Elon Musk Electric Jet

Elon Musk’s next great idea? An electric jet that can take off and land vertically

By on February 7, 2016 at 3:30 PM.

Elon Musk’s next great idea? An electric jet that can take off and land vertically

Elon Musk is changing the world one idea at a time. First, with Tesla, the man so many people call the real life Tony Stark has done an incredible job of bringing electric vehicles to the mainstream. Second, Musk has been doing an impressive job over at SpaceX in the realm of space travel. And third, Musk’s effective rough draft of a high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop is being contemplated and conceptualized in a very real way by some extremely smart people.

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Bill Gates Memorized License Plate Numbers

Bill Gates used to memorize employee license plate numbers to see who was working the longest

By on February 1, 2016 at 11:35 PM.

Bill Gates used to memorize employee license plate numbers to see who was working the longest

In a refreshingly candid and informative interview with BBC’s Kirsty Young, Microsoft founder Bill Gates spoke openly on number of interesting topics, including his rivalry with Steve Jobs and how he initially met and began courting his wife, now Melinda Gates. But perhaps the most interesting and quirky tidbit from Gates’ interview centers on the famed tech icon’s insatiable demand for excellence from his employees.

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Bing Prediction Primaries Clinton Trump

Bing’s pre-debate prediction: Trump will win Iowa and all other Republican primaries next month

By on January 28, 2016 at 3:18 PM.

Bing’s pre-debate prediction: Trump will win Iowa and all other Republican primaries next month

Microsoft’s Bing search engine is very accurate at predicting things. Whether it’s sports results, American Idol winners or politics, Bing’s really good. And Bing already has predictions for the February caucuses and primaries, for both Democrats and Republicans. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are seen as major winners, and it’ll be interesting to see whether the latter’s absence from Fox’s upcoming debate will hurt his scores in any way. More →

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SpaceX Failed Landing

SpaceX rocket fails to land on ocean barge; legs damaged upon ‘hard landing’

By on January 17, 2016 at 3:02 PM.

SpaceX rocket fails to land on ocean barge; legs damaged upon ‘hard landing’

Less than a month ago, SpaceX made history when it launched a Falcon 9 rocket up into space and successfully managed to bring the booster back down to earth, landing it safely on a concrete landing pad.

Earlier today, SpaceX was at it again, only this time it was attempting to land a booster on a floating barge – or a ‘droneship’ as SpaceX calls it – in the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, though, things did not exactly go as planned as one of the booster’s landing legs broke upon impact. This marks the third time SpaceX has tried and failed to nail a ocean-based landing.

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Why Airplane Windows Are Round

Why are plane windows round instead of square?

By on January 15, 2016 at 9:15 PM.

Why are plane windows round instead of square?

If you’ve ever traveled by plane, you’re likely aware that every airplane window you’ve ever seen has a round design, whether it be a circle or an oval. As it turns out, there’s an actually interesting engineering explanation behind the round shape of airplane windows. Suffice it to say, the design is no coincidence and is actually intended to help keep you safe up in the air.

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Astronaut Prank Call

Astronaut in space misdials and accidentally ‘prank calls’ Earth

By on December 26, 2015 at 3:46 PM.

Astronaut in space misdials and accidentally ‘prank calls’ Earth

You might naturally assume that prank calls are exclusively carried out by teenage boys with nothing but time on their hands, but apparently even accomplished 43-year-old astronauts can partake in some prank call tomfoolery, even if accidental, every now and again.

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United States Declassified Documents

For the first time, declassified documents reveal United States’ nuclear weapons strategy

By on December 26, 2015 at 3:05 PM.

For the first time, declassified documents reveal United States’ nuclear weapons strategy

Every so often, declassified information will make its way into the public realm and shed an incredible amount of light on what the U.S. government was up to back in the day. The National Security Archive’s recent release of the United States’ Cold War Nuclear Target List is one such instance.

Just a few days ago, the National Security Archive disclosed to the public a boatload of new information detailing the ins and outs of the United States’ nuclear weapons strategy back at the height of the Cold War.  Originally put together in 1956 by the Strategic Air Command (SAC), the 800 page document lists out which cities were targeted for complete destruction. In addition to non-surprising entries like Moscow and Leningrad, the document reveals that the United States was also targeting cities outside of the USSR, including locations within China and Germany.

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Target Temporarily Bans Hoverboards

Target pulls Swagway hoverboards due to fire concerns

By on December 15, 2015 at 11:15 PM.

Target pulls Swagway hoverboards due to fire concerns

Just when it seemed that hoverboards were about to go mainstream, safety concerns regarding the popular self-balancing scooters have gotten them banned from any number of places. In fact, New York City recently went so far as to ban their use on public streets.

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Elon Musk: Steve Jobs Was A Jerk

Elon Musk: Steve Jobs was kind of a jerk

By on December 15, 2015 at 12:13 PM.

Elon Musk: Steve Jobs was kind of a jerk

Though he softened up a bit later in life, Steve Jobs in his heyday was a notoriously demanding and mercurial man who wouldn’t accept anything less than perfection. In his quest to change the world, Jobs’ expectations were unwavering.

Not surprisingly, many have been quick to note the strong parallels between Jobs and Elon Musk, a modern-day visionary hell-bent on popularizing electric vehicles with Tesla and making commercial space travel a reality with SpaceX.

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Best Photos Of 2015

The most incredible and jaw-dropping photos from 2015

By on December 13, 2015 at 9:41 AM.

The most incredible and jaw-dropping photos from 2015

With 2016 just around the corner, a steady stream of “best of 2015” lists have already started to roll in. And with good reason, the beginning of a new year is always a great time to sit back and reflect on the previous 12 months. If you’re just catching up, some of the more interesting recaps we’ve seen thus far include Google’s compilation of the year’s most viewed YouTube videos and Facebook’s summary of the most discussed topics of the year.

Still, with 2015 bringing us no shortage of viral videos, scientific discoveries, political controversies, and technological breakthroughs, sometimes the best way to fully capture the year that was is to take a look at the best photos taken over the past year.

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Banksy Steve Jobs

Banksy paints Steve Jobs portrait to highlight Syrian refugee crisis

By on December 12, 2015 at 2:15 PM.

Banksy paints Steve Jobs portrait to highlight Syrian refugee crisis

Banksy, the legendary graffiti and street artist whose identity still remains something of a mystery, recently paid a visit to the “Jungle” Refugee Camp in Calais, France where he left four new pieces of compelling artwork. Of particular note, though, is a piece depicting Apple co-founder Steve Jobs carrying what appears to be an original Mac and a bag – full of what we presume are his personal items – over his shoulder. Banksy titled the piece, “The Son of a Migrant from Syria.”

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Rocket Scientists Cheering

Video of 400 cheering Rocket Scientists is the best thing you’ll see all day

By on December 12, 2015 at 12:57 PM.

Video of 400 cheering Rocket Scientists is the best thing you’ll see all day

Apparently, owning a commercial space flight company is the thing to do among the tech elite. While many people are already familiar with Elon Musk’s SpaceX, far fewer people are aware that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has his own space flight company, a venture called Blue Origin.

If the name sounds at all familiar, it’s because Blue Origin about two and a half weeks ago launched a reusable rocket – named the New Shepard – and managed to land it back to earth safely, an impressive feat that SpaceX is still struggling to pull off. Nonetheless, Musk was gracious enough to congratulate the Blue Origin team via Twitter for their success.

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