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Chinese Tianwen-1 Mars mission now sits on the launch pad

Chinese Tianwen-1 Mars mission now sits on the launch pad

China is one step closer to launching its Tianwen-1 Mars mission as the rocket that will send the mission into space now sits on the launch pad. Chinese mission planners are using a launch pad at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in the Hainan Province in southern China. The rocket the mission will use to reach orbit is a Long March-5.

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ISS astronauts replace aging batteries in the latest ISS spacewalk

ISS astronauts replace aging batteries in the latest ISS spacewalk

NASA has been conducting a prolonged campaign of upgrading batteries on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS), and the upgrade process is nearly complete. Recently two astronauts changed out critical solar array batteries marking the near completion of a battery revitalization project that will keep the space station powered through 2024. The two astronauts, Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken, completed the spacewalk on Thursday.

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Ultra-black skin allows some fish to blend into the cold ocean depths

Ultra-black skin allows some fish to blend into the cold ocean depths

There's a fish that lives in the ocean depths called the dragonfish or the common fangtooth. The fish lives in the depths of the ocean where there's nothing to hide behind to escape predators, and there is no sunlight. To help keep the fish out of sight in the glow of bioluminescent organisms that hunt at that depth, they have ultra-black skin that allows them to remain unseen.

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2021 Toyota Avalon comes with all-wheel drive for the first time

2021 Toyota Avalon comes with all-wheel drive for the first time

Toyota has announced the 2021 Avalon, which is its premium midsize sedan. For the 2021 model year, the vehicle comes for the first time with all-wheel drive available on XLE and Limited grades. Toyota estimates that the all-wheel driver model will count for approximately 20% of Avalon sales. All-wheel-drive models are particularly critical in cold-weather environments, and the addition of all drive certainly help Toyota.

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NASA updates targeted launch date for James Webb Space Telescope

NASA updates targeted launch date for James Webb Space Telescope

Scientists who study space all around the world are waiting in anticipation for NASA to launch its next-generation space-based telescope. The telescope is called the James Webb Space Telescope, and like many other things in the world, it has been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic along with technical challenges. NASA has announced a new launch date pushing the previous launch set for March 2021 to October 31, 2021.

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Researchers create a tiny wireless camera that can fit on an insect’s back

Researchers create a tiny wireless camera that can fit on an insect’s back

Researchers from the University of Washington have developed a tiny wireless camera that is steerable and is small enough to fit on the back of an insect. The camera can stream video to a smartphone at between one and five frames per second and sits on a mechanical arm that can pivot 60 degrees. The pivoting design of the camera allows the viewer to capture high-resolution panoramic shots or track a moving object.

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Mercedes-Benz G-Class off-roader gets new equipment and more personalization options

Mercedes-Benz G-Class off-roader gets new equipment and more personalization options

One of the most iconic vehicles that Mercedes-Benz makes is the G-Class, which has been in production for more than four decades. The automaker has announced that starting in September, the G-Class standard equipment roster becomes even more extensive. New personalization options will also be offered for the vehicle through the G manufaktur program.

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Microbiologists at Caltech discovered a bacteria that feeds on manganese metal

Microbiologists at Caltech discovered a bacteria that feeds on manganese metal

Microbiology researchers at Caltech have made a discovery that ends a 100-year long search for microbes able to live on manganese. The researchers discovered a bacteria that feeds on manganese and uses the metal as their source of calories. Microbes of this type were predicted to exist over 100 years ago, but the Caltech discovery marks the first time they've been described.

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Engineers demonstrate paper and pencil combination that could help monitor health conditions

Engineers demonstrate paper and pencil combination that could help monitor health conditions

Researchers from the University of Missouri have demonstrated an exciting combination of pencils and paper that could be used to draw devices to monitor the personal health of people at home. Much research is being conducted into the use of flexible electronics and sensors that can be worn on the body to capture health-related information.

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Kia Telluride Nightfall Edition launches this summer

Kia Telluride Nightfall Edition launches this summer

One of the more popular new SUVs on the market stay comes from Kia and is called the Telluride. The automaker has announced a new special appearance package that will be available on the Telluride starting this summer. The special package is called the Nightfall Edition and brings black trim elements to the very popular SUV.

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Researchers create efficient and long-lasting solar flow battery

Researchers create efficient and long-lasting solar flow battery

The team of researchers, including chemists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and their collaborators, have created a highly efficient and long-lasting solar flow battery. The device can generate, store, and redeliver renewable electricity from the sun in one device. The device consists of silicon solar cells combined with advanced solar materials.

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Researchers find solar-based water purification is more effective than boiling

Researchers find solar-based water purification is more effective than boiling

In many parts, the world access to clean water is a significant challenge. Often the way that water is purified for drinking is by simply boiling the water. Scientists have found a new solar-based water purification method that is much more effective at reducing contaminants than boiling the water alone. The new method comes from researchers at the University of Rochester and uses sunlight.

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