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BMW M Performance Parts Concept makes its debut

The BMW M Performance Parts Concept uses a lot of carbon fiber, starting at the grille ...

BMW has introduced an M Performance Parts conceptual at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The car showcases how the BMW M2 could be modified with knowledge derived from motor racing to radically reduce weight. The concept weighs over 60 kg (132 lb) less than the production model.

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Whisper Drone could stop the whining

The prototype Whisper Drone in flight

Multicopter drones are neat and everything, but they do make a high-pitched whine – just image how annoying the sound of a large passenger-carrying version might be. It was with this in mind that electrical engineer Derek Schwartz recently went to Kickstarter with his Whisper Drone.

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Review: 2018 Toyota Camry aspires to inspire

The Toyota Camry, despite being a kicking post for many an automotive journalist (this one included), ...

The 2018 Toyota Camry has been completely revamped, yet again, as Toyota continually pushes to keep its top-selling vehicle in the limelight. To its credit, the changes made to the Camry are not only comprehensive, but are very well done. There is still room for improvement, but less so than there was before.

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Low-cost device rapidly detects mosquito-borne viruses

The prototype virus-detecting biosensor

If the mosquitoes in a given area start carrying viruses such as Zika or Dengue, then the sooner that local health authorities know, the better. And while existing mosquito-testing procedures take at least week to deliver results, a new biosensor does so in less than an hour.

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Opener launches BlackFly fixed-wing VTOL flying car that doesn't require a license

BlckFly is a single-seater electric VTOL aircraft

Canadian-based aviation firm Opener Inc. has unveiled its new BlackFly single-seater aircraft, which it bills as a Personal Aerial Vehicle (PAV) and the world’s first ultralight all-electric fixed-wing Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft. The fully-amphibious drop-shaped flyer with fore and aft wings sporting eight electric motors has a range of 25 mi (40 km) and a top speed of 62 mph (100 km/h).

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Automobili Pininfarina – the full story behind the 2000 hp hypercar and the making of a new brand

The most significant automotive launch of 2018 will not be a car, but the fulfilment of the dream for the brand conceived 88 years ago by a young Battista Farina. This week Mike Hanlon spoke with Automobili Pininfarina’s CEO, Michael Perschke and Chief Design Officer, Luca Borgogno, who were hosting the North American brand launch at a private event at the Wagner Hotel in New York. The pair revealed never-before-seen designs and offered unprecedented access to the company’s philosophy and product road map, along with details of the first of a product line of sustainable luxury electric cars it will be revealing in 2019, and releasing in 2020.

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Closer look: Rolls-Royce Cullinan and the unlikely intersection of rugged and luxury

Rolls-Royce Cullinan: that's a hell of a moustache you've got there

We’ve now had our first chance to take an up-close look at Rolls-Royce’s most fascinating car in a long time. An ambitious and almost self-contradictory attempt to blend rugged off-road capability with uncompromising luxury, the Cullinan is a muscular tank full of technology and creature comforts.

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Cities from the sky: The best urban drone photography of the year

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Drone photography is still an incredibly new and emerging art form. Just a few short years ago it would have been nigh on impossible to capture some of the images that we now see on a regular basis. It’s easy to become jaded by the onslaught of drone photographs out there but a number of artists are still pushing the envelope, experimenting and finding spectacular ways to exploit this nascent medium.

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Activating "grandmother neurons" could reset body clock

Humans have evolved to do stuff during the day and sleep at night, but international travel or shift work can throw off that natural rhythm. Finding ways to reset this circadian clock could be key, and now researchers at Washington University in St Louis have isolated a small cluster of “grandmother” neurons that tell the rest of the brain when to go to bed, and found that stimulating those could help combat jet lag.

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Lush greenery-covered hotel planted in Vietnam

The Chicland Hotel will be squeezed into a site measuring just 15 m (50 ft)-wide and ...

Vo Trong Nghia Architects has long professed a desire to add more greenery to Vietnam’s cities and this is reflected with its latest project, the Chicland Hotel. The extraordinary building will be almost completely covered in vegetation and squeezed into an awkward plot near the coast in Da Nang.

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