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Black Hole’s gravity is so strong it pulls space along with it

Black Hole’s gravity is so strong it pulls space along with it

Scientists studying a black hole called V404 Cygni have made an interesting discovery. The team says that jets of fast-moving material shot from the area surrounding the black hole, which is nine-times more massive than the Sun, is wobbling so fast that its change in direction can be seen in periods as short as minutes.

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Smart EQ fortwo EV is axed in the US and Canada

Smart EQ fortwo EV is axed in the US and Canada

Daimler has been building the tiny smart fortwo for a while, and the quirky car isn't a big seller. The EV version of that car is called the smart EQ fortwo and Daimler AG, the parent company of smart, has announced that at the end of the 2019 model year the EV will no longer be sold in the US or Canada.

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Scientists create an efficient solar device that makes hydrogen

Scientists create an efficient solar device that makes hydrogen

Electricity isn't the only power source that can power automobiles of the future with no emissions. Hydrogen-powered fuel cells have the potential to allow drivers to go long distances with fill-ups similar to how gas-powered vehicles work today. The catch is that there is no hydrogen infrastructure in most parts of the world and not much hydrogen production.

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First ever diversity study of ocean viruses found nearly 200,000 species

First ever diversity study of ocean viruses found nearly 200,000 species

Scientists have conducted the first-ever global survey of the ecological diversity of viruses in the ocean during an expedition aboard a single sailboat called the Tara. During the expedition, the team identified nearly 200,000 marine viral species vastly exceeding the 15,000 known from previous ocean surveys and the approximately 2,000 genomes available from cultured viruses of microbes.

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Mercedes-AMG considers ditching rear-wheel drive models

Mercedes-AMG considers ditching rear-wheel drive models

Mercedes-AMG is said to be considering a move to only all-wheel drive rides. Rumors suggest that the next-gen of Mercedes-AMG models, including the AMG GT, could come with all-wheel drive as standard. Word of the possibility came from AMG head Tobias Moers. The exec also said that smaller engines are in the cards for the Mercedes-AMG models as more electrification is used.

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Sea Hero Quest can tell if you are at higher risk for Alzheimer’s

Sea Hero Quest can tell if you are at higher risk for Alzheimer’s

One of the most devastating diseases that people can suffer from is Alzheimer's. The disease affects memory and can make people forget family and friends. A new game that is a partnership between Deutsche Telekom, Alzheimer's Research UK, University College London, the University of East Anglia and game developers Glitchers aims to help researchers understand dementia by seeing how the brain works in relation to spatial navigation.

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Hubble measurements confirmed the universe is expanding faster

Hubble measurements confirmed the universe is expanding faster

The Hubble Space Telescope has taken new measurements that have confirmed that the Universe is expanding about 9% faster than expected based on the trajectory seen shortly after the big bang. The new measurements were published this week and reduce the chances of the new measurements being an accident from about 1 in 3,000 to 1 in 100,000.

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Nissan uses diamond polishing tech for Altima engine

Nissan uses diamond polishing tech for Altima engine

Nissan is talking up some of the tech it is using in the new Altima engine. Nissan says that the all-new 2019 Nissan Altima 2.5L engine uses manufacturing tech that is normally reserved for supercars. The tech Nissan is talking up is a mirror bore process used to reduce friction inside the engine and improve efficiency.

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JAXA confirms Hayabusa2’s bomb made a crater

JAXA confirms Hayabusa2’s bomb made a crater

Earlier this month we talked about the JAXA Hayabusa2 spacecraft and that it had hurled its Small Carry-on Impactor at the asteroid and that the impact had created the desired crater. JAXA has tweeted an image of the surface of Ryugu before and after the impactor smashed into its surface. With the successful creation of the crater and resulting loose debris now lying about, Hayabusa2 will now collect some of those samples.

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Yale paleontologist discovers new 95 million-year-old crab species

Yale paleontologist discovers new 95 million-year-old crab species

A paleontologist called Javier Luque has announced a discovery that changes the crab family significantly. The discovery might force scientists to rethink the definition of a crab according to the team. The group of researchers, led by Luque, have announced the discovery of hundreds of "exceptionally well-preserved" specimens from rock formations in Columbia and the US.

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Hennessey HPE1200 ZR1 Corvette upgrade makes 1,200hp

Hennessey HPE1200 ZR1 Corvette upgrade makes 1,200hp

Hennessey is known for turning fast cars into faster rides and even builds its own hypercar. The tuner is offering an upgrade package for the engine on the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1, and the result is boatloads of torque and horsepower. Hennessey warns that the HPE1200 package does require race gas to get the full 1,200 bhp rating.

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Scientists observe slowest atom decay ever using XENON1T detector

Scientists observe slowest atom decay ever using XENON1T detector

Researchers from the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (LNGS) in Italy have been using instruments to search for dark matter particles in a lab that is 1500 meters deep inside the Gran Sasso mountains. The facility is so deep inside the mountain to shield it from any radioactivity interference.

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