No need for an electrical power source….it’s ‘powered’ by your hot coffee or ice cold sweat tea. How awesome is that?
This here is pretty smart.
you southerners are weird
Even CEO Elon Musk thinks Tesla Motors Inc.’s stock is overvalued.
“Toyota drops detail about 414-hp Hybrid-R concept powertrain”
The Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept has been teased already, offering up little glimpses and details of the Frankfurt-bound vehicle. And while those few, shadowy shots have been great, we’ve really wanted to know how this hatchback would deliver its promised 400-plus horsepower. Under hood sits a 1.6-liter, race-derived, direct-injection, turbocharged four-cylinder that powers the front wheels. Sounds peachy, but with 414 horsepower splashed across the page, we’re going to need something more than a 1.6-liter, turbo four.
A supercapacitor, developed from the Toyota TS030 Hybrid Le Mans racer sits in place of a hybrid’s traditional battery packs. The benefit, according to Toyota, is that power can be more rapidly absorbed and discharged than in a traditional battery system, like nickel metal-hydride.
“ZF announces new GenShock energy-recovery suspension”
It’s only a matter of time before cars’ suspensions become a part of the electric power-regeneration process (similar to regenerative braking), and that time is coming very soon courtesy of ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Levant Power Corp. Levant Power has been developing what it calls GenShock-technology, the first active suspension system with the ability to recapture energy, and ZF has entered a partnership with the Massachusetts-based company to build it.
And with that, it shall be only a matter of time that every law of physics will be able to generate electricity for electric vehicles in a way that can be efficiently mass produced thus pushing fossil fuel into obsolescence.
The tipping point is when RE < C such that the cost of renewable energy is less than that of Coal (and other fossil fuels). “Right or wrong, cheap things win.” - Powering The Dream
“The Big Easy Wind Project”
This was a submission for a design competition sponsored by the Buckminster Fuller Institute.
And, strangely, 8 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Attorney General Holder “informed the governors of Washington and Colorado that the Department of Justice would allow the states to create a regime that would regulate and implement the ballot initiatives that legalized the use of marijuana for adults.”
This was symbolic to me because, as part of the budgetary portion of my design submission, I proposed that proceeds from legalized marijuana be used to partially fund The Big Easy Wind Project. It was, I thought, a radical idea.
Although my entry wasn’t selected, it was saved as part of the Idea Index, on the very last page. Since then, I couldn’t help but to think that perhaps the marijuana aspect maybe put me out of the running.
This recent change in policy makes it feel like a win for me and perhaps that I’m not as crazy as I thought I was.
I definitely hope to see a project like this come to fruition.
From e-commerce to how we travel, the South African-born billionaire is pushing technology to bigger and greener heights
The super-fast “Hyperloop” travel concept is just the latest in a series of big, bold dreams by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk.
Musk unveiled his proposed Hyperloop transportation system Monday, Aug. 12, claiming that it could blast passenger-packed pods through long tubes at about 760 mph (1,220 km/h) using energy derived from the sun.
The Hyperloop is potentially revolutionary, making it a typical Musk idea. Here’s a look at six ways the South African-born billionaire is changing the world — or is hoping to in the future.
Elon Musk co-founded the online financial services company X.com in 1999. In 2000, X.com merged with Confinity, which had developed an online payment system called PayPal. Though the combined firm at first retained the X.com moniker, it changed its name to PayPal in early 2001.
PayPal, which has helped make Internet payments and money transfers routine, grew quickly and dramatically. It was acquired by eBay in October 2002.
Musk founded the private spaceflight firm SpaceX in 2002 and currently serves as its CEO and chief designer.
SpaceX has already made history, becoming the first private company to deliver a spacecraft to the International Space Station. SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon capsule first visited the orbiting lab on a demonstration mission in May 2012 and has completed two bona fide cargo runs since. The company holds a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to make 12 such flights with Dragon and its Falcon 9 rocket.
SpaceX is also developing a crewed version of Dragon, and Musk hopes to score another NASA deal to fly astronauts to the space station. The firm is also working on a prototype reusable rocket called Grasshopper, in the hopes of making spaceflight far cheaper and more efficient.
Musk has said repeatedly that he founded SpaceX primarily to help humanity become a multiplanet species.
Musk has said he hopes to send astronauts to Mars in the next 10 to 20 years. And last November, he laid out his vision for establishing a huge Red Planet colony that could one day support up to 80,000 people.
