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2018 Ford F-150 unveils its first diesel version

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American Automaker Ford revealed a diesel version of its F-series truck. It is happens for the first time in 70 years that ford is coming up with diesel version.

The company unveiled the new features on Sunday, 8 Jan. The 2018 Ford F-150 coming up with improved v-6 and v-8 gas engines. Among other features, f-150 will have the military-grade aluminum alloy body with a steel frame underneath. Pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection technology feature automatically applies breaks to prevent auto and pedestrian accidents.

F-150 is coming up with a 3.0 liter power stroke diesel engine. Ford also expects it to put the same 282 horse-power and 253 pound-feet of torque as the current 3.5-liter V6.

Talking about new Ford the officials sent a release

To make driving easy and safe F-150 will have adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality.  Moreover, also available for 2018 are 4G LTE Wi-Fi that can connect up to 10 devices. A bumping’ B&O Play stereo system and advanced trailer-tow technology

Manufactured at the Dearborn Truck Plant and the Kansas City Assembly Plant, the vehicle will go on sale during the fall.

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Unique sensitive camera will probe mysteries of star formation

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A group of astronomers at Arizona State University is developing a uniquely sensitive camera, named  TolTEC, to probe the mysteries of star formation.

A team headed by Professor Philip Mauskopf of Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) will design and construct optics for the camera as well as electronics for producing images from the instrument’s super conducting detectors.

This international project has been awarded more than $6 million in funding from National Science Foundation to build the camera.

Mauskopf said “Half the light from stars in universe is absorbed by clouds of interstellar dust and then re- radiated along wavelengths invisible to the human eye Head. Astronomical observations at these wavelengths can let us see into the cores of stellar nurseries where new stars are forming”.

The new camera will be attached to giant telescope in Mexico, which is a largest telescope in the world designed to operate at a wavelength of 1 millimeter. On top of the 15,000 foot Sierra Negra in the state of Puebla sits the Large Millimeter Telescope (as shown in the picture above), with a 50-meter (164-foot) diameter main mirror. The biggest project in the history of the Mexico will be construct with the help of University of Massachusetts,

Over the next three years, an international consortium, led by UMass, will build the golf-cart-size ToITEC cryogenic camera for the Large Millimeter Telescope. This telescope will help to study the universe in detail by imaging radiation from dust at millimeter-wavelengths covering large area of sky.

Postdoctoral scholar Sean Bryan, electrical engineer Hamdi mani, mechanical engineer Matt Underhill, a graduate student and NASA Earth and Space Science fellow Sam Gordan and Barrett Honors College student Rhys Kelso will accompany Mauskopf in this project.

The camera will be mounted on the Large Millimeter Telescope, when completed. After completion it begin a two-year program of three large sky surveys, which will be worked out in consultation with the international astronomical community, covering hundreds of square degrees.

The survey will target the region with known dust clouds in our own galaxy as well as the region where there is relatively little local dust.

 Other partners in TolTEC include the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Northwestern University, the University of Michigan, Cardiff University (UK), and the National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics in Mexico.

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BMW’s Mini set to unveil its first ever plug-in hybrid this year

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BMW’s British small car brand MINI will soon sell its plug-in hybrid car when the new Countryman arrives in UK showrooms next year. The car maker is set to unveil its new-generation Countryman crossover at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which runs November 18 to 27, 2016.

The hybrid will share much in common with the BMW 225xe Plug-in Hybrid; the cars have been developed alongside each other by parent company BMW and will both offer a range of engines, including a battery-assisted 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine.

The new hybrid Countryman promises ultra-quiet running from the outset, as the vehicle will always start in electric mode. An onboard battery indicator shows remaining power in real time so the driver can switch to the fuel engine as and when needed. In the MAX eDRIVE electric mode, the vehicle promises a top speed of 125km/h (78mph). The plug-in hybrid Countryman should be capable of covering several dozen kilometers in electric mode with no CO2 emissions whatsoever.

The hybrid MINI also has a SAVE BATTERY mode where the combustion engine takes over entirely. This mode can be used to retain the battery’s charge or even charge it via a generator.

Mini is in the final stages of testing before unveiling this new historic model for the brand. The plug-in hybrid version of the Mini Countryman II is due out in 2017. Mini hopes to have a fully electric vehicle on sale by 2020.

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