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Cars Articles, Photos and Videos - AOL

Cars Articles, Photos and Videos - AOL

Doom-Doom? Why Mazda Needs a Savior

Its profits are up and its products are great. So what gives?<p>To the casual observer, Mazda appears to be on a hot streak. The new 6 is great and just beat the Honda Accord in our comparison testing. The CX-5’s 43,319 sales in 2012—the highest for a Mazda crossover in nearly a decade—helped propel …

Mazda

Bumblebee’s new look for fourth Transformers film

Bumblebee, the bravest little Autobot in Michael Bay’s cartoon-inspired Transformers movies, gets a new look in the series’ fourth instalment.<p>Revealed by Michael Bay, the films’ director, on his personal website, the yellow Chevrolet Camaro concept completes the collection of the Transformers robot …

Movies

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FYI: What Would Happen If You Shot Off Fireworks In Space?

Good news: they'll explode! Bad news: they might not be the prettiest fireworks ever.<p>Launching fireworks in a near-zero-oxygen environment is completely feasible, says Stefan Bossmann, a chemist and rocket enthusiast at Kansas State University: "That would be no problem at all. They have an …

200-year-old Rockfish—400-Year-Old Clam Still Holds Record

<b>200-year-old Rockfish caught off Alaska coast:</b> A Seattle insurance adjuster, Henry Liebman, caught a rockfish near Sitka, Alaska, that broke a record …

Simple software makes fingerprinting more precise - Futurity

PENN STATE (US) — Scientists have created a process using three inexpensive computer programs that …

Penn State

Environment: News & features

Environment

How do fireworks work?

Centuries-old technology with a modern twist<p>The first firework was pretty basic. A Chinese monk named Li Tian took a piece of bamboo, stuffed it with gunpowder, and threw it into a fire, producing a bang loud enough to scare away ghosts. That was more than 1,000 years ago, but fireworks today are …

Possible explanation for mysterious radio flashes

Mysterious bright radio flashes that appear for only a brief moment on the sky and do not repeat could be the final farewell of a massive star …

Universe

In Fish Brains, A Clue To Why We Talk With Our Hands

In fish, the part of the brain that controls the pectoral muscles also controls the muscles required for producing sound, researchers have found.<p>We use hand gestures almost without thinking--even while talking on the phone, despite that the person on the other end can't see our wild gesticulations. …

Flashes in the sky: Cosmic radio bursts point to cataclysmic origins in the distant universe

They appear to have originated from billions of light-years away and have left scientists pondering what might have caused them.<p>An international team …

Solar-powered 'family car' of the future prepares to race across the Outback

It's not quite a stylish sedan, but a team of students from the Netherlands' Eindhoven University of Technology have put together what they believe is the world's first solar-powered car that can tote around the whole family. The team debuted the "Stella" solar car today, which they intend to race …

Why It Feels Like Your Phone Is Vibrating In Your Pocket When It Isn't

*bzzzzzzzzzzzzz*<p>How many times have you pulled your phone out of your pocket, thinking you felt a vibration that could mean any number of treats (Twitter replies, emails, phone calls, text messages, a turn in whatever game you're playing)? A a study found that 80 percent of respondents felt that …

The Future Of Flight: Planes That Never Need To Land

Perpetual flight is going, so get ready for planes that just keep going and going and going...<p>In 1883, Nobel laureate John Strutt, a physicist and the third Baron Rayleigh, put forward a radical idea. He had been studying the mechanics of pelican flight and proposed that the birds drew energy from …

A Dog Door That Unlocks With A Bark

David Hunt doesn't get out a circular saw to hack a hole in his door when he gets a dog. No, David Hunt aims for something much bigger, a difficult and precise project that is, functionally, about the same as a doggie door but much more rewarding. And silly. Here he presents the bark-triggered door …

Laser Nanosensor Can Detect Bacteria In Minutes

This tiny device could eventually measure tumor cells, too.<p>A new matchbox-sized nanosensor can scan for the presence of bacteria and tell if an antibiotic is effective within a few minutes, rather than the days or weeks that conventional testing methods require.<p>Researchers at EPFL, the Swiss …

The Future Of Flight: Swarms Will Dominate The Sky

Coordinated swarms of drones could pollinate crops, monitor traffic, and more.<p>Last year, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Grasp (General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception) Lab gathered a dozen or so quadrotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), programmed them to work in concert, …

APOD: Globular Star Cluster NGC 6752 (2013 Jul 05) Image Credit & Copyright: Damian Peach http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130705.html Explanation: Some 13,000 light-years away toward the southern constellation Pavo, the globular star cluster NGC 6752 roams the halo of our Milky Way galaxy. Over 10 billion years old, NGC 6752 follows clusters Omega Centauri and 47 Tucanae as the third brightest globular in planet Earth's night sky. It holds over 100 thousand stars in a sphere about 100 light-years in diameter. Telescopic explorations of the NGC 6752 have found that a remarkable fraction of the stars near the cluster's core, are multiple star systems. They also reveal the presence of blue straggle stars, stars which appear to be too young and massive to exist in a cluster whose stars are all expected to be at least twice as old as the Sun. The blue stragglers are thought to be formed by star mergers and collisions in the dense stellar environment at the cluster's core. This sharp color composite also features the cluster's ancient red giant stars in yellowish hues. http://www.damianpeach.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130705 #APOD