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How Ford CEO Alan Mullaly turned a broken company into the industry’s comeback kid

Nothing can create failure quite like success.<p>Here’s an all-too-typical scenario: An organization achieves a comfortable lead on the competition. Its media coverage is highly favorable, and shareholders are very satisfied. Believing that everything is and will continue to be great, leaders start …

Leadership

The Best Engines on Sale Today

Sound, design, and power. These are the best of the best.<p>Modern performance engines are truly mesmerizing. Here are some of the best, according to you.

Sports Cars

Report: Performance Car Demand Driving Innovation and Growth

With big profit margins; younger, more affluent buyers; and the chance to research and develop better technologies, performance cars have a positive effect on the industry beyond satisfying gearheads. U.S. demand for performance cars has been on the upswing, and with all of the potential upside, …

Ford halves summer shutdown, ramps SUV production

For the third consecutive year, Ford is reducing the length of its summer shutdown for several factories to keep up with high demand for some models. This year, the decision means 40,000 more units of popular trucks and crossovers like the F-Series, Edge, Escape, and Explorer.<p>Rather than the normal …

Report: FCA Delays a Dozen New Models Including Jeep Wrangler

View 17 Photos<p>Just one year ago, Fiat Chrysler outlined an Ram and Ferraris Place in Fiat Chrysler's Five Year Plan" target="_blank">ambitious $50 billion plan to create a slew of new models for each of its marquees over the next five years. But things have changed since then, according to a report …

Alfa Romeo

Massive Takata Airbag Recall: Everything You Need to Know

The automotive world and beyond is buzzing about the massive airbag recall covering many millions of vehicles in the United States from nearly two dozen brands. Here’s what you need to know about the problem; which vehicles may have the defective, shrapnel-shooting inflator parts from Japanese …

Delays Hit Wrangler, Ram, and More Fiat Chrysler Models

One year after outlining a five-year, $50 billion expansion plan, Fiat Chrysler is reportedly delaying about a dozen model launches across several brands, according to suppliers leaking info to Reuters.<p>Some of the PowerPoint slides detailing specific refreshes and introductions during the company’s …

2016 Fiesta and Escape Will Be the First Fords with SYNC 3

Ford’s much-maligned MyFord Touch interface is on its way out, to be replaced by the new Sync 3 infotainment system. We’ve previewed the Sync 3 system, and it’s a significant improvement. Now we know where it will appear first: the 2016 Ford Fiesta and 2016 Ford Escape, starting this summer.<p>In …

How does a 3D printer work? The science and engineering behind this emerging technology

There is a lot of excitement building around what 3D printers can and might do. But how does a 3D printer work? It’s actually not very …

Everything that’s wrong with Microsoft, as told by veterans who abandoned the company

It’s possible, even likely, that Microsoft is about to enter the darkest period in the firm’s history. Darker, even, than July 2000, when it seemed the US government might dissolve the house that Bill built, and force the company to be split into two different companies.<p>The revenue Microsoft earned …

The Prince Who Blew Through Billions

When two British lawyers, Faith Zaman and Thomas Derbyshire, signed on in 2004 to manage the affairs of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, notorious playboy brother of the Sultan of Brunei, they entered a world of orgiastic wealth: 250 companies, 2,000 cars, luxury hotels, planeloads of women and polo ponies, …

August 2013

“Indescribably insane”: A public school system from hell

<b>Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (Associated Press)</b><p>Pennsylvania’s right-wing governor drains public schools of basic funds — and the sickening details will shock you<p>Aaron Kase<p>August 19, 2013 11:01pm (UTC)<p>Want to see a public school system in its death throes? Look no further than Philadelphia. There, …

Right Brain, Left Brain? Scientists Debunk Popular Theory

Maybe you're "right-brained": creative, artistic, an open-minded thinker who perceives things in subjective terms. Or perhaps you're more of a "left-brained" person, where you're analytical, good at tasks that require attention to detail, and more logically minded.<p>It turns out, though, that this …

Learn The History Of Physics In 4 Minutes

Aristotle was wrong. He claimed that heavier items fell faster than lighter items. Had he actually tested the theory, using a high-tech tool as sophisticated as a ladder, a ledge, or a cliff, he’d have immediately realized that it couldn’t possibly be true. Because Galileo did test the theory, and …

History of Science

The truth stings: Still no answers for collapsing bee colonies

<b>(Johan J.Ingles-Le Nobel)</b><p>The honeybee die-off crisis is jeopardizing America’s food supply, yet we’re still no closer to solving the problem<p>Scott Dodd<p>August 18, 2013 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on OnEarth.org.<p>In 2006, long before I worked at this magazine, <i>OnEarth</i> contributing …

'A big hoax': Experts say North Korea showing off missiles that can't fly

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- Missiles paraded through the streets of Pyongyang in recent displays of North Korean military might -- said to be capable of hitting targets throughout Asia and even in the U.S. -- are incapable of flight and are almost certainly nothing more than fakes, according to U.S. …

A new Babylon and the rise of the tech tycoon

Sometime soon after the most recent financial crisis that threatened to bring down the entire global economy, I was sitting with one of the scary …

Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying evidence in BP oil spill

WASHINGTON -- Oil-field services giant Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Justice Department announced Thursday.<p>Halliburton has been charged with one count of destruction of evidence in U.S. District Court in New …

Oil & Gas Industry