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Mercedes-Benz's latest concept car is a driverless "living space"

<b>CES 2015:</b> German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its vision for the future of motoring with an autonomous pod-like vehicle designed to …

Self-driving cars will bristle with sensors

<b>Editors' note:</b> <i>Be sure to catch the other stories in this package: on how Google's robo-cars mean the end of driving as we know it, on real-world experiments with platoons of connected cars, and on smart transport grids.</i><p>Self-driving cars are analogous to another autonomous entity, the human being: …

Infrared Car System Spots Wildlife On The Road From 500 Feet Away

Here's how it works.<p>Since their debut 13 years ago, in-car night-vision systems, which identify pedestrians approaching a roadway, have arguably made driving safer. But they come with a pretty big blind spot: animals. Each year, drivers in the U.S. strike about a million deer, causing 27,000 human …

BMW Previews Next-Gen iDrive And Lighting Technologies At 2015 CES

BMW has presented a number of innovations at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show taking place this week in Las Vegas, with the highlights being a …

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2015 Mercedes C-Class owners reporting bleeding seats

<b>UPDATE:</b> <i>Daimler AG became aware that, in a small number of individual cases, it is possible for temporary spots and/or shiny patches to form on the man-made leather surfaces of the 2015 C-Class in sub-freezing temperatures. No accidents or injuries have been reported, and we have no reason to</i> …

Hennessey HPE700 Mustang Dynos 663 hp (!) at the Wheels

The 2015 Ford Mustang GT is one of our 10Best Cars, its 435 horsepower and incredibly capable chassis letting it hang with cars with fine European pedigrees and ascot-quivering price tags. But enough is never truly enough, and the gasoline addicts at Hennessey Performance just dyno-proved a monster …

2015 Mercedes C-Class Driven, LaFerrari Vs. Enzo, Homemade Batpod: Car News Headlines

We’ve just driven the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and found the car to be absolutely brilliant. Without doubt it's Mercedes’ best small sedan yet, and …

Renault Concept Car Packs a Flying Drone in Its Roof

Renault's new concept car, the Kwid, is chock-full of futuristic ideas, including a flying quadrocopter drone that would launch from the car's …

Citroën C4 Cactus production model keeps it weird and bumpy [w/video]

This is the new Citroën C4 Cactus, and it's what you get when you combine the designs of a Land Rover Range Rover Evoque and a Jeep Cherokee with a hint of woodie wagon. This is a fascinating and thoughtful little package, even if you aren't attracted by its appearance.<p>The Airbump system (those …

Worlds Collide: Volvo Combines Turbocharging + Supercharging

The great turbocharger vs supercharger debate has raged for ages, splitting the choice of forced induction between two philosophically opposed setups: the former offering a revvier, higher-strung sort of boost (thanks to exhaust gases), and the latter delivering a gruntier and lower-end power …

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 spotted in the wild

Big-power pony.<p>Say goodbye to the GT500. The new top-tier Mustang will be called the GT350, and it will pack a Coyote-derived naturally aspirated V8 engine under itshood scoop. We can clearly see a massive air intake beneath the scant cladding. Designers gave the car a new side sill and a tweaked …

Pathway Absorbs Sunlight to Produce Gorgeous Glow at Night

LEDs and motion sensors might be the efficient future of street lighting, but what about pedestrian walkways, bicycle lanes, and low-traffic roads in …

Move over, Oculus: Sony reportedly building virtual reality headset for PlayStation 4

According to separate reports from <i>Eurogamer</i> and <i>CVG,</i> Sony is currently working on a virtual reality headset that could launch as an accessory for the PlayStation 4. <i>Eurogamer</i> says "multiple sources" confirm that the device takes after the Oculus Rift in functionality and would ramp up the sense of …

Xbox Gets CPU Boost Ahead of November Launch

Microsoft has confirmed that it has begun full production of the Xbox One, ahead of its November 2013 launch, while it has upped the console’s CPU from 1.6 GHZ to 1.75 GHZ — having increased its GPU last month.<p>Geekwire reports the updates which were communicated by Xbox chief marketing officer …

