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  • Nikola Tesla's Youngest Descendant, Serbian Refugee

    12/22/2009 2:06:44 AM PST · by kronos77 · 29 replies · 1,513+ views
    Shameless Croats Her name is Danijela Tesla, she is 18-years-old and lives in Smederevo, Serbian town near Belgrade. She is the youngest descendant of the “man who invented 20th century”, Serbian-born American immigrant Nikola Tesla. Ever since the world’s greatest inventor — also regarded as “the greatest genius” that ever lived — closed his eyes in New York hotel on 7 January 1943, Tesla’s name and revolutionary inventions have been the subject of vicious contention between the governments, state officials and institutions, nations and corporations. Recently, Walt Disney studio which wants to create a Tesla character for one sequence of...
  • Interstate Tesla Service Stations: Business Idea?

    10/27/2009 6:26:23 AM PDT · by dangus · 65 replies · 1,125+ views
    Vanity | 10-27-09 | Senseless vanity
    I'm not in the position for making any huge investments, and this might be in the category of just plain ignorant, but I figure this proposal might at least prompt some interesting discussion, and if its plausible, someone should do it: The Tesla gets about 220 miles per charge. Great... if you're going somewhere less than four hours away. But if the S-class (a $50,000 "family car") is going to be someone's main car, they're certainly going to want to take longer trips with it. The problem is the car takes 8 hours to charge with 110 volts. By doubling...
  • Artificial ionosphere creates bullseye in the sky Auroral experiments make glowing plasma...

    10/03/2009 8:37:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1,525+ views
    Nature News ^ | 2 October 2009 | Naomi Lubick
    Auroral experiments make glowing plasma patch.Natural aurorae light up the northern skies.Chris Madeley / Science Photo Library An experiment that fires powerful radio waves into the sky has created a patch of 'artificial ionosphere', mimicking the uppermost portion of Earth's atmosphere. The research has not only caused glowing dots to appear around these patches it could also provide a new way to bounce radio signals around the globe.The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), near Gakona, Alaska, has spent nearly two decades using radio waves to probe Earth's magnetic field and ionosphere. One of the most obvious results...
  • NVIDIA's Fermi: Architected for Tesla, 3 Billion Transistors in 2010

    10/01/2009 9:17:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 46 replies · 1,633+ views
    Anandtech ^ | September 30th, 2009 | Anand Lal Shimpi
    The graph below is one of transistor count, not die size. Inevitably, on the same manufacturing process, a significantly higher transistor count translates into a larger die size. But for the purposes of this article, all I need to show you is a representation of transistor count. See that big circle on the right? That's Fermi. NVIDIA's next-generation architecture.NVIDIA astonished us with GT200 tipping the scales at 1.4 billion transistors. Fermi is more than twice that at 3 billion. And literally, that's what Fermi is - more than twice a GT200.At the high level the specs are simple. Fermi has...
  • A Cordless Future for Electricity? (Wireless Power)

    09/02/2009 12:13:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies · 1,437+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/2/09
    Electronics such as phones and laptops may start shedding their power cords within a year. Wireless electricity may soon make tangled power cords a thing of the past. That's the prediction of Eric Giler, CEO of WiTricity, a company that's able to power light bulbs using wireless electricity that travels several feet from a power socket. WiTricity's version of wireless electricity -- which converts power into a magnetic field and sends it sailing through the air at a particular frequency -- still needs to be refined a bit, he said, but should be commercially available soon. Giler, whose company is...
  • Tesla Motors Will Move to Palo Alto

    08/18/2009 9:46:01 AM PDT · by Go_Raiders · 17 replies · 817+ views
    City of Palo Alto Website ^ | August 18, 2009 | Linda Clerkson
    Palo Alto, CA The City of Palo Alto and Tesla Motors announced today that Tesla will develop and manufacture electric vehicle components in a renovated building in the Stanford Research Park in Palo Alto. Tesla, the only automaker that is already producing and selling highway-capable electric vehicles, will lease an approximately 350,000-square-foot building on a 23-acre parcel at 3500 Deer Creek Road. The facility will supply all-electric powertrain solutions to Tesla Motors vehicles and other automakers, greatly accelerating the availability of mass-market EVs. The world's premier EV manufacturer will also move its corporate headquarters from San Carlos to the...
  • Predator

