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The island of Ta’u in American Samoa is about to see their energy bill slashed in half.

Apparently, in addition to acquiring SolarCity this week, Tesla decided to power a whole island on their micorgrid of solar energy panels and batteries. Now, the system provides almost 100 percent of the power the power needed for Ta’u’s 600 residents. Hey, Tesla: 

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According to The Verge, Tesla’s system boasts some pretty impressive stats, like solar panels that can run without the sun for a full three days on a single charge and can recharge in seven hours. Compared to the 109,500 gallons of diesel required to power the island before, this is a pretty big argument in favor of solar energy. Again, quit showing off, Elon Musk.

Wait, no, continue showing off.

Check out the video above and hope that Elon Musk decides to show off in your town soon.

Elon Musk's Hyperloop might actually happen.
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Remember the Hyperloop? Elon Musk's idea for vacuum tube-based land travel, capable of reaching speeds over 500 miles per hour? Of course you do. Well, it's coming.

In 2013, Musk released a concept for high-speed, public travel. Saying that he just didn't have time to see it to fruition, he made it public domain so other enterprising people could make it happen.

As Tech Insider reported Aug. 20, it's a little closer to actually happening.

On Thursday, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), a California-based company developing Hyperloop technology, said it would break ground on the futuristic railway in May 2016.

The company also announced that its team has grown to more than 400 members, and it has secured three key partnerships to assist with development of the Hyperloop.

...Earlier this year, HTT announced it had secured the land to build a 5-mile Hyperloop test track just north of Los Angeles in Quay Valley. But it didn't give a clear timeline of when they would begin construction. The company said it plans to have passengers using the system by 2018.





That's right, it's only going to be a test track, to provide a proof of concept for the future of travel. But each step points to an evolution in the field that has not been seen since the dawn of commercial flight.

Here's a rendering of what the track will look like:



The vision for the Hyperloop, of course, is to drastically reduce travel in between cities. Instead of the six-hour car ride it would take to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco, a conceivable vacuum tube could take a passenger from city to city in 30 minutes.

So. Cool.





Hurry up, guys. While we're young.