January 27, 2021

SpaceX makes ‘final attempt’ to clear out Texas villagers for its rocket resort, Rivian’s 6-figure salaries, and Luminar’s bet on lidar

For more than a year now, SpaceX has been trying to clear residents out of Boca Chica, the beachside Texas village where Elon Musk has decided to build a “resort” for launching rockets to orbit, the moon, and Mars. But not everybody wants to give up their home, and SpaceX has now made what it calls a final attempt to take over the last dozen or so houses that remain outside its possession — including financial offers and warnings to residents that “it’s not safe” and it’s “too dangerous” to live there anymore. 



a man that is standing in the dark: SpaceX has now made what it calls a final attempt to take over the last dozen or so houses that remain outside its possession in Boca Chica, Texas. Reuters


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SpaceX has now made what it calls a final attempt to take over the last dozen or so houses that remain outside its possession in Boca Chica, Texas. Reuters

If this push doesn’t work — and it appears to be a long shot — the company has hinted it may “pursue alternative approaches” to realize

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What happens to discarded bikes from China’s sharing boom? Taxpayers pay to clear 25 million of them from bicycle graveyards

Three years after China’s blooming bike-sharing economy wilted, local authorities are about to send the last of 25 million abandoned bicycles to recycling plants, pruning the remaining blight on cityscapes left behind by dozens of companies that have gone bust.

All the disused bicycles must be scrapped by the year’s end under a compulsory retirement scheme imposed by city councils to ensure safety. The costs of taking them off the streets and the bicycle graveyards are borne by taxpayers, as all but three remain from a crop of as many as 70 bike-sharing companies, each plying China’s streets with a different brightly coloured vehicle.

“Most bicycle graveyards have already gone,” said Wu Guoyong, a Shenzhen photographer who made a name for himself by using aerial drones to shoot dramatic pictures of abandoned bicycles piled into little mountains in almost every major city in China. One such dumping site in the

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