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Elon Musk is now the world's second-richest person. Here's how the billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO went from getting bullied as a child to becoming one of the most successful and controversial men in tech.

Elon Musk. Steve Nesius/Reuters Elon Musk has had a tumultuous yet successful life.  He was bullied as a child but ultimately attended an Ivy League university before going on to become the CEO of two companies, Tesla and SpaceX, and the founder of three more. He's also been married three times and has triplets and twins. He recently had another baby with his girlfriend, the musician Grimes.  But Musk also courts controversy, especially on Twitter. The tech billionaire has been outspoken a...
Tags: Transportation, Mark Zuckerberg, Spacex, Elon Musk, New York, Hollywood, Robert Downey Jr, Microsoft, Australia, California, Ebay, White House, Ipo, Time, US, Los Angeles


Relativity Space raises $500 million as its sets sights on the industrialization of Mars

3D-printed rocket startup Relativity Space has closed $500 million in Series D funding (making official the earlier reported raise), the company announced today. This funding was led by Tiger Global Management, and included participation by a host of new investors including Fidelity Management & Research Company, Baillie Gifford, Iconiq Capital, General Catalist and more. This brings the company’s total raised so far to nearly $700 million, as the startup is poised to launch its first ever fu...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Space, Science, Articles, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, Earth, Industrial Design, United States, 3d Printing, Long Beach, Printer, Relativity, Mars


Relativity Space raises $500 million as it sets sights on the industrialization of Mars

3D-printed rocket startup Relativity Space has closed $500 million in Series D funding (making official the earlier reported raise), the company announced today. This funding was led by Tiger Global Management, and included participation by a host of new investors, including Fidelity Management & Research Company, Baillie Gifford, Iconiq Capital, General Catalyst and more. This brings the company’s total raised so far to nearly $700 million, as the startup is poised to launch its first-ever f...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Industrial Design, United States, 3d Printing, Long Beach, Relativity, Mars, Lockheed Martin, Robotics, Aerospace


Are There Active Volcanoes on Mars?

Mars is a dead planet — "Or is it?" asks the New York Times: Previous research has hinted at volcanic eruptions on Mars 2.5 million years ago. But a new paper suggests an eruption occurred as recently as 53,000 years ago in a region called Cerberus Fossae, which would be the youngest known volcanic eruption on Mars. That drives home the prospect that beneath its rusty surface pocked with gigantic volcanoes that have gone silent, some volcanism still erupts to the surface at rare intervals. "If t...
Tags: Tech, New York Times, Mars, University Of Arizona, Smithsonian Institution, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Steven Anderson


Werner Herzog On Asteroids, Star Wars, and the 'Obscenity' of a City On Mars

78-year-old filmmaker Werner Herzog shared some interesting thoughts before the release of his new documentary on asteroids, Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds now available on Apple TV+. From Herzog's new interview with the science site inverse: Herzog tells Inverse he's less concerned than ever that a meteorite will destroy the Earth, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't still be worried about our own extinction. "It may be 100 million years to go until then," Herzog says, before adding, "...
Tags: Apple, Elon Musk, Tech, Earth, Mars, Werner Herzog, Herzog, Morty, Rick, Wikipedia Herzog


Hulu UX teardown: 5 user experience fails and how to fix them

Hulu is the first major streaming platform to offer a social watching experience. And with most major league sports now being allowed to resume behind closed doors, Hulu’s combined proposition with ESPN will likely help entertain the service’s 30+ million users over the winter months. But users have a surplus in choice of streaming services right now, so how will Hulu stay competitive? With the help of UX expert Peter Ramsey from Built for Mars, we’re going to give Hulu an Extra Crunch ...
Tags: TC, Video, Media, Developer, Entertainment, Tech, User Experience, Espn, Ux, Mars, Hulu, Usability, Steve, Streaming Services, Peter Ramsey


Meet the billionaires bankrolling Joe Biden's 2020 campaign

Joe Biden has 94 billionaire backers, according to Forbes. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo At least 134 billionaires or their spouses have donated to former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign, per a Forbes analysis of federal campaign records from September. The billionaires behind Netflix, SlimFast, Hyatt hotels, LinkedIn, and Star Wars all donated various amounts to Biden's election bid. While it's true that Estée Lauder heir Ronald Lauder gave $200,000 to President Donal...
Tags: Apple, Google, Elon Musk, Politics, New York, Texas, London, Microsoft, Obama, Australia, California, Washington Post, Steve Jobs, Stanford, New York City, US


