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China's Newest Military Recruitment Video Is Ridiculously Intense

The government rolls out rockets and rap to get China's millennials to enlist.<p>The People's Liberation Army—the umbrella organization for the Chinese military's various branches—has a new recruitment video out and it's a doozy. The video, full of quick cuts of the latest Chinese military hardware, …

4 Hidden Ways Your Cell Phone Is Costing You More Than It Should

Your phone bill doesn't need to be so much.<p>It's not cheap to buy a phone, and it's not cheap to pay for cell service every single month either. But unless you're going to travel back to 2005 and start rocking a Razr again, you don't really have a choice about plunking down cash for smartphones that …

Five Things You Should Never Do in a Four-Wheel-Drive Vehicle

Thankfully, "mud donuts" isn't on the list.<p>Everyone knows off-roading is fun. And it's common knowledge that—barring a few specific situations—you should have a four-wheel-drive vehicle if you want to do much more than drive across a field.<p>But when you're driving a four-wheel-drive vehicle, there's …

What Happens When You Shoot Potassium Bullets Into Water

The results are explosive.<p>Water beats fire, we all know that. But thanks to a quirk of physics, sometimes water can <i>make</i> fire, particularly when it mixes with soft, alkali metals like potassium or sodium. So what happens if, instead of just throwing those metals into some water and watching them …

Elon Musk Already Says the Tesla Model 3 Will Be Delayed

"Will we actually be able to achieve volume production on July 1 next year? Of course not," Musk said of the all-electric Tesla Model 3 during a Tesla earnings call.<p>At the official unveiling of the Tesla Model 3 in California last month, CEO Elon Musk was bullish about the date the car would go on …

Does Your Raft Have Some Hammocks? Be a Whole Lot Cooler If It Did

Hammocraft is a true innovation in sloth.<p>The history of mankind has been defined, in large part, by its seafaring breakthroughs. The voyaging canoe. The stern-mounted steering rudder. Viking longships. The galleon. Steam power. The U-boat. The $25 DIY hydroplane. The damming of the Colorado to give …

Tesla’s ‘upgradable’ battery may change the way we buy cars

Tesla is selling a car with an "upgradable" battery. Only it's not upgradable in the take-it-to-the-dealer-and-they'll-swap-out-some-hardware sense. Instead, you give Tesla thousands of dollars to "unlock" hardware that's <i>already included</i> in your car with an over-the-air software update. The Model S …

Elon Musk is going to make the sun shine at night with a new SolarCity/Tesla Energy project

SolarCity will produce the electricity, Tesla Energy will store it – and the SolarCity Utilities Services will deliver it to you at night. Recently, Tesla said they would install more energy storage with Solarcity in 2016 than the USA installed in 2015. This morning SolarCity put out two press …

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Elon Musk sleeps at Tesla's factory 'quite frequently' to hit lofty production targets

Elon Musk will not rest until Tesla hits its goals. Literally.<p>Tesla's CEO revealed on Wednesday night that he has been sleeping in a conference room …

Why Elon Musk Sleeps in a Sleeping Bag

Model X. Image source: Tesla.<p><b>Tesla Motors</b> (NASDAQ: TSLA) is just now ramping up production and deliveries of its Model X SUV. But the launch has been marred by a range of quality issues, parts shortages, and other growing pains. There have been a handful of reports of early Model X units having a …

Elon Musk: 'We need a revolt against the fossil fuel industry'

Tesla chief says educating the public on climate issues is essential in countering oil and gas lobby’s influence over big political decisions, reports Edie.net<p>Tesla’s chief executive Elon Musk has accused politicians of bowing to the “unrelenting and enormous” lobbying power of the fossil fuel …

Tesla boss sees bumpy road ahead for electric cars

Electric car manufacturers will have to design futuristic vehicles to entice buyers in order to ride out the challenge of plunging oil prices, Tesla …

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Leaked picture from inside Tesla shows possible Model 3 prototype and large shipment of Powerwalls

A picture leaked from inside Tesla in the Netherlands, either from the Amsterdam service center or the Tilburg assembly plant, shows what could be a new vehicle and large shipment of Powerwall battery packs.<p>The picture was posted to Reddit yesterday before being quickly removed. The original poster …

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These former Tesla employees defected to a new, top-secret rival

