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Nissan shows off prototype electric car design, plans to race it at Le Mans

Nissan's hybrid supercar might have had to bow out of its Le Mans run with transmission issues, but there are plenty of other famous racetracks that it can run around. The vehicle traveled over to Top Gear's test track at Dunsfold Aerodrome, where Ollie Marriage put it through its paces. The Top Gear Magazine editor was full of praise for the vehicle, complimenting the amount of torque the electric engine provides. He also confessed that in combined mode, with 700hp at his disposal, he managed to spin the car out on his first lap. We've got the video of the test lap tucked in after the break, as well as a view taken straight from the cockpit for your armchair racing needs.

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OnePlus One Styleswap Cover

Although more people have been able to get their hands the OnePlus One than ever before, new handset owners won't be able to accessorize them as thoroughly as was first thought. After two months of teasing its bamboo, silk white and sandstone black "StyleSwap" covers, the company has been forced to kill its custom backplates before they got the chance to go on sale. According to a company blog post, "technical difficulties" during mass production meant that covers suffered from creaks or became slightly loose, risking damage to the non-removable battery that it was meant to protect.

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funny muzzle of gray british...

Guys, GUYS, this Kickstarter campaign's giving you a chance to make your cat-rap dreams a reality. Hip-hop artists El-P and Killer Mike jokingly wrote on their website that they'll release a remix of their latest album, Run The Jewels 2, featuring cat sounds if someone pays them $40,000. So, what's an avid fan (and cat person) to do but try to raise that money, eh? Even better, one of the artists went on Twitter and promised to do it if the campaign reaches its goal. The duo didn't exactly clarify what kind of cat sounds those are, but we're hoping it's a mixture of meowing, hissing, caterwauling and relentless scratching on furniture.

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Chris Rock Performs At Day 3 Of The Comedy Festival

Stand-up comedians don't get to just walk onto the set of Saturday Night Live or The Daily Show and start telling jokes. Nope, like just about every other creative field they start small and work their way up -- often for free at first. Yes, even the likes of Tracy Morgan and Sarah Silverman. The Just For Laughs (JFL) comedy festival in Montreal has filmed the countless names that've graced its stage since 1987 and has teamed with YouTube juggernaut Maker Studios to start releasing unseen footage from the fest's archives, according to Variety. Right now its channel only has a handful of clips (including Dave Chapelle, Chris Rock (above) and the late Bill Hicks), but JFL promises three-time-per-week updates are en route. All told, there'll be some 500 hours of performances and when that well runs dry, the outfit plans to add footage from more recent shows. For now, at least, you'll have something funny to sprinkle between Woodstock clips.

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You might have heard: Nintendo's refreshing its 3DS family with two new models. Both the New 3DS as well as the larger New 3DS XL will arrive with a diddly analog stick just above the action buttons. (Throw away your Circle Pad Pros!) Plus, there's built-in NFC for those incoming Nintendo figurines and a new microSD card reader. Unfortunately, in my fly-by Monster Hunter 4G gaming test, I didn't have the chance to try either of those features -- readers love SD slot close-ups -- but it does offer an estimation of what Japanese gamers will get in less than a month when both handhelds launch. There's still no word on an overseas release for either model, but for now, watch me prove how poor I am at Monster Hunter in our video after the break. No, far worse than that.

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The M60-UCD1 is a dwarf galaxy that's so dense, you'd see 1 million stars at night if you lived in it instead of the 4,000 we typically see on Earth. Now, thanks to data from Hubble, NASA found that the galaxy, which is only 1/500th the diameter of Milky Way, has a humongous black hole that takes up 15 percent of its mass. Compared to the black hole in our galaxy, which has a mass of 4 million suns, M60-UCD1's has the mass of 21 million suns. Just take a look at the artist rendering above to see how a huge black hole would look amidst a super dense collection of stars. NASA, by the way, describes black holes as "a great amount of matter packed into a very small area" with "a gravitational field so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape."

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Keen Dreams in DOS

It's easy to indulge your Commander Keen nostalgia with most of the game series, but the "lost" Keen Dreams episode has proven elusive outside of less-than-official copies. As of now, though, you can do something about recreating those adventures through Tuberia -- Javier Chavez and team have fulfilled a crowdfunding promise by publishing legal source code for Keen Dreams' original DOS version. If you want, you can now port the game to newer platforms and otherwise tweak the code to your heart's content. Chavez and crew have yet to get their own ready-to-play edition going, but it's already up for consideration on Steam Greenlight. Consider giving it a thumbs-up if you want to resume your fight against the spud soldiers.

[Image credit: Steve Hall, MobyGames]

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The Google we already know controls our pockets, makes sense of the web and wants to understand our behavior. That one company already has such extensive reach is pretty crazy, which also raises a weighty question: What would a Google 2.0 look like? According to a new report from The Information, CEO Larry Page has been trying to figure out just that. As the story goes, he rounded up the company's brass over a year ago to suss out what big problems were really worth tackling and to set Google's course accordingly.

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Did you hear? iOS 8 is ripe for the picking, and lucky for you, we've already taken it for a test drive. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours, including our iPhone 6 and 6 Plus review, everything you need to know about virtual payments, and more!


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