first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target May 4 is Star Wars Day, which means you might need a thoughtful gift (or two) for all the galactic junkies in your life. These out-of-this world gifts will surely delight any Star Wars fan, whether they are all about the Empire or the Rebellion.Solo Lando Triangle T-ShirtSolo Lando Triangle T-Shirt (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Lando’s the star of the show, and you can gift your friends a tribute of the coolest general of the Rebel Alliance around — at least, in the future. He’s still awesome even in the Solo movie, and we couldn’t think of a better guy to bring him to life on the big screen. This T-shirt is a fantastic tribute!Buy it HereStar Wars Force FX LightsabersStar Wars Force FX Lightsabers (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Get your Jedi or Sith game on with these Star Wars Force FX Lightsabers, which are packed with technology from a galaxy far, far away, so you can experience cool lighting and sound effects during your next showdown. Make Obi-Wan Kenobi proud and step up your “fighting skills” with one of these mock weapons, which are available in a bright red or green hue.Buy it HereStar Wars: Solo Lando Calrissian Replica CapeStar Wars: Solo Lando Calrissian Replica Cape (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Have someone in mind who wants to make Lando Calrissian himself come to life by way of cosplay? Get them half the way there with this awesome (and durable-looking) replica cape, which would make even Donald Glover proud. Seriously, it looks pretty good. It also won’t break the bank and you’ll be known as that friend who truly understands cosplay. Congrats!Buy it HereStar Wars Plush BouquetStar Wars Plush Bouquet (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Adorable Ewoks are here for all the cuddles with this Star Wars Plush Bouquet. Inspired by the Battle of Endor, one of the most epic showdowns in the galaxy, this set comes with nine Return of the Jedi characters, including Chewbacca, Leia Organa Solo, Han Solo, C3-P0, and R2-D2. You’ll get your Rebel Alliance crew and Empire baddies together in this cute arrangement.Buy it HereStar Wars Pinache R2-D2 GulperStar Wars Pinache R2-D2 Gulper (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Need a way to carry around your favorite juice, tea, or other beverage? This stylish R2-D2 emblazoned cup will get you or anyone you know together. It’s appropriate for nearly any situation, even a business brunch! Take your fave droid with you everywhere you go.Buy it HereStar Wars: The Last Jedi Porg Animated PlushStar Wars: The Last Jedi Porg Animated Plush (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Wouldn’t it be great to have your own Star Wars pet? Well, now you can: This Last Jedi Porg Animated Plush takes cuteness to a new level. It actually flaps its wings and makes three different sounds from the film, and a helpful note from ThinkGeek: Don’t let your Wookiee eat it for a snack.Buy it HereStar Wars R2-D2 Cutout RugStar Wars R2-D2 Cutout Rug (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Welcome everyone into your home with this bright and vivid R2-D2 rug. Give it to anyone whose porch needs livening up, because they’re out there — it’ll look so much livelier with the cutest little droid of all time (BB-8, sorry, Artoo was first) perched at their door. It’s not going to cost an arm and a leg to brighten someone’s day. So do it with this amazing rug!Buy it HereStar Wars Executioner Crossbody Flap PurseStar Wars Executioner Crossbody Flap Purse (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Stay loyal to the First Order with this Star Wars Executioner Crossbody Flap Purse. You’ll fit right in with the Executioner Troopers, since this bag features faux leather, a front flap closure, and a zippered pocket, so you can keep all your valuables (and credit bills) safe and secure on your travels.Buy it HereStar Wars Choose Your Side CapStar Wars Choose Your Side Cap (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Choosing sides in Star Wars can be tough, so if you’re ready to pledge your alliance with the Empire or the Rebellion, this choose your side cap is for you. Both caps come in a black hue and have the iconic logos on the front, so everyone will know whether you’re a Jedi or Sith fan. Plus, they can be adjusted just in case you need some more shade.Buy it HereiHome Star Wars Episode 8 Bluetooth HeadphonesiHome Star Wars Episode 8 Bluetooth Headphones (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)If your home entertainment setup needs an upgrade, these iHome Star Wars Episode 8 Bluetooth Headphones will take your listening experience to new heights. Whether you’re streaming Star Wars movies, listening to music, or engaging in lightsaber training, these headphones will stay powered up to 12 hours and are wire-free. So, you can actually go to a galaxy far, far away without giving up your chill environment.Buy it HereMore on‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ Trailer Teases a Good ‘Star Wars’ Game‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ Finally Gets a New ExpansionCoca-Cola Reveals Sci-Fi Soda for ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’last_img read more

