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UCLA study implies Earth-like planets may be common in the Universe

UCLA study implies Earth-like planets may be common in the Universe

A team of researchers from UCLA has published a new study that presents new evidence that suggests Earth is not unique. UCLA professor Edward Young says that the team has raised the probability that many rocky planets are like Earth. The team was led by a UCLA graduate student of geochemistry and astrochemistry called Alexandra Doyle.

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2020 Subaru Crosstrek price creeps up a bit

2020 Subaru Crosstrek price creeps up a bit

Subaru has announced the pricing on its popular Crosstrek SUV for the 2020 model year. Pricing has increased across the range, with new model pricing starting at $250 more than the 2019 model. Pricing for the Crosstrek Hybrid has crept up only $150 compared to last year.

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Bosch SoundSee module heads to the ISS to gauge system health

Bosch SoundSee module heads to the ISS to gauge system health

Bosch has announced that it has a new sensor that is set to lift off to the ISS called SoundSee. The SoundSee modules is about the size of a lunchbox and has microphones intended to analyze sounds aboard the ISS to gauge system health. The microphones work in conjunction with a machine learning algorithm to analyze the audio data that it hears.

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Assembler robots build large structures out of small pieces

Assembler robots build large structures out of small pieces

The structure seen in the image below was built by the two robots using individual pieces called voxels. The researchers working on the robots think that they may one day be able to construct complex objects, such as aircraft or structures on other planets, from multiple individual components. The team says that while commercial aircraft are built in sections today at different locations and then brought together for final assembly, these robots may allow the final assembly to be the only stage of construction.

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Toyota Copen GR Sport is a quirky sports car for Japan only

Toyota Copen GR Sport is a quirky sports car for Japan only

Toyota has rolled out a new sports car for the Japanese market that is called the Copen GR Sport. The small car is a two-seat convertible sports car that meets the minivehicle standards in Japan. It is the first car in the "GR" series that was developed by Toyota Gazoo Racing. The ride is an OEM car that is manufactured by Daihatsu using the knowledge gained in the Toyota Gazoo Racing motorsports activity.

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Hubble observes its first interstellar comet

Hubble observes its first interstellar comet

Hubble has been gazing at the stars for decades and has provided some of the best images we have of the cosmos. Recently Hubble was able to observe its very first confirmed interstellar comet in its service life. The comet is called 2I/Borisov.

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SpaceX seeks approval to put 30,000 additional Starlink satellites

SpaceX seeks approval to put 30,000 additional Starlink satellites

SpaceX has big plans to offer internet connectivity around the world using its constellation of Starlink satellites. SpaceX already has FCC approval for 12,000 Starlink satellites, and it is now seeking approval to more than double that number. Space X is seeking FCC approval for an addition, 30,000 satellites.

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BMW outs new 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

BMW outs new 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

BMW has unveiled the new 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. The car comes in both a 228hp 228i xDrive Gran Coupe and a 301hp M235i xDrive Gran Coupe. The Gran Coupe models are designed to deliver styling and design with everyday 4-door usability and space.

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NASA shows off new spacesuit and Orion Crew Survival System suit

NASA shows off new spacesuit and Orion Crew Survival System suit

NASA is working on new spacesuits that will be used to take astronauts into space and to the surface of the Moon and Mars. The red, white, and blue spacesuit is a prototype of the new Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit or xEMU. That spacesuit is worn in the photos and video below by Kristine Davis, a spacesuit engineer at the NASA Johnson Space Center.

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A major hurdle to an artificial retina has been solved

A major hurdle to an artificial retina has been solved

Researchers have been working for more than ten years to create an artificial retina that might help the blind see again. Researchers from Stanford University may have found a solution to one of the most limiting issues with designing an artificial retina that can be implanted into the eye - heat. An artificial retina has a very small computer chip inside that has metal electrodes sticking out of it.

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AI helped design bike that broke speed records

AI helped design bike that broke speed records

An aerodynamic bicycle has been used to set world records for top speed for cyclists. The bike was designed using software from a company called Neural Concepts, a spin-off of the Computer Vision Laboratory in the EPFL School of Computer and Communication Sciences. On September 13, a new world record for women's cycling speed was set.

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A new study of Venus lava flow suggests it wasn’t once wet

A new study of Venus lava flow suggests it wasn’t once wet

Scientists have been studying a structure on the surface of Venus called the Ovda Fluctus lava flow. The study shows that the lava flow is made of basaltic lava and weakens any notion that Venus might have once had an Earth-like climate with oceans of liquid water. Past studies have suggested that Venus might have once been warm and wet based on the chemistry of its atmosphere and the presence of highlands.

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