Will Elon Musk Become the World’s First Trillionaire?

The richest man on Earth could be well on his way to becoming the world’s first trillionaire with the help of his private space-exploration company.

Elon Musk earlier this month reclaimed his title for richest person in the world from Amazon founder and space rival Jeff Bezos due to surging Tesla stock that put his net worth above the $200 billion mark. According to Forbes, the Tesla and SpaceX founder is currently worth nearly $220 billion.

But while Musk’s wealth is largely attributed to the electric-car maker’s success, a Morgan Stanley analyst predicts Musk could venture into trillionaire territory with SpaceX, which currently makes up about 17 percent of Musk’s net worth, according to Bloomberg. The company was valued at $100 billion earlier this month, making it the world’s second-biggest privately held company.

Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas wrote in a note to investors that the company’s Starship rocket technology “has the potential to transform investor expectations around the space industry,” according to CNBC.

“As one client put it: ‘talking about space before Starship is like talking about the internet before Google,” Jonas reportedly wrote. (Read more from “Will Elon Musk Become the World’s First Trillionaire?” HERE)

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CDC Warns About Vegetable-Linked Salmonella Outbreak in 37 States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning that a salmonella outbreak believed to be linked to onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, has spread to 37 states — sickening over 650 people.

The CDC directed businesses on Wednesday evening to stop selling fresh whole red, white, or yellow onions that were imported from Chihuahua and distributed by ProSource Inc.

It also suggested businesses clean any surfaces that may have touched such onions.

The agency urged Americans to throw away any whole red, white, or yellow onions that don’t have a sticker or packaging.

People should also throw out onions that have stickers or packaging identifying the brand ProSource and Mexico as the country of origin, the agency said. (Read more from “CDC Warns About Vegetable-linked Salmonella Outbreak in 37 States” HERE)

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Meteorite Crashes Through Roof, Lands on Woman’s Bed While She Sleeps

A 2.8-pound meteorite crashed through a woman’s roof in British Columbia and landed on her bed while she was asleep on Oct. 3, the New York Times (NYT) reported.

Ruth Hamilton, 66, woke up to her dog barking and a sound resembling “an explosion”. She turned on the light and found a hole in her ceiling, the NYT reported.

While Hamilton was dialing 911, she noticed a large gray object between her pillows, the NYT reported. “Oh, my gosh,” she said to the operator, “there’s a rock in my bed.”

The rock barely missed Hamilton’s head and left drywall debris all over her face, according to the NYT.

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Report: Most Adults Shouldn’t Take Daily Aspirin To Prevent Heart Attack

Taking a daily low-dose aspirin has long been recommended for heart health, but an influential organization changed its guidance on Tuesday.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of experts, released an updated draft recommendation that says most adults not take aspirin to prevent first heart attacks or strokes.

The previous guidance recommended daily low-dose aspirin for people over 50 who were at higher risk for heart attacks or strokes in the next decade and who weren’t at higher risk for bleeding.

The updated guidance recommends that adults in their 40s and 50s only take aspirin as a preventive measure if their doctors determine they are at higher risk for heart disease and that aspirin may lower the risk without significant risk of bleeding. (The previous guidance didn’t address anyone younger than 50.) People ages 60 or older are now advised not to start taking aspirin to prevent first heart attacks or strokes.

The draft recommendations don’t apply to people who have already had heart attacks or strokes; the task force still recommends that they take aspirin preventively. (Read more from “Report: Most Adults Shouldn’t Take Daily Aspirin To Prevent Heart Attack” HERE)

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Man Drowns With Winning Lottery in His Wallet

A Michigan man won $45,000 in a lottery game – but drowned with the ticket in his wallet before he was able to cash it.

Gregory Jarvis, 57, was at the Blue Water Inn in Caseville on Sept. 13 when he played the Club Keno add-on game The Jack — and hit the jackpot, WJRT of Flint reported.

“Very nice guy, he was here every day,” joint owner Dawn Talaski told the news station. “Somebody said someone just won The Jack and he said, ‘Great,’ and someone asked him, ‘Was it you?’ and it was, so he was super excited.”

Talaski said Jarvis returned to the inn almost a week later and bought rounds of drinks, but had still not cashed his winning ticket because he didn’t have the proper documentation.

“He couldn’t cash it because he didn’t have a Social Security card at all, it wasn’t any good, so he applied for a new one,” she told WJRT. (Read more from “Man Drowns With Winning Lottery in His Wallet” HERE)

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Eerie: Scientists Suspect Massive Unknown Predator at Bottom of the Sea Capable of Eating an Alligator

Something is lurking beneath the waves in the Gulf of Mexico that is big enough to eat an alligator whole. And scientists don’t know what it is. . .

That’s why two Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium scientists sank three alligator carcasses 2 kilometers to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico in a recent experiment. It didn’t take long to realize there was something down there they didn’t expect.

