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2020 Honda CR-V gains LX powertrain and new tech

2020 Honda CR-V gains LX powertrain and new tech

Honda has announced details on the refreshed 2020 Honda CR-V, which it says is the most popular crossover in America. The vehicle landed in dealerships earlier this month and for 2020 there is a new powertrain for the LX trim. The 2020 CR-V LX gains a 1.5-liter turbo engine and Honda Sensing safety suite as standard.

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Pac-Man mergers could explain massive, spinning black holes

Pac-Man mergers could explain massive, spinning black holes

Scientists have detected gravitational waves from ten black hole mergers so far. They are trying to explain the origins of those mergers with the largest detected so far, having defied previous models. The scientists say that the largest of the detected mergers have a higher spin and mass that thought possible.

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Disney Research shows off a robot character with fast handovers

Disney Research shows off a robot character with fast handovers

When two people are talking, and one wants to hand the other something, the handover process is done quickly and fluidly. The same can't be said for handovers that are done with most robots. Disney Research has a new system that it says generates a fast and robust handover with a robot character.

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2020 Hyundai Venue and Sonata pricing announced

2020 Hyundai Venue and Sonata pricing announced

Hyundai has a new entry-level SUV that is launching for car buyers shopping on a budget. The SUV is called the Hyundai Venue, and it starts at $17,250. At that price, the buyers get a 1.6-liter DPI 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. Buyers who want that SUV with a 6-speed Smartstream IVT transmission will pay $18,450. Pricing doesn't include the $1,095 destination charge.

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MIT engineers develop a robot that can twist and turn as needed

MIT engineers develop a robot that can twist and turn as needed

Robots have a hard time performing some tasks that humans take for granted. Tasks like reaching behind objects on a shelf to get the one required for a job that situated in the back without disturbing other items on the shelf is an example of a task easy for humans. That sort of task is a challenge for robots, but MIT has a new robot that offers a solution to this challenge.

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Researchers invent laser-etched metal that floats

Researchers invent laser-etched metal that floats

Researchers from the University of Rochester have created a new laser-etched metal that was inspired by diving bell spiders and rafts of fire ants. The team has created a metallic structure that is so water repellent that it won't sink no matter how it is forced under the water or how much it is damaged. The new material has the potential to change many products.

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Audi unveils revised R8 V10 RWD and R8 LMS GT4 racer

Audi unveils revised R8 V10 RWD and R8 LMS GT4 racer

Audi has pulled the covers off a couple of new R8 models that will have fans of the sports car excited. The new vehicles include the Audi R8 V10 RWD and the Audi R8 LMS GT4. Audi says that the R8 V10 with rear-wheel drive is becoming a permanent model and is being redesigned to make it more striking. The RWD R8 will have the same features as the R8 V10 Quattro models.

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NASA opens moon samples collected decades ago

NASA opens moon samples collected decades ago

Decades ago, NASA astronauts Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt were part of the Apollo 17 mission to the moon. As part of their duties, they gathered samples from the moon by driving a 4cm wide tube into the Moon's surface. The samples have remained in the container for over 40 years. As part of the NASA Apollo Next-Generation Sample Analysis (ANGSA) initiative, the sample is being opened and studied using tools that weren't available when they were first collected.

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NASA’s TESS shows off a gorgeous panorama of the southern sky

NASA’s TESS shows off a gorgeous panorama of the southern sky

NASA has unveiled a large and awe-inspiring panoramic photo that was taken by the TESS spacecraft. The panoramic image was constructed using 208 images that TESS has taken during the first year of science operations that completed on July 18. NASA says that the image shows both the beauty of the cosmos and the reach of the TESS cameras.

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Dodge unveils 2020 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak at SEMA

Dodge unveils 2020 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak at SEMA

Dodge has unveiled its latest turn-key, track-only, drag racing car at SEMA 2019. The car is the 2020 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. It's built for racers who run in the sportsman classes in races sanctioned by the NHRA and NMCA. Dodge says the new Drag Pak builds on the lessons leaked in the thrid-gen Drag Pak car.

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Harvard researchers RoboBee is powered by soft artificial muscles

Harvard researchers RoboBee is powered by soft artificial muscles

In the past small robots like the RoboBee developed at Harvard were packed with hard parts that were fragile and could be destroyed in an impact with a wall or other robot. The scientists behind RoboBee have developed a new and resilient version of the robot that is powered by soft artificial muscles that can crash into things without being damaged.

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MIT algorithm for robots that helps them find the door

MIT algorithm for robots that helps them find the door

In the future, autonomous cars will not only take people to and from destinations, but they will also deliver goods without the need for drivers to operate the vehicles. The catch is that no driver means there will be no one to take the packages to the door. Many see robots as the answer to that dilemma.

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