Google Glass app store will debut in 2014

Back in July, a Google Glass software update inadvertently spilled the beans on a forthcoming app store optimized for the device, and now it looks like it's official. According to <i>The New York Times</i>, a Glass-optimized app marketplace is set to debut sometime in 2014, and a Google rep confirmed as …

More Galaxy Gear details leak: 10 hour battery life, two storage options

We’ve already heard most of the details on Samsung’s smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, but there’s still room (and time) for some more information. The …

Facebook brings lock screen music controls to Home, animated stickers to all Android users

Facebook's Android offerings just got a little livelier through a pair of updates. If you're using Facebook Home, you now have music controls on the lock screen during playback. Everyone using the regular Facebook app, meanwhile, should see animated stickers in messages. Neither upgrade is …

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Gel-Based Super-Roomba Concept Is Improbable And Amazing

I would like to live in the future where a sticky Roomba army is doing all the dusting.<p>Let's just say this up front: this design concept, for a Roomba-like vacuum army, is pretty out-there. But, man, I want to believe.<p>The idea, from Korean designer Juan Lee, is for a set of eight remote-controlled …

Age-related memory loss and the protein that may reverse it

Memories are just about the most precious piece of intangible property that we have — they contain a person's history, personality, and most deeply held beliefs — but there's an inevitable decline in our ability to retain them as we age. That's the problem being addressed by scientists at the …

Exoplanets: New missions hunting for alien worlds

Efforts like Kepler to find Earth-like planets outside our galaxy may have ended recently, but astronomers say a wave of bigger and better missions is on its way.<p>As mountains go, Cerro Armazones may not be much to look at. Standing 3,000 metres (9,800 feet) tall, it is a shapeless reddish dust heap …

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A bigger fish for palaeontogists to fry…

An international team of scientists has uncovered the remains of the world's largest fish. The 50ft <i>Leedsichthys problematicus</i> swam the oceans of the Jurassic era more than 160m years ago, sweeping up shoals of plankton through giant, mesh-covered gills. <i>Leedsichthys</i> was eventually wiped out by the …

View from space: California Rim Fire update

Slowly but surely, the Rim Fire in California is being contained. Here’s a satellite view from August 28.<p><b>August 29, 2013</b>. Slowly but surely, the Rim …

How plasma moves on sun’s ‘conveyor belt’

The sun’s magnetic field can play havoc with communication technology. Now scientists have figured out one of the underlying processes of how the …

Chaco Canyon skies protected with dark sky park designation

The Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico has just been named the International Dark-Sky Association’s newest Dark Sky Park.<p>The …

Are We Martians? Scientist Says We Just Might Be

As Adam Frank has said over on the 13.7 blog, "Earth and Mars have been swapping spit (astrobiologically speaking) for eons ... [and] it is entirely possible we were Earth's first alien invasion."<p>Thursday at a conference in Italy, chemist Steven Benner from the Westheimer Institute of Science and …

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A Single Protein May Help Explain Memory Loss In Old Age

If you're finding it harder to remember where you put the car keys, the culprit could be a brain protein with a name that's easy to forget: RbAp48.<p>A shortage of this protein appears to impair our ability to remember things as we age, researchers report in the current issue of Science <i>Translational</i> …

Mystery Animal Contest: Who Is This Upside-Down Tree-Dweller?

Guess the species (either common or Linnaean) by tweeting at us--we're @PopSci--and get your name listed right here! Plus eternal glory, obviously. Update: we have a winner!<p>So, here are the rules: To answer, follow us on Twitter and tweet at us with the hashtag #mysteryanimal. For example:<p><b>Hey</b> …

Pioneer launching new DJ controller for iPhone and iPad, 'Pebble for your bike' hits Kickstarter

By<p>Pioneer Electronics announced on Thursday the coming availability of a new ultra-compact DJ controller that lets interfaces with Apple's iPhone and …