Like Manual Transmissions, Handbrakes Are Also Hurtling Towards Extinction

We’ve long bemoaned the death of the manual transmission. But with few practical advantages other than being more enjoyable to a limited subset of the population, it’s quickly (and understandably) slipping into obscurity. It’s not alone. Based on research conducted by online automotive marketplace CarGurus, the good ol’ handbrake is also rapidly losing relevance as […]

Super Typhoon Mangkhut is hurling winds at speeds of 180 mph towards 37 million people across Asia

AP Photo/Aaron Favila Super Typhoon Mangkhut is hurling through the Pacific, boasting 180 mph winds threatening millions of people across Asia in what is estimated to be one of the strongest systems on record.  Nearly 37 million people are estimated to be in the storm’s path, according to the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.  Mangkhut, […]

Deng takes step towards NBA deal

SWINGMAN Deng Adel could join the swag of Australians in the NBA after signing a training camp deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. And if he doesn’t there’s a spot waiting for him with NBL champions Melbourne. The 22-year-old, who was born in South Sudan but raised in Melbourne where he played most of his junior […]

Is it safe to visit Hawaii? Latest travel update as Hurricane Lane sweeps towards islands

Hurricane Lane is heading towards Hawaii at speeds of over 150mph making the Hawaiian islands very vulnerable, the latest bulletin from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revealed. This is the latest travel advice. The category five storm is the second on record to pass within 350 miles of Hawaii, USA, as it approaches […]

Amazon just hit an all-time high as it inches towards becoming a $1 trillion company (AMZN)

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Amazon could follow Apple in hitting a $ 1 trillion valuation.  Shares hit an all-time high on Thursday and many on Wall Street say it’s poised to hit the milestone. Follow Amazon’s stock price in real-time here.  Shares of Amazon climbed 0.8% on Thursday, hitting an all-time high of $ 1,899.96, as […]

The market for driverless cars will head towards monopoly

THE race to bring driverless cars to market is fierce and crowded. All the leading carmakers are in the field: on May 31st SoftBank’s Vision Fund said that it would invest $ 2.25bn in the autonomous vehicle (AV) arm of General Motors. So are tech upstarts, from Uber to Tesla to Waymo, Alphabet’s self-drive division […]

MPs push Theresa May towards Norway-style soft Brexit

REUTERS/Neil Hall Theresa May should keep Britain inside the European single market if she fails in negotiations, MPs have said. The influential Brexit committee has set the UK government 15 tests to pass in negotiations on Britain’s future relationship with the European Union. If a deal is unable to pass these tests, then Britain should […]

The Chinese space station hurtling towards Earth has crashed over the South Pacific

China Manned Space Agency The Chinese space station Tiangong-1 came crashing back into Earth’s atmosphere at approximately 8:16 p.m. ET, over the southern Pacific ocean. Tiangong-1, which translates as “Heavenly Palace” in English, was China’s first station launched into space. Tiangong-1 was used to practice docking maneuvers and was visited by two crews of taikonauts, […]

Trump is taking his first steps towards energy deregulation

Rennett Stowe/flickr The first step is to gut fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks. The move would roll back CAFE, or Corporate Average Fuel Economy. Any changes are likely to be contested through litigation.  The Trump administration is laying the groundwork to gut fuel efficiency standards for U.S. cars and light trucks, one […]