Jacob Halbert

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Richard Branson steps up his astronaut training as first space flight is 'just months away'

Sir Richard Branson has stepped up his astronaut training in preparation for a space flight he believes is just months away.<p>His optimism looks set to intensify a three-way-race between rival billionaires to conquer the private space market.<p>He told the BBC: “I’m going for astronaut training, I’m …

Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t.

BERKELEY, Calif. — Many people have grown accustomed to talking to their smart devices, asking them to read a text, play a song or set an alarm. But someone else might be secretly talking to them, too.<p>Over the last two years, researchers in China and the United States have begun demonstrating that …

Artificial Intelligence

SpaceX set to debut newest Falcon 9 Rocket: 'Block 5'

SpaceX is set to debut the latest, most advanced version of its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket this Thursday (May 10).<p>The company determined that its first Falcon 9 "Block 5" booster is ready to go, after analyzing data from a routine prelaunch static-fire test that occurred Friday (May 4) at historic …

NASA successfully tested a nuclear reactor that works in space

If space is an ocean, the International Space Station is a raft tethered to the shore. The moon is a nearby island that we’ve visited briefly. To go any further or stay any longer, humanity needs more power.<p>Now, NASA may have the source: A tiny nuclear reactor called KRUSTY, for Kilopower Reactor …

Space Exploration

Jeff Bezos Just Confirmed the "Question Mark Method" That Scares the Heck Out of Everyone at Amazon

How do you respond to a one-character email from your boss's boss's boss's boss?<p>Imagine you're working at Amazon, and you get an email from your boss.<p>The subject line has a couple of those little "FWD:" notations, and you realize to your horror that the email originated with a customer, who sent a …

Jeff Bezos

How to become a space tourist: 8 companies (almost) ready to launch

How much are you willing to pay to become an astronaut?<p>On April 28, 2001, 60-year-old American businessman Dennis Tito became the first tourist to leave Earth’s atmosphere behind, spending nearly 8 days in space, much of it aboard the International Space Station (ISS)—and reportedly paying $20 …

How a 34-year-old turned $200 into a company he sold for over $10 million in a matter of months

Thirteen years ago as a broke college student, Trevor Chapman took a job selling pest control door-to-door to make extra money. Eventually, he …

eCommerce

Is This the Single Most Persuasive Word in the English Language?

Not because of what the word means, but because of what the word means you will do<p>I know a number of extremely successful people, and while in many ways they're very different, they all share one thing in common: They're exceptionally good at persuading other people.<p>After all, that's what leaders …

Self-improvement

BMW's car subscription pilot program starts at $2,000 per month

The rumors of BMW's American branch joining the car subscription craze were true. The automaker has launched a pilot Access by BMW program in Nashville, giving you a more flexible alternative to ownership that lets you switch cars as often as you like (through a mobile app, of course) without …

Plug-in Hybrid EVs

Problems / Solutions – SafetyNet Technologies

LIGHT & GEOMETRY<p>Our solutions enable the testing of the effect of light based visual stimuli on different fish capture processes. In order to offer …

Safety Net

Intel unveils smart glasses that you might want to wear

Intel has launched an impressively light, regular-looking set of smart glasses called Vaunt, confirming rumors from <i>Bloomberg</i> and others. Seen by <i>The Verge</i>, they have plastic frames and weigh under 50 grams, a bit more than regular eyeglasses but much less than Google Glass, for example. The …

Science Says This Is the Simplest Way to Remember More of What You Read

Hit pause. Reflect on the content. Excel. Repeat.<p>Whether it's Facebook content, Bill Gates' favorite book, or the latest critical business report, most of us enjoy reading or have to do quite a bit of it through the day. But in the rush to do everything in less time, you might be missing a crazily …

Productivity

Boeing's new hypersonic plane could circle the globe in 3 hours

Boeing has developed a hypersonic plane that is faster than a speeding bullet. So fast, in fact, that it could circle the globe in just three hours, …