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first_img Giant dust storms on Mars, including the one that put NASA’s Opportunity rover out of commission and blocked sunlight for weeks, may have blown away some of the Red Planet’s ancient water, according to NASA researchers.Following the incident, scientists worldwide are analyzing insights on how mega dust storms could have impacted ancient Martian water, climate, and winds, and how they could affect future solar power and weather, said a NASA press release. Observations on the 2018 dust storm, which were published in Geophysical Research Letters, revealed key details on Mars’ water sources, including lakes, rivers, and oceans the planet had billions of years ago and why water might have disappeared there.According to Geronimo Villanueva, a Martian water expert at NASA Goddard, the global dust storm could give an explanation on why some of Mars’ water supply has mysteriously blown away. Villanueva worked with some European Space Agency (ESA) and Roscosmos space agency colleagues and they found that powerful, global dust storms appear to loft water vapor from an altitude of 12 miles above the Red Planet’s surface to higher elevations of at least 50 miles. Global dust storms, which thrust water into the upper atmosphere, could interfere with Mars’ water cycle and prevent water from condensing and falling back down to the surface.On Mars, some dust storms can be massive — encircling the planet for months!Our robotic explorers observed one of these global storms last year. We’re using data they captured to understand ancient Mars and to help protect future human explorers. More:— NASA (@NASA) May 5, 2019Villanueva and his colleagues speculate that at higher altitudes, solar radiation may easily force its way through to break up water molecules and blow their component elements into space. “When you bring water to higher parts of the atmosphere, it gets blown away so much easier,” Villanueva said in the press release.You’re a survivor, you’re not gonna give up.Hang in there, Oppy! Here’s how the @MarsRovers team will try to reach her now that this dust storm is starting to calm down:— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) August 17, 2018On April 10, Villanueva and his colleagues published research in Nature, and explained how they discovered evidence of receding water vapor by leveraging the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter at the Red Planet, a spacecraft managed by ESA and Roscosmos. This orbiter measured water molecules at different heights before and after last year’s storm. For the first time, the scientists observed that all types of water molecules had reached the “escape region” of the upper atmosphere, which provided important clues into how water might be vanishing from Mars.Villanueva​ said the scientists will have to consider this new information for their predictions on how much water flowed on Mars in the past and how much time it took for it to disappear.More on’s InSight Lander Snaps Dreamy Sunrise and Sunset on Mars NASA’s InSight Lander Captures First Audio of ‘Marsquake’China Opens ‘Martian’ Base for Teens Who Want to Live on Mars NASA Captures ‘Red-Handed’ Avalanche on Mars in Mesmerizing PhotoBest Skywatching Events in September 2019 Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Host galaxies are “kicking out” star duos in space, according to data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.Thanks to Chandra, astronomers have found evidence that pairs of stars are being “banished” from their host galaxies, said a NASA press release. Their study, which was recently published in The Astrophysical Journal, demonstrated that these “exiled” star duos, which can feature different combinations of stars, such as our Sun, neutron stars, or black holes, are sometimes forced to leave their host galaxies due to orbiting issues.According to the study, neutron stars develop when a giant star explodes as a supernova and the center of the star collapses onto itself. Certain conditions could cause these massive blasts that form the neutron stars to not have a symmetrical shape, and this distorted effect could give the star so much force that it exits from the galaxy where it’s located. Data from Chandra shows that sometimes a companion star is forced to leave the galaxy, too.