SpaceX Will 'Make Its Own Laws On Mars'

schwit1 writes: SpaceX will not recognize international law on Mars, according to the Terms of Service of its Starlink internet project. Elon Musk's space company will instead reportedly adhere to a set of "self-governing principles" that will be defined at the time of Martian settlement. Musk revealed plans to create a self-sustaining city on Mars last week, though no timeframe is yet to be put in place for its development. Any future colony created by SpaceX would likely use constellations of ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Mars, Musk, StarLink, Erwan Beauvois, Earthlight Foundation


Chinese Spacecraft Set for Mars Landing in May: State Media

A Chinese spacecraft is expected to land on Mars in May, state-run media reported on Thursday, citing a space agency official. From a report: The spacecraft, which left Earth in July, is set to land in Utopia Planitia, a plain in the northern hemisphere of Mars, the China News Service reported, citing Liu Tongjie, spokesman for the Mars mission. Separate spacecraft launched by the United States and the United Arab Emirates this year are also en route to Mars, though only the U.S. one will attemp...
Tags: Tech, Earth, United States, United Arab Emirates, Mars, China News Service, Mars Landing, Utopia Planitia, Liu Tongjie


NASA Discovers a Rare Metal Asteroid That's Worth $10,000 Quadrillion

Iwastheone shares a report from Observer: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a rare, heavy and immensely valuable asteroid called "16 Psyche" in the Solar System's main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Asteroid Psyche is located at roughly 230 million miles (370 million kilometers) from Earth and measures 140 miles (226 kilometers) across, about the size of West Virginia. What makes it special is that, unlike most asteroids that are either rocky or icy, Psyche is made almost ent...
Tags: West Virginia, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Hubble Space Telescope, SpaceX Falcon Heavy, Planetary Science Journal, Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph


NASA's Perseverance Rover Is Midway To Mars

NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission has logged a lot of flight miles since being lofted skyward on July 30 -- 146.3 million miles (235.4 million kilometers) to be exact. Turns out that is exactly the same distance it has to go before the spacecraft hits the Red Planet's atmosphere like a 11,900 mph (19,000 kph) freight train on Feb. 18, 2021. From a report: "At 1:40 p.m. Pacific Time today, our spacecraft will have just as many miles in its metaphorical rearview mirror as it will out its...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Southern California, Jpl, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Red Planet, Pacific Time, Deep Space Network, Kangas, Jezero, Julie Kangas


New Nuclear Engine Concept Could Help Realize 3-Month Trips To Mars

Seattle-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies (USNC-Tech) has developed a concept for a new Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) engine that they claim is safer and more reliable than previous NTP designs and with far greater efficiency than a chemical rocket. The concept could reduce Earth-Mars travel time to just three months. New Atlas reports: According to Dr. Michael Eades, principal engineer at USNC-Tech, the new concept engine is more reliable than previous NTP designs and can produce twice t...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Mars, Seattle, Us Department Of Defense, NTP, New Atlas, Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies USNC Tech, Michael Eades, USNC Tech, UNSC Tech


Vint Cerf Is Working on an Internet for Outer Space

"TCP/IP doesn't work at interplanetary distances," 77-year-old Vinton Cerf tells Quanta magazine. "So we designed a set of protocols that do." Specifically, bundle protocols: a disruption/delay-tolerant networking (DTN) protocol with nodes that can also store information: A data packet traveling from Earth to Jupiter might, for example, go through a relay on Mars, Cerf explained. However, when the packet arrives at the relay, some 40 million miles into the 400-million-mile journey, Mars may not...
Tags: California, Germany, Tech, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Iss, Jpl, Quanta, TCP, Cerf, Vint Cerf, Australia Spain, Vinton Cerf, Mars Cerf


NASA To Announce New Science Results About Moon

NASA will announce an exciting new discovery about the Moon from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) at a media teleconference at 12 p.m. EDT Monday, Oct. 26. Audio of the teleconference will stream live on the agency's website. From a press release: This new discovery contributes to NASA's efforts to learn about the Moon in support of deep space exploration. Under NASA's Artemis program, the agency will send the first woman and next man to the lunar surface in 2024 to p...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Moon, Mars, Artemis


Daily Crunch: Pakistan un-bans TikTok

TikTok returns to Pakistan, Apple launches a music-focused streaming station and SpaceX launches more Starlink satellites. This is your Daily Crunch for October 19, 2020. The big story: Pakistan un-bans TikTok The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority blocked the video app 11 days ago, over what it described as “immoral,” “obscene” and “vulgar” videos. The authority said today that it’s lifting the ban after negotiating with TikTok management. “The restoration of TikTok is strictly subject t...
Tags: Apple, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Spacex, Instagram, Singapore, Disney, US, Tech, Ukraine, Policy, Pandora, Pakistan, Paris


