We live in an age of ludicrous vehicular capability. Whether we’re talking sports cars, off-roaders or pickup trucks of all sizes and duty ratings, today’s machines will do more than most of us will ever ask of them. Not a bad place to be for you, the buyer.But -- and be honest here -- if the 2019 Ram 1500 wasn’t any more capable than the truck it was built to replace, would you notice? Would anyone but a Ford or Chevrolet partisan notice?This isn’t to say that the fifth-generation 1500 can’t tow more (up to 12,750 pounds total when properly equipped) than its predecessor. And sure, a certain percentage of those of you reading this will push your new 5.7-liter eTorque Hemi V8-equipped Quad Cab 1500 4x2, which is what you’ll have to order to get that figure, to that limit on a semi-regular basis.It’s that for the majority of us, it becomes academic after a certain point -- a little like a Nurburgring time. Plus (and we crunched the numbers … [Read more...] about 2019 Ram 1500 first drive: The first fully realized modern pickup is a high-tech multitool
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A few years ago on a sunny June day, Joas Thermidor waited for an acquaintance at Broward County Main Library. As he was killing time, a member of the library struck up a conversation.The library had recently installed a video studio for teenagers, the staffer told Thermidor. It had cameras, a green screen and editing software.Turns out Thermidor, 17 at the time, wanted to become an actor and had already started a YouTube channel under the name T-bone Without the Steak. His buddy never showed, but Thermidor spent the rest of the afternoon in the studio."The equipment and someone showing me how to film -- I was given all this guidance for my dreams," Thermidor, now majoring in filmmaking at Broward College, told me in February.The library isn't where most people go to launch their careers, unless of course they're librarians. The institution's popular image hasn't changed much over the last century. Think of a library and you'll probably conjure up a stodgy beaux-arts building, stuffed … [Read more...] about Robots, VR and 3D printers are served up at this high-tech library
With a Mustang body, Elite Motorsports horsepower, an Aeromotive fuel system, and Garrett turbochargers, Steve Matusek was needing one last thing to put the cherry on top of his 2019 NHRA E3 Spark Plugs pro mod effort. That was the right look. He nailed it. His hot rod will sport a cool wrap that celebrates the 25th year of business for the company that he founded, Aeromotive High Performance Fuel Systems, and will look great and capture the attention of young eyeballs as he streaks down the track. 2019 will be an interesting year of competition for Matusek who will be back in a Mustang and no longer looking over, or around, a roots blower during his competition runs as his association with Elite Motorsports has him piloting a turbocharged car now. That’s nothing new in itself for Matusek as he was a longtime turbocharged competitor before making the switch to belt driven boost a few years ago. This new look is great and we expect big things out of Matusek and the rest of the … [Read more...] about Steve Matusek’s Aeromotive NHRA Pro Mod drag racing
Japan has the Shinkansen. France has the TGV. Spain has AVE. China has, well, China has more high-speed rail than the rest of the world combined. America has… the Acela Express. All 16 stops of it in one section of the country. It reaches its top speed of 150 mph (241 km/h) just for a few minutes in one short section, and even that speed is pokey compared to other countries. The Shanghai Maglev, reaches 268 mph (431 km/h).But things are changing. Despite significant uphill battles, high-speed rail is coming to other parts of the country. Even the Acela is undergoing improvements that should make the service faster and more convenient. And high-speed rail is one of the principal pillars of the Green New Deal drafted by liberal House Democrats, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It proposes to overhaul the "transportation systems in the United States to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically … [Read more...] about Is high-speed rail in the US ever going to happen?
This is part of our Road Trip 2018 summer series "Taking It to Extremes," which looks at what happens when people mix everyday tech with insane situations.Smoke is billowing from a five-story window. In between those thick plumes, I know there are two people trapped inside — but I can see only one.How do I know there's a second person? From a thermal image that's being livestreamed from a drone. Thanks to the video's clear picture of who's inside the room, incident command instructs a firefighter to climb the ladder and make the rescue.Fortunately, this isn't a real fire. It's a demonstration at a Menlo Park Fire District station in California, showing a crowd of firefighters how new drone imaging technology can help search and rescue operations. In the heart of Silicon Valley, Menlo Park is perfectly situated to test new technology. It's also received donations from Facebook to buy drones and thermal cameras.The timing of the demonstration couldn't be more apt. It's … [Read more...] about California’s fires face a new, high-tech foe: Drones