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Researchers develop a wearable gas sensor for health monitoring

Researchers develop a wearable gas sensor for health monitoring

Researchers from Penn State University, along with researchers from Northeastern University, have announced that they have developed a highly sensitive, wearable gas sensor for environmental and human health monitoring. The researchers believe that the wearable sensor may soon become commercially available. The new sensor is an improvement on existing wearable sensors thanks to its self-heating mechanism that enhances sensitivity.

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BMW mild-hybrid technology hits 3 Series and more starting in March

BMW mild-hybrid technology hits 3 Series and more starting in March

The push to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions in Europe is strong, and automakers are relying on both full-electric and hybrid technology to reach economy and emissions goals. BMW says that while it's expanding its range of all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, it is also expanding its use of mild-hybrid technology.

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PigeonBot is a robot bird fitted with real feathers

PigeonBot is a robot bird fitted with real feathers

Researchers at Stanford University have been looking into exactly how birds can maintain controlled flight by changing the shape of their wings. For their study, they invented a robot called PigeonBot that has a pair of "biohybrid morphing wings." The robot is being used to test out new control principles. One of the most interesting aspects of the PigeonBot is that the scientists fitted the flying robot with real bird feathers.

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A new class of objects discovered orbiting Sagittarius A black hole

A new class of objects discovered orbiting Sagittarius A black hole

Astronomers from the UCLA Galactic Center Orbits Initiative have discovered a new class of objects that are orbiting the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. That black hole is called Sagittarius A, and the team says that the bizarre objects look like gas and behave like stars.

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BMW i8 sports car gets the axe in April

BMW i8 sports car gets the axe in April

BMW has confirmed that the production of the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car will end in April. The car was produced for nearly six years and was intended as a Porsche 911 rival. The discontinuation of the model comes as BMW plans to shift its focus to a line of bespoke electric cars that include the iX3 compact SUV, i4, and iNext SUV.

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Asteroid discovered that orbits inside the orbit of Venus

Asteroid discovered that orbits inside the orbit of Venus

Astronomers at Caltech have made an interesting discovery using the Caltech Zwicky Transient Facility or ZTF. ZTF is a survey camera that is based at the Palomar observatory. What the researchers have discovered is a new asteroid, dubbed 2020 AV2, that orbits entirely within the orbit of Venus. The scientist say the only way the asteroid will ever get out of its orbit is if it is flung out via a gravitational encounter with Mercury or Venus.

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2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL line includes Denali and AT4 trims

2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL line includes Denali and AT4 trims

GMC has unveiled its latest version of the Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs. The 2021 models are headlined by an all-new and more upscale Denali version and the first-ever Yukon AT4 aimed at off-road use. The entire Yukon line has an all-new interior with an available power sliding center console.

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Scientists create “xenobots” using living cells

Scientists create “xenobots” using living cells

A team of scientists from the University of Vermont working with researchers from other institutions, has been able to repurpose living cells. The cells used were scraped from Frog embryos and assembled into new lifeforms. The new lifeforms are millimeter-wide "xenobots" that can move towards a target. They may also be able to pick up a payload, such as a medication, that needs to be delivered to a specific place inside the person. The xenobots can also heal themselves after being cut.

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Ford offers Super Duty Tremor buyers a winch option

Ford offers Super Duty Tremor buyers a winch option

When it comes to off-roading, there are often times when you need a little extra help to get out of mud or over obstacles. For times like that, a winch is handy. Ford has announced that it will be offering a factory-installed or after purchase winch option for the 2020 Ford Super Duty Tremor package pickup.

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Scientists discover stardust older than the Sun in a meteorite

Scientists discover stardust older than the Sun in a meteorite

Fifty years ago, in Australia, scientists discovered a meteorite that has been under study. The team has now found that the stardust inside the meteorite formed between 5 and 7 billion years ago. That makes it the oldest material ever found on Earth. Scientist Philipp Heck says that the material is the oldest ever found and that it tells about how stars formed in our galaxy.

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2020 Audi SQ7 and SQ8 SUVs pack 500hp V8s

2020 Audi SQ7 and SQ8 SUVs pack 500hp V8s

Audi has unveiled a pair of new SUVs that will be coming to the States. The 2020 Audi SQ7 is the first performance variant of the newly updated three-row SUV to be sold in the States. The SQ8 will slot between the Audi Q8 and the RS Q8. Both the SQ7 and SQ8 SUVs share the same 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine that makes 500hp and 568 lb-ft of torque.

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A new source of magnetic storms is closer to Earth than expected

A new source of magnetic storms is closer to Earth than expected

Magnetic storms have the potential to impact the daily lives of people all around the globe and to threaten satellites. A new study from the NASA THEMIS mission team has shown that magnetic storms can originate much closer to Earth than previously thought. The study is the first to show that the storms can form close to Earth and to indicate that the storms could overlap the orbits of weather, communication, and GPS satellites.

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