The Houston Rockets ' hopes of making a leap toward playoff contention look slimmer by the week as we roll through the 2022-23 season. Head coach Stephen Silas' squad dropped their 16th game of the season on Wednesday, a listless 120-100 affair in which Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić nearly put up a triple-double in 28 minutes. The Rockets were among the NBA's best teams less than a half decade ago. Reaching those heights again now feels like a distant fantasy. So, what are the biggest problems facing the Rockets—and what hope can we have for the franchise's future? Let's address the situation in our latest mailbag. When will we no longer be the worst team in the NBA? – Phillip Mueller The 2022-23 Rockets aren’t presently the single worst team in the NBA, with that honor going to Eastern Conference also-rans in Detroit and Orlando. But the spirit of Phillip's question remains fair. Houston should be favored to finish with the West’s worst record , and even passing … [Read more...] about Houston Rockets mailbag: What is the path back to contention?
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 6 On a rural two-lane road 24 miles southwest of Austin, there's a blue and white pickup truck parked in front of a large silo that sits outside a 9,000-square-foot industrial building with brown metal siding and brick flourishes. This unassuming building is the home of Desert Door Distillery . On weekend afternoons, the distillery's expansive patio is overflowing with people sipping drinks, listening to live music and enjoying bites from a food truck parked on the property that deals in meals made with wild game. How did a remote Texas distillery located in the unincorporated community of Driftwood ( population: 106) become a hot hangout? It has plenty to do with the smoky spirit that's the speciality of Desert Door Distillery: sotol, which happens to be booming in popularity right now . What is sotol, anyway? Sotol is a distilled spirit made from the … [Read more...] about Desert Door Distillery: A Texas sotol powerhouse in a town of 106
You've probably heard of the classic "egg drop" experiment, where a person tries to prevent a raw egg from breaking after dropping it from ever-increasing elevations. But have you heard of an egg drop from space ? Mark Rober, a former NASA and Apple engineer turned YouTuber, spent three years trying to perfect the world's highest egg drop, documenting his quest to see if an egg could survive after freefalling from space in a now-viral video. "If I really wanted to future-proof this record, I realized I would need to go all the way to the top and straight to outer space," Rober explained at the start of his video. "When I started on this journey three years ago, I knew if I could draw my experience of landing stuff on other planets, I would be guaranteed the record. But what I didn't know was that this would be the most physically, financially, and mentally draining video I would ever attempt." After four unsuccessful attempts, a series of "dumb failures," scrubbed launches … [Read more...] about Former NASA engineer drops egg from space—and it survives
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 CHATHAM, Va. - The land came first, 5,557 acres of forest purchased two years after the Revolutionary War by a Virginia slaveholder and future congressman. The mansion came next - a symbol of fortune and power built by enslaved workers, who spent seven years assembling the stately home brick by brick until it was finally finished in 1825. "It's been occupied by a Walter Coles and his wife ever since then," says the latest Walter Coles - the fifth of that name - as he sits in the same parlor his father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather all sat in before him, recounting the history of Coles Hill as his predecessors look down from portraits on all four walls. Coles, 84, is one of countless Americans who still benefit from the wealth accumulated by America's 18th- and 19th-century slaveholders. And his … [Read more...] about Their wealth was built on slavery. Now a new fortune lies underground.
After a COVID-enforced two-year delay, Aston Martin ’s ground breaking ceremony last week to begin work on its new state-of-the-art Formula 1 factory and campus marks an important moment. With owner Lawrence Stroll making clear his lofty ambitions to be world championship winners in the next three to five years, he understands that the team could not keep going as it was. Still operating out of the Silverstone facilities that originally housed Jordan Grand Prix in 1991, Aston Martin’s increasing reliance on temporary offices has left it in a state where, if it is truly serious about winning world titles, it’s no longer fit for purpose. As a result, Stroll has signed off on an ambitious 400,000 square foot campus plan to be built on the land he has acquired around the current premises. This will include a factory, wind tunnel, conference centre, auditorium, heritage department and other offices. As well as being fully sustainable, it will feature state-of-the-art … [Read more...] about Why Aston Martin’s new F1 campus is a ‘reverse’ McLaren MTC