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ETC: Mercedes drastically reduces size of S-Class with new model cars

By Brandon Turkus

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Mercedes-Benz takes its all-new S-Class quite seriously, even by German standards. So it shouldn’t come as a shock that even a scale-model Sonderklasse is carefully crafted. The miniatures in question cover the 2014 S-Class and come courtesy of three brands, in three different sizes, and are available through the Mercedes-Benz Collection.

The largest, and not surprisingly priciest, model is a 1:18-scale (making it about 11.4 inches long) creation from Norev. It features 145 individual parts, with opening and closing doors, trunk, and hood. For those that like to play with their expensive toys, the Norev S-Class comes with gloves. Dropping down the line is a 1:43-scale from Schuco that sits at 4.5 inches long. Like the larger model, it has a sunroof, detailed headlights, and multi-spoke wheels. With 55 parts, the doors, hood, and trunk can’t be manipulated, but it does come on a stylish plinth, with a case. The smallest model is by Herpa, and is a tiny 1:87-scale (about 2.3 inches long) miniature. Only 26 parts are used, but like the Schuco, it comes on a plinth and with a case.

All three models come with a choice of three paints, with Diamond White Metallic available across the range. The Norev model adds Blue Anthracite and Iridium Silver, while the Schuco can be had in Diamond Silver and Magnetite Black. The Herpa, meanwhile, runs a mix of the two, with Blue Anthracite and Magnetite Black.

Pricing is only available in euros, and includes Germany’s 19-percent value added tax. The Norev is 79.90 euros ($106.06), the Schuco is 29.90 euros ($39.69) and the Herpa is 15.90 euros ($21.11, all conversions are today’s rates.) Scroll down below for a press release from Mercedes.

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H&M Finally, Officially Launches Ecommerce in the United States

By Justin Fenner

Late Wednesday night, H&M made an announcement that’s been a long time coming: customers in the US can now shop online – which means shopping the brand’s upcoming Isabel Marant collaboration is going to be that much easier. The much anticipated collection will officially be the first of H&M’s collaborations to be sold online in the US.

“It’s finally here!” the Swedish retailer wrote in a Facebook post. “Our US online store is officially open in all 50 states. Great fashion is now just a click away!” Around the same time, the brand’s US Twitter account asked its followers, “Who’s ready to shop online?”

H&M said just a few weeks ago that it would be launching ecommerce Stateside in August, but that announcement came after a years-long cycle of repeated promises and delays. After its much-lauded collaboration with Lanvin, H&M said it would launch ecommerce at the end of 2011. Then, in 2012, the brand said in a financial statement that it would have to push the launch back to Summer 2013.

There were rumors that the ecommerce would launch this June, but those turned out to be false.

But none of that matters now: The “Choose Region” page that greets the site’s users now features a little shopping bag next to the link for the US site. The United States joins Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden (of course), and the United Kingdom on the list of countries that can shop H&M’s website.

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Blizzard Has ‘Special Announcement’ for Gamescom

Blizzard is teasing a “special announcement” at Gamescom. In an invitation sent to press today, Blizzard teased, “We’re making a special announcement that’s sure to capture the attention of the Heavens, Burning Hells and all the shadowed places that lie between.”

The description seems to be hinting at Diablo-related news, and could mean we’ll finally see the reveal of the Diablo III expansion that Blizzard confirmed last year.

Gamescom will run from August 21-25 in Cologne, Germany, with Blizzard’s press conference set for August 21st. Be sure to check back to IGN in August for all the news from the show as it’s announced.

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Report: France formally moves to ban Mercedes vehicles using contested refrigerant

By Jonathon Ramsey

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That didn’t take long. Shortly after a French administrative court gave the French government a ten-day window to reconsider its ban on registrations of Mercedes-Benz A-, B- and CLA-Class cars using the prohibited R134a refrigerant, the government cited an EU directive to formalize banning the sale of the cars. The country’s environmental ministry said that registrations “will remain forbidden in France as long as the company does not to conform to European regulations,” meaning so long as they do not use the approved R1234yf refrigerant.

Daimler had won the administrative court decision by challenging France’s application of a “safeguard” provision in which the EU allows a country to block sales of cars that would “seriously harm the environment.” In spite of Daimler’s victory, France has cited that very provision as basis for the continuation of the ban.

Daimler got permission from Germany’s KBA federal motor authority to keep selling cars with the coolant banned by EU politicians, and is using that national permission as the right to sell the cars throughout Europe. Meanwhile, above that battle, German politicians are asking the EU to let Mercedes sell the cars in France while the KBA does more testing, at the same time as the EU is threatening Germany with repercussions if it doesn’t bring the KBA and Daimler into line.

The German carmaker has said France’s “argument is absolutely incomprehensible” and has vowed more courtroom action. The three models comprise most of Mercedes’ business in France; more than 4,500 vehicles have been kept from being registered, 2,704 of which have already been sold.

