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Washington State University Physicists create 'negative mass'

Washington State University physicists have created a fluid with negative mass, which is exactly what it sounds like. Push it, and unlike every physical object in the world we know, it doesn’t accelerate in the direction it was pushed. It accelerates backwards.

The phenomenon is rarely created in laboratory conditions and can be used to explore some of the more challenging concepts of the cosmos, said Michael Forbes, a WSU assistant professor of physics and astronomy and an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington. The research appears today in the journal Physical Review Letters, where it is featured as an “Editor’s Suggestion.”

Hypothetically, matter can have negative mass in the same sense that an electric charge can be either negative or positive. People rarely think in these terms, and our everyday world sees only the positive aspects of Isaac Newton’s Second Law of Motion, in which a force is equal to the mass of an object times its acceleration, or F=ma. In other words, if you push an object, it will accelerate in the direction you’re pushing it. Mass will accelerate in the direction of the force.

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Jay Z will tell Trayvon Martin’s story in new docuseries and feature film

  • Feb. 26, 2017 marked five years since Trayvon Martin was shot dead in Sanford, Florida. 
  • The 17-year-old’s killing sparked the Black Lives Matter movement and conversations about racial profiling targeting black people in America.
  • Jay Z and Weinstein Company have signed on to tell Martin’s story and honor his legacy through a six-part docuseries and a narrative feature film, Variety reports.
  • The partners solidified the deal after winning the rights to two books that take an in-depth look into Martin’s life and the impact of his case. Read more (3/24/17)

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Reveal: The New Honda Civic Type R

Honda has revealed the all-new Civic Type R at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, ahead of the model’s European launch in the summer. The new car builds on Honda’s heritage in developing high-performance hatchbacks, and represents the segment’s ultimate expression of dynamic purity.

Sharing the same fundamentals as the new Civic hatchback, the new Type R has been engineered from the ground up to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot-hatch segment – both on road and on the race track.

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Deadly spider's unique spinning technique could inspire tougher materials

Brown recluse spiders use a unique micro looping technique to make their threads stronger than that of any other spider, a newly published UK-US collaboration has discovered.

One of the most feared and venomous arachnids in the world, the American brown recluse spider has long been known for its signature necro-toxic venom, as well as its unusual silk. Now, new research offers an explanation for how the spider is able to make its silk uncommonly strong.

Researchers suggest that if applied to synthetic materials, the technique could inspire scientific developments and improve impact absorbing structures used in space travel.

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First Look: The New Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The new S-Class celebrates its world premiere with extensive innovations at the Auto Shanghai. Among the highlights is an all-new and highly efficient engine range with a series of new technologies for electrification of the powertrain. Intelligent Drive takes another step towards autonomous driving. And the undisputed leader in the premium segment with regard to comfort and wellness sets new standards in the interior. The market launch of the new S-Class starts in the European markets in July of 2017.

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“Pomksy” Pup Is A Beautiful Mix Between a Pomeranian & Husky

The adorable hybrid Mya is taking the internet by storm with her stunning ice blue eyes and vibrant orange coat.  The cutest dog on the internet at the moment, she is often seen outdoors doing a range of activities, from hiking to swimming.

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Hubble dates black hole's last big meal

For the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, it’s been a long time between dinners. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has found that the black hole ate its last big meal about 6 million years ago, when it consumed a large clump of infalling gas. After the meal, the engorged black hole burped out a colossal bubble of gas weighing the equivalent of millions of suns, which now billows above and below our galaxy’s center.

The immense structures, dubbed the Fermi Bubbles, were first discovered in 2010 by NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. But recent Hubble observations of the northern bubble have helped astronomers determine a more accurate age for the bubbles and how they came to be.

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First Look: Lotus Exige Cup 380 

Evolved from the hugely successful and capable Exige Sport 380, this latest Lotus supercar is the purest manifestation yet of the company’s Cup concept for sports cars. Genuinely eligible for competition yet undeniably elegant, just 60 editions of this extreme Exige are planned for worldwide markets – assuring its status as one of Lotus’ most collectible road cars.

  • The fastest to, from, and around the race track
  • 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds
  • Dry Weight from 1,057 kg (2330lbs)
  • Dramatic bodywork revisions boost downforce to 200 kg
  • Limited to 60 editions worldwide, confirming collector status

With a purity of drive unheard of in road cars, and a power-to-weight ratio of 355 hp per tonne, the Exige Cup 380 delivers genuine race pace, with 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds) and top speed of 175 mph (282 km/h). Key to the Exige Cup 380 reaching its low weight of 1,057 kg is the comprehensive adoption of carbon fiber and extreme engineering. Making their first appearance on a road-going Lotus, heavily revised bodywork elements contribute to the increased downforce of the Exige Cup 380, with the car generating up to 200 kg, 43% more than the Exige Sport 380. Making the most of this aerodynamic downforce and maximizing mechanical grip, the Exige Cup 380 features larger rear tires as standard.

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The Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film Begins Filming

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller mockingly made the announcement on Twitter that the Han Solo spin-off movie’s first day of production has begun along with the text “Han Shot First”. The film is apparently using the working title of “Star Wars: Red Cup” as a ‘Solo’ pun until an official title is chosen. 

