Elon Musk has over 80 million Twitter followers, so why does he need to own the platform?
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Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter may be an indicator of the billionaire’s plans to further disrupt industries.
A new Gilded Age of media barons?
Media ownership has consolidated around a handful of billionaires – and that might not be great for democracy.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his ex-wife, Melinda French Gates, gave their foundation $15 billion right before their divorce became final.
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Three scholars weigh in regarding the priorities of these wealthy American donors, who gave less to social service and racial justice groups than in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
2022 is set to be humanity’s busiest year in space.
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With about 200 orbital launches scheduled and ambitious missions on everything from lunar bases to the search for life in the works, there’s a lot to watch in 2022. An astronomer explains the highlights.
Do you want to live forever?
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Amazon founder is funding a biotechnology startup that is looking to reverse ageing.
Grand ideas of extraterrestrial colonisation are hardly new. In the 1940s, the nascent Space Age set in motion calls for a new wave of colonisation – directed outwards into space.
Humanity as a whole owns the Solar System in a shared fashion. It cannot be claimed by one person, or one country, or one company.
This image of the Earth from a distance, known as the Blue Marble, was taken by Apollo 17 astronauts.
Photographing the full Earth from space could provide a profound and timely reminder of its vulnerability in the face of climate change.
Musk’s rivalry with Bezos might be a publicity stunt.
Many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs cooperate closely behind the scenes.
An artist’s rendition of a future space colony.
Billionaires Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are in a space race, but their endeavours reflect a colonial mentality. This comes at the expense of finding solutions for our current environmental challenges.
Both Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson successfully rode to space on rockets made by their private companies Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, respectively.
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According to a new poll, people across political and demographic lines think the private space race is good for the future but still just an ego trip for the billionaires involved.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, right, watches a video playback of his flight with his new space tourism company from the spaceport near Van Horn, Texas.
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Teaching kids better budgeting won’t fix post-pandemic inequalities. A more robust social safety net, less hoarding and squandering of wealth and more equitable tax policies might.
Sure, they’re billionaires, but the exploits of Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos have undeniably brought space tourism a step closer. That raises tricky legal, ethical and environmental questions.
Recent space flights by multi-billionaires highlight the extreme economic inequality in America.
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In 1970, Gil Scott-Heron penned a spoken word song called ‘Whitey on the Moon’ that criticized the 1969 Moon landing. A hip-hop scholar explains why the song still reverberates today.
Now is not the time for rocket men to abandon spaceship Earth.
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson launches Virgin Galactic.
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Here’s what a space tourism industry led by Bezos, Branson and Musk might mean for the planet.
Virgin Galactic takes off.
Sir Richard Branson’s successful spaceflight marks the beginning of a new chapter for space tourism.
Virgin Galactic’s Unity VSS spacecraft went on a suborbital test flight in May 2021.
Both Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are sending spacecrafts – and their billionaire founders – into suborbital flight. But what differentiates a suborbital flight from a trip around Earth?
It wasn’t long after Jeff Bezos announced his plans to go to space that Sir Richard Branson joined in, setting a launch date to beat Bezos by nine days.
Should America’s billionaires be paying more tax?
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Wriggling out of paying taxes may be legal, but is it right? Aristotle, Immanuel Kant – and others – have their say.
Jeff Bezos paid no taxes in some years despite gaining billions in wealth.
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A new report found that America’s top billionaires paid very little income tax despite tremendous gains in their wealth.