“It’s like a guest that’s asked to leave a party with a rowdy friend,” said Xiangyu Jin of McGill University who led the study. “The companion star in this situation is dragged out of the galaxy simply because it’s in orbit with the star that went supernova.”Looking for these “exiled” star duos is an interesting process: If the companion star is close by, then its matter will swirl in the direction of the denser neutron star and then form a circular disk around the neutron star. Due to strong gravitational forces from the neutron star, material in the disk will move rapidly as it comes closer to the neutron star, and some of the disk’s frictional forces warm up the gaseous disk to millions of degrees.A Fornax galaxy cluster captured by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). (Photo Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / UCLA)Jin and her team discovered the signatures of these “X-ray binaries” outside of galaxies in a study of the Fornax galaxy cluster created with Chandra data collected between 1999 and 2015. This bizarre cluster is about 60 million light-years away from our planet in the constellation with the same name. The team combined optical observations and the large Chandra dataset to make a census of X-ray sources that are roughly 600,000 light-years of the central galaxy located in the Fornax cluster. They concluded that approximately 30 sources in this cluster were most likely pairs of stars that were “banished” out of the center of their host galaxies.The astronomers also spotted roughly another 150 sources that are believed to be outside the boundaries of the galaxies located within the cluster. Strangely enough, these sources might have formed differently, and it’s possible that they stay in the far outer reaches of the Fornax cluster’s central galaxy or they are X-ray binaries that were pulled away from a galaxy by the gravity of a nearby galaxy or X-ray binaries left behind following a galaxy that lost most of its stars due to a galactic collision.“This is like the end of a party, where the people attending head off in different directions, and only the hosts are left behind,” Zhenlin Zhu of Nanjing University, study co-author, said in the press release. “In the case of Fornax, the extreme case is that the original galaxies don’t really exist anymore.”More on’s Spitzer Telescope Captures Stellar ‘Family Portrait’ of Stars Watch: NASA Picks First Companies to Send Experiments to the MoonNASA’s NICER Shows Entire Sky in X-Rays in Mesmerizing Arc Image Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_imgStay on target Christian Bale Shares Cheeky Batsuit Advice for Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson Describes Trying on the Batsuit for First Time Matt Reeves, the director of the upcoming movie The Batman, broke his silence on the casting of Robert Pattinson in the film’s lead role.Rumors about Pattinson playing the superhero were circulating for a while, and on Friday, Variety reported that Pattinson will be the new Batman. Even though Warner Bros. has not provided an official confirmation of the movie’s cast yet, Reeves recently shared a cheeky post about Pattinson on Twitter.— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) June 3, 2019AdChoices广告No words are shown in the post, however, Reeves added three bat emojis and a hilarious GIF of Pattinson with a serious stare. The tweet, which was shared on Monday morning, has generated more than 30,000 likes and 10,000 retweets so far. Additionally, DC also launched an official twitter account for The Batman on June 2.80 years of mystery. 80 years of action. 80 years of Batman. #LongLiveTheBat #Batman80— Batman (@DCBatman) June 2, 2019There aren’t many details on The Batman yet, but the film will reportedly cover Batman’s early days in Gotham City, reported. Reeves previously indicated that the movie will be inspired by the Batman: Year One comic book events, however, it will not be strictly based on a particular Batman comic book plot.“Year One is one of the many comic books that I love. We are definitely not doing Year One. It’s just exciting to be focused very specifically on a tale that is defining for him and very personal to him. Obviously, we’re not doing an origin tale or anything like that,” Reeves said at a Television Critics Association panel in September. “We’re doing a story that is definitively Batman though, and trying to tell a story that’s emotional and yet is really about him being the world’s greatest detective and all the things that for me since I was a kid, made me love Batman.”Did somebody light the Bat-Signal?— Batman (@DCBatman) June 2, 2019Other actors that were reportedly up for the role of Batman included Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class), Alexander Ludwig (Vikings), and Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction). The movie doesn’t have a set release date yet, however, it’s expected to hit theaters in summer 2021.More on’s a New Batman Now, Robert PattinsonVintage Shelf: Revisiting Tim Burton’s ‘Batman’ Batman’s 10 Greatest Mysterieslast_img read more

