This Huge Engineering Project May Be Our Best Chance At Colonizing Space

Space colonization has reached an impasse, for reasons far more fundamental than a lack of money for the Space Shuttle program. There is simply no way humans can travel easily offworld without using massive amounts of rocket fuel to escape the gravity well — and that’s both expensive and environmentally unsustainable.… »2/04/15 2:57pm2/04/15 2:57pm


Hey, Car Companies — Here's How To Get Digital Gauges Right

I know they're not to everyone's tastes, but I'm starting to like this trend towards these digital instrument panels being installed in everything from a Chevy Spark to basically the whole fleet of Jaguar and Land Rover products. Some of these are well done and are able to showcase a lot of information now that… »2/10/13 12:00pm2/10/13 12:00pm

Expert Gran Turismo Drivers Can't Race In Real Life Because They're Too Fast

Since it launched in 2008, Nissan's GT Academy has repeatedly done something previously thought to be absurd and unrealistic: It has taken people who are really, really good at Gran Turismo and put them in the seats of actual race cars. Look at Spaniard Lucas Ordoñez, who successfully went from gamer to pro driver… »2/09/13 10:00am2/09/13 10:00am

BMW Designs A 42-Wheel, 19-Engine Car To Fulfill One Child's Fantasy

BMW is one of those companies that gets respect and guff in big, heaping piles around here. They certainly make plenty of spectacular, iconic cars, from the 2002 to E30s to the 507 to even the little Isetta. They also sometimes seem to generate a following of arrogant, parking-line-ignorers. Two sides of the big BMW… »2/06/13 12:00pm2/06/13 12:00pm