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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

RoguePak replaces the hydration bladder with disposable hydration "cartridge"

By - July 21, 2015 3 Pictures

The hydration pack has been a great boon to all types of sports enthusiasts, providing an easy way of carrying enough water for long adventures in dry, hot weather. If there's one knock on such packs, it's that the hydration reservoirs inside can be difficult to clean. It's a problem that the industry has been continuously addressing with new reservoir designs and alternatives like the JetFlow. Texas company AquaStorage has its own solution: disposable, self-sealing bladders that you never have to clean.

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— Automotive

Rolls-Royce helps schoolchildren design a mini e-racer

By - July 15, 2015 7 Pictures

It's always nice to have good neighbors, especially if those neighbors happen to be ultra-premium automakers. The March CE Primary School is located just a few minutes' walk from Rolls-Royce headquarters, so when the children need some help with engineering projects, they have a world-class tutor to turn to. Last year, the two parties teamed up on a Rolls-Royce-badged electric go-kart, and this year they've come up with a more refined design named "March 2 Glory."

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— Automotive

Updated Audi RS 7 autonomous concept doing laps at Sonoma

By - July 14, 2015 8 Pictures

Once autonomous driving becomes commonplace, the idea of autonomous track racing will undoubtedly lose any small amount of luster it has. But as the technology works to prove itself, the world's interest remains piqued. After tearing around the Hockenheimring last year, Audi has made the leap across the Atlantic to run its updated RS 7 piloted driving concept on Sonoma Raceway.

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— Outdoors

Smartphone-controlled Bright Grill gives grilling an IQ

By - July 14, 2015 12 Pictures

Grilling may be one of the most primal forms of cooking, stripping modern cooking right down to the basics of man – meat and fire. But that doesn't mean it's not slowly evolving into a more intelligent, refined creature, as evidenced by the development of numerous wireless smart thermometers like the BBiQ and myriad other innovative grilling gadgets and accessories. The Bright Grill brings app-based wireless monitoring and control to the grill itself, and it does so in a package built for every type of grill enthusiast, including those that live in small apartments and condos.

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— Bicycles

Ford rolls autonomous and smart tech into new city/road/mountain e-bike

By - July 13, 2015 3 Pictures

Earlier this year, Ford previewed its Mode:Me and Mode:Pro electric bike concepts. The bikes were envisioned as key components of a multimodal transportation ecosystem that would also incorporate cars and public transit. Recently, it added the Mode:Flex e-bike prototype, which uses the latest wireless and connectivity technologies to integrate further into a coordinated transportation system.

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— Outdoors

HydroHammock brings the hot tub into the trees

By - July 10, 2015 7 Pictures

Two of the most relaxing contraptions on Earth just got together and had an odd but potentially awesome lovechild. The new HydroHammock delivers a hot tub in the air, suspending you, your favorite hot tub companion and several dozen gallons of heated water above the ground. We can think of few better ways to relax away a hard day of work or play in the backyard or beyond.

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— Automotive

World's first 3D-printed supercar aimed at shaking up the auto industry

By - July 9, 2015 18 Pictures

Automobiles have made great strides in recent years in becoming cleaner and greener, but according to Divergent Microfactories, they still have miles to go. The problem, as the company sees it, is that while powertrains have become cleaner thanks to the use of alternative energy sources like battery power and fuel cells, manufacturing is dirtier than ever. The start-up puts forth a solution in the all-new Blade, which it calls "the world's first 3D-printed supercar."

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