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GM Planning to use carbon fiber in truck beds

GM Planning to use carbon fiber in truck beds

It's only been a few model years since Ford started using lots of aluminum in the bed of their trucks to help reduce weight while increasing performance and fuel economy. Other automakers are planning to follow suit. GM is looking to a more modern material in its efforts to reduce the weight and improve the performance of its full-size trucks.

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Study finds that humans may have reached limit of lifespan

Study finds that humans may have reached limit of lifespan

A new study has been looking at some of the aspects of humanity that are most important to mankind including height, lifespan, and physical performance. The study has found that humans have biological limits and that humanity may have already reached them. The study did find that environmental factors, like climate change, could have a negative impact on those limits.

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MANHART MHX6 Dirt² Concept packs 900hp of off-road fury

MANHART MHX6 Dirt² Concept packs 900hp of off-road fury

A company from Germany has created what might be the coolest off-road BMW concept ever designed. The vehicle is the MANHART MHX6 Dirt² Concept and it is based on the BMW X6M with some major updates to the car for performance and off-road prowess. There will be five of the vehicles made and each of them will have 900hp and 1200Nm of torque underfoot.

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2019 Jeep Cherokee’s new schnoz is uncovered

2019 Jeep Cherokee’s new schnoz is uncovered

The new Jeep Cherokee was a bit controversial when it launched because fans were hoping for a unibody rig that was more capable off-road rather than the more road oriented Cherokee that landed. Lots of folks also didn’t care for the pointed nose of the car. These negatives in the eyes of buyers have led to a refresh for the Cherokee.

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UC San Diego engineers create glucose monitoring phone case

UC San Diego engineers create glucose monitoring phone case

There has been a big push to get smartphones to record health data over the last few years. Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new smartphone case that is able to check blood glucose levels for diabetics at home or on the go. The device is called GPhone.

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Saleen S1 is a boutique supercar bargain

Saleen S1 is a boutique supercar bargain

During the LA Auto Show Saleen unveiled its latest supercar and the first car it has offered since that insane S7 many years ago. Th new car is called the S1 and Saleen has now announced the starting price for the sleek little beast. That price is surprisingly reasonable.

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UCLA researchers create device that could revolutionize hydrogen vehicles

UCLA researchers create device that could revolutionize hydrogen vehicles

Researchers from UCLA have designed a new type of device that is able to use solar power to create and store energy. The device efficiently creates and stores energy and could be used to power electronics like smartphones and create hydrogen fuel for cars.

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World’s smallest Mona Lisa is on a DNA canvas

World’s smallest Mona Lisa is on a DNA canvas

A Caltech scientist called Lulu Qian, an assistant professor of bioengineering has developed an inexpensive method using DNA origami to self-assemble into large arrays with customizable patterns. This allows for the creation of customizable patterns to create a canvas of sorts to display any image. To demonstrate the breakthrough, the scientists created the world's smallest recreation o the Mona Lisa using DNA.

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Rinspeed Snap autonomous EV to grace CES 2018

Rinspeed Snap autonomous EV to grace CES 2018

At CES 2018 Rinspeed will be showing off a new autonomous EV called the Snap that it believes will help solve the transportation problems in urban areas in the future. The vehicle gets its name from the fact that the durable passenger safety cell pod section of the vehicle is removable from the high-wear chassis of the vehicle.

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Plug-in Porsche 911 due around 2023 tips CEO Oliver Blume

Plug-in Porsche 911 due around 2023 tips CEO Oliver Blume

Just about every automaker out there is going to electrified cars to help improve fuel economy. This means that some sports car makers are following suit with Ferrari and McLaren already offering some insanely fast cars that use hybrid technology inside. It now appears that Porsche is officially ready to bring an electrified version of its iconic 911 to market.

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Blurry picture may show the 2018 Bullitt Mustang

Blurry picture may show the 2018 Bullitt Mustang

A person who happens to like Mustangs and be part of the Mustang6G forums happened to be out in Chicago and ran across a Ford commercial being filmed. The result of that happenstance is the blurry photo that you see here showing what appears to be a 2018 Mustang wearing the highland green paint and black wheels made iconic by Steve McQueen in the classic flick Bullitt. Ford has made a Bullitt Mustang before.

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Researchers create 3D printed objects that connect to WiFi with no electronics

Researchers create 3D printed objects that connect to WiFi with no electronics

The internet of things just got a big boost from researchers from the University of Washington. Researchers from that university have announced the creation of the first 3D printed plastic objects and sensors able to collect useful data and communicate with other WiFi devices on their own. The team behind the project is offering the CAD models to the public so people with access to 3D printers can create their own devices.

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