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Scientists now know how massive the fastest-growing black hole in the Universe is

Scientists now know how massive the fastest-growing black hole in the Universe is

A team of researchers led by The Australian National University has determined just how massive the fastest-growing black hole in the Universe is. The team is also determined how much material the black was consuming. According to the scientists, the gigantic black hole is 34 billion times the mass of our Sun and eats approximately the equivalent of one Sun every day.

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Ford gives up new Bronco details ahead of the official unveiling

Ford gives up new Bronco details ahead of the official unveiling

Ford announced not long ago that it would be officially unveiling the all-new Bronco family on July 13 at 8 PM EDT. Ahead of that official reveal, Ford has shared a new teaser image that shows all three of the new Bronco models touted as being "Built Wild." The picture shows the two-door Bronco, four-door Bronco, and Bronco Sport.

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New smart fabric can inflate and deflate based on temperature

New smart fabric can inflate and deflate based on temperature

Researchers from the Wyss Institute have developed a new smart fabric that can inflate and deflate based on temperature-dependent liquid-vapor phase changes. The researchers believe that the new smart fabric could be used to create soft robots using a specially engineered fabric to help with rehabilitation therapies or as enhancements to protect the wearer while performing strenuous tasks.

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UCLA researchers create a wearable glove that translates sign language in real-time

UCLA researchers create a wearable glove that translates sign language in real-time

Bioengineers at UCLA have designed a glove that can translate American Sign Language into English speech in real-time using a smartphone application. The goal of the project is to facilitate an easy way for people who use sign language to communicate directly with those who don't understand the sign language without needing a person there to translate.

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Ford teams with Disney to broadcast the all-new Bronco reveal

Ford teams with Disney to broadcast the all-new Bronco reveal

Of all the vehicles Ford is working on, one of the most highly anticipated is the all-new Ford Bronco. After being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the official reveal for the all-new Bronco is set for July 13 at 8 PM EDT. Originally the Bronco was to be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but that show was canceled.

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BionicSwift robotic bird has artificial feathers

BionicSwift robotic bird has artificial feathers

Researchers at Festo have announced the creation of a new bionic project called the "BionicSwift." The robotic bird can fly using artificial feathers. The researchers used radio-based indoor GPS with ultra-wideband technology to allow the robotic birds to fly safely in a coordinated pattern inside a defined airspace. One feature that gives the birds their agility is that the wings are modeled on the plumage of real birds.

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NASA researchers say the Moon is more metallic than previously believed

NASA researchers say the Moon is more metallic than previously believed

A team of researchers at NASA who were hunting for ice inside of polar craters made an unexpected finding that researchers believe could help clear up some of the mystery behind the Moon's formation. The researchers are the members of the Miniature Radio Frequency (Mini-RF) instrument team on the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The researchers found evidence that the subsurface of the Moon might be more abundant in metals such as iron and titanium than previously believed.

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Researchers discover the first exposed planetary core

Researchers discover the first exposed planetary core

Researchers at the University of Warwick have led a team that has discovered the first exposed core of a planet. The scientists describe the planet as highly unusual, and it was found in the Neptunian Desert where such massive objects are rarely seen. The researchers believe that the planetary core could be a failed gas giant or one that had its atmosphere ripped away.

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Olympus details its updated M.Zuiko digital lens roadmap

Olympus details its updated M.Zuiko digital lens roadmap

Olympus has made an announcement that talks about its roadmap for new digital lenses in the future. The updated M.Zuiko Digital lens roadmap outlines plans to expand the lens lineup. The roadmap also includes an update on the anticipated availability for the previously announced M.Zukio Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO super-telephoto zoom lens with an integrated 1.25x tele-converter. The development of that lens was announced in January 2019 and is currently estimated to launch this winter.

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NASA’s TESS enables astronomers to improve their understanding of KELT-9 b

NASA’s TESS enables astronomers to improve their understanding of KELT-9 b

NASA scientists have used measurements taken from the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite known as TESS to improve their understanding of the environment of one of the hottest planets in the known universe called KELT-9 b. That planet is bizarre in that it is a giant planet and very close, nearly polar orbit around a rapidly rotating star. KELT-9 b is about 670 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus.

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BMW Motorrad Active Cruise Control improves comfort and safety

BMW Motorrad Active Cruise Control improves comfort and safety

Most people know BMW as the maker of luxury and sports cars, but it also makes motorcycles through BMW Motorrad. One thing that many motorcyclists who travel long distances on their bikes like to add is basic cruise control that makes long rides more comfortable. Many systems are simple clamps that keep the throttle turned. BMW Motorrad has a new Active Cruise Control (ACC) system that features distance control for maximum comfort and safety when riding.

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Microsoft and Bridgestone develop a tire damage monitoring system

Microsoft and Bridgestone develop a tire damage monitoring system

Bridgestone announced that through its partnership with Microsoft, it had developed a unique Tire Damage Monitoring System. Bridgestone says that this is the first monitoring system in the world that's able to detect tire damage in real-time. Detecting tire damage is a big deal because Bridgestone says tire damage contributes to 30% of all car accidents that are caused by technical failure.

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