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Scientists discovered a distant planet three times the mass of Jupiter

Scientists discovered a distant planet three times the mass of Jupiter

In our solar system, Jupiter is the largest planet by far. Jupiter has twice the mass of Saturn and 300 times the mass of the Earth. As big as Jupiter is, scientists have now discovered a distant planet that is even larger. The distant planet is called Kepler-88 d and it is three times the mass of Jupiter.

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BMW 4 Series Coupe has entered its final phase of dynamic testing

BMW 4 Series Coupe has entered its final phase of dynamic testing

BMW has announced that it's nearing the end of testing for the 4 Series Coupe. The BMW 4 Series Coupe has entered the final phase of dynamic testing. BMW has been testing the 4 Series Coupe on racetracks and other test facilities. The final touches now being added on country roads and motorways surrounding the BMW Group Research and Innovation Center in Munich.

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Mysterious X-37B space plane gears up for its sixth mission

Mysterious X-37B space plane gears up for its sixth mission

The United States Air Force has an orbital vehicle called the X-37B that has spent significant time in orbit around the Earth. We still have no clear indication of the real purpose of the spacecraft, but we do know that the Air Force is gearing up for space mission OTV-6, and that mission could last as long as two years. The official purpose for the X-37B is to test new technology.

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NASA’s Lunar Flashlight will search out ice in dark moon craters

NASA’s Lunar Flashlight will search out ice in dark moon craters

NASA is gearing up to send astronauts to the moon as part of the Artemis program. One challenge that astronauts participating in that program will face his being able to get enough supplies for an extended mission, particularly water. Water is a very heavy, yet critical resource, that is difficult to send from the Earth.

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Ford will delay autonomous auto plans until 2022

Ford will delay autonomous auto plans until 2022

Automaker Ford announced this week during its quarterly earnings report that it intends to delay its plans to launch an autonomous vehicle service until 2022. The reason for the delayed launch is laid squarely at the feet of the coronavirus pandemic that has led the automaker to rethink its market strategy. In its quarterly earnings, Ford reported a massive $2 billion loss.

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Hubble Space Telescope captures images of Comet C/2019 Y4 breakup

Hubble Space Telescope captures images of Comet C/2019 Y4 breakup

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has given astronomers the sharpest view yet of the breakup of a comet called Comet C/2019 Y4 (Atlas). Hubble was able to resolve approximately 30 fragments of the comet on April 20 and 25 pieces on April 23. The comet was first discovered in December 2019 by the ATLAS robotic astronomical survey system in Hawai'i.

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MIT Conduct-A-Bot system controls a drone using muscle signals

MIT Conduct-A-Bot system controls a drone using muscle signals

Researchers at MIT have created a new system that they think brings us closer to seamless human-robot collaboration. The system is called "Conduct-A-Bot." It uses human muscle signals from wearable sensors to pilot a drone, controlling its movements.

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Porsche offers a seven-speed manual transmission for 911 Carrera S and 4S

Porsche offers a seven-speed manual transmission for 911 Carrera S and 4S

Porsche has announced a new transmission option for buyers of the 911 Carrera S and 4S models. The seven-speed manual transmission is a no-cost option in European and other markets as an alternative to the standard eight-speed PDK transmission. Porsche says that the manual transmission is combined with the Sport Chrono package to appeal to drivers who prefer changing gears themselves.

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NASA’s Swift mission tracked water lost from interstellar comet Borisov

NASA’s Swift mission tracked water lost from interstellar comet Borisov

NASA has announced that for the first time, its Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory has been able to track water loss from an interstellar comet as it approached and rounded the sun. The comet that the Swift Observatory was observing was the first confirmed interstellar comet 2I/Borisov traveled the solar system in late 2019. Comet 2I/Borisov is only the second known interstellar visitor discovered two years after Oumuamua passed through the solar system and was discovered by amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov.

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Images from the Akatsuki spacecraft reveal what keeps Venus’ atmosphere rotating

Images from the Akatsuki spacecraft reveal what keeps Venus’ atmosphere rotating

An international research team led by Takeshi Horinouchi of Hokkaido University has been investigating Venus and what drives the planet's atmosphere to rotate faster than the planet itself. The team of scientists has revealed that the "super-rotation" of the Venetian atmosphere near the equator is maintained by atmospheric tidal waves formed from solar heating on the planet's dayside and cooling on its nightside. The team says that closer to the poles, the atmospheric turbulence and other kinds of waves have a more pronounced effect.

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Tesla begins rolling out Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control feature

Tesla begins rolling out Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control feature

Tesla has begun to roll out a new update for the Autopilot system for many of its vehicles. The update is called Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control. The goal of the latest update is to allow Autopilot to be able to handle intersections with the ability to come to a complete stop at traffic lights and stop signs.

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Intel and others use AI-powered solution to monitor coral reef resiliency

Intel and others use AI-powered solution to monitor coral reef resiliency

Intel recently talked up a project it's working on for Earth Day 2020 with Accenture and the Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation called Project: CORaiL. The project is an artificial intelligence-powered solution designed to monitor, characterize, and analyze coral reef resiliency. Project: CORaiL was deployed in May 2019 to the reef surrounding Pangatalan Island in the Philippines and so far has collected about 40,000 images.

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