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Elon Musk Unmasked as Top Donor to House Republican PAC

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has been revealed as a top donor to a Republican PAC aimed at keeping control of Congress. Filings published by ProPublica this weekend show Musk contributed $38,900 to the Protect the House PAC, joining the likes of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and Houston Texans owner Robert McNair in the PACs top 50 donors. The PAC raised more than $8 million in the second quarter for Republican lawmakers hoping to fend off Democratic challengers. Musk has a

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British cave diver considering legal action over Elon Musk’s ‘pedo’ attack

Vernon Unsworth astonished and very angry after Tesla owner makes baseless remark A British cave diver who was instrumental in the called him a pedo on Twitter. Vernon Unsworth told the Guardian on Monday he was astonished and very angry at the attack, for which Musk offered no evidence or basis. The billionaire initially doubled down on the comments made on social media, but has since deleted them. Unsworth told journalists at the cave site, where a clean-up operation is under way, that the remarks about him were an attack…

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This Week in the Future of Cars: The Inside Look

Every so often, WIRED gets to take a good, long sojourn behind the scenes, to observe what the people we write about are doing all day. This was one of those nice weeks. Editor Alex Davies hopped a plane to Winnemucca, an isolated mining town in northern Nevada that’s hosting Alphabet’s latest moonshot: its effort to spread the gospel of internet via broadcasting balloons. Senior writer Jessi Hempl got under Uber’s hood after the announcement that HR chief Liane Hornsey—the woman brought in to fix the unicorn’s culture—resigned for improperly…

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The Engineering Behind Elon Musk’s Bid to Save Thailand’s Cave Boys

Around 6 pm Tuesday at Tham Luang in Thailand, the last of the 13 survivors who had spent 18 days trapped in a cave emerged to safety. A rescue team had spent the past three days getting the boys out after five days of desperate planning and calculations since their discovery. As the boys’ oxygen supply dwindled, doubts in the rescuers’ ability to save them mounted. The boys weren’t trained scuba divers, and they were facing a voyage on which a pro Thai Navy SEAL died, while placing oxygen tank…

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The Terrible Timing of Tesla’s Expiring $7,500 Tax Credit

Just a few weeks after finally reaching its goal of building 5,000 Model 3 sedans in a week, Tesla has hit another threshold: Earlier this month, it sold its 200,000th car in the US. This milestone, however, is more cause for concern than celebration: From here on out, Elon Musk's customers will start to lose access to the $7,500 federal tax credit that softens the blow of buying an expensive electric. The tax credit scheme dates to the 2008 Energy Improvement and Extension Act, which boosted the budding electric car…

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Elon Musk Presents His Tunnel Vision to the People of LA

One day, if Elon Musk gets his way, the Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles’ tony Bel Air neighborhood will be just a hop, skip and a quick walk from the nearest Loop station. The “Loop,” for the uninitiated, is what Musk calls his latest idea for moving people and things from one place to another. In his telling, you would bike or walk into a 16-passenger pod, or drive your car onto a street level elevator, which would ferry you onto an underground electric platform. For a measly $1,…

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I Did Everything I Could To Buy ClickHole, But Their Editorial Integrity Won Out Over My Billion-Dollar Offers, And I Respect Them Even More For That (By Elon Musk)

From electric cars to space travel to brain-computer interface technology, I am constantly expanding my portfolio to include big, forward-thinking ideas that I believe are worth investing in. That’s why when I first read ClickHole, I immediately envisioned the possibilities offered by their unwavering commitment to making all content go viral. I simply knew I had to be a part of what they were doing, even if it meant sacrificing a great portion of my own personal wealth. My efforts were to no avail. I did everything I could to…

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Elon Musk crashes SXSW panel to talk about space travel

Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla and founder of SpaceX, made a surprise appearance on the Westworld panel at SXSW. After getting cued up by Jonathan Nolan, the co-creator of HBO series Westworld, Musk walked out on stage to people cheering and one person screaming, “Elon, we love you!” During his stage time, he spoke about the excitement of space travel, sending a Tesla into a space and what a time it is to be alive. Musk kicked off his quick on-stage appearance with discussing how there are a lot of negative things in the…