Musk hopes SpaceX can help get the ball rolling toward such a settlement by ferrying explorers to the Red Planet for perhaps $500,000 per trip. Developing reliable, reusable rockets will be key to making all of this happen, he said.
"Our ultimate objective is Mars, and it always has been," Musk told LiveScience’s sister site SPACE.com last year in a video interview. "But in order to revolutionize space, we absolutely must have a fully and rapidly reusable rocket. This is basically the holy grail of rocket technology."
Making electric cars cool
Musk has a long-held interest in electric-vehicle technology, and in 2003, he co-founded Tesla Motors, which manufactures electric cars and the battery packs that power them.
Tesla is helping many people view electric cars in a new light. For example, the company’s Model S sedan was named 2013 Car of the Year by both Motor Trend and Automobile Magazine. One version of the Model S can go from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.0 seconds, according to Motor Trend.
The company is expanding rapidly. In May, officials announced that Tesla had already paid off the entire loan it received from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2010, nine years ahead of schedule. The firm also notched profits in the first and second quarters of 2013.
Musk’s interest in electric cars stems in part from his concern about the effects of climate change, so it makes sense that he’s involved with a big renewable-energy venture.
Musk serves as chairman of SolarCity, which designs and installs clean-energy systems for households, businesses, universities and other organizations. The firm, which was founded in 2006, has thousands of customers across 14 states, according to its website.
The Hyperloop, Musk explained Monday, would use electric motors to accelerate 6.5-foot-wide (2 meters) pods to nearly supersonic speeds. These pods would zoom through long tubes, which would be mounted on pylons to minimize construction costs, reduce earthquake risk and ease right-of-way issues.
Musk sees the system as a cheaper, faster alternative to California’s proposed $70 billion high-speed rail system, estimating that a Hyperloop line could be built from Los Angeles to San Francisco for $6 billion or so. (A trip between the two cities would take just 30 minutes, Musk said.)
The entrepreneur hopes other innovators will improve upon the Hyperloop design and run with it, since he’s busy developing Tesla and SpaceX. But Musk said he’s interested in building a demonstration model to help get the Hyperloop off the ground.
"I’d like to see something like this happen," Musk told reporters during a conference call Monday. "I don’t really care much one way or the other if I have any economic outcome here. But it would be cool to see a new form of transport happen."
Think you’re the end game for genetic complexity? I can’t blame you for venturing the guess, but no dice—even a lowly moss appears to beat us out at that one.
Compared to Homo sapiens, the moss Physcomitrella’s taking top honors with about 10,000 more genes than the human genome, which only tops out at just over 20,000. With its 32,000 genes, Physcomitrella’s “flagship genome”—as scientists are calling it—is now offering science hope for coping with global challenges brought on by climate change, from crop yields to drought tolerance and biofuel production.
But how can so many genes be useful? Click through for more. —MN
(Photo credit: Pflanzenbiotechnologie, Universitaet Freiburg)
“This Electric Motorcycle Changes Everything”
The Mission RS isn’t notable because it’s electric or because it’s designed and made in America. Or even because it’s really, really fast. Why you’re going to sit down and read every single word of this world-first review is simply because it’s a superior performance motorcycle to any yet made. Period.
It sounds like a Tie Fighter on an attack run. It’s loud, aggressive and a whole new kind of hair raising. Seriously, listen to it here.
All Charged Up: Engineers Create A Battery Made Of Wood
This doesn’t look like your trusty potato battery: a prototype device made by scientists at the University of Maryland uses wood fibers coated with carbon nanotubes to create an electric current.
(Photo: Heather Rousseau/NPR)
Lightning strikes somewhere on Earth about 100 times per second, equaling 8.6 million times per day and more than 3 billion times a year. The odds of being struck by lightning, however, are extremely slim, and smaller still are the odds of that strike being fatal; only 1 in 10 strikes results in death.
The complete randomness of a fatal strike makes it all the more tragic. Explore the interactive map of lightning fatalities in the last 18 months on NPR’s The Protojournalist.
As World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens, California Looks to End Solar Wars
“After controversy over a threatened species delayed several large solar projects, state officials are trying to broker an agreement between conservation groups and solar companies on a path forward for renewable energy.”
Learn more in the latest radio story from KQED Science.