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Jun
2016

Heartbreak for Toyota as late failure hands Le Mans win to Porsche

Victory celebrations for Porsche at Le Mans

Modern endurance racing is a tough, tough game, especially if you're Toyota. Leading Le Mans with just over three minutes remaining, the #5 TS050 Hybrid looked certain to make Toyota just the second Japanese brand to win at Circuit de la Sarthe, only to suffer a catastrophic power failure. The #2 Porsche 919 streaked past the stranded Toyota, in what was a heartbreaking finish to a heart-stopping race.

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Category: Automotive

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Jun
2016

Blue Origin finds success in parachute failure and fourth rocket landing

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket was launched for the fourth time on Sunday

It was the first time Blue Origin has broadcasted its rocket-landing exploits to a live audience, but the added pressure has had no discernible impact on the company's efforts to pioneer private space travel. Sunday marked the fourth successive landing of the same New Shepard rocket and crew capsule, with the testing of emergency parachute systems also carried out as planned.

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Category: Space

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Jun
2016

Solar-powered air-con uses heat to cool shopping center

Solar-concentrating thermal collectors atop the Stockland Wendouree Shopping Centre

Solar-concentrating thermal technology is being used to power the air-conditioning system of an entire shopping center in Australia solely from the rays of the sun. With around 60 percent of all energy used in shopping centers being consumed by heating and cooling needs, the new system could lead the way to significant power and cost savings in a range of large commercial spaces.

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Category: Environment

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Jun
2016

Halo 5: Guardians gives up more details on Warzone Firefight update

The Warzone Firefight title update expected for Halo 5: Guardians sometime this month will be the game's biggest revision yet, and while it isn't yet dated 343 Industries has pumped out a lot of info on what it will contain.

In addition to the titular PvE mode coming — it's a combination of Halo 5's Warzone and Halo 3: ODST's Firefight — the update will deliver new maps, a Campaign Score Attack mode, new weapon skins and achievements, new vehicles and armor, and a new canvas for Halo 5's Forge toolkit.

One of the new maps is Prospect, pictured below. It's set in a mining facility, which offers scaffolding for sniping positions and trench locations providing both cover and up-close action.

Tidal, pictured below,...

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