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VW Future Tech To Include 10-Speed DSG And Electrically-Driven Turbos

Volkswagen has announced several new technologies that will be making their way into its cars in the not too distant future. Headlining the list is a …

Volkswagen announces new 268-hp TDI diesel, 10-speed DSG

We won't even ask how much torque it'll produce, but we could easily see the number cresting 450 lb-ft.<p>From dual-clutch transmissions to W-shaped engine blocks, the Volkswagen Group has certainly contributed more than its fair share of powertrain innovations to the automotive world. The German …

Mazda CEO Rules Out Rotary-Powered Sports Car

There have been numerous reports and official hints that Mazda could launch a rotary-powered sports car to either celebrate the 50th anniversary of …

You Can Gas Up Your Car With Garbage, If It's The 2015 Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel

With the 2015 Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, drivers can top off their tank with waste byproducts, almost like Dr. Emmett Brown — aka “Doc” — did with his time-traveling DeLorean in the movie "Back to the Future."<p>But instead of dumping banana peels and backwash from a beer can directly into the …

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There's an 850-hp Drag Racer Hiding Under This Camry Skin

Outrageousness abounds at the 2014 SEMA show, so for a moment you might be excused for thinking this silver 2015 Toyota Camry wears nothing more involved than some custom wheels and smoky tint. That impression will swiftly fade, though, when the mild-mannered sedan flips open, Funny Car–style, to …

This Is Why Your Brain Thinks It Can Feel Nearby Spirits

Neuroscientists explain how the brain creates that feeling of a ghost.<p>You know that supernatural feeling that a ghost, angel, or spirit is nearby? A robot can now create that, according to the neuroscientists behind a new study, who hope their findings could help researchers discover why people …

Why Synthetic Biology Could Be the Key to Space Travel

Don't pack everything you need for a space mission. Just pack enough bacterial to build things for you.<p><b>Here's one reason why space missions are so</b> expensive: For every pound of payload launched into space, you've got to launch another 99 pounds, mostly in the form of fuel. As a result, it can cost …

The GM Ignition Switch Lawsuit Is Going to Trial in 2016

The trial will be the first of approximately 130 filed against GM, including many injury and wrongful death cases.<p><i>(Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images)</i><p>A Manhattan federal judge has decided today that the first trial in consolidated litigation against General Motors will occur on January 11th, 2016,</i> …

This Bionic Bird Dupes Its Real-Life Counterparts

Your iPhone can control this bird-mimicking crowdfunded drone.<p><i>(Photo Credit: Bionic Bird XTIM)</i><p>A smartphone-controlled "bionic bird" is taking to the skies, and it's fooling a few real birds in the process.<p>The crowdfunded Bionic Bird project is a Bluetooth-enabled, carbon-wing drone toy. It can …

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How to Turn Peanut Butter Into a Diamond

A little pressure and a lot of heat can turn some Skippy into condensed carbon.<p><i>(Photo Credit: Getty Images)</i><p>You don't need to dig into the Earth to find diamonds. Just reach for the Jif. In his quest to mimic conditions deep inside the Earth, Dan Frost of the Bayerisches Geoinstitut in Germany has …

Why the self-serve American junkyard is dying

Change has come to the scrapyard business, and more is on the way.<p>"Take cheap tools."<p>That's what Jim Losee told me on my first trip to the Pick Your Part junkyard in Sun Valley, California, back in 1990. He was the experienced editor and I was the new guy at <i>Car Craft</i> magazine. "You're going to lose …

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