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This animation shows how fast a rocket must go to leave every planet

Elon Musk's private rocket company SpaceX announced Monday that it plans to launch two paying customers around the moon in late 2018.<p>How hard will that be to accomplish, exactly?<p>Gravity makes it possible for us to live on Earth, but it also makes it pretty hard to leave.<p>Satellites fight gravity by …

Space Exploration

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick apologizes for treating a driver 'disrespectfully': 'I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up'

"My job as your leader is to lead…and that starts with behaving in a way that makes us all proud," he wrote. "That is not what I did, and it cannot be explained away. This is the first time I've been willing to admit that I need leadership help and I intend to get it."<p>In the dashcam video, Kalanick …

Travis Kalanick

Tesla's Solar Roof Will Cost Less Than A Normal Roof, Elon Musk Says

Tesla officially became an energy company this week after shareholders voted in favour of the automaker acquiring Solar City.<p>But CEO Elon Musk wasn't …

Barack Obama Blocks Offshore Drilling in the Arctic Ocean

The Obama administration is blocking new oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean, handing a victory to environmentalists who say industrial activity …

Clean Technology

Trump declares war on GOP, says ‘the shackles have been taken off’

Donald Trump declared war on the Republican establishment Tuesday, lashing out at House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.), Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and other GOP elected officials as his supporters geared up to join the fight amid extraordinary turmoil within the party just four weeks before Election Day.<p>…

Republicans

Learning the shell - Lesson 9: Permissions

Permissions<p>The Unix-like operating systems, such as Linux differ from other computing systems in that they are not only <i>multitasking</i> but also …

Report: Dirk Nowitzki to stay with Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki will remain with the Dallas Mavericks.<p>Nowitzki agreed to a two-year, $40 million deal that will keep the 13-time All-Star in in Dallas, ESPN reported Tuesday. Nowitzki, 38, opted out of the final year of his contract after the season.<p>Nowitzki led the Mavs in scoring with 18.3 points …

NBA

Mavericks getting Andrew Bogut in deal with Warriors

DALLAS (AP) — Andrew Bogut is headed to the Dallas Mavericks from Golden State thanks to the Warriors' successful pursuit of Kevin Durant.<p>A person with knowledge of the deal said Monday that the Mavericks have agreed to acquire Bogut with the Warriors trying to clear salary cap space so they can …

Basketball

Tesla Reports First Fatality in a Model S on Autopilot

The electric car maker calls it the "the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles" where the self-driving feature was activated.<p>The …

Tesla

America's gas stations are running out of time

Yes, despite the recent spike in the price of oil, gas still remains historically cheap. And Americans are buying plenty of cars that consume lots of gas, and they are driving many more miles than they were a couple of years ago.<p>But gas stations have been in decline for decades. Between 1994 and …

Natural Gas

Waiting for Big Oil to clean up its act

"The world is going to have to continue using fossil fuels, whether they like it or not.” There’s little disguising the defiance in the words of Exxonmobil chief Rex Tillerson.<p>In a Dallas concert hall, less than six months after the historic global climate deal in Paris, the long-standing leader of …

16 Once-In-A-Lifetime Restaurants Everyone Should Eat At

Visual and gastronomic delights for your next vacation.

If you think your brain is more than a computer, you must accept this fringe idea in physics

One of the most intriguing speculative arguments in physics and computer science isn't really about physics or computer science at all. It's about the brain — or more precisely, about consciousness — and it's been going on for decades. Its central question: Is the brain fundamentally like a …

Computer Science

Behold this amazing mural of Vladimir Putin kissing Donald Trump on the lips

A burger restaurant in Lithuania has become internet-famous for a brilliant piece of political graffiti. Keulė Rūkė, a casual eatery in the capital city of Vilnius, has decorated its storefront with a mural of Russian president Vladimir Putin kissing Donald Trump.<p>It’s a nod to a famous photograph …

Donald Trump

The Latest: Shell: Skimmers start cleanup of Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a Shell oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (all times local):<p>4 p.m.<p>Shell says vessels have begun skimming operations to clean up oil that leaked from a flow line at one of its drilling sites about 90 miles off the Louisiana coast.<p>The company says about 88,200 gallons …

