By Wilson Rothman WSJ Thu., March 14, 2019 I was an 11-year-old at Space Camp when I realized I was never going to space. This was July 1986, just six months after the space shuttle Challenger exploded on live TV, taking the lives of seven astronauts. The mood at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., was understandably somber. NASA, still investigating the O-ring failure that caused the tragedy, hadn’t slated any new missions. We were astronauts-to-be with no plans for liftoff. We ate freeze-dried Neapolitan ice cream, posed for pictures next to massive rockets, rode in a giant centrifuge and went home. The shuttle program began again in 1988, eventually launching the Hubble telescope and many pieces of the international space station. But it suffered another fatal crash in 2003 and ceased operation in 2011. “The shuttle was a remarkable achievement in what it could do but it was supposed to be routine and affordable and it ended up … [Read more...] about We Were Promised Space Colonies. What Went Wrong?
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In a lot of ways, Apple had a solid 2018. It hit a trillion-dollar valuation. It navigated a slowing market for iPhones. It stuck to its guns on data privacy. It kept its promise to create lots of jobs in the U.S. The company recently said it will build a new campus in Austin, Texas and add jobs in Seattle, Culver City, and San Diego. To its credit, Apple didn’t require that cities compete for those jobs in a very public bidding war, as Amazon did with its HQ2 quest. But Apple also made a few moves during the year that will likely be seen as mistakes over the course of time. The prices of its products went way up across the board in 2018. Siri continued to exemplify Apple’s underperformance in artificial intelligence relative to companies such as Google and Facebook. And so on. Here are the five best and worst things Apple did in 2018: What Apple got right Remaining engaged with the White Houseslap a big fat tariff on Apple products assembled in China–and almost all … [Read more...] about 5 things Apple got right–and 5 it got wrong–in 2018
source Sony There are too many good games on the PlayStation 4. If you’re one of the over 75 million PS4 owners, it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why we put together the list below, full of only the greatest bangers worth spending your time and money on. Of note:The list is not ranked. There is one exception, as “Horizon Zero Dawn” is clearly the best game on the PlayStation 4 – thus, it’s in the first spot. Otherwise, these are the 29 best games on the PlayStation 4 (in no particular order). 29. “Rocket League” source Psyonix What is “Rocket League?” It’s a madman’s vision for future soccer. It’s soccer with rocket cars, played three vs three or four vs four. Yes! You can make your car jump, and flip, and you’ve got rockets that offer a massive speed boost for limited periods of time. It’s simple to pick up and play, surprisingly deep to master, and always a … [Read more...] about With over 75 million sold, the PS4 is the most popular game console in the world — these are its 29 best games
Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Feature Inside the growth of Goop — the most controversial brand in the wellness industry. Gwyneth Paltrow. Credit Amanda Demme for The New York Times Supported by ByTaffy Brodesser-Akner July 25, 2018 On a Monday morning in November, students at Harvard Business School convened in their classroom to find Gwyneth Paltrow. She was sitting at one of their desks, fitting in not at all, using her phone, as they took their seats along with guests they brought to class that day — wives, mothers, boyfriends. Each seat filled, and some guests had to stand along the back wall and sit on the steps. The class was called the Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports. The students were there to interrogate Paltrow about Goop, her lifestyle-and-wellness e-commerce business, and to learn how to create a “sustainable competitive advantage,” according to the class catalog. She moved to the … [Read more...] about The Big Business of Being Gwyneth Paltrow
There he was on the shore of Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish, the lieutenant governor leading the evacuation as Rita hit. He could feel when the hurricane wasn’t there, and then when it suddenly was – that’s the closest Mitch Landrieu can compare to May 7, the day he left office. As mayor of New Orleans he slept with his cell phone on his chest, always on edge for the police or fire chief to call — or if he left the phone downstairs, to be woken up by them banging on his door. That morning of his departure he got up, went to new mayor LaToya Cantrell’s inauguration, sat through her speech, wished her well. That afternoon, a tugboat caught fire on the river. One of the barges it was pushing slammed into a dock. Another barge hit a ship.Story Continued Below “My immediate reaction is, ‘Well, let me pick up the phone,’” Landrieu says, “and say, ‘Where are we and what are we doing?’ And then I realized, that’s … [Read more...] about Mitch Landrieu Wants to Know: Does He Have to Run for President?