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Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda explains why he's not quite on electric vehicles - and what prompted him to do a 'happy dance'

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda explains why he’s not quite on electric vehicles – and what prompted him to do a ‘happy dance’

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda speaks during a small media roundtable on September 29, 2022 in Las Vegas. Toyota LAS VEGAS — Toyota Motor CEO Akio Toyoda said simply last week what he would like his legacy to be: “I love cars.” How well the 66-year-old racer, car enthusiast and company scion will be remembered when …

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The Water-Lakes-on-Mars debate just got more interesting

The Water-Lakes-on-Mars debate just got more interesting

This image taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows ice caps at the south pole of Mars. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/JHU Scientists have argued for years over the ambiguous radar scans of Mars’ south pole. Do they reveal underground lakes of liquid water? Or something else? Two new articles published this week added even more …

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New York to Ban New Gas-Powered Vehicles, Following California's Lead

New York to Ban New Gas-Powered Vehicles, Following California’s Lead

New York is following in California’s tire tracks, taking drastic measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Empire State will completely ban the purchase of new gas-powered cars by 2035. “With sustained state and federal investments, our actions inspire New Yorkers, local governments and businesses to make the transition to electric vehicles. We are advancing …

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Diamond 660 kilometers below Earth's surface reveals water-rich environment

Diamond 660 kilometers below Earth’s surface reveals water-rich environment

Deep beneath the surface of our world, far beyond our faintest reach, enigmatic processes creak and stir. From time to time, the Earth oozes clues to their nature: tiny chthonic diamonds enclosing skerricks of rare minerals. From these tiny fragments, we can glean snippets of information about our planet’s interior. A diamond recently unearthed from …

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How to watch NASA's DART spacecraft crash into an asteroid

How to watch NASA’s DART spacecraft crash into an asteroid

Artist’s rendering of the DART spacecraft approaching the asteroid. Drawing: Nasa DART’s demise is finally upon us, as the NASA spacecraft is on a collision course with the tiny asteroid Dimorphos. Here’s how you can watch this hugely important experiment to deflect an asteroid. Short for Double Asteroid Redirection Test, the DART mission is the …

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NASA is refining its strategy to get humans to Mars

NASA is refining its strategy to get humans to Mars

Artist’s impression of an ancient Martian base. Image: Nasa from NASA next Artemis Moon program serves as a springboard for a possible crewed mission to Mars. A revised list of planning goals details a strategy for accomplishing this daunting feat. The documentpublished tuesday, serve as a blueprint for how we will eventually get humans to …

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These Fossil Mummies Reveal a Brutal World Long Before T. Rex Lived

These Fossil Mummies Reveal a Brutal World Long Before T. Rex Lived

Juvenile Lystrosaurus murrayi skeleton with enveloping layer interpreted as mummified skin. Photo: Courtesy of Roger Smith It was a time of catastrophic change. Most life on Earth had been wiped out, global temperatures had risen dramatically, and the weather was raging in extremes. That something survived in this harsh environment is remarkable, and yet some …

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This reusable space cargo ship would "open the door" to European space exploration

This reusable space cargo ship would “open the door” to European space exploration

Artist’s impression of SUSIE performing a vertical landing (video accelerated 2.5 times). GIF: Ariane/Gizmodo Group French aerospace company ArianeGroup has unveiled a concept reusable upper-stage spacecraft that would be capable of delivering heavy payloads into space and performing crewed missions before landing vertically on Earth. SUSIE, short for Smart Upper Stage for Innovative Exploration, was …

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