At a press conference yesterday, Tesla founder Elon Musk revealed the company’s latest creation: The Powerwall consumer battery. He told reporters, “Our goal is to fundamentally change the way the world uses energy. It sounds crazy, but we want to change the entire energy infrastructure of the world to zero carbon." The idea behind the devices is to allow people to get energy off the traditional grid and have a source of electricity in times of outages. The Powerwall also could have implications in developing countries where electricity infrastructure isn’t available.
The $3,500-device—which will hit the market in the coming months—is based on the battery used to power their high-performance electric cars. Though it’s designed to utilize and store solar power, the Powerwall can also store energy from traditional sources, but can be programmed to absorb it during cheaper, non-peak utility hours. The company is planning partnerships with energy companies to make it practical for consumers ... Discuss
Cut. It. Out: An off-Broadway musical based on Full House is now in the works. Just weeks after John Stamos announced that Netflix would be airing a sequel-series—called Fuller House—that he is producing, the theater team behind the Saved By the Bell production Bayside! The Musical! have announcedFull House! The Musical!According to this description provided to Entertainment Weekly, the production will take a meta approach to the TGIF show: The play will “follow Danny’s wacky and hilarious descent into madness as he slowly turns from wholesome Danny Tanner to foul-mouthed and dark Bob Saget.” Have mercy ... Discuss
Get your weekend started in the most pointless way possible: By watching this dad reenact the animations for each individual character in the video game Super Smash Bros. These are five gloriously awkward minutes you will never be able to get back ... Discuss
After almost 11 years in space and four years of orbiting Mercury, NASA’s Messenger spacecraft (which stands for Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging) has run out of fuel and crashed onto the surface of the planet. Messenger is estimated to have traveled somewhere around 5 billion miles during its time in space—which makes the numbers on your run-down car's odometer seem suddenly much less impressive. After the planet’s gravity pulled the vehicle out of orbit, it slammed into Mercury’s surface at 8,750 mph, creating a small crater. Messenger's mission to Mercury began in 2004, and the spacecraft settled into orbit in 2011. It has since completed more than 4,000 orbits of the planet and sent back volumes of data about Mercury back to scientists on Earth. Little was known about the planet before the mission. NASA scientists and experts hosted a live-stream of the crash to celebrate the end of Messenger's mission and explain some of the spacecraft's discoveries—you can re-watch it here ... Discuss