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Elon Musk’s charity donations use philanthropy as a tax haven – Quartz

A searchable database for all the causes Elon Musk has donated money to since 2002

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Elon Musk is known for spending billions of dollars to build better electric cars and bigger rockets. Since 2008, the Tesla CEO has spent more than $80 billion just rolling out the electric carmakers first three models, according to public financial filings.
But when it comes to giving money away, the billionaire and head of the Musk Foundation is in a bit less of a hurry.
Founded in 2002 by Musk and his younger brother Kimbal, the Musk Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Kimbal Musk …

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NASA telescope uncovers definitive evidence of water on the moon – CNET

A telescope in the back of a 747 finally puts to rest a longstanding question about lunar water.

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Eleven years ago, a trio of spacecraft changed our view of the moon forever. Data collected by the robotic travelers indicated Earth’s only natural satellite wasn’t a dry, dusty desert as we’d long believed. The spacecraft picked up the telltale chemical signature of water. Our moon wasn’t soaking — but it was damp.
Scientists couldn’t pull apart the chemical signature to definitively say how much was “molecular” water, the stuff we know as H2O, and how much was hydroxyl, a molecule that’s one…

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The first habitable-zone, Earth-sized planet discovered with exoplanet survey spacecraft – Phys.org

TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, was launched in 2018 with the goal of discovering small planets around the Sun’s nearest neighbors, stars bright…

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TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, was launched in 2018 with the goal of discovering small planets around the Sun’s nearest neighbors, stars bright enough to allow for follow-up characterizations of their planets’ masses and atmospheres. TESS has so far discovered seventeen small planets around eleven nearby stars that are M dwarfsstars that are smaller than the Sun (less than about 60% of the Sun’s mass) and cooler (surface temperatures less than about 3900 kelvin). In a series of…

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The Milky Way’s quiet, introverted monster won’t spin – Livescience.com

Many black holes spin much faster than this.

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There’s a beast hiding at the center of the Milky Way, and it’s barely moving.
This supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A* (SgrA*), has a mass 4.15 million times that of our sun. It first revealed itself to scientists as a mysterious source of radio waves
from the galaxy’s center back in 1931; but it wasn’t until 2002 that researchers confirmed the radio waves were coming from something massive and compact like a black hole a feat that earned them the 2020 Nobel Prize in physics
. Just days before…

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