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from clock of the long now, jeff bezos posted in technology by pete_nice

"I want to build a clock that ticks once a year. The century hand advances once every 100 years, and the cuckoo comes out on the millennium. I want the cuckoo to come out every millennium for the next 10,000 years."- Danny Hill, The Long Now Foundation

The Long Now Foundation purchased the 180 acres of Mt. Washington in Eastern Nevada, just off of Great Basin National Park, in 1999. The group's intention is to complete a large scale project that encourages long-term thinking.

A prototype of the project is currently being constructed in a mountain on Jeff Bezo's Corn Ranch in West Texas.

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tesla gigafactory

from electric vehicles, elon musk posted in technology by tacopolis

The Tesla Gigafactory, located in the Nevada desert east of Reno/Sparks, will be larger than all of the other lithium-ion battery factories combined.

Using geothermal, wind and solar energy, the Gigafactory will "be energy self-sufficient."

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blue origin launch site

from space travel, new space posted in technology by tacopolis

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is in the rocket game as well. His company, Blue Origin, has a launch site in west Texas near the town of Van Horn.

Specializing in VTVL (Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing) technology, the team has been making advances in suborbital rocketry (video here).

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zip2 hq (former)

from elon musk, paypal posted in technology by corporate_sunshine

In 1997, Zip2 moved their headquarters to this location. Zip2 was online directory founded by the Musk brothers, Elon and Kimbal.

The company merged with CitySearch in a $300 million deal in 1998. This gave Elon Musk the capital to begin his next project, the online banking company- X.com.

Source: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

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omelek island

from space travel, new space, spacex posted in technology by corporate_sunshine

Space Exploration Technologies Corp (or SpaceX) made the first successful privately funded, liquid-propelled orbital launch vehicle with Flight #4 of the Falcoln 1 rocket on September 28, 2008.

Omelek Island is close to the equator, where the Earth spins a little bit faster, giving the rocket an extra boost upon launch. The island is a part of a series of islands used to test the efficacy of the "Star Wars" missile defense system back in the 80s.

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