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World’s longest EV trip ends in Australia

World’s longest EV trip ends in Australia

Some EV drivers have range anxiety that keeps them from driving their cars very far from home. A Dutchman called Wiebe Wakker has just finished a long road trip that saw him, and hs retrofitted station wagon EV drive 95,000 km, or about 59,000 miles. The feat was completed over the weekend.

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Scientists create smart threads that can detect gases

Scientists create smart threads that can detect gases

Scientists have created smart threads that can be woven into clothing and can detect gasses. Engineers created the new threads at Tufts University, and the threads can be read visually or more precisely using a smartphone camera. The threads can show color changes when exposed to gas concentrations as low as 50 parts per million.

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Scientists genetically modify lizards using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tool

Scientists genetically modify lizards using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tool

Scientists from the University of Georgia have announced that they have become the first in the world to produce genetically modified reptiles. The team was able to produce four albino lizards using the CRISPR-CAS9 gene-editing tool. The CRISPR tool involves injecting gene-editing solutions into a newly fertilized egg or single-cell embryo.

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Bentley Bentayga V8 Design Series packs unique style

Bentley Bentayga V8 Design Series packs unique style

Bentley has announced a new version of the high-end and luxurious Bentayga SUV. Specifically, this is the Bantayga V8 Design Series that brings unique enhancements to the inside and outside of the vehicle. Mulliner enhancements are standard including Palladium Grey wheels.

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Researchers find cats can tell their names from other words

Researchers find cats can tell their names from other words

Researchers have put some time into a new study that answers an age-old question - can cats identify their own names. The researchers say while the ability of domestic dogs to communicate with humans is well investigated, the ability of cats to communicate with humans isn't. The team wanted to know if a cat could identify its name from other words.

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Wayve’s autonomous vehicle can drive unknown roads like a human

Wayve’s autonomous vehicle can drive unknown roads like a human

The challenge for autonomous vehicles today is that they need lots of data to be able to navigate roads. This means that unknown roads can be a big challenge for the rides. Wayve says that its algorithm can drive on roads it has never seen using cameras and basic sat-nav.

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Breakthrough EV battery aims for a 1000km driving range

Breakthrough EV battery aims for a 1000km driving range

The driving range for EVs is improving all the time; longer driving distances between charges is one of the keys to getting more people to buy electric vehicles. Battery maker Innolith AG has announced that it is developing the world's first 1000 Wh/kg rechargeable battery. The battery is under development in the Innolith AG German laboratory and would pack enough energy inside to allow an EV to go 1,000km per charge.

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Robotic Astrobees to head to ISS to lend a hand

Robotic Astrobees to head to ISS to lend a hand

NASA has been working on robots to help astronauts on the ISS so that they have more time to spend on science rather than routine maintenance tasks. NASA has announced that it has a trio of robotic "bees" that are set to join the astronauts on the ISS. These bots look nothing like their namesake.

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MIT researchers try and teach machines to reason about what they see

MIT researchers try and teach machines to reason about what they see

Humans can use reasoning without having to think about it. An example would be telling a child to describe a pink elephant. The child would be able to do so despite never seeing a pink elephant. Computers aren't so good at this sort of reasoning because they learn from data. MIT scientists are trying to give machines the ability to reason about what they see.

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Hyundai’s fancy cockpit of the future has lots of touch surfaces

Hyundai’s fancy cockpit of the future has lots of touch surfaces

Some automakers have tried to roll touch-sensitive surfaces into the cockpit of cars and trucks on the market today. For drivers, touch-sensitive surfaces tend to be hard to deal with because using them requires you to look away from the road and focus on the button since you can't feel individual buttons. Hyundai has a cockpit of the future that has large touch surfaces on the steering wheel.

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The first image of a black hole to debut next week

The first image of a black hole to debut next week

Of all the phenomena that occur in the universe, one of the most perplexing for scientists is the black hole. These monsters consume everything near them with gravity so intense that even light can't escape. While scientist knows a bit about black holes, and have known one exists at the center of our galaxy since the '70s, there are no pictures of black holes to study.

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India’s anti-satellite test created debris that may pose a threat to the ISS

India’s anti-satellite test created debris that may pose a threat to the ISS

India conducted a weapons test recently that hurled a missile into space to destroy a satellite. NASA says that the massive amount of debris the weapons test created in orbit around the Earth now poses a threat to the ISS. According to NASA, in the ten days, since India conducted the test the chance of debris colliding with the ISS is up by 44%.

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