First in Flight: The Wright Brothers or Connecticut's Gustave Whitehead?

04.27.2014

Supporters claim a little-known German immigrant and mechanical genius took to the air two years before Kitty Hawk. We may never know definitively: The skies are cloudy, to say the least.

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Big Oil vs. Big Ethanol: A PR Battle Royal

04.25.2014

The EPA is proposing a big cut in the Renewable Fuel Standard, but ethanol producers say it's all political and the regulators are bowing to oil company pressure.

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Company Man: Mark Fields Takes Over at Ford

04.23.2014

Meet Ford's new CEO--and find out what it might mean for its future.

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New York Auto Show 2014: Green Under the Glitz

04.17.2014

At the 2014 New York Auto Show, high-performance and mainstream cars caught the spotlight, but there was plenty of environmentally friendly stuff going off to the side.

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Around the World in a Solar Plane

04.11.2014

Flying across continents without a drop of fuel was the warm-up for Bernard Piccard and Andre Borschberg--now they want to circumnavigate our globe. Here's how they do it.

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Americans Would Love to Swap Cars Like Cellphones

04.09.2014

Ideally, a new poll says, we'd trade in our cars every two years, in search of the latest technology. The reality, though, is that we're keeping them longer than ever -- an average of more than 11 years.

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Tesla Petitions the Feds for Mirror-less Cars

04.04.2014

The other shoe dropped, and Tesla has formally petitioned to be allowed to dump rear-view mirrors. (And Car Talk is vindicated!)

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GM: Don't Fight the Victims' Compensation Fund

04.01.2014

GM has known about problems with its ignitions for more than a decade, investigators say, so now's the time to fess up, come clean, and start rebuilding trust.

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