    08/08/2009 9:50:11 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 11 replies · 1,461+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 08, 2009 | Randy Fardal
    In a series of articles published from 1902-1904, Ida Tarbell attacked Standard Oil, the leading US supplier of kerosene lamp fuel. The centerpiece of Ms. Tarbell's criticism was that the company had engaged in predatory pricing by continually lowering its prices. Her readers must have asked themselves, "How is that a bad thing? Am I supposed to be outraged that the amount I pay for lamp oil has fallen?" Although company cofounder John Rockefeller had retired from actively managing Standard Oil in 1896, Ms. Tarbell vilified him in her articles, even criticizing his elderly appearance. Populist US president Theodore Roosevelt...
  • GAO: Electric Cars Won't Reduce Carbon Emissions

    07/10/2009 11:38:59 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 49 replies · 2,167+ views ^ | July 10, 2009
    The push for conversion to plug-in electric cars will do nothing to stop carbon emissions, a report by the GAO warns, throwing cold water on a push by Democrats to get more plug-ins on the road. In fact, the problem could be made worse as demand goes up at coal-fired electrical plants. Plus, the need for batteries may just have the US changing the dictators to which were chained, as IBD reports...
  • Not So Fast With Those Electric Cars

    07/08/2009 5:07:23 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 27 replies · 1,134+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 7, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Alternative Energy: A government report says reliance on electric cars will do little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and may merely shift our dependence on foreign sources from one set of dictators to another..."If you are using coal-fired power plants, and half the country's electricity comes from coal-powered plants, are you just trading one greenhouse gas emitter for another?" asks Mark Gaffigan, co-author of the GAO report. The report itself notes: "Reductions in CO2 emissions depend on generating electricity used to charge the vehicles from lower-emission sources of energy."
  • Federal Loan to Electrify Sports Cars

    06/26/2009 12:25:41 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 11 replies · 404+ views
    livescience ^ | 24 June 2009
    Upstart electric car maker Tesla Motors will get a $465 million loan under a $25 billion program set up during the Bush administration as an offset to higher fuel standards. The program is aimed at helping automakers retool to produce more fuel-efficient or electric vehicles. Congress was slow to actually fund the program, however, so this week's announcement involves the first loans. Tesla, which already makes an electric roadster, remains dwarfed by the competition. Ford will get $5.9 billion from the same program, and Nissan snagged $1.6 billion.
  • Can Tesla Become a Real Automaker? (Spunky startup faces a steep road to market electric cars)

    06/24/2009 5:43:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies · 722+ views
    Business Week ^ | 6/24/2009 | David Welch
    Once again, the federal government is handing billions of dollars to auto companies. The last round of loans raised the question of whether General Motors and Chrysler could shake off their creaky ways and survive to pay the money back. The question this time: Can Tesla Motors become enough like one of those old car companies? The latest round of handouts is coming from U.S. Energy Dept. funds to boost development of greener vehicles. The department issued $8 billion in loans on June 23, granting Ford Motor (F) $6 billion, Nissan Motor (NSANY) $1.6 billion, and tiny electric-car startup Tesla...
  • Ford, Nissan, Tesla's electric plans get $8B jolt

    06/24/2009 12:07:58 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies · 636+ views
    Forbes ^ | 6/23/2009 | KIMBERLY S. JOHNSON and KEN THOMAS
    Cultivating the next generation of fuel-efficient vehicles, the Obama administration said Tuesday it would lend $5.9 billion to Ford Motor Co. and about $2.1 billion to Nissan Motor Co. and Tesla Motors Inc. in a government-industry partnership to build green cars. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the three automakers would be the first beneficiaries of a $25 billion fund to develop fuel-efficient vehicles. The loans to Ford will help the company upgrade factories in Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio to produce 13 fuel-efficient vehicles. Nissan (NSANY) will receive loans of $1.6 billion to retool its plant in Smyrna, Tenn.,...
  • Energy Dept. to lend $8B to Ford, Nissan, Tesla

