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Wild Rumors Fly as Pentagon Shuts Down Questions on Secretive 'Zuma' Mission

It's been perhaps the weirdest week of news and mysteries in the history of private spaceflight. And it's ending in a swirl of confusion at the …

Wall Street

The Controversial VASIMR Engine Could Get Us to Mars in a Matter of Weeks

There are a lot of hurdles to jump before we send the first human crew to Mars. Fuel for such a long mission adds a lot of weight and expense, and …

Space Travel

Pussy Riot Announce North American Tour

Pussy Riot have announced their first ever “live music performance art” U.S. tour. The Russian feminist art collective, featuring Nadya Tolokonnikova, kick off the tour on March 6 in Chicago. They’re slated to play cities including Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Boston. The group will be …

Live Music

Fossil footprints show dinosaurs and early mammals living side-by-side

Dusty old bones can only teach us so much about prehistoric creatures. Fossilized footprints, on the other hand, can show us how the animals moved …

Are Tariffs Already Driving a Solar Manufacturing Renaissance?

One solar manufacturing facility has already been announced, and more may be on the way.<p>When the Trump Administration announced tariffs on solar cell …

Nintendo is bringing Mario Kart to smartphones

Nintendo has announced the latest of its IPs to make the leap to smartphones, and it’s a big one: <i>Mario Kart</i>. An app called <i>Mario Kart Tour</i> is set to be released in the next financial year, meaning anywhere between April 2018 and March 2019.<p>No details about <i>Mario Kart Tour</i> have been made available …

Mario Kart

SpaceX’s rocket booster survived descent despite no landing attempt

SpaceX flew a mission today that didn’t include a controlled recovery attempt of the Falcon 9 booster involved in the launch. Even still, the first stage survived the return to Earth pretty much intact, and the company will now try to recover it from the Atlantic Ocean to see what kind of shape …

Space Travel

Elon Musk denies zombie apocalypse rumors, sells 10,000 flamethrowers just in case

Do I need a flamethrower? No. Do I want one? Yes. That seems to be the general attitude behind the thousands of people buying Elon Musk’s new fire-breathing toy.<p>If you haven’t been following, Musk promised to begin selling a flamethrower for his Boring Company – the one digging giant tunnels under …

The state of the U.S. solar industry: 5 questions answered

On Jan. 22, 2018, the Trump administration announced plans to impose punitive duties on solar panels imported from abroad. This decision came in …

Back to the darkroom: young fans reject digital to revive classic film camera

Photographers relish the return of 35mm film and a crowdfunded SLR camera in a medium they say has more ‘soul’ than digital<p>First it was vinyl LPs. Then more recently, it was the turn of audio cassettes. Now old-style film photography has risen from the almost-dead. Large numbers of still …

Photography

Elon Musk’s Boring Co. flamethrower is real, $500 and up for pre-order

So that flamethrower that Elon Musk teased The Boring Company would start selling after it ran out of its 50,000 hats? Yeah, it’s real – and you can pre-order one now if you need a ridiculous way to spend $500.<p>Musk revealed the flamethrower on Saturday, after some digging tipped its existence late …

Elon Musk

The Magnetic Field Is Shifting. The Poles May Flip. This Could Get Bad.

The shield that protects the Earth from solar radiation is under attack from within. We can’t prevent it, but we ought to prepare.<p>One day in 1905, …

Magnetism

In an Unexpected Move, Amazon Just Made Its Biggest Announcement Since Acquiring Whole Foods | Inc.com

There are no cashiers. There aren't even checkout lanes. And there definitely aren't any lines.<p>At Amazon's new grocery store, you just grab stuff off the shelves, bag it yourself and walk out. Everything gets automatically charged to your Amazon account.<p>It's called Amazon Go, and the store uses …

eCommerce

Ultrathin black phosphorus for solar-driven hydrogen economy

<b>Osaka University researchers use sunlight to make hydrogen with a new nanostructured catalyst based on nanosheets of black phosphorus and bismuth</b> …

