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Elon Musk co-authored a COVID-19 antibody study of SpaceX workers

Elon Musk co-authored a COVID-19 antibody study of SpaceX workers

Filed under:After downplaying the threat of the virusMore that 4,300 SpaceX employees volunteered to be part of a COVID-19 antibody study co-authored by CEO Elon Musk in 2020., which was recently published in the journal Nature Communications, shows evidence that infected people who exhibited milder symptoms developed less of an immunity to COVID-19 than those who got sicker from the disease. The group behind the study found some evidence that suggests there’s a particular threshold of antibodies that could provide immunity, though they wrote that “the precise levels [...] associated with...

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Elon Musk pledges $100 million for new X Prize carbon removal competition

Elon Musk pledges $100 million for new X Prize carbon removal competition

Filed under:A four-year contest seeking a gigaton-level solutionElon Musk is putting up $100 million as part of a new X Prize Foundation competition focused on carbon removal technology. The contest, announced Monday morning, will run for four years and is open to teams around the globe.Fifteen teams will be selected for the competition within 18 months. They will each get $1 million, and 25 separate $200,000 scholarships will be given to student teams who enter. The grand prize winner will be awarded $50 million, second place will receive $20 million, and third place will get $10...

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Miami mayor says Elon Musk will tunnel under the city for just $30 million

Miami mayor says Elon Musk will tunnel under the city for just $30 million

Filed under:A ‘signature project’Elon Musk told Miami’s mayor Friday that The Boring Company could dig a two-mile tunnel under the city for as little as $30 million — a fraction of the $1 billion price tag once . Musk also told the Mayor that The Boring Company could complete the job in six months, versus the original four year estimate.Mayor Francis Suarez shared these details about his “wonderful call” with Musk in a video posted to Twitter. “He’s focused on trying to deliver a project that will have the maximum utility for our residents for the least amount of money,” Suarez said. “The...

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Tesla fell just short of delivering 500,000 vehicles in 2020

Tesla fell just short of delivering 500,000 vehicles in 2020

Filed under:It got 99.91 percent of the way thereTesla fell just shy of hitting CEO Elon Musk’s goal of delivering 500,000 vehicles in 2020, the , having shipped a record 499,550 throughout the year — or 99.91 percent. Tesla said the final tally could vary by as much as 0.5 percent, though, so it’s possible that it will eclipse the 500,000 mark by the time it reveals the ultimate figures in its full year results, due out at the end of January.Either way, that’s , like China’s BYD or Germany’s Volkswagen. And it’s a remarkable recovery for Tesla considering the impact the coronavirus...

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Elon Musk says Apple refused a meeting to acquire Tesla

Elon Musk says Apple refused a meeting to acquire Tesla

Filed under:He considered selling during Model 3 ‘production hell’ in 2017, but Tim Cook wouldn’t talkElon Musk that he wanted to sell Tesla to Apple during the “darkest days” of the Model 3 rollout but that CEO Tim Cook “refused” to take the meeting.Musk dished about the proffer in response to a tweet about how Apple has reportedly . He noted that Tesla was worth about one-tenth then what it is now, as the electric vehicle company rounds out a remarkable year where a meteoric stock price run turned it into the most valuable automaker on the planet. Of course, in 2017 Tesla was still...

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FAA and Boeing manipulated 737 Max tests during recertification

FAA and Boeing manipulated 737 Max tests during recertification

Filed under:One of many accusations in a damning new Senate reportBoeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) worked together to manipulate 737 Max recertification tests following two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019, according to a . Boeing “inappropriately coached” some FAA test pilots to reach a desired outcome during the recertification tests, and some were even performed on simulators that weren’t equipped to re-create the same conditions as the crashes.In doing this, the Senate report’s authors say the “FAA and Boeing were attempting to cover up important information that may...

