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2021 Mazda6 adds Carbon Edition and arrives in dealerships this month

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Mazda has announced the 2021 Mazda6, which arrives in dealerships later this month. The vehicle starts at an MSRP of $24,325. The 2021 Mazda6 has available wireless Apple CarPlay, and Mazda has added a new Carbon Edition. The Carbon Edition gives the vehicle standout styling with an exclusive color scheme and features similar to the Grand Touring Reserve.

Carbon Edition buyers get a Polymetal Gray exterior, gloss black rear lip spoiler, gloss black door mirrors, and 19-inch black metallic aluminum alloy wheels. Inside, the car has red leather seats with black cross stitching and black hairline interior accents on the door and dash. The dash and center console armrest add red stitching to bring the color scheme together.

The base Mazda6 Sport come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Power comes from a Mazda Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine making 187 horsepower and 186 pounds-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Mazda6 buyers also get a full suite of Mazda i-Activesense safety features, including Mazda Radar Cruise Control with stop and go function, Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning with Lane-Keep Assist and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert are all standard.

Other features of the 2021 model include a Mazda Connect infotainment system with an eight-inch color touchscreen display, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, dual USB inputs, cloth seats, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, electric parking brake, and pushbutton start. The Touring version adds leatherette-trim seats, heated front seats, six-way power driver seat, advanced keyless entry system, moonroof, 19-inch wheels, dual rear-seat USB ports, and rear air conditioning vents.

The top of the range is the Grand Touring featuring a 2.5 Turbo engine making 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque with premium fuel. This version also features wireless Apple CarPlay and a Bose 11-speaker sound system. Another cool feature is a windshield-projected full-color Active Driving Display head-up unit. Pricing for the Grand Touring starts at $30,025, the Carbon Edition starts at $32,800, and the top-of-the-line Signature Edition starts at $35,750.

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The Most Expensive NFTs Ever Purchased

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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.

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Self-Repairing Electronics Are Closer To Reality Than You Think

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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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This Astonishing Vision AMG Sports EV Will Somehow Spawn Production Electric Cars

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It’s no secret that Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance division has been downsizing from high-strung, gas-fed internal combustion engines to lower-displacement mills infused with some form of hybrid or mild hybridization. The incoming AMG C63 S, for instance, will make do without its raucous 4.0-liter bi-turbo engine. Instead, it will have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a mild-hybrid powertrain. The Manhart CR 700 is one of the last modified C 63 S wagons with AMG’s muscular turbocharged V8 motor.

Meanwhile, the Vision AMG concept harks the beginning of a zero-emissions future without sacrificing style or the brand’s hallmark “AMG driving experience.” The Vision AMG has innovative axial flux motors (similar to Vision EQXX) developed by Mercedes subsidiary YASA. The brand claims its new electric motors are smaller, lighter, and produce more power than conventional electric motors. Mercedes-AMG did not mention motor outputs, battery sizes, or range numbers. Still, it did say Vision AMG’s drivetrain would be “developed entirely from scratch,” including a new high-performance, high-voltage battery, and a “revolutionary drive technology,” said Mercedes-AMG.

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