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2004 BMW 645Ci coupe
Almost eerily silent at idle, the 645Ci's 4.4-liter V8 unleashes a deep, throaty snarl at take off.
2004 Nissan Pathfinder Armada
The 2004 Nissan Pathfinder Armada certainly lives up to its name: it's HUGE.
2004 Mini Cooper S
What carries a transmission from Germany, an engine from Brazil, and is assembled in Great Britain?
Curvy robo-caddy takes shape with CAD
Designer Mark Stewart at Stewart Golf in England, turned to surface and solid-modeling CAD software to make their electric golf caddy stand out on the course.
Nanoprobe will find explosives and drugs
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers have developed a tiny probe which could make it easier to detect and analyze illicit chemicals, explosives, and drugs in minute amounts.
Seven gears and counting
A seven-speed automatic transmission, said to be the world's first, makes its debut in select V8-powered Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
FEA keeps production problems from flaring up
Kilgore Flares Co. LLC, a supplier of decoy flares to the U.S. military, recently began using FEAbased multiphysics software to trim manufacturing costs.
Hinge opens door to stealth fridges
Concealed hinges from Weber Knapp Co., Jamestown, N.Y, help hide high-end refrigerators in kitchen cabinetry.
Finding bugs in software
To make missions safer, NASA scientists are developing a software checker program to find bugs in computer code quickly and accurately
Armor for arms
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are developing gauntlets to help save the arms of military personnel riding on top of Humvees and other military vehicles during combat.
Your next table lamp could light things up with LEDs
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute developed a reflector that boosts LED luminance.
Boeing 7E7 work already spanning the globe
The Boeing 7E7 will be the most-advanced and efficient commercial airplane in its class, says Boeing, and will set new standards for environmental responsibility and passenger comfort.
U.S. manufacturing set for boom
North American manufacturing production is set for a major upswing in the next 12 months, predicts John B. Byrd III, president of AMT -The Assn. for Manufacturing Technology, McLean, Va.
Environmentally friendly air conditioning
The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is working with industry firms and the EPA to improve R134a refrigerant systems for vehicles.
Sensor helps keep natural-gas vehicles running smoothly
A hermetic pressure transducer is undergoing evaluation for OEM use in natural-gas vehicles (NGVs).
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