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The Solar Plane That Will Circle the Globe

The Solar Plane That Will Circle the Globe

Picturesque Prototype Prototype plane Solar Impulse, with pilot André Borschberg onboard, flies at sunrise above Payerne’s Swiss airbase on July 8, 2010. For the prototype’s grand finale, Borschberg and project partner Bertrand Piccard traded off legs on a five-part journey across the U.S. starting in May 2013. Since then the team has focused on building the plane’s successor, Solar Impulse ... Read More »

Taking the 2014 Chevy Corvette on a Fuel-Economy Run

Taking the 2014 Chevy Corvette on a Fuel-Economy Run

It’s a straightforward question: How manymiles can a fire-breathing beast like the new2014 Chevrolet Corvette eke out of a gallon of gasoline? Back in 2009 I took the previous-generation C6 Corvette coupe on a mileage loop and it returned an astonishing 32.8 mpg. The new C7 Corvette promised to be even better. The C7 coupe takes all the fuel economy advantages of the C6 ... Read More »

Audi tests its A7 driverless vehicle on Florida highway

Audi tests its A7 driverless vehicle on Florida highway

German automaker Audi made use of a Florida law passed in 2012 that allows for testing driverless vehicles on Florida highways this past Sunday and Monday, by requesting a shutdown of Tampa’s Lee Roy Selmon Expressway—engineers ran the A7 driverless car through several real-world scenarios to test the cars’ abilities. The highway has been specifically designated as a test-bed site ... Read More »

Google ‘Cardboard’ Offers $2 DIY Virtual Reality

Google ‘Cardboard’ Offers $2 DIY Virtual Reality

The experience of virtual reality can be achieved a number of ways. You’ve got your fully immersive cutting-edge research labs or scaled-down consumer tech hardware like the forthcoming Oculus Rift headset. When I had mono in college, I even achieved virtual reality via prescription cough medicine and some old Pink Floyd records. A new initiative from those restless souls at Google promises a way ... Read More »

German company revels in World Cup controversy

German company revels in World Cup controversy

The company that created the hi-tech cameras which ruled on a World Cup goal for the first time on Sunday is happily anticipating involvement in a growing number of football controversies, but not in its German home market. GoalControl, which aims 14 cameras at the two goals in each World Cup match and produces 500 computer generated 3-D images in ... Read More »