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SpaceX, the private space exploration company led by Elon Musk, has raised $100 million in new venture capital funding, according to an SEC filing. It's an extension to a round that initially closed over the summer on $350 million at a post-money valuation of $21 billion. The company, in a statement, declined to identify any participating investors.

Coming attractions: SpaceX is planning to launch its largest-ever rocket, the long-delayed Falcon Heavy, just before year-end. Per SpaceX, "it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two."

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Post-debate poll finds Biden strong on every major issue

Joe Biden speaks Friday about "The Biden Plan to Beat COVID-19," at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

This is one of the bigger signs of trouble for President Trump that we've seen in a poll: Of the final debate's seven topics, Joe Biden won or tied on all seven when viewers in a massive Axios-SurveyMonkey sample were asked who they trusted more to handle the issue.

Why it matters: In a time of unprecedented colliding crises for the nation, the polling considered Biden to be vastly more competent.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
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The murder hornets are here

A braver man than me holds a speciment of the Asian giant hornet. Photo: Karen Ducey/Getty Images

Entomologists in Washington state on Thursday discovered the first Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S.

Why it matters: You may know this insect species by its nom de guerre: "the murder hornet." While the threat they pose to humans has been overstated, the invading hornets could decimate local honeybee populations if they establish themselves.