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Flat Earther's Rocket Launch Fails Spectacularly, Disappointing Tens

In a crushing blow to his ego, Michael “Mad Mike” Hughes has once again failed to launch his rocket for flat Earth “research.”

The 61-year-old limo driver previously gained notoriety when he attempted to blast off in the rocket back in November 2017 — a mission he called off at the last minute. This time, Hughes says a problem with the rocket’s actuator caused its ignition to malfunction. Since he wholeheartedly seems to believe the Earth is not round — a fact proven time and again in infinite permutations — it’s hard to say if Hughes actually knows what’s going on with his rocket.

“I’m sorry to disappoint everyone; I did the best I can do,” Hughes says in a video statement released after the failed launch. “I manned up. I got in it.”

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In 2014, Hughes blasted himself 1,374 feet in a $20,000 homemade rocket — a feat he claims to have achieved without the help of science.

“I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how things move through the air, about the certain size of rocket nozzles and thrust,” he told the Associated Press in November 2017. “But that’s not science; that’s just a formula. There’s no difference between science and science fiction.”

It seems after this latest failed attempt, Hughes might be out of the game for good, which would undoubtedly disappoint his sponsors, a group called Research Flat Earth. In addition to technical difficulties with the rocket, Hughes told reporters on Monday that he is suing the governor of California and several public officials, which would complicate his plans for another attempt.

Maybe Hughes’s current outlook is best summarized in this quote he recently gave to the press:

“I’m a 61-year-old man,” he says. “I’m tired.”

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SpaceX Has a Bold Timeline for Getting to Mars and Starting a Colony

Elon Musk wants to send humans to Mars, and it could happen as soon as 2024. The SpaceX CEO has outlined a plan to get people to the red planet, with bold visions of refueling rockets to “planet hop” and explore the furthest reaches of the solar system.

Many plans for a Mars settlement expect a community in matters of decades. The United Arab Emirates aims for a city of 600,000 by 2117. Astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell told Inverse last month that “while the first human mission to land on Mars will likely take place in the next two decades, it will probably be more like 50-100 years before substantial numbers of people have moved to Mars to live in self-sustaining towns.”

Robots on Farms Could Fight Climate Change and Grow More Food

Farms are about to get a whole lot more automated.

A robo-revolution is coming to the farm of the future, and it could cut greenhouse gases and support a growing global population.

Researchers at the University of Florida published a paper in the journal Science Robotics Wednesday calling on agriculture to get ready for the future, with drones, autonomous vehicles, sensors and more paving the way for sustainability. Senthold Asseng, who wrote the paper along with Frank Asche, tells Inverse that these technologies could solve a number of problems like tractors pressing down soil and reducing the space for air and water. Iowa State University found that this compaction can reduce yields by 20 percent alone.

Innovation and Disruption Get Less Likely With a Bigger Team, Study Finds

Big teams leads to less disruptiveness overall. 

One silver lining of having an apartment so small you can feel your stomach brush the wall with a particularly strong exhale is that you don’t have to feel bad not helping whomever is cooking dinner or doing the dishes. Fitting two people into the foot-and-a-half wide corridor that houses our fridge, oven, microwave, and sink is simply a non-starter. It’s frustrating at times, but it has helped instill a natural division of labor — whoever cooks does not touch the dishes — that I don’t think would have occurred otherwise, and it muted the well-intentioned, but not always constructive, instinct to help a busy cook who’s in the zone and doesn’t want to be bothered with finding you a vegetable to peel or something.

SpaceX's Starship Engine Shattered a Long-Standing Russian Rocket Record

The rocket engine that will one day blast SpaceX’s Starship vessel to Mars has reached unprecedented power levels. CEO Elon Musk said on Sunday that the Raptor engine has shattered a previously-held record that’s been untouched for almost 20 years.

SpaceX began full-scale tests of its Raptor a week ago and it’s already showing promise. Its eventual goal? Sending Starship 33,926,867 miles it needs to travel to reach Mars. Musk tweeted that it has already reached an all-time high level of chamber pressure, which affects how much thrust it’s able to generate compared to its size and how efficient it is with fuel.

Samsung Galaxy S10: UNPACKED Date, Livestream, and Expected Product Drops

The time has almost come.

Samsung could host its biggest smartphone extravaganza in recent history this week. The Korean tech giant’s February 20 Unpacked event is the Galaxy S series’ tenth anniversary, and all of the lead-up coverage has signaled that 2019 will could be a turning point for the company’s mobile products.

As many as five phones are expected to take the stage. At least three of those models will be part of the new Galaxy S10 series. But some rumors have also indicated that the much-hyped Galaxy F foldable phone could also be launched, as well as a 5G-enabled device that’s yet-to-be-named. To top it all off, Samsung may also roll out an alternative to Apple’s AirPods with its own pair of wireless earbuds.