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Shane has been writing for SlashGear since June 2009. His writing has been published in several well known outlet such as Laptop Magazine and Computer Shopper. Email

MaGIXS x-ray spectrometer performed its short flight recently

MaGIXS x-ray spectrometer performed its short flight recently

NASA researchers successfully launched a new x-ray solar imager on a very brief suborbital flight. The x-ray solar imager is called MaGIXS, short for Marshall Grazing Incidence X-ray Spectrometer. The instrument was launched on a suborbital flight via a sounding rocket to gather insights on how and why the sun's corona is so much hotter than the surface of the star itself.

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New theory on how Earth’s atmosphere became breathable proposed by scientists

New theory on how Earth’s atmosphere became breathable proposed by scientists

Life as we know it requires oxygen. That fact isn't in debate. However, the process behind the increased oxygen levels in the atmosphere of Earth that took place about 2 billion years ago is the subject of debate. A team of scientists has proposed an interesting explanation for the increased oxygen levels in the planet's atmosphere.

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Hennessey celebrates three decades with the Exorcist 30th Anniversary Camaro

Hennessey celebrates three decades with the Exorcist 30th Anniversary Camaro

Hennessey Performance Engineering is celebrating three decades of making fast cars faster with a special and limited-edition vehicle. Hennessey says that it will offer 30 customers the opportunity to purchase extra special versions of one of its iconic vehicles, the Exorcist Camaro ZL1. The 30 units of the Exorcist Camaro cars will complete the 100-car production run for the special model.

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Researchers run complex quantum computing algorithms on traditional computers

Researchers run complex quantum computing algorithms on traditional computers

EPFL Professor Giuseppe Carleo and a graduate student from Columbia University named Matija Medvidović have found a way to execute a complex quantum computing algorithm on a traditional computer. Typically executing quantum software requires the use of a quantum computer. The quantum software the researchers are considering is known as Quantum Approximate Optimization Algorithm (QAOA), and it's used to solve classical optimization problems in mathematics.

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Toyota launches the new Land Cruiser boasting a significant weight loss

Toyota launches the new Land Cruiser boasting a significant weight loss

Toyota has announced that it has launched the new Land Cruiser. The Land Cruiser first debuted in 1951 and has a significant cult following all around the world. The vehicle is large, comfortable, and extremely capable off-road. Toyota says the new Land Cruiser has evolved and has improved reliability, durability, and off-road performance. The new Land Cruiser 300 Series is a complete redesign of the outgoing 200 Series that launched in 2007.

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Self-powered microswimmers created with three ingredients

Self-powered microswimmers created with three ingredients

A new study has shown that it's possible to create self-powered swimming robots that are extremely small using three ingredients. Researchers on the project combined oil drops with water containing a detergent-like substance and found they can produce artificial swimmers that can swim independently and harvest energy to recharge. The oil droplets harness fluctuating temperatures in their surrounding environment to store energy and swim.

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Perseids meteor shower is gearing up to be a spectacle in the nighttime sky

Perseids meteor shower is gearing up to be a spectacle in the nighttime sky

Each year, the Earth moves through the tail of a comet leading to the Perseid meteor showers that start in late July and peak by the middle of August. The first meteor of the shower for 2021 was observed on July 26. NASA says anyone wanting to look at the skies and see the meteor shower for themselves would find the best viewing on the night of August 11.

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A newly discovered fossil has a remarkably preserved brain

A newly discovered fossil has a remarkably preserved brain

Researchers have discovered one of the oldest and most preserved brains and all of the fossil record. The fossil is a 310 million-year-old horseshoe crab found with its entire brain intact. Researchers note that most of the knowledge of ancient creatures comes from bones because soft tissue doesn't fossilize as well.

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Tesla 2021.24 software update brings Disney+ streaming and more

Tesla 2021.24 software update brings Disney+ streaming and more

One of the best aspects of Tesla vehicles is that they are updatable over the air, and the automaker frequently releases software updates for its vehicles. Software updates bring new features, patch bugs, and sometimes bring new entertainment options. A user on Reddit has posted a screenshot from an unnamed Tesla vehicle claiming the show the 2021.24 software update release notes.

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H2X Global Warrego is a hydrogen-powered Ford Ranger

H2X Global Warrego is a hydrogen-powered Ford Ranger

A company called H2X Global has revealed an interesting pickup based on the Ford Ranger. While typically, the Ranger comes with a turbo four-cylinder under the hood that runs on gasoline, the Warrego runs on a hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric drivetrain. The pickup produces zero emissions and promises to be one of the first vehicles launched by the company on the market.

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CERN researchers discover an exotic particle with a long life

CERN researchers discover an exotic particle with a long life

Researchers from the LHCb experiment at CERN recently presented a new discovery at the European Physical Society Conference on High Energy Physics. The team discovered a new particle they labeled as TCC+, which is a tetraquark. A tetraquark is an exotic hadron that contains two quarks and two antiquarks.

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ESA conducts its first test of the European Ground System – Common Core software

ESA conducts its first test of the European Ground System – Common Core software

ESA has announced that it has successfully operated a spacecraft using its new so-called "space brain." The software is officially called European Ground System - Common Core (EGS-CC). The space agency says the software will be the brain of all European spaceflight operations in the years to come.

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