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Spy Shots: Porsche Macan caught completely uncovered

By Brandon Turkus

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Porsche is preparing to launch its sub-Cayenne CUV, with a suspected debut at the 2013 Los Angeles International Auto Show, which means we’re right about at the point where undisguised models start scampering around the cities and towns of Germany. Our spy photographers snagged just such a model, with only the headlights and taillights concealed by camouflage (no, those comically large lamps aren’t a production item).

The undisguised car looks like a tiny Cayenne. Not really surprising, we know, but it’s impressive to see how the Cayenne’s styling works with the smaller proportions of the Macan. It looks squat, athletic and poised, like it’s a small, “sporty” crossover we’d actually want to drive. Both the Macan and the Macan Turbo are shown, with the more powerful model sporting a set of quad exhausts.

The only big questions now concern the shape of the lights and the interior. From the photos, we can see a rough outline of the headlights, although the taillights are more difficult to discern. The interior remains a mystery.

Thankfully, LA is less than four months away, so we won’t have too long to wait to see a fully uncovered Macan.

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Will This Be Germany's First Black Lawmaker?

By John Johnson

It’s tough to figure out what’s more interesting: that Karamba Diaby hopes to become Germany’s first black member of parliament, or the very fact that Germany has never had a black member of parliament. Either way, the 51-year-old immigrant from Senegal wants to make history in September’s general election, reports… …read more

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Germany still burying Eastern Front dead from WWII

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Germany will open its last big war cemetery in Russia on Saturday, marking the culmination of a huge effort to recover Wehrmacht soldiers killed on its Eastern Front in World War II.

By the end of this year, the German war graves commission will have found and reburied a total of 800,000 soldiers in Eastern Europe and Russia since 1992, when the former Eastern bloc countries began helping Germany retrieve the remains of missing soldiers following the end of the Cold War.

On Saturday, German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière will hold a speech at the inauguration of the new war cemetery at the town of Dukhovschina, near the city of Smolensk in western Russia…..

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3-D molecular syringes: Scientists solve structure of infection tool used by Yersinia bacterium

Abdominal pain, fever, diarrhoea—these symptoms could point to an infection with the bacterium Yersinia. The bacterium’s pathogenic potential is based on a syringe-like injection apparatus called injectisome. For the first time, an international team of researchers including scientists at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig, Germany, has unraveled this molecular syringe’s spatial conformation. The researchers were able to demonstrate that the length of Yersinia’s injectisome’s basal body, which crosses the bacterial cell wall, is adjustable—very likely an adaptation to physical stress. …read more

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Blake Lively Doesn't Dress For You – and 6 Other Lucky Revelations

By Randy Miller

When Lucky sat down with Blake Lively in Germany (where her husband, Ryan Reynolds, just so happened to be wrapping a film), she arrived wearing scarlet lips and a panama hat. The past few days, however, had been spent in ripped jeans and a baseball cap – a far stretch from the floral Givenchy skirt and grommeted Anthony Vaccarello gown she models within the magazine’s September issue pages.

But Serena van der Woodsen, she is not! “I never think about how other people will respond to the way I dress,” she told Lucky. “Dressing up is all about reflecting how I feel.”

For an explanation of why Blake is just as likely to turn up at the grocery store in L.L.Bean moccasins or crystal heels and more surprising quotes, just keep reading. …read more

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Renzo Piano’s ‘Diogene’ Tiny Home Proves This Architect Can Think Big In A Small Space (PHOTOS)

By The Huffington Post News Editors

When it comes to amazing architects, Pritzker Prize-winner Renzo Piano is up there with the greats. After all, he did design The Shard in London, Europe’s largest skyscraper. But Piano has always had a deep appreciation for small structures too. Very small. So we weren’t surprised to learn about “Diogene,” a tiny home designed by the man himself.

Located in Weil am Rhein, Germany, the 81-square-foot home was created for furniture company Vitra. It is divided into two areas by a partition: A living room and a utility area with a shower, toilet and small kitchen. The space also has a fold-out table, pull-out sofa and storage tucked away throughout.

According to Vitra’s website, Piano said he has been fascinated by minimalist living for years. “This little house is the final result of a long, long journey partially driven by desires and dreams, but also by technicality and a scientific approach,” Piano said.

