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The Truth Behind the BMW 7-Series' Ridiculously Massive Grille

June 27, 2019

To the 8271 Americans who bought a BMW 7-series last year: You're being blamed for this, but it's not really your fault. BMW says that the massive grille on the 2020 7er is a response to customer demand from the car's two largest markets. Yes, you people made America No. 2, but approximately 20,000 buyers made China No. 1. So when BMW says it was responding to those customer groups, the Chinese were about 150 percent louder than the Americans-and restraint is apparently not high on the list of Chinese automotive priorities.

Which is how the grille on the new 7-series came to be 40 percent larger than the same feature on its predecessor. At nearly a foot high, it's so tall that it crests the leading edge of the hood and extends rearward horizontally, in the manner of the 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass's maw. Unlike the Cutlass, though, the 7-series has active shutters to improve aerodynamics when full flow isn't needed. The rest of this story is mostly made up.

The slats between the grille's shutters are approximately 7 percent sharper than before, which improves laminar flow by preventing transonic shock waves across the 7's panametric fam. Under certain barometric pressures, the new slats yield up to a 0.9 percent gain in absolute vorticity, further improving the big Bimmer's already stunning dihedral downwash stability.

A larger grille naturally ingests more air-though the 40 percent increase in surface area unfortunately doesn't translate to a 40 percent increase in power for the 750i. Temperature variability in the prefamulated amulite and the orientation of the hydrocoptic marzel vanes mean the larger-grille model makes only 18 percent more horsepower than the outgoing one. It's a shame the designers couldn't restrain themselves to a similar expansion.


Stunning space photos show 'nightmare' Hurricane Florence swirling over the Atlantic

September 13, 2018

Incredible images captured from the International Space Station show Hurricane Florence barreling toward the U.S. East Coast.

European Space Agency astronaut Alexand...

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The surface of Mars

July 26, 2018

Using a radar instrument on an orbiting spacecraft, scientists have spotted what they said on Wednesday appears to be a sizable salt-laden lake under ice on the southern polar plain of Mars, a body of water they called a possible habitat for microbial life.

The reservoir they detected — roughly 12 miles (20 km) in diameter, shaped like a rounded triangle and located about a mile (1.5 km) beneath the ice surface — represents the first stable body of liquid water ever found on Mars.

Whether a...

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CMT Music Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List

June 8, 2018

The CMT Music Awards returned to Nashville on Wednesday, to celebrate country music's biggest stars in the heart of Music City!

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Volkswagen goes full America with its truck concept

March 29, 2018

 Roberto Baldwin,Engadget

Volkswagen automaker really wants you to know that it's building cars for America. In fact, at the New York Auto Show it delivered a concept vehicle that might as well have had the Stars and Stripes painted on the side of it. Get your tailgate parties ready for the Atlas Tanoak truck.

Volkswagen's head of design Klaus Bischoff said that the truck is, "built for America by Americans" in reference to its plant in Tennessee where the Tanoak would be built if the automaker...

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Closing your bedroom door at night could save your life in a fire

October 20, 2017

Fire safety experts are urging people to close their bedroom doors before they go to sleep, saying the simple task can potentially save lives in the event of a fire.

“When you can’t get out, the most important thing you can do, close that door between you and the fire," Stephen Kerber, the director of the UL's Firefighter Safety Research Institute (UL FSRI), told ABC News, adding that the simple act "could save your life.”

Alexis King told ABC News th...

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Missing 115-year-old tortoise returned to New Mexico owner

July 30, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 115-year-old desert tortoise that disappeared from its garden at a New Mexico senior living community was returned.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2w9xGQb ) the tortoise, Diablo, was returned Friday to Manzano del Sol Village. He had ventured to the backyard of a nearby home after a family bought the shell-wearing wanderer from kids at a local park.

Millie Tjeltweed, who owns Diablo, says she doesn't know the circumstances of the tortoise's disappear...

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Man who needed air in tires, bought lottery ticket wins $1M

July 1, 2017

A New York man who stopped at a convenience store to put air in his tires and ended up buying a lottery ticket has won a $1 million jackpot.

State lottery officials on Friday introduced 19-year-old Anthony Iavarone as the winner of the jackpot on a $1 million Cashword scratch-off ticket.

Iavarone, of Clifton Park, says he recently stopped at a Stewart's Shops store in the Saratoga County town of Ballston to put air in his tires. While there, he decided to buy a lottery ticket.

Iavarone says he c...

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Who's happy, who's not: Norway tops list, US falls

March 22, 2017

If you want to pursue happiness, grab a winter coat.

A new report shows Norway is the happiest country on Earth, Americans are getting sadder, and it takes more than just money to be happy.

What makes Norway and other northern European countries top the happiness list has a lot to do with a sense of community and broad social welfare support, according to experts and cheerful Norwegians, including one whose job it is to make people laugh.

"The answ...

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Deer crashes college cross-country race, knocks over runner

November 18, 2016

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. (AP) — A deer sprinting across a field knocked over a cross-country runner at an NCAA regional race, but the runner got up and finished the race.

Saturday's episode during the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Cross Country Championships at DeSales University in Center Valley was captured on video.

Gwynedd Mercy University senior Justin DeLuzio was competing in the 8K race when someone yelled, "Watch out for the deer!" A deer struck him in the stomach, and he fell to the g...

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