Disney+ UX teardown: Wins, fails and fixes

Disney announced earlier this month that it’s going all-in on streaming media. As part of this new strategy, the company is undergoing a major reorganisation of its media and entertainment business that will focus on developing productions that will debut on its streaming and broadcast services. This will include merging the company’s media businesses, ads and distribution, and Disney+ divisions so that they’ll now operate under the same business unit. As TechCrunch’s Jonathan Shieber reports, D...
Tags: TC, Apps, Media, Entertainment, Disney, Tech, Ui, Netflix, User Experience, Ux, Mars, User Interface, TechCrunch, Streaming Media, Google Adwords, Aren


Watch Blue Origin launch its reusable New Shepard rocket live, with a key NASA system test on board

Blue Origin is set to return to active flight today, after a hiatus of nearly a year since its last launch in December 2019. Today’s launch is a mission for the company’s New Shepard reusable sub-orbital rocket – a record-setting sixth flight for this particular rocket, which first flew and landed back in December 2017. Today’s launch includes a system design to test elements of NASA’s Deorbit, Descent and Landing Sensor technology, which will provide key automation for use in future lande...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Space Tourism, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Blue Origin, Outer Space, West Texas, New Shepard, Private Spaceflight, Jim Bridenstine, Deorbit Descent


Episode 50: The Grand Cross: Wheel! Of! Fortune!

SHOW NOTES FOR EPISODE 50 050 | The Grand Cross: Wheel! Of! Fortune! April & Jen celebrate 50 episodes together under a loud and ornery sky: A Last Quarter Moon in Cancer features a Cardinal Grand Cross, Mars takes a second swing at Pluto, Mercury faces off with Uranus, and the Sun squares Jupiter. (Venus, at least, makes a friendly trine to Uranus.) It’s a lot. But as Ted Lasso would say, “Hey, takin’ on a challenge is a lot like ridin’ a horse. If you’re comfortable while you’re doin’ it, y...
Tags: Apple, Podcast, The Sun, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune, Venus, Libra, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Aries, Astrology, Jen


Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Away’ deftly balances space exploration and human drama

“Away,” a new drama on Netflix, tells the story of the first manned expedition to Mars — Emma Green (played by Hilary Swank) leads an international team of astronauts on the three-year mission, while her husband Matt (Josh Charles) is part of the support team back on Earth. As we explain on the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, the show starts a bit slowly, and its space sequences (particularly an early space walk) aren’t quite as thrilling as we’d hoped. But “Away” excels at cr...
Tags: Apple, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Mars, Hilary Swank, Away, Emma Green, Original Content Podcast, Matt Josh Charles, Mars Anthony, Lu Wang Vivian Lu


Liquid Water on Mars? New Research Indicates Buried 'Lakes'

The existence of liquid water on Mars -- one of the more hotly debated matters about our cold, red neighbor -- is looking increasingly likely. From a report: New research published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy indicates there really is a buried reservoir of super-salty water near the south pole of the planet. Scientists say such a lake would significantly improve the likelihood that the red planet just might harbor microscopic life of its own. Some scientists remain unconvinced that wh...
Tags: Tech, Italy, Greenland, Mars, Antarctic, Roma Tre university, Nature Astronomy, Elena Pettinelli, Pettinelli


NASA commissions report to show its economic impact: $64B and 312K jobs

Perhaps anticipating budget pushback from the federal government, NASA has released its first ever agency-wide economic report, documenting the agency’s impact on the nation’s jobs and cash flow. Everyone knew NASA was impactful, but now we know exactly how impactful it is, some $64 billion and over 300,000 jobs worth in FY2019. It seems clear that the 2,670-page report is meant to show just how valuable the agency is to the country, and how it’s very much an investment in the economy and not...
Tags: TC, Congress, Government, Tech, Nasa, Moon, Mars


Coinbase UX teardown: 5 fails and how to fix them

Digital currency exchange Coinbase has probably done more than most to push cryptocurrencies closer to the mainstream, earning an $8 billion valuation by private investors along the way. The company is reportedly eyeing a public listing next year, and is inarguably doing a lot of things right. However, that doesn’t mean its product experience is perfect. In fact, far from it. In our latest UX teardown, with the help of Built for Mars founder and UX expert Peter Ramsey, we highlight some of...
Tags: Apple, TC, Money, Articles, San Francisco, Tech, Banking, Cta, Ipod, Macintosh, Netflix, Bitcoin, Bank, Ux, Mars, Cryptocurrencies


