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Infiniti QX80 SUV debuts at 2020 Rebelle Rally event

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For the first time in five years of Rebelle rallying, the Infiniti QX80 SUV will debut with professional journalists Nicole Wakelin (driver) of New Hampshire and Alice Chase (navigator) of Texas behind the wheel. The 2020 Rebelle Rally takes place from October 8- 17, 2020, and features up to 10 days of trekking across the Nevada and California desert.

“At INFINITI, we believe that luxury should be lived in and there are few who will test that theory more than our team in the Rebelle Rally this year,” said Phil York, INFINITI general manager global marketing. “Ten days navigating the desert in a QX80 will certainly showcase that our flagship SUV has as much grit as it has grace.”

The Rebelle Rally is the first women’s off-road navigation rally raid in the United States. It’s still a race, so going fast is still of utmost importance. But with no cellphones, smartphones, laptops, computers, and GPS gadgets to guide you, the Rebelle Rally posts a different challenge for empowered women of all ages. Only maps, compasses, and roadbooks are permitted for navigating over 2,000 kilometers (1,43 miles) of barren desert terrain, and the route consists of hidden time checks and checkpoints that participants must find throughout the race.

The Rebelle Rally may not sound like a place for novices, but the event is open to all women looking for the ultimate adventure across the American West. “We are excited to welcome INFINITI in this year’s Rebelle Rally. As the ultimate proving ground for vehicles, we look forward to seeing the QX80 showcase its abilities through the course’s wide variety of terrain,” said Emily Miller, founder of Rebelle Rally.

The 2020 Infiniti QX80 is a full-size luxury SUV with seating for up to eight passengers. It’s a body-on-frame SUV in the same mold as Toyota’s legendary Land Cruiser. The Infiniti QX80 has a burly 5.6-liter V8 motor churning out 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Equipped with a 7-speed automatic transmission, an optional All-Mode 4WD system, and an advanced Hydraulic Body Motion Control system, the QX80 offers luxury and ruggedness in equal spades.

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The Real Reason Canada Is Banning Huawei Technology

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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.

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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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