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For the first time NASA has asked industry about private missions to Mars | Ars Technica

“NASA is starting to take its first steps toward opening a commercial pathway to Mars. This week, the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory issued a new solicitation to the industry titled ‘Exploring Mars Together: Commercial Services Studies.’ This is a request for proposals from the US space industry to tell NASA how they would complete one of four private missions to Mars, including delivering small satellites into orbit or providing imaging services around the red planet. … In its 496-page solicitation, NASA outlines four ‘design reference missions’ that companies can bid on. Basically, the space agency is asking companies how they would go about fulfilling these tasks.”

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Meet the fashion influencers of climate activism | Vice

“The fashion industry produces up to 100 billion garments each year with approximately 92 million tons of clothing ending up in landfills. The mass consumption encouraged by fast fashion brands, media trend cycles, and advertising are huge contributors to the amount of clothes that end up in our trash. It’s something most of us are vaguely aware of, but with stats showing the fashion industry is responsible for roughly 10 percent of annual global carbon emissions — more than aviation and shipping combined — the scope of the issue is way bigger than we generally think.”

What the Vision Pro could mean for the future of mixed reality (and Apple) | Lifehacker

“A lot of you have bought an Apple Vision Pro, it turns out — 200,000 if reports to be believed. While Apple sells way more iPhones, iPads, and Macs than that, the Vision Pro is, at this point in time, effectively sold out, days before its official Feb. 2 launch date. … Before anything else, the Vision Pro needs to realize itself as a successful XR headset. It seems it's already off to a good start, with those numerous, enthusiastic pre-orders. However, as we've seen with other anticipated devices in the past, sales alone won't make a new product thrive beyond its initial launch.”

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How Chef JJ started a rice bowl revolution in Harlem | Entrepreneur

“When Chef JJ Johnson opened his first rice bowl restaurant, he set up shop in an area that doesn't see a lot of his kind of businesses. Where others saw that as a problem, he saw it as an opportunity to fill a clean eating gap in a working-class community that has traditionally lacked access to healthy, fast-casual restaurants. That first FIELDTRIP location in Harlem was the first of three storefronts he opened across New York City providing nutritious meals at quick speeds and affordable prices.”

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This article caught my eye. Here are my top 3 takeaways if you running or launching a startup in 2024: 1) Leverage a community like Indie Hackers to learn and share tactics with founders in the same spot as you, 2) AI & No-code platforms have gotten vastly more reliable meaning there are even less barriers to entry for you to get started, and 3) as the rise of social platforms furthers, becoming a nano-influencer is easier and more profitable than ever.