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This Is Not a Blimp! Goodyear’s All-New Airship Is Actually a Zeppelin, and Actually Awesome

Traveling deep into the heart of Ohio isn’t high on our list, given how many <i>C/D</i> staffers associate with a certain Michigan university local to our Ann Arbor offices, but we made an exception to see something truly special: the latest Goodyear blimp. The iconic tire and rubber company unveiled the …

Aerospace

Alfa Romeo 4C Selected as Pace Car for FIA WTCC Series

The Alfa Romeo 4C will be strutting its stuff when it comes time for the 2014 FIA World Car Touring Championship (WTCC), as the sexy little coupe has been named the official pace car for the upcoming season.<p>Since the 4C was named the “most beautiful car of 2013” at the 29th International Automobile …

The wild bunch: Curious car events around the world

Red Bull Racing

Refreshing or Revolting: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is no longer at the bottom of the lineup, as the 2014 CLA has allowed it to move upmarket. As part of the promotion, the C-Class now gets a lighter body, tons of new technology, and two new engines. The updated sedan also gets an extensively reworked interior and …

TOTD: McLaren P1 or Porsche 918 Spyder?

Now that you’ve read all about the 2014 McLaren P1 and how unbelievably fast it is, we have a scenario for you: you have a million and change to spend on one car. Do you buy the McLaren P1 or the also-wickedly fast Porsche 918 Spyder? One-percenter problems, right?<p>As you found out in our First Test …

Watch Red Bull Explain F1’s Changes for 2014 Ahead of This Weekend’s Season-Opening Australian GP

The Formula 1 circus is home to some of fastest-moving motorsports action on the planet, and that includes the rulebook. Unlike in NASCAR, where the series specs occasionally appear to have been carved in stone, regulations for F1 often change before the ink can dry. To keep fans abreast of the …

Auto Racing

Green Hell Yes! Nürburgring Sold to German Supplier for $140 Million

The venerable Nürburgring racetrack had become the subject of much ridicule. On top of the legendary Nordschleife, the grand prix circuit, and various testing facilities, the politicians of Rhineland-Palatinate had decided that it needed nothing more than an amusement park. The project failed …

Germany

How Lego Become The World's Hottest Toy Company

They will add to the already gigantic heap of Lego bits: 86 for every person on the planet. The toymaker has enjoyed ten years of spectacular growth, almost quadrupling its revenue.<p>In 2012 it overtook Hasbro to become the world's second-largest toymaker. The number one, Mattel, is now seeking to …

Lego

Squids And Other Invertebrates Can Probably Feel Pain

The ghost of calamari past...<p>Do animals without backbones, such as squids, crabs, and lobsters, feel pain? New research suggests they do.<p>Evolutionary neurobiologist Robyn Crook and colleagues at the University of Texas Health Science Center have recently shown that cephalopods (a group including …