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A NASA rocket is going to blast colored clouds into space — here's how to see them

Update: Due to poor weather conditions, NASA delayed the launch to Sunday, June 18, between 9:05 and 9:20 p.m. EDT.

NASA is launching a rocket that will create colorful clouds in space. The rocket launch and clouds may be visible as far away as New York City. Such clouds will eventually be used to probe two big holes in Earth's magnetic shield, called cusps. The launch will be live-streamed by NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

For the last two weeks, NASA has been waiting for the right moment to launch a rocket that will puff clouds of red and blue-green vapor out into space.

The rocket was originally supposed to launch on May 31, but bad weather and poor visibility have pushed the mission back quite a few times. The next attempt will be made 


Department of Energy to close climate technology office and eliminate 11 positions

The Department of Energy is closing its Office of International Climate and Technology and will eliminate its 11 staff positions, according to a New York Times report Thursday.

The small office first opened in 2010 and has worked with other countries in order to develop clean energy technology and reduce greenhouse gases.

A Department of Energy spokesperson said they were "looking for ways to consolidate the many duplicate programs that currently exist within DOE,"


More people now subscribe to Netflix than cable TV in the US

Netflix is becoming as much a staple of the American home as cable TV — even more so.

In the first quarter of this year, the number of US Netflix subscribers overtook the number of American cable TV subscribers for the first time, according to a recent study by Leichtman Research Group charted for us by Statista. While Netflix has rapidly gained new subscribers, cable has been slowly losing them. 

To be sure, Netflix has a ways to go to outpace all traditional multi-channel pay TV services. If you added subscribers to satellite services like DirecTV and phone-based systems like Verizon's FiOS to cable subscribers, Netflix would trail far behind. 


Neil deGrasse Tyson is creating a ‘Space Odyssey’ video game about space exploration

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is making a video game about space exploration.

Or trying to, anyway — the Kickstarter for the project went live on June 13 and runs through July 29. At the time of writing, they've raised $43,240 of the $314,159 goal (get it?).

The game, called "Space Odyssey," would "allow players to travel through the cosmos to scientifically accurate planets, moons and exoplanets based in real science," according to a press release emailed to Business Insider. Tyson's basic concept seems to be a captivating interactive experience that still follows scientific principles.

"I have no patience for people who say, 'I don't want the laws of physics to constrain me,'" Tyson


BANK OF AMERICA: We've reached 'peak car'
Posted June 15, 2017 5:23 PM
BANK OF AMERICA: We've reached 'peak car'

Disruption is Silicon Valley's favorite buzzword. And while the forces of innovation and technology are hard to quantify, that's not stopping Bank of America Merrill Lynch from trying. 

The transportation sector in particular has $608 billion worth of market share ripe for disruption from the rapidly-evolving sharing economy, the bank said in a report.

"We are reaching “peak car” in many developed markets," Bank of America said. "Transportation is costly and inefficient, making the sector ripe for disruption."

On average, cars sit idle 95% of the time. That's huge for a country with 112 million registered vehicles. Freeing up those dormant cars to be a part of the economy will take more than just Uber. 

Specifically, the bank points to four other specific areas that will add to the disruption:

Ride-sharing, like UberPOOL or Zimride. Car sharing and private organizations, like Zipcar and ...

Uber is blowing the door wide open for its toughest competition

Uber's brand has been hit, while Lyft is gaining steam, experts say. Lyft has been ramping up its marketing as well as community engagement efforts. App engagement for Uber has fallen to 16%, while Lyft has remained consistent at 18%, according to Apptopia. 

As Uber flounders amid a spate of branding disasters, rival Lyft is surging.

After a trying few months, it’s been a particularly brutal week for the ride-hailing app. Tuesday saw the release of the results of an intensive, monthslong investigation into its culture, followed by


Amazon might buy Silicon Valley darling Slack for $9 billion — here's why it would be a smart move (MSFT, AMZN, GOOG, GOOGL)

Slack, the $3.8 billion work chat app that Silicon Valley catapulted into superstardom, is up for sale, according to a Bloomberg report, and Amazon is among the companies looking to buy.

If that report pans out, Amazon could pay as much as $9 billion. 

Later, Recode's Kara Swisher reported that Microsoft, Google, and Salesforce might be looking to buy Slack, too. 

In the past, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield has said that he's


If you're stumped about what sports car to buy, just get a Ford Mustang GT (F)

I'm often asked by people what car they should buy. The answer isn't necessarily all that easy, because everybody has different needs.

I'm rarely asked what sports car to buy, though. Most people who want one of those babies have been thinking about something specific for years if not decades. They might have had a Porsche or Ferrari poster on the bedroom wall, and that sealed the deal when they were teenagers.

However, in the event that I do encounter somebody who wants sports-car buying advice, I know have a simple, straightforward answer: Get a 2017 Mustang GT convertible with a six-speed manual and a big old 435-horsepower V8. It will set you back less than $50,000, for a reasonably well-optioned example like the test car I recently enjoyed. For three seasons in much of the USA and four in the warmer climates, you will have so much fun with this car that you'll be dippy.


These United emails reveal how terrified the airline has become of its customers (UAL)

In May, United Airlines completed the rollout of its new basic-economy fare class.

The value-minded ticket option has been the subject of great controversy since it was announced late last year.

Designed to compete against the bare-bones product offerings and rock-bottom prices of ultra-low-cost carriers, the fare was targeted at a specific group of budget-conscious shoppers.

In fact, United CEO Oscar Munoz told Business Insider in an interview earlier this year that basic economy was "not for everybody" and that the airline would even prefer its customers go with the full-service fare.


The cloud drove Q1 results for Google, Amazon, and Microsoft (MSFT, GOOGL, AMZN)

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