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August 21st, 2017

I think the past few days have been the lightest posting period in fifteen years of running Cryptogon. People are wondering if I’m still alive. By the time I’ve read through 10 million headlines about Trump, the statues and the sign wavers, it starts to seem like not much is happening. I think that I […]

Call from Tesla

August 17th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — I had a call from a Tesla energy specialist yesterday. She confirmed what we learned a few days ago about the Powerwall 2’s ability to island grid tied inverters for backup purposes. She also said that Powerwall 2 demand is, “Extreme,” and far in excess […]

SpaceX Successfully Launches Used Dragon Cargo Ship, Then Lands First-Stage Booster

June 3rd, 2017

Via: For the first time in the history of commercial spaceflight, a used spacecraft has blasted off on a mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). After lightning strikes delayed the launch on Thursday (June 1), lingering storm clouds parted just enough for SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to safely lift off […]

Microsoft Co-Founder Built the World’s Largest Plane to Launch Rockets Into Space

May 31st, 2017

Via: The Verge: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has spent the last six years working on a giant aircraft capable of launching rockets to space. Today, his company Stratolaunch Systems literally rolled that plane out of its hangar in the Mojave Desert for the first time ever. It’s called the Stratolaunch aircraft, and it’s massive. The […]

NASA: Ocean Below Ice Layer on Enceladus Could Hold Life

May 16th, 2017

Via: Newsweek: Today Earthlings came one very giant step closer to finding life elsewhere in our solar system. In the final months of its 20-year mission, the spacecraft Cassini delivered its most noteworthy revelation yet: the ocean of Enceladus, a moon of Saturn, is releasing hydrogen, an energy source for some microorganisms. In other words, […]

A Cosmic Burst Repeats, Deepening a Mystery

April 18th, 2017

Via: Quanta: To nearly everybody’s surprise, as reported in January in the journal Nature, the bursts originated in a small “dwarf irregular” galaxy, one about a gigaparsec (just over 3 billion light years) away. This made the strength of the signal and its frequent repetitions even more astonishing. “If you’re detecting a bright flash from […]

Apple Calls Journalists to Explain That the Company Has Not Abandoned the Mac

April 6th, 2017

Everything is great! Don’t worry. We love you. We’re sorry. Check back next year, mmmkay? The picture at the link looks like an action shot for a Touch of Gray ad. *chortle* Via: TechCrunch: The Mac has an important long future at Apple. Apple cares deeply about the Mac. We have every intention to keep […]

‘Wright Brothers Moment for Space’

March 24th, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: If the rocket Elon Musk’s SpaceX expects to launch next week looks familiar, that’s because it is. The Falcon 9 rocket slated to take off from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, has flown before, marking the first time Space Exploration Technologies Corp. will refly one of the 14-story-tall boosters it recovered […]

Seeking Adventure And Gold? Crack This Poem And Head Outdoors

March 15th, 2017

This is a bit like, Ready Player One, but outdoors. Well, assuming that there is a chest of gold out there… Just buy Forrest Fenn’s books to read the clues. *wink* On a more ominous note, I hope the guy is aware of rubber hose cryptanalysis! It’s probably best to wait until you kick the […]

SpaceX to Fly Passengers On Private Trip Around the Moon in 2018

February 27th, 2017

Via: SpaceX will fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon in 2018, the company’s founder Elon Musk announced Monday (Feb. 27). The private spaceflight company will use its Falcon Heavy rocket to send the two paying passengers into space aboard one of the company’s Dragon spacecraft. The two private citizens, who […]

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