Would You Ever Rebadge A Captive Import?

There are some cars sold here in the U.S. market as domestic brands which have been built elsewhere. No brand’s sales lot is more indicative of such a strategy than Buick. The majority of the company’s lineup is built by Opel and imported with a tri-shield badge, including the Encore, Cascada, and Regal.

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Trump will replace Interior Department Secretary next week

Ryan Zinke

Enlarge / US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke arrives at the US Capitol prior to the service for former President George H. W. Bush on December 03, 2018 in Washington, DC. (credit: Photo by Shawn Thew – Pool/Getty Images)

On Friday, President Trump announced on Twitter that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will step down from his post in the coming weeks. Zinke has headed the Department of the Interior (DOI) since 2017 and overseen some of the more significant rollbacks in environmental policy in the US.

Trump said a successor to Zinke would be named in the coming week. A likely successor, according to Reuters, is David Bernhardt, the current Interior Deputy Secretary and a former oil, gas, and water industry lobbyist. According to Politico, Bernhardt played an active role in weakening Endangered Species protections to make it easier for oil and gas drilling to occur on ecologically sensitive land.

Zinke’s time in office was marked by a similar effort to stymie the environmental protections put in place by the Obama Administration in the name of oil and gas interests. In one of his most controversial moves, Zinke reopened vast tracts of federal waters that had previously been off-limits to offshore oil and gas drilling. The Secretary drew sharp criticism for opening up federal waters adjacent to states that didn’t want offshore drilling, while exempting Florida from the same treatment after a meeting from the state’s Republican governor.

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First In-Season Formula E Test Features Nine Female Racers

As part of an FIA Women in Motorsports initiative, nine female racers participated in Sunday’s Formula E in-season test. All 11 Formula E teams participated in the test session, which took place the day after, and on the same track as, Saturday’s Ad Diriyah Grand Prix in Saudi Arabia. In addition to the female…

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The best wireless powered bookshelf speakers

By Brent Butterworth This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full bookshelf speakers guide here….

Way back in 1972, Fiat showed off this wild styling concept of a small electric city car called the

Way back in 1972, Fiat showed off this wild styling concept of a small electric city car called the X1/23. By 1976, the company had installed a 13.5 HP front-drive motor, and a rack of nickel-zinc batteries behind the pair of seats. It was good for about 45 miles per hour, and had a range of about 50 miles. It was…

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HQ Trivia and Vine co-founder Colin Kroll dies of apparent overdose

One of the mobile app world's more influential and controversial executives has passed away. TMZ has learned that Colin Kroll, the co-founder of both HQ Trivia and Vine, has died of an apparent drug overdose in Manhattan at the age of 35. Kroll had…

Ask For A Gorgeous Zagato-bodied Ferrari For Christmas, You’re Worth It

If your loved ones truly care for you, they’ll pitch in to get you this spectacular Ferrari 599 GTZ Nibbio by Zagato this holiday season. It’s the only one in the world with a manual transmission, making it as unique as you are. It’s also the best looking Ferrari of the last twenty years, and you need it, right?

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No more doubts: Two independent studies confirm LIGO’s Nobel discovery

LIGO's February 11, 2016, press conference in Washington, DC, where they announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves.

Enlarge / LIGO’s February 11, 2016, press conference in Washington, DC, where they announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves. (credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Just last month, we told you about a small group of Danish physicists who were casting doubt on the original gravitational wave signal detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), saying it was an “illusion.” The researchers alleged that the collaboration mistook patterns in the noise for a signal. Now Quanta is reporting that two independent analyses have been completed that confirm that detection. This should lay any doubts about the momentous discovery to rest.

“We see no justification for lingering doubts about the discovery of gravitational waves,” the authors of one of the papers, Martin Green and John Moffat of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, told Quanta. That paper appeared Physics Letters B in September. A second paper by Alex Nielsen of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hannover, Germany, and three coauthors, was posted to the physics preprint site arXiv.org last month and is under review by the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics.

But some drama still remains. Andrew Jackson, group spokesman for the skeptical physicists at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, is refusing to accept the results of the two independent groups’ analyses. Quanta‘s Natalie Wolchover writes:

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The New TVR Griffith Has Been Delayed, But It’s Definitely Coming

Listen: 2017 was a long time ago. You likely feel like you’ve lived twenty lifetimes since TVR first showed off the new Griffith at Goodwood. The modern take on TVR classic designs looked production ready back then, and the company promised an early 2019 delivery.

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Rocket Lab launches NASA’s first dedicated cubesat mission

Rocket Lab isn't quite done establishing firsts. The company has successfully launched ElaNa-19 (Educational Launch of Nanosatellites), NASA's first cubesat mission to get a dedicated ride to space. Until now, the agency's tiny satellites have piggyb…