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JAXA and Toyota team for a crewed pressurized moon rover

JAXA and Toyota team for a crewed pressurized moon rover

Toyota and the Japanese space exploration agency JAXA have announced a tie-up to work on mobility for future space exploration. The two firms have signed an agreement that will see them cooperate on a joint study for a manned and pressurized rover. The rover will use fuel cell electric vehicle technology.

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Iconic Porsche 917 racing car turns 50

Iconic Porsche 917 racing car turns 50

Porsche is celebrating the birthday of one of its most iconic racing cars ever made - the 917. The Porsche 917 racing car debuted at the Geneva Motor Show on March 12, 1969. To celebrate the Porsche Museum is restoring the first 917 ever built to original condition.

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AI algorithms could allow robots to learn to move without programming

AI algorithms could allow robots to learn to move without programming

Human babies are unique in the animal world in that they are born with no ability to care for themselves or walk. Other animal species have offspring that are ready to run with the herd within a very short time of being born. Animals like giraffe or wildebeests need no instruction to walk; they just do it. Researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have created an AI-controlled robotic limb that requires no programming to learn to perform tasks.

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New quantum circuit lets researchers listen to weakest radio signals

New quantum circuit lets researchers listen to weakest radio signals

Researchers from Delft University of Technology have created a new quantum circuit that allows them to listen to the weakest radio signals that are allowed by quantum mechanics. The team sees the circuit with potential uses in future applications like radio astronomy and medical imaging using MRI tech. The chip also will enable researchers to perform experiments that could yield new information on the interplay of quantum mechanics and gravity.

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Tesla changes plans and will keep more stores open

Tesla changes plans and will keep more stores open

Tesla made a controversial decision last month when it announced that it would be closing all of its stores and going online only for sales of its EVs. Many in the automotive industry wondered how this would work as it would mean no ability for buyers to see, touch, or drive prior to purchase. Tesla has now announced that it is going back on those plans.

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NASA’s LRO spies water molecules moving around dayside of the moon

NASA’s LRO spies water molecules moving around dayside of the moon

NASA has leveraged an instrument that is aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter called the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project or LAMP. That instrument can measure the layer of molecules that are temporality stuck to the surface of the moon, allowing it to report on changes in lunar hydration throughout a day.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule splashdown happens today

SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule splashdown happens today

SpaceX made history this month becoming the first private space company to test a capsule meant for shuttling astronauts into space and returning them to Earth. The capsule is called the Crew Dragon and its first test flight launched without a hitch several days ago. Not long after the launch, the capsule docked with the ISS using completely automated means.

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McLaren’s epic 720S Spider gets MSO makeover

McLaren’s epic 720S Spider gets MSO makeover

Mclaren's cars are already sexy and fast, but when MSO gets hands on the "normal" McLaren cars, even better things happen. The customized McLaren 720S Spider by MSO is a beautiful car swathed in a blend three different MSO metallic colors. MSO created a color called Coriolis, which is a blend of Cerulean Blue, Burton Blue, and Abyss Black.

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NASA says the Milky Way weighs 1.5 trillion solar masses

NASA says the Milky Way weighs 1.5 trillion solar masses

Scientists at NASA sit around and think of things they want to know, and the cool part for them is that they often have access to data to figure out the answers to those questions. One question that NASA has been trying to answer is how much our entire galaxy weighs. To come to the latest estimate on the weight of the Milky Way, NASA relied on data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the ESA Gaia satellite.

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Kepler’s first exoplanet candidate discovered a decade ago finally confirmed

Kepler’s first exoplanet candidate discovered a decade ago finally confirmed

The Kepler space telescope has a new feather in its cap as its very first exoplanet candidate discovered a decade ago has finally been confirmed. The exoplanet is called Kepler-1658b, and it had a long road to confirmation. Part of the delay was due to initial estimates of the size of the planet's host star being off.

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Mercedes’ beautiful CLA Shooting Brake won’t come Stateside

Mercedes’ beautiful CLA Shooting Brake won’t come Stateside

There are lots of Americans out there that would like to have a slick wagon, or shooting brake but alas the wagon isn't that popular here, so few are offered. One of the few options comes from VW with the Golf wagon and Alltrack, and another is from Subaru with the Outback. Mercedes has a new shooting brake for Europe that is billing as a sports car with load space.

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NASA’s awesome supersonic shockwave images are breathtaking

NASA’s awesome supersonic shockwave images are breathtaking

NASA has shared an image of a pair of supersonic aircraft that is a first of its kind, and the image is incredibly beautiful. The pictures you see here are the first air-to-air images of supersonic shockwave interaction in flight. The series of images NASA has taken was ten years in the making.

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