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Volvo cars and trucks to share live vehicle data for safety

Volvo cars and trucks to share live vehicle data for safety

Volvo has announced that Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks will share real-time data to help expand the connected safety technology Volvo is famous for. The data sharing will use a cloud-based system to allow the vehicles to communicate with each other and alert drivers of hazards nearby. This marks the first time that Volvo Cars will share safety-related data with another company (Volvo Trucks is a different company).

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“Snowball Earth” may have been caused by the start of plate tectonics

“Snowball Earth” may have been caused by the start of plate tectonics

Science says that about 700 million years ago the Earth was covered from pole to pole in a massive amount of ice and snow. This period is called "Snowball Earth" by scientists and a wealth of theories have surfaced over the years to explain what might have caused this to happen. The latest theory suggests that the root cause of Snowball Earth could have been a cracking crust at the beginning of plate tectonics.

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Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ Edition 1 limited edition available for only 12 months

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ Edition 1 limited edition available for only 12 months

A new Mercedes performance four-door car is coming for fans to plunk down their money on. The car has a long name and is the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ Edition 1. Mercedes will build the car for 12 months starting in September 2018.

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MIT self-driving car tech navigates with only GPS and sensors

MIT self-driving car tech navigates with only GPS and sensors

One thing common among self-driving cars right now is that for safe navigation they require 3D maps that are labeled by hand. A breakthrough at MIT will change that if the tech comes to market. MIT's system can navigate, even on country roads, using only GPS and sensor data. MIT's Daniela Rus says that the need for these dense 3D maps has limited where modern autonomous cars can operate.

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Scientists study classical music loving crocodiles in MRI machine

Scientists study classical music loving crocodiles in MRI machine

A trio of researchers has conducted a study that would have made The Crocodile Hunter happy. The scientists are Mehdi Behroozi, Felix Ströckens, and Xavier Helluy. The team took crocodiles and put them into an MRI machine while the crocs were listening to complex sounds.

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2019 Chevy Suburban RST Performance Package features 420hp 6.2L V8

2019 Chevy Suburban RST Performance Package features 420hp 6.2L V8

Chevrolet has unveiled the sporty Suburban RST for 2019. The Suburban RST slots into the line with the Tahoe RST that has already been available. The key upgrade for the Suburban in RST Performance Package is the 6.2L V8 engine making 420hp.

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Range Rover Velar gets new engine options and safety tech

Range Rover Velar gets new engine options and safety tech

Range Rover has announced that its mid-size Velar SUV has new engine options and has gained new safety tech. New engine options include a D275 3.0L V6 diesel engine making 275ps and 625Nm of torque. The P340 is a 3.0L supercharged gas V6 that makes 340ps and 450Nm of torque.

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Researchers develop laser beams for your eyes

Researchers develop laser beams for your eyes

If you have ever watched a cartoon or movie with Superman in it, you know that one of his powers is the ability to shoot lasers out of his eyes. In the scientific world, these are known as ocular lasers and a group of researchers from the University of St Andrews has made them one step closer to reality. The team says that it may now be possible to create ocular lasers thanks to a new ultra-thin membrane that uses organic semiconductors.

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GM to harness 3D printing for lighter and less costly parts

GM to harness 3D printing for lighter and less costly parts

GM has announced that it is the latest in the automotive industry to begin looking to 3D printers to make lighter and cheaper parts for its cars. Lighter and less costly parts could be particularly important for the EVs that GM plans to roll out in the coming years. Less weight means longer driving distances and less cost means cheaper vehicles, both of which are good for buyers.

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2018 Roush JackHammer Mustang packs 710hp and 610 lb-ft of torque

2018 Roush JackHammer Mustang packs 710hp and 610 lb-ft of torque

Roush has made a name for itself over many years by building and selling some very special edition Ford Mustangs through some Ford dealers. Roush is also a well know supplier of aftermarket performance and style parts for Mustangs. The latest Roush Mustang is called the 2018 Roush JackHammer.

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NASA’s KRUSTY reactor could enable long-term missions to the Moon and Mars

NASA’s KRUSTY reactor could enable long-term missions to the Moon and Mars

One of the key issues that face NASA and other space exploration agencies with putting long-term missions on the Moon, Mars, and other bodies in the solar system is power. Manned missions take lots of power for science and to keep astronauts alive. NASA has shown off a new power generation device that it says will fuel these future missions.

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Tesla sued for $2 billion by Nikola Motors over Tesla Semi design

Tesla sued for $2 billion by Nikola Motors over Tesla Semi design

A company called Nikola Motors has filed a massive suit against Tesla over the design of the electric Tesla Semi. Nikola Motors is seeking as much as $2 billion in damages.

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