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The Most Fascinating Things Jalopnik Explained in 2018

Art by Jason Torchinsky Automobiles and the infrastructure around them are complicated, which is why Jalopnik takes pride in writing explainers that help take some of the mystery out of the car world we all love. Here are some of Jalopnik’s most interesting explainers of 2018. We at Jalopnik love learning about how things work, …

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Here’s What Those White Spirals Inside Airplane Engines Are For

If you’ve ever traveled on a commercial airplane, there’s a likely chance you’ve noticed those little white swirls in the center of those engines on the wings. It may seem straightforward: to keep people on the ground advised when the turbofan is spinning, right? But that doesn’t explain everything. To learn more about nosecone spirals—also …

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A Design Engineer Explains Exactly Why Your Car Is So Boring

Imagine you’ve just been hired as a design engineer at a major automotive manufacturer. Your boss introduces himself and says “Hey, are you ready to design the most innovative, mind-blowing, original car you’ve ever seen?” Now stop imagining that, because your boss isn’t going to say that. Maybe Elon Musk says that to his new …