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U.S. advances review of Musk's Baltimore-Washington tunnel project

Musk's Boring Co has proposed a privately funded 35.3-mile "loop project" that would include twin underground tunnels transporting passengers at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour. The company says passengers would be able to travel from downtown Washington to Baltimore in as little as 15 minutes. Musk, who also leads electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc and rocket company SpaceX, is seeking to revolutionize transportation by digging tunnels, including one that would connect downtown Chicago and t...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Washington, Chicago, Baltimore, Musk, Baltimore Washington, Tesla Inc, Musk s Boring Co


Musk Tweets Out Another Tesla Forecast in Midst of SEC Talks

Musk wrote Sunday that Tesla will make more than 500,000 cars in the next 12 months. A similar tweet sent almost two months ago in which Musk said the company would build half a million vehicles in 2019 led the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to argue he was in contempt of a settlement reached with the regulator last year. The latest forecast, given as a seemingly innocuous aside in a discussion about the future value of Tesla vehicles, nonetheless came as Musk’s lawyers are negotiatin...
Tags: Science, Tesla, SEC, Musk, U S Securities and Exchange Commission


Musk Tweets Another Tesla Forecast in Midst of Talks With SEC

Musk wrote Sunday that Tesla will make more than 500,000 cars in the next 12 months. A similar tweet sent almost two months ago in which Musk said the company would build half a million vehicles in 2019 led the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to argue he was in contempt of a settlement reached with the regulator last year. The latest forecast, given as a seemingly innocuous aside in a discussion about the future value of Tesla vehicles, nonetheless came as Musk’s lawyers are negotiatin...
Tags: Science, Tesla, SEC, Musk, U S Securities and Exchange Commission


SpaceX successfully recovered Falcon Heavy’s nosecone, and it’s going to space again

After many delays, SpaceX was finally able to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket this week, for just the second time ever. The company also made history by successfully recovering both of its side boosters and the central core booster, which it had never done before.Believe it or not, the trio of boosters aren't the only things that SpaceX managed to recover. SpaceX boss Elon Musk revealed on Twitter that both halves of the spacecraft's nosecone were also picked up, and they're going to ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Musk, Falcon Heavy, StarLink, Falcon Heavy SpaceX


Team Linked to Elon Musk Outlines a System to Monitor Brain Activity

The process, described in an unpublished academic paper, is an important step toward a potential system to plug human brains directly into computers. The paper’s five authors have been employed by or loosely associated with Neuralink, a small and secretive brain computing startup founded by Musk, according to people familiar with their work and public information. The authors dub their system a “sewing machine” for the brain.
Tags: Science, Musk, Neuralink


SpaceX’s Starhopper completed its first mini-launch ‘hop’

Between tests of its Crew Dragon spacecraft, regular launches for commercial clients, and the impending second launch of the massive Falcon Heavy rocket, SpaceX has a whole lot on its plate these days. Despite all that, it's still working hard on its Starship program, which will (hopefully) one day result in a spacecraft capable of traveling throughout our solar system and maybe even to neighboring stars.At present, the Starship itself doesn't exist, but a small-scale version of it, call...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Mars, Musk, Falcon Heavy, Starship


Bezos hired a SpaceX vice president to run Amazon's satellite internet project after Musk fired him

Amazon's satellite internet plan appears similar to what Elon Musk has had SpaceX working on.
Tags: Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Musk, Bezos


Musk Judge Sends SEC, Tesla CEO Back to Negotiating Table

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims Musk violated an October settlement with a Feb. 19 post on Twitter and wanted him found in contempt of court. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan questioned the specifics of the deal and told the two sides to rework the language so there won’t be any ambiguity on what Musk is allowed to post and what he can’t. Nathan said she has "serious concerns that whatever I decide here, the issue will not be finally resolved." If Musk and the SEC don’t res...
Tags: Science, SEC, Musk, U S Securities and Exchange Commission, Nathan, Alison Nathan


Elon Musk says boasts about a ‘major improvement’ in the Crew Dragon rocket’s reusability

SpaceX has made a name for itself in the spaceflight industry by rapidly developing its own rocket technology and providing reliable ways for its clients to send stuff into space. Soon, that "stuff" will be human beings, and the client will be NASA, but just having reliable hardware has never been enough for SpaceX to truly succeed.Reusability is the name of the game for Elon Musk and his crew, and the same is true for the new Crew Dragon, which looks to be beating Boeing's crew-capable Star...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Iss, Boeing, Musk


Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 March 2019

Bet you can’t name this distinctive capital city. See item, below. Good morning“I’m sorry, I’m having difficulty understanding that right now.  Please try again later.”That was the regular response, during the last nightmarish couple of weeks, to my regular morning request “Alexa, turn on David Bed Light”.  An intermittent problem with my new Netgear router often meant it had frozen overnight, so when it came time to turn on the light in the morning as part of a regular getting out of bed routin...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, South Korea, Europe, England, Science, London, Australia, France, Scotland, Hotels, Senate, China, Air Canada, Miscellaneous, US


Think of the closest planet to Earth... Wrong! Think again!

Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer. Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury! Did Musk pick the wrong planet to die on? By 2024, Elon Musk wants to land humans on Mars – the billionaire entrepreneur has said that he himself wants to go to the Red Planet, and even wants to die there (just not on impact, he qui...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Youtube, Nasa, Earth, Physics, Innovation, Sun, Planets, Mars, Map, Saturn, Jupiter


Apparently even NASA is wrong about which planet is closest to Earth

Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer. Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury! Did Musk pick the wrong planet to die on? By 2024, Elon Musk wants to land humans on Mars – the billionaire entrepreneur has said that he himself wants to go to the Red Planet, and even wants to die there (just not on impact, he qui...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Youtube, Nasa, Earth, Physics, Innovation, Sun, Planets, Mars, Map, Saturn, Jupiter


The SEC Says Elon Musk's Rationale for Continuing to Send Out Bad Tweets 'Borders on the Ridiculous'

Last year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent out a baffling tweet saying that he had “funding secured” to take the company private at a share price of $420 (which some readers may recognize as the weed number). It turned out no such deal had been finalized, the Securities and Exchange Commission slapped Musk with fraud…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Social Media, Tesla, Courts, SEC, Securities And Exchange Commission, Musk, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, SEC Says Elon Musk


Elon Musk to SEC: You Can't Make Me Never Tweet

On Monday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk filed his response to an SEC request to that a federal court hold him in contempt for violating a settlement agreement. In the filing, Musk argues that restrictions on his tweeting amount to an “unconstitutional power grab” by the SEC and that he didn’t even violate the agreement anyway.Read more...
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, SEC, Never Tweet, Musk


Tesla to Raise Prices, Backtracks on Closing Most Stores

The move comes days after Tesla’s announcement to sell cars on an online-only platform to help save costs. The abrupt move earlier this month by Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk, contrasting with an expanding network of retail spaces, sparked concern about Tesla’s finances. Musk described the winding down of many stores as a cost-cutting move that enables Tesla to offer a long-promised $35,000 version of the Model 3 sedan, the automaker’s first mass-market vehicle.
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, Tesla, Musk


Musk's SpaceX capsule set to splash down Friday after space station stop

A SpaceX rocket had launched the 16-foot-tall capsule from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida Saturday morning. Officials at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration will scrutinize the performance of the SpaceX capsule's parachute deployment and its buoyancy after splash-down - two of the design and functionality concerns first reported by Reuters in February. "I say hypersonic re-entry is probably my biggest concern," he told reporters after the launch, referring to the capsul...
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Science, Musk, Reuters, Kennedy Space Center, U S National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Elon Musk Should Be Enabled to Step Back From Tesla, Investor Says

James Anderson, a partner and portfolio manager at Baillie Gifford & Co., said Tuesday on Bloomberg Television that he was “extraordinarily unsuccessful” in pleading with Musk in July for him to take a more peaceful approach to running the company. The following months, Musk tweeted he secured funding to take the company private, abandoned that pursuit and then settled a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit.
Tags: Science, James Anderson, Musk, Bloomberg Television, U S Securities and Exchange Commission, Baillie Gifford Co


Tesla Sell-Off Worsens After Elon Musk's Surprise Store Closings

Many sales personnel first found out about the decision when Tesla published a public blog post Thursday afternoon, said three people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing sensitive matters. Tesla declined to comment on the sales shift beyond Thursday’s blog post and an email Musk sent employees later that day. The stock has dropped as much as 16 percent since Thursday, shaving more than $8 billion from Tesla’s market capitalization.
Tags: Science, Tesla, Musk, Tesla Sell Off Worsens


Elon Musk Blindsided Tesla Staff With Store-Closing Plans

Many sales personnel found out about the decision when Tesla published a public blog post Thursday afternoon, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing sensitive matters. Tesla declined to comment on the sales shift beyond Thursday’s blog post and a Musk email to employees later that day. The abrupt move by Musk, 47, also shocked some investors, including Alex Chalekian, the founder and CEO of Lake Avenue Financial in Pasadena, California.
Tags: Science, Tesla, Musk, Elon Musk Blindsided Tesla, Alex Chalekian, Lake Avenue Financial


Elon Musk's Space Car Has Racked Up Way More Miles Than Any Car in History

A little over a year ago, SpaceX launched a 27-engine rocket, the Falcon Heavy, carrying a payload (and Starman) aboard. In November of last year, the space roadster passed by Musk’s future neighborhood on Mars.Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Musk, Falcon Heavy, Tesla Roadster, Starman


Tesla's store-shuttering strategy may pull the rug out of solar

Tesla Inc's sudden decision to shutter the bulk of its stores around the world raises a red flag over the future of its solar branch, a declining business it paid $2.6 billion for in a controversial 2016 deal. Chief Executive Elon Musk's announcement on Thursday that the electric vehicle maker would close "many" of its stores around the world to sell cars online-only removes the only retail outlet for solar sales since Musk pulled the plug on a partnership with Home Depot last June. "Solar is ...
Tags: Home Depot, Elon Musk, Science, Tesla, Musk, Tesla Inc


