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Starship Launch

SpaceX will attempt to launch its massive Starship launch vehicle this morning, a key step toward the company's ambitions of ferrying humans to Mars (and potentially beyond). The system, made up of a first-stage booster and a reusable spacecraft, is both the tallest and most powerful rocket ever assembled. 


Today's launch primarily tests the vehicle's ability to successfully separate from the first-stage boosters and briefly reach orbit. The entire test, if successful, would take roughly 90 minutes (see timeline). While both are ultimately intended to be reusable, the first-stage booster will make a splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico, while the capsule will land in the Pacific Ocean. CEO Elon Musk highlighted the uncertainty in the test, saying the vehicle has a 50% chance of reaching orbit. 


See how the company moved from its prototype Starhopper to the current Starship here (w/video). The launch window begins at 8 am ET; catch the livestream here.


Sudan Unrest

Dozens were killed and hundreds more were injured over the weekend as fighting broke out between Sudan's military and an opposing militia. The violence is the latest roadblock for the Horn of Africa country, which is struggling to transition to democracy since 2019 protests ousted longtime military dictator Omar al-Bashir.


The current conflict pits two former allies against each other: current Sudanese army head Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, leader of the powerful paramilitary Rapid Support Forces. The two men joined together in a 2021 military coup to forestall fledgling plans to hand over power to civilians, but a late 2022 transition agreement with pro-democracy supporters provoked tensions between the two men, specifically around plans to integrate Hamdan's militia into the broader Sudanese army.


Both sides made claims of success over the weekend in the capital of Khartoum, where a four-hour humanitarian cease-fire was called Sunday. Track the conflict here.


India's Population Boom

India is on track to pass China as the world's most populous country sometime this month, experts say, a position held by China since the United Nations began tracking data in 1950. Both countries updated population data last summer—it is possible the changeover already occurred—but models project India will end the year with around 1.429 billion people, compared to China's 1.426 billion. 


India has added 1 billion people in the past 70 years, and analysts say the country's growing population may position it as a top economic power in coming decades. More than 40% of the population is under 25 years old (see data), with an overall median age of 28, compared to 38 in the US and 39 in China. Conversely, the rapid growth has strained public services and health infrastructure, among other challenges.


The US has a population of 333 million, having grown 0.4% last year. Visualize the world's population density here


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Paging Dr. Robot


Did you know that 100,000 knee replacement surgeries fail every year? What’s more, 50% of revision surgeries are related to instability, malalignment, or malposition. Another fact: joint replacement methods have remained relatively unchanged for multiple decades, but the two founders of Monogram Orthopedics recently made history in this industry.


Monogram has developed customized joint implants using 3D printing and high-accuracy surgical robots, with the goal of improving surgical outcomes and reducing patient downtimes. With FDA approval for their implant components under their belt, Monogram is working toward the introduction of their robotic knee replacement system to the operating room and has already held successful surgical demonstrations using their technology.


Learn more about investing in Monogram before their planned Nasdaq listing; the current funding round closes on 5/10.


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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

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> Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Take That tapped to perform at King Charles' coronation (May 7) (More)

> Team USA tops Canada 6-3 to win Women's World Hockey Championship (More) | Oklahoma wins second straight NCAA gymnastics national title; Florida's Trinity Thomas ties record with 28 career perfect 10s (More)

> Broadway's longest-running show "Phantom of the Opera" ends run after 35 years and nearly 14,000 performances (More)

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Science & Technology

> European Space Agency launches Juice space probe; mission will study three of Jupiter's icy moons (Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa) thought to harbor subsurface oceans (More)

> DNA analysis suggests Mongolia's Xiongnu Empire, inner Asia's first nomadic culture, was highly multiethnic and had women in a number of high-ranking positions (More)

> New study finds the January 2022 Tongan volcano eruption was the strongest natural explosion in more than a century, creating waves over 150 feet high in some spots (More)


Business & Markets

> US stock markets close lower Friday (S&P 500 -0.2%, Dow -0.4%, Nasdaq -0.4%) but all three indexes close up for the week (More)

> Merck to acquire Prometheus, a clinical-stage biotech firm focusing on the treatment of immune-mediated diseases, for $10.8B (More)

> Walmart to sell Bonobos for $75M after acquiring the men’s clothing business for $310M in 2017 (More)


Politics & World Affairs

> Dominion v. Fox News defamation lawsuit set to begin today; the voting systems company alleges the network knowingly aired false claims about its machines during the 2020 election (More) | See previous write-up (More)

> At least four killed, 20 others injured in shooting following an altercation at a birthday party in the town of Dadeville, Alabama (More) | One dead, almost 100 sick after outbreak of rare fungal infection at Michigan paper mill (More)

> Montana lawmakers vote to ban downloads of TikTok in the state Friday, the first such ban on civilian use in the US; law won't ban use of app where it has already been downloaded (More)

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Making A Perfect Surgical Fit


Why do we accept one-size-fits-all joint replacement surgeries but not one-size-fits-all shoes?


Monogram says we shouldn’t, and we tend to agree. Backed by around 17,000 investors already, Monogram’s surgical robots and 3D printed custom-fit implants are hoping to change the $19.4B joint replacement market. Monogram’s engineers are hoping to make surgeries faster without compromising safety and patients' comfort. Learn more about Monogram before their planned Nasdaq listing; the current funding round closes on 5/10.


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