The Clever Plan to Mine Lithium From Geothermal Power Plants' Wastewater

Regardless what you think about the future of phones or wearables or cars, there is one thing nearly everyone can agree on: We will need more batteries. And for that, we'll need more lithium. One startup has its eyes on a new source of lithium: the wastewater from geothermal power plants. » 9/08/14 4:36pm 9/08/14 4:36pm

Renovo Coupe: The Electric Dream Car For Gasoline-Crazy Gearheads

A Silicon Valley startup just revealed the latest piece of electronic future-tech, a 500-horsepower, all-electric supercar that does zero to 60 faster than a Porsche 911. But the most important part of the Renovo Coupe isn't cutting-edge at all: It's that gorgeous body, designed in 1964. » 8/15/14 11:35am 8/15/14 11:35am

Dear Tesla: Bypassing Environmental Laws Is Bad For Everyone

Tesla is planning a so-called Gigafactory, an enormous battery plant to supply the company's upcoming high-volume Model 3. California wants that factory bad, offering to waive its environmental regulations to win it. That's bad news—for Tesla, for California, for you and me, and for the future of electric cars. » 8/12/14 3:08pm 8/12/14 3:08pm

The Network Inside Tesla's Model S Is Just Like The One in Your House

The Tesla car company isn't shy about breaking from automotive standard practice, building fast, near-silent, sleek electric cars in a world where most vehicles still sip dinosaur juice. So it probably shouldn't surprise you to learn that the complex electronic infrastructure supporting the car's many sensors and… » 4/04/14 2:54pm 4/04/14 2:54pm

Which State Will Get Tesla's Gargantuan Battery Factory?

Electric car maker Tesla wants a cheaper, faster way to produce the lithium ion batteries that power its cars, and the company has settled on a gargantuan solution: the so-called "gigafactory" that, if all goes as planned, will crank out more lithium ion batteries than the entire world produced in 2013. » 4/01/14 4:54pm 4/01/14 4:54pm

Sparks Fly In A Debate Over Where to Keep Nikola Tesla's Remains

The gold-plated sphere that holds free energy pioneer/mad scientist/fan fiction staple Nikola Tesla's ashes has been on display in a Belgrade museum for over half a century, but now church officials have successfully pressured the Serbian government to intern Tesla's remains in a churchyard. » 3/07/14 5:39pm 3/07/14 5:39pm

How the Downtown Project Is Solving Vegas's Urban Problems In-House

When I meet Josh Westerhold at the offices of Project 100, the Las Vegas urban mobility startup that's funded by the Downtown Project, we decide it would probably make sense to head out into downtown Vegas to tour their project area in person. From the other room, his co-worker has an even better idea: "Take the… » 1/09/14 3:40pm 1/09/14 3:40pm

This Week in Time Capsules: Nikola Tesla Statue Rises in Silicon Valley

Our weekly round-up of time capsule news includes a group of kids in Ohio who sealed an Xbox into a capsule, the tragic story of a recently unearthed time capsule from 2003 that didn't fare too well, and a new Tesla monument in Silicon Valley that includes some predictions for the world of 2043. » 12/13/13 2:49pm 12/13/13 2:49pm