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SpaceX may be about to dramatically cut the cost of launching stuff into orbit

SpaceX, the rocket company founded by tech mogul Elon Musk, is poised to make good on its promise to slash the cost of launching things into space.

In December 2015, SpaceX did something no commercial aerospace company had done before: It launched a satellite into orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, then safely landed the lower half — also called a first-stage booster — on a launchpad.

Musk was elated about the feat, and for good reason. Orbital rockets cost tens of millions or even hundreds of millions of dollars to build, but they're never recycled; they've always just splashed into the ocean and sunk to the bottom.

While SpaceX has filled a large hangar with used rocket boosters over the past year, it has yet to show the boosters can be re-launched.


The US has fallen 16 places in a key country ranking — and economists say a 'social crisis' is to blame

All things considered, Americans are a fairly happy lot, ranking 14th out of 156 countries in a UN-commissioned report on the world's happiest countries. But that's changing fast. In the past decade, the US has fallen 16 places on the list, one of the biggest drops in the world.

Interestingly, this nosedive toward misery is happening while Americans' per capita GDP is on the rise. This is a stark departure from most of the countries on the list, where having money appears to play a pretty significant role in determining happiness.

So what's driving Americans away from optimism? According to


Apple's new iPad fails to solve the fundamental problem facing the device (AAPL)

Apple has got an iPad problem.

Sales of the tablet devices are shrinking, dropping 19% year-on-year in January 2017. The device generated $5.5 billion (£4.4 billion) in revenue for that quarter — a drop in the ocean of the company's overall quarterly revenues of $78.4 billion (£62.8 billion).

In short: No-one is buying them.

On Tuesday, Apple announced a new budget 9.7-inch iPad, going for $329 in the US and £339 in the UK. But it may do little to reverse the decline, according to Apple analyst-turned-venture capital investor Gene Munster.

"I think it's a non-starter," Munster told Business Insider. "I think no-one is that interested in the iPad. And I think that yeah, they can update them, but it doesn't really matter."


'Where was your interest in leaks then?': CNN anchor confronts GOP senator over 'selective outrage' on leaks

Chris Cuomo on Tuesday morning grilled Sen. Chuck Grassley over what the CNN anchor dubbed "selective outrage" regarding classified information leaks, which became a focus of a House hearing the day before.

In an interview on CNN's "New Day," Cuomo asked whether Republicans' condemnation of leakers was a "distraction" from the law-enforcement investigation into potential ties between President Donald Trump's campaign staff and Russia during the 2016 election. 

Cuomo said many Republicans touted leaks from the FBI's investigation into former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.


This 8-second video reveals our first real look at the Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung is set to announce the new Galaxy S8 at its March 29 event, but it looks like someone's already got their hands on a working unit a little early.

The short video was posted on Slashleaks' YouTube channel, and it shows some of the main rumored changes that Samsung is making to its upcoming Galaxy S smartphone. 

Check it out:

Assuming the video is legitimate — and we believe it is — this is what the Galaxy S8 looks like: There's a mysterious on-screen button that appears when the screen turns on, which could be Samsung's new 'Bixby' smart digital assistant, similar to Apple's Siri.

Samsung says you'll be able to control the Galaxy S8 using just your voice with


This robot that grows animal feed is 400% more productive than a human farmer

In recent years, many small American farms have been struggling due to low commodity prices. As a way to cut down on expenses, some farm owners automate their labor, which helps them harvest crops and raise animals more efficiently.

A California-based company called Fodderworks makes robots that grow fodder (feed for cows, chickens, and other animals). According to Kyle Chittock, the company's general manager, an average person can harvest approximately half a ton of fodder per day, while Fodderworks' bot can do two tons — a productivity increase of  400%. 


Sheryl Sandberg's new book about the death of her husband comes out next month

Back in May 2015, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg lost her husband, Dave Goldberg, in a tragic accident while on vacation in Mexico.

Nearly two years later, Sandberg announced on Tuesday the release of her new book, "Option B," which centers around her personal journey since her husband's death and other stories of people "who have braved many different kinds of adversity."

The book is available for preorder now ahead of its April 24 release date.

"It’s my deepest hope that Option B will help others learn what I learned: that when life pulls you under, you can kick against the bottom, break the surface, and breathe again," Sandberg wrote


Apple's new iPad is incredibly expensive in the UK compared to the US (AAPL)

Apple announced a new iPad on Tuesday — but it ain't cheap for Brits.

The the 9.7-inch device, which will be available to order on March 24, starts at $329 in the US. But in the UK, it's retailing for an eye-watering £339.

That's unprecedented for Apple: The device's numerical pricetag is actually higher in pounds than dollars, despite the historical weakness of the dollar against the pound. (The first iPad, for example, cost up to $829 in the US, and £699 in the UK.)

At today's exchange rates, $329 amounts to around £264 — while £339 turns into $442. The higher-end model reaches numerical parity, with either £559 or $559 for a 128GB device with WiFi and cellular.


A former Google and Apple exec says there are 4 ways to lead a team — and 3 are ineffective

Kim Scott is no psychoanalyst — she's a CEO coach — but when she talks about the genesis of ineffective leadership styles, she points straight to your experience at 18 months old.

At that point, Scott says, you're taught: "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."

Then, when you get your first job in your late teens, you're told to "be professional." In other words, to check your emotions at the office door.

These two messages, Scott says, tend to stick with people, even as they move into the working world and assume leadership positions. The result is an ineffective — and often destructive — management style.

Scott is a former Google and Apple exec and CEO coach who now runs her own company,


'Beauty and the Beast' could make $1.5 billion at the box office, and it has big implications for Disney's future (DIS)

After earning a whopping $170 million in its opening weekend, Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" is shaping up to be a monster at the box office.

And that's spectacular news not just for Disney's immediate bottom line, but also for its big new strategic push, according to Nomura-Instinet analyst Anthony Di Clemente.

"Given its $170mn domestic opening weekend haul, we calculate that 'Beauty and the Beast' could generate a total of $1.23-1.54bn in global Box Office receipts," DiClemente wrote in a note to clients Tuesday. "This is well ahead of our prior base-case scenario, which called for the theatrical release to generate a worldwide haul of $1.09bn."

Simply put: "Beauty and the Beast" is crushing expectations.

Here's a chart that shows the change in Nomura-Instinet's estimate: