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Toyota to build the city of the future on a 175-acre site in Japan

Toyota to build the city of the future on a 175-acre site in Japan

Toyota announced this week at CES 2020 that it plans to build a prototype city of the future on a 175-acre site at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan called the Woven City. The city will have a fully connected ecosystem powered by Hydrogen fuel cells, and it is envisioned as a living laboratory.

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Monash University develops lithium-sulfur battery

Monash University develops lithium-sulfur battery

Scientists at Monash University in Australia have developed a new battery that the team says is the world's most efficient lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery. The Li-S battery promises enough power to run a smartphone for five days.

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A new image shows the activity at the center of the galaxy

A new image shows the activity at the center of the galaxy

NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is an airborne observatory that flies into the stratosphere at an altitude of about 40,000 feet to capture infrared images of the cosmos. The observatory operates at those altitudes because it bypasses a significant portion of the atmosphere that blocks infrared light.

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Bosch revamps sun visor with the Virtual Visor

Bosch revamps sun visor with the Virtual Visor

For as long as vehicles have been around, they have had the same basic system for helping to keep the sun out of a driver's eyes. The visor, as we know it, is a flip-down solid piece that shades the eyes, sometimes with little effect. The researchers at Bosch say that sun glare causes thousands of automotive accidents yearly, nearly two times as many accidents as any other weather condition.

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SpaceX Starlink satellite launch today will be first under U.S. Space Force

SpaceX Starlink satellite launch today will be first under U.S. Space Force

SpaceX is set to put a new string of Starlink satellites into orbit today in a launch planned to happen at Cape Canaveral. If the launch goes off, it will be the first launch of 2020 and will be the 45th Space Wing's inaugural launch as part of the U.S. Space Force. The 45th Space Wing is one of five Air Force space wings that have been assigned to the U.S. Space Force effective December 20, 2019.

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MIT creates a new mathematical model to predict the stability of a knot

MIT creates a new mathematical model to predict the stability of a knot

Humans have known for generations that some knots are stronger than others. This is apparent in sailing, where different types of knots are used for different needs. What exactly makes one type of knot more stable than others hasn't been well known, until now. MIT mathematicians and engineers have developed a mathematical model that predicts how stable a knot is.

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Airbus Creates ACH130 Aston Martin Edition helicopter

Airbus Creates ACH130 Aston Martin Edition helicopter

Airbus and Aston Martin have teamed up on a very cool helicopter aimed at corporations and the uber-rich. The helicopter is the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition, and four unique Aston Martin signature designs will be offered. The helicopter can be fitted with four interior and exterior designs that are generated by Aston Martin.

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Stanford scientists create a miniature particle accelerator-on-a-chip

Stanford scientists create a miniature particle accelerator-on-a-chip

There are particle accelerators scattered around the world that are used by scientists and researchers to study the atomic and molecular structures of inorganic and biological materials. The typical particle accelerator is a massive device. The accelerator that Stanford University has is nearly 2 miles long and can accelerate electrons to nearly the speed of light.

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Water is common on exoplanets, but it’s not as plentiful as expected

Water is common on exoplanets, but it’s not as plentiful as expected

Scientists have discovered something strange about the exoplanets that have been discovered and studied so far. Water, which is essential for life as we know it, is said to be common, but unexpectedly scarce on exoplanets. What scientists have found is that many exoplanets have water, but there is less water on the distant worlds than expected.

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Genesis GV80 is the first SUV for the brand

Genesis GV80 is the first SUV for the brand

Genesis has unveiled the first images of its new SUV called the GV80. The GV80 is significant because it is the first SUV from the Genesis brand. Genesis uses a rear-wheel-drive platform for the SUV and says that it will bring versatility to the Genesis line.

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Details on the demise of the moon’s magnetic field announced

Details on the demise of the moon’s magnetic field announced

If we took a compass to the moon today, it wouldn't work because the moon has no magnetic field. That wasn't always the case. Scientists at MIT have pinned down the timing of the demise of the lunar dynamo. Scientists say that at one point in the lifecycle of the moon, billions of years ago, it had a magnetic field that was likely stronger than the field that the Earth has today.

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Laser-ranging telescopes use algorithms to detect space junk

Laser-ranging telescopes use algorithms to detect space junk

Researchers in China have improved the accuracy of detecting space junk in orbit around the earth. The goal of the project is to allow more effective plotting of safe routes for spacecraft maneuvers. The researchers say that after more than 50 years in space, there is all sorts of debris in orbit that spacecraft need to avoid for safety.

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