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Astronomers detect a system of super-Earth planets orbiting Gliese 887

Astronomers detect a system of super-Earth planets orbiting Gliese 887

A group of astronomers has discovered a system of super-Earth planets that are orbiting a nearby star called Gliese 887. That star is the brightest red dwarf in the sky. A super-Earth planet is one that has a mass higher than that of the Earth, but substantially lower those than the ice giant planets in our solar system, Uranus and Neptune.

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Bentley ends Mulsanne production after building over 7300 vehicles

Bentley ends Mulsanne production after building over 7300 vehicles

Bentley has announced that after more than a decade of production, the production of the hyper luxurious Mulsanne car is coming to an end. With the demise of the Mulsanne, the Bentley Flying Spur is now the flagship model for the automaker. Since the Mulsanne entered production, Bentley has built more than 7300 examples.

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Artemis Space Launch System structural testing has been completed

Artemis Space Launch System structural testing has been completed

NASA has announced that on June 24, engineers completed the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket's structural testing process for the Artemis lunar mission. The testing process was specifically for the liquid oxygen structural test article to find its point of failure. SLS program manager John Honeycutt said that the completion of that test was a significant milestone for both the SLS and Artemis programs.

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Scientists theorize black hole mergers could create light

Scientists theorize black hole mergers could create light

Anyone with a passing familiarity with black holes knows that they are said to have such high levels of gravity that even light can't escape. A new theory suggests that a black hole merger could produce light. Astronomers from the American Museum of Natural History describe what may be the first light ever detected from a black hole merger.

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Waymo and Volvo team to work on self-driving cars

Waymo and Volvo team to work on self-driving cars

Waymo and Volvo Car Group announced an expanded partnership that is intended to create a collaboration enabling easy integration of vehicles with the Waymo Driver. The integration will make the vehicles well-suited to ride-hailing, local delivery, tracking, and personal car ownership. Waymo is now the exclusive global L4 partner for the Volvo Car Group.

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Researchers discovered an extinct family of giant wombat in the Australian desert

Researchers discovered an extinct family of giant wombat in the Australian desert

Scientists working in Australia have discovered a giant marsupial that roamed prehistoric Australian 25 billion years ago. The giant marsupial is so different from other wombats that scientists had to create a new family to accommodate it. The wombat-like marsupial was named Mukupirna nambensis. Scientists say that it was placed in a whole new family of marsupials because it's so different from all other previously known extinct animals of the type.

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NASA scientists confirm a planet orbits star AU Microscopii

NASA scientists confirm a planet orbits star AU Microscopii

Astronomers have confirmed using NASA's retired Spitzer Space Telescope and the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) that a planet is orbiting a nearby star called AU Microscopii (AU Mic). That star is surrounded by disc debris leftover from its formation. Using data from TESS and Spitzer, the team has discovered a planet orbiting the star about as large as Neptune.

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Jaguar partners with the city of Oslo for wireless charging I-PACE electric taxis

Jaguar partners with the city of Oslo for wireless charging I-PACE electric taxis

Jaguar Land Rover has announced that it is partnering with the city of Oslo to launch a new wireless charging taxi project. Jaguar will provide the I-PACE for the wireless high-power charging taxi service. The project is vital to the city of Oslo, which is the capital of Norway, where all taxis have to be omissions free by Q1 2024.

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Electrify America completes its cross-country D.C. to LA EV fast charging route

Electrify America completes its cross-country D.C. to LA EV fast charging route

One of the issues that must be solved before electric vehicles can go mainstream is robust charging infrastructure. Electrify America is working on putting a brand agnostic charging infrastructure in place, including two electric vehicle fast charging cross-country routes in the United States. A second route across the country will be completed by September.

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LIGO-Virgo gravitational-wave network discovers a mystery object

LIGO-Virgo gravitational-wave network discovers a mystery object

For many years astronomers have wondered about a gap that lies between a neutron star and black holes. The heaviest known neutron star is no more than 2.5 times the mass of the sun, and the lightest known black hole is about five solar masses. The mystery for scientists is what exactly lies in the so-called mass gap between those two objects. A new study from the LIGO and Virgo detectors has discovered an object that is 2.6 solar masses putting it firmly in the mass gap that has puzzled scientists for so many years.

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Cool Land Rover Defender roof tent costs nearly $3500

Cool Land Rover Defender roof tent costs nearly $3500

It's only been a few weeks since the 2020 Land Rover Defender made its way back to the United States. The Defender has some very cool accessories, and Land Rover has announced a new one that's available in the UK. It's unclear if buyers in the US have the opportunity to buy the new roof tent as an official accessory. Land Rover and Autohome teamed to develop the roof tent for the Defender that's able to be put up in seconds.

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NASA talks about how the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter will deploy

NASA talks about how the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter will deploy

One of the coolest things that NASA will put on the surface of Mars is hitching a ride along with the Perseverance rover. It is called the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. The goal of the Ingenuity helicopter is to prove that controlled flight can happen on the surface of another planet. One of the most challenging parts of the journey for the helicopter will be the very final stage where it's deployed on the surface of the Red Planet.

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