So How Does A Car Become Radioactive, Anyway?

Recently, Russian custom officials prevented 300 Japanese cars from entering the country because they were believed to be irradiated from the Fukishima nuclear power plant disaster. This made me wonder two things: first, can I get an awesome deal on a slightly radioactive FR-S, and second, how does a car actually… » 7/20/12 4:20pm 7/20/12 4:20pm

The Dubious Physics Of Nissan's Terrible Truck Ads

Nissan's ad campaign for the Frontier has the pickup engaging in absurd and impossible stunts like snowboarding, dune-riding and catching an airplane wheel in the bed of the truck. The commercials are, in word, terrible. Let's use physics to show you why. » 2/17/12 12:00pm 2/17/12 12:00pm

How To Build The Perfect Lunar Rover

Editor's Note: This is the first of a new Jalopnik series called "Objects In Motion" where we pose car-related questions to our on-call physicist, Dr. Stephen Granade. This week we're asking him how to convert a car to work on the moon. —Ed. » 1/31/12 12:00pm 1/31/12 12:00pm