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U.N. expresses 'horror' at South Sudan massacre

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday expressed "horror" at the recent massacre of several hundred civilians in South Sudan, while the U.S. ambassador to the world body said she fears a deepening human catastrophe.<p>The strongly worded Security Council statement deplored the …

Obama plays with Japanese robot

The president of the United States has officially played soccer with a robot.<p>At a visit to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo, Japan, President Barack Obama was introduced to a humanoid robot who “was about the size of a 10-year-old child and was dressed in an astronaut …

Jihadists Now Control Secretive U.S. Base in Libya

A camp on the Libyan coastline meant to train terror-hunters has instead become a haven for terrorists and al Qaeda.<p>A key jihadist leader and …

Radioactive Leak At U.S. Waste Dump Was Preventable, Report Says

A February accident at a nuclear waste dump that resulted in the contamination of 21 workers resulted in part from "poor management, ineffective maintenance and a lack of proper training and oversight," a Department of Energy report concludes.<p>NPR's Geoff Brumfiel says the report, released Thursday, …

War-years military suicide rate higher than believed

Rates of suicide in the military were slightly worse during the war years than what the Pentagon previously reported, according to new calculations released by Defense Department officials Friday.<p>The new arithmetic shows that from 2006 forward — during the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan — the …

A Ford Mustang with wanderlust

Ford used the 2014 New York auto show to commemorate the Mustang’s 50th birthday.<p>The city of its 1964 debut was again ripe for sightseeing, and as TopGear.com reported, the Mustang went straight to the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building for a memorable photo op. Given the …

Winning Photos of 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible Revealed

A picture is worth a thousand words — or $5000 dollars in the case of one student. To help introduce the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible, the automaker announced a photo contest earlier this month, and now the winning photos have been revealed, showing the topless convertible in all its …

Dodge Charger, Challenger and Motley Crue Pair up for Contest

Fans of Dodge muscle cars and Mötley Crüe rejoice. The automaker and rock band have teamed up for the “Dodge Chance to Be Bad Giveaway” contest in conjunction with Mötley Crüe’s “Final Tour.” Fans can enter for a chance to win a 2015 Dodge Charger or Challenger, a Mötley Crüe VIP experience, and …

Sports Cars

High-tech observatory only uses decades-old diesel trucks

Head on out to Green Bank, WV, and you're likely to notice what looks like a giant satellite dish on the horizon. Only it's not a satellite dish. It's actually a fully steerable radio telescope – the largest of its kind in the world. It's funded by the federal government through the US National …

Drive Flashback: 1990 Nissan Sentra SE-R and 240SX SE

A golden Sentra and a gilded 240SX.<p><i>This article originally appeared in the November 1990 issue of Road & Track.</i><p>The folks at Nissan have been busy of late, and it's safe to say they're gift­ed with the Midas touch. With the introduction of the 240SX in 1988, the USwarmly received what is per­haps …

DARPA Special Ops Silent Hybrid Dirt Bike

The F22 Raptor of motorcycles.<p><i>Photo by BRD Motorcycles</i><p>This hybrid motorcycle could be the US military's new special-ops workhorse. And maybe, just maybe, it'll also be available to civilians.<p>"Military tactics and strategies in general have evolved to sort of a lighter-and-faster model," says Marc …

Motorcycles

Smaller, More Efficient Engines Work Harder; Noise Suppression More Important

For a long time in the U.S. car market, bigger was better.<p>From engines to bodywork, size meant luxury and performance. But recently, manufacturers …

Kawei K1 pickup blatantly copies Ford F-150

The Chinese auto industry used to be looked at as a joke full of products blatantly copied from foreign vehicles. However, companies like Qoros and others show that the country's automakers have taken big steps in terms of original design. It doesn't look like every automaker there is ready to put …

2015 Chevy Camaro Z/28 already sold out?

Chevrolet may have struck gold with the Camaro Z/28. Not only is it a great car to drive, it's also proving to be a hot seller. A rumor has emerged that the brand has already fulfilled all the orders for the planned 500-car production run.<p>Don't worry, though. If you want a Z/28 in your garage, …

