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VW I.D. R Pikes Peak racer packs 680 electric horses

VW I.D. R Pikes Peak racer packs 680 electric horses

VW has unveiled the all-electric racing car that it will use to take on Pikes Peak this summer. The car is called the I.D. R Pikes Peak and it is aiming specifically at beating the 8:57.118 record for the EV class in the race up the mountain. The I.D. R most certainly has the power to beat that time.

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Desiccation Cracks on Mars shed new light on ancient climate

Desiccation Cracks on Mars shed new light on ancient climate

Scientists are sure that Mars once had an atmosphere and liquid water on its surface. Scientists have known since very early in the mission of Curiosity in 2012 that Gale Crater once contained lakes. The image below shows a feature found on Mars called desiccation cracks which form when mud is exposed to air, dries, and cracks.

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BMW iX3 all-electric SUV teased

BMW iX3 all-electric SUV teased

Like any other automakers, BMW is pushing hard on the electrification front and has several new EVs coming to market. One of those EVs will be the BMW iX3 SUV, a vehicle we have heard about before. We don't know much about the iX3 right now other than it will be an SUV and based on the X3 SUV presumably.

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Lamborghini Huracam is the fastest camera car in the world

Lamborghini Huracam is the fastest camera car in the world

What do you get when you take a Lamborghini supercar and combine it with a gyro-stabilized camera rig that cost three times more than the car? You get the Lamborghini Huracam. The car started as a $200,000 Lamborghini Huracan that was partly disassembled and had a $600,000 camera rig stuffed into its tiny front trunk.

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Hubble Celebrates 28th birthday with awesome images of Lagoon Nebula

Hubble Celebrates 28th birthday with awesome images of Lagoon Nebula

The Hubble Space Telescope has been orbiting the Earth and taking some of the coolest images of space that we have seen for 28 years now. To celebrate its nearly three decades of service, Hubble was aimed at the stunningly beautiful Lagoon Nebula and some of the images have been shared with the masses. The Lagoon Nebula is described as a vast stellar nursery.

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Ford Mustang Hybrid tipped for 2020

Ford Mustang Hybrid tipped for 2020

The world has gone hybrid and EV crazy over the last few years in a push to reduce pollution and go green. Initially, many performance car fans feared that the advent of the electric vehicle and hybrid cars would mean performance cars would disappear. Tesla and other EV makers have shown us that EV performance cars are very fast, even if they are very expensive right now.

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2018 Ford F-150 3.0L Power Stroke diesel gets 30mpg on highway

2018 Ford F-150 3.0L Power Stroke diesel gets 30mpg on highway

Ford has unveiled the new 3.0L Power Stroke diesel engine for the F-150 and the engine boasts EPA-estimated fuel economy that are the highest available in any full-size truck. EPA estimates for the truck with the 3.0L diesel engine are 30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city, and 25mpg combined. The 3.0L Power Stroke diesel engine makes 250hp and 440 lb-ft of torque.

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Study finds global warming is killing the Great Barrier Reef

Study finds global warming is killing the Great Barrier Reef

One of the most iconic underwater reefs in the world is the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia. A new study has looked at the effects of global warming on the reef and specifically looked at the record-setting heatwave in 2016 and its effects on the Great Barrier Reef. The results of the study have been published in Nature.

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Jaguar XE 300 Sport races Olympic speed skater on ice

Jaguar XE 300 Sport races Olympic speed skater on ice

Jaguar is all about the weird races and it likes to set bizarre records while doing winter sports. Last time Jag towed a skier at 117mph to set a record. This time out a Jag XE 300 Sport has raced an Olympic champion speed skater on a 3km outdoor ice track and won.

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Volocopter debuts air taxi infrastructure for cities

Volocopter debuts air taxi infrastructure for cities

Volocopter has been working to bring air taxi services to the masses for a while now. It has now unveiled its air taxi infrastructure for cities that is meant to integrate air taxis into existing transportation systems. Volocopter says that its infrastructure could support mobility for up to another 10,000 passengers daily with a single point to point connection.

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Nike Flyprint is a 3D printed textile upper for shoes

Nike Flyprint is a 3D printed textile upper for shoes

Nike is always on the lookout for new ways to make shoes and materials. The latest innovation from the company is called Flyprint and it is hailed as the first 3D printed textile upper for performance footwear. Flyprint uppers are made using solid deposit modeling (SDM). The process uses a TPU filament that is unwound from a coil, melted, and laid down in layers.

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Kia enables Alexa Control Over Many Vehicle Functions

Kia enables Alexa Control Over Many Vehicle Functions

Kia has announced that owners of certain models of its cars are now able to control a number of functions using their voice. The commands come thanks to integration between Kia and the Amazon Alexa voice assistant. Features that can be controlled with the voice include starting and stopping the engine and operation of the climate control system.

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