2020 MG Gloster review, test drive

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The MG Gloster is a big, three-row, body-on-frame SUV borrowed from MG’s sister brand Maxus.  Owned by the same parent SAIC,  the Gloster is essentially the Maxus D90 in China and the LDV D90 in Australia. It’s been rebranded for India and sold as the flagship of the Morris Garages (MG) range, with a suitably British-sounding name – Gloster. 

The Gloster made its India debut in February 2020 at the Auto Expo and one thing was immediately clear – this was a bigger vehicle than the other three-row, body-on-frame, premium SUVs on sale in India, namely the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner and the Mahindra Alturas G4

More details about the SUV trickled out over the next few months, notably a long features list that included ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) thus far seen only on a handful of all-out luxury vehicles, giving some credence to the SUV’s positioning. Read More

Congested end to MLS schedule will test NYCFC’s lineup depth

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New York City FC soon may learn just how deep a squad it has.

The club is expected to play 11 matches before the Major League Soccer regular season ends on Nov. 8, a fairly grueling finish long expected but cemented Tuesday as MLS revealed the remainder of its schedule beyond Sunday. NYCFC’s slate the rest of the way includes four mid-week games and no weekends off, with road matches in Miami, Orlando, Columbus and Chicago, plus a trip to Hartford to face the displaced Toronto FC.

While City has gone six matches without a loss in the last month to reach fifth place in the Eastern Conference, this 46-day stretch likely will put the club’s depth into focus more than any other time in this fragmented season, something NYCFC coach Ronny Deila seems more than comfortable with thanks to a largely fit squad at his disposal.

“We don’t have

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Rivian to test its electric pickup’s ‘adventure’ capability in Rebelle Rally

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Rivian is going to test its claim that its R1T electric pickup is adventure-capable in the Rebelle Rally next month.

Ever since coming out of stealth mode with their electric vehicles, Rivian made it clear that they are targeting people who get the most out of their trucks: People who like to go on adventures.

They specifically call their R1T pickup and R1S SUV “electric adventure vehicles.”

Rivian already tested the R1T’s mantel as a support vehicle on The Long Way Up trip in Harley Davidson’s Livewire.

Now they are going to put it to the test in the Rebelle Rally, a 2,000-km (1,243-mile) rally across California and Nevada:

The Rebelle Rally is the longest competitive off-road navigation rally in the United States. The remote rally will take place over 10 days and 2,000 kilometers of stunning roads, dirt roads, trails, dunes, and designated open off-highway vehicle areas across Nevada

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Behind the scenes of the US Air Force’s second test of its game-changing battle management system

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JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. — It’s Sept. 2, the day before the U.S. Air Force’s second test of its new developmental battle management system. Tomorrow, troops will attempt to defend the American homeland against a simulated cruise missile attack using air- and ground-launched missiles as well as a high-velocity bullet.

But the success of the experiment ultimately rides on a makeshift control center set up at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, which Defense News and several other media outlets were invited to see on Wednesday. The control center displays a digital picture of the battlefield that seems to give an almost omniscient view of both American and adversarial capabilities.

In the movies, this is how command-and-control systems work: Troops toil on modern computers with stylish-looking graphic interfaces that, with a click of a button, pull up real-time maps of Russian missile sites or live data on the availability of fighter

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100-odd candidates take architecture aptitude test

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PANAJI: On Saturday, at least 100 students from across Goa appeared for the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA), held for admissions to degree programme architecture seats. While 47 students appeared for the exam at the centre at MICE, Margao, 52 answered at the Don Bosco College of Engineering, Fatorda.

Besides these, some students chose to take the test from their home.

This is the first time that the entire test was held in the online mode. There were some minor glitches , but everyone was able to complete the test, members of the Council of Architecture said.

“The exam has two parts, the Part 1 is of 45 minutes for General Aptitude and Logical Reasoning and Part 2 is of 72 minutes for cognitive skill test,” said architect Chandan Parab, member of the Council of architecture.

