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Elon Musk makes SpaceX case to US Senate for fair competition

Elon Musk makes SpaceX case to US Senate for fair competition

Today Elon Musk, CEO and Chief Designer with SpaceX - and head of companies like Tesla Motors - spoke with the Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. There he laid down a speech on the current state of affairs in space travel, NASA supply, and the way competition works within the government in these areas today. He also made clear that, with nearly 50 missions complete and a contracted total of $5 billion on the books, SpaceX is leading the way to a more efficient (and inexpensive) space-bound United States.

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HUVr Hoverboard isn’t real, but these Back to the Future products are

HUVr Hoverboard isn’t real, but these Back to the Future products are

While we’re far from convinced that the "HUVr" floating skateboard presented today is the genuine article, we’ve been seeing some other fantastic real-life Back to the Future gadgets and toys in the recent past. While the whole lot could be ramping up toward a fourth installment in the Back to the Future series of Steven Spielberg films, it’s far more likely that the spirit of the series is simple alive and well.

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Israel to use C-MUSIC aircraft lasers to combat MANPADS

Israel to use C-MUSIC aircraft lasers to combat MANPADS

The team responsible for protecting Israel’s commercial jets at the Israel Ministry of Defense have announced that they’re about to start doing it with lasers. They’ll be protecting these craft with SkyShield, a system developed by Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems. This system utilizes laser technology with a thermal camera to deflect incoming threats.

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Seattle votes to cap ride-sharing services

Seattle votes to cap ride-sharing services

Today Seattle's City Council voted to put a cap on ride-sharing services -- specifically, on the number of drivers services like Sidecar, UberX, and Lyft can have in operation at any given moment. This vote was a preliminary one, 5 to 4 in favor of the cap, and will be confirmed by the final vote set to take place next month.

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