Christopher Bessler

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This $300 Computer Mouse Was the Height of Soviet Technology

It might still work today—if we could find an adapter for that enormous plug<p>At last, a computer mouse fit for the KGB.<p>Last week the site EnglishRussia dug up this treasure from the late 80s—a mouse glistening in Soviet red that marked the high point of UI in the USSR. The site translates some of …

Call it a Comeback: Lincoln Continental arrives in 2016

After 13 years, Lincoln's greatest nameplate is coming back anew, with an exclusive turbo V6 and style for miles.<p>The Lincoln Continental is quintessential. Fundamental. Frank Lloyd Wright called the original 1940 model "the most beautiful car of all time." John F. Kennedy died in a '61 convertible. …

Lincoln Continental Concept: It's Already Headed for Production

Oh, man, the carpet. If carpet can save Lincoln, it's the stuff in this car.<p>Take a Ford Taurus, rub it sparingly with the sad ham of luxury appliqué, and you get the Lincoln MKS. In fact, there may not have been a car more cynical in Ford’s repertoire since post-Malaise downsizing of the 1980s. …

How to Make the Strike Ultraceptor Paper Airplane

Introduction: How to Make the Strike Ultraceptor Paper Airplane<p>About: I am someone who mass produces paper airplanes and am always developing new …

Aviation

This Camouflage Coating Hides Submarines From Sonar

Sound waves bounce around the vessel, even if it has sharp corners<p>Imagine a material that wicks sound across its surface like water droplets sliding over a windowpane. For submarines, such a coating would mean an entirely new way to slip past sonar without detection as sound waves pass harmlessly …

Kia Reveals First Image of Hot New 2016 Optima

First, Kia showed us a drawing of the all-new 2016 Optima sedan. We liked it. But it left us pining even harder for a peek at the real-life 2016 Optima. Now, just days before the new four-door debuts at this year’s New York auto show, we’re getting that peek.<p>Following the brief circulation of a …

Bose Leaks the Cadillac CT6's Interior

Prior to its debut next week in New York City, Cadillac’s new CT6 has been leaking in dribs and drabs. First it appeared in an Oscar-night television commercial. Then division boss Johan de Nysschen revealed that it will eventually receive a twin-turbo V-8. And now, courtesy of the sound engineers …

Photos reveal life on board Cunard ships as cruise line celebrates 175 years

A photo tour of the golden age of cruising: Pictures from the Cunard archive reveal the VERY glamorous world of ocean liners as company celebrates …

Queen Elizabeth II

Germanwings Disaster Is Rare Instance Of Crash Of An Airplane Flying At High Cruising Altitudes

Airplanes don’t easily fall from the sky, especially not when they are in the longest, least-stressful phase of flight known as “cruise” at altitudes above 30,000 fleet.<p>Yet that’s what happened Tuesday in Southeast France when something – we don’t know yet what – quite unexpected occurred aboard …

First Look: 2016 Jaguar XF

The second-generation Jaguar XF is here with a new, lightweight aluminum architecture. Check it out before its official unveil at the New York Auto Show.<p>Jaguar is showing off the 2016 XF ahead of the car's official debut at the New York Auto Show. The automaker asked stuntman Jim Dowdell to drive …

Glue Won't Get Stuck Inside the Bottle Thanks to This Slippery Coating

Macaroni art projects will never be the same<p>If you remember the trusty Elmer's bottle that glued you through grade-school arts and crafts, then you also remember how hard you had to squeeze it sometimes just to get enough for a single piece of construction paper. No more: Elmer's is getting an …

American Startup Bringing 1,700-HP LM2 Streamliner Supercar To New York Auto Show

A lot of startups announce plans for wild, world-beating supercars but few manage to ever get to the concept stage, and even fewer still actually …

Adventures of the Blackgang: Razzle Dazzle

'There is nothing left': Plane crashes in French Alps with 150 on board

Updated: 9:52 p.m. EDT / 2:52 a.m. CET<p>WHAT WE KNOW<p>Lufthansa-owned Germanwings Flight 9525 was carrying 144 passengers and six crew members.<p>The Airbus …

Elon Musk made SpaceX photos public domain because of a tweet

Twitter's still good sometimes<p>Earlier this week, SpaceX published a batch of 100 photos on Flickr under a Creative Commons license, which gave the public the ability to download and use the images with proper attribution. It was a voluntary and interesting move by Elon Musk, but some felt it didn't …

The DeltaWing road car is coming, it'll cost $60K

That's for a two-seat GT. The four-seat family car will start around $30K.<p>Sometime later this summer, a curious new sports-car prototype will cruise the streets of North Georgia.<p>Today, on the eve of the 12 Hours of Sebring, Don Panoz announced that his company will soon build road-going versions of …

Look At This Ridiculous Russian Supersonic Cargo Plane Concept

Just, why?<p>Never mind the fact that Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine are struggling to win a civil war--the Kremlin wants to wow the Future with a gigantic supersonic cargo plane. Named the PAK TA, the concept from Russia’s Military-Industrial Commission will be a supersonic transport than can …

Aviation

Science Explains Why Stepping on a Lego Feels Like Death

An unstoppable force meeting an indestructable object means your foot hates you<p>There are few pains worse than stepping on a Lego. Non-fatal ones, at least. It hurts. A lot. But <i>why</i> does it hurt so much?<p>It's a combination of biology and physics. The tissue on the bottom of your foot is filled with …

Flagpole

FlagpoleSo, you're falling from a height above the tallest building in your town, and you don't have a parachute. But wait! Partway down the side of …

Albert Pujols

World's largest civilian hospital ship to have Azipods

MARCH 18, 2015 — ABB is to deliver electrical propulsion and power systems to a new flagship hospital vessel for the international charity Mercy …

The 10 Airlines With the Best Economy Class Seats

With ever-rising airfare rates, along with taxes and baggage fees to contend with, flying economy is the only possible option for the vast majority of travelers. That doesn't necessarily have to mean skimping on comfort and amenities, though -- by doing a bit of research before booking, it's easy …

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Pentagon: Here are all the problems with the F-35

The F-35, which comes with an estimated $1.5 trillion pricetag over the life of the program, has faced numerous hurdles and delays . Most recently, there have been concerns over its computer systems' vulnerability , and Chinese hackers have possibly stolen classified data related to the project.<p>The …

Aviation

Will we ever… speak faster than light speed?

If we explore the outer reaches of space, keeping in touch with home will be a daunting task. But are there ways our words could travel faster than light? Peter Ray Allison investigates.<p>Light travels so fast it can make the transatlantic journey between London and New York more than 50 times each …

Microsoft Is Phasing Out Internet Explorer

Clippy will soon get a roommate in Microsoft heaven or hell, depending on your perspective. This week, Microsoft announced that it will phase out Internet Explorer, its much-maligned Web browser, beginning with Windows 10.<p>The news came at the Microsoft Convergence conference this week, where …

Insanely Cool Dymaxion Replica Driven to Amelia Island

“When we started eight years ago, there was only one Dymaxion, which was Reno’s car—and I didn’t think they were going to do anything with it. So I thought, ‘You know, really, a Dymaxion needs to be driving down the road.’ ” Any aficionado of oddball and dead-end automobiles would surely agree with …

How to Build Skyscrapers That Cast No Shadow

Reflected light from one tower chases the shadow of another<p>More new skyscrapers went up in 2014 than any previous year. London alone has 250 new towers on the docket that are set to overhaul the skyline in the next few years. But as buildings take it higher and higher, their long shadows could …

The World's Second-Tallest Building Sways, But Here's Why You Can't Feel It

The 121-story Shanghai Tower rocks back and forth, but thanks to a damping system being used in skyscrapers for the first time, no one will feel it<p>Imagine holding a yardstick at one end. When you flex your wrist even the tiniest bit, the far end of the yardstick whips back and forth. But if you …

French billionaire to bring EV car sharing to Indy

Vincent Bollore is using the Parisian model of bike-sharing and a promising emerging battery technology to bring Blueindy electric car-sharing to Indianapolis. Will it work?<p>Another day, another wealthy entrepreneur taking on the future of the urban automotive landscape. This time it's French …

Mini Coopers will save the world from Pac-Man in Pixels

They're the ghosts designed to hunt down the iconic yellow chomper.<p>I don't know how much money I spent playing Pac-Man in local newsstands and pizzerias growing up, but if you were to place all those quarters in a sack, tie it around my waist, and toss me in the Hudson River, I would probably never …

Honda to import Civic hatches from the UK to America

Look for the mainline Civic Sport to head over, and likely the Civic Type R, as Honda looks to North America to make up for lost European volume.<p>As you probably know, Honda has built cars in the UK for a long time. Currently, the European Civic is built at the Swindon factory, but Honda sales in …