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Boring Company proposes massive Vegas expansion following monorail bankruptcy

Boring Company proposes massive Vegas expansion following monorail bankruptcy

Filed under:Elon Musk’s startup takes aim at and beyond the famous Las Vegas StripElon Musk’s tunneling venture, The Boring Company, is planning a massive of the currently modest underground transportation system it’s building in Las Vegas. The startup now wants to build a 10-mile sub-surface “loop” that serves the famous Las Vegas Strip of casino hotels and reaches the city’s downtown area as well as McCarran International Airport, all with Tesla vehicles. The Boring Company also wants to build an additional loop that connects properties owned by Caesars Entertainment.The proposed new...

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The epic campaign to win Elon Musk’s Tesla factory with memes

The epic campaign to win Elon Musk’s Tesla factory with memes

Before an icon of the former oil capital of the world was turned into a literal idol of Elon Musk in May, Kurt Stenstrom needed someone to ride a cherry picker lift 70 feet in the air to measure the statue’s face. Built in 1966, Tulsa, Oklahoma’s apartment building-sized Golden Driller statue has been decorated frequently over the years to promote everything from new parks to rock n roll radio stations. But no one had ever decorated the face. So someone needed to measure it first.Measurements secured, Stenstrom fired up Photoshop on his Mac mini. He tweaked a composite image of Musk’s face...

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Sean O'Kane
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FAA shares new steps for Boeing to return 737 Max to the skies

FAA shares new steps for Boeing to return 737 Max to the skies

Filed under:New software, new manuals, and new proceduresThe Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a “preliminary summary” of its 18-month review of the Boeing 737 Max program, and with it, has detailed the remaining steps the company will likely need to take in order to allow the plane back into the air. Among the changes the agency is asking for is new software for the plane’s flight control computer and displays, a revised manual and enhanced training for flight crew, and new maintenance procedures. A few key issues remain unfinished, though, like finalizing a new pilot...

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GM-backed electric truck startup Lordstown Motors is going public

GM-backed electric truck startup Lordstown Motors is going public

Filed under:The EV funding frenzy rolls onOne-year-old Lordstown Motors will become a publicly traded company in an effort to bring its commercial electric pickup truck, the Endurance, to market. And it will do this with more support from General Motors than was previously known, according to financial filings.The startup plans to list on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the ticker “RIDE” by combining with a special purpose acquisition company called DiamondPeak, shares of which already trade on the exchange. It’s the same type of “reverse merger” move that hydrogen trucking company Nikola...

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Faraday Future founder’s bankruptcy spiked a potential deal in the Middle East

Faraday Future founder’s bankruptcy spiked a potential deal in the Middle East

Late last year, Faraday Future was supposed to meet with a Middle East sovereign wealth fund to discuss an investment that could have helped pull the struggling EV startup out of its perpetual financial nosedive. But the wealth fund retracted the invite shortly after Faraday Future founder Jia Yueting filed for bankruptcy to resolve , according to a previously unreported transcript of one of the Chinese tycoon’s Chapter 11 proceedings.“We were invited by a government entity to go to the Middle East to a sovereign fund, and the minute that we filed the Chapter 11 case and it became clear the...

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Tesla will build Cybertruck factory in Austin, Texas

Tesla will build Cybertruck factory in Austin, Texas

Filed under:‘It’s going to basically be an ecological paradise,’ Elon Musk saysTesla will build its next US factory in Austin, Texas, CEO Elon Musk announced today, wrapping up a months-long search for a location to build the upcoming Cybertruck. Construction work is “already underway,” Musk said. “It started this weekend.”Tesla was recently granted from both the county in Texas where the factory will be built and from a local school district. The company was also considering Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Musk said Tesla would “strongly consider” it for future projects.The new factory in Texas will...

