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‘It was a little Wild West early on’: SpaceX’s president says the rocket company’s failures have prepared it to launch its first NASA astronauts

NASA’s is preparing to launch astronauts from American soil, with an American rocket and spaceship, for the first time in nearly a decade. SpaceX plans to launch the astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, on May 27 through a Commercial Crew Program mission called Demo-2. Gwynne Shotwell, the president and COO of SpaceX, told Business […]

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Twinkle twinkle little satellite: SpaceX’s Starlink project worries astronomers

[embedded content] Astronomers have been voicing concerns about SpaceX’s plan to deploy potentially tens of thousands of small satellites in low-Earth orbit as part of its ambitious Starlink project to beam broadband internet services to underserved communities around the world. SpaceX launched its second batch of 60 internet satellites on Monday, following its debut deployment […]

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Your next Lyft ride may cost a little more

Lyft is a popular ride-hailing service and competitor to Uber. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Faiz Siddiqui San Francisco-based tech reporter covering automation and the future of transportation, including Tesla, Uber and Lyft August 7 at 6:56 PM Lyft said riders in multiple cities are paying higher prices, an unwelcome development for thousands of customers as the […]

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Impossible’s new plant-based sausage is here, but only at Little Caesar’s

Impossible Foods Plant-based food startup Impossible Foods is launching its first new meat-free product since its upgraded Impossible Burger. Get ready for … The Impossible Sausage. Created as part of a collaboration with pizza chain Little Caesars, the vegan, halal, and kosher-friendly faux sausage debuts today on the chain’s new Impossible Supreme Pizza. It’s available […]

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SpaceX rocketed a plush Earth doll into orbit on its new Crew Dragon spaceship. Now supplies of the little toy are dwindling.

Astronaut Anne McClain plays with a plush Earth toy inside SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule. The vehicle docked to the International Space Station on March 3, 2019, marking the first arrival of a human-rated commercial spaceship at the football-field-size laboratory.NASA TV SpaceX launched the first commercial spaceship designed to fly people, called Crew Dragon, on Saturday […]

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Little Sophia is the pint-sized robot buddy that promises to teach kids to code

The brainchild of Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, Sophia is the Audrey Hepburn-inspired humanoid robot who has met all manner of politicians and celebrities, and once promised to, err, destroy all of humanity. Now Sophia has a precocious little sister — and she’s ready to teach kids all about STEM subject (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and coding. […]