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first_img“Iron Age builders knew how important this was, and the success of this technique is no more clearly indicated than by the fact that 3,000 years later, many of the walls built by the inhabitants of Hili 2 are still standing,” the Emirates News Agency said.Researchers working at the Hili 2 site have also made other discoveries that provide further insights into the daily lives of Hili’s Iron Age occupants, including methods of cooking, house-building techniques, types of crops farmed, as well as evidence of communal activities.In several parts of the settlement, researchers also discovered well-preserved ovens, built from clay and containing dozens of burnt stones. (Photo Credit: DCT Abu Dhabi)In several parts of the settlement, researchers discovered well-preserved ovens, built from clay and containing dozens of burnt stones. The ovens are immediately recognizable as a type of tannour used for cooking. The stones would have been heated and then animal meat, likely sheep or goat, would have been slowly cooked.The tannours are not located inside houses but rather at common spaces shared between houses, according to the Emirates News Agency. They were likely used by groups of families – possibly for communal meals shared on special occasions. This is consistent with evidence from other Iron Age sites which indicates the importance of community and communal activities during this time.Various discoveries at the site are providing important insights into the daily lives of Hili’s Iron Age occupants, including methods of cooking, house-building techniques, types of crops farmed, as well as evidence of communal activities. (Photo Credit: DCT Abu Dhabi)“The research at Hili 2 reveals an unparalleled window into the past. The archaeological results illustrate how our ancestors used available materials, in a sophisticated and optimal fashion, to build houses and buildings that would last for millennia,” said Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi.Researchers also found other artifacts in the new excavations at the Hili 2 site, including numerous fragments of 3,000-year-old pottery. A notable find was that of a  beautiful clay stamp seal, uncovered near an enigmatic structure called Structure 15. The stamp seal carries an engraving of a gazelle and was likely used to stamp clay materials for decoration or for administration purposes.More on Underground Chamber Discovered in Ruins of Roman Emperor Nero’s PalaceResearchers ‘Accidentally’ Discover 19th-Century Shipwreck in Gulf of Mexico2,300-Year-Old, Iron Age Shield Made From Tree Bark Discovered in UK Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in MaineNew Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By Scientists In what is being called a “thrilling” discovery, 3,000-year-old fingerprints have been found on ancient bricks at an Iron Age site in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).The impressions, found at the Hili 2 archaeological site, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Al Ain, by archaeologists from Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) Abu Dhabi, are believed to have been made by workers who were building a wall 3,000 years ago.The finding reveal an in-depth understanding of construction, according to the Emirates News Agency, the official news agency of the UAE.While investigating house construction at the Hili 2 site, researchers were ‘amazed’ to discover the fingerprints of those who had made the bricks 3,000 years ago. (Photo Credit: DCT Abu Dhabi)The bricks had been made in pre-formed molds, and the craftsmen are believed to have used their hands and fingers to create patterns in the bricks to hold the mortar. Most of the examined bricks had fingerprints, though to how many people they belong is not yet known.DCT Abu Dhabi archaeologists are examining the possibility of attempting to lift the fingerprints from the mudbricks for forensic analysis.The impressions, which in modern bricks are indentations called “frogs,” are a critical part of building a wall. They hold the mortar in place and allow it to bond with the other bricks, thus ensuring the stability of the structure.