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The NHTSA is opening an investigation into the Tesla Model S and Model X

The NHTSA is opening an investigation into the Tesla Model S and Model X

The NHTSA announced this week that it was opening a preliminary investigation into potential safety concerns raised by owners of Tesla Model S and Model X cars. The agency has received 53 complaints alleging failures of the left or right front suspension fore links. Of those 43 complaints, 11 incidents occurred while driving.

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Hayabusa2 is getting close to home with its samples

Hayabusa2 is getting close to home with its samples

It's been a long time since we talked about the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2. About a year ago, Hayabusa2 landed on the asteroid Ryugu about 180 million miles away from Earth. The spacecraft is now very close to returning home with samples for further analysis.

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SpaceX Starlink beta test will continue into next year

SpaceX Starlink beta test will continue into next year

SpaceX recently announced that it would continue beta testing its Starlink broadband Internet service into 2021. The announcement highlights a delay as the service was previously planned to roll out in 2020. It's unclear exactly when, in 2021, the service will exit beta. As close as we have to a date at this point comes from a SpaceX engineer named Kate Tice, who said that the company plans to expand its beta testing early next year.

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A lunar eclipse will happen late Sunday night

A lunar eclipse will happen late Sunday night

Skywatchers have something to look forward to late Sunday night into early Monday morning. A penumbral lunar eclipse will happen, but it may be difficult to see in some parts of the country. The eclipse will occur late November 29 into the early morning hours of November 30. NASA says that the face of the moon will gradually darken over more than four hours.

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Ford Bronco Sport EPA fuel economy figures published

Ford Bronco Sport EPA fuel economy figures published

One of the most anticipated vehicles that Ford has produced in a long time is the new 2021 Bronco and Bronco Sport. One of the key facts that many will use to decide whether or not to buy the Bronco Sport is its fuel economy ratings, and the EPA has published those. The 2021 Bronco Sport achieves a fuel economy of 25 MPG in the city, 28 MPG on the highway, and 26 MPG combined.

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ISS astronauts celebrated Thanksgiving aboard the space station

ISS astronauts celebrated Thanksgiving aboard the space station

Thanksgiving 2020 was as much of a mess for most people as the majority of the year has been. Many were unable to visit family due to social distancing. Astronauts aboard the ISS were about as socially distanced from their families as you can get, but they still celebrated Thanksgiving. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins talked about what the astronauts did aboard the ISS as it orbited the Earth at 17,500 miles an hour.

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Nanodiamonds could help improve diagnostic tests to detect disease

Nanodiamonds could help improve diagnostic tests to detect disease

Researchers at UCL have conducted tests that found the quantum sensing abilities of nanodiamonds can be used to increase the sensitivity of paper-based diagnostic tests. Researchers say nanodiamonds could allow for earlier detection of diseases such as HIV. Paper-based lateral flow tests work the same way as a pregnancy test.

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Volvo created the “ultimate driving simulator” using the latest gaming tech

Volvo created the “ultimate driving simulator” using the latest gaming tech

Engineers at Volvo have created what they call the ultimate driving simulator. The driving simulator wasn't created for fun. Rather it was created to help them improve vehicle safety and autonomous driving technology. Volvo has a very long history of vehicle safety innovations.

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Borexino experiment gathers critical data on how stars shine

Borexino experiment gathers critical data on how stars shine

The Borexino scientific collaboration is an experiment at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics. Researchers on the project on November 25 announced the first-ever detection of neutrinos produced by the sun by the CNO cycle (carbon-nitrogen-oxygen). The project is an experimental result of historical value completing a chapter of physics that started in the 1930s.

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ESA signs contract with ClearSpace to clean up space debris

ESA signs contract with ClearSpace to clean up space debris

The ESA has signed a contract with an industrial team led by ClearSpace SA worth €86 million to remove a specific piece of space debris. Under the contract, ClearSpace SA will launch the first active debris removal mission known as ClearSpace-1. That mission will rendezvous with, capture, and push a Vespa payload adapter in the atmosphere where it will burn up.

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Earth was very much like Venus 4.5 billion years ago according to researchers

Earth was very much like Venus 4.5 billion years ago according to researchers

The team of scientists led by ETH researcher Paolo Sossi have completed an investigation that has implications for the possible origins of life on Earth. According to the researchers, insights into the atmosphere of the earth 4.5 billion years ago show that our planet would be hard to recognize compared to what we know today.

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Limited-edition Neon Nights Rolls-Royce Dawn, Wraith, and Cullinan debut

Limited-edition Neon Nights Rolls-Royce Dawn, Wraith, and Cullinan debut

Rolls-Royce has announced a new limited-edition collection of vehicles called Neon Nights. The collection wears very vibrant colors that were inspired by exotic plants and animals. The trio of cars also have the special colors were applied to Technical Fiber fascias.

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