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Exercise makes you happier, eh? Prove it.

Asics tried to, using a portable EEG to measure the effects of running on the brains of professional athletes and ordinary (but fit) humans. The sample size is small, but the numbers show an 18% increase in participants’ ability to relax and a 29% improvement in stress resilience – I’d like a bit of both even if I can’t stand not to run. The researchers also noted that runners who ran in groups performed better than solo runners – not easy to organize in a pandemic, alas.

And if you don’t like running like me how about a workout focused squarely on Mario kart? More information below.

– Mat Smith

The prototype works.

New year, new you. As Couch to 5K fails to pull you away from your couch and gaming console, hacker Mike Choi built a Labo Fit Adventure Kart Kit concept – that’s the name for it. It combines the Ring-Con fitness device and an exercise bike to transform your next Mario kart session in a cardio workout.

The kit is built around a TAPBO “robot” that presses the Joy-Con buttons when it receives signals from both the Ring-Con and the bike. A sensor on the bike determines when your speed rises above the necessary threshold. And when do you want to launch a green shell? Tighten the Ring-Con.
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However, Cadillac may be trying to restart.

The next morning

According to reports, Audi and BMW car subscription services are ending. Audi ends its Select program on Jan. 31, while BMW-only access to Nashville ends as the automaker develops the “next iteration” of the service.

Mercedes-Benz closed its subscription service due to convoluted logistics and average demand. But this is not the end of automotive submarines: Volvo service is still ongoing and Automotive news claims Cadillac is testing a resurrected a service with dealers.
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It hurts their chances of surviving antitrust cases.

Antitrust cases against Facebook and Google might have additional fuel. The New York Times says he has got documents from an antitrust lawsuit in Texas elaborating on a “love agreement” (first mentionned by The Wall Street Journal) Google donated to Facebook in 2018, which would have reduced ad competition. Dubbed “Jedi Blue,” the deal offered benefits to both parties.

Facebook was given more time to bid on the ads, make direct billing deals with the sites hosting the ads, and get help from Google in understanding ad audiences.

For Google, Facebook said it would bid on at least 90% of ad auctions when it could identify users and promised minimum spending levels of up to $ 500 million per year. A Facebook spokesperson said the agreements with Google “help increase competition.” A Google spokesperson, meanwhile, said the Texas lawsuit “distorted” the deal and other aspects of its advertising business.
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SLS is crucial for its future.

This NASA photo released on Jan.6, 2020 shows a powerful new NASA rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), which will send astronauts a quarter of a million miles from Earth into lunar orbit at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana.  - The agency is committed to landing US astronauts, including the first woman and the next man, on the Moon by 2024. Thanks to the agency's Artemis lunar exploration program, we will use new innovative technologies and systems to explore the Moon more than ever.  On January 1, 2020, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted: "Make progress!  The big main stage of @NASA_SLS is moving to building 110 of the Michoud assembly facility in Louisiana.  There he will be prepared for the barge Pegasus and his trip to @NASAStennis.  Thanks to the @NASA team for working over the holidays!" (Photo by Jude Guidry / NASA / AFP) (Photo by JUDE GUIDRY / NASA / AFP via Getty Images)

NASA’s crucial test to ensure its next mission to the moon unfortunately has not been successful. The agency conducted a hot fire test for the center stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket at 4 p.m. ET last Saturday, an hour earlier than expected.

NASA fired the rockets, but halted the scheduled eight-minute burn test after what could be a component failure. SLS is still on its way to being one of the most capable platforms for transporting objects into space. A mission can carry payloads that may require two or more launches – even for SpaceX’s next spacecraft, not to mention existing options. This means that if NASA can make it all work, SLS could simplify some missions and save a lot of money.
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