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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 robotic arm overflowing with spoils of asteroid Bennu theft – CNET

NASA bumped into a space rock this week and collected so much of it that larger rocks seemed to fail to make it all the way inside its spacecraft’s sampling arm….

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The spacecraft’s sampling arm, called the Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism, over the target sample site during a dress rehearsal in April. 
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NASA’s asteroid-chaser Osiris-Rex completed a key part of its mission this week by managing to nab some rocks from the surface of the potentially hazardous asteroid Bennu, NASA reported Friday.
The spacecraft traveled over 200 million miles and four years to briefly bump into Bennu, blast it with compressed gas and collect bits of its surface….

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Geologists Have Found the Earth’s Missing Tectonic Plate – Universe Today

A pair of geologists have developed a technique for finding subducted tectonic plates. They’ve found one that nobody was sure existed.

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Northern Canada has been keeping a secret from the rest of the world. It’s home to “Resurrection,” a tectonic plate that has been much theorized but never found until now. A team of researchers used what amounts to a CAT scan of northern Canada and the mantle underneath it to find the missing plate.
Finding it could lead to better hazard prediction and also to finding mineral and hydrocarbon deposits. But better than that, it’s helping scientists piece together Earth’s history.
A missing tectonic…

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Footprints Mark a Toddler’s Perilous Prehistoric Journey – The New York Times

Mammoths and giant ground sloths roamed the same terrain that a young adult swiftly moved through while toting a young child.

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There was another reason, however, for making haste over the landscape the presence of large and potentially dangerous animals. Both a giant sloth and a mammoth ambled across the humans path, the trackway reveals. Their prints appear on top of the northbound footsteps but below the southbound ones, meaning that the animals walked by sometime in between the humans passage.
The mammoth most likely a bull, based on the size of its tracks was apparently uninterested in the humans who had walked by just…

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