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Google and Alphabet's 20 most ambitious moonshot projects

Google went through a massive reorganization October 2015 when Alphabet became its parent company.<p>Projects that weren't part of Google's core business (Google search engine and Android) were spun out into separate Alphabet companies with their own CEO. All of these "moonshot" projects cover …

Google Fiber

SpaceX 'hoping' to unveil mission to Mars in 2016

Elon Musk says he wants to visit the International Space Station aboard his own craft by 2020 -- and he doesn't think it will be "that hard". …

Space Travel

Tesla Motors Confirms It's Developing Two 'Affordable' Electric Vehicles

Tesla Motors, hot off of beginning deliveries for its new Model X SUV, has now confirmed it’s working on not one, but two ‘affordable’ electric …

Tesla

From nervous laughter to Trump-supporting Kremlin: How world sees U.S. vote

<b>(CNN) —</b> <i>The U.S. presidential race isn't only drawing attention and controversy in the United States -- it's being closely watched across the globe. But what does the rest of the world think about a campaign that has already thrown up one surprise after another? CNN asked 10 journalists for their</i> …

Bernie Sanders

4 Technologies That Will Usher In Next Generation Farming

Technology that promises to unleash agricultural productivity is here today. The combination punch of advanced mathematics, automation, advancements in sensor systems and next-generation plant breeding are setting the stage for the next Green Revolution, which is what we need to ensure a …

Farming

'Natural' gas not as good as solar – despite the gas industry's best efforts

The gas industry is trying to join the solar revolution but solar and wind energy is cheaper, more efficient and the only real source of energy security<p>Now that the Paris climate agreement has made it clear that the world must take serious action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the fossil fuel …

Fossil Fuels

SpaceX just announced more details about its Hyperloop test track

Musk's company SpaceX announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with the global design and construction firm AECOM to design and build its one-mile Hyperloop test track located adjacent to the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.<p>The test track will be used for the upcoming Hyperloop pod …

High-speed Rail

Bernie Sanders: 17 things the Democratic socialist believes

<b>Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is catching up - and even surpassing - Hillary Clinton in some polls. What are the Vermont senator's policies and beliefs?</b><p><b>1. He is a socialist.</b> Sanders is running as a "Democratic socialist", but in his long political career he became comfortable …

Middle-class

Republican Presidents Flunk the Economy: 11 Reasons Why America Does Worse Under the GOP

Consider the following fact: The last time a Republican president created an average of 1 million jobs a year over the course of his presidency was nearly three decades ago, under Ronald Reagan. When the the 2016 election comes around, a full 44 percent of voters will have entered the …

Middle-class

Look at These Bacteria Moving Like Electrons Around an Atom

A team of researchers from MIT and Cambridge University has discovered that when bacteria are made to flow through a lattice, they synchronize and …

Uruguay makes dramatic shift to nearly 95% electricity from clean energy

In less than 10 years the country has slashed its carbon footprint and lowered electricity costs, without government subsidies. Delegates at the Paris summit can learn much from its success<p>Read this article in Spanish<p>As the world gathers in Paris for the daunting task of switching from fossil fuels …

Renewable Energy

We're Spending the Next Two Weeks Envisioning Our Future Earth

Right now, leaders from 195 countries are meeting in Paris to map out a plan for the planet’s future. Nothing like this has ever happened in our …

Net-zero Unity home is a solar-powered prefab that pops up in just 3 days

1/20<p>Unity Home Greenbuild 2015<p>If you aren’t yet sold on factory-built housing, the gorgeous prefab Unity home may have what it takes to change your …

Space Mining Bill Passes In Congress

Now it's up to President Obama to decide whether Earth businesses can own pieces of asteroids<p>According to international treaties, no country is allowed to own things like moons or asteroids. But what about a company?<p>A new bill would allow space mining companies to own pieces of space. Although they …

SpaceX will launch the next GPS satellite, thanks in part to Vladimir Putin

It took SpaceX several years of rigorous inspections and a lawsuit to earn the right to bid for US military satellite launches. Now the company looks set to win its first competitive bid—but only after the sole opposing bidder bowed out, citing a US ban on business with Russia.<p>Bidding closed …

Space Travel

Anonymous is crowdsourcing #OpParis, publishes 'noob guide' to hacking

In the 24 hours since Anonymous declared “total war” on Islamic State, the loose-knit hacktivist collective has claimed its first victims by way of leaked information of suspected extremists.<p>If future follows past, Anonymous will no doubt try to win this war through a series of coordinated attacks …

An ISIS defector just revealed how the group could start to fracture

The ISIS defector, who goes by the pseudonym Abu Khaled, spoke with Michael Weiss at length in Istanbul, Turkey, about ISIS and its internal operations.<p>According to Abu Khaled, although ISIS relies upon foreign fighters, its leaders still fear that those militants might not be entirely loyal and …

Middle East

We created Islamic extremism: Those blaming Islam for ISIS would have supported Osama bin Laden in the ’80s

Jingoists conveniently forget the West’s Cold War strategy was to arm the Islamic extremists that became al-Qaida<p>History takes no prisoners. It shows, with absolute lucidity, that the Islamic extremism ravaging the world today was borne out of the Western foreign policy of yesteryear.<p>Gore Vidal …

Political Science

This Could be Toyota's Next Big Car—Someday

I appreciate it when car companies take big brave pills—something that doesn’t happen often enough. Ford did when it decided to make its best-selling …

Energy

Car Disrupted: Hydrogen Hits The Road This Fall

One of four new ideas transforming your ride<p>Like jetpacks or robot butlers, hydrogen vehicles have historically been high on promise and low on delivery. Matt McClory, an engineer at Toyota, says he can change that. On a scalding day on the outskirts of Los Angeles, he leads me across an even more …

3D-Printed Supercars Will Cut Costs And Emissions

One of four new ideas transforming your ride<p>In 2010, Kevin Czinger had a revelation. As the co-founder of a small electric-car company, Coda Automotive, he had been driven by the laudable goal of creating a cleaner vehicle, one that uses less fossil fuel and emits less carbon. But as production …

Elon Musk says he has a design for an electric jet

In fact, when asked during a recent Marketplace interview what Musk would be doing if Tesla didn't exist, he revealed that he already has a design for such an aircraft ready to go.<p>"I do like the idea of an electric aircraft company. I think one could do a pretty cool supersonic, vertical, take-off …

Elon Musk