The Turbine-powered Firebirds

The Turbine-powered Firebirds

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From 1949 to 1961, General Motors staged a series of shows which spotlighted their products from each of their varied divisions for a total of eight times. Those from 1953 to 1956 are the most remembered since those had a variety of what were then known as “dream cars.” Today,...

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Continental brings Augmented Reality to Head-up Displays

Continental brings Augmented Reality to Head-up Displays

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Whenever you glance down to read an instrument cluster, look at a map, or check to see who just texted you, in that brief moment that your eyes are off the road, your vehicle may have traveled tens of meters. In those instances, you are, for all practical purposes, driving...

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An Introduction to Automobile Aerodynamics

An Introduction to Automobile Aerodynamics

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Sometime, early in the 20th century, motorized vehicles became a reality, and the race to improve road infrastructures and vehicle speed had begun. Transportation speeds rapidly increased, and when legislators observed an open field for imposing new restrictions, speed limits were invented. In most cases passenger safety, fuel saving, and environmental...

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MOONSHOTS with Naveen Jain

MOONSHOTS with Naveen Jain

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Later this year, Naveen Jain, CEO of Moon Express, expects to launch the world’s first private commercial initiative to unlock the vast hidden resources on the moon—resources spanning magnesium to platinum to titanium to helium-3—and ultimately develop a space colony there to support mining operations, particularly for helium-3. What’s so...

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The Path of Invention

The Path of Invention

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Inventing is a great way to spend your time. Not only does it give you something intellectually exciting to do, it may result in a benefit to society and to you personally. Please know that I am not an attorney or a patent agent and I do not presume to...

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A Brief Early History of Unmanned Systems

A Brief Early History of Unmanned Systems

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The past two decades have seen exponential growth in the burgeoning field of unmanned systems, foretelling what may one day be viewed as the biggest paradigm shift in the evolution of mankind. Military drones have forever changed the conduct of war, providing persistent surveillance, enhanced command and control, and precision...

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Out of Thin Air

Out of Thin Air

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All this happens swiftly, in silence, at the temperature and pressure of the atmosphere, and gratis: dear colleagues, when we learn to do likewise we will be sicut Deus , and we will have also solved the problem of hunger in the world. — Primo Levi Ever since Antoine Lavoisier (1743-1794), the father of modern...

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Electronic Highway of the Future

Electronic Highway of the Future

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“…you settle back to enjoy the ride as your car adjusts itself to the prescribed speed. You may prefer to read or carry on a conversation with your passengers—or even catch up on your office work. It makes no difference for the next several hundred miles as far as the...

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Mechanix Illustrated Classics

Mechanix Illustrated Classics

September, 1963 Tom found this experimental “cyclone in a tin can” to be silent, vibrationless, an adequate performer . . . and, just maybe, the car of tomorrow. Sadly, though, tomorrow never showed up. Of the 55 cars that Chrysler built, most were scrapped at the end of the program. Chrysler...

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