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Riding in the Car of the Future, Built in an Illinois Barn

At first glance, this rockabilly Batmobile looks like a retro-fetishist's pet project. It's not. In fact, this freak machine, hand-built by a ragtag team in an Illinois town of 1,200, is the deepest look into the future of cars you've ever clapped eyes on. One frigid day in Brooklyn, Gizmodo buckled in for a ride. » 1/21/14 12:00pm 1/21/14 12:00pm

Driving Volkswagen's 261 MPG Car Is Like Driving The Future

Volkswagen wanted to build a 235 MPG car. Now, 15 years after setting that challenge for themselves, they've exceeded their goals in almost every way. The VW XL1 is built like a supercar, looks like a spacepod, feels like a production model and crosses the Autobahn while using barely 0.004 gallons of fuel every… » 6/26/13 3:49pm 6/26/13 3:49pm

Why You'll Be Hearing from Xerox PARC a Whole Lot More

Much has been written about Xerox PARC, its legendary R&D legacy, and its inability to make money off their groundbreaking innovations. But what many people don't know is that 10 years ago, it launched a new plan to turn research into dollars. This printed memory/logic circuit is the first fruit of the new plan. » 12/22/11 9:36pm 12/22/11 9:36pm

Survive NYC's 2023 Apocalypse with Crynet System’s Nanosuit

A soldier is only human. No matter how cunning a mind or how resolute the courage, he can become tired. He can become injured. He can succumb to the overwhelming pressure of trying to save the world. So how do you give him the edge against the apocalypse? Simple: invent the perfect battle armor. And how do you do… » 4/04/11 12:00pm 4/04/11 12:00pm

RF Cochlea Is a Super-Powered Signal Processor Modeled After the Inner…

RF signal processors are pretty commonplace in consumer electronics. Which is exactly why it's exciting that two MIT researchers have created a super-radio based around the function of the human ear that's substantially faster and 100x more power efficient than today's signal processors. » 6/17/09 1:00am 6/17/09 1:00am