President George H.W. Bush Hospitalized A Day After Barbara Bush Funeral

By | April 23, 2018

Just a day after the funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush, the health of George H.W. Bush was failing.

CNN reports the 41st President was hospitalized after an infection turned into sepsis — something dangerous for anyone but much scarier for a 93-year-old.

Related: Jenna Bush Hager Pays Tribute To Barbara ‘The Enforcer’

It looks for the moment like Bush is toughing it out; his spokesman released an official statement, saying:

“President Bush was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital yesterday morning after contracting an infection that spread to his blood. He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering. We will issue additional updates as events warrant.”

Wishing the former President a speedy recovery.

[Image via Twitter.]

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By | April 23, 2018

“I don’t have friends, I got a Netflix animated series.”
If you’re like me and eight films, a Dwayne Johnson spin-off, and two more upcoming movies isn’t enough Fast & Furious content, then you’re in luck. Earlier Monday, Netflix and DreamW…

Volkswagen Race Car Eyes Pikes Peak EV Record

By | April 23, 2018

As part of Volkswagen’s push toward electrification, the German automaker will attempt to capture the all-electric car record at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. VW already showed off renderings of its purpose-built I.D. R Pikes Peak race car, and now we get to see the real thing.

Like other Pikes Peak entrants with record-setting ambitions, the I.D. R looks a lot like a sports car prototype, complete with a sleek composite body, a bubble canopy, and an aggressive aero kit. The fixed rear wing extends beyond the width of the bodywork, as does the front splitter, to provide maximum downforce. VW says the car weighs less than 2,500 pounds and makes 680 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque from two electric motors. With that kind of power on tap, the car is estimated to hit 60 mph in 2.25 seconds.

The race car’s lithium-ion batteries are said to be similar to production EVs, but won’t have enough juice to get to the top on a single charge. The I.D. R will have to produce roughly 20 percent of the energy it needs to complete the 12.42-mile uphill course from regenerative braking, according to VW.

If Volkswagen wants to claim the EV record at Pikes Peak, then 8 minutes, 57.118 seconds is the time to beat. That record was set by Rhys Millen in a custom-built 1,595-hp eO PP100 back in 2016. Luckily for VW, it will have overall record-holder Romain Dumas at the wheel of the I.D. R.

The 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb takes place on June 24.

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Shirtless Charlie Hunnam Splashes Around in Hawaii With a Mystery Brunette

By | April 23, 2018

Charlie Hunnam has been busy working on his new movie, Triple Frontier, in Hawaii, and on Sunday, he took a break from filming and returned to the beach – only this time, he wasn’t alone. The 38-year-old British actor was accompanied by a mystery brunette woman, and the two appeared to have a blast as they splashed around in the water and chatted on the sand. Charlie also debuted some new ink on his right arm, which appears to be a drawing of an angel. It’s possible that the woman is just one of Charlie’s good friends. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see, but until then, please enjoy Charlie in all his shirtless glory.

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Monkey-selfie lawsuit finally ends: Court affirms adorable macaque can’t sue

By | April 23, 2018

A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Monday that Naruto, a “crested macaque,” does not have legal standing to file a copyright claim against a nature photographer, as Naruto is not a person.

The case dates back to 2011, when British nature photographer David Slater was on a shoot on the Tangkoko reserve in Indonesia. Naruto somehow swiped Slater’s camera and managed to snap a few pictures. Slater later published a book, including some of the so-called “monkey selfie” images.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the advocacy group seeking to represent Naruto, then filed a lawsuit, saying that Naruto’s copyright of the image had been violated. In January 2016, a federal district judge in San Francisco ruled that Naruto had no standing: not being a person, he could not bring a lawsuit.

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Ford Doesn’t Want the Transmission it Planned to Borrow From GM

By | April 23, 2018

Several years ago, we reported that Ford and General Motors had agreed to work together on a pair of next-generation transmissions. GM was tasked with developing a nine-speed automatic for front-wheel-drive vehicles while Ford worked on a 10-speed for rear-drive applications. In theory, they’d be able to use the other’s transmission and each save money. In reality, things went a little differently.

Automotive News reports that while GM has been happy to use Ford’s 10-speed in several vehicles such as the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Cadillac Escalade, Ford has yet to use GM’s nine-speed. Instead, Ford developed a modified eight-speed version that will appear in the 2019 Focus, as well as several other 2019 models. It began work on two additional eight-speed automatics—one for performance use and one for smaller engines. The reason? GM’s nine-speed didn’t provide enough of a boost in fuel economy.

The GM Hydra-Matic 9T50 nine-speed automatic

“The small efficiency benefit did not justify the added weight and cost of an extra clutch and gear,” a Ford spokesperson told Automotive News in a statement.

But GM says the transmission’s refinement makes up for the fact that it doesn’t significantly improve gas mileage. The nine-speed Chevrolet Malibu only beats the eight-speed version by 1 mpg on the highway, and the nine-speed Buick Envision’s highway mileage dropped slightly, but GM believes the better driving experience is worth the trade-off.

“We’ve engineered our nine-speeds for even more refined shifts,” a GM spokesperson told Automotive News in a statement. “Smaller steps between gears in a nine vs. an eight-speed enable smoother shifts for customers.”

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By | April 23, 2018

Has AMC’s recent cancellation of Ash vs. Evil Dead succeeded where countless ghouls have failed, by permanently killing off Bruce Campbell’s beastie-battling blowhard Ash Williams? Maybe!
The actor wrote on Twitter Monday that he has retired from p…