He said that the part 2 includes questions with high resolution images which

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Abbott cleared for fast $5 COVID-19 test that avoids lab delay

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A 15-minute COVID-19 test from Abbott Laboratories that will be priced at just $5 has been granted emergency authorization for use in the U.S., a breakthrough that could ease the bottleneck that has crimped much of the nation’s testing capacity.

The product, dubbed BinaxNOW, works without relying on laboratory equipment at a time when labs can take as long as two weeks to produce results. It uses a nasal swab and a small reactive card, and it can be administered by a range of health care workers, including pharmacists, at almost any location.

Abbott will start shipping the test within two weeks and intends to manufacture 50 million tests a month by the end of October. The aim: Meet a surge in demand from Americans seeking to return to in-person schoolrooms and work.

The new test “can be used at a massive scale to help overcome the current waiting game

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Researchers develop a fast, accurate, low-cost COVID-19 test

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IMAGE: A new low-cost diagnostic test for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) quickly delivers accurate results without the need for sophisticated equipment, according to a study published August 27 2020 in the…
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A new low-cost diagnostic test for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) quickly delivers accurate results without the need for sophisticated equipment, according to a study published August 27 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Teng Xu of the Vision Medicals Center for Infectious Diseases, Tieying Hou of the Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Bing Gu of the Affiliated Hospital of Xuzhou Medical University, Jianwei Wang of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, and colleagues.

The surging demand for rapid screening and identification of COVID-19 poses great diagnostic challenges. Metagenomic next-generation sequencing (mNGS) and reverse-transcription PCR (RT-PCR) have been the most commonly used molecular methods for diagnosing

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So-called ‘speed test’ could cost you thousands

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Vulnerable Australians are being swindled out of thousands by “insidious” scammers posing as the NBN and asking customers to do a speed test.

Over the past six months, a new scam has been on the rise, where customers receive an email from someone posing as NBN Co, and are urged to click a link to test the speed of their connection.

With just one click, they are unwittingly giving scammers access to their computer, and through that they are able to steal banking details and other sensitive information.

Jane McNamara, head of media for NBN Co, said the thief’s next move would typically be to get the customer away from their screen, giving them unmonitored remote access to the person’s desktop.

Often the target will be asked to go outside and check their NBN box, or to go into another room.

In some cases, they are told radiation or harmful

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How to find out how fast your internet is using a free and accurate Google speed test

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a hand holding a cellphone in front of a laptop: It should only take a few moments to figure out how fast your internet is. Kittichai Boonpong;EyeEm/Getty Images

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It should only take a few moments to figure out how fast your internet is. Kittichai Boonpong;EyeEm/Getty Images

  • You can see how fast your internet is by running a test that’s provided by Google, though your internet speed will vary based on several factors.
  • This Google test will measure your internet speed in megabits per second, or Mbps — the FCC’s standard for fast internet is 25 Mbps for downloads.
  • Your connection’s “Latency,” which is measured in milliseconds, will be measured as well.
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If you’re looking to change your internet provider, or are considering increasing your internet speed, it’s always a good idea to know where you currently stand. That way, you’ll be able to better understand what you want and need from a new internet plan.


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Trinity (nuclear test) – Wikipedia

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United States historic event

United States historic place

Trinity was the code name of the first detonation of a nuclear device. It was conducted by the United States Army at 5:29 a.m. on July 16, 1945, as part of the Manhattan Project. The test was conducted in the Jornada del Muerto desert about 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Socorro, New Mexico, on what was then the USAAF Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range, now part of White Sands Missile Range. The only structures originally in the vicinity were the McDonald Ranch House and its ancillary buildings, which scientists used as a laboratory for testing bomb components. A base camp was constructed, and there were 425 people present on the weekend of the test.

The code name “Trinity” was assigned by J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Los Alamos Laboratory, inspired by the poetry of John Donne. The test was

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