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Group of exoplanets discovered where life could exist using new research

Group of exoplanets discovered where life could exist using new research

Scientists have discovered a group of exoplanets where they believe chemical conditions that could have led to life on Earth may exist. The scientists are from the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology. The team found that the chances that life develops on the surface of a rocky planet like Earth are tied directly to the type and strength of light given off by the host star the planet orbits.

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Saroléa Manx7 electric motorcycle is beautifully expensive

Saroléa Manx7 electric motorcycle is beautifully expensive

Saroléa is a company that has been around for a long time in Europe that most of us have probably never heard of. The Belgian company was founded in 1850 and over that span has built weapons, bicycles, and motorcycles. The latest offering from Saroléa is an electric motorcycle that is very attractive and very expensive at the same time called the Saroléa Manx7.

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GM’s Tripower name returns but not in a muscle car

GM’s Tripower name returns but not in a muscle car

One of the most annoying things about modern auto manufacturers that were around making iconic cars in the '60s and '70s is that they are resurrecting some of those storied nameplates and straying far from muscle car roots. While the Mustang and Camaro are still closely tied to their '60s versions, GM and Dodge have strayed far away on some cars.

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ISS Cold Atom Laboratory is the coolest experiment in space

ISS Cold Atom Laboratory is the coolest experiment in space

NASA has announced that the scientists aboard the ISS have reached a milestone using the Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL). The CAL was installed in the ISS science lab in May and has been used to produce clouds of ultracold atoms known as Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs). BECs reach temperatures of just above absolute zero, or the temperature when atoms stop moving entirely.

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Hennessey Heritage Edition Mustang packs 808hp, 677 lb-ft torque

Hennessey Heritage Edition Mustang packs 808hp, 677 lb-ft torque

Hennessey Performance (HPE) has announced a milestone for the company. HPE has now built 10,000 vehicles and is celebrating the milestone with a special edition Ford Mustang. The Mustang is called the 2019 Hennessey Heritage Edition Mustang and was inspired by the 2018 Ford GT Heritage Edition.

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Ford Ranger will monitor blind spots around your trailer

Ford Ranger will monitor blind spots around your trailer

All vehicles have blind spots, those areas where a big car can hide on the highway making accidents more likely. Some new vehicles have a blind spot detection system integrated specifically to warn drivers if there is another vehicle lurking in those hard to see areas. Ford will have a blind spot monitoring or BLIS system on the new Ranger truck that monitors more than the truck's own blind spots.

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Centauro disaster response robot is part robot part grandma’s walker

Centauro disaster response robot is part robot part grandma’s walker

Creating a robot that can help responders and save human life during a disaster is challenging work. This is specifically what the DARPA Robotics Challenge was made for and we have seen some cool robots come from that challenge. Some of them have two legs and walk upright, but others are different designs meant for more versatility.

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Manual transmissions to live on at BMW M division for now

Manual transmissions to live on at BMW M division for now

Sports cars are lots of fun and while back in the day the only way to have them was with a stick shift, things are changing. The advent of the dual-clutch flappy paddle gearbox may have made sports cars faster and even more efficient, but purists still want to shift their own gears. The problem is that there are too few purists buying cars for many automakers.

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Honda SmartCharge aims to help EV drivers save money on charging

Honda SmartCharge aims to help EV drivers save money on charging

Honda has announced something called the SmartCharge Beta Program. This is an app that is used to help EV owners to reduce the environmental footprint associated with charging their car. While the user reduces their charging footprint, they can earn rewards via the app.

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NASA Open Source Rover lets people roll their own rover

NASA Open Source Rover lets people roll their own rover

NASA/JPL has been behind the building of some of the coolest rovers ever to roll on the surface of Earth and elsewhere. Rovers will continue to be a big part of exploring our solar system and NASA wants to encourage students, hobbyists, and enthusiasts to work on rover technology. To that end, it has unveiled the JPL Open Source Rover (OSR)

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Toyota Project Portal 2.0 is a fuel cell-powered big rig

Toyota Project Portal 2.0 is a fuel cell-powered big rig

Toyota is showing off its take on the future of zero-emissions trucking with the second version of its fuel cell Class 8 truck. The truck was unveiled at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars in Michigan. Toyota notes that the first Project Portal Alpha truck began operations in April 2017.

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2018 Mazda6 gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

2018 Mazda6 gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both the sort of features in a car that you don't miss if you have never used them. Once you have used them, it's hard to do without. Mazda has announced that the 2018 Mazda6 will get a dealer installed upgrade to bring CarPlay and Android Auto to the Touring trim and higher at no cost.

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