Oil Refinery Explodes in California; Blade Runner Flashbacks Ensue

It's raining down ash in Southern California, after an Exxon Mobil oil refinery exploded. The blast nearly leveled a processing unit and left four contractors with minor injuries. The local Torrance Fire Department says gasoline is to blame. Meanwhile, the aftermath looks like a scene from Blade Runner. » 2/18/15 6:55pm 2/18/15 6:55pm

Nissan's Eco Gas Pedal Fights Back To Help You Save Gas

I'm all for exploring new technologies that help us save gas, but I think Nissan has gone a little too far with their "Eco Pedal." This new technology calculates the most fuel efficient rate of acceleration and then fights back against the driver's foot when it feels that rate has been exceeded. Nissan claims that the… » 8/04/08 3:50pm 8/04/08 3:50pm

Fuel Checker Gizmo Warns if You're About to Screw Up Your Engine

Pumping gas into a diesel engine, or vice versa, is a big no-no that may well screw up your engine. We all know that, don't we? But for those, uh, "fuel-type challenged" people out there that get it wrong, there's this new Fuel Checker gizmo. You install it inside your filler flap, and touch the pump nozzle to it… » 8/04/08 7:22am 8/04/08 7:22am

MicroFueler Home Ethanol Pump Unveiled, Ready For Pre-Orders

E-Fuel's MicroFueler, the home-based ethanol production system that makes gas from sugar or stale beer, was unveiled for the first time today in New York. E-Fuel says it will now take preorders for the $10,000 system, and will ship it by the end of the year. As you can see, it's not the smallest thing—no wonder the… » 5/08/08 2:10pm 5/08/08 2:10pm

Gasoline-Powered 25-inch Desk Cannon Shows Your Cube Mates Who's Boss

USB Missiles are fun (I shot Dvorak in the chest with one once, it did not induce a heart attack as I had hoped), but actual cannons are even more fun. This 25-inch field cannon is the closest you'll get to having a Civil War cannon in your office—unless you're the undersecretary of Civil War reenactments for the… » 2/21/08 7:20pm 2/21/08 7:20pm