The 2021 Lexus RX, in both standard 350 and 450h configuration, is one of the best Japanese five-seat luxury crossovers for the money. Lexus is upping base prices (around $920 more) compared to existing 2020 RX models, but you get more standard features and a new Black Line Edition to think about.
Let’s start with the 2021 Lexus RX Black Line edition. Lexus is only making 750 (gasoline) and 250 (hybrid) units of the RX Black Line for North American buyers, so you’re practically getting an exclusive version of the standard RX. Proof of this are bespoke exterior touches including body side graphics on the side rockers, black 20-inch alloy wheels, front and rear F Sport performance dampers, new front and rear bumpers, and F Sport badging.
Inside, the new Lexus RX Black Line has black seats with blue stitching and white accents. You also get an F Sport meter, aluminum trim, and a perforated leather shift knob. The Black Line edition also comes with a two-piece set of custom Zero Halliburton travel cases, specifically the Edge Lightweight Collection. The kit includes a 22-inch continental Carry-on and a 26-inch Medium Travel Case. The 2021 Lexus RX Black Line package is available in both gasoline and hybrid models and comes in two paint colors: Grecian Water and Ultra White.
Meanwhile, the 2021 Lexus RX 350 and 450h gets more standard features. The shortlist includes power folding auto-dim side mirrors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and optional wireless charging. The 2021 Lexus RX is also available with a Handling Package replacing the Performance Package from the 2020 model. The new Handling Package comes with adaptive variable suspension, a vehicle dynamics integrated management system, electric power steering, heated/ventilated seats, and a moonroof.
The Handling Package is part of the F Sport package. The latter includes 20-inch wheels, performance dampers, stainless steel door garnishes, memory settings for the steering wheel, and a bevy of aluminum exterior trim. The standard Lexus RX 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 295 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. Standard features include 18-inch wheels, faux leather upholstery, and Apple Car Play/Android Auto connectivity. Standard models receive an 8.0-inch display while a larger 12.3-inch infotainment screen is optional.
Meanwhile, the hybrid RX 450h has the same V6 engine along with three electric motors pumping out 308 horsepower. The RX 450h is only available in all-wheel-drive while the standard model gets front-wheel-drive and optional AWD.
The 2021 Lexus RX 350 starts at around $46,100 while AWD costs $1,400 more. The F Sport model starts at $49,575 while the Handling Package is at $51,975. The RX 350 Black Line starts at $50,635 while the RX 450h Black Line is at $51,885. All trim models of the 2021 Lexus RX are available to order now.
The Real Reason Canada Is Banning Huawei Technology
In an official statement, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Francois-Phillipe Champagne mentioned that the move ensures the long-term safety of the country’s telecom infrastructure. The decision was made after “a thorough review by our independent security agencies and in consultation with our closest allies,” says the statement.
The Canadian government claims to have conducted an extensive examination of 5G technology and arrived at the conclusion that — despite its benefits — the next-gen cellular technology opens the doors for new security threats. The government has raised concerns that Huawei and ZTE could be forced by the Chinese government to engage in activities that are not in Canada’s best interests. In the past, Huawei has repeatedly denied the claims of being influenced by the Chinese government and even has a dedicated 5G myth-busting resource page on their official company website.
China, on the other hand, has opposed the ban, claiming that it will take all necessary steps to ensure the well-being of Chinese companies. “We will take all necessary measures to safeguard the legitimate interests of Chinese firms,” foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin was quoted as saying by Reuters.
The Most Expensive NFTs Ever Purchased
One of the earliest examples of an NFT collection on the Ethereum blockchain, CryptoPunks have grown to be among the most valuable collections in the world. They are a set of 10,000 unique, algorithmically-generated “Punk” characters that, according to their creators Larva Labs, served as the inspiration for the ERC-721 standard, an interface that now powers that majority of Ethereum-based NFTs. A CryptoPunk’s value is determined by the rarity of its attributes: the rarer the attributes, the more valuable the NFT.
CryptoPunk #5822 is one of the rarest of all, which explains its incredible selling price. Firstly, it has just one attribute, a feature that only 2% of the collection shares. That single attribute is a bandana, which is rare in itself, as only 5% of the collection sport one. The Punk’s skin type is alien, which is the biggest factor in pushing up this NFT’s value, as only 0.09% of the collection share this skin, a total of 9 NFTs out of a collection of 10,000. Punk #5822 was bought by Deepak Thapliyal, CEO of blockchain tech company Chain, for 8,000 ETH, roughly $23.7 million USD at the time of sale.
Self-Repairing Electronics Are Closer To Reality Than You Think
A research group led by Professor Yehonadav Bekenstein from the Faculty of Materials Sciences and Engineering and the Solid-State Institute at Technion was studying perovskite nanoparticles for their potential to provide a green alternative to toxic lead materials used heavily in electronics. In doing so, they found something unexpected.
The team found on a microscopic level that the nanocrystals moved a hole (damage) through the areas of a structure to self-heal. Surprised by this, the researchers drew up a code to analyze microscopic videos and understand the dynamics and movements within the crystal. The researchers realized that the damaged area, or hole, formed on the surface of the nanoparticles, then moved to energetically stable areas inside, and was finally “spontaneously ejected” out. Researchers explained that through this self-healing process, the nanocrystals essentially reverted back to being undamaged (per Technion).
Researchers with Technion believe that this discovery is a key step toward understanding the processes by which perovskite nanoparticles can heal themselves. The team also thinks that perovskite nanoparticles should be used in solar panels and other electronic devices. The full study, published by Advanced Functional Materials and made available at the Wiley Online Library, is titled “Self-Healing of Crystal Voids in Double Perovskite Nanocrystals Is Related to Surface Passivation.”
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