Saudi Arabia invests $1 billion in Richard Branson’s space plane and rocket

On Thursday, the government of Saudi Arabia made a big splash in the aerospace community by announcing its intentions to invest $1 billion in Virgin …

Space Travel

How A Mutual Fund Works

<b>By Richard Loth</b> (Contact | Biography)<p>A fund sponsor - generally a financial intermediary like Fidelity Investments or Vanguard - organizes a mutual …

Choosing Quality Mutual Funds | Investopedia

By Richard Loth<p>The complexities of the investment process are often beyond the grasp of the general public. For many people, multiple competing …

Roth IRAs: Investing And Trading Do’s And Don’ts | Investopedia

More than 19 million households in the U.S. have Roth Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), which accounted for $505 billion in retirement assets at …

The Most Common Roth IRA Investments | Investopedia

While traditional individual retirement accounts (IRAs) are more popular, Roth IRAs are the fastest growing among the different types of IRAs. Roth …

Elon Musk shares first look at Boring Company's tunnel under L.A.

Digging Forward<p>After almost five months, Elon Musk’s Boring Company has finally finished a portion of the tunnel they’re digging under Los Angeles. …

Elon Musk

Here's what losing weight does to your body and brain

<i>This video was originally published on October 29, 2017.</i><p><i>Special thanks to John Gunstad, professor with the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University, for speaking with us about his cutting-edge research on how losing weight affects brain function. Following is a transcript of</i> …

The World’s First Autonomous Ship Will Set Sail In 2018

<b>What</b> A Norwegian container ship called the Yara Birkeland will be the world’s first electric, autonomous, zero-emissions ship.With a capacity of up …

3D Printing Start-Up Desktop Metal Raises $115 Million From Backers Including Google and GE

Armed with $212 million in total funding, this start-up is aiming to upend traditional metal manufacturing.<p>Metal 3D printing start-up Desktop Metal …

SpaceX drops plans for powered Dragon landings

<i>Updated at 5:25 p.m. Eastern.</i><p>WASHINGTON — SpaceX no longer plans to have the next version of its Dragon spacecraft be capable of powered landings, a …

Lyft's about to seriously change the race for self-driving cars

It's chasing Uber.<p>The urban dream of a shared fleet of self-driving cars summoned by an app is inching closer to a reality. Uber, of course, has already been testing autonomous vehicles in Pennsylvania and Arizona. But on Thursday, its chief competitor, Lyft, revealed more of its road map for how …

Elon Musk now owns X.com, the defunct domain of his second startup

That eventually became PayPal and made Musk a fortune<p>Elon Musk was a successful internet entrepreneur long before the first Tesla Model X rolled off the assembly line and SpaceX fired its first rocket into orbit. Now, Musk has reclaimed a bit of that internet history for himself by purchasing the …

iPhone 8’s wireless charging feature may be slightly delayed

If the latest rumblings from the rumor mill are accurate, it looks like we might have to wait a bit in order to take advantage of one of the iPhone …

China starts 200-day simulation of living on another planet

The US definitely doesn't have a monopoly on long-term simulations of living on another planet. Four university students in Beijing have begun a 200-day isolation experiment, Lunar Palace 365 (why not Lunar Palace 200?), where they'll live solely on the resources they would have on the Moon or …

China

Elon Musk just gave us our first real look at the Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is finally here.<p>After months of hype, a bonkers production plan, and multiple prototypes spotted zooming around California, Tesla …

Google's plan to best Amazon rests on one piece of software

TensorFlow makes it much easier for the company's engineers to translate new approaches to artificial intelligence into practical code, improving services such as search and the accuracy of speech recognition.<p>But just months after TensorFlow was released to Google's army of coders, the company also …

Elon Musk Just Sent a Beautiful Message to Tesla Customers

The tweet may be less than 30 words, but it packs a major emotional punch.<p>Yesterday, Elon Musk took to Twitter to thank Tesla customers.<p>You may not think this tweet is special. Just good PR, right?<p>Wrong.<p>This tweet is brimming with emotional intelligence, the ability to make emotions work for you …

Tesla