Tesla sues oil exec for allegedly impersonating Elon Musk to get trade secrets

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It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out that impersonating Tesla CEO Elon Musk is probably not a good idea, but that’s exactly what Tesla alleges a senior executive of an oil company recently tried to do . In a lawsuit filed this week, Tesla accused Todd Katz, the chief financial officer of Seattle-based Quest Integrity Group, of attempting to obtain confidential financial information about the company by impersonating Tesla’s CEO via email. The suit claims Katz used an email address similar to one Musk was known to use in the past, and sent a message to Tesla Chief Financial Officer Jason Wheeler, on August 3, 2016 asking for information beyond what had just been published in the company’s quarterly financial report. The suspicious email originated from “elontesla@yahoo.com,” which Tesla officials say is similar to a legitimate address Musk used in the past. Tesla filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court. Forbes broke the news the same day, sending a wave of incredulous laughter across the internet. Related: Tesla announces plans for world domination: includes trucks, buses, and solar power According to the lawsuit, the email in question read: why you so cautious w Q3/4 gm guidance on call? also what are your thoughts on disclosing M3 res#? Pros/cons from ir pov? what is your best guess as to where we actually come in on q3/4 deliverables. honest guess? no bs. thx 4 hard work prepping 4 today em In layman’s terms, the author of the email was asking Wheeler to discuss information not released to the public. The lawsuit alleges that Katz was knowingly “impersonating Musk in an attempt to unlawfully obtain material, non-public information—including Tesla’s financial trade secrets—from Tesla’s CFO through fraud, artifice and deception.” The originating email address was a red flag to Wheeler, who did not disclose any of the requested information. Quest Integrity Group may not ring a bell for most Americans, but Katz was previously employed by several top Wall Street investment banks, including Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. Quest’s client list includes oil and gas giants such as BP, Shell, Chevron, and ExxonMobil. “On information and belief, Katz, Quest Integrity, and/or their oil company clients intended to use that non-public and trade secret information to further their own agendas and to harm Tesla,” the lawsuit reads. Via EcoWatch Images via Tesla and  Santa Clara County Superior Court via screenshot

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Renovated CCF house in So Paulo preserves the neighbor’s beautiful street art

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Located in the Vila Anglo Brasileira neighborhood of São Paulo, the existing property was in need of reorganization in order to maximize its spatial potential. The transformation began by removing all the existing informal construction, followed by the reorganization of openings. The architects established a stronger connection between interior and exterior spaces, and incorporated a A rainwater cistern into the design. Related: Terra e Tuma revives ramshackle home in Brazil with blocks and vegetation The architects then added a rooftop terrace and connected the kitchen to the patio . The wooden volumes, containing new programs, stand out from the existing structures. A street-facing blind facade was kept in its original form, preserving a large work of graffiti of great value to the client. + GOAA Via Archdaily Photos by Pedro Vannucchi

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New type of fabric harvests energy from the sun and movement

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What if your clothes could harvest energy to power your smartphone? Eight Georgia Tech engineers pioneered a new type of hybrid textile that can harvest energy from two sources: the sun and movement. There could be several applications for the innovative fabric , including in clothing, curtains, or tents. The engineers utilized a ” commercial textile machine ” to weave the “hybrid power textile” or “hybrid energy fabric.” The fabric can harvest solar energy through solar cells made of polymer fibers. Triboelectric nanogenerators generate energy from movement. These materials are interwoven with wool . The resulting fabric is “highly flexible,” lightweight, and breathable, according to researchers. The journal Nature Energy published their research online earlier this week. Related: Never do laundry again: researchers create self-cleaning textiles! Paper co-author and Georgia Tech professor in Materials Science and Engineering Zhong Lin Wang said in a statement, “This hybrid power textile presents a novel solution to charging devices in the field from something as simple as the wind blowing on a sunny day.” To test the fabric, the engineers essentially created a flag with it and then drove around in a car as the flag blew in the wind out the window. Although the day was cloudy, a four by five centimeter piece of the fabric gathered enough energy to charge a “2 mF commerical capacitor” to two volts in just one minute. Next the engineers plan to encapsulate the fabric so it’s not harmed by moisture or rain. Early tests show the fabric can be used over and over, but the researchers want to test it further to see just how durable it might be over long periods of time. They think the fabric could be scaled up, as many of the materials used are inexpensive. The polymer fibers utilized are also “environmentally friendly.” + Georgia Tech Images via Georgia Tech

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Norwegian Mountaineering Centre mimics a dramatic snow-covered mountain

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Winner of an invited competition from 2009, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter’s Norwegian Mountaineering Center design is a 900-square-meter mountaineering center and gathering place for both locals and visitors. The building comprises a climbing hall , bouldering spaces, changing rooms, exhibitions, a cafe, library, and administration facilities. The tall climbing wall is sheathed inside the building’s jagged mountain-like form. Related: Timber-clad folk museum rises like a jagged-edged crown in Norway “The Norwegian Mountaineering Center is anchored in an innovative interpretation of nature’s fantastic dimensions and the dramatic experience of mountaineering,” write the architects. “This provides the structure with a characteristic volume communicating its contents with exciting and unique geometrical expression. Its outer skin is clad in a uniform surface, highlighting its originality and situation next to the train tracks of Raumabanen and the station area in the Åndalsnes town center.” The gray, brown, and white shingles that clad the exterior are arranged in a diamond formation. Diamond-shaped windows also punctuate the facade. + Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Images via Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter , by AndrC? and So?renHarder

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Groundbreaking AquaDx chip analyzes the safety of drinking water in real time

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A new water-testing chip allows users to check for lead, pesticides, heavy metals, and alkalinity in drinking water wherever they may roam. