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Asteroid Spinning Itself to Death

A Hubble Space Telescope image revealing the gradual self-destruction of an asteroid, whose ejected dusty material...
A Hubble Space Telescope image revealing the gradual self-destruction of an asteroid, whose ejected dusty material has formed two long, thin, comet-like tails(Credit: NASA/ESA/K. Meech and J. Kleyna (University of Hawaii)/O. Hainaut (European Southern Observatory))

NASA has released images from the Hubble Space Telescope showing an asteroid that is tearing itself apart. Located 214 million mi (344 million km) from the Sun, the 2.5-mile-wide (4-km) asteroid (6478) Gault is spinning so fast that it is self-destructing and throwing off debris tails half a million miles (800,000 km) long. read more

Tailgating on Steroids

Thor Industries brand Heartland presents the Cyclone Ultimate Tailgate RV, which took home the award in...
Thor Industries brand Heartland presents the Cyclone Ultimate Tailgate RV, which took home the award in the “Team Tailgate” category(Credit: C.C. Weiss/New Atlas)

Thor Industries used the inaugural RVX show to get serious about production and potential production RVs like the Sequence camper van and Tuscany Lithium concept motorhome. But it also kicked back and had some fun … a lot of fun. Its custom-designed Heartland Cyclone Ultimate Tailgate trailer pulls up stadium-side, screens all the biggest games of the day on more than half a dozen TVs, keeps the beer flowing with a built-in keg fridge, and provides plenty of space to relax with dual decks, an indoor/outdoor hot tub and a garage bar. Forget going into the stadium; the real entertainment is hitched to the truck. read more

Arizona’s Pima Air and Space Museum

The PIMA Air & Space museum is a dream destination for aviation fans

The PIMA Air & Space museum is a dream destination for aviation fans(Credit:4theriders.com/New Atlas)

Arizona is home to some fascinating attractions, including the Biosphere 2, the Titan II missile museum, and the outstanding Pima Air and Space Museum, which we’re featuring in this spectacular photo tour. read more

Largest Ever T-Rex Found in Canada

"Scotty" was 13 meters long (42.7 ft) and weighed an estimated 8,800 kg (19,401 lb)
“Scotty” was 13 meters long (42.7 ft) and weighed an estimated 8,800 kg (19,401 lb)(Credit:Amanda Kelley)

Back in 1991, paleontologists from Canada’s University of Alberta discovered the fossilized remains of a Tyrannosaurus rex in the province of Saskatchewan. Nicknamed “Scotty” in honor of a celebratory bottle of Scotch that was enjoyed when its skeleton was found, it has now been declared the world’s largest T rex. read more

2020 Mars Lander Gets a Name

The ExoMars 2020 lander, shown here being packed for shipment, has been officially named

The ExoMars 2020 lander, shown here being packed for shipment, has been officially named(Credit: ESA)

The landing craft that will deliver Europe’s first rover to the planet Mars has arrived for assembly and testing in Turin, Italy and has been officially named. read more

Bad News for Alzheimer’s Sufferers

Biogen has abandoned late-stage clinical trials for a previously promising Alzheimer's drug
Biogen has abandoned late-stage clinical trials for a previously promising Alzheimer’s drug(Credit: AndrewLozovyi/Depositphotos)

A shockwave reverberated through the Alzheimer’s research community today after pharmaceutical company Biogen announced it was discontinuing two massive final phase human trials into the previously promising Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab. The announcement is the latest in a long line of failed Alzheimer’s drugs targeting the popular amyloid protein hypothesis. read more

The Nathalie Electric Supercar

The Nathalie electric supercar uses a methanol fuel cell as a range extender

The Nathalie electric supercar uses a methanol fuel cell as a range extender(Credit: Roland Gumpert)

Roland Gumpert, of Audi Quattro and Apollo fame, has put forth a supercar that solves the problem of limited electric range and slow charging. The 800-horsepower, all wheel drive Nathalie uses a cheaply refuellable methanol fuel cell to charge its batteries as you drive. read more

MIT’s Fly Trap Gripper

The Magic Ball gripper consists of a skeleton made from cone-shaped origami structure that is connected...
The Magic Ball gripper consists of a skeleton made from cone-shaped origami structure that is connected to a vacuum device and wrapped in an airtight skin(Credit: MIT (CSAIL))

From green blobs to hydrogel fish to boa constrictors, scientists have taken inspiration from some interesting sources in pursuit of robotic arms that can lift heavy items, but do so with a delicate touch. The latest solution from MIT resembles a Venus flytrap in the way it snatches up objects many times its own weight, and its creators hope it can open up some exciting possibilities for robotic assistants that can handle all kinds of objects. read more

Massive Oil and Gas Discovery

Some 46.3 billion barrels of oil, 281 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 20 billion...
Some 46.3 billion barrels of oil, 281 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 20 billion barrels of natural gas liquids are estimated to be underTexas and New Mexico(Credit:bluebay2014/Depositphotos)

As the United States becomes a net oil exporter for the first time in 75 years, the US Department of the Interior has announced the discovery of the largest continuous oil and gas field ever found. Situated in the Wolfcamp Shale and overlying Bone Spring Formation in Texas and the Permian Basin in New Mexico, the new resource is estimated to contain 46.3 billion barrels of oil, 281 trillion cu ft of natural gas, and 20 billion barrels of natural gas liquids worth trillions of dollars. read more

Tokyo Olympics to Unveil Robot Helpers

Toyota's Human Support Robots and Delivery Assist Robots are the first robot helpers to be confirmed...
Toyota’s Human Support Robots and Delivery Assist Robots are the first robot helpers to be confirmed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games(Credit: Tokyo 2020)

The Organising Committee for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo – that last month confirmed that Games winners would receive medals made using recycled electronic waste – has revealed the first Tokyo 2020 Robot Project helpers, which will assist spectators in wheelchairs to ensure they have “an experience they are unlikely to forget.” read more