SpaceX is building a ‘test hopper’ Mars spaceship in Texas — and Elon Musk says it could launch by March

Chris Carlson/AP Elon Musk said SpaceX is building a “test hopper” vehicle in Texas that could launch by March or April. The vehicle is a squat version of a full-scale Starship spaceship — one that’s being designed to reach Mars as part of the Big Falcon Rocket system. Photos taken by locals in Boca Chica, […]

Civil unrest: How a blockchain-based journalism startup bumbled its launch

Enlarge / Civil CEO Matthew Iles, as seen in this promo video. (credit: Freethink / YouTube) In March 2018, Matthew Iles—the head of Civil, an ambitious blockchain-for-journalism startup—stood in a tiny New York conference room with a few colleagues seated around him. Wearing a peach-colored sweater, Iles looked up at a mounted camera to speak […]

Pokémon Go creators launch AR-game contest that (nearly) resembles American Idol

Enlarge (credit: Niantic) How could Niantic, the leading developers of Pokémon Go, possibly top its augmented-reality (AR) gaming sensation? Today’s announcement from the studio hints at its future strategy: find someone else to do it. The Niantic Beyond Reality Developer Contest talks up a prize pool of more than $ 1 million, but the real […]

Chris Evans CONFIRMS launch date for Virgin Radio show – it's sooner than you think

Chris, 52, will be returning to Virgin Radio at the beginning on next year, having had a show on the station 20 years ago. The former BBC Radio 2 breakfast show presenter stood down from his role on the broadcaster in September after 13 years hosting his show. However, in an announcement on his departure, […]

Russia, Iran & Turkey agree to launch Syrian constitution committee by January

Top diplomats from Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed to ensure that a 150-strong committee to draft a new Syrian constitution will convene for the first time early next year as they wrapped up a meeting in Geneva on Tuesday. “We have agreed to take efforts aimed at convening the first session of the Syrian […]

Conor McGregor getting ready to ‘launch rockets’ in 2019 UFC comeback

Former double UFC champion Conor McGregor has kept a low profile since an October defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov but judging by his latest missive on social media, he appears to be priming himself for a fresh run at the title. McGregor, who in November 2016 became the first UFC fighter to hold titles in two […]

Steele dossier’s main claims ‘likely false,’ admits journalist who helped launch Russiagate

The explosive dossier that fueled Russiagate and served as justification for snooping on a top Trump aide contains numerous claims that are “likely false,” according to one of the first journalists to report on the document. Read more Michael Isikoff, whose report on alleged Trump-Russia links was cited extensively by the FBI to secure a […]