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Six vehicles powered by coffee, saltwater, sewage and other crazy fuels

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>When it comes to advances in automotive technology, the search for alternative fuels is pretty exciting. Of course, you've heard about biodiesel engines converted to run on used vegetable oil that sputter out little more than water and the faint smell of French fries. However, …

This former JPMorgan trader built a free app that sends custom financial signals to your smartphone

Mayer left trading to pursue a master's in computer science, but she was still watching the markets and wanted to invest her own money.<p>The problem was that the tools she had relied to make investment decisions at JPMorgan were out of her reach, and those available to her as a civilian retail …

14 Things Ridiculously Successful People Do Every Day

Having close access to ultra-successful people can yield some pretty incredible information about who they really are, what makes them tick, and, most importantly, what makes them so successful and productive.<p><i>"Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private</i> …

Scientists Unveil the World's First Cyborg Plant

The concept of “green energy” got a whole lot more literal this week, when scientists announced they’d successfully turned living roses into …

Sprawling Antarctic Port Mimics Jagged Ice Formations Along Frozen Coast

Sergiu-Radu Pop, an architecture student taught by Zaha Hadid at Studio Hadid Vienna, unveiled development plans for the Earth's final frontier with his proposed <i>Transformable Antarctic Research Facility</i>. The project envisions a sprawling center for vital research as well as environmental tourism, …

Architecture

Mars Panorama - Curiosity rover: Martian night

• Curiosity Rover's Self Portrait at "John Klein" Drilling Site NASA's Mars Exploration Program (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)<br>• VISTA telescope: 9 …

500 Day Milestone: UN Millennium Development Goals

Google's Company That Wants To Cure Death Now Has Its Own Website

Calico, the company Google launched in September to try to cure death by tackling aging and illness, now has an official website (hat-tip to SFGate, where we first saw the news).<p>When Google CEO Larry Page first announced the new lab, he didn't give much of a roadmap for how Calico would work on …

1,100 mph wheel spin test

This is How You Test a Wheel that Will Go 1100 MPH

A 22,487-lb lid descends on a testing chamber as a Bloodhound SSC wheel is spun up to more than 10,000 rpm. This is how you torture test speed record components.<p>The Bloodhound SSC is designed to hit 1100 mph on the salt, so figuring out if its wheels are able to achieve those speeds before …

Mercedes S600 Pullman revealed in patent photos

Attention heads of state and other potentates: your next car is here. Patent photos for the next-generation Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman have leaked online showing the ultimate interpretation of Merc's S-Class range.<p>If you just looked at the Pullman dead-on from the front or rear, you might not …

Hennessey Venom F5 Aims to Hit 290 MPH

Just when you thought it was safe to bring your Bugatti Veyron Super Sport back on the road, the masterminds behind the bonkers Hennessey Venom GT have released information on the next iteration of the Texan hypercar.<p>Called the Hennessey Venom F5, the Lotus-based, warp-factor-nine-capable hypercar …

2014 BMW i8 First Test

The Future Arrives Today: The BMW i8 Touches on Generations of Cars to Come<p>Perhaps the revolution will be seen on TV.<p>The i8 was featured in the 2011 movie “Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” and now it’s finding its way into commercials. Soon it will be seen in its aluminum-clad skin on American …

5 Reasons Why Automakers Should Fear Google's Driverless Car

The development of driverless cars has accelerated since I argued last year that Google’s driverless car is worth trillions. Not surprisingly, it was Google that floored the gas pedal. Google announced this spring that it was starting to “master” autonomous driving on city streets (whereas most …

Mercedes reveals armored S600 Guard

It's not every day that Mercedes rolls out a new S-Class, but when it does, Benz usually makes the most of it. Since revealing the latest W222-generation model just last year, the Silver Star automaker has revealed a steady stream of variants, including sedans, coupes and AMG models. You can bet …

BMW X4 reclaims dash of utility with Clemson student project [w/videos]

BMW seems willing to exploit every automotive niche it can find with creations like the four-door, 'crossover coupe' X4 and X6. Of course, these designs come with a compromise. That svelte fastback means that they just can't haul as much cargo as a more traditional, boxier hatchback. Fortunately, …

A convertible Rolls-Royce Wraith is coming in 2016

Mark your fancy calendar for mid-2016.<p>Rolls-Royce has announced that it's producing a new convertible. The car will arrive sometime in 2016, and engineers are currently rigorously (but politely) flogging the prototype in the name of development testing. Since the Phantom is already available as a …

Final Legend edition Veyron dedicated to Ettore Bugatti

It's been a full year, boys and girls, since Bugatti revealed the first of its "Les Légendes de Bugatti" series, and now it's preparing to return to the same spot on the lawn at Pebble Beach to reveal the final version you see here.<p>Saving the best for last, the Alsatian automaker is dedicating this …

Only 15 Bugatti Veyrons left to be sold

Have you been putting off your chance to buy a Bugatti Veyron? Better get your deposit in quick – like, <i>Veyron</i> quick – as production has almost run out.<p>According to <i>Autocar</i>, Bugatti has to date built and delivered 405 Veyrons to customers around the world, out of the total allotment of 450 examples …

Will Bugatti's Veyron successor be too fast to test?

As one of the fastest cars in the world, the Bugatti Veyron is an icon in its own time, but people are fickle and always want to know what's next. Bugatti needs to sell just 15 more examples before the Veyron reaches its 450-car cap. With the end finally in sight, a blindly fast successor may be …

First Element Expects To Make Money Selling Hydrogen Fuel In 5 Years

Could hydrogen fuel go from almost non-existent to profitable in the space of five years?<p>First Element Fuels--the hydrogen fuel provider presently …

Green Car Reports

Cumulative Canadian plug-in electric vehicle sales surpassed 50,000 units in February, aided by the second-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf, which sold …