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The Martian: Please Don't Bring Him Home

Greg Autry | Posted 10.09.2015 | Technology
Greg Autry

I'm excited that The Martian did a pretty great job of representing science and engineering accurately and trusting the audience to be smart enough to enjoy that. Despite a few minor technical arguments, I give The Martian an "A" in engineering, but a big fat "F" in econ.

Are We Racing to the Bottom?

Benjamin T. Solomon | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
Benjamin T. Solomon

As a nation we sometimes have to take on very high-risk-ventures whose risk-returns are not acceptable to the private sector. NASA's Apollo program is a very good example.

How to Go to Mars - To Stay

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 09.22.2015 | Science
Rick Tumlinson

Let's get this over with once and for all: We are going to Mars. The only questions are: When? Who? How? Which way? And, of course, why?

The Tiny Town That Hates Elon Musk and His Space-X Launches

Bloomberg | Jenny Che | Posted 09.09.2015 | Business

People who live in Boca Chica Village, all 26 of them, knew Elon Musk’s SpaceX company would put the South Texas town on the map after it ...

Here's What It's Like to Interview Elon Musk

Quora | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business

Quite honestly, it was scary as hell. We invited Elon Musk to attend a routine Thursday dinner and fire-side chat with our incubated teams that semester at LavaLab, USC's student-run incubator program.

A Propellantless Propulsion Lunar Prize

Benjamin T. Solomon | Posted 07.15.2015 | Science
Benjamin T. Solomon

The future is closer than we think. While we recognize that failures are part of birthing a new industry especially one like private space, the tragic failure of SpaceX's Falcon 9 on June 28 2015, signifies that rockets are too complex a technology to deliver long term repeatability.

Countdown to Zero

Robert Bliwise | Posted 07.02.2015 | Science
Robert Bliwise

Falcon 9 is the third resupply mission of its kind to fail in recent months. Is it more than a failure, but also a metaphor of our times? Ambitions that, even in their smallness, can't be realized?

SpaceX - Fall Down, Get Back Up - Unless Congress Keeps Them Down

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Science
Rick Tumlinson

A rocket can be fixed. A mindset has to be changed or those holding it made irrelevant.

SpaceX Rocket Explodes After Liftoff

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.29.2015 | Science

An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station erupted while in flight just a couple of minutes after a successful lif...

Elon Musk's SpaceX Launches A Competition For Hyperloop Pods

AP | By ROBERT JABLON | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business


Alexander C. Kaufman

Elon Musk's SpaceX Wants Approval To Beam Internet From Space | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Business

Elon Musk is one step closer to bringing the Internet to space. The billionaire entrepreneur’s private space-travel company, SpaceX, has requeste...

ASTRONAUGHTY: Porn Site Crowdfunds First Porn In Space

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 06.12.2015 | Weird News

Porn has a lot in common with spaceflight. In both cases, a large blast is crucial to the mission's success. Plus, the zero-gravity aspect of space...

Space Age Has Finally Arrived

Greg Autry | Posted 06.09.2015 | Technology
Greg Autry

The Space Age has finally come and it promises savings for American taxpayers, new high-quality jobs and economic opportunities we can't predict yet.

Everybody Hates a Winner: Elon Musk, the Government and the Damn Yankees Syndrome

Greg Autry | Posted 06.04.2015 | Business
Greg Autry

From my perspective as a business professor, taxpayer and entrepreneur this seems to be an amazing record. So, why does Mr. Musk face a constant stream of vitriol over his relationship with the government?

Why 3-D Printing A Jet Engine Or Car Is Just The Beginning

Singularity University | Peter Diamandis | Posted 06.01.2015 | World

The 3D printing (digital manufacturing) market has had a lot of hype over the past few years. Most recently, it seems this technology arena has ent...

What These 3 Dead Physicists Can Teach You About Innovation

Harry Red | Posted 05.20.2015 | Small Business
Harry Red

You can argue. Discoveries in science, not business, made by people who are long dead. What could we possibly learn here? Plenty, in fact.

What You Can Learn From Elon Musk Book: 6 Tips

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Alison van Diggelen

Today, the Elon Musk biography by Ashlee Vance is finally available. It will "likely serve as the definitive account" of the most successful entrepreneur in the world, writes Jon Gertner in the New York Times.

All In: Elon Musk's Denial and Things Bosses Actually Have Said

Josh Levs | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Josh Levs

This workplace gender policing is hurting everyone -- men, women, children and the businesses themselves. Across the country, men are joining with women to rise up against the backward policies, laws and stigmas that are damaging us and preventing us from achieving gender equality.

We Must Be Our Own Kennedy

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 05.12.2015 | Technology
Rick Tumlinson

Sometimes you have to change course to get on course. And the first small step in doing so may be to realize you didn't really know where you were going in the first place - and why.

Why Startups Like Uber, Airbnb And SpaceX Succeed

Singularity University | Peter Diamandis | Posted 04.20.2015 | World

What's most important for the success of your project? Is it the team? Funding? Timing? Idea? Business model? Recently I heard Bill Gross, one of the ...

SpaceX Nails Launch, But Landing Attempt Fails Again

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Science

UPDATE: The SpaceX launch went off without a hitch, but the attempt to land the first-stage of the Falcon 9 booster on a floating platform failed agai...

Miles from Tomorrowland Is Getting Disney Junior Viewers Excited About the Science that Powers Space Flight

Jim Hill | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

So how does Sascha Paladino -- the creator and exec producer of Disney Junior's Miles from Tomorrowland -- measure the amount of time and energy that he's poured into the development of this popular new animated series?

SpaceX Rocket Blasts Off With World's First All-Electric Satellites

Reuters | Irene Klotz | Posted 05.01.2015 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. March 1 (Reuters) - A Space Exploration Technologies rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sunday to put ...

'Zero to One' by Peter Thiel

Michael Levin | Posted 04.20.2015 | Books
Michael Levin

There's a reason why Peter Thiel and his merry band of "PayPal Mafia" members have created seven companies worth a billion dollars each, including PayPal, SpaceX, YouTube, and a few others you may never have heard of. Ever wonder what makes a guy like that so smart?

SpaceX Launches Rocket After Several Scrubbed Attempts

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 02.11.2015 | Science

Third time's a charm! After complications on previous attempts, SpaceX launched the DSCOVR space weather satellite on Wednesday evening from Cape C...