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Tesla Motors repays Department of Energy loan nine years early

With a wire transfer of $451.8 million, Elon Musk has finally made good on his promise to repay the hefty loan Tesla received from the Department of Energy well ahead of its 2022 due date, beating even Musk's own five-year estimate. This comes on the heels of a very profitable first quarter, and is …

Inteliscope: because your tactical rifle totally needed an iPhone strapped to it

It's surely not the first contraption to bring an iDevice to a weapon, but the Inteliscope does appear to be one of the first to take itself seriously. It's designed to secure an iPhone 4 / 4S / 5 or iPod touch to any firearm with a Picatinny (Mil-STD-1913) or Weaver tactical rail, enabling …

Ethernet celebrates 40 years

Invented by Bob Metcalfe, the Ethernet laid the foundation for the modern-day Internet and global connectivity.<p>Most people probably associate Ethernet with a simple cable cinched with phone-like jacks. But, Ethernet is so much more.<p>It is the foundation for global Internet access and undoubtedly the …

Internet of Things

Microsoft recruits Siri to bad-mouth the iPad in new Windows 8 tablet ad

Whatever era you call it, post-PC or simply PC plus, the Mac vs. PC war has ignited once again today. In a fresh Windows 8 ad, Microsoft is directly attacking Apple's iPad on price, an approach it took during the early Vista days with low-priced laptops. It's also doing it in a way that parodies …

Google X acquires Makani Power, an airborne wind turbine manufacturer

Larry Page just picked up another bird for his flying craft collection, and this plane doesn't even carry passengers. In fact, it's not used for transportation at all -- the aircraft is tethered to the ground. Google X, the tech giant's experimental arm, recently acquired the device's designer, …

HP Envy Rove 20 is the company's stab at a giant all-in-one Windows 8 tablet

It's hard to say if there's a market yet for an all-in-one touchscreen PC that you can just pick up and carry around, but it seems that no Windows PC maker wants to be left out. Hot on the heels of Dell's XPS 18, Sony's VAIO Tap 20, and the Asus Transformer AIO, Hewlett-Packard has announced the …

Can Data Storage Ever Reach An Absolute Limit?

<b>Yes.</b> The maximum possible amount of data you can cram into a given space is the Bekenstein bound.<p>So what does that translate to? Well, the E is actually mass-energy. But assuming your storage device is a spherical thing that has mass, the number of bits you can store is around (2.57*10^43)*(mass of …

NASA satellite captures world's largest panorama

The strip of Earth captured in the panorama.<i><br>(Credit: NASA Earth Observatory)</i><p><b>NASA's Landsat has captured a 9000-kilometre swathe of land in an</b> …

Space

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