HRL receives NASA award to 3D print ceramic rocket engine components

HRL Laboratories has received an award as part of NASA’s Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion program to develop additive manufactured (3D-printed) ceramic rocket engine components. (Earlier post.) HRL achieved a scientific breakthrough with pre-ceramic resins that can be 3D printed and converted to high-temperature ceramic that was first published in the journal Science…

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US biofuel and biogas innovators urge EPA to set stronger cellulosic targets

Leading advocates for advanced liquid and gasified biofuels in the US urged the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen the final 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) for the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by setting stronger cellulosic fuel targets. (Earlier post.) A letter sent to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, signed by leaders of the…

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2018 Honda Fit First Drive Review: Return of the Volume Knob

2017 has been a rough year for subcompact cars. Year-to-date sales are down drastically compared to 2016, and there’s no sign that they’ll recover anytime soon. Only Toyota’s Mazda2-based Yaris iA has managed to post a sales gain. Every other car in the segment is down for the year. The Nissan Versa? Down 24 percent….

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Ariel Set to Launch a 1,180-HP Turbine-Electric Hybrid Supercar

Located in Somerset, England, Ariel Motor Company is a tiny automaker known mostly for its lightweight track monster, the Ariel Atom. While technically street-legal, the Atom has barely any bodywork, giving it a supercar-like power-to-weight ratio. But according to the latest report, Ariel’s about to introduce a car that’s far, far more extreme. Autocar reports…

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Spied! 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4 Prototype Loses Camo

Mercedes-AMG is racing closer to the production reveal of the upcoming 2019 GT 4. The four-door sport sedan is inspired by the two-seat AMG GT coupe, but rides on a different platform and offers the added option of bringing along two more passengers along for a ride. AMG’s prototype dropped a lot of the bulky…

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