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1. Earth is Actually Two Planets Fused Together A new study conducted by UCLA researchers has uncovered an astonishing twist to the formation of Earth: it’s actually two planets fused together. Existing research had shown that a rogue planet...
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Test Drive: 2016 Audi Q7
by Michael Frank Audi's latest Q7, its seven-passenger crossover, is a much-improved driver’s car. This is chiefly due to weight—while the outgoing seven-passenger Q7 could weigh up to 5,412 pounds, the new one is down to 4,938 pounds. A future...
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Faraday Future’s Design DNA, the FFZERO1
Already working nights and weekends on their first production vehicle, Faraday Future’s product creation chiefs—Richard Kim, Design and Nick Sampson, Engineering—took on another project; the FFZERO1, a concept race car. At other automotive companies...
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Best of CH 2015: Cars and Tech
With each new software update, design tweak or circuit configuration, it becomes more and more difficult to imagine there’s any space left for our daily technologies to improve. But, without fail, we are surprised and impressed by a new gadget, interface...
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Best of CH 2015: Interviews
The only thing that sometimes fascinates us more than innovation and exploration within the arts and sciences happens to be the people behind such change. While we can never fully understand how another person's brain works, speaking with great thinkers...
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Lexus RC F Remote-Controlled Car
Gift a brand new Lexus this holiday season, without the hefty sticker price. This Barney’s exclusive Lexus RC F remote-controlled car features all the stunning details of the new coupe—including 20-spoke wheels, LED headlights and tail lamps, and a...
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1. Cover Eagles of Death Metal and Support Paris Victims Proving that beautiful things can come from terrible events, the Eagles of Death Metal are urging musicians to cover their sweet rock tune "I Love You All The Time"—and for every cover sold...
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Regarding the Design of Range Rover's Evoque Convertible
As longtime fans of the Range Rover Evoque, we were skeptical whether the design integrity of the vehicle could hold up if the distinctive sloping roofline was removed. To evaluate, we did two things: we had a look for ourselves and then discussed...
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Unveiling the New Cadillac XT5
Cadillac unveiled the all-new XT5 today, the first of four new crossovers that will bear the XT badge in the coming years. The XT5 replaces the current crossover, the SRX, with lighter and more efficient materials, more space, a new V6 engine, transmission...
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Andretti Autosport's Volkswagen Beetles at Global Rallycross
by Justin Kaehler Volkswagen’s Beetle is a global icon. It’s cheap. It’s cute. And it's cheerful. And despite the brand's scandals of late, VW has pushed innovations in design and engineering for decades. That said, it’s a bit of a shock to see...
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Test Drive: 2016 Infiniti QX50
Infiniti invited us to visit San Diego, CA to get behind the wheel of the 2016 QX50 crossover and to check out their recently opened design studio. At the studio—which is one of four global design centers dedicated to Infiniti, and not their...
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1. Your "Personal Bubble" is Actually a Cloud of Bacteria A new study published in the journal Peer J has revealed that a “personal bubble” isn’t just a reference to a preferred spacial barrier—but a living, breathing organism that’s unique to...
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Test Drive: 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum
by Sue Mead The Ford Explorer has been the best-selling SUV in America for 25 years, and in order to keep that title, the brand has given the model a refresh. For 2016, the cars come with new sheetmetal from the A-pillar forward, a remodeled...
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The Digital Transformer from Mercedes-Benz
Today in Frankfurt, ahead of the IAA Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz presented their latest concept. The Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile concept (or IAA, cheekily) is a study in the balance of beauty and aerodynamics, solved through a transforming...
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Test Drive: 2016 Range Rover Sport Td6 and Range Rover Td6
by Davide Miguel It makes sense to test drive Land Rover’s all-new Td6 diesels in the land that Torquemada, the Grand Inquisitor, once held in his terroristic grip. After all, “putting the screws” to people was his specialty, and torque is literally...
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Test Drive: 2016 Volvo S60 Inscription
Self-driving cars are undoubtedly the hottest topic in the auto industry right now, and for good reason: removing human error from driving promises safer roads for all. Mercedes Benz, Google and Audi have all released their own version of an autonomous...
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Test Drive: McLaren 650S Spider
by Michael Frank There is a moment while I’m driving the $285,000, 642-horsepower McLaren 650S Spider that physically hurts. The car is hurtling fluidly around a corner with so much tenacity and grip that I can feel the g-forces bending against...
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1. Apple's Autonomous Car Prepares for Testing Many have speculated that Apple has been working on its own autonomous car, dubbed Project Titan, and new information gathered by The Guardian shows that it may hit production sooner than expected...
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Infiniti's Breathtaking 'Dream Road' 360 Video
Traveling from Norway to the Italian Alps, then to Morocco and back again, "Dream Road" (which debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance) is a breathtaking virtual reality ride in the Infiniti Q60 Concept car. Covering close to 3,500 miles...
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Test Drive: 2016 Audi TT
by Sue Mead Recently, on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon, we were lucky enough to test drive Audi's latest iteration of their miniature masterpiece. The 2016 Audi TT redesign goes beyond form and has been endowed with significant updates in technology...
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