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The Spill: A New Billionaire on Top

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By:  |  January 11, 2021  |    461 Words

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Elon Musk Richest Man in the World

South African-born Elon Musk is now the world’s richest man. Musk, who co-founded and led Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, and The Boring Company, added an impressive $165.5 billion of wealth in the past year alone, making his net worth $194.8 billion. That’s $9.5 billion more than Amazon’s founder and the previous wealthiest man in the world, Jeff Bezos.

The United States’ most valuable oil company, Exxon Mobil, had a market value slightly under $191 billion. So Musk is now worth more than America’s largest oil company.

And now, the race for private space travel has raised the stakes for Bezos’ Blue Origin and Musk’s SpaceX.

Elon Musk has said he isn’t interested in looking rich, and he keeps most of his money tied up in his companies. Musk claims his only reason for building wealth is to speed up humanity’s evolution into a spacefaring civilization.

Peaceful Transition of Power

After Joe Biden was declared the next president of the United States, President Donald Trump conceded. However, there’s still a lot of controversy. After thousands of Trump followers protested in the nation’s capital over the 2020 presidential election results, some agitators went beyond barricades at the Capitol building and into House chambers, disrupting Congress and the vice president’s work of reading and recording the Electoral College votes for each state.

Several people were injured, and four lost their lives. Now Democrats are calling for Trump’s resignation and threatening another impeachment process if President Trump does not leave the White House immediately.

Democrats have also attempted to convince the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would remove the sitting president for the inability to govern. With so little time left in the president’s term, it seems unlikely.

While former presidents traditionally attend the inauguration of their successors, President Trump has announced he will not.

Dwarf Giraffes? Oh, Yes.

Giraffes are the tallest animals on the planet. Their long necks and legs allow the animals to pluck leaves from the tops of trees – a competitive advantage – and see into the distance for predators. But scientists and researchers have discovered a much smaller version in Uganda and Namibia on Africa’s opposites side. Two dwarf giraffes, both male, have been named Gimli and Nigel.

Most giraffes grow to 15-20 feet, but the latest discovery puts the dwarf giraffes between eight and nine feet tall.

Julian Fennessy, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation’s co-founder, calls for wildlife enthusiasts to step up and help save the dwindling giraffe population, “There is just so much more to learn about the giraffe in Africa, and we need to stand tall now to save them before it is too late.” Estimates put the current giraffe population at about 111,000 in the wild.

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