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Elon Musk’s tweets about his own mental health offer a glimpse inside a brilliant mind

There are few people in tech who capture our attention in quite the same way as Elon Musk. Whether he’s arguing with Mark Zuckerberg about the dangers of AI, or he’s breaking Hyperloop news on Twitter, he’s usually good for a headline or two.<p>Today he’s making a splash for frank comments about what …

Where Will the Space Launch System Take Us? Preparing For The Most Powerful Rocket Ever Built

NASA is in an awkward in-between time right now. Since the beginning of the space age, the agency has had the ability to send its astronauts into …

Space Exploration

Jupiter-Like Planets Can Send Mars-Size Worlds Packing

Rocky, Mars-size planets may drift between stars with no sun of their own, thanks to their boisterous gas-giant siblings.<p>New research suggests that …

Universe
Microbiology

Pacific Islanders Appear to Be Carrying The DNA of an Unknown Human Species

A third extinct human relative.<p>Hints of an unidentified, extinct human species have been found in the DNA of modern Melanesians - those living in a …

Papua New Guinea

Spotify: You'd have to pry free tier from our cold, dead hands

Not everyone is willing to pay $10 a month for music, Spotify executives say. That's why a free tier is good for fans and artists both.<p>Spotify mounted a defense of its free tier Tuesday, saying music with no upfront cost is good for both artists and fans.<p>Troy Carter, an executive who acts as …

Wall Street

Elon Musk just shared his ambitious 4-step plan for colonizing Mars with a million people

Elon Musk wants to launch a million people to Mars in the event some apocalyptic disaster eventually ruins Earth. And he wants it to be somewhat affordable — $200,000 or less per person.<p>To that end, the SpaceX CEO outlined his plan to colonize Mars on September 27, including how his Interplanetary …

Elon Musk

Making space rocket fuel from water could drive a power revolution on Earth

Researchers led by NASA's former chief technologist are hoping to launch a satellite carrying water as the source of its fuel. The team from Cornell …

This Artist Is Biohacking The Body To 3D-Print Fantastical Human Bones

The Regenerative Reliquary project aims to find new ways to grow missing bones–or let people reshape their own.<p>Synthetic bone grafts–made of calcium phosphate ceramics, or from bone harvested from patients or cadavers–are nothing new. But that’s just the most simple vision of what artificial bone …

Government

NASA's Juno mission will deliver the punchline on a 400-year-old joke

Jupiter is about to get busted<p>For a government agency, NASA has a notably off-color sense of humor. Whether they're making horrifying youth recruitment music videos, inviting boy bands on a field trip to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, releasing film parody mission posters, or rifling through …

Astronomy

Why don’t birds get lost? They may have mastered quantum mechanics.

In the moment after their plane was hit, there was no time to think, let alone radio their position. The four Royal Air Force pilots ditched their broken bomber and dropped into the North Sea, near Britain. It was February 23, 1942 — and it should have been their last day on Earth.<p>Floundering in …

Magnetism

SpaceX is finally about to test the key element in its mission to revolutionize spaceflight

Landing the first stage of its rockets is the first step in SpaceX's journey toward drastically reducing the cost of spaceflight. By reusing these first stages, SpaceX estimates it could cut costs by as much as 30%.<p>SpaceX landed its first rocket on land in December. In April, for the first time …

Space Exploration

These 4 Major Paradigm Shifts Will Transform The Future Of Technology

For the past fifty years or so, technology has followed a fairly predictable path. We squeeze more transistors onto silicon wafers, which makes chips more powerful and devices smaller. Manual processes become automated, productivity increases and life gets better. Rinse and repeat.<p>Today, we’re at …

Innovation

Google faces record 3 billion euro EU antitrust fine: Telegraph

LONDON (Reuters) - Google (GOOGL.O) faces a record antitrust fine of around 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) from the European Commission in the coming weeks, British newspaper The Sunday Telegraph said.<p>The new Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California November 13, …

