Seven Reasons Curiosity Is The Baddest Rover Ever

While Curiosity was still flying through space, way before it landed on Mars, scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory were busy working with a clone rover back on earth. In a simulation area called the Mars Yard, scientists put the duplicate Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) through a series of experiments to perfect… » 8/07/12 11:00am 8/07/12 11:00am

BMW will replace LED headlights with freaking lasers

A new report from Munich reveals that, while Audi was busy trying to shove 300 LEDs into the snout of an A7, BMW's been working on the real future: laser headlights. My cat is going to flip out. » 9/01/11 1:30pm 9/01/11 1:30pm

A Hyper-Detailed 3D Map of NYC, Made by Laser Airplanes

New York is fairly forward-thinking when it comes to energy innovation, but it's pretty terrible when it comes to solar. City College of New York wants to change that, so they created an interactive solar map of the city using laser airplanes. » 6/18/11 8:00am 6/18/11 8:00am

1985 Chrysler Laser XE

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Some cars are very much of their time; for example, the Chrysler Laser. » 5/02/10 9:00am 5/02/10 9:00am

New Boeing HUMVEE-Mounted Avenger Laser Shoots Down Three UAVs

Boeing successfully demonstrated the HUMVEE-mounted Avenger Laser system last month, shooting down three Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). It's the first successful test of a vehicle-mounted laser unit. That's enough awesome for a lifetime. » 1/29/09 6:00pm 1/29/09 6:00pm

Which Dead US Automotive Nameplates Should Remain Buried?

Seems the boss-man has been moonlighting again over at Popular Mechanics, this time advising Detroit about which of its dead nameplates should remain six feet under. We won't give away Ray's picks; you'll have to head over to PopMech for those, but we've tossed our own version together after the jump. » 7/24/08 6:00pm 7/24/08 6:00pm

Darth Vader Wants To Put YOU In A Laser!

It's quicker zero-to-fifty than the Supra! It beats the Z28 through the slalom! Not only that, you could get Mark Cross leather! Yes, the era of turbocharged front-drive Mopars was truly a Golden Age. Of course, this ad is a bit low-rent when you compare the narrator's cheezy accent to Ricardo Montalban's, and Mark… » 9/05/07 3:30pm 9/05/07 3:30pm

Radar Replacement? Tech Company Develops Laser-Based Safety System

It was a big step when companies like Acura and Mercedes Benz introduced radar-guided safety systems in their cars. Visions of Jetsons-age snoozing in the driver's seat sent early adopters to the dealerships in droves. Now, Automotive News reports, a German company says it's created a system that's more effective and… » 6/25/07 11:20am 6/25/07 11:20am

Hoon of the Day: Kiwi Laser Leaping

We haven't seen too much of New Zealand in the Hoon of the Day entries, but let us not forget that the original hoons hailed from those islands! So we know we're in for some hoonage when we first spy these scruffy THC-enhanced gentlemen on the screen, and hoonage we get as they take a beater Ford Laser (a restyled… » 4/19/07 10:00am 4/19/07 10:00am