Star Wars: Red Cup is slated for theaters on May 25, 2018.

Graphene sieve turns seawater into drinking water

Graphene-oxide membranes have attracted considerable attention as promising candidates for new filtration technologies. Now the much sought-after development of making membranes capable of sieving common salts has been achieved.

New research demonstrates the real-world potential of providing clean drinking water for millions of people who struggle to access adequate clean water sources.

The new findings from a group of scientists at The University of Manchester were published today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. Previously graphene-oxide membranes have shown exciting potential for gas separation and water filtration.

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Oscars: Will New Animated Voting Procedures Hurt Smaller Films?
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced annual rule and eligibility changes this morning, but while most of the attention was on a shift in the documentary race that would render …
By Kristopher Tapley

For your Saturday consideration: The Academy announced new voting procedures for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in an attempt to get better voter turnout for these films. 

Kristopher Tapley argues for Variety that it might open the door for an even fuller ballot of big studio films, but frequent foreign film distributor GKIDS remains positive. 

When we first came into this business, people said we had to do huge advertising, but we sort of forged our own path on the belief that a good film will find its way, and I still think that’s true. And I’d say we’re fortunate enough to be established enough that I hope whoever is on the committee will consider GKIDS films. (CEO Eric Beckman)

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First Look: The Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari has selected the 87th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show for the world premiere of the new 12-cylinder berlinetta, the 812 Superfast, the most powerful and fastest Ferrari in the marque’s history.

This new car not only introduces a plethora of innovative features but is also particularly significant as the V12 series marked the official start of the glorious Prancing Horse story in 1947, 70 years ago this year.

The 812 Superfast thus ushers in a new era in Ferrari 12-cylinder history, in doing so building on the invaluable legacies of the F12berlinetta and F12tdf. It is aimed at clients demanding the most powerful and exclusive Ferrari in the range: an uncompromising sports car that will deliver exhilarating driving both on road and track yet also be comfortable enough to allow its owners to enjoy it as an all-round experience.

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Space X Plans a Private Mission for Two Around the Moon

This has become quite the month for space related announcements!

Yesterday, Elon Musk teased that his agency SpaceX would be making an announcement this afternoon.

An unofficial voting poll was created by NASA asking people to guess what the announcement would be about. Out of the four options given on the poll, ‘Falcon Heavy rocket’ won a majority of 46 percent votes and 'Space Suits - Not Pink’ won the second highest number of votes, with 38 percent. 

Most of the people who took the pool were wrong.

Instead, SpaceX announced today that they have been approached to fly two private citizens, who have already paid a “significant deposit” for a trip around the moon late next year. 

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Reveal: The Mercedes-AMG GT Concept 

As part of its 50th anniversary Mercedes-AMG is this year celebrating not only the successful past and present; above all it is looking forward. With the show car Mercedes-AMG GT Concept the sports car and performance brand is giving an indication of the alternative drive configurations AMG is designing. Over and above this the four-door coupé heralds the further extension of the AMG GT family. The third model series after the SLS AMG and AMG GT is now being completely autonomously developed at the company’s headquarters in Affalterbach. The designation and fundamental design elements on the front and tail end denote the family affiliation to the AMG GT. The"EQ Power+“ identifier on the mirror cam indicates the increased performance that can be expected from hybridisation at AMG.

Brooklyn Beckham shares sweet throwback to the day his parents met

We’re not going to lie, the Beckham family deciding to get Instagram accounts is perhaps one of the best celebrity things to happen in recent years, with David, Victoria, and their eldest son Brooklyn publicly sharing some sweet, family moments with their millions of fans.

Last night, Brooklyn took to his account to do a bit of promo work for Victoria’s friend and former Spice Girl bandmate, Mel C, sharing a cute throwback picture of Victoria and Mel from back in the 90s.

But rather than posting a pic of the two women as their Sporty and Posh Spice personas, Brooklyn made the entire thing pretty sentimental as he instead threw it back to the day that his mum and dad first met.

All together now: Awwww.

Captioning the pic of Mel and Victoria on the football pitch in Old Trafford, Brooklyn wrote: “The day my mum and dad met at Old Trafford.Love Mel C! Check out her new album… @melaniecmusic @victoriabeckham”.

He then followed up with a link to Mel’s album on iTunes, nicely done.

Mel regrammed the image and added: “Love this! @brooklynbeckham such a fun and important day! #fate”.

Victoria recently opened up about the moment that she first met David, admitting that she was ever-so-slightly tipsy at the time.

The star penned a letter to her younger self for Vogue magazine over the summer and explained: “Love at first sight does exist.

"It will happen to you in the Manchester United players’ lounge — although you will get a little drunk, so exact details are hazy. While the other football players stand at the bar drinking with their mates, you will see David standing aside with his family.

”(He’s not even in the first team at this stage — you are the famous one.) And he has such a cute smile. You, too, are close to your family, and you will think how similar he feels to you.

“He’s going to ask for your number. (He still has the London-to-Manchester plane ticket on which you wrote it.)”

And, as the old saying goes, they all lived happily ever after.