If you're a fan of the iconic, otherworldly David Bowie film based on the Walter Tevis novel, this one's for you. Showtime's remake of The Man Who Fell to Earth as a series is set to land this April, with Chiwetel Ejiofor in the lead as an alien who arrives on this planet at a pretty big moment for humankind. He's joined by scientist and engineer Justin Falls (Naomie Harris) as the pair attempt to save not one but two worlds from peril. Ejiofor will play a different alien to Bowie's famous role of Thomas Jerome Newton, who is actually played by Bill Nighy in the series -- a nice throwback. The series also stars Jimmi Simpson, Rob Delaney, Sonya Cassidy, Joana Ribeiro, Annelle Olaleye, Kate Mulgrew, and Clarke Peters.
The electric car revolution is missing a barf bag. You're about to need one. On Tuesday night, Faraday Future--an aspirant Tesla competitor very much on the rise--debuted their FF 91 electric car at CES in Vegas. The car looks pretty amazing. But the presentation overflowed with enough meaningless tech jargon to fry your motherboard, or make you roll your eyes right out of your head.
Nevada's state treasurer has a message for electric car company Faraday Future: Show me the money. The company building a $1-billion factory for Faraday in Nevada has a similar message: Pay up now. Money problems appear to be plaguing the secretive Gardena-based start-up, which is trying to rival Tesla and other automakers. Faraday hasn't paid $21 million due in September, with bills totaling an additional $25 million due for October and $12 million for November, according to Aecom, a multinational engineering firm. The Los Angeles company is the prime contractor for Faraday's car factory under construction in North Las Vegas, which, if completed, is expected to turn out 150,000 cars annually.
A trio of British-built satellites due to launch on a SpaceX rocket tomorrow will have to wait a bit longer for their trip to orbit, after the firm delayed the launch. '[The] team is taking additional time for pre-launch checkouts ahead of the Transporter-2 mission,' Elon Musk's company announced, without giving a new date for the trip. Among the hundreds of satellites expected to go up with SpaceX on the Transport-2 mission were three UK Space Agency-backed payloads. They included Internet of Things systems that would connect sensors aimed at monitoring climate change and tracking endangered wildlife around the world. The satellites were due to lift off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 19:56 BST (14:56 ET) on Friday on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
A trio of British-built satellites launch on a SpaceX rocket tomorrow with the aim of monitoring climate change and tracking endangered wildlife around the world. The satellites are due to lift off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the SpaceX Falcon 9 Transporter-2 ride share mission at 19:56 BST (14:56 ET) on Friday. UK companies have received nearly £15 million from the UK Space Agency, through the European Space Agency's Pioneer Partnership Programme to build the satellites. The UK Space Agency said the initiative puts the UK at the forefront of climate change and wildlife monitoring in orbit through satellite development. Among the devices going into space is one making Internet of Things (IoT) connections easier, another tracking wildlife movements and a third'ride-share' device.