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Boeing just patented a jet engine powered by lasers and nuclear explosions

With airplane makers constantly on the lookout for new and more efficient ways to power their products, this laser engine is the latest idea cooked up by the engineers at Boeing.<p>Modern airliners such as the Boeing Dreamliner are powered by multiple turbofan engines. These engines deploy a series of …

Volvo Opening First U.S. Plant in South Carolina

A former timber plantation in a sleepy southern town will be put back to work building new Volvos. In the first Swedish-Chinese-South Carolinian collaboration of its kind, Volvo is scheduled to break ground on a $500-million factory this fall.<p>Since late March, when Volvo announced it would …

South Carolina

Biplane to spy plane: 100 years of flying

It might be a year overdue, but it's still worth a look. Icelandair’s vast but fascinating infographic – “Biplane to Spy plane” – details 100 years of commercial aviation, from the first flight to carry a paying passenger, which took off on January 1, 1914, to the ongoing development of the …

Aviation

How Fast Would You Need to Go to Beat a Speed Camera?

Speed cameras. If you’re over the posted limit when the shutter clicks, you’re basically toast. How do you get around that problem? You can slow down, obviously, or you can travel fast enough that your license plate isn’t readable by the camera. How fast <i>is</i> that, exactly? Good question—and one that …

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Modern Pistons (and Probably Some Things You Didn't)

Power and efficiency are up. But if you want to know the full story of how the internal-combustion engine is evolving, you have to cross-examine the pistons.<p>The slugs of aluminum inside your engine live in a fiery hell. At full throttle and 6000 rpm, a piston in a gasoline engine is subjected to …

World's Greatest Drag Race 4!

The Astoundingly Huge Chart of Every Sci-Fi Spaceship

There's too many of them!<p>Last October, German graphic artist Dirk Loechel gave the world his incredible diagram showing the relative sizes of hundreds of spaceships, including those from <i>Star Wars</i>, <i>Wall-E</i>, <i>Galaxy Quest</i>, <i>Halo</i>, and many other TV shows, movies, and game franchises. Now his final, expanded …

Inside Koenigsegg Looks At The One:1 Supercar’s Advanced Turbo: Video

The engine powering Koenigsegg’s new One:1 is a V-8 that displaces just 5.0 liters, which may seem odd when you consider the fact that the latest …

Koenigsegg

Big Block Smart Car Pulls Wheelies, Sounds Like The Apocalypse

The Smart ForTwo is the butt of many jokes, often for good reason. Recently, it's even become the target of some malicious practical jokers in San …

San Francisco

PM/AM: Smartphones—A New Addiction?

Stories, videos, and our thoughts on big news you might have missed.<p><i>Welcome to PM/AM, PopMech's morning briefing on the top science and tech stories for today.</i><p><b>Read This</b><p>Chinese handset maker OnePlus just announced a top-tier smartphone with a Snapdragon 801 processor, 13 megapixel camera, and 3GB of …

Study Ranks Most and Least Expensive Cars to Insure

Michigan is Most Expensive State<p>Car insurance is one of those inevitable expenses you just have to learn to live with as a driver. And as with most things in life, you have to pay to play — especially if you want to drive a high-end sporty car. <i>Insure.com</i> assembled a list of the 20 most expensive …

The 100 Hottest Cars of All Time

The only hard requirement for making the cut: At least one fully drivable example had to have actually been created.

European Aviation Experts Determine That iOS Devices Won’t Crash Airplanes

Ever feel like the fact that using a tablet during takeoff and landing was banned for passengers — while allowable to pilots — was a bit of a safety double-standard?<p>Ages ago, my Cult of Mac brother in arms John Brownlee argued as much — and now it seems that European safety watchdogs are on his …

Disability

Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 pitted against G63 AMG in GeländeWar

Much like the Humvees that participated in last month's <i>Head 2 Head</i>, the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG and G63 AMG 6x6 in the latest installment are some of the toughest off-road vehicles money can buy. And you'll need a lot of money to buy the 6X6 - at least $500,000. We're not sure why Mercedes-Benz …

Ferrari launches upgraded 458 Challenge Evoluzione

Want to drive an eight-cylinder, mid-engined Ferrari? Assuming you can get your lucky little hands on one, you can drive a 458 Italia, 458 Spider or new 458 Speciale on the street. But the real action is where the road ends and the racetrack begins. Ferrari's Corse Clienti division offers versions …

Yes, the wide-body Ford Mustang from the upcoming Need for Speed movie is going to serve as the official pace car of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Ford EcoBoost 400 series finale this weekend. Video --> http://bit.ly/1apISZq

The Ferrari F12berlinetta is the quickest RWD production car. Ever.

Consistently amazing. Cartoonishly fast.<p><b>Editor's note:</b><i>A failed wheel-speed sensor sidelined the Ferrari F12 during the PCOTY competition, which turned out to be just another excuse to borrow the car again and find out exactly how fast it is. We ran the car at our usual testing venue, and also at</i> …

Seller Submission: 1-Owner 1988 BMW 535i with Dinan 3.9L Stroker & Suspension

Says the seller: “Pristine Classic Dinan 5 Series, 1988 BMW 535i, 5-Speed, 181K miles, completely restored. Here’s your chance to own a Dinan 5 that …

This Is What It Looks Like After A 747 Smashes Into A Bird In Midair

Aviation photographer David Davis took this picture of a Cathay Pacific 747 after the plane experienced what pilots might describe as a "bird strike."<p>Sometimes, as with the US Airways plane that was forced to land on the Hudson several years ago after a flock Canada geese flew into its engines, …

British Airways Refuses to Let Man Board Citing Weight as a Safety Hazard

Kevin Chenais is set to take a boat home to Europe with his family after British Airways cited health and safety concerns for refusing to let him …

Now, Tesla Really Has A Headache; Someone Grab The Tylenol

For the third time in 6 weeks, a Tesla Model S caught fire today, destroying the vehicle. The good news is this fire, near Murfreesboro, Tenn., again allowed the driver to escape unharmed. The bad news for Tesla is one freak incident is easily dismissed. The second one, in which a wall literally …

Black Bird

Tesla's road to success lies abroad and is lined with Superchargers

2013 has been a good year for Tesla, as the pool of Model S owners has grown considerably -- 19,000 of the cars are currently on the road, and the company's building 550 more every week. While this has led to Tesla turning a profit for the first time and paying off its governmental loans, Elon Musk …

Here Are The Airlines That Can Now Offer WiFi During Landing And Takeoff

WiFi provided by Gogo — used by American Airlines, Delta, United, US Airways and other carriers — does not work at low altitudes.<p>Spokesperson Steve Nolan told Business Insider the antennas on its towers are set up to beam WiFi to planes at cruising altitude, not on the ground. They could be …

American Airlines

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