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Sean O'Kane
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Tesla sues Rivian over ‘disturbing pattern’ of alleged trade secret theft

Tesla sues Rivian over ‘disturbing pattern’ of alleged trade secret theft

Filed under:Multiple employees have left for the EV startup with confidential documents, Tesla claimsTesla says it has discovered a “disturbing pattern” of former employees who took confidential information and trade secrets on their way to new jobs at EV startup Rivian, according to first reported by . Tesla even claims Rivian is “knowingly encouraging” this behavior, and it is seeking unspecified punitive damages for what it alleges is “despicable, wanton, oppressive, willful, malicious, [and] duplicitous” conduct. Rivian calls the allegations “baseless.”Rivian is perhaps the richest EV...

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15 states will follow California’s push to electrify trucks and buses

15 states will follow California’s push to electrify trucks and buses

Filed under:A big step forward in reducing harmful emissions from diesel enginesFifteen states and Washington, DC have announced that they will follow California’s lead in switching all heavy-duty trucks, vans, and buses over to running on electricity, in what could be one of the most significant efforts to reduce harmful diesel engine pollution in the United States. It could also be a big development in the fight for environmental justice because emissions from diesel-powered commercial vehicles .The states that signed the agreement along with Washington, DC are: California, Connecticut,...

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Rivian raises $2.5 billion ahead of launch of electric pickup and SUV

Rivian raises $2.5 billion ahead of launch of electric pickup and SUV

Filed under:The EV startup has raised $5.35 billion since the beginning of 2019EV startup Rivian has raised $2.5 billion, bringing its total funding to date to around $6 billion ahead of the launch of its all-electric pickup truck and SUV in early 2021. $5.35 billion of that has come in the last year and a half alone, with Rivian scooping up big investments from .The comes from Soros Fund Management LLC, Coatue (a hedge fund), Fidelity Management and Research Company, and investment firm Baron Capital Group. Amazon and another previous investor, BlackRock, also participated in the funding...

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eSkootr is a high-speed electric scooter racing series launching in 2021

eSkootr is a high-speed electric scooter racing series launching in 2021

Filed under:It’s basically Formula E for micromobilityA group of Formula One and Formula E drivers is starting a new racing series that will pit competitors against each other on ultra-fast custom-built electric scooters. The series — dubbed “Electric Scooter Championship,” or “eSkootr” — is set to launch in 2021, and the launch video shows riders whizzing through city streets on Tron-style vehicles and wearing matching neon-accented gear.There are, unfortunately, few other details about the series, like how it’s being funded or who the competitors will be. All the organizers say is that...

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BMW is going all-in on in-car microtransactions

BMW is going all-in on in-car microtransactions

Filed under:Like in-app purchases, but for your carBMW has to the digital systems that power its luxury vehicles, including a new map and navigation system, a revamped digital assistant, a “digital key” (first ), and wireless Android Auto. But the most interesting thing BMW shared about the changes is that the company is going all-in on in-car microtransactions.Cars are more full of computers and software than ever before, which has made it possible for automakers to add new features or patch problems on the fly with over-the-air software updates. This has also presented these automakers...

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Guinness reverses decision to strip Billy Mitchell’s Pac-Man and Donkey Kong records

Guinness reverses decision to strip Billy Mitchell’s Pac-Man and Donkey Kong records

Filed under:But Twin Galaxies is standing its groundGuinness World Records has reversed its 2018 decision to strip Billy Mitchell of his Pac-Man and Donkey Kong world records, , in what is the latest twist in a long story about the notorious arcade game master at the center of documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.This means that, according to Guinness, Mitchell is once again the first to achieve a perfect score on Pac-Man (totaling 3,333,360 points) and the first to reach 1 million points on Donkey Kong.The controversy around Mitchell’s records has a long historyBut Guinness...

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Jun 19
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Ford’s hands-free driving feature won’t be available until late 2021

Ford’s hands-free driving feature won’t be available until late 2021

Filed under:Coming to the Mustang Mach-E, and then to othersFord announced late last year that the Mustang Mach-E will be the company’s first car to allow . Today, the company is opening up about how exactly that technology will work, but it’s also saying that the feature won’t be available until the second half of 2021.When the Mach-E goes on sale at the end of this year, buyers who want the hands-free driving mode will have to purchase what Ford’s calling the “Active 2.0 Prep Package.” This will make sure the car has the hardware (a forward-facing camera and radar sensors) that’s...