Fuel Cell

8 (New) Energy Efficient Materials Architects Should Know

Whether architects are trying to meet the Architecture 2030 Challenge or pursuing their own mission to save energy, they have an opportunity to …

Energy Efficiency

Nissan moves into home solar energy storage

Electric power is a big part of the modern automaker's MO, and more and more are looking to flex these muscles when it comes to the home. The newly …

Clean Energy

U.S. Commerce Department sends Trump aluminum probe findings: officials | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department has sent President Donald Trump the results of its national security probe into aluminum imports, Trump administration officials said on Sunday, while declining to disclose details.<p>U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the annual March …

Donald Trump

Solar power setups simplified for boats!

Portable <b>solar</b> power is the perfect silent and virtually cost free power source that is ideal for topping up <b>12 volt battery</b> systems.<p>When talking about</b> …

The ‘Ice Tsunami’ That Buried a Whole Herd of Weird Arctic Mammals

Pity the musk ox.<p>The biologist Marci Johnson spent the daylight hours of Valentine’s Day 2011 in a helicopter, high over the Alaskan coastline, searching for musk oxen.<p>It was part of her job. Through the winter, she regularly went to check in on animals that she and her fellow researchers had …

Ice Age

Magilight: An All-in-One Light Painting Stick for ‘Painting’ Real Images

The Fotorgear Magilight is a new all-in-one light painting stick that aims to be “the easiest and most professional tool to improve your light …

Light Painting

This map shows the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures

The United States comprises several different regions, each with its own rich history and cultural identity.<p>Exactly where those regions start and end has been a long-running debate, but according to author Colin Woodard, the United States can be divided into 11 distinct sub-nations.<p>Woodard mapped …

New Mexico

A man who retired at 34 shares a spreadsheet that helped him get there

Tab 1: Balances<p>Balances is the finances-at-a-glance tab.<p>Brandon uses the website Personal Capital to track his spending and saving, and inputs those …

Retirement

Electricity from all forms of renewables will be consistently cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020

Abu Dhabi<p>“Turning to renewables for new power generation is not simply an environmentally conscious decision, it is now overwhelmingly a smart economic one,” said Adnan Amin, who has the numbers to back it up. Amin heads the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), and the numbers can be …

Geniuses aren't born, they're made — and 3 of their daily habits can make you smarter

The word "genius" is one of the most misused terms in history.<p>While it's often referenced accurately, the connotation that we commonly associate with it diverges away from the truth.<p>We correctly label intellectual brilliance and creative power as genius — and we should — but it's about time we …

Creativity

Edward Snowden Tweeted Support For A Journalist Who Exposed A Breach In India's Controversial Biometric Program

The US NSA whistleblower said the Indian government agency responsible for the country's controversial Aadhaar program should be held responsible for putting the privacy of more than a billion Indians at risk.<p>Edward Snowden, the former US National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower, has …

Surveillance
Cuba

Tesla says it’s started making solar roof tiles in Buffalo

Tesla said on Tuesday it began manufacturing its premium solar roof tiles at the company’s Buffalo, NY, factory last month and has started surveying …

Tesla

It Takes 10,000 Hours to Become an Expert in Anything: Use These 4 Techniques | Inc.com

10,000 hours.<p>That's how long it takes to master your craft, according to bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell. Whether you want to become a better leader, an expert in marketing or a master of a language, it's going to take time. With all of the new social media platforms and business opportunities, …

Self-improvement

Warren Buffett Says If You Hire People on Intelligence but They Lack This Other Trait, Don't Bother | Inc.com

Warren Buffett gave some great advice a few years ago on key attributes to look for when considering job candidate<i>s.</i> He narrowed it down to three, but one is purely non-negotiable. Buffet said<i>:</i><p>You're looking for three things, generally, in a person: intelligence, energy, and integrity. And if they …

High Level