The first alligator was devoured in less than a day. Giant isopods and some other scavengers of the sea ripped it apart and ate it from the inside out. Scientists expected that. Though, it all happened a lot faster than they thought.

They left the second carcass on the ocean floor for longer. It stayed submerged for 51 days before scientists fished it out and found that something had picked the body clean. . .

But the third alligator was gone. Something gigantic snatched it and dragged it away. (Read more from “Eerie: Scientists Suspect Massive Unknown Predator at Bottom of the Sea Capable of Eating an Alligator” HERE)

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Scary Times: More Americans Are Finally Coming Around To Accepting the Science of Evolution

More Americans are coming to accept Charles Darwin’s “dangerous idea” of evolution, according to thirty years’ worth of national surveys.

Researchers have found that public acceptance of biological evolution has increased substantially in the last decade alone, following twenty years of relative stagnancy.

Between 1985 and 2010, roughly 40 percent of surveyed adults in the US agreed that “human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals”. Taking into account the small number of fence-sitters, this suggests much of the nation was evenly divided on the theory.

By 2016, that percentage had, at last, become a majority, reaching 54 percent. . .

In 2019, researchers found 83 percent of liberal Democrats accepted evolution, whereas only 34 percent of conservative Republicans felt the same. (Read more from “Scary Times: More Americans Are Finally Coming Around To Accepting the Science of Evolution” HERE)

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Americans Told To Destroy New, Invasive Species of Insect Invading Region

. . .The spotted lanternfly has been seen in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Indiana.

Rhode Island discovered the state’s first specimen at the beginning of the month, state environmental officials said.

The winged pest, also known as Lycorma delicatula, is native to China. . .

The USDA National Invasive Species Information Center says it poses a “serious economic threat to multiple U.S. industries.”

The insect feeds on agricultural crops like grapes, apples and hops as well as maple, walnut and willow trees. (Read more from “Americans Told To Destroy New, Invasive Species of Insect Invading Region” HERE)

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Batman Sidekick Comes Out of the Closet After LGBT Pressures Comic for a Queer Robin

In the progressive push to re-write iconic comic and action heroes to conform to LGBT narratives, Batman’s sidekick, Robin, has become the latest casualty.

The third Robin in the official Batman timeline, “Tim Drake” has been depicted as heterosexual since first appearing in 1989. That just changed, however, as “Batman: Urban Legends #6” dropped the bomb that Tim (Robin) is attracted to Bernard Dowd, a character introduced in “Batman: Urban Legends #4,” who realizes he (Bernard) is bisexual because of his attraction to Tim. In #6, Tim accepts Bernard’s offer to go on a date.

The Twitterverse reacted predictably, openly pointing out that this change only happened because of lengthy and intense pressure from the LGBT lobby:

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How Children Are Spoofing COVID-19 Tests With Soft Drinks

Children are always going to find cunning ways to bunk off school, and the latest trick is to fake a positive Covid-19 lateral flow test (LFT) using soft drinks. [Videos of the trick have been circulating on TikTok since December and a school in Liverpool, UK, recently wrote to parents to warn them about it.] So how are fruit juices, cola and devious kids fooling the tests, and is there a way to tell a fake positive result from a real one? I’ve tried to find out.

First, I thought it best to check the claims, so I cracked open bottles of cola and orange juice, then deposited a few drops directly onto LFTs. Sure enough, a few minutes later, two lines appeared on each test, supposedly indicating the presence of the virus that causes Covid-19.

It’s worth understanding how the tests work. If you open up an LFT device, you’ll find a strip of paper-like material, called nitrocellulose, and a small red pad, hidden under the plastic casing below the T-line. Absorbed on the red pad are antibodies that bind to the Covid-19 virus. They are also attached to gold nanoparticles (tiny particles of gold actually appear red), which allow us to see where the antibodies are on the device. When you do a test, you mix your sample with a liquid buffer solution, ensuring the sample stays at an optimum pH, before dripping it on the strip.

The fluid wicks up the nitrocellulose strip and picks up the gold and antibodies. The latter also bind to the virus, if present. Further up the strip, next to the T (for test), are more antibodies that bind the virus. But these antibodies are not free to move – they are stuck to the nitrocellulose. As the red smear of gold-labelled antibodies pass this second set of antibodies, these also grab hold of the virus. The virus is then bound to both sets of antibodies – leaving everything, including the gold, immobilised on a line next to the T on the device, indicating a positive test.

So, how can a soft drink cause the appearance of a red T line? One possibility is that the drinks contain something that the antibodies recognise and bind to, just as they do to the virus. But this is rather unlikely. The reason antibodies are used in tests like these is that they are incredibly fussy about what they bind to. There’s all sorts of stuff in the snot and saliva collected by the swabs you take from the nose and mouth, and the antibodies totally ignore this mess of protein, other viruses and remains of your breakfast. So they aren’t going to react to the ingredients of a soft drink. (Read more from “How Children Are Spoofing COVID-19 Tests With Soft Drinks” HERE)

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