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C.C. Weiss

C.C. Weiss

Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.

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— Outdoors

Ethanol-based Fire Dragon biofuel starts fires in dire conditions

By - February 19, 2015 3 Pictures
Even if you've never been in a situation rougher and more life-threatening than a KOA campground, there's something comforting about knowing that you're prepared to start a fire in the wettest, nastiest conditions that Earth can hurl at you. Perhaps that's why we're always fascinated with versatile, new fire-starting materials, especially when they have awesome names. Fire Dragon from BCB International is a new, ultra-versatile, purportedly eco-friendly way of getting a roaring blaze sparked or meal cooked. Read More
— Automotive

Smaller, flow cell-powered Quantino concept offers 620-mile range

By - February 18, 2015 2 Pictures
Before it detailed the 1,075-hp Quant F supercar, Nanoflowcell mentioned that it would have another surprise highlight at the Geneva Motor Show. Turns out, the surprise is an entirely new concept car that it calls the Quantino. Unlike the Quant, which focuses on out-and-out performance, the small Quantino hatchback puts Nanoflowcell's flow battery to use in daily commuting-type efficiency. The company believes that the car can travel up to 620 miles (1,000 km) on a single fill-up of ionic fluids. Read More
— Automotive

Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing team up on $1.2 million GT S super boat

By - February 17, 2015 14 Pictures
Each year, Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing present a high-performance, automotive-inspired boat at the Miami Boat Show. Past creations have included the world's fastest electric boat and last year's Vision Gran Turismo boat. For this year's Miami show, the parties followed the precedent of crafting a boat version of the hottest contemporary Mercedes, presenting the US$1.2 million Cigarette Racing 50 Marauder GT S Concept. Read More
— Automotive

Heat wave in the Windy City: A look at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

By - February 16, 2015 79 Pictures
While the Chicago Auto Show is always eager to advertise its claim of being the largest auto show in the United States (by square footage), it usually takes a back seat to the likes of Detroit, New York and LA when it comes to important, exciting product and concept debuts. This year's show holds its own, however, hosting a variety of interesting new production cars, concepts and special editions. Take a look at the new cars and trucks that have Chicagoland talking. Read More
— Automotive

Kia escapes the streets with hybrid Trail'ster off-road convertible

By - February 13, 2015 25 Pictures
Usually one of the last car brands you'd think of when you think "off road," Kia is looking to pull urbanites out of city limits and into the great outdoors. The all-new Soul-based Trail'ster concept it's showing at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show is the vision of a small crossover that's as comfortable roaming wide-open public lands as it is maneuvering cramped city streets. Read More
— Automotive

Mercedes adds traction to its van line with the Vito 4x4

By - February 12, 2015 5 Pictures
After announcing that the new Vito van would come in front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations a few months ago, Mercedes is using a cold spell in Europe to get the Vito 4x4, the last of the new Vito models, rolling to market. The German automaker imagines the extra grip of the van's 4x4 system being useful to professionals visiting cold, icy worksites and otherwise commuting in slick conditions. The van should also prove popular with Mercedes camper van conversion specialists looking to create all-terrain campers. Read More
— Automotive

New flow cell-powered Quant F supercar promises 1,000 hp, 500 miles of range

By - February 11, 2015 15 Pictures
Nunzio La Vecchia is back, baby! And at this year's Geneva Motor Show, he's pitching an even more extraordinary, updated version of his flow cell supercar, the Nanoflowcell Quant F. La Vecchia claims that the updated car's flow battery can power the motor to a tune of 1,000 hp (746 kW) and 500 miles (805 km). We're still loath to believe all the hype, but this high-tech red sports car simply can't be ignored. Read More
— Sports

Kickpack packs table tennis and foosball into cardboard suitcases

By - February 11, 2015 7 Pictures
Not everyone needs a table tennis-football hybrid; the classics are classic for a reason. Those that love the classics of table tennis and foosball but lack the space of a large basement or dedicated game room at home now have a new option. Germany's Kickpack offers cardboard versions of both timeless table games, packing everything you need into handy cardboard suitcases. Read More
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