Korean Cars Are Officially the Best, a Blood-Powered Robot, and More News


Korea has taken the top spot among quality cars, scientists have created a robot fish that runs on blood, and Taylor Swift is causing a stir. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

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JD Power says Korean cars beat US and Europe in quality

Ask most people which cars are the most reliable, and they'll likely rattle off the names of cars made by Japanese, American, and German companies. But JD Power's new study found that Korean cars get the highest marks in the world . Led by brands like Hyundai and Kia, the top three spots are all taken by Korean brands, followed by three American brands—Ford, Lincoln, and Chevy. European brands like Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, and Volvo round out the pack.

This robot fish powers itself with fake blood

Blood does a great job carrying oxygen and energy throughout the body for humans. So scientists wondered: Can we modify the fluid to carry energy for robots? The answer comes in the form of a robot lionfish that "uses a rudimentary vasculature and 'blood' to both energize itself and hydraulically power its fins."

Cocktail Conversation

Taylor Swift's latest single, "You Need To Calm Down," has spawned more hot takes than it has lyrics. But whether or not you feel it's a fight song for gay pride or a clever marketing ploy, you're probably playing right into the pop star's hands. Swift has mastered the art of sparking conversation good and bad, and the same fans who are picking apart her political play were the ones tearing her apart for not being political enough in the past. There's really only one way to not give in to her masterful manipulation of the internet: stop talking—and memeing—about it.

WIRED Recommends: Olympus Tough TG-6

Smartphones have mostly replaced cameras, but there is one kind of point-and-shoot that's still going strong: the rugged, waterproof, shock-proof, take-it-anywhere camera. And if that's what you need, and you've got $450 burning a hole in your pocket, this little guy got an 8/10 in our review .

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