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_imgStay on target Watch: Marvel and Square Enix’s ‘Avengers’ Gameplay Still Creeps Us OutWhat to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019 Tony Stark, also known as Iron Man, sacrificed himself to win the war against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. Now, some fans want the superhero to be brought back to life: A new petition is trending online demanding the return of Iron Man, since the key character died to protect the people he loved.The “Bring Tony Stark Back to Life” petition, which was recently created on, advocates that Tony Stark get to see his daughter grow up, and sadly, due to Avengers: Endgame, the superhero won’t have the opportunity to, since the cosmic power of the Infinity Stones caused him to perish, reported. So far, more than 16,000 people have signed the petition online.Photo Credit:“Tony Stark was always ready to risk his life, suffer, and sacrifice himself for anyone, without ever receiving anything in return. He can never be happy, and when he finally got what he always wanted, and deserved, his wife, his daughter, his family.. he died,” said the petition. “He didn’t deserve this and it’s not fair, after everything he’s been through, and done for everyone, he deserves to live and see his daughter grow up.”Relive the moments again and again. Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame is now playing in theaters. Get tickets:— The Avengers (@Avengers) May 24, 2019Tony Stark’s impact goes beyond the MCU: Many fans claimed that the superhero has also helped them face real-life challenges and obstacles.“He saved our lives and it’s our turn to save him. We love him so much. We love him 3000,” said the petition. “Without him, now, we are totally lost. For many people, he was their reason to live and hold on in life.”More on Man Was Completely Right (‘Avengers: Endgame’ Spoilers)‘Avengers: Endgame’ Will Stream Exclusively on Disney+ Starting Dec. 11 ‘Avengers #1’ Among 180,000 Comics Donated to University of S. Carolinalast_img read more

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first_imgStay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Emilia Clarke bid farewell to Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones, however, the actress recently revealed that she “deeply regrets” one thing from the fantasy series’ last season.In an interview with Variety, Clarke discussed her experience with the Game of Thrones finale, including how she wished that she had kept a set souvenir for herself once filming was done.“I didn’t take anything, and I deeply regret it, and I’m very annoyed. I’m really hoping that the showrunners give me a dragon,” Clarke said in the interview. “I need my smelly socks. I think I did take those.”Clarke, who spent nearly a decade playing the Mother of Dragons on Game of Thrones, reflected on how her character saved her life after she experienced some brain hemorrhages while shooting the show.“I always say that Daenerys literally saved my life, because it puts you in quite the headspace when you’ve had a brain injury. Walking in her shoes, I just put so much more into each season because it really was life or death. I felt so powerfully that she was saving me. I could only see her,” Clarke explained. “That was my single point of focus that allowed me to not think about anything scarier than just getting on set.”center_img Even though Clarke is sad about Game of Thrones ending, she said working on the show has been an incredible experience.“Having it come to its completion feels utterly surreal. So much life has happened in the 10 years that I’ve been on the show. I’ve grown into a woman. I was 23,” Clarke added. “It’s been almost a year in post, and it’s taken me that long to come to terms with it.”<em><strong>More on</strong></em></p><ul><li><a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>&#8216;Game of Thrones&#8217; Fans Raise More Than $125K for Casts&#8217; Charities </a></li><li><a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>This &#8216;Game of Thrones&#8217; Star Predicted How the Series Would End in 2015 </a></li><li><a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Sophie Turner Shocked By &#8216;Game of Thrones&#8217; Spoiler in Season 1 Poster </a></li></ul><p><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span></p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-4″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-5″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-6″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-7″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p>More on‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Raise More Than $125K for Casts’ Charities This ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Predicted How the Series Would End in 2015 Sophie Turner Shocked By ‘Game of Thrones’ Spoiler in Season 1 Posterlast_img read more