Just check out the company's website and you will see that four of the five leaders it lists are formerly Tesla employees.<p>Faraday's leadership roster includes Nick Sampson, Tesla's former head of vehicle and chassis engineering; Dag Reckhorn, Tesla's former director of manufacturing; and Tom …

How Elon Musk thrives with a 100 hour work week

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: How did Elon Musk work for 100 hours a week for more than 15 years?</i> <i>Answer by Patrick Hankinson, founder Hello Focus; Past CEO/Co-Founder of Compilr.</i><p>Born in South Africa in 1971, Musk split his time between his home country and his mother’s native country, …

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Why Airplane Windows Are Round, Explained in 2 Minutes

It is not hip to be a square airplane window.<p>Ever gazed out at your plane taking off and wondered why your plane windows always have rounded edges, unlike the hard corner in your home? There's a simple and very good reason, as explained by this clever little video.<p>As commercial air travel took off …

New Development Could Help Solve Fusion Reactors' Most Mysterious Problem

This tidy little video from MIT explains the tech's biggest challenge, and the latest step toward solving it.<p>The reason we don't have more nuclear fission power may be in large part thanks to politics and economics, but the reason we don't have fusion yet is that it's hard. Very hard. But …

Breva live report

Breva is one of this cool high-end independent brand which pushes the boundaries of mechanical engineering on a timepiece. Breva is about measuring …

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Watch an 'insane mode' Tesla race a 'ludicrous mode' Tesla

The normal Model S can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. That's pretty fast, but the dual-motor Model S P85D unveiled late last year can get there in just 3.2 seconds, in what's called "insane mode."<p>Not to be outdone, Tesla one-upped itself again earlier this year with the Model S P90D, which …

Passenger Captures Plane's Engine Cover Ripping Off on Takeoff

Engine covers are not supposed to do that.<p>One "lucky" passenger caught a truly astonishing clip while pointing a camera out the window of a Sky Airlines flight from Santiago in Chile to Copiapo. Instead of a routine takeoff, this rider got to record the engine cover of an Airbus A320 rip right off. …

30 Years in the Making, A Simple Gearbox is Posed to Change the Jet Engine

PurePower Geared Turbofan engines are quieter, more efficient, and took three decades to make their way to planes.<p>Jet engines can be much more efficient and much quieter than they are today. The trick to doing it is as simple as adding a gearbox, but the process of doing so has taken nearly 30 …

This Brilliant Maniac Built His Own Homemade Railgun

It's huge, dangerous, and completely awesome.<p>Dabbling amateur armsmakers mess around with potato guns. Serious amateur armsmakers 3D print their own portable railguns. This man is clearly one of the latter.<p>Known as NSA_Listbot on Reddit, this guy clearly takes his projects seriously, and gets into …

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The Army Wants Someone To Build Them a New Handgun

The Pentagon needs something that packs more punch.<p>The U.S. Army is accepting bids from firearm manufacturers to replace the outdated Beretta M9 pistol, first issued in 1985. The military contract could be worth up to $580 million, but winning the deal requires gun makers to satisfy a list of …

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7 Homemade Contraptions Failing Spectacularly

We all want to make something great. Sometimes it doesn't go our way.<p>It's a time-honored tradition for folks everywhere to take some junk at home and try to make something else out of it—preferably something dangerous. Hey, if you're not working on a project that could potentially blow up in your …

Tesla Model III, Autonomy Converging

<b>Published on</b> October 19th, 2015 | <i>by Guest Contributor</i><p>15<p>October 19th, 2015 by <b>Guest Contributor</b><p>Originally published on <i>Tesla Mondo</i>.<p>If Elon is right …

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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop: Explained

For most of modern history, trains, planes, automobiles, and boats have been humanity’s four main modes of transportation. However, while these …

Elon Musk's latest idea for electric transportation: a supersonic jet

The busiest man on the planet might be taking on yet another project. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently made a casual comment during an …

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Tesla Autopilot fail videos emerge, because nobody likes to listen

It hasn't been a week, but already, fail videos of Tesla's new Autopilot software are popping up on YouTube. This is not unexpected, as the automaker's founder, Elon Musk, admitted that it's still technically in a beta-testing phase. Still, it has the potential to send the tech-averse into a …