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Tesla Model S Confirmed to Also Be a Boat, but It’s Not Recommended

When can we expect the auto jacks?

Tesla Motors' electric cars already sport some pretty impressive officially supported features, but sometimes, the most interesting uses of technology are kind of ... off-label. That's the case with recent confirmation that the Model S can, in fact, double as a boat under the right circumstances. It's not quite Speed Racer's submarine mode, but it'll do for now.

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Tesla Motors Unveils Its $35,000 Model 3 Electric Car, Pre-Sells a Ton of Them

A very real "shut up and take my money" scenario.

Tesla's big on high performance electric cars, but they've generally been priced out of range of most of the population. The Model 3, unveiled last night, aims to change that, and despite its price being still a bit high, starting at $35,000, and its fall 2017 shipping window, they've already sold a whole lot of them.

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Tesla Motors Unveils Preorder Program for Their More Affordable “Model 3” Electric Car

Affordable is still a relative term.

Tesla's long-awaited, lower-end electric car option, the $35,000 Model 3, is almost ready to make its debut, and the company is going to be ready for how much we all want one with a preorder program in place.

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Tesla Making Other Auto-Makers Look Bad by Recalling 90,000 Cars Over a Single Incident

Edward Norton does not understand this math.

Remember that scene in Fight Club wherein Edward Norton describes car recall math? Number of vehicles out there multiplied by probably failure rate multiplied by the average cost of an out of court settlement, and if that's more cost-effective than doing recall, they don't do one? Yeah, Tesla's not into that, so they're recalling a ton of cars over a single seatbelt failure.

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Tesla May Restrict Autopilot Mode for Cars Because of Stupidity

This is why we can't have nice things.

Self-driving cars are closer to a reality than you might realize as you manually drive your analog car down the street, concentrating very hard on not hitting anything while you text. (Yes, we know what you've been doing. Stop it. Pull over if you need to. Geez.) But on the way to that impressive technology, we'll have to be very careful about understanding its current limitations—or Elon Musk will take away our toys.

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SpaceX’s Elon Musk Shares Idea to Nuke Mars With Stephen Colbert, Is Dubbed a Supervillain

So Ultron, then, since we previously dubbed him Iron Man?

In Stephen Colbert's first night as host of the The Late Show, he interviewed Jeb Bush and demonstrated that he's still got it when it comes to solid and fun interviews. On his second night in an interview with SpaceX and Tesla Motors' Elon Musk, he demonstrated that he can still do things like call people supervillains.

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Things We Saw Today: Studio Ghibli Umbrellas Change Patterns When Wet; Will Also Change Your Life

When it rains...MORE TOTOROS!

Check out this awesome Totoro umbrella! One of several Studio Ghibli umbrellas available in Japan that change patterns when wet.

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Elon Musk Gon’ Give It to Ya in the SpaceX “Uptown Funk” Parody “Launch You Up”

So SpaceX-y.

OK, we'll accept another "Uptown Funk" parody on the basis that this one is the best one. See, I told you Elon Musk was really Iron Man.

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2015 Is the Future: Tesla Cars Are Getting Autopilot in a Software Update in Just Three Months

The future of the '80s is finally here.

There was an urban legend when I was growing up about someone who thought "cruise control" was autopilot in their RV, turned it on, and went in the back to make a sandwich. Tesla Motors is set to make that tall tale obsolete in the coming months with a real autopilot mode for its cars to drive themselves down the highway.

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For $85 on Airbnb, You Can Be the Junk in Elon Musk’s Trunk

OK, on a technicality, but still.

A guy from Phoenix, Arizona noticed his Tesla Model S had enough back to fit an air mattress back there, and after using it as his own portable, environmentally friendly hotel several times, he's opening up the opportunity to everyone on Airbnb. $85 might seem like a steep asking price to sleep in a trunk, but the Model S probably cost him more than some people's homes you could stay in.

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On October 9th, Elon Musk and Tesla Motors Want to “Unveil the D”

I can't tell you what I'm thinking right now.

Oh. Oh boy. There's so many poorly chosen words in that sentence.

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This Musical Tribute To Nikola Tesla Is Approximately 1000000x Cooler Than Thomas Edison

Seriously, Thomas Edison is the worst.