Oil

Kesha cries as judge refuses to let her out of a contract with Sony Records

Any hopes Kesha may have had ahead of a court hearing in Manhattan were dashed Friday when a judge denied her request for a preliminary injunction that would have temporarily lifted her contract with Sony Records and freed her from working for Dr. Luke, the record producer she has accused of …

Low oil prices are intensifying competition between OPEC members

With swelling crude oil inventories and rising global oil production, oil prices have now fallen below 11-year lows. On Monday December 21, 2015, Brent was trading at $36.04 per barrel while the WTI benchmark was trading at $34.74 a barrel.<p>While investment bankers from Goldman Sachs are predicting …

Oil

Two-Thirds of Earliest Tesla Drivetrains To Need Replacement In 60,000 Miles, Owner Data Suggests

With almost 100,000 on the world's roads, the Tesla Model S electric car is a remarkable achievement.<p>It remains the longest-range electric car in …

Tesla Model S

This Group Is Experiencing the Worst Hit From Low Oil Prices

With Prices Below $50, what is a stripper to do?<p>With OPEC breaking down and any kind of coordination among its members on price cuts looking …

Oil & Gas Industry

Donald Trump's Rants Are Starting to Affect His Businesses

Less than a week after Donald Trump suggested that the United States halt all Muslim immigration, the backlash is already coming fast and furious for …

Donald Trump

Microsoft wants to train you to use rival operating system, Linux

It loves Linux so much, that on Wednesday, Microsoft announced a new training program to help teach the Windows faithful in the IT world how to use Linux, as long as they are using Linux on Microsoft's cloud.<p>That's because, thanks to cloud computing, we're now in the "post-Windows" era, where …

Linux

OPEC is probably going to keep the price war going

The price war between the Cartel and non-OPEC producers was partially caused by the Saudi refusal to cut production in November 2014.<p>The initial idea behind it was to bankrupt the US shale industry with low oil prices. In theory, this would solve the oil glut; push the oil prices, while allowing …

Oil

Satellite launch accident provides unexpected test of Einstein’s theory

A pair of stranded satellites will perform a test of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity that they were not designed to do. The results will be more precise than previous tests<p>It’s a total fluke. No one was thinking about making the most precise test yet of general relativity when the …

Physics

13 science-backed signs you're smarter than average

Without administering an impromptu IQ test, there are certain clues you can use to gauge a person's relative intelligence.<p>We combed through decades of scientific research and highlighted 13 surprising signs of braininess.<p>Keep in mind, however, that "intelligence" is often measured through tests …

Psychology

Google wants to stop being just an ad company by 2020

Eyes on the cloud<p>The technology industry is flush with companies forecasting the rapid growth of cloud computing over the next five to 10 years. Now Google, a relatively small player in the cloud market, has chimed in. Urs Hölze, senior vice president of technical infrastructure, predicted today at …

Amazon Web Services

Buying These Organic Foods Is A Waste Of Money

<i>By: Kara King</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>People choose to eat organically for many reasons -- it's better for the planet, it's supposedly healthier -- but often these folks are misguided. Although it's true that USDA organic products must be free from synthetic ingredients and grown on farms that strive to …

Agriculture

Rockefeller Fund: 'The oil age is coming to an end'

Stephen Heintz, president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, explains to DW how it makes perfect sense that a fund which got rich on oil is now …

Climate

TROUBLING: Oil and gas companies are edging toward default

In a note on Friday, JPMorgan's Vivek Juneja broke down the results from the 2015 Shared National Credits exam, a Federal Reserve initiative to review and classify large syndicated loans.<p>The review captures any loan bigger than $20 million that is shared by three or more supervised institutions. …

Loans

Are these normal Japanese things weird to you? 10 things that might surprise you when you visit Japan

When traveling to a foreign country for the first time, no matter how well-prepared you are, there’s sure to be a lot you’ll be surprised by! Let’s …

J.K. Rowling Fooled Even Her Publishers With Robert Galbraith Pseudonym

Even J.K. Rowling‘s publishers didn’t know the true identity of Robert Galbraith when she submitted a crime novel under his name.<p><i>The Cuckoo’s Calling</i> …