    06/23/2009 8:44:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 498+ views
    breitbart ^ | 6/23/09 | KIMBERLY S. JOHNSON and KEN THOMAS
    The Energy Department said Tuesday it would lend $5.9 billion to Ford Motor Co. and provide about $2.1 billion in loans to Nissan Motor Co. and Tesla Motors Inc., making the three automakers the first beneficiaries of a $25 billion fund to develop fuel-efficient vehicles.
  • AP source: Ford, Nissan, Tesla to get govt loans

    06/23/2009 5:27:54 AM PDT · by Need4Truth · 13 replies · 721+ views
    AP / Yahoo ^ | June 23, 2009 | Ken Thomas
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Energy Department is expected to announce Tuesday it is lending money to the Ford Motor Co. and two other automakers from a $25 billion fund to develop fuel-efficient vehicles.
  • Tesla CEO Musk: Gas Should Be $10 A Gallon

    06/15/2009 5:51:44 PM PDT · by FromLori · 50 replies · 1,990+ views
    Speaking at the Wired Live conference in New York today, Elon Musk told the crowd that we should all be paying $10 at the pump for a gallon of gas. The low price we're currently spoiled with doesn't factor in "the true cost of gasoline at the pump," said the Tesla CEO (via CNET), "since nobody's explicitly paying for the CO2 capacity of the oceans and atmospheres, it's getting consumed. We will pay for it down the road, but we are sort of ignoring it for now." Nevermind that $10 gas would absolutely devastate our economy, Musk wants it so...
  • Tesla now worth half GM's value

    05/22/2009 12:10:06 PM PDT · by mnehring · 29 replies · 839+ views
    From the what-a-world department: Daimler AG's $50 million investment in Tesla Motors this week means the San Carlos electric car maker is worth roughly half the value of the world's largest auto manufacturer, General Motors Corp. With one roadster on the market and one sedan in prototype, Tesla, thanks to Daimler's 9 percent stake, is valued at $550 million. GM sold 8.35 million vehicles worldwide in 2008; its market value as of Thursday was $1.17 billion, based on the closing stock price of $1.92. "It's sort of amusing," remarked Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard.
  • Daimler grabs Tesla stake in electric-car push

    05/19/2009 8:59:19 AM PDT · by buzzer · 29 replies · 819+ views ^ | May 19, 2009 5:09 AM PDT | Martin LaMonica
    German automotive giant Daimler has invested in electric-car company Tesla Motors and plans to use Tesla's battery packs in its Smart electric car due later this year. At a Tuesday press conference held at the Daimler museum in Stuttgart, Germany, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Daimler management board member Thomas Weber said the contract between the two companies calls for joint collaboration on the Smart electric car and future models.
  • Tesla: A Battle to Preserve a Visionarys Bold Failure

    05/07/2009 9:45:45 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 62 replies · 1,992+ views
    NYT ^ | May 4, 2009 | WILLIAM J. BROAD
    In 1901, Nikola Tesla began work on a global system of giant towers meant to relay through the air not only news, stock reports and even pictures but also, unbeknown to investors such as J. Pierpont Morgan, free electricity for one and all.....
  • Would You Buy an Electric Car?

    04/07/2009 3:48:34 AM PDT · by Scanian · 140 replies · 3,490+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 07, 2009 | Isaac Martin
    President Obama revealed what he might think we should be driving when he visited Tesla Motors , a firm building electric cars in San Carlos, California, while on his Tonight Show trip to the Coast. Unlike political rhetoric read from a teleprompter, cars are real. You can touch them and drive them and determine whether or not they're good, bad or indifferent. And the reality is that electric cars don't match the performance of conventional vehicles you're driving now. There's one major shortcoming, which manufacturers never seem to cover in detail, illuminated in a March 26 Silicon Valley Mercury News...
  • Internal Affairs: Is Schwarzenegger Having Buyers Remorse Over His Tesla?

    03/30/2009 12:19:44 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 1,078+ views
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was on a short list of celebrities who ordered the super-sleek, $109,000 Tesla Roadster when the San Carlos-based electric-car maker took its first round of orders awhile back. But now it looks as if the governor wants a refund. The gossip Web site Valleywag reported last week that Schwarzenegger for months has been quietly trying to return the sports car. The reason? The car, built on a Lotus frame, is a little too cramped for the former bodybuilder. An aide to the governor was aware of the report but said he couldn't get hold of Schwarzenegger on...