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Space Race 2.0: NASA Just Shot A Used Pickup Truck 30 Feet In The Air With A Trampoline To Compete With SpaceXs Falcon Heavy Launch

All eyes were on SpaceX yesterday as it successfully launched a Tesla Roadster out of Earth’s atmosphere with its newest rocket. But NASA clearly isn’t rolling over and allowing Elon Musk to anoint himself the unquestioned leader of space travel, because the federal agency just shot a used pickup truck over 30 feet into the air from a trampoline. Watch out, SpaceX, because we’ve got a 21st-century space race on our hands. The mood was tense this morning when dozens of NASA engineers carefully pushed a 1997 Ford F-150 off…

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Why Elon Musks SpaceX launch is utterly depressing | Nathan Robinson

Elon Musk is right: silly and fun things are important. But some of them are an indefensible waste of resources Elon Musk Why Elon Musks SpaceX launch is utterly depressing Nathan Robinson Elon Musk is right: silly and fun things are important. But some of them are an indefensible waste of resources Wed 7 Feb 2018 11.04EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close Play Video 1:39 80 people were killed by government airstrikes. Meanwhile, in Florida, Elon Musk fired…

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Elon Musks Boring Co. flamethrower is real, $500 and up for pre-order

So that flamethrower that Elon Musk teased The Boring Company would start selling after it ran out of its 50,000 hats? Yeah, it’s real – and you can pre-order one now if you want need a ridiculous way to spend $500. Musk revealed the flamethrower on Saturday, after some digging tipped its existence late last week. The Boring Company Flamethrower is functional, too, as you can see from this Instagram featuring some Boring Co. staff, presumably well safety trained, firing off two of the things IRL. Great for roasting nuts…

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Elon Musk Wants to Dig Another Tunnel Under LA

The Boring Company sure sounds sexy. It’s founded and funded by Elon Musk, the guy who makes electric cars (Tesla) and sends rockets into space (SpaceX). It has come up with a new—albeit unproven—concept for dismantling traffic. It wants to build underground creations that you, mere human, can ride at speeds up to to 150 mph, without ever encountering a speck of traffic. But before it sinks its machines into the ground and tunnels to victory, the Boring Company has to do something truly monumental: get past local government. On…

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Elon Musk Tweets The Number 35,000 And Things Take An Unexpected Turn

His follower Dallas Michael McLennan shared his opinion about the (seemingly) random number, asking “Is that how many times I’ve tweeted to you without getting a follow back?” Others jumped into the conversation and it escalated ridiclulously quickly. Dallas follows Elon because the guy thinks that minds like his come around rarely. “He works so hard to better our future and I just find him really interesting. In fact, I was just watching an Albert Einstein documentary, I love learning about innovators who come in and change our world.” Do you have…

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Elon Musk is putting his personal Tesla into Mars orbit

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, its most powerful reusable rocket to date, might have its first launch before the end of the year after all — and it’s going to include Elon Musk’s very own Tesla. Following reports that time was up for the launch in 2017 — it had originally been schedule for November — SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has seemingly confirmed that it will take place sometime in December. And, in true Musk style, there is more. Musk revealed that the payload inside the rocket will be his own Tesla…

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Elon Musk Destroys The Flat Earth Society With A Single Question, And Their Reply Is The Pinnacle Of Irony

Elon Musk is known for founding automaker Tesla and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), but recently he has set up the Flat Earth Society for such a burn, it could be his greatest achievement yet. The Flat-Earthers actually believe Earth is a flat disc and everything that suggests otherwise is a conspiracy, created by NASA and other government agencies. On Tuesday, billionaire investor, engineer, and inventor Elon Musk asked them a somewhat philosophical question on Twitter, wondering why there isn’t a Flat Mars Society. To his and everybody else’s surprise…

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