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I've been the Social Media Editor at Forbes since October, 2011. Prior to that, I was a freelance writer and contributor here. On this blog, I focus on futurism, cutting edge technology, and breaking research. Follow me on Twitter - @thealexknapp. You can email me at


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Sila Nanotechnologies, which makes energy-dense materials for lithium batteries, announced Thursday that it's raised $70 million in order to move into commercial production.
Analytics company Ursa just raised $5.7 million to build out its satellite radar analytics products.
These two 20-something engineers are working to reinvent the way rockets are manufactured.
The UK Space Agency has teamed up with Lockheed Martin to build a spaceport in northern Scotland.
SaaS startup Bext360 has closed its seed round, which is aimed at enabling it to expand into new verticals.
Virgin Galactic has made the second successful supersonic flight of its spacecraft.



Venture capitalist Arama Kukutai talks about what he looks for in agricultural technology investments.
Manufacturing startup Made In Space takes 3D printing to the final frontier.
3D Systems has a new platform for 3D printing that permits full-scale manufacturing - and its first products may wind up in your dentists' office.
Chemical manufacturing startup Solugen has released a line of cleaning wipes made with its enzymatic processes. The products serve as proof-of-concept for a new, environmentally-friendly way to manufacture chemicals.
Elon Musk's SpaceX is raising $500 million in new investments.
These space startups were able to launch thanks to investments from Midas List members.



Elon Musk's SpaceX is raising $500 million in new investments.
In the past few decades, soil health has become remarkably degraded. These startups aim to fix that.
Weather startup Understory will be working with Monsanto to provide hyperlocal weather data for corn fields in Argentina.
Physical therapist Asha Gummadi just won the $25,000 National Geographic/Spring Chasing Genius Challenge to further develop her app, which allows doctors to prescribe physical therapy remotely.
IBM's new PAIRS Geoscope service allows developers to crunch a wide variety of geospatial data for applications as diverse as agriculture, insurance and emergency response systems.
With its LiveDrive motor, Canadian-based research firm Genesis Robotics aims to make sleeker, more powerful robots.