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Chevrolet Made An Air Conditioner Just for Your Smartphone

Who doesn’t love having an ultra-thin smartphone you can slip into your pocket? But during hot summer days with little room to breathe, that collection of plastic, metal, and silicon can get a pretty heated—especially when charging. That’s why Chevrolet is introducing a smartphone air conditioner as a thing we need. »7/02/15 10:35am7/02/15 10:35am

How Automakers Use a WWI-Era Camo Technique to Disguise Prototype Cars

In the early days of modern warfare, ships protected themselves from German U-boats with wild, eye-catching painted patterns called dazzle. The military moved on to new forms of camo decades ago, but for carmakers, dazzle is still the best way to protect prototype cars from being photographed. »10/17/14 11:45am10/17/14 11:45am

Boeing's Concept SUGAR Plane Plugs In Like a Prius

In November of 2011, American commercial airlines consumed 48.3 million gallons of fuel—every day—and paid a total of $49.8 billion that month to do so. And with increasingly tight operating budgets, fuel efficiency has quickly become a primary concern for the airlines. Boeing thinks one possible solution is its new… »12/26/12 12:00pm12/26/12 12:00pm

Bailout Package Includes $7,500 Tax Break For Future Chevy Volt Owners

If the future dashboard »10/06/08 10:45am10/06/08 10:45am and weren't incentive enough to consider picking up a Chevrolet Volt in 2010, Congress has gifted future owners with an added bonus: a $7,500 tax break passed as part of last week's bailout package. The credit applies to any vehicle with a battery rated at 6kWh or higher, placing it far enough…

McCain Proposes $300 Million Prize to Develop Next-Gen Battery for Cars, Cybernetic Cryo-Suits

It's well known that the biggest bump in the road to developing an awesome all-electric car is the battery. The only ones juicy enough are a) big b) expensive and c) not so durable. Not easy. But science is no match for the American spirit! If elected, John McCain is promising $300 million to whoever develops a… »6/23/08 7:30pm6/23/08 7:30pm

Nine Volt Candle-Lamps Let Mechanical Engineers Get Romantic

Combine the 9V battery from your kid's RC racer and a LED-based candle and you get something that feels at home in a fancy restaurant as well as on your dining room table. Just a design for now, but these 9-volt candle dealies are pretty sweet, and we'd love to get our hands on a few here for Romance Thursdays here at… »10/04/06 6:30pm10/04/06 6:30pm