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MIT has developed the blackest black material

MIT has developed the blackest black material

Engineers at MIT have announced that they have cooked up a material that is blacker than anything that has been previously reported. The material is said to be the "blackest black" that has been made so far. MIT's invention is ten times blacker than anything previously recorded.

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Vision Mercedes Simplex is a futuristic retro concept

Vision Mercedes Simplex is a futuristic retro concept

Mercedes has unveiled a design concept called the Vision Mercedes Simplex at Design Essentials 2019. The automaker says that the concept is a "sculpture embodying the heritage and future of the luxury brand." The design of the concept is meant to remind of the 1901 Mercedes 35 PS racing car that set the racing world on its head that year at a racetrack that ran from Nice to La Turbie.

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NASA says comet C/2019 Q4 is an interstellar visitor

NASA says comet C/2019 Q4 is an interstellar visitor

Scientists are excited about a newly discovered comet that is dubbed Comet C/2019 Q4 as the comet appears to have originated from outside the solar system. The comet was discovered on August 30, 2019, by Gennady Borisov from the MARGO observatory in Nauchnij, Crimea. As of now, there has been no official confirmation that comet C/2019 Q4 is an interstellar comet.

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Researchers create cheap electricity using natural cooling phenomena

Researchers create cheap electricity using natural cooling phenomena

A group of researchers from UCLA have created a low-cost device that can generate electricity using a natural cooling phenomenon. The cooling phenomenon is called radiative sky cooling. The team has leveraged that phenomenon to create renewable energy at night that they say could be adapted to provide low-cost electricity to people without access around the world.

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Robot swims and soars through the air using water as propulsion

Robot swims and soars through the air using water as propulsion

Scientists at Imperial College London have created a new bio-inspired robot that takes inspiration from flying fish. The robot can propel itself out of the water and glide through the air. The challenge for robots of this sort is the transition from the water to the air.

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Artificial leaves use sunlight to produce cheap medicine

Artificial leaves use sunlight to produce cheap medicine

Scientists from the Eindhoven University of Technology have created an artificial leaf that uses the power of the sun to create cheap medicines. The team says that their tech is a "mini-reactor" that is similar to real leaves in nature that can absorb sunlight to drive chemical reactions. The team has been able to get the artificial leaves to create two types of medicine.

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GM issues recall on 3.8M vehicles that may not stop

GM issues recall on 3.8M vehicles that may not stop

GM has issued a recall on several of its popular trucks and SUVs due to a potential braking issue that could lead to an accident. The recall was issued on 2014-2018 model year vehicles that include some Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Suburban, GMC Sierra, and GMC Yukon vehicles. GM recalled 310,000 vehicles in Canada for the same issue in June; it's not clear why it took so long to recall the vehicles in the States.

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A new remote-controlled prosthetic hand could be a life-changer

A new remote-controlled prosthetic hand could be a life-changer

Scientists at EPFL have been working on a new robotic hand that could be a life-changing device for amputees. The new robotic hand combines tech from two different fields - neuroengineering and robotics. The team created a new robotic hand that was tested on three amputees and seven healthy subjects.

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Bionic prosthesis allows amputees to feel prosthetic foot

Bionic prosthesis allows amputees to feel prosthetic foot

Researchers from ETH Zurich and a company called SensArs have developed a new interface to connect a leg prosthesis with the residual nerves left in the thigh of two patients who had an above the knee amputation. The goal was to provide the people with sensory input from the prosthetic foot.

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Hyundai reveals 45 EV Concept at IAA 2019

Hyundai reveals 45 EV Concept at IAA 2019

Hyundai has unveiled its latest EV concept car at IAA 2019 in Germany. The car is called the 45 EV concept, and Hyundai says that the concept foreshadows a "new era" of automotive design at the automaker. The new era of design will focus on electrification, autonomous technology, and intelligent design.

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New electric eel species produces 840V discharge

New electric eel species produces 840V discharge

Scientists previously believed that there was only one species of electric eel, but that has now been proven wrong. There are at least three species of the electric eel. The new species were recently discovered by members of the Sao Paulo Research Foundation with support from various other organizations. The team found that one of the new species of electric eels can produce a charge of up to 860 volts.

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MIT creates reprogrammable ink that changes colors using light

MIT creates reprogrammable ink that changes colors using light

Researchers at MIT have created a new programmable ink that offers some of the most interesting properties similar to a chameleon. MIT scientists at the Computer Science and Artificial intelligence Laboratory or CSAIL have created a programmable ink that brings us closer to inanimate objects that can change colors like the chameleon.

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