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Moon maker: Scientists sift Apollo rocks to figure formation

Moon maker: Scientists sift Apollo rocks to figure formation

The moon may be a mainstay of the night sky, but scientists believe they're one step closer to understanding where it came from with the help of new research into rock samples brought back by Apollo astronauts. Existing theories that a huge impact of an unknown planet with Earth billions of years ago spawned the debris that would later cluster to create the moon was believable, but discrepancies in the science had always left scientists scratching their heads.

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Google’s self-driving car could lose its hat with new laser tech

Google’s self-driving car could lose its hat with new laser tech

Self-driving cars like Google's controversial 25mph autonomous pod could get significantly more affordable to make, researchers have promised, with a new LIDAR radar system far cheaper than the expensive turret on top of current models. The laser tracking system - the distinctive "turret" on top of the Google self-driving car - is one of the single most expensive components in the vehicle, estimated to add around $80,000 to the bill of materials. However, a Berkley team believes it could do the same thing at a fraction of the cost.

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Ford Lightweight Concept Car eyes-on: High-tech, Low-weight

Ford Lightweight Concept Car eyes-on: High-tech, Low-weight

Ford wasn't going to let all that aluminum research on the 2015 F-150 be used on just one truck, and so now there's the Ford Lightweight Concept, a prototype car that, along with Samsung battery collaboration, aims to change the way we look at tomorrow's vehicles. Effectively delivering a car akin in size to a 2013 Fusion but with the weight of a Fiesta - a car two classes beneath it - the Lightweight Concept trims weight from the suspension, interior, glazing, and powertrain by using materials like aluminum alloy, carbon fiber, and composites.

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Samsung and Ford reveal next-gen car batteries

Samsung and Ford reveal next-gen car batteries

Ford and Samsung SDI have revealed the fruits of a decade of car battery research, with a new ultra-lightweight li-ion battery concept that could end up 40-percent lighter than nickel-metal-hydride packs many hybrids and EVs currently use. Meanwhile, there's also a new dual-battery system which could deliver hybrid-style regenerative braking on regular cars.

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NASA ForceShoes keep tabs on astronaut exercise

NASA ForceShoes keep tabs on astronaut exercise

Exercising is an important part of daily life, more so for astronauts than us gravity-bound folk. To ensure those aboard the International Space Station get exercise that is both extensive and of adequate quality, the space agency has developed a pair of sandals called ForceShoes that are able to measure load.

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Perfect photo portrait research mimics the masters

Perfect photo portrait research mimics the masters

Striking headshot portraits that offer the same styles as famous photographers could one day be created from the sort of snaps you can take with your phone, with one computer vision research team cooking up a dynamic retouching system. The handiwork of a group led by computational photography researcher YiChang Shih, the system - dubbed "Style Transfer for Headshot Portraits" - takes a regular source picture and another showing the an example of the sort of style you're trying to achieve, blending the two automatically, and even doing the same for video.

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iOS 7 cements iPhone and iPad base as iOS 8 beckons

iOS 7 cements iPhone and iPad base as iOS 8 beckons

The latest iOS usage data suggests Apple is headed into its big iOS 8 reveal with the old version dominating installs, with nearly nine out of ten iPhone users in North America believed to be on iOS 7. Crunching browser data from serving ad impressions, Chitika discovered that of the "tens of millions" of iPhone and iPad users spotted in the seven days up until May 28th, 89.7-percent had iOS 7 on their phone, and 84.8-percent on their tablet.

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