Elon Musk's SpaceX and NASA launch new astronaut capsule

Elon Musk's SpaceX has successfully  launched a rocket out of the Earth's atmosphere in a significant step towards reviving  the USA's human spaceflight programme. The unmanned crew capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket was launched from Florida bound for the International Space Station at 7.49am GMT on Saturday. NASA and SpaceX successfully launched the new astronaut capsule on a week-long trip to the International Space Station and back - a key step towards resuming manned space flights f...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Usa, Science, Russia, US, Nasa, Earth, Atlantic, International Space Station, Moon, Sigourney Weaver, Iss, Boeing, Musk


Elon Musk's SpaceX plans NASA test launch Saturday

The Washington Post's Christian Davenport is among journalists who are gathering at Kennedy Space Center's launchpad 39A in Florida to witness a planned SpaceX test launch that is destined for the International Space Station. The launch of an unmanned craft brings NASA closer to having astronauts depart U.S. soil for space, for the first time in almost eight years. A lot is riding on this launch, particularly as the long-held fraternal relationship between America and Russia on space matters...
Tags: Post, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Science, News, Washington Post, Russia, America, Tesla, Nasa, United States, SEC, Iss, Spaceflight


Elon Musk-SEC ‘Boxing Match’ Is the Last Thing Tesla Investors Need

The stock is falling about 3 percent, as analysts say that regulators might come down hard on Musk, given the settlement is less than five months old, and in light of Musk’s disparaging comments about the SEC. With concerns mounting about the strength of Tesla’s demand and profit margins,and a debt payment milestone also hanging over the stock, the latest regulatory tussle comes at an inopportune time for Tesla investors. Here’s what analysts had to say on the latest SEC action.
Tags: Science, Tesla, SEC, Musk, Elon Musk SEC


Musk Lays Into SEC With More Tweets After U.S. Contempt Claim

“Something is broken with SEC oversight,” Musk wrote, in response to a user’s tweet sympathizing with this position. Musk was taking issue with the SEC alleging he breached that deal with a Feb. 19 tweet that said Tesla would make about half a million cars in 2019. The exchanges come less than five months after Musk settled claims that he misled the public with tweets about taking the electric-car maker private.
Tags: Science, Tesla, SEC, Musk


Elon Musk's Tweets Keep Landing Him in Trouble With the SEC

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asked a judge Monday to hold Musk in contempt for violating last year’s settlement with the agency, raising a fresh round of regulatory issues for the electric-car maker’s chief executive officer. Musk tweets that he’s considering taking Tesla private, with funding secured, prompting the SEC to begin making inquiries into the truthfulness of his posting. Reports say Tesla received a subpoena from the SEC over Musk’s Aug. 7 tweet, showing intensifying...
Tags: Science, Tesla, SEC, Musk, U S Securities and Exchange Commission


Elon Musk’s Lawyers Defended Tweet to SEC as Rehash of Vetted Statement

The tweet “was intended to recapitulate” a statement from an earnings call 20 days earlier -- and pre-approved by Tesla’s general counsel -- in which Musk predicted Model 3 output “should allow us to get to the 10,000 vehicles a week rate or very close to it by the end of the year,” according to the attorneys’ Feb. 22 letter to the SEC included in court filings Monday. The company’s attorneys stressed that Tesla and Musk take seriously their responsibility under the settlement reached with the ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, Tesla, SEC, Musk


NASA Scolds Elon Musk’s SpaceX Over ‘Serious Challenges’ Facing Launch Schedules

Nasa is pressuring SpaceX and its embattled CEO Elon Musk to fix rocket design and safety issues that could keep the U.S space program grounded firmly on Earth. The government space agency took SpaceX to task in its 2018 annual report released this month, noting four “key risks” to the rocket and capsule system designed by Musk and his staff, according to Reuters. Those and other risks present “serious challenges” to SpaceX’s launch schedule, including a possible manned flight of its Crew Dragon...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Nasa, Musk, Reuters


NASA Scolds Elon Musk Over ‘Serious Challenges’ Facing SpaceX Launch Schedules

Nasa is pressuring SpaceX and its embattled CEO Elon Musk to fix rocket design and safety issues that could keep the U.S space program grounded firmly on Earth. The government space agency took SpaceX to task in its 2018 annual report released this month, noting four “key risks” to the rocket and capsule system designed by Musk and his staff, according to Reuters. Those and other risks present “serious challenges” to SpaceX’s launch schedule, including a possible manned flight of its Crew Dragon...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Nasa, Musk, Reuters


The SpaceX Starship’s Raptor engines just hit a major milestone

If there's one thing we can always count on from SpaceX it's that Elon Musk will let everyone know of new developments the moment they happen via Twitter. That's exactly what happened last night, as Musk's early morning tweets revealed that the ongoing engine tests of the company's Raptor engines are coming along nicely. According to Musk's brief update, it looks like the Raptor engines that will power both the upcoming Starship and Super Heavy now have enough oomph to pu...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Musk, Hopper, Starship, SpaceX Starship, Star Hopper



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