Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Bubble submarines, solar farms, electric Kombi vans, and more innovation from around the world

Heliogen’s Solar Farm Could Drastically Reduce Global Emissions Backed by Bill Gates, clean energy company Heliogen has developed a concentrated solar energy source that could eliminate carbon-emitting industrial processes—essentially “transforming sunlight to create and replace fuels.” The advancement would allow heavy machinery to forego fossil fuels and employ those created from the process (like hydrogen or syngas), ultimately reducing global carbon emissions by 10%. The …

The End of Volkswagen Beetle Production

From an emblem of the ’60s to a global design icon, the Volkswagen Beetle surmounts the reputation of almost all other automobiles. The historic car’s identity, proportions and curves changed over time as more than 21 million units sold. This year, however, marks the end of the Beetle, as VW halts production at its Puebla, Mexico plant. Only time will tell if this is merely …

Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Driving Tennessee’s infamous Tail of the Dragon in the brand's newest sedan

It’s the numbers that beckon: 318 turns on an uninterrupted 11-mile stretch of road called the Tail of the Dragon that starts at the Tennessee border with North Carolina. Officially designated US 129 in 1931, the route dates back centuries, created first by animals taking the path of least resistance through this section of the Great Smoky Mountains. Native Americans, British settlers and bandits widened …