Antitrust Laws

Philippines: Duterte vows to bring back death penalty

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1243000/1243205_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522588389_0a2e2049e397b1fd589878204a5b03c2<p><b>Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he will seek to return the death penalty, in his first comments to reporters since last week's</b> …

Asia

Here's what the Japanese think about World War II

Obama will specifically visit Memorial Park, which commemorates the event; he will be the first sitting American president to do so, although he does not plan to offer any sort of apology.<p>The bombing of Hiroshima killed around 100,000 people; three days later, tens of thousands more were killed …

Political Science

There's a 'revolution' coming to investing — and only the strong will survive

When things get shaken up, whether politically, economically or technologically, there's eventually going to be a loser.<p>We're currently seeing online shopping ravaging department stores; travel agents are quickly disappearing in favor of online booking sites, and of course the British probably …

Investing

New Study Shows How Rapidly Earth's Magnetic Field Is Changing

The North Pole is shifting.<p>New research has shown in the most detail yet how rapidly Earth's magnetic field - which acts like a shield to protect us …

Universe

Oxygen Detected In Martian Atmosphere

Flying telescope makes first successful such observation since the '70s<p>Back in the 1970s, the Viking and Mariner missions detected oxygen in the Martian atmosphere. Now, a joint mission of NASA and German Aerospace Center has detected oxygen again, but this time not from a spacecraft, but a …

Astronomy

The 22 Most Beautiful Places in the World

These destinations are just begging to be Instagrammed.<p>There are so many amazing places around the globe to see, we couldn't possibly include them all in just one list. But, these breathtaking destinations are definitely worth bumping to the top of your travel bucket list–whether you're looking to …

Amalfi Coast

Researchers say some parts of the globe will become so hot they'll be uninhabitable

It will increase the likelihood of conflict in water-scarce regions for one thing, and there's already some evidence that it played a vital role in sparking the initial uprising in Syria back in 2011.<p>Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia have been …

Climate Change

Here’s why tomorrow’s SpaceX launch will probably end in a fiery explosion

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is set to launch into the Florida atmosphere after 1:21 AM EST Friday morning, carrying with it a commercial communications …

Space Travel

Deep Space Industries partners with Luxembourg to test asteroid mining technologies

Deep Space Industries, the asteroid mining company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Luxembourg Government to co-fund the development and launch of DSI’s first spacecraft. Known as Prospector-X, the small spacecraft will test key technologies in Low Earth Orbit that will be …

Space Exploration
Economics

Mars By 2018? SpaceX And NASA Announce A New Space Project

Its name will be "Red Dragon." And if the latest partnership between SpaceX and NASA works out, the privately funded craft will land on Mars to collect scientific data — possibly within the next two years. The plan is to use the Dragon capsule, but without a human crew.<p>"SpaceX is planning to send …

Space Travel

China and Russia are boosting their military cooperation to try to contain the US

Russian Defence Minister ­Sergey Shoigu unveiled the plan at a meeting with his visiting ­Chinese counterpart Chang ­Wanquan on Wednesday, Tass news agency reported.<p>"We highly appreciate a high level of Russian-Chinese contact both at the state and defence levels," Shoigu said. "This year we are …

China

PayPal just poured millions into a popular startup that helps millennials invest by answering two simple questions

PayPal contributed the majority of the investment.<p>The raise brings Acorns' total funding to $62 million and aligns it with the biggest name in financial technology.<p>Acorns' goal is to capture millennial investors by boiling down the act of investing to small decisions, cofounder Jeff Cruttenden …

FinTech

8 truly horrifying ways the Earth could die

When astronaut Jim Lovell saw Earth outside his window during Apollo 8, the moment forever changed him.<p>"People often say, 'I hope to go to heaven when I die,'" Lovell previously told Business Insider. "In reality, if you think about it, you go to heaven when you're born."<p>Lovell was referring to the …

Universe

Warren Buffett brilliantly explains how bubbles are formed

Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway's CEO, has said cryptocurrencies "definitely will come to a bad ending."<p>He was speaking in January on what's probably the highest profile financial-bubble suspect right now.<p>When he publishes his annual letter to shareholders on Saturday, readers will be checking …

Investing