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A physics lesson brought to you by a minivan and a balloon

It may look like kid's play, but this is really a fluid dynamics demonstration.<p>Once you hear the explanation, courtesy of the host of the YouTube series <i>Smarter Every Day</i>, the counterintuitive behavior of this balloon moving around in a minivan under acceleration and deceleration won't seem so …

AMG's partnership with Aston Martin won't extend past engines, for now

There's been talk of late about the technical partnership between Aston Martin and the AMG division of Mercedes-Benz going beyond engines to include Mercedes sports car and SUV platforms for the English brand, perhaps as a way to kickstart the development of a Lagonda SUV. But AMG CEO Tobias Moers, …

How do you transport a giant, 240-ton mining truck?

This Mercedes-Benz semi can haul some of the world's largest vehicles.<p>Mining trucks, those giant, building-sized dump trucks that make the human beings operating them look like Lego minifigs, can weigh hundreds of tons—the mighty Caterpillar 797B tips the scale at a mind-blowing 308 tons—and many …

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How Should NASCAR Handle Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears' Unexpected Brawl?

If NASCAR had a statistical category for "Drivers Most Unlikely to Engage in a Fight," Casey Mears and Marcos Ambrose would likely be at the top of the list.<p>It's not like those two drivers are wussies, but they're two guys who have long displayed great sportsmanship and are the kind of drivers that …

Richmond puts on another good Sprint Cup show, including fireworks

RICHMOND — For sheer memorability, the Toyota Owners 400 earned its place on the list of unforgettable Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway.<p>Crazy start. Twenty lead changes. Multiple car fires. Great beat-and-bang finish. The 400-lap, 300-mile race never failed to offer the …

With a new GM at the helm, where will the Washington Capitals go from here?

How will the Washington Capitals fare next year with a new architect and a new voice behind the bench?<p>Who should rightfully take the blame for the …

Avalanche score controversial tying goal with extra attacker; Mackinnon scores OT winner

A late-game comeback, two controversial non-calls, and overtime heroics from a teenager. Just another night in the Stanley Cup playoffs.<p>In his …