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Phobos’ grooved appearance likely caused by rolling boulders find computer sims

Phobos’ grooved appearance likely caused by rolling boulders find computer sims

One of the more interesting moons orbiting a planet in our solar system is Mars' moon Phobos. One of the key aspects of that moon is its odd shape and unique grooves that run across the surface of the moon in roughly the same direction. Brown University has developed computer models with the goal of determining what exactly caused the grooves on the moon's surface.

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2019 Ram 1500 North Edition is meant for dashing through the snow

2019 Ram 1500 North Edition is meant for dashing through the snow

Anyone who lives in a colder state knows that you often need some special gear to make it through the winter. Ram knows that people in northern states have needs that are different from those in the south and it has rolled out the 2019 Ram 1500 North Edition packed with features to make surviving winter easier. The truck is available at dealers now.

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Walt Disney Concert Hall gets AI makeover to celebrate the past and dream the future

Walt Disney Concert Hall gets AI makeover to celebrate the past and dream the future

The Walt Disney Concert Hall (WDCH) is located in LA and is the home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The building was designed by architect Frank Gehry and is full of curved exterior surfaces that looks like something out of a Disney cartoon. The 100th anniversary of the Philharmonic will be celebrated next fall and to celebrate that anniversary an artist called Refik Anadol has teamed up with the Artists and Machine Intelligence Program at Google.

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Explorer total-body scanner combines PET and CT scanning for unique internal views

Explorer total-body scanner combines PET and CT scanning for unique internal views

To better diagnose and treat all sorts of medical conditions, researchers and physicians are continually working on new tests and technology. One such new technology is a total-body scanner called Explorer that is the first medical imaging scanner in the world that can capture a 3D picture of the entire human body all at once. The very first scans from the device have been made public, and they are incredibly detailed.

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McLaren Special Operations creates a bespoke 720S all about that stealth

McLaren Special Operations creates a bespoke 720S all about that stealth

McLaren makes some of the coolest sports cars and hypercars on the planet. For those lucky enough to afford one of these rides, they get oodles of style and performance. For a few fortunate buyers, an off-the-shelf McLaren 720S is too plebian, and they want something more exclusive. This is where McLaren Special Operations (MSO) steps in and allows the customization of everything.

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ESO discovers triple star system dubbed “Apep” in our galaxy

ESO discovers triple star system dubbed “Apep” in our galaxy

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has announced that it has used the VISIR instrument on the Very Large Telescope to capture an image of a newly discovered, and very massive triple star systems in our galaxy. The official name for this triple star system is 2XMM J160050.7-514245, but the scientists gave it a name that is much more fitting for its serpentine looks- "Apep." Apep is an ancient Egyptian deity that was a giant serpent that embodied chaos.

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Lockheed Martin is hard at work on the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft

Lockheed Martin is hard at work on the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft

NASA awarded the contract to build its experimental X-59 supersonic aircraft to Lockheed Martin and the company's famous Skunk Works. Some of the coolest aircraft of all time have been made at the Skunk Works. Lockheed has announced that the building of the aircraft has commenced with the manufacturing of the first part for the X-59 recently completed.

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Lamborghini Urus ST-X Concept is a road course dominating SUV

Lamborghini Urus ST-X Concept is a road course dominating SUV

Lamborghini is talking up a single-brand racing series for SUVs starting in 2020. If the thought of seeing the Lambo Urus SUV in door-to-door racing gets you excited, wait until you see the concept car that Lamborghini may use. The vehicle is called the Urus ST-X Concept.

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Progress resupply ship docks with ISS without issue two-days post launch

Progress resupply ship docks with ISS without issue two-days post launch

Late last week a Russian Progress resupply ship lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch of that resupply ship went off without a hitch, and the resulting two-day flight to the ISS was smooth and issue free. The supply ship has now successfully docked with the ISS.

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Redefining the kilogram was incredibly difficult, but scientists have done it

Redefining the kilogram was incredibly difficult, but scientists have done it

As you stand in the produce aisle of the local grocery store weighing bananas, few have wondered exactly how we come by the pounds, kilograms, ounces, and grams that are used to measure the weight of something around the world. As it turns out, deciding on a standard way to know that a kilogram is a kilogram is very difficult. Today knowing that a kilogram is a kilogram is done with a set of international prototype kilogram weights made from very hard metals like platinum, but even that isn't entirely accurate.

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2019 Honda Passport SUV teaser touts offroad chops

2019 Honda Passport SUV teaser touts offroad chops

This is a good time for off-road fans around the world as there are a bunch of capable off-roaders for fans to choose from, including the Gladiator truck from Jeep expected to debut this month in LA. Jeep won't be the only automaker with something brand new and aimed at the off-road market to show off at the LA Auto Show; Honda has a new ride as well. The new SUV Honda has is called the Passport, and it will sit between the CR-V and the Pilot in the Honda line.

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FCC greenlights SpaceX to launch 7,000 satellites for broadband services

FCC greenlights SpaceX to launch 7,000 satellites for broadband services

A couple years back SpaceX was talking up a plan that would see it put 4,425 satellites into orbit to roll out global broadband connectivity. That promise is closer to reality today with the FCC announcing that it has approved the requests of four different companies to roll out new and expanded broadband services using satellites. The four companies include SpaceX, Kepler Communications, Telesat Canada, and LeoSat.

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