"All our patent are belong to you" - Tesla Motors releases all its patents to the public domain

In a bid to accelerate the development of electric vehicle technology car manufacturer Tesla Motors has released all their patents to the public domain, its CEO Elon Musk announced on Thursday, June 12, 2014.Musk made the announcement on the Tesla Motors blog in a post titled “All Our Patent Are Belong To You”:”Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are a… »

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Cracks in Pluto's moon could indicate it once had an underground ocean

If the icy surface of Pluto’s giant moon Charon is cracked, analysis of the fractures could reveal if its interior was warm, perhaps warm enough to have maintained a subterranean ocean of liquid water, according to a new NASA-funded study.Pluto is an extremely distant world, orbiting the sun more than 29 times farther than Earth. With a surface temperature estimated to be about 380 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (around minus 229 degrees Celsius), the environment at Pluto is far too cold to allow liquid water on its surface. Pluto’s moons are in the same frigid environment.Pluto’s remoteness and small size make it difficult to observe, but in July of 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will be the first to visit Pluto and Charon, and will provide the most detailed observati… »

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M 6.4 earthquake struck off the coast of Cocos Islands, South Indian Ocean

Shallow earthquake registered as M 6.4 (USGS) on the Richter scale struck off the coast of Cocos Islands, South Indian Ocean, on June 14, 2014 at 11:11 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 7.1 km (4.4 miles), EMSC is reporting M 6.3 at depth of 10 km.Epicenter was located 671 km (417 miles) WNW of West Island, Cocos Islands, and 1418 km (881 miles) WSW of Bengkulu, Indonesia.There are no people living within 100 km radius.Image credit: USGSSeismotectonics of the Sumatra RegionThe plate boundary southwest of Sumatra is part of a long tectonic collision zone that extends over 8000 km from Papua in the east to the Himalayan front in the west. The Sumatra-Andaman portion of the collision zone forms a subduction zone megathrust plate boundary, the Sunda-Java trench… »

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New evidence for oceans of water deep in the Earth

Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of New Mexico report evidence for potentially oceans worth of water deep beneath the United States. Though not in the familiar liquid form — the ingredients for water are bound up in rock deep in the Earth’s mantle – the discovery may represent the planet’s largest water reservoir.The presence of liquid water on the surface is what makes our “blue planet” habitable, and scientists have long been trying to figure out just how much water may be cycling between Earth’s surface and interior reservoirs through plate tectonics.Northwestern geophysicist Steve Jacobsen and University of New Mexico seismologist Brandon Schmandt have found deep pockets of magma located about 400 miles … »

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Japan budgets 22 billion yen to increase food export / 14 times much as 2012

Japanese government’s budget on food export is rapidly increasing since 2012.

Japanese government budgets 22 billion yen to increase Japanese food export for fiscal 2014, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Japanese government aims to double the food export by 2020. They are investing to promote food from and made in Japan collaborating with “Cool Japan”.

The budget includes the exhibition cost of 1.1 billion yen for EXPO Milan.

From the research of Fukushima Diary, this budget to increase Japanese food export has been skyrocketing since 2012 (The graph above).

In order to “restore” the credibility and “brand” of Japanese food damaged by Fukushima accident, the government of Japan budgeted 1.5 billion yen in 2012. It jumped up to 11 billion yen in 2013.

By 2014, it’s already increased by 14 times since 2012.

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