Matthew Inman (aka The Oatmeal) loves Nikola Tesla. Like, really loves Nikola Tesla. Inman loves Tesla so much that Inman actually saved Tesla's former laboratory from destruction, owns it, and now wants to turn it into a Tesla Museum. So rad. To educate the rest of the world about how awesome Tesla is, Inman and Sarah Donner created this musical homage to his brilliance, and it's pretty great.

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Dealers Try to Boot Tesla From Georgia Over Technicality While Tesla Plans Nevada “Gigafactory”

"What the Hell is a gigafactory!?" -Marty McFly to Elon Musk.

The Georgia Automobile Dealers Association doesn't like electric car maker Tesla Motors cutting out the middleman and selling directly to consumers. I wonder why that is? So they're crying foul on a rule that limits the number of cars Tesla can sell in a year. Meanwhile, Nevada is laughing all the way to the bank (screw electricity. I want one of these laugh-powered cars that Nevada is getting) as Tesla prepares to build a huge factory there.

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Watch A Chainmail Dress Protect Its Inventor Against 500,000 Volts Of Electricity

Dry-clean only.

Anouk Wipprecht designed this fashionable and functional chain mail dress with the help of ArcAttack, and wore it herself at Maker Faire when her models were too nervous to try it in action. To build a bad-ass, lightning-resistant, 600-rings-of-chainmail dress for your own use, you can follow step-by-step instructions over on Instructables. Hall of the Mountain King not included.

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The Tesla Motors $35,000 Model 3 Might Just Be the Electric Car You’ve Been Waiting For

Anyone have $35,000 I can borrow? It's for the environment.

Electric cars are great and all, but most of them suffer from short ranges and long charging time or a high price tag. Well, Tesla's $35,000 Model 3 is going to change all of that with a car that offers the long travel ranges Tesla is known for without their equally high prices.

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Good Guy Elon Musk Just Made All of Tesla Motors’s Patents Open Source

His business card should just read "Elon Musk: Basically Tony Stark."

Elon Musk just made all the patents held by Tesla Motors open source, paving the way for more innovation in the electric car market. It's great news for anyone looking to build an electric car, and even for anyone hoping to someday buy one. The real question here is, "Why?"

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Faster Than A Speeding Bullet: Elon Musk Reveals the Hyperloop

Elon Musk worked all night on this? What a procrastinator.

Well, it's here. So here's what's going on with Elon Musk's Hyperloop scheme for building a high-speed maglev transit system, which he calls "a new mode of transport – a fifth mode after planes, trains, cars, and boats."

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Tesla Motors Allowed to Sell Cars in North Carolina, Because of Course They Should Be Allowed to Do That

The State House of Representatives shot down a bill sponsored by auto dealers that would have made Tesla's direct-to-consumer sales illegal in the state.

This week marked a big win for electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors as the company won the right to sell cars directly to consumers in North Carolina. While that may seem like a no-brainer -- after all, what would you expect a car company to do other than "sell cars" -- the company's fate in the Tar Heel State was up in the air since a bill passed the State Senate last month that would have made it illegal for companies to sell automobiles directly to consumers in the state, a practice only Tesla currently engages in. Earlier this week, though, the North Carolina House of Representatives killed the bill, which had become increasingly unpopular. Probably because of how stupid and unfair it was on its face.

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North Carolina Moves Towards Banning Sale of Tesla Cars, Because…Yeah, We Can’t Figure It Out Either

If you live in North Carolina and want to buy an electric car from Tesla motors, here's hoping you already did that, because doing so stands to get a lot more difficult in short order. A bill moving through the state legislature there would make it illegal for Tesla -- or any other car manufacturer -- to sell cars directly to consumers in the state.

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Elon Musk and New York Times Duke It Out Over Tesla Supercharger Evaluation

In case you weren't already aware, Tesla Motors' Elon Musk and The New York Times' John M. Broder have been involved in something of a brouhaha ever since Broder published a rather damning evaluation of Tesla's Supercharger network, and therefore their Model S electric vehicles, on the East Coast last Friday. Essentially, Musk and Tesla contend that Broder essentially sabotaged his own review, and Broder argues that everything he did during the review was justified. Musk has since come forward with a whole mess of data on the trip, but the reality of the situation is still rather murky.

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