Brand Moves for Wednesday September 23

In early March we began reporting daily on how brands were dealing with Covid-19. But it’s become clear that the current climate is one of near-perpetual disruption, so we decided to keep on telling the stories of inspiring brand leadership and strategy amid the latest crises in an anxious world. Our goal is to provide an up-to-the-minute source of information, inspiration and insight on brand moves as they happen. India’s most valuable company is in talks with domestic assemblers to make a ver...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, London, Supreme Court, Mac, California, China, India, Advertising, US, Samsung, Budweiser, Aclu, Royal Ballet, Mars


Salsify nabs $155M as its commerce experience platform sees a big surge of business from Covid-19

As traditional brands grapple with a new world where selling online is as much or perhaps even more important than how you are positioned in a physical store, a startup that helps them get all their inventory, marketing and selling strategies all on one page has raised a significant round of funding. Salsify, which provides brands and the companies behind them a single place to track product inventories, manage how they are described and sold across a disparate array of online and offline locati...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Boston, US, Tech, CMO, Mars, Warburg Pincus, Gojek, Lisbon Portugal, Purcell, Salsify, Vishnu Menon, Rob Gonzalez, Jason Purcell, Jeremy Redburn


Daily Crunch: Partial US TikTok ban is imminent

The Trump administration moves forwards with plans to ban TikTok and WeChat (although TikTok gets a partial extension), Unity goes public and we announce the winner of this year’s Startup Battlefield. This is your Daily Crunch for September 18, 2020. The big story: US TikTok ban is imminent The U.S. Commerce Department has released details about how it will be implementing the Trump administration’s domestic ban of TikTok and WeChat. Both apps will no longer be available (and will not be able...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Apps, Taylor Swift, Nsa, India, US, Tech, Nasa, Fbi, United States, Aclu, Las Vegas, Mars, Marc Benioff, Bessemer


"Rich guys like rockets, I don’t know, they like rocket, boom."

Context, from "Donald Trump Mosinee, WI Rally Speech Transcript September 17":We will land the first woman on the moon and the United States will be the first nation to land an astronaut on Mars. And, NASA is now the hottest space center anywhere in the world. And, when I took over three and a half years ago, there was grass growing in the runways, you know that it was closed down, it was a mess. We are now the hottest in the world. You see what’s going up. And, we’ve got a lot of rich guys send...
Tags: Technology, Law, Wealth, Nasa, United States, Mars, Astronauts, Gestures, Rich, Trump, Masculinity, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Mottos, Donald Trump Mosinee WI Rally Speech


Tools for Mars are being developed in preparation for colonization

Researchers at the Singapore University of Technology and Design constructed Mars-ready tools in preparation for colonization. The team chose chitin as a cheap and abundant material to fashion a wrench and habitat. Chitin occurs naturally in arthropod exoskeletons, fungus, and fish scales. In 1963, a spaceship crash-landed on Earth. The vehicle was carrying one Martian, a very man-like creature who would be called Uncle Martin. He was so named by Tim O'Hara, a local newspaper reporter that dis...
Tags: Space, Technology, Sustainability, Nasa, Engineering, Innovation, Silicon Valley, Mars, Product Design, Derek, Martin, Tim, Fernandez, Twitter Facebook, Red Planet, Bill Bixby


Alternative protein companies have raised a whopping $1.5 billion through July of this year

Companies like Perfect Day, Impossible Foods, and a host of other startups that are developing replacements for animal farmed goods used in food, clothes, cosmetics, and chemicals have raised a whopping $1.5 billion through the first half of the year. That’s according to a new report from The Good Food Institute which is tracking the growth of investments into sustainable foods. The report identified fermentation technologies as a rising third pillar of foundational technologies on which new ...
Tags: Meat, Food, TC, Articles, Tech, United States, Bill Gates, Food And Drink, DuPont, Mars, Chemicals, Head, Biotechnology, Impossible Foods, Temasek, Danone


Apple One, Ubisoft Forward wrap-up, life on Mars, and more | Digital Trends Live

On this Digital Trends Live, we talk the top tech stories, including Apple accidentally revealing Apple One.
Tags: Apple, Google, Twitter, Trends, Social Media, Mars, Mars Curiosity, Dt Live, Digital Trends Live, Ubisoft Forward


How billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk went from getting bullied as a child to becoming one of the most successful and controversial men in tech

Elon Musk. Steve Nesius/Reuters Elon Musk has had a tumultuous yet successful life.  He was bullied as a child but ultimately attended an Ivy League university before going on to become the CEO of two companies, Tesla and SpaceX, and the founder of three more. He's also been married three times and has triplets and twins. He just had another baby with his girlfriend, the musician Grimes.  But Musk also courts controversy, especially on Twitter. The tech billionaire has been outspoken about...
Tags: Transportation, Spacex, Elon Musk, New York, Hollywood, Robert Downey Jr, Microsoft, Australia, California, Ebay, White House, Ipo, Time, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco



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