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Coffee, Tea Or Gas? The Mispricing Of Natural Gas On World Markets

By Michael Lynch, Contributor One perverse side-effect of the shale gas revolution in the US is the revival of coal power plants in Germany, where 5300 megawatts of  new plants are under construction.  Why would green Germany, a major supporter of renewable energy, be turning to coal power? …read more

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How A Social Entrepreneur Created A Sustainable Business In Keeping Politicians Accountable

By Ashoka, Contributor

BONN, Germany – With the federal election season in full swing in Germany, social entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow Gregor Hackmack is busy preparing his online portal, ParliamentWatch, to host a variety of special online forums with German media partners and to connect citizen’s questions to candidates. …read more

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'Promising' blood test discovered for Alzheimer's dementia

Researchers in Germany have identified a new blood test that may in future provide much earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative disorders. The team, from Saarland University and Siemens Healthcare, describe their test in the open access journal Genome Biology… …read more

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German home school parents appeal asylum to Supreme Court | The Daily Caller

By Dave Robbins

Attorneys for Christian parents who fled Germany in order to home school their children but have been denied U.S. asylum said they are preparing to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case and were working with Congress to try to change asylum law. Read More: German home school parents appeal asylum to Supreme […]

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Merkel Makes Case for European Unity in Baltic Campaign Stop

By Vince S.

Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to keep Europe whole as she presses the euro area to become as competitive as Germany, honing her campaign message at a seaside rally in her home district two months before federal elections. Addressing a sun-drenched rally of her Christian Democratic Union in the Baltic Sea resort town of Zingst […]

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Today in History for 24th July 2013

Historical Events

1946 – 9 Spokane baseball players (Western League), die in a bus crash
1949 – Inidian pitcher Bob Lemon hits 2 HRs to beat Senators, 7-5
1956 – Brendan Behan’s “Quare Fellow,” premieres in London
1961 – Edwin Newman becomes news anchor of Today Show
1975 – Apollo 18 returns to Earth
2002 – James Traficant is expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1.

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Famous Birthdays

1798 – John Adams Dix, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1879
1922 – Madeleine Ferron, French Canadian writer
1926 – Hans-Gunther Winkler, Germany, equestrian jumper (Olympic-gold-1956)
1934 – Willie Davis, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Green Bay)
1979 – Valerio Scassellati, Italian racing driver
1984 – John Dhani Lennevald, Swedish singer (A-Teens)

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Famous Deaths

1240 – Konrad von Thüringen, fifth Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights
1652 – Johann Weichmann, composer, dies at 32
1812 – Joseph Schuster, composer, dies at 63
1908 – Vicente Acosta, Salvadoran poet (b. the same day 1867)
1993 – Ben[jamin S] Polak, Dutch physician/resistance fighter, dies
2007 – Albert Ellis, American psychologist (b. 1913)

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Stock Futures Point Higher Ahead of Numerous Earnings Reports

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U.S. stock futures point to a higher open Wednesday, ahead of the publication of new home sales data and quarterly earnings statements from major American companies, including Facebook, Ford, PepsiCo, Qualcomm, Visa and Boeing.

Futures on the Dow Jones industrial average (^DJI) were up 0.2 percent, while futures on the Standard & Poor’s 500 index (^GSPC) were up 0.3 percent and those on the Nasdaq 100 Index were up 0.9 percent.

Investors are expected to focus on new home sales data for June, to be released by the Commerce Department, at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Analysts expect new home sales — the annualized number of new single-family homes that were sold during the previous month — may probably increase to 485,000 in June from 476,000 in the previous month.

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New home sales had recorded a better-than-expected gain in May, helped by a pick-up in demand, while existing home sales data for June, which was released Monday, showed a decline. Analysts attributed the fall to a recent hike in mortgage interest rates and believe new home sales could still increase in June.

“With the NAHB current sales index still rising strongly, we have penciled in an increase in new sales from 476,000 in May to 485,000,” Paul Diggle, an economist with Capital Economics, wrote in a research note.

On the earnings front, a number of major companies, including Caterpillar (CAT), Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY), EMC Corp. (EMC), US Airways Group, (LCC), Ford (F), PepsiCo (PEP) and Boeing (BA), will announce quarterly earnings before market hours. Visa (V), Western Digital (WDC), Qualcomm (QCOM) and Facebook (FB) are to announce their earnings after markets close Wednesday.

Markit Economics’ flash Purchasing Managers’ Index, or PMI, for the manufacturing sector in the month of July, is scheduled to be released at 9 a.m. Eastern time. The index, which measures the activity level of purchasing managers in the manufacturing sector, is expected to show a reading of 52.5 in July, up from the 51.9 recorded in June. A reading below 50 indicates contraction.

European markets were trading higher Wednesday, as investor sentiments were buoyed after flash PMIs for the euro zone’s manufacturing and services sectors beat expectations. The 17-nation eurozone’s manufacturing PMI for July came in at 50.1 compared to 48.8 in the previous month. The services PMI registered a reading of 49.6 compared to 48.3 in June.

Germany’s manufacturing PMI came in at 50.3 in July, up from 48.6 in June while the nation’s services PMI was at 52.5 in July, up from 50.4 in June. Meanwhile, in neighboring France, while the …read more

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