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Elon Musk Will Turn James Bond’s Submarine Car Into Reality

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submarine carEven though his Telsa Motor Company got a some bad publicity recently when one of their Model S electric cars caught fire, entrepreneur and billionaire Elon Musk is never one to look back, always moving forward with one project or seven others. Now that he’s got cars, the SpaceX program, and a potential Hyperloop transport system within his grasp, there are only so many forms of travel left for Musk to get involved with. However, his latest headline-garnering purchase certainly proves he’ll keep looking. A recent auction in London saw a Lotus sports car, the submarine vehicle used in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, sell for a cool $920,167. While the buyer was initially kept secret, it was eventually revealed to be Musk, who next plans on become an internationally revered secret agent for Her Majesty. Or maybe he’s just interested in turning the submarine car into a Tesla-developed reality. Both of those options sound equally ridiculous, though only the latter is true.

After having his buyer identity outed by the auto-website Jalopnik, Musk released a statement through Tesla that extends my beliefs that Musk is one of the coolest guys on the planet.

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Tesla Takes A Hit After One Of Their Cars Goes Up In Flames

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Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, Paypal, and the brains behind the potentially revolutionary Hyperloop transport system, has managed to achieve god-like status among science and tech geeks. Just when he seemed untouchable, an incident involving his Tesla Motor Company’s Model S electric car made headlines this week and caused the company’s stock to plummet.

On Wednesday, a Seattle-area driver got into an accident that caused the Model S to go up in flames. Apparently, a piece of metal fell off a semi, hitting the car, puncturing its armor plate, and damaging the battery pack. The blaze started in the lithium-ion battery compartment and, according to Musk, remained contained and safely away from the passenger compartment. An alarm system in the car prompted the driver to pull over, and he was apparently out of the car before the fire began. The fire department extinguished the flames, which restarted a short time later under the car. Oops. That might be because water wasn’t effective as an extinguisher—when firefighters used chemicals on the flames, they were able to put it out for good.

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Cross The Streams TV: The Walking Dead, Continuum, MythBusters, And More

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It’s finally the cool weather month of ghouls, goblins, and the cold tits of witches. Oh, and zombies, of course. And here on this week’s Cross the Streams, not only have the undead risen, but there was just too much interesting material to limit to just one feature, so we split them up into TV and movies. There’s no way in hell you guys should be bored this week. Unless you’re a naturally miserable person. But then we have something in common. Stream on!

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The Walking Dead: Season 3 (Netflix Instant)
The best season yet of AMC’s The Walking Dead, which isn’t saying all that much, these 16 episodes are chock-full of awesome-looking zombies and slow-moving conversations. Comic fans rejoiced as the blade-wielding badass Michonne and the psychotic despot the Governor joined the cast, and the prison setting was used with some success. Lots of twists and surprises this season lead into what looks like an explosive fourth installment, which begins on October 13th. If you haven’t caught up yet, I see a shambling marathon in your future.

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SpaceX’s Grasshopper Rocket Scares The Cow Pie Out Of Some Cattle

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The recent remarkable test flight of SpaceX’s Grasshopper rocket didn’t impress everyone — in fact, it scared the living shit out of these cows. Cows might have four stomachs and be sacred in some religions, and Walter Bishop may have wanted one to keep him company in the lab, but apparently they’re not jazzed about spaceflight.

The video above raises an interesting question: who or what else observes our rocket launches? What do the birds think? Has anyone checked in with the rabbits?

Most launches happen in places a bit more removed from nature — in fact, the closest bystanders can get to a rocket launch at Cape Canaveral is four miles. Then again, the Grasshopper isn’t just any rocket.

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Elon Musk Is Iron Man, Or At Least Uses The Same 3D Design Technology

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With all the art imitating life out there, it’s sometimes notable when the pendulum swings back around the other way, especially when SpaceX founder and resident genius Elon Musk is involved. Musk’s innovative lifestyle served as the inspiration for the tech-savvy Tony Stark in Marvel’s Iron Man films, and Musk has in turn brought Stark’s hand-gestured immersive 3D visualizations to life in a big way. (Or a small way, if you choose to zoom really far out.) While I’m over here wondering how this could be used for the greatest “Create a Player” customization in video game history, Musk and his team are improving rocket engine design. I guess that’s why I’m writing this article instead of designing rocket engines.

Musk recently posted to Twitter that he will release a video of the tech design, which could be immediately printed in titanium. And then he released a video that did exactly that. I’m a little skeptical about the precision of some of these techniques, though I’m wowed by them regardless. They use computer peripherals like the gesture-based Leap Motion unit, and the soon-to-be-released Oculus Rift virtual reality helmet, to create the digital image, which they then print out on a 3D laser metal printer. All anyone needs to do is be able to afford these devices and have an imagination, and any object your mind creates could become a physical object. It’s always great when science doesn’t need an exclusive contraption like the Large Hadron Collider in order to wow us. By next year, we could all feasibly be designing our own rocket engine parts. Of course, Musk is the one that actually gets to put them to use.

Now, I own the Leap Motion and have been meaning to get a review of it on here. To capsule that review here, I’d say it’s pretty tough to get used to controlling objects while your hand hovers around, and I can’t really grasp how fine-tuned these designs can be without the use of a stylus or some other tool that is better suited for details than your hands and fingers. But if Musk says it is so, then I believe him.

Will this “revolutionize design and manufacturing in the 21st century,” as the entrepreneur says at the video’s end? Almost definitely. We just have to make sure supervillains like the Mandarin don’t get a hold of it.

Incidentally, if you wanted to be even more like Tony Stark, Marvel plans to release a JARVIS app, which will serve as your own personal assistant and second screen for your home entertainment system. Paul Bettany voices JARVIS, and he recorded a monstrous 20 hours of audio to be used on the app.

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From Los Angeles To San Francisco In 30 Minutes: The Future Is A Hyperloop

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Hyperloop AlphaI spend a lot of time thinking about modes of travel. I’m a bike commuter and I travel a lot, passing a fair number of hours on planes, trains, boats, and buses. And automobiles, just to round it out. The train is, in my opinion, by far the superior method of transit, made even better because it’s actually possible to sleep on a train. Trains in the U.S., though, kind of suck (sorry, Amtrak), especially when compared to trains in Asia or Europe. But all that’s about to change. We hope.

Elon Musk, CEO of electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors and spacecraft producer SpaceX, as well as the founder of Paypal (yeah, this dude’s doing okay) just announced plans for a revolutionary train system that will allow people to get from L.A. to San Francisco (because really, who would go the other direction?) in 30 minutes. It’s the “Hyperloop” transport system, and if that name doesn’t convince you that this idea is awesome, I don’t know what will.

Musk’s proposed Hyperloop system involves shooting people through tubes at high speeds. Sound familiar?