Mercedes-Benz Energy pairs with solar company to sell batteries, rooftop panels

Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler is evidently planning for a future where luxury cars refuel in their own garages. The German automaker is announcing a partnership with Vivint Solar, an American solar panel installer, to sell residential solar panels with modular, stationary storage batterie...

The state of the car computer: Forget horsepower, we want megahertz!

If I asked you “how many computing devices do you own?” your mind will probably first jump to your PCs and laptops at home, and then to your smartphones and tablets. The more tech savvy might include smartwatches, TVs, and video game systems. But there’s one computing ...

The state of the car computer: Forget horsepower, we want megahertz!

If I asked you “how many computing devices do you own?” your mind will probably first jump to your PCs and laptops at home, and then to your smartphones and tablets. The more tech savvy might include smartwatches, TVs, and video game systems. But there’s one computing ...

NextEV does it again, shatters the Nürburgring lap record in an electric car

The folks at NextEV have done it again. Not content with settling for the fastest ever electric vehicle lap of the legendary 12.9-mile (20.8km) Nürburgring, it has gone one better and set a new production car record. Racing driver Peter Dumbreck lapped the Nordschleife in just 6:45.9 se...

NextEV does it again, shatters the Nürburgring lap record in an electric car

The folks at NextEV have done it again. Not content with settling for the fastest ever electric vehicle lap of the legendary 12.9-mile (20.8km) Nürburgring, it has gone one better and set a new production car record. Racing driver Peter Dumbreck lapped the Nordschleife in just 6:45.9 se...

Microcar madness at the Lane Motor Museum

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Our automotive coverage at Ars Technica is—as one might expect—focused heavily on new technologies like autonomous cars and alternative powertrains. These fields of research and development have the potential to save lives (by reducing accidents) and the planet (through...

Microcar madness at the Lane Motor Museum

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Our automotive coverage at Ars Technica is—as one might expect—focused heavily on new technologies like autonomous cars and alternative powertrains. These fields of research and development have the potential to save lives (by reducing accidents) and the planet (through...

We've created a 'bubble' around the Earth

The effects of human activity have long been cited as a primary cause of global climate change, but new research from NASA has revealed that our use of technology also appears to be having an impact not just on the planet, but on Earth’s near-space environment as well. As the US space a...

Rice plant engineered with a ‘tunable’ immune system could fight multiple diseases at once

A Chinese rice field afflicted by rice blight (Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae), one of the diseases that the newly engineered rice crops successfully resisted. Meng Yuan, of Huazhong Agricultural University, China Rice plant engineered with a ‘tunable’ immune system c...

Preventing augmented-reality overload, fixing bone with tiny bubbles, and studying human migrations

public domain This week we have stories on blocking dangerous or annoying distractions in augmented reality, gene therapy applied with ultrasound to heal bone breaks, and giving robots geckolike gripping power with Online News Editor David Grimm. Deputy News Editor Elizabeth Culotta...
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