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James Holzhauer steamrollered the competition on Jeopardy! once again Wednesday night, winning $ 71,855 for a total of $ 1,939,027 over his 25-game winning streak. His daily average over the run is $ 77,561—higher than the pre-Holzhauer single-day winnings record—meaning he is likely to pass the $ 2…
Fast-growing launch provider Rocket Lab is launching its second orbital payload of the year late tonight by our reckoning, early in the evening at the launch site in New Zealand. It will carry three experimental satellites to low Earth orbit, and you can watch it live.
The launch is Rocket Lab’s fifth orbital mission, and while it aims to eventually provide launches at a cadence of weeks, it’ll be some time before that’s possible — for now every couple months is what they can manage. But with $ 140 million in new funding, that should change pretty quickly.
The payloads going up tonight/tomorrow are:
- SPARC-1: The Space Plug and Play Architecture Research CubeSat is an Air Force Research Lab they’ve been working on with the Swedish for years now. It’s a new design for a 6U craft with a reconfigurable orbital radio transceiver, intended to “support live experimentation with different waveforms and protocols useful to communications missions.” Plus a camera for checking out the scene up there.
- Falcon ODE: This Orbital Debris Experiment will release two stainless steel ball bearings on known trajectories in space that will help calibrate ground-based debris-detection systems.
- Harbinger: A scary-sounding small satellite and the heaviest single micro-sat to be lofted by Rocket Lab’s electron launch vehicle so far. This one, also from the Air Force, uses a synthetic aperture radar to observe Earth regardless of illumination or cloud cover. It’s a demonstrator for rapid production techniques and standardized parts meant to accelerate deployment of new spacecraft.
All told, its contents comprise 180 kilograms, or nearly 400 pounds, the heaviest load Electron has yet taken off with.
Lift-off is set for 6 PM local time in New Zealand, which corresponds to 11 PM Pacific time here in the U.S. If weather impinges on the opportunity, no worries — this launch window stays open for two weeks. You can watch the whole thing starting a few minutes before 11 at Rocket Lab’s website.
ISIS is down to its last scrap of territory and it will be “gone by tonight,” President Trump declared Wednesday, showing reporters at the White House two maps of Syria and Iraq. “I brought this out for you—this is a map of everything in the red, this was on…
A new Tesla model is set to be unveiled tonight in what promises to be an Elon Musk signature event, replete with glitz and fanfare.
The Los Angeles entrepreneur is raising the curtain on the Model Y, a crossover sport utility vehicle based on the Model 3 sedan that will fill a gap in the Palo…
The “best meteor shower of 2018” will be on display overnight, Space.com reports. The Geminid meteor shower will be visible above North America before sunrise Friday, CNN reports, and it will peak at 7:30am EST (find the best viewing time for your location here ). Checking out the…
CNN says its New York offices and studios have been given the all-clear after a bomb threat was phoned in Thursday night. The threat at Manhattan’s Time Warner Center forced the evacuation of the facility and the closure of part of West 58th street to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, the…
It’s safe to say some Americans will probably stay up past their bedtimes Tuesday night. The six winning Mega Millions numbers will revealed to the world at 11pm EDT, in what is officially the biggest jackpot in US history—sort of. New York Magazine explains that while the $ 1.6…
8:17 PM PT — Drake just brought Meek out and as expected, the crowd went insane. Beef officially squashed Drake brings out @MeekMill for his Dreams and Nightmares intro tonight in Boston. #AATTM pic.twitter.com/msfcegt5xz — Word On Road…
Ariana Grande did something she did not want to do today, but powered through in honor of Aretha Franklin and then broke down in tears. Production sources tell us Ariana was scheduled to appear on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Falon” Thursday…
On Sunday evening, John Oliver devoted 25 minutes to cryptocurrency on his eponymous HBO Show. The comedian and political commentator treated viewers to a whistle stop tour of crypto – the good, the bad, and the ugly – during Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO. Topics included decentralization, Bitconnect, and blockchain.
John Oliver Does Bitcoin Because It’s the Current Year
Like all mainstream comedians, John Oliver is a divisive figure; some love him, some hate his smug grin and supercilious sermonizing. The British-born comic made his name on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, picking up three Primetime Emmys along the way. For the past four years he’s anchored Last Week Tonight and earned acclaim for his willingness to tackle complex topics such as gun control. On Sunday March 11, the 40-year-old took on one of his most complex subjects yet – cryptocurrency. During the course of the show, Oliver provided a broad overview of cryptocurrency and everything that comes bundled with it.
The comedian, pilloried for his calls for progressiveness “because it’s [the current year]”, ticked off many of the tropes that are de rigueur when mainstream media does crypto. Beanie Babies, the wild west, pump and dumps, and Bitconnect were all mentioned, as was the practise of brands gratuitously adding “blockchain” to their name. Oliver then declared that he was renaming his show Last Bit Tonight with Block Chainiver.
Millions Learn of Last Year’s Memes
Crypto heads will have learned nothing from Sunday’s edition of Last Week Tonight, though the show’s four million viewers should have gleaned a few insights amidst all the jokes. There have certainly been worse attempts at summarizing the world of cryptocurrency, even if Oliver’s efforts are unlikely to trigger a renewed bitcoin frenzy. The episode felt as if Oliver had just learned of cryptocurrency 10 minutes before going on air, and felt obliged to bring his audience up to speed on its history and technology post-haste.
ICOs were compared to Chuck E Cheese tokens, HODL was pronounced “Hoe-duhl” and Oliver also uttered such acronyms as “FUD” alongside “moon”, “rekt”, and “lambo”. “Many people are buying coins for no other reason than other people are buying them,” observed the English comedian, before showing an advert for a P&D group called Crypto Calls that explained how members could profit at others’ expense. “In speculative mania it can be hard to tell what’s real,” noted Oliver, before finishing with a section on Block.one and the reported $ 1.5 billion is has raised for EOS, as shilled by the maverick Brock Pierce.
According to Pierce, EOS is going to “change everything”. “How is EOS going to change this iguana?” retorted Oliver. In his concluding remarks, Oliver instructed: “Just know that you’re not investing [in crypto], you’re gambling…Caution is a tough sell when you’re up against Bitconnect and Hodl Gang,” before signing off with one final cliche: “Bitcoin could be worthless or it could be worth millions”.
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