Volvo Unveils Inflatable Child Safety Seat Concept

If you have kids, you know the drill: wherever they go, so does their attendant car seat. We’re not complaining, as modern child car seats are remarkably safe and effective devices; it’s the shuffling them from car to car, hauling them through airports, and short-term storage scenarios that present …

Info Surfaced Regarding GM Whistleblowers and Supplier Relations

General Motors executives leading crash investigations of Cobalt and Ion models where airbags didn’t deploy were passing the buck or quit in the middle of the queries, according to company documents cited by Bloomberg last week.<p>Since at least early 2011, GM had been investigating the initial 23 …

Drive Flashback: 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1

World-class performance to counter the Countach and tackle the Testarossa.<p>They get no respect, those American-made sports cars. Especially in Europe, where performance, handling, and exclusivity—not catchy ad slogans—determine the true meaning of a car's worth. Sure, the Swiss buy Detroit-built …

Chevrolet Corvette

Analyzing Automakers’ Recall History in the Past 30 Years—Who Is Worst?

Mercedes-Benz has the lowest recall rate and BMW is quickest at issuing them, according to a study looking at nearly 30 years of federal data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.<p>The study, taken by Boston metro–based car-listing website iSeeCars, totaled U.S. vehicle sales from …

Fast & Furious R/C is a tribute to Paul Walker in 1/8 scale

Still a better love story than Twilight.<p>Not all fan tribute videos are created equal. Vax Studio's R/C car homage to the <i>Fast & Furious</i> franchise is both cheeky and well-made. It comes from a place of respect, and also: tiny explosions. There's a one-eighth-scale '69 Camaro doing a wheelie, a bunch …

Love Stories

Crewe Chief: What Inspires Bentley's Head of Design – Feature

<b>The BMW 3.0 CSi wears none of the CSL’s wild aero kit, making it a solid choice for a Bentley designer.</b><p>Luc Donckerwolke has held a wide range of design positions within the VW-Audi family. He joined Audi in 1992 and was chief designer at Lamborghini by 2003. In 2011, he became boss of the …

Bonneville T100 by Renard

Renard is famous for its limited edition, $96,000 Grand Tourer—a high-end sport cruiser with a carbon fiber chassis and a Moto Guzzi power plant. It’s a spectacular showcase for the company’s design and engineering skills. So we did a double take when we heard that a humble Bonneville T100 was …

Motorcycles

Johammer EV motorcycle promises wild style [w/video]

This is the Johammer electric motorcycle, which for at least six years prior to now has been known as the "biiista" - you can still make out that word stamped into the fluted aluminum fairing behind the front footpeg in the image above. We're not sure what's behind the rebranding, but the …

Nissan shows self-cleaning car coated in nano paint

Washing the car is an activity like mowing the lawn that some people love and others find to be an absolute chore. For the latter group, Nissan may have an answer. Nissan is testing a nano-paint coating that could make the car wash a very infrequent place to visit.<p>Shown on a European Note …

Nissan Shows Off the Self-Cleaning Car!

As enthusiasts, we love taking pride in our cars, whether it’s performing our own oil changes, swapping suspension bits, or washing them by hand. But we understand our can-do spirit is probably lost on a bunch of folks—okay, <i>most</i> folks—and so, too, does Nissan. The automaker is testing a special …

“Havana Motor Club” Tells the Story of Cubans Who Want to Race

When one considers Cuba and motor racing, the 1958 Cuban Grand Prix tends to come to mind. Just prior to the running of the race, Juan Manuel Fangio, the previous year’s victor, was abducted at gunpoint by the revolutionary 26th of July Movement. Fangio spent the race hanging out with his captors, …

Corvette Museum Considers Leaving Sinkhole Cars on Permanent Display

In its latest update on the ongoing sinkhole saga, the National Corvette Museum has proffered a display plan for its eight ravaged Vettes that we had figured on weeks ago: Leaving at least some of the cars on permanent display. We understand sentimentality probably kept the museum from coming to …