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Friday April 13rd, 2018 night edition

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Elon Musk’s bet on the future of space transportation is set to be the third-biggest private tech company in the US, behind only Uber and Airbnb, and worth more than $27 billion.

SpaceX filed paperwork in Delaware to raise an additional $500 million in capital, according to Equidate, a stock market for private technology companies that tracks such filings.

Once the fundraising round is completed, the company’s value will have increased by approximately 25% in the last nine months, according to Equidate COO Hari Raghavan.

It’s not clear yet which investors will provide the cash, but the company has preferred to retain old investors than add new ones.

SpaceX confirmed the fundraising round, but did not share any details about how the capital will be used.

SpaceX is also current developing a new factory to produce its next rocket, known as BFR for “Big Falcon Rocket,” among other things.

SpaceX’s next launch is expected on April 16, when it will put a NASA telescope that hunts for distant planets into orbit. »

Suspected White Supremacist Died Building ISIS-Style Bombs

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A search warrant unsealed last week revealed that Morrow kept white supremacist literature in his home.

Beaver Dam police said the white supremacist literature didn’t necessarily mean Morrow was a white supremacist.

The records could reveal where Morrow received the white supremacist literature—and whether he was acting alone. »

‘Soda Tax’ Impact: Philadelphia Residents 40 Percent Less Likely To Drink Sugary Soda Each Day After New Tax

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Philadelphia residents were less likely to drink sugary soda each day after the launch of a beverage tax of $0.015/ounce on sugar and sugar-substitute beverages last year, a new study from Drexel University researchers has revealed.

The results revealed that after the launch of the tax, Philadelphians were 60 percent less likely to drink energy drinks and 40 percent less likely to drink sugary soda every day.

Philadelphia Residents Drank Less Sugary Drinks After Soda Tax | Time — CCS Medical (@CCSMedical) April 12, 2018. »

Japanese engineer builds giant robot to realize 'Gundam' dream

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Now he has made it a reality by creating a giant humanoid inspired by the science fiction franchise.

Developed at Sakakibara Kikai, a maker of farming machinery, LW-Mononofu is an 8.5-meter (28-feet) tall, two-legged robot weighing in at more than 7 tonnes.

It contains a cockpit with monitors and levers for the pilot to control the robot’s arms and legs. »