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Incredibly lightweight and durable ceramic aerogel could protect future spacecraft

Incredibly lightweight and durable ceramic aerogel could protect future spacecraft

Researchers from UCLA and partners from eight other institutions have created a new material that is a lightweight aerogel made of ceramic that is very durable. The material is so durable that it could one day be used in some of the most extreme conditions known to man, such as to protect spacecraft from heat during re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere. Ceramic aerogels have been used for such purposes in the past.

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Suzuki Jimny Black Bison toughens up the adorable Jimny

Suzuki Jimny Black Bison toughens up the adorable Jimny

One of the coolest things that Suzuki has produced in many years is the new Jimny SUV. The Jimny is a tiny SUV that isn't being sold in the US, and many people are upset by that. Suzuki pulled out of the US market a while back as its sales were poor, but it sounds as if its new SUV might do well here if it had the chance.

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Study of decades-old earthquake data reveals mountains hundreds of kilometers underground

Study of decades-old earthquake data reveals mountains hundreds of kilometers underground

Back in 1994, a massive earthquake happened in Bolivia. That earthquake occurred on June 9, 1994, and registered a massive 8.2 magnitude, and was so powerful that shocks were felt as far away as Canada. Earthquakes of that magnitude are very rare, and this one happened to be among the first to be measured with a modern seismic network.

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NASA SPHEREx mission aims to investigate the origins and evolution of the universe

NASA SPHEREx mission aims to investigate the origins and evolution of the universe

NASA has announced that it has selected a new space mission with a target launch for 2023. The new mission is called SPHEREx, which stands for Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer. The mission is planned to last two years and is funded at $242 million.

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2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock ditches wood rails and gold wheels of the classic namesake

2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock ditches wood rails and gold wheels of the classic namesake

Ram has announced the revival of a nameplate that hasn't been seen since 1977. The nameplate is Warlock, and in the late '70s, the package got you a single cab truck with wood bed rails, gold wheels, and fancy pinstripes. The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock receives none of those cool touches.

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Airbus A380 aircraft deliveries to end in 2021

Airbus A380 aircraft deliveries to end in 2021

Airbus is one of the biggest manufacturers of aircraft for commercial aviation in the world. The company has announced that it will be ending production of the A380 aircraft in 2021. The end of production for the aircraft comes as Emirates airlines decide to reduce the number of A380 aircraft it had ordered by 39 units.

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Range Rover Sport HST adds 400PS inline-six with mild hybrid tech

Range Rover Sport HST adds 400PS inline-six with mild hybrid tech

Range Rover has announced the addition of a special version of the Range Rover Sport. The Range Rover Sport HST features a new 400PS, 550Nm of torque Ingenium gas engine. That engine is a straight-size that Rover says adds balance and refinement to the line.

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Plasma jets hitting the Earth’s magnetic field drop a drum-like beat

Plasma jets hitting the Earth’s magnetic field drop a drum-like beat

Science fiction might lead us to believe that space is silent, but it's not according to NASA. The near-Earth environment is filled with what NASA calls eerie sounds caused by phenomena that scientists have long known about. The phenomena that create sounds in space include electromagnetic waves that resonate like string instruments and whistle like wind instruments.

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NASA MAVEN spacecraft changes orbit to support Mars 2020 rover operations

NASA MAVEN spacecraft changes orbit to support Mars 2020 rover operations

NASA's next big mission will be the launch and landing of the Mars 2020 rover on the surface of the Red Planet. To support that mission, an existing NASA spacecraft is changing its orbit. That spacecraft is MAVEN, Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution. MAVEN is currently on a new mission preparing to get new responsibility as a data relay satellite for the Mars 2020 rover.

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2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport rolls towards Geneva debut

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport rolls towards Geneva debut

Mitsubishi has announced that it will hold the global unveil of the 2020 model year Outlander Sport at the Geneva International Motor Show. The Geneva show will run March 7-17. While the Outlander Sport is an important vehicle for Mitsubishi, its sales aren't that strong globally.

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Earth as we know it is thanks to a massive star in the birth environment of our sun

Earth as we know it is thanks to a massive star in the birth environment of our sun

Researchers have completed new simulations that look at how planets are believed to form. The new computer simulations show that the climate and solid surface of the Earth may be due in part to a massive star in the birth environment of the Sun. Simulations show that without the radioactive elements that star threw into the early solar system, the Earth could have been a hostile ocean planet covered in ice sheets.

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NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera snaps Chang’e 4 pics

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera snaps Chang’e 4 pics

China has been operating its Chang'e 4 mission for a while now and has so far shared much of the data with the world. As the Chang'e 4 and its Yutu-2 rover are at work on the ground, the NASA LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) is working in orbit above the moon. On January 30 the LRO made an orbit over the Von Karman crater, the landing site for the Chinese mission.

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