

The Creative Mind – Something Running All The Time

<b>Stephen King</b> has commented about his creative mind: <i><br>“It’s as though something in there is running all the time.”</i><p>He also said that even when he tries …

Don't compare the BMW 7 Series with the Mercedes S-Class

It's the easiest and most common comparison to make.<p>Most of the feedback I've seen across the internet has been siding more toward the S Class, claiming it to be the more luxurious seeming of the two.<p>And to be honest, I've had a hard time disagreeing with them.<p>I want the 7er to be the better car, …

How Volvo Plans To End All Traffic Fatalities By 2020

The XC90 SUV is crown jewel of Volvo's audacious pledge<p>It’s hard to get excited about safety. But Volvo’s new XC90 SUV is so packed with life-saving technology, it’s an exception. The car has a number of radar sensors and camera monitors used by its crash-avoidance software to keep passengers safe. …

Volvo

Reconstructing Spoken Sentences From Brain Activity Patterns

<b>Spoken sentences can be reconstructed from activity patterns of human brain surface. “Brain to Text” combines knowledge from neuroscience, medicine</b> …

How To Use Procrastination To Become More Productive

Are you going to read this later? It’s ok, I have nothing against distractions or procrastination. Neither do our brains.<p>But you won’t do it later. …