1. Drive for ~300 miles without needing a charge
2. No extra CO2 emissions - the energy to charge the cars come from solar energy
3. Solar power puts more power back into the grid than the car uses - that means free charges. You don't pay to charge your car!!!! Drive your car for free!!!
[Read this and watch. This is literally the most important news story of the year, if not the decade or century.]
Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk said there are three reasons people don't view electric cars as practical. Then he proceeded to solve each one.
1) "The range is too short." His new super charger will give high-end Teslas a 150 mile trip on a 30 minute charge. "You could drive for three hours, stop at a rest area and recharge for 30 minutes and be ready to go again." There are six stations already deployed in California. "This is not some figment of imagination that may be happening at some point in the future. We built these up in secret and we are unveiling them for the first time tonight...Within two years we will cover almost the entire United States with Super Chargers. You'll be able to travel practically anywhere. Our long-term goal is (within 4-5 years) to cover the entire United States and the lower part of Canada." Europe and eventually the entire world are planned as well.
2) "You are just burning fuel at a power plant instead of the car." The super chargers will be powered by solar panels from Solar City and "are designed to generate more power than required for the cars so the Super Chargers will actually put more power into the grid than the cars use."
3) "Electric vehicles are trendy but too expensive and not worth it." The Tesla Model S cars equipped with the Super Charging technology will be able to use the stations at no cost. "You'll be able to travel for free, forever on pure sunlight. It's pretty hard to beat that. Free long distance? You're not going to be able to get that with gasoline."
At the start of his talk, a Tesla was plugged in. At the conclusion of his 10 minute presentation it had gained enough charge to drive 50 miles. From sunlight. For free.
Video Description: Elon Musk introduces the Tesla Supercharger and the first part of a national network which will allow the Model S electric car to travel long distances with ultra fast charging. With the Superchargers' power supplied by solar energy, Tesla continues to move automotive transit towards a much more sustainable future.
Coursera folks, would you please do a fellow student a solid :) It's for another courses from Coursera
A new gadget called Re-Feed developed by a student takes your leftovers and turn them into plant food. It automatically pumps resultant liquid nourishment into your flowerpots.
This has to be the coolest use of leftovers, +1 for turning this concept into gadget.
More information about the gadget can be found here http://www.fastcodesign.com/1670844/an-elegant-desktop-composter-that-automatically-feeds-your-plants
Most of the food we eat in the US is genetically modified (GM) and sprayed with Round-Up pesticide - two variables in this study found to cause the tumors. The scary thing is as consumers we don't know if the food we're eating is GM'd (it's not labeled) and therefore can't make a decision to eat it or not.
CA is trying to pass legislation that would require the labeling of GM foods, but it's difficult to pass due to the resistance and legal lobbying of the companies that product these foods. This is EXACTLY like the tobacco companies decades ago - if you have a chance to support the effort to label foods, do it!
Donations go to the Organic Consumers Fund (OCF) which is a 501c4 allied organization. Early voting on Prop 37 begins on October 9. By November 6, this historic initiative will have passed or failed.
8 reasons you want Prop 37 to pass, and why we're asking for your support.
1. GMOs have never been proven safe. The FDA conducts no independent testing of GMOs, but instead claims that they are "not substantially different" from non-GMO foods.
2. The biotech industry is not required to conduct long-term safety studies on GMOs, and it keeps researchers from conducting those tests by claiming the right to protect its patented seeds and technologies.
3. GMOs are everywhere. Today, most non-organic US corn, soy, cotton and sugar beets - which are used in most of the sweeteners and additives used by food processors - are genetically engineered. So is the feed fed to the animals you eat. In fact, 75 - 85% of the processed food in your grocery store contains unlabeled GMOs.
4. The companies who want you to believe GMOs are safe are the same ones who lied to you about Agent Orange and DDT.
5. GE crops are responsible for super weeds and super bugs, soil degradation, and lack of diversity - which makes crops and humans more susceptible to disease.
6. The only folks who don't want you to know what's in your food are huge corporations like Monsanto, Dow AgriScience, BASF and food conglomerates like Pepsi and Coca-Cola - who along with other biotech, pesticide and processed food manufacturers have donated nearly $33 million to defeat Prop 37.
7. This is our best - and perhaps only - shot at labeling GMOs and ending Monsanto's monopoly of our food supply and destruction of our health and environment. Nineteen other states have tried - and failed - to get a GMO labeling law through the state legislative process. Prop 37 takes GMO labeling direct to the voters so Monsanto's lobbyists can't kill it.
8. If this law passes in California, food manufacturers have admitted that it may as well be a national law. They won't want to put 'this product contains GMOs" on their labels, so they will reformulate their products. And if they reformulate for California, they may as well do it for all of their products.
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