Elon Musk is raising half a billion in cash for SpaceX — and there are 3 epic projects he may spend it on

Elon Musk is raising half a billion in cash for SpaceX — and there are 3 epic projects he may spend it on

Elon Musk at a press conference on February 6, 2018.Dave Mosher/Business Insider Elon Musk’s rocket company, SpaceX, is raising about $500 million in new investments. Estimates suggest SpaceX is now valued at around $27.5 billion. SpaceX has three ambitious projects it’s working…

People's chances of dying young have increased in 21 US states — here are the places where an early death is most likely

People's chances of dying young have increased in 21 US states — here are the places where an early death is most likely

Patty DiRenzo gives a kiss to her son, Salvatore Marchese’s grave, July 16, 2012, in Blackwood, New Jersey. DiRenzo’s son died of a drug overdose on September 23, 2010. AP Photo/Brynn Anderson The US is getting healthier overall, but in 21 states…

A revolutionary veggie burger that sizzles, bleeds, and tastes like real beef is coming to White Castle

A revolutionary veggie burger that sizzles, bleeds, and tastes like real beef is coming to White Castle

Impossible Foods and White Castle are teaming up to bring the revolutionary veggie burger to the masses. Hollis Johnson White Castle has just introduced the Impossible Slider — a veggie burger that looks and tastes like real beef. The burger patty is…

Oil and gas operations release a powerful pollutant that threatens humanity — and a new satellite will have unprecedented abilities to track it

Oil and gas operations release a powerful pollutant that threatens humanity — and a new satellite will have unprecedented abilities to track it

Lebanese firefighters try to extinguish a fire caused by a methane gas leakage. AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari The Environmental Defense Fund announced this week at the TED Conference that it’s working on a low-cost satellite, called MethaneSAT. The satellite will identify and measure…

Huge hole on surface of sun could cause chaos on Earth

Huge hole on surface of sun could cause chaos on Earth

A huge hole has appeared on the surface of the sun, which could cause absolute havoc here on Earth. The hole has developed in a region where the sun’s magnetic field has opened up, unleashing a strong solar flare towards our planet….

Father of virtual reality: Facebook and Google are dangerous 'behavior-modification empires' resulting from a tragic mistake

Father of virtual reality: Facebook and Google are dangerous 'behavior-modification empires' resulting from a tragic mistake

Getty Images All of the troubles surrounding Facebook and Google can be traced back to a mistake, according to TED speaker and virtual reality visionary Jaron Lanier. At this point, Lanier said, we shouldn’t call companies like Facebook social networks. “Call them…

Elon Musk just unveiled a giant tool SpaceX will use to build the biggest and most powerful spaceship in history

Elon Musk just unveiled a giant tool SpaceX will use to build the biggest and most powerful spaceship in history

Reusable BFR spaceships might enable SpaceX to colonize Mars.SpaceX/YouTube Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, revealed a photo on instagram of a giant tool that will help build “Big Falcon Rocket” spaceships. The tool is a huge mold to create a carbon-fiber…

The $66 billion Bayer-Monsanto merger just got a major green light — but farmers are terrified

The $66 billion Bayer-Monsanto merger just got a major green light — but farmers are terrified

Jim Young/Reuters Bayer, a German pharmaceutical and chemical company, has won approval in the US to buy agricultural giant Monsanto. But farmers are worried about what the consolidation might mean for prices and their future business. Whereas Bayer and Monsanto claim the…

A third of millennials think the Earth is flat

A third of millennials think the Earth is flat

It’s a claim that enrages most scientists, but it seems that a third of millennials still think that the Earth is flat. A survey by YouGov asked 8,215 US adults whether they believed the world is round or flat. Despite a wealth…

NASA reveals the brutal tests its crash dummies go through

NASA reveals the brutal tests its crash dummies go through

NASA has revealed footage of the brutal tests its crash dummies go through at its Langley Research Centre. The dummies are used to test planes and space exploration vehicles, to make sure they’re safe for humans. The crash tests allow researchers to…

Pharmaceutical giants are sidestepping US marijuana restrictions to research cannabis-based drugs

Pharmaceutical giants are sidestepping US marijuana restrictions to research cannabis-based drugs

Shutterstock Federal policies restricting marijuana research have made it difficult to study marijuana and produce cannabis-based drugs — but that isn’t stopping pharmaceutical companies from doing it. Some are researching and developing drugs made with marijuana compounds in labs just north of…

How eating meat creates a 'dead zone' the size of New Jersey in the Gulf of Mexico every year

How eating meat creates a 'dead zone' the size of New Jersey in the Gulf of Mexico every year

A wholesaler inspects beef carcasses that hang inside a refrigerated room at the Cibevial slaughterhouse in Corbas, France, May 4, 2016. REUTERS/Robert Pratta Eating meat contributes to an ongoing ecological disaster in the Gulf Mexico, where sea life gets suffocated in a…

25 health 'facts' that are totally wrong

25 health 'facts' that are totally wrong

Scott Roth/Invision/AP There are some health “facts” that many people have heard so many times that they just assume they are true, ideas like “juice is healthy” or “gum will stay in your stomach for years. But many of these “facts” are…