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first_imgStay on target Summertime, and the livin’ is easy—unless you’re livin’ in a cramped apartment where you can cook an omelet while performing your morning ablutions.To combat condo claustrophobia, IKEA has teamed up with robotic furniture maker Ori to automate small homes.“Mass urbanization is accelerating and creates heavily populated cities that are at the same time consuming both land and resources at an unsustainable pace,” according to a press release.But how do you better utilize a few square meters without compromising function or form?IKEA hopes to find an answer in ROGNAN, a new line of mechanical homeware for modern life.“With ROGNAN as a robotic furniture solution for small-space living, people will be able to turn small spaces into smart spaces that have all the comfort and convenience of a home,” the Swedish import said.There is no word on exactly what the upcoming lot will include. But if Ori’s high-tech bedrooms are anything to go by, consumers are in for a treat.In 2017, the Massachusetts-based firm introduced two intelligent, responsive systems: Ori Full and Ori Queen.Using the Ori control interface on the side of the unit, the companion mobile app, or Amazon Alexa voice controls, users can alter the room’s aesthetic and function with one command.Having friends over to watch the game? Planning a romantic dinner for two? Want to stretch out during your daily yoga routine? Just tap to reconfigure.In the event of a power cut, simply manually push or pull the system as needed.With only two attachment points—a linear track taped to the floor, and an AC plug connection—Ori’s flat-packed systems are assembled on site and aim to leave a minimal footprint.I can only imagine Sultan of Sleek IKEA has come up with something equally minimal and sustainable.Keep an eye out for more details about ROGNAN this summer.More on’s New Gaming Gear Is Built For Your BodyRevamped IKEA App Includes Mobile ShoppingIKEA Salads Will Be Made With Greens Grown On Site Geek Pick: Ikea Sonos WiFi Speaker Is the Light of MusicGeek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf Speaker last_img read more

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first_img NASA Tests New Mars Rover Tires That Remember Their ShapeGeek Answers: Why do wheels seem to spin backwards at high speeds? Michelin and General Motors are taking the air out of tires—literally.The manufacturers this week unveiled a new generation of airless wheel technology, known as Uptis (Unique Puncture-proof Tire System).Still in the prototype phase, this high-tech tire could roll out to passenger vehicles as early as 2024.“General Motors is excited about the possibilities that Uptis presents, and we are thrilled to collaborate with Michelin on this breakthrough technology,” Steve Kiefer, senior vice president of GM’s global purchasing and supply chain, said in a statement.Unlike traditional rubber tires, airless technology makes Uptis immune to flats and blowouts, reducing danger to passengers, and eliminating the need for regular maintenance like pressure checks and puncture inspections.It also yields massive sustainability benefits by decreasing the number of tires condemned to scrap and scaling back raw materials and energy used in production.Plus, without wear and tear from over- or under-inflation, Uptis tires simply last longer.“Uptis demonstrates that Michelin’s vision for a future of sustainable mobility is clearly an achievable dream,” CEO Florent Menegaux said. “Through work with strategic partners like GM … we can seize the future today.”Part of the French manufacturer’s VISION concept—a four-pillar strategy for research and development in sustainable mobility—this prototype is a first step in the right direction.GM intends to develop this airless wheel assembly with Michelin, and aims to introduce it on passenger vehicles as early as 2024 (via Steve Fecht/General Motors)Actual details of Uptis, however, remain a mystery. Between the self-congratulatory pats on the back and flashy jargon, neither Michelin nor GM has revealed anything about the inner workings of airless wheel technology.What are the tires made of? How do they operate? What differences, if any, will drivers notice?In an FAQ published by Michelin, the company notes that Uptis “shares some design concepts” with its Tweel technology: a tire-wheel assembly, “spokes” that carry the load, and a shear beam outer ring, among others.I have no idea what that means.Neither Michelin nor General Motors immediately responded to Geek’s request for comment.GM expects to begin real-world testing of the Uptis prototype in Michigan later this year, with a fleet of Chevrolet Bolt EVs.Watch: Elon Musk Says Tesla Cars Will Eventually Support Third-Party Games and AppsMore on Tests New Mars Rover Tires That Remember Their ShapeThis Bike Has Beautiful Tempered-Steel Wheels For a Super Smooth RideGeek Answers: Why Do Wheels Seem to Spin Backwards at High Speeds? Stay on targetlast_img read more

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