These Are The Craziest Wankel Cars Ever Made (That Aren’t Mazdas)

These Are The Craziest Wankel Cars Ever Made (That Aren't Mazdas)

The Wankel engine is the greatest automotive engine story that never was. It was the way of the future, a simpler engine for an easier life. And today, not one single car is being made with one. Mazda gave it a go for a few years with greats like the 787B and the RX-7, but they weren’t the only ones.

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Should we design programs to randomly kill themselves?

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This Q&A is part of a weekly series of posts highlighting common questions encountered by technophiles and answered by users at Stack Exchange, a free, community-powered network of 100+ Q&A sites.

Jimbojw asks:

Should we design death into our programs, processes, and threads at a low level, for the good of the overall system?

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Debris Kicked Up By Rally Car, Hits Man In Crotch

This dude observing Rally Estonia 2013 got hit in the nards with something as one of the rally cars took a turn. Whether it was gravel or something else that made him fall to the ground, it evidently hurt. Poor guy.

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Moto X reportedly comes with Magic Glass, laminated aluminum structure

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There’s been a deluge of Moto X reports, and it shows no signs of stopping. We’ve seen the device’s press shots, camera UI and benchmark results, and most recently, we’ve even watched the T-Mobile version waltz past the FCC. Now, we’re treated to purported press images and unannounced features from Taylor Wimberly, formerly of Android and Me. According to Wimberly, a sheet of specially treated Gorilla Glass covers the phone’s entire face and wraps around its sides, forming a nearly seamless gap with the rear shell. Apparently, it’s special enough that Motorola will call it “Magic Glass.” As another nod to the phone’s toughness, he also claims a laminated aluminum structure makes its frame even stronger, despite being thin and lightweight. Check out the images to decide the report’s veracity for yourself, but don’t sweat it too much — we’ll be able to confirm it in a few days when the phone launches on August 1st.

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New Android, new Chromecast, old marketing tricks: Ars readers react

Sometimes bot take a break from spearfishing balloons to make reservations at haute-cuisine restaurants.

On Wednesday, Google held an event in San Francisco announcing a couple of new products that proved interesting to Android and Apple adherents alike. These included the revamped Nexus 7, Android 4.3, and the Chromecast, a tiny dongle for your TV’s HDMI port that pushes music, photos, and videos from Android and iOS devices and laptops to the…um…medium screen.

Ars sat down to run some benchmarks on the Nexus 7 as soon as we got our hands on it, and Andrew Cunningham wrote up the results in The 2013 Nexus 7 performance preview: a huge speed upgrade in every way. The benchmarks showed the newest tablet vastly outperforming the original Nexus 7 as well as the Nexus 4, and coming close in performance to the larger Nexus 10.

Storage, incidentally, was the most controversial part of the new tablet. daneren2005 wrote, “I think the better storage performance is the only thing I really care about in an upgrade. The Nexus 7 deteriorated so fast it was ridiculous and got extremely laggy when approaching full. I’m hoping this version doesn’t have these issues, or at least not at the same level.” charleski agreed: “Hmm. I was planning to keep my old N7 since I mostly use it for reading. But storage speed is the one thing that really bugs me about the original model, and these improvements are quite enticing.”

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Mini Gets In On Some Of That Hot Anthony Weiner Action

Mini Gets In On Some Of That Hot Anthony Weiner Action

Anthony Weiner, for those who don’t know, is a man running for Mayor of New York City. Anthony Weiner, for those who don’t know, is also a man with a very serious problem. Good thing, then, that we have the fine folks at Mini around to mock him on the Internet.

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Hands-on with the Leap Motion Controller: Cool, but frustrating as hell

I’ve spent about two days with the Leap Motion Controller, a Kinect-like PC accessory that uses infrared sensors to translate the motions of your hands into input for applications. The device I received is one I pre-ordered more than a year ago; I’ve been anxiously awaiting its arrival ever since I saw the first video of the device in action.

The Leap costs $79.99, and for your money you get a tiny little aluminum rectangle. It fits easily in the palm of my hand, and once situated on the desk it’s essentially invisible. There are precisely two external features: the green power LED and its USB port.

When it’s powered on, a trio of faintly glowing red lights are visible through the smoked glass top—presumably the infrared sources. The device’s field of view extends in a dome, up to 25 cm tall and quite wide—there’s a pretty big area in which your hands and fingers and pencils and whatnots will be picked up.

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Eat Tomatoes To Guard Against Sun Damage

Eat Tomatoes To Guard Against Sun Damage

You should always wear sunscreen when you head outside this summer, but you can give yourself some extra, built-in protection by introducing tomatoes into your diet.

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Eat Tomatoes To Guard Against Sun Damage

Eat Tomatoes To Guard Against Sun Damage

You should always wear sunscreen when you head outside this summer, but you can give yourself some extra, built-in protection by introducing tomatoes into your diet.

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Eat Tomatoes To Guard Against Sun Damage

Eat Tomatoes To Guard Against Sun Damage

You should always wear sunscreen when you head outside this summer, but you can give yourself some extra, built-in protection by introducing tomatoes into your diet.

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