SpaceX announced yesterday that they will be taking two private citizens on a trip around the moon next year, according to a statement on their website.

The weeklong trip will take them past the moon and then far enough out until gravity turned the carrier around and then it would come back to Earth. The two people would be in the SpaceX Dragon 2 capsules, launched on the Falcon Heavy rocket. It would all be computer-automated, but Musk said the passengers would still get training and health screenings for emergency purposes.

The trip would take the passengers anywhere between 300,000 and 400,000 miles away from Earth, compared to the trips Russian private citizens have taken to the International Space Station, which is only 200 miles away from Earth.

According to SpaceX, the two people are anonymous private citizens who have already "paid a significant deposit" on the trip that he said would cost a bit more than a crewed mission to the International Space Station would. All he would say about them at this point is that they know each other.

Experts say that the late-2018 travel date may be a bit overly ambitious, as SpaceX has yet to get a crew to orbit the Earth safely and without glitches. Discuss

This is Handle, a new robot from the tech innovators at Boston Dynamics. Handle moves on wheels attached to weirdly human-like legs which give it impressive-but-eerie mobility. The robot can make a four-foot vertical leap, go off-road and lift around 100 pounds.

Basically, we're all about to get replaced.


Nigeria's Army has been able to stem the advances and growth of terrorist group Boko Haram. But now, as Boko Haram's numbers decrease, Nigerian residents are saying that the Nigerian military is resorting to the worst possible method of flushing out the remaining members.

Witnesses say the military would enter villages and ask for the members of Boko Haram to come forward. When no one came forward, they say the military would kill all the men present—many of them unarmed citizens.

“As more combatants from Boko Haram have been hiding within the civilian population, the line between who is civilian and who is not has been blurred,” Agnes Bjorn, a manager aid group for Plan International, told The New York Times. “It is, however, the responsibility of the Nigerian Army to protect civilians and clearly distinguish between civilians and combatants. Protecting civilians in war is part of international humanitarian law.”

Witnesses also accuse the military of burning down villages after evacuating them and detaining children and babies after freeing their parents from Boko Haram territories.

Nigeria's director of defense information denied the military's involvement in these extrajudicial killings, saying that insurgents or cult members were really behind the killings instead. Discuss

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