NASA’s Orion crew capsule is officially complete and ready to prep for its first Moon mission

NASA’s 50th anniversary celebrations weren’t limited to just remembrances of past achievements – the space agency also marked the day by confirming that the Orion crew capsule that will bring astronauts back to the Moon for the first time since the end of the Apollo program is ready for its first trip to lunar orbit, … Continue reading NASA’s Orion crew capsule is officially complete and ready to prep for its first Moon mission

US national security, climate change, startup HR, and launching in the Midwest

Reminder: Extra Crunch Event Discounts for Summer Party TechCrunch’s annual Summer Party is just around the corner next week — come meet all the staff at the Park Chalet beer garden on the Pacific Coast in San Francisco this Thursday evening. We handed out 50 free tickets to EC subscribers this past week by email, … Continue reading US national security, climate change, startup HR, and launching in the Midwest

Elon Musk says Starship prototypes will have first test flights in ‘2 to 3 months’

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk believes that both the Texas and Florida Starship prototype rockets being developed by the private space company will fly “in 2 to three months,” which is an aggressive timeline considering the planned untethered flight of its Starhopper demonstration prototype missed its target of running this past week. SpaceX is developing two … Continue reading Elon Musk says Starship prototypes will have first test flights in ‘2 to 3 months’

Hold the first Moon rock ever collected with your smartphone

NASA is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing in a variety of ways today, but here’s one you can experience no matter where you are, provided you have a modern smartphone. NASA’s Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science (ARES) department has released a fully detailed model of the first ever sample of … Continue reading Hold the first Moon rock ever collected with your smartphone

Original Content podcast: We’re not on the same page about ‘Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein’

Just to get this out of the way: “Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein” is a great title. In fact, it’s probably the best thing about the new comedy special on Netflix . That’s not a complaint about the special itself, which stars David Harbour (a.k.a. Chief Hopper on “Stranger Things”), as both David Harbour Jr — … Continue reading Original Content podcast: We’re not on the same page about ‘Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein’

Startups Weekly: The opportunities & challenges for mental health tech

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about Zoom and Superhuman’s PR disasters. Before that, I noted the big uptick in VC spending in 2019. Remember, … Continue reading Startups Weekly: The opportunities & challenges for mental health tech

Tesla drops request for restraining order against allegedly dangerous short seller

Tesla has withdrawn its request for a court-ordered restraining order against Randeep Hothi, documents submitted to the court where the complaint was filed revealed Friday. Hothi, an individual who is very vocal on social media about his short position in Tesla, had gone to extreme and potentially dangerous lengths in his avid attempts to collect … Continue reading Tesla drops request for restraining order against allegedly dangerous short seller

Google is adding Find My Device and battery features to Fast Pair headphones

Introduced a few I/Os back, Fast Pair is Google’s attempt to make its own mark on the post-AirPod headphone landscape. Many of the features are similar to Apple’s offerings, but Google’s got a leg up in one key way: third-party hardware. Like Android, the company’s focused on bringing Fast Pair to as many manufacturers as … Continue reading Google is adding Find My Device and battery features to Fast Pair headphones

Moon bricks could keep the lights on and the heat up in Lunar colonies

There may be no “dark side” of the Moon, but when and where it is dark, it’s dark — and stays that way for two weeks. If we’re going to have colonists up there, they’ll need to stay warm and keep the lights (among other things) on for the long lunar night. Turns out bricks … Continue reading Moon bricks could keep the lights on and the heat up in Lunar colonies

The Drop: New PlayStation Games for July 23, 2019

Fight to correct the course of history in two (count ’em!) new Wolfenstein games, both launching Friday. Wolfenstein: Youngblood casts players as one of BJ Blazcowicz’s twin daughters, Jess and Soph, as they search for their missing father. Online co-op lets two players work together to overcome new challenges, rescue one of gaming’s most legendary … Continue reading The Drop: New PlayStation Games for July 23, 2019