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Ford Ranger is the most American made car in the country

Ford Ranger is the most American made car in the country

Each year a new auto index is published that shows which vehicle made in the US has the most domestic parts content. For 2020, most American of American-made vehicle is the Ford Ranger. The Ranger has 70 percent of its parts content sourced within the US and Canada. The second-place car comes from GM and is the Camaro with an automatic transmission with 66 percent domestic parts content.

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NASA says Artemis astronauts may not visit the lunar South Pole

NASA says Artemis astronauts may not visit the lunar South Pole

NASA has had a primary focus for many months on putting astronauts back on the moon in 2024. The space agency originally said that the astronauts would be placed on the moon's south pole, but that may be changing. The Artemis program's landing site was the subject of two separate events held by agency leaders recently. The first was with NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine in a digital meeting held by the NASA advisory group called the Letter Exploration Analysis Group.

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Arctic sea ice melt is increasing due to warm Atlantic water from below

Arctic sea ice melt is increasing due to warm Atlantic water from below

Scientists are pointing out that ice melt in the Arctic is increasing. The researchers say the rate of ice melt is increasing due to warm water from the Atlantic Ocean flowing under the Arctic ice. Researchers say that it's been long known when summer ends in the Arctic and sea ice begins to grow once more. That point is known as the annual sea ice minimum extent, and they say it has decreased consistently over the last 15 years.

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Ford may let 2021 Bronco buyers have the Sasquatch package and a manual

Ford may let 2021 Bronco buyers have the Sasquatch package and a manual

When Ford announced the 2021 Bronco, there was very little to be disappointed about. However, one thing that Ford wasn't going to allow Bronco buyers to do was pair the Sasquatch package that adds larger tires with the manual transmission. This bothered some Bronco fans as Jeep will allow buyers to get the Rubicon package with a manual transmission.

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Roscosmos director says Venus is a Russian planet

Roscosmos director says Venus is a Russian planet

Officials in Russia have been up to some shenanigans, seemingly trying to lay claim to an entire planet. Last week the Director-General of the Russian space corporation, Roscosmos, claimed that Venus was a Russian planet. Director-General Dmitry Rogozin told reporters that resuming the exploration of Venus was on Russia's agenda.

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NASA talks about new precision landing technology that needs no pilot

NASA talks about new precision landing technology that needs no pilot

One of the riskiest parts of exploring another planet or moon is the landing. Often, landing sites, particularly on the moon, are covered in rocks and craters. NASA has robotic and crewed missions to the moon, and Mars planned for the future. One challenge of the landing process is avoiding landing on the steep slope of a crater or in a boulder field.

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2021 Genesis GV80 and G80 both all-new luxury vehicles

2021 Genesis GV80 and G80 both all-new luxury vehicles

Luxury automaker Genesis is offering some details on the 2021 Genesis GV80, which is the first SUV from the company, and the 2021 Genesis G80. The GV80 is Genesis, and its parent companies first entry the rear-wheel drive, mid-size luxury utility market. The automaker says that the 2021 Genesis G80 sets a new standard in executive mid-size sedan luxury and represents the core of its brand.

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Airbus fello’fly repairs to aircraft together to reduce emissions

Airbus fello’fly repairs to aircraft together to reduce emissions

Airbus has announced that it has signed agreements with two airline customers, Frenchbee and SAS Scandinavian Airlines, three Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP), France's DSNA, the UK's NATS and EUROCONTROL. The agencies will work together to demonstrate the feasibility of an Airbus demonstrator project called fello’fly to reduce aviation emissions.

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Scientists fear acidic fluids could have destroyed evidence of life on Mars

Scientists fear acidic fluids could have destroyed evidence of life on Mars

In February of next year, the NASA Perseverance Rover will land on Mars in the Jezero Crater. Soon after its landing, it will begin to gather soil samples that will be returned to earth for study a little more than a decade later. Scientists are hoping that they can find evidence of past life on Mars hidden in the soil samples.

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TESS and Spitzer discover planet closely orbiting a white dwarf star

TESS and Spitzer discover planet closely orbiting a white dwarf star

NASA has announced that the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and the now-retired Spitzer Space Telescope discovered the first intact planet found closely orbiting a white dwarf star. The white dwarf star is the dense remnant of a Sun-like star that is only 40 percent larger than the Earth. The planet orbiting the star is the size of Jupiter and is called WD 1856 b. It's about seven times larger than the star it orbits.

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Ultium Drive will power GM’s EV future

Ultium Drive will power GM’s EV future

GM has announced that its next-generation electric vehicles will be powered by a family of five interchangeable drive units and three motors known collectively as Ultium Drive. Ultium Drive will help GM to transition its current portfolio to a fully electric lineup and promises significant advantages over the automaker's previous EVs in performance, scale, speed to market, and manufacturing efficiencies. Ultium Drive combines electric motors and single-speed transmissions to apply the power generated by Ultium battery cells.

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NASA says Solar Cycle 25 has begun

NASA says Solar Cycle 25 has begun

The sun goes through cycles where it has more or less activity, and NASA has now confirmed that Solar Cycle 25 has begun. Experts from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discussed analysis and predictions about the new solar cycle during a media event on Tuesday of this week. Among the information shared during the event was how the coming upswing in space weather impacts life on Earth, technology, and astronauts in space.

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