Why I'm Hot for Solar
Elon Musk is an engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist of best known for co-founding PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors.
He is currently the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and Chairman of SolarCity. Musk is best known for having created the first viable production electric car of the modern era (Tesla Roadster), for designing a private successor to the Space Shuttle (F9/Dragon) and creating the world's largest Internet payment system (PayPal).
Musk left home in 1988 at the age of 17, without his parents' support, and in part because of the prospect of compulsory service in the South African military during Apartheid.
Musk sold his first company, Zip2, for more than $300 million to AltaVIsta in 1999 and used that money to start the company that would become PayPal. When eBay bought PayPal for $1.5 billion a couple years later, Musk embarked on a couple of big, bold projects: SpaceX (commercial space flight) and Tesla Motors (electric vehicles).
I feel quite strongly that solar power will be the single largest source of electricity generation by mid-21st century. In fact, just a simple extrapolation of the growth of solar power tells us it will be for sure.
Consider that the earth is almost entirely solar-powered today and the fact that we’re not a frozen ice ball at, say, 4 degrees kelvin, it’s due to the sun. And the whole ecosystem is powered by the sun.
There’s just an itty bitty amount of energy that we need to do complicated human things. It’s a tiny amount of energy compared to what the sun puts on the earth every day. And we just need to capture a little bit of that and turn it into electricity. But we need to accelerate that process as well because we have an unpriced externality in the effects of carbon fuels, and even to some degree, uranium and other fossil materials.
So we have to try to accelerate that with innovation. That’s what SolarCity is about.
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
The controversy over whether Jesus had any siblings is reignited after an amazing new discovery of an ancient text.
Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club
- Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
- It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
- This ability may come from a common ancestor
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