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February 12, 2009
Autobot Bumblebee from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Autobot Bumblebee from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

It's Thursday: only 36 more hours of convincing your cubicle buddies that you're working really hard on...well, something. Good luck with that.
  • But really, what's in a name? -- After we mentioned yesterday that trucks from Chevrolet, Dodge, and Nissan took serious hits in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's side-impact crash tests, the friendly folks at Ford sent an email reminding us that the 2009 Ford F-150 ranks at the top of the IIHS charts. That's thanks largely to the truck's K-bags, mounted to the sides of the F-150's front seat. Yes, "K-bag" is an unfortunate name--as someone at TCC said, "It's like the the distilled essence of K-Fed, the douchebag"--but hey, it saves lives. You gotta problem with that? [Ford]
  • Almost, but not quite -- Good news: the beloved Corvette Stingray is back. Bad news: it's only here for the new Transformers movie. Dang it. [TheDetroitBureau]
  • Speaking of Transformers -- We always assumed that Transformers would be able to assemble themselves. They're robots, right? That's what they do. But as this video of Autobot Bumblebee demonstrates, it ain't quite that simple [WorldCarFans]:

  • Elon Musk. Again -- Yesterday, Musk sent a letter to current and potential customers saying that Tesla is on-target to start turning profits this year. Which is good, because after all the problems the start-up has faced, if something doesn't change soon, Musk may have to turn something else to put the company in the black. [NYTimes]
  • Up, up, and away -- There's a new kid in town--at least where med-evac is concerned. Israeli scientists have developed a remote-controlled flying vehicle designed to reach places that are inaccessible to ambulances and helicopters. It looks kinda like a flying kitchen gadget, but as above: who cares, so long as it's saving lives? [AutoMotto]
  • Off topic -- One reader noted that he'd seen a video to accompany the koala-rescue photo posted yesterday, and we found it. No, it has nothing to do with cars (although automakers are doing a lot to help with Victoria, Australia's recovery from the forest fires), but the clip is pretty freakin' amazing.

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