American EVs reduced gasoline consumption by just 0.54% in 2021

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Electric vehicles have never been more popular. Just about every automaker is in the midst of an electrification effort, spurred on by impending government regulations around the world aimed at reducing our dependency on fossil fuels. But is the movement having an effect? Here in the US, plug-in vehicles are selling better than ever, despite supply chain shortages and frequent hefty dealership … [Read more...]

Good car, great bargain: The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV

Enlarge / Chevrolet gave the Bolt a facelift in 2021 and added a stretched variant called the Bolt EUV. (credit: Jonathan Gitlin) The Chevrolet Bolt doesn't get enough respect. After early experiments like the hand-built EV1 and the limited-run Spark EV, the Bolt was General Motors' first mass-produced battery electric vehicle, beating Tesla's Model 3 to the market and boasting a sub-$40,000 price tag when it launched in 2017. In 2021, … [Read more...]

The evolution of whales from land to sea

Enlarge / Whales and their kin evolved from land-dwelling mammals, a transition that entailed major physiological and morphological changes—which geneticists have begun to parse. (credit: Hayes Baxley/National Geographic for Disney+) Around 400 million years ago, the ancestor of all four-limbed creatures took its first steps onto dry land. Fast-forward about 350 million years, and a descendant of these early landlubbers did an … [Read more...]

The best Black Friday deals for Apple devices

Enlarge (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Black Friday is in full swing, and that's great news if you've had your eyes on an Apple device but have been waiting for a solid discount to pull the trigger. Apple devices are notoriously expensive, and you typically don't see many discounts throughout the year. Fortunately, Black Friday brings notable Apple deals not only from retailers, but Apple itself. Just as we do every year, we're cutting … [Read more...]

Scientists debate the role of a virus in multiple sclerosis

Enlarge (credit: CHRISTOPH BURGSTEDT/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY) Ryan Grant was in his 20s and serving in the military when he learned that the numbness and tingling in his hands and feet, as well as his unshakeable fatigue, were symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Like nearly a million other people with MS in the United States, Grant had been feeling his immune system attack his central nervous system. The insulation around his nerves was … [Read more...]

The best Black Friday laptop deals we can find

Enlarge / Microsoft's Surface Pro 8. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Black Friday laptop deals are as American as pumpkin pie. But tracking down worthwhile options can be tricky. Each model has variants, each of those variants have configurations with too many sound-alike model numbers (thank you, Intel), and many of the model names are unmemorable names. We spend a lot of time looking at laptops and writing about them at Ars, so we've gone … [Read more...]