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Tesla is zooming ahead with its massive battery factory

Gigaom

Electric car maker Tesla (s TSLA) is racing toward building the world’s largest factory for lithium ion batteries. In the company’s earnings call on Wednesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that Tesla plans to break ground on the factory in a still undetermined location as early as next month.

In an unusual style, Tesla actually plans to break ground on at least two sites (maybe even three) in parallel until it ultimately chooses one. The list has been narrowed down to a handful of states in the southwest including Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas (that list also now includes California). Musk said Tesla would break ground on the second site a couple months after the first one.

Why such a big rush? Tesla needs the battery factory to be able to produce enough batteries for 500,000 electric cars by 2020, including for Tesla’s third-generation lower cost electric car…

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Teknik Ultra-cepat Menyingkap Prinsip-prinsip Perancangan dalam Biologi Kuantum

HIMKA POLBAN

Molekul-molekul yang dihasilkan mampu menciptakan sifat-sifat penting dari molekul klorofil di dalam sistem fotosintesis, yang menyebabkan koherensi mampu bertahan selama puluhan femtosekon dalam suhu ruangan.

Para peneliti dari University of Chicago telah berhasil menciptakan suatu senyawa sintetis yang meniru dinamika kuantum yang kompleks seperti yang bisa diamati dalam fotosintesis. Terobosan ini memungkinkan dibangunnya cara fundamental terbaru untuk menciptakan teknologi energi surya. Merekayasa efek kuantum untuk dijadikan sebagai perangkat pemanen-cahaya sintetik tidak saja bisa terwujud, namun, prosesnya pun ternyata lebih mudah dari yang diduga, lapor para peneliti dalam edisi 19 April jurnal Science.

Para peneliti merekayasa molekul kecil yang mendukung koherensi kuantum agar tahan lama. Koherensi adalah perilaku superposisi kuantum yang secara makroskopik bisa diamati. Superposisi adalah konsep kuantum mekanik yang fundamental, dicontohkan dengan eksperimen klasik yang dikenal sebagai Cat Schrodinger, di mana partikel kuantum tunggal seperti elektron menempati lebih dari satu keadaan secara bersamaan.

Efek kuantum umumnya diabaikan dalam ketidakteraturan sistem yang…

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15 First-Time Entrepreneur Misconceptions

David Cummings on Startups

Entrepreneurs are a unique bunch. So much ambition, optimism, and blissful ignorance all wrapped in a desire to change the world. First-time entrepreneurs are especially exciting as they don’t know what they don’t know, making for even more limitless possibilities.

Here are 15 misconceptions for first-time entrepreneurs:

  1. The destination is more fun than the journey
  2. The initial product idea will be successful
  3. All money is created equal
  4. Things happen fast
  5. Great products sell themselves
  6. If you build it, they will come
  7. Failure to raise money is due to a lack of investors that get it
  8. Culture is one of many items that can be controlled
  9. Timing a market is easy
  10. It’s lonely at the top
  11. Work/life blend isn’t possible
  12. Scaling a business takes the same skills as starting one
  13. No competition is a good thing
  14. Business plans are required
  15. The company with the most funding wins

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