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Magnetic spray-on coating turns objects into magnetic robots

Magnetic spray-on coating turns objects into magnetic robots

Researchers are working on all types of robots to allow them to climb through the human body to deliver drugs, among other things. This type of robot can be controlled with magnetic fields, and some can move through the colon and blood vessels. Researchers from City University of Hong Kong have developed a new spray-on coating that can give regular objects robotic capabilities.

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Google’s Project Guideline allows a blind man to run alone

Google’s Project Guideline allows a blind man to run alone

Thomas Panek was born with vision, but his sight began to fade until he was declared legally blind in his younger years. He's an avid runner and has run with human guides and often runs with his guide dog. Panek said that he enjoyed both forms of running but wanted more independence.

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1969 Mercury James Bond car heads to auction

1969 Mercury James Bond car heads to auction

Cars that were used on-screen in popular movies tend to sell for serious money when they head to auction. The car in the images below is a 1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Convertible, and it was driven on screen in the classic James Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service." This wasn't our favorite spy's car; it was driven by a bond girl Contessa Teresa (Tracy) di Vicenzo.

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SpaceX plans to launch more Starlink satellites tonight

SpaceX plans to launch more Starlink satellites tonight

What could potentially be one of the most profitable activities for SpaceX is to sell broadband Internet access to people around the globe courtesy of its Starlink satellite system. Currently, the system is in beta tests in the United States, and SpaceX has a launch scheduled for tonight that will put the 16th batch of satellites in orbit. The launch is currently planned for 9:56 PM in Florida and is currently listed as having a 70 percent chance for "go."

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A new study shows space might not be pitch black after all

A new study shows space might not be pitch black after all

There are certainly some extremely bright stars and planets in the vastness of space. But many of us expect most of space to be extremely dark with nothing but pitch black darkness to be seen. However, a new study will be published soon has found that outer space isn't pitch black after all. According to the study, outer space is filled with light.

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Chinese spacecraft launches this week to bring rocks back from the moon

Chinese spacecraft launches this week to bring rocks back from the moon

Most samples of moon dust and rocks that are available for scientists to study on Earth date back to the Apollo era, with the last samples being returned from the moon in the 70s. China wants to change that, and this week will launch the Chang'e-5 probe that will collect material from the moon's surface and return it to Earth for study. The mission will test China's ability to pick up samples remotely in preparation for more complicated missions in the future.

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Ford shows off cool custom rides at virtual SEMA 2020 show

Ford shows off cool custom rides at virtual SEMA 2020 show

The pandemic going on around the world has significantly impacted all sorts of events during 2020. One of the events that was impacted was the SEMA show that car guys and gals look forward to each year. The show is always packed with very cool custom cars from various manufacturers, and this year the show is virtual.

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SpaceX Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich launch goes off without a hitch

SpaceX Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich launch goes off without a hitch

SpaceX successfully launched the NASA and ESA satellite known as Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich. Launch occurred without a hitch Saturday putting the satellite into the orbit it needed to peer down at the earth and observe our oceans. The satellite will be able to measure sea levels across 90 percent of the oceans around the world within a few centimeters.

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Modified Kia Sorento SUVs are ready to adventure

Modified Kia Sorento SUVs are ready to adventure

Kia has unveiled a pair of customized Sorento SUVs specifically designed to show the brand's focus on adventure, capability, and trail readiness. The first is the Sorento Yosemite that was intended to explore high elevation locations and mountain living. It's covered in a Pine Green matte finish with gloss and matte black accents.

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Researchers claim to have reversed the aging process using an oxygen chamber

Researchers claim to have reversed the aging process using an oxygen chamber

There are many uses for large devices known as hyperbaric oxygen chambers in the medical field. They can be used to treat wounds and can place a human under enough pressure that oxygen can be forced directly into the tissue without the need for blood flow. A group of researchers say they have reversed the aging process in elderly people using the hyperbaric oxygen chamber.

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SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts used Baby Yoda for a zero-G indicator

SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts used Baby Yoda for a zero-G indicator

Many science fiction and Star Wars fans would completely agree with us that The Mandalorian is the best thing to happen in the Star Wars universe in years. While Mando is certainly a draw, many people like "The Child" or Baby Yoda as he tends to be called just as much. Interestingly, the astronauts aboard the historic SpaceX Crew-1 mission secretly took a plush Baby Yoda into space with them.

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“Fossil galaxy” found hiding deep inside the Milky Way

“Fossil galaxy” found hiding deep inside the Milky Way

Scientists sorting through data gathered from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey's Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE) have discovered what they call a "fossil galaxy" that's tucked away deep inside the Milky Way. Scientists say that the proposed fossil galaxy could have collided with the Milky Way 10 billion years ago when our galaxy was still in its infancy. The fossil galaxy has been named Heracles.

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