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Arrival expands beyond electric delivery vans with a new EV bus

Arrival expands beyond electric delivery vans with a new EV bus

Filed under:The UK startup wants to become a much bigger transportation companyArrival’s all-electric delivery vans have won the UK startup a of and grownup companies like UPS and Hyundai, all before any of those vehicles have actually been deployed. But now the startup is ready to reveal it’s been working on another type of electric vehicle: buses. Later today, Arrival will unveil an EV bus that it views as the next step in becoming a major electric transportation company, and The Verge has the exclusive first look.At a glance, the Arrival bus is not all that different from any other. It’s...

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Watch NASA astronauts fly SpaceX’s Crew Dragon using touchscreens

Watch NASA astronauts fly SpaceX’s Crew Dragon using touchscreens

Filed under:A new era of human spaceflight, indeedNearly two hours after NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley became the , they also became the first to pilot a spaceship using only touchscreen controls.SpaceX’s Crew Dragon eschews the famous maze of manual controls and switches found on retired spacecraft like the Space Shuttle or the Apollo command modules. Instead, Crew Dragon pilots have in front of them and a few spare buttons below. So during the few times that they have to manually control the spacecraft, they do so using a video game-style interface on those screens.Behnken...

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Audi drops driver for secretly using a ringer to compete in virtual race

Audi drops driver for secretly using a ringer to compete in virtual race

Filed under:Formula E’s Daniel Abt says he was just trying to be funnyAudi has dropped driver Daniel Abt in the all-electric racing series Formula E after he had a pro sim driver surreptitiously race for him during a virtual competition over the weekend. He has also been told to as a result.Abt said Tuesday that he thought the idea would be funny and that he had planned to release a video about the whole ruse.Abt was supposed to be competing in the fifth round of Formula E’s online sim racing series, alongside . The Formula E sim series was not only meant to give fans something to watch...

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May 26
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Elon Musk defies coronavirus order and asks to be arrested

Elon Musk defies coronavirus order and asks to be arrested

Filed under:Tesla is reopening its California car factory against Alameda County’s wishesTesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that he’s in violation of a local shelter-in-place order, as The Verge previously reported. Musk said he’ll be on the company’s production line this week. “If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me,” he wrote.Musk spent parts of the weekend , which was put in place in mid-March by Alameda County officials in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The order restricted all but “essential businesses” from performing anything other than the most minimal operations,...

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May 11
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Former Tesla employees brought stolen documents to self-driving startup Zoox

Former Tesla employees brought stolen documents to self-driving startup Zoox

Filed under:Zoox ‘regrets the actions of those employees’Self-driving startup Zoox has admitted that four of its employees took confidential documents from their previous employer Tesla, according to a statement issued after the company settled a this week over the matter.“Zoox acknowledges that certain of its new hires from Tesla were in possession of Tesla documents pertaining to shipping, receiving, and warehouse procedures when they joined Zoox’s logistics team,” the startup said in . Zoox says it will pay Tesla an undisclosed amount of money and will perform an audit to “ensure that no...

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Apr 15
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How GM and Ford switched out pickup trucks for breathing machines

How GM and Ford switched out pickup trucks for breathing machines

In the most severe cases of COVID-19, a patient’s lungs become so inflamed and full of fluid that they no longer deliver enough oxygen to the bloodstream to keep that person alive. One way to counteract this is by using a ventilator, which helps the patient’s lungs operate while the rest of the body fights off the virus.As the spread of the new coronavirus bloomed into a pandemic, it became clear that there may not be enough ventilators in the United States (and around the world) to treat the coming wave of patients with these severe symptoms.The race to build more ventilators has seen...

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Sean O'Kane
Apr 15
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