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Researchers say yellow substance on Europa’s surface is likely table salt

Researchers say yellow substance on Europa’s surface is likely table salt

NASA scientists at JPL have made an important discovery about the icy moon of Jupiter called Europa. Scientists have long known about the yellowish discolorations on the surface of Europa, but it was unclear precisely what the material was. The team has now used new data to determine that the yellowish discoloration on the surface of Europa is common sodium chloride or table salt.

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Scientists say that “superflares” could threaten Earth one day

Scientists say that “superflares” could threaten Earth one day

Astronomers have been looking at the edges of the Milky Way galaxy have seen some very intense superflares originating from stars. The exact reasons for a superflare aren't understood, but superflares eject huge bursts of energy that can be seen from hundreds of light years away. Scientists had assumed that superflares occurred mostly on stars that were young and active, our Sun doesn't fit into that category.

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Honda Mean Mower V2 hits 100 mph in 6.2-seconds

Honda Mean Mower V2 hits 100 mph in 6.2-seconds

Honda was showing off its Mean Mower V2 about a year ago, and the mower was very impressive. This year Honda is focusing on using the Mean mower to set a Guinness World Record. The mower recently averaged a 0-100 mph time of only 6.285 seconds. That is the time it takes many cars to reach 60 mph.

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NASA invests in first Phase III NIAC program studies

NASA invests in first Phase III NIAC program studies

NASA has announced that it has invested in the first-ever Phase III studies within the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. NASA notes that it is pursuing new tech that would help to make deep space exploration more "Earth-independent" by using resources found on the moon and beyond for future missions. The two Phase III selection proposals will each receive $2 million in funding.

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LightSail 2 launch expected no earlier than June 24

LightSail 2 launch expected no earlier than June 24

LightSail 2 is a historic spacecraft that has been in the works at The Planetary Society for the last decade. The spacecraft carrying LightSail 2 was expected to launch on June 22, but that launch has been delayed and will now happen no earlier than June 24, 2019. LightSail 2 will head into orbit as part of the Air Force's Space Test Program-2 mission.

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Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation cars cost £6m each

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation cars cost £6m each

Aston Martin is bragging that people who are going to the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019 will be among the first to see its most expensive car ever made. The car it's talking about its the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation, which is part of the Aston DBZ Centenary Collection. The car debuting at the race is one of only 19 examples that will be made.

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Bullet-proof metal foam as effective as steel at half the weight

Bullet-proof metal foam as effective as steel at half the weight

Researchers at NC State have announced a breakthrough in vehicle armor that might one day help protect our military personnel and law enforcement around the world. The researchers have demonstrated new vehicle armor that is made up of a composite metal foam (CMF) and can stop .50 caliber rounds in both ball and armor-piercing varieties. The big benefit of CMF armor compared to traditional steel armor is weight savings.

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Cornell researchers launched 105 Cracker-sized satellites

Cornell researchers launched 105 Cracker-sized satellites

Researchers at Cornell University have demonstrated a new type of space Technology with the launch of 105 satellites that are the size of saltine crackers. The free-flying satellites completed an orbit of the Earth. The first contact with the tiny satellites was made on March 19.

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2020 Toyota Supra engine is significantly underrated

2020 Toyota Supra engine is significantly underrated

The 2020 Toyota Supra marks the return of an icon, but the car has been rather polarizing. Its styling has been hit or miss with many sports car fans and now that reviews of the car have been published, some are still on the fence about the Supra. You can check out our review of the 2020 Toyota Supra for more details on the vehicle.

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Massive meteor strike discovered in 2008 may be the UK’s largest ever

Massive meteor strike discovered in 2008 may be the UK’s largest ever

Back in 2008, scientists in the UK were working and discovered a site near Ullapool, NW Scotland that has evidence of an ancient meteor strike. The meteor strike is dated to about 1.2 billion years in the past. The scientists say that the thickness and extent of the debris deposited suggested the impact crater was made by a meteorite that was 1k wide.

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Cassie Cal robot can ride hovershoes

Cassie Cal robot can ride hovershoes

There are two basic types of robots that scientists are working on that include legged robots and wheeled robots. The supporters of legged robots say that bots need two legs to go where humans go. Supporters of robots with wheels point out that their bots are much faster, which can be very important is some scenarios. Some are trying to combine the attributes of legged and wheeled robots to get the best of both worlds. Cassie Cal falls into that last group.

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Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Touring spec is slightly less bonkers

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Touring spec is slightly less bonkers

Jaguar unveiled the crazy XE SV Project 8 car packing lots of speed and power a while back. Jag thinks that there are folks out there that might want to go touring in the Project 8 car, so it has made a version that is slightly less bonkers for this crowd. The new version is called the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Touring specification.

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