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MUSKWATCH: Inside Elon Musk’s Plan to Build Massive Underground Tunnels

If there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, chances are it belongs to a Tesla Model S traveling at 124 miles per hour (or 200 KPH if you’re nasty). At least, it will if Elon Musk gets his way and uses his aptly titled The Boring Company to construct an elaborate, labyrinthine network of tunnels underneath the United States’ major metropolitan areas in an effort to alleviate traffic. Why is eccentric billionaire and multitasker extraordinare Elon Musk so obsessed with not only being crowned the first God-King of Mars, but also named Lord of the Mole People? Is it true that Musk came up with the idea while stuck in LA’s famously terrible traffic? How fast do these massive tunneling machines even excavate anyway? We’ve got answers to all of this and more for you on the premiere episode of Muskwatch.

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As we announced last week, Muskwatch is a brand new weekly show on Nerdist hosted by science editor Kyle Hill (Because Science) and senior editor Dan Casey (The Dan Cave). Each week, we’ll take you on an odyssey of the mind through the latest and greatest news in science, technology, futurism, and whatever manner of benevolent Tony Stark-meets-Hank Scorpio supervillainy His Muskiness is up to. For the first episode, we’re talking about The Boring Company and which fictional character moves faster than its mega-drills. Plus we’ll dive deep into the latest in artificial womb technology (and how it’s different from cloning), as well as the latest in SpaceX’s reusable rocket technology (and the spy satellites they’re delivering to outer space). In short, it’s gonna get weird, so buckle up and enjoy the ride.

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Muskwatch will air on Nerdist.com and YouTube every Tuesdaybut you can hack the planet and watch it two full days earlier on Sunday if you’re an Alpha subscriber. Find out how you can get 30 days free (and be 48 hours smarter than your dumb friends) right here.

What do you think of this week’s top stories? What else would you like to see us discuss on Muskwatch? Let us know in the comments below!

Dan Casey is the senior editor of Nerdist and the author of books about Star Wars and the Avengers. Follow him on Twitter (@DanCasey).

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