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Shane has been writing for SlashGear since June 2009. His writing has been published in several well known outlet such as Laptop Magazine and Computer Shopper. Email

Astrophysicists believe the universe may be shaped like a giant 3D doughnut

Astrophysicists believe the universe may be shaped like a giant 3D doughnut

Astrophysicist Thomas Buchert from the University of Lyon has a very interesting theory about the universe. Buchert and a team of researchers have been working to learn more about the universe and have been examining light from the very early universe. The team believes that the universe may be multiply connected, meaning that space is closed in on itself in all three dimensions like a massive three-dimensional doughnut.

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2022 Lexus RX 350L and 450hL SUVs revealed

2022 Lexus RX 350L and 450hL SUVs revealed

Lexus has unveiled its new 2022 RX 350L and RX 450hL SUVs. For the 2022 model year, Lexus offers fog lamps as a standalone option and has added new available exterior colors. The new colors include Cloudburst Gray and Iridium. Lexus says both SUVs still offer passengers a touchscreen multimedia display.

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Study reveals mechanics behind bubbles popping

Study reveals mechanics behind bubbles popping

Researchers at Stanford University have conducted a study involving high-speed cameras to reveal how bubbles form and eventually burst. The study also used analytical modeling to reveal a new popping process. The researchers are looking into bubbles popping, which seems benign on the surface because bubbles are undesirable in the oil, pharmaceutical, and bioreactor industries.

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Architects use 3D printing to create a beautiful concrete bridge

Architects use 3D printing to create a beautiful concrete bridge

Researchers around the world use 3D printing to create a wide range of products. Typically we think of 3D printing being used for small plastic items, such as parts for cars and other small components for prototype devices. However, engineers are investigating and using 3D printing to build much larger structures in the construction industry.

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Chemists turn to shellfish for inspiration to create better adhesives

Chemists turn to shellfish for inspiration to create better adhesives

Adhesives are something used in a myriad of things we use in our daily lives that you might not think of. Adhesives and various glues are used to hold automobiles together and in the construction industry, among others. Often, researchers turn to the natural world around us for inspiration in developing better products, including adhesives.

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ESO astronomers share galaxy images that look like fireworks

ESO astronomers share galaxy images that look like fireworks

A team of astronomers from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have released some new observations of galaxies that look like colorful explosions of fireworks in the sky. The images were obtained using the ESL Very Large Telescope (VLT) and show different components of each galaxy in distinct colors. The multiple colors allow astronomers to pinpoint the locations of young stars and the warm gas they produce around them.

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The tallest mountains on a neutron star are only millimeters high

The tallest mountains on a neutron star are only millimeters high

Here on Earth, mountains get extremely tall, thousands and thousands of feet high. However, new models of neutron stars show that the tallest mountains on these objects are only fractions of millimeters high due to the massive gravity of the incredibly dense objects. Neutron stars are some of the densest objects in the known universe, weighing about as much as the sun while being only about 10 kilometers across.

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COVID-19 researchers utilize mathematical models and computer simulations

COVID-19 researchers utilize mathematical models and computer simulations

Researchers investigating potential treatments for COVID-19 have turned to using mathematical models and computer simulations to open new frontiers in drug trials. Scientists are using computer models to simulate COVID-19 infections on a cellular level, which is the basic structural level of the human body. The new virtual models allow researchers to conduct virtual trials for different drugs and vaccines, allowing for pre-assessment of drug and vaccine efficacy against the virus.

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Curiosity rover might be sitting on top of methane-producing microbes

Curiosity rover might be sitting on top of methane-producing microbes

Scientists are eager to look for any form of life on the surface of Mars. The consensus is that sometime in the distant past, Mars may have been hospitable to life of some type. Some also believe that Mars might currently harbor microbial life and point to increased levels of methane seen in some areas as proof.

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Tesla offers Full Self-Driving Capability as a subscription

Tesla offers Full Self-Driving Capability as a subscription

It's looking more and more like the future of buying an automobile will include features that you have to pay for each month. We have seen several automakers offer subscriptions to services like improved navigation more in recent years. Now Tesla has a new subscription service for its Full Self-Driving (FSD) capability. Typically, FSD adds about $10,000 purchase price of the new Tesla vehicle.

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Engineers create pneumatic computer memory to control soft robots

Engineers create pneumatic computer memory to control soft robots

Engineers from the University of California Riverside have revealed a new creation that is designed to control the movements of soft robots. The engineers revealed an air-powered computer memory system that overcomes one of the biggest obstacles to advancing soft robotics. That major obstacle is the mismatch between pneumatics and electronics.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor will change ports on the ISS next week

SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavor will change ports on the ISS next week

NASA is having crewmembers aboard the ISS change the docking location for the SpaceX Crew-2 Crew Dragon Endeavor spacecraft. The docking port swap will happen on Wednesday, July 21. Next week will mark a historic occasion when two different US commercial spacecraft built for crew will be docked to the orbiting ISS at the same time.

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