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  • Elon Musk announces Starlink to Mars, Starship's stratospheric flight and Moonship in 13 minutes

    10/18/2020 9:16:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 17, 2020 | Musk et al
    Elon Musk spoke at The Mars Society on making Starlink for Mars and Moonship on October 17, 2020 and highlights (recap) are here. Within this online conference Elon announced many interesting things. Self sustaining city on Mars is the core aim for Elon Musk's SpaceX and Starship spacecraft prototype. Elon Musk speaks that humanity have to made self sustaining city on Mars before the World War III start. The goal is to put enough people to Mars and enough tonnage. Metane is the general propellant. When the Starship will make stratosphere flight is currently secret. Elon said that Starship will...
  • Renewables Won’t Save Us If The Electric Grid Is Not Ready

    10/06/2020 5:42:28 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 16 replies ^ | Sep 30, 2020 | David BlackmonSenior Contributor
    In recent weeks, the media landscape has been awash with stories declaring the beginning of the end of the age of hydrocarbons in America and around the world. The facts on the ground, however, paint a different story. As of this year, renewable generation accounted for only 17.5% of the US’ energy mix. While Deloitte predicts this number will grow to just shy of 50% by 2050, it would be naïve to assume that fossil fuels won’t continue to play a significant role in our lives for the foreseeable future. The road to the energy system of the future is...
  • 'Everybody dies': Elon Musk says he won't take Coronavirus vaccine and lockdowns have 'diminished' faith in humanity; Calls Bill Gates a "knucklehead"

    09/30/2020 8:29:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    MSN ^ | 09/30/2020 | Spencer Neale
    Speaking on the New York Times opinion podcast Sway, Musk told host Kara Swisher that he and his family would not be taking a coronavirus vaccine because he doesn't believe the virus poses a serious enough risk to their health. “I’m not at risk, neither are my kids,” Musk said. Musk said sweeping restrictions on movement and business enacted due to the coronavirus had “diminished" his "faith in humanity." The entrepreneur said that instead of sweeping lockdowns, governments should focus on isolating those most at risk while allowing the rest of society to continue with normal life. Musk told Fisher...
  • Water on Mars: discovery of three buried lakes intrigues scientists

    09/28/2020 3:40:56 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 32 replies ^ | 28 SEPTEMBER 2020 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Two years ago, planetary scientists reported the discovery of a large saltwater lake under the ice at Mars’s south pole, a finding that was met with excitement and some scepticism. Now, researchers say they’ve confirmed the presence of that lake — and found three more. The discovery, reported on 28 September in Nature Astronomy1, was made using radar data from the European Space Agency’s (ESA) orbiting Mars Express spacecraft. It follows the detection of a single subsurface lake in the same region in 2018 — which, if confirmed, would be the first body of liquid water ever detected on the...
  • Tesla’s stock skids 6% as promised ‘Battery Day’ innovations remain off in the future (8½%@12:30)

    09/23/2020 9:31:14 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 49 replies ^ | Claudia Assis
    Tesla Inc. unveiled battery innovations and increased efficiencies that appeared to underwhelm investors late Tuesday at its much anticipated “Battery Day.” Tesla stock’s TSLA, -8.89%, which had gained more than 4% after an upbeat post-shareholder-meeting presentation, turned south as soon as Chief Executive Elon Musk said that some of the innovations showcased at the event were “close to working” and some three years away from fruition. Shares fell as much as 7.6% in Tuesday’s after-hours session, but have pared some gains to trade down 6.0% in Wednesday’s premarket session. “It does work but not [yet] with a high yield,” Musk...
  • Tesla boss Elon Musk test-drives Volkswagen ID.3 electric with rival CEO Diess

    09/09/2020 7:17:27 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 50 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | September 5, 2020 | Bloomberg
    Elon Musk test-drove the ID.3 when he made a final stopover to meet with one of his biggest competitors, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess. Musk also inspected the ID.4 electric SUV that Volkswagen will launch later this month. Before Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk returned to the US after a three-day visit to Germany, he made a final stopover to meet with one of his biggest competitors - Volkswagen AG CEO Herbert Diess. The two auto executives met at a small airport in Braunschweig for about two hours on Thursday evening and Musk test-drove VW’s ID.3 electric-car, according to...
  • Tesla critic of “Change My Mind” fame reverses stance, buys a Model S

    09/02/2020 5:49:43 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 24 replies
    Teslarati ^ | 1 Sept 2020 | Dacia J. Ferris
    Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk are no strangers to critics, and in the past, YouTube personality Steven Crowder of the “Change My Mind” series fame has counted himself among them. However, a search for the best Autopilot functionality to help his wife’s recent health issues led the conservative comedian to reconsider the merits of the all-electric carmaker’s products. “It’s not even close… It’s pretty damn cool. It is so fun to drive,” he expressed matter-of-factly on Tuesday’s Louder with Crowder episode. “That wasn’t the case back when I had a friend who had a Prius… [The Tesla] is more...
  • Elon Musk says first Mars colonists will probably die but 'it will be glorious'

    09/03/2020 9:13:36 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 74 replies
    Daily Star (UK) ^ | Sep 3 | Michael Moran
    Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk says that while his plan to establish a self-sustaining Mars colony may have slipped behind schedule, he still hopes to see Starship’s first orbital flight test in 2021. However, he warned those going there might not make it back. He said: “I want to emphasise that this is a very hard and dangerous, difficult thing, not for the faint of heart,” he added. “Good chance you’ll die, it’s going to be tough going, but it will be pretty glorious if it works out.”
  • As Tesla Battery Day approaches, Elon Musk hints at major capacity increases

    08/28/2020 11:03:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    CNET ^ | Aug. 25, 2020 8:29 a.m. PT | Sean Szymkowski
    Something's stirring over at Tesla. The company's highly anticipated Battery Day is just on the horizon, and ahead of the event, CEO Elon Musk shared some insight into energy density via Twitter. Replying to a Twitter thread surrounding the possibility of an electric airplane, Musk said batteries with 400 watt hours per kilogram are highly likely in the next three to four years. And not just one-off units, either, but mass produced batteries with long lifecycles, too. This type of energy density could provide 50% more energy density compared to today's batteries, noting today's batteries used in the Tesla Model...
  • Elon Musk: ‘China Rocks,’ America Is Full of ‘Complacency and Entitlement’

    08/06/2020 6:52:41 PM PDT · by Schatze · 93 replies ^ | 3 Aug 2020 | LUCAS NOLAN
    Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk stated in a recent interview that people in the United States are “entitled” and “complacent” while Chinese citizens are “smart” and “hard-working people.” CNBC reports that in a recent interview with Automotive News’ “Daily Drive” podcast, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk complained of the “entitled” and “complacent” character of U.S. citizens while praising the “smart” and “hard-working” people of China. This is far from the first time that Musk has cozied up to communist China. Musk criticized New York and California, states that have both gone to extreme lengths to support Musk’s businesses...
  • 'China rocks': Elon Musk praises Chinese electric car-making workers and says 'entitled and complacent' Americans are now taking things for granted after 'winning for too long'

    08/03/2020 9:03:10 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 3, 2020 | Emily Crane
    Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has heaped praise on China's 'smart, hardworking' people when it comes to manufacturing electric vehicles and says 'entitled' and 'complacent' Americans are now taking things for granted. In an interview with the Automotive News podcast, the 49-year-old billionaire specifically criticized New York and California, which are two states that have given his businesses tax breaks and other government help. When asked his thoughts on China being a global electric vehicle strategy leader, Musk said: 'China rocks in my opinion.' 'The energy in China is great. People there, there's like a lot of smart, hard...
  • Elon Musk on Twitter: "The left is losing the middle"

    07/30/2020 11:48:46 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 56 replies
    Twitter ^ | July 27, 2020 | Elon Musk
    The left is losing the middle 11:32 AM · Jul 27, 2020·
  • Elon Musk becomes 4th richest person in the world after historic stock surge

    08/20/2020 10:19:12 PM PDT · by fireman15 · 37 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 8/18/2020 | Chris Ciaccia
    Elon Musk has become the fourth-richest person in the world, amassing a fortune worth nearly $85 billion. The mark was crossed on Monday after shares of Tesla Inc. surged more than 11%, boosting the affable tech exec's net worth by nearly $8 billion, according to Bloomberg. At a net worth of $84.8 billion, Musk trails only Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Bloomberg's Billionaires Index. Much of Musk's net worth is tied up in his electric car maker Tesla, which has seen its shares surge more than 300% this year. The car...
  • Elon Musk Is Now The Fifth Richest Person In The World

    07/23/2020 4:20:37 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | Tommy Beer
    Elon Musk's meteoric rise up the Forbes Billionaire List has continued this month, as he’s ascended past luminaries such as Warren Buffett and Steve Ballmer. As of Monday afternoon, Musk's net worth surpassed $74 billion, meaning he is now the fifth-richest person on the planet. Musk first debuted on Forbes’ 400 Wealthiest Americans List in 2012 in 190th place with a net worth of $2.4 billion. On January 1 this year, he was the 37th richest person on earth. However, Tesla's sudden and spectacular rise has propelled him near the very top of the world's wealthiest humans. Tesla's surge has...
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders proposes one-time tax that would cost Jeff Bezos $42.8 billion, Elon Musk $27.5 billion

    08/07/2020 6:49:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    CNBC via MSN ^ | 08/07/2020 | Lauren Feiner
    Top tech leaders and other billionaires would be forced to hand over billions of dollars in wealth they've gained during the coronavirus pandemic under a new bill introduced by Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. The "Make Billionaires Pay Act" would impose a one-time 60% tax on wealth gains made by billionaires between March 18, 2020, and Jan. 1, 2021. The funds would be used to pay for out-of-pocket health-care expenses for all Americans for a year. As of Aug. 5, the bill would tax $731 billion in wealth accumulated by 467 billionaires since March...
  • NASA megarocket blasts past cost estimates, forces Congress notification

    09/06/2020 6:32:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    space,com ^ | 05 September 2020 | By Elizabeth Howell
    Back in April, according to Space News, a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report assessing NASA's major programs put the estimated development cost of SLS at $8.75 billion and the ground infrastructure, called Exploration Ground Systems (EGS), at $2.33 billion. (Both figures are estimates from January, which were only published in April.) The new figures represent slight increases over the GAO estimates. But NASA is more likely comparing the new numbers to its baseline 2014 estimates for the SLS and EKG programs. According to Space News, SLS was then expected to cost $7.02 billion and EGS $1.84 billion; the new...
  • Elon Musk Company Implants Chip in Pig’s Brain

    09/05/2020 7:41:29 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 12 replies
    Modern Farmer ^ | September 5, 2020 | Dan Nosowitz
    It’s not the first, but will it be the one to gain momentum? Among tech billionaire Elon Musk’s many projects is a smallish one called Neuralink, which is working on brain-computer interfacing. Last week, Musk released a video demonstrating Neuralink’s current status, in the form of a chip implanted in the brain of a domestic pig. So how big a deal is this? Chips implanted in animal brains are not particularly new; electrodes attached to brains in order to monitor their activity have been around for decades. Many older systems enabled physical actions with brain activity alone. In other words,...
  • Peter the human cyborg's mind-blowing journey to 'cheat death' as part man, part machine

    08/29/2020 11:16:42 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 10 replies ^ | 26 AUG 2020 | ByAnna Savva
    Science fiction is rapidly becoming fact as 59-year-old scientist Dr Peter Scott-Morgan tries to cheat death and battle muscle-wasting motor neurone disease by becoming a cyborg A scientist is taking a leaf out of sci-fi novels as he embarks on a mission to transform himself into a real-life human cyborg. In 2017, 59-year-old scientist Dr Peter Scott-Morgan was given the devastated news he had the muscle-wasting motor neurone disease – similar to that of Stephen Hawking. Instead of accepting the diagnosis as a death sentence, Peter wants to use it as the motivation to transform himself with hi-tech "upgrades". He...
  • ULA calls off launch of triple-core Delta 4-Heavy rocket, will try again Saturday

    08/27/2020 10:49:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies ^ | August 27, 2020  | Stephen Clark
    United Launch Alliance early Thursday delayed the launch of a triple-core Delta 4-Heavy rocket — the largest launcher in the company’s fleet — until Saturday to allow engineers more time to resolve an issue with a ground pneumatics control system. The launch company planned to fire the Delta 4-Heavy rocket into space at 2:12 a.m. EDT (0612 GMT) Thursday from Cape Canaveral with a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, the U.S. government’s spy satellite agency. But the ULA launch team halted the countdown to give technicians time to troubleshoot an issue with a nose cone heater. Ground crews...
  • Elon Musk's SpaceX NASA contracts threatened over Tesla China ties

    08/26/2020 10:45:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 08/26/2020 | by Joel Gehrke, Foreign Affairs Reporter
    Congressional negotiators are considering whether NASA contracts awarded to Elon Musk's SpaceX represent a potential national security risk due to Chinese financial support for the billionaire owner's electric car company, Tesla. “What is there to stop them from going to Musk directly and saying, 'We'll call your line of credit early, unless you give us X, Y, or Z?'” said a congressional Republican aide involved in negotiations over the comprehensive legislation governing the space agency. “And, there's no real clarity that there's any kind of mechanism that would stop that other than good behavior by an individual.” The question underscores...