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Mini Sidewalk Convertible has arrows woven into the roof

Mini Sidewalk Convertible has arrows woven into the roof

Mini has unveiled a new special edition of its four-seat drop-top that will launch in March. The car is called the Mini Sidewalk Convertible, and it has individual design and equipment features. The car will come in three different engine versions.

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Astronomers say that the universe is expanding faster than expected

Astronomers say that the universe is expanding faster than expected

Astronomers have used the NASA Hubble Space Telescope to determine that the universe is expanding faster than expected. The team measured the expansion rate, which is called the Hubble constant, using gravitational lensing. That is a new technique that is completely independent of any previous method of measuring the expansion.

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Gravitational ripples from a pair of colliding neutron stars detected

Gravitational ripples from a pair of colliding neutron stars detected

Caltech researchers are reporting that the LIGO Livingston Observatory has picked up what appears to be gravitational ripples from the collision of a pair of neutron stars. LIGO Livingston is part of the gravitational-wave network that incudes LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) funded by the National Science Foundation, and the European Virgo detector.

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Nissan e-4ORCE brings more performance to EVs

Nissan e-4ORCE brings more performance to EVs

Nissan is talking up a new twin-motor all-wheel-control technology called e-4ORCE. The tech is meant to deliver instant torque to all four wheels of an electric vehicle in a balanced and predictable manner. The goal is to deliver power and handling on par with many premium sports cars.

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NASA’s TESS discovers first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone

NASA’s TESS discovers first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone

NASA has used the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) to find exoplanets since the mission launched. The goal is to discover exoplanets that might be orbiting stars in their habitable zone to search for habitable worlds and potentially extraterrestrial life. TESS has found its first Earth-sized planet that is in a star's habitable zone.

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Nissan shows off new noise-reducing meta-material at CES

Nissan shows off new noise-reducing meta-material at CES

Nissan is one of the many automakers at CES 2020, and one of the cool innovations that Nissan is showing off is a new noise-reducing material that can be integrated into vehicles. The lightweight material is known as an acoustic meta-material.

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Toyota to build the city of the future on a 175-acre site in Japan

Toyota to build the city of the future on a 175-acre site in Japan

Toyota announced this week at CES 2020 that it plans to build a prototype city of the future on a 175-acre site at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan called the Woven City. The city will have a fully connected ecosystem powered by Hydrogen fuel cells, and it is envisioned as a living laboratory.

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Monash University develops lithium-sulfur battery

Monash University develops lithium-sulfur battery

Scientists at Monash University in Australia have developed a new battery that the team says is the world's most efficient lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery. The Li-S battery promises enough power to run a smartphone for five days.

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A new image shows the activity at the center of the galaxy

A new image shows the activity at the center of the galaxy

NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is an airborne observatory that flies into the stratosphere at an altitude of about 40,000 feet to capture infrared images of the cosmos. The observatory operates at those altitudes because it bypasses a significant portion of the atmosphere that blocks infrared light.

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Bosch revamps sun visor with the Virtual Visor

Bosch revamps sun visor with the Virtual Visor

For as long as vehicles have been around, they have had the same basic system for helping to keep the sun out of a driver's eyes. The visor, as we know it, is a flip-down solid piece that shades the eyes, sometimes with little effect. The researchers at Bosch say that sun glare causes thousands of automotive accidents yearly, nearly two times as many accidents as any other weather condition.

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SpaceX Starlink satellite launch today will be first under U.S. Space Force

SpaceX Starlink satellite launch today will be first under U.S. Space Force

SpaceX is set to put a new string of Starlink satellites into orbit today in a launch planned to happen at Cape Canaveral. If the launch goes off, it will be the first launch of 2020 and will be the 45th Space Wing's inaugural launch as part of the U.S. Space Force. The 45th Space Wing is one of five Air Force space wings that have been assigned to the U.S. Space Force effective December 20, 2019.

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MIT creates a new mathematical model to predict the stability of a knot

MIT creates a new mathematical model to predict the stability of a knot

Humans have known for generations that some knots are stronger than others. This is apparent in sailing, where different types of knots are used for different needs. What exactly makes one type of knot more stable than others hasn't been well known, until now. MIT mathematicians and engineers have developed a mathematical model that predicts how stable a knot is.

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