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Antarctic Lake Vostok buried under two miles of ice found to teem with life

A giant lake buried more than two miles beneath the Antarctic ice has been found to contain a "surprising" variety of life.<p>Analysis of ice cores obtained from the basin of Lake Vostok, the subglacial lake that Russian scientists drilled down to in 2012, have revealed DNA from an estimated 3,507 …

Smithsonian's National Zoo Takes Steps to Prevent Another Red Panda Escape

The escape of a red panda from Smithsonian's National Zoo made headlines late last month. Rusty, the red panda, was found fairly quickly in a D.C. …

Spider webs use electricity to attract prey, study finds

Silk strands change shape as electrically-charged insects pass in front of it, according to research from UC Berkeley<p>It's not hard to see how an insect could get trapped in a spider's web; its strands are sticky, ultra-strong, and well-concealed. But according to a new study published in the …

Prehistoric DNA sequencing: Jurassic Park was not so wide of the mark

It remains one of the most intriguing premises for a science fiction film. Near the beginning of Steven Spielberg's classic <i>Jurassic Park</i>, scientists …

APOD: NGC 2170: Still Life with Reflecting Dust (2013 Jul 07) Image Credit & Copyright: Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, U. Arizona http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130707.html Explanation: In this beautiful celestial still life composed with a cosmic brush, dusty nebula NGC 2170 shines at the upper left. Reflecting the light of nearby hot stars, NGC 2170 is joined by other bluish reflection nebulae, a compact red emission region, and streamers of obscuring dust against a backdrop of stars. Like the common household items still life painters often choose for their subjects, the clouds of gas, dust, and hot stars pictured here are also commonly found in this setting - a massive, star-forming molecular cloud in the constellation of the Unicorn (Monoceros). The giant molecular cloud, Mon R2, is impressively close, estimated to be only 2,400 light-years or so away. At that distance, this canvas would be about 15 light-years across. http://www.caelumobservatory.com/ http://skycenter.arizona.edu/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130707 #APOD

Use Big Dipper to find North Star

Tonight, use the Big Dipper in the constellation Ursa Major the Great Bear to find the sky’s northern pole star, Polaris. This is the star around …

Gravity-Defying Particles Travel Up A Waterfall

The expected rules of physics are no match for a determined tea leaf.<p>Back in 2008, Sebastian Bianchi, then a physics undergrad at the University of Havana in Cuba, was making tea when he noticed something that seemed to defy the most basic rules of physics: Tea leaves from his cup had floated …

Why Dürheimer Was Sacked by Audi, What Hackenberg Faces

These are nervous times at Audi. Two days before the 24 Hours of Le Mans, news broke of the departure of Wolfgang Dürheimer from the company’s board. The head of R&D had been in charge for less than a year, after he took over from the suddenly and controversially sacked Michael Dick. Dürheimer will …

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2014 Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series to start at $275k*, C63 Edition 507 priced from $70k*

The 2014 model year is shaping up to be quite an exciting one for fans of Mercedes-Benz and its AMG cars. Two of the newest additions to the AMG family go on sale over the next couple months, and Mercedes has revealed pricing for the ultimate SLS AMG GT and its most powerful and exclusive C63 AMG …

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VŪHL 05 mid-engine two-seater powered by Ford EcoBoost announced

This past spring we reported on the first rumblings of a new, small performance car company starting up in Mexico, called VŪHL (which stands for "Vehicles of Ultra-lightweight and High-performance). Development of the company's first product, the VŪHL 05 seems to be moving along nicely – we now …

Holden claims Nürburgring record in VF Ute

GM flies from Australia to Germany to set a record at the vaunted Nordschleife.<p>There's any number of vehicles we'd recommend for a romp around the Nürburgring: an exotic sports car, a high-performance sedan, a track car. But a pickup? Hardly our first choice. But that's exactly what GM's Australian …

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE/2.5 SEL Verdict

I was informed by our local VW dealer that from the tire wear, they suspect someone has been drifting our Passat.<p>In November 2011, we named the all-new, designed for and built in America Volkswagen Passat <i>Motor Trend</i>‘s Car of the Year. At the same event, the midsize sales favorite Toyota Camry …

2014 Mazda6 i-Eloop to net 40 mpg hwy, 28 mpg city

Even before Mazda unveiled the 2014 Mazda6, it had introduced its innovative, non-hybrid i-Eloop (Intelligent Energy Loop) brake regeneration system. This technology converts kinetic energy into usable electricity using the alternator, a DC/DC converter and a capacitor mounted just behind the front …

Autoblog Green

On this week's Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Associate Editor Reese Counts and Senior Editor of Green John Snyder. We talk about the New York Auto Show and its highlights. We also discuss some of the cars we've had in the office including the Jaguar XF S Sportbrake …

This is the final BMW M3 Coupe

Pour some out for the BMW M3 Coupe, folks. Production of the two-door, fixed-roof M3 has officially ended, and the orange car you see here is the very last one.<p>But we don't just meant the last M3 Coupe of this generation – this is the last M3 Coupe ever, since the next-gen car will launch under the …

Minerva announces J.M. Brabazon supercar with 250-mph top speed

If the name Minerva doesn't sound familiar to you, you're not alone. The automotive manufacturer was founded in the fall of 1897 by a gentleman named Sylvain De Jong, who had prior experience with bicycles, motorcycles and journalism. After building more than 50,000 passenger cars in the early 20th …

Last Call- Three on a Match Edition

One of the great things about any Top Gear season’s first episode is the montage of that series’ upcoming tomfoolery. The 20th Season opener provided …

SRT Viper dukes it out with Mercedes SLS Black Series in new Head 2 Head

In Episode 36 of <i>Motor Trend</i>'s <i>Head 2 Head</i>, now that the Corvette ZR1 is no more, Jonny Lieberman has to look overseas to the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series for a challenger with similar philosophy to the SRT Viper: long hood hiding a high-horsepower engine set way back, rear-wheel drive, tiny …

Acura TL gets its top chopped

The roofless Acura TL you see above is a product of Newport Convertible Engineering. No stranger to taking the lids off of Acuras - and a bunch of other cars, like this Jaguar XJ and this Toyota FJ Cruiser - NCE says it was the first US coachbuilder to produce an Acura NSX convertible.<p>NCE says the …