SpaceX Just Launched Israel’s Lunar Lander off to the Moon

If Beresheet’s landing is successful, it will make Israel the fourth nation to land a spacecraft on the moon. (Credit: SpaceIL) The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet launched this evening on a trip to the moon, where it hopes to touch down in two months. This will be the first attempt at a lunar landing by a […]

SpaceX Is Launching Three Spacecraft Tonight–Including an Israeli Moon Lander

SpaceX and its workhorse rocket, the Falcon 9, are set to launch three spacecraft–including an Israeli moon lander– from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Thursday night. The SpaceX launch time is set for 8:45 p.m. EST and includes a 32-minute window to launch its precious cargo into space. On board is an […]

‘Captain Marvel’ Is Already a Box Office Smash—Two Weeks Ahead of Its Release

Captain Marvel may still be a few weeks away from hitting theaters, but the movie is already setting new records. According to ticketing company Fandango, the Disney-produced superhero film—which will be released March 8—has now sold enough advance tickets to outpace recent smashes including Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and Deadpool. The 1990s-set Marvel movie, which began […]

Decriminalization In North Dakota Fails, But First Medical Marijuana Shop To Open

Marijuana laws in North Dakota have undergone considerable changes over the past couple years. Most recently, an attempt to decriminalize recreational weed failed by a relatively narrow margin. At the same time, however, the state is making progress on the medical marijuana front, as North Dakota’s first-ever medical marijuana dispensary is slated to open shop […]

Tesla Model 3 Loses Consumer Reports’ Recommendation Over Reliability Concerns

Consumer Reports u-turned away from recommending the Tesla Model 3, citing reliability issues after owners reported loose trim and defects in the sedan’s glass. “Consumers expect their cars to last—and not be in the repair shop. That’s why reliability is so important,” Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ senior director of automotive testing, said in a statement. […]

Pinterest Has Filed Confidentially for an IPO as Early as June, Report Says

Pinterest filed confidentially for an initial public offering that could debut in the public stock market as soon as June, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing unnamed sources. The social-media company is hoping to go public at a valuation of at least $12 billion, the Journal said. When Pinterest last raised a round of […]

North Carolina Is Getting A Do-Over Election

After months of investigations and media reports into possible absentee-ballot fraud, we finally have a decision in the disputed election in the North Carolina 9th Congressional District: There will be a new election. This will be the first time that a congressional election has been redone since 1975. On Thursday, the North Carolina State Board […]

Trump Disinformation on Deficits

President Donald Trump misleadingly claimed that “deficits seem to be coming down,” when in fact deficits are rising, largely because of the tax cuts he enacted. In fact, the deficit in the first three months of fiscal year 2019 was 42 percent higher than it was for the same period last year. Trump’s comment came […]

Misleading Message in Posts About Flint Water

Quick Take Social media posts take aim at President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency by making a misleading claim about government funding for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Full Story Since President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to secure funding for his proposed border wall, both supporters and opponents have spun […]