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Watch The Mars Rover Curiosity's First Year In Only 2 Minutes

A busy, if slow-moving, year in the life of a robot we crashed onto an alien world.<p>The Mars rover Curiosity has spent the past year driving around the surface of of its new home, drilling and digging and collecting samples and every once in awhile drawing inappropriate body parts for fun.<p>It's not a …

New Evidence: When Did Humanity's Last Common Male And Female Ancestors Live?

Sadly, Adam and Eve probably didn't date each other.<p>Hundreds of thousands of years ago—when people still lived in small hunter-gatherer bands, when it's not even clear they were totally anatomically modern (though they probably were)—something happened in the human genome.<p>Somewhere in Africa, a man …

Could There Be A Planet Hidden On The Opposite Side Of Our Sun?

We ask a scientist who has peered around it.<p>The sun might seem like a pretty huge galactic blind spot, but we've already managed to glimpse behind it, and there's nothing there in the way of another Earth, says NASA scientist Michael Kaiser, "unless it's <i>awfully</i> tiny."<p>Kaiser is the project scientist …

A ’98 Audi S8

One of my recent weekend jaunts was to the very excellent Latitude Festival, a music ‘n culture event that takes place in the wilds of rural Suffolk, …

LaFerrari design secrets explored at Ferrari museum

For every finished vehicle design we see, there are probably hundreds of drawings and models that have long since been discarded. Housed in its own room inside the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, the LaFerrari has a unique exhibit that shows off some of the car's design evolution, and <i>Autocar</i> caught up …

Land Rover tests electric Defender with impressive results

Unveiled at this year's Geneva Auto Show, six Land Rover Electric Defenders were produced to research the electrification of all-terrain vehicles in real-world test scenarios. The first Electric Defender to receive a test assignment, a four-wheel-drive 110 Pick Up, was sent to the Eden Project in …

2014 Porsche Cayman S First Test

Lightning Strikes Twice<p>The last Porsche Cayman won our Best Driver’s Car event in 2009. As far as high praise goes for sports cars, that’s about as high as it gets. Expectations for the new 2014 Cayman, then — the one with more power, 918-derived styling, a stiffer chassis, and so on — are quite …

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Apple Confirms Acquisition of Passif Semiconductor

Martin Hajek<p>Apple recently acquired Silicon Valley-based wireless chip developer Passif Semiconductor for an undisclosed sum.<p>Apple spokeswoman Amy …

Moto X: Google unveils 'self-driving', always listening smartphone

Motorola's Moto X can be operated hands free using voice control, and is designed to be in permanent listening mode<p>Google has unveiled an American-built "self-driving" smartphone, the first made from scratch by Motorola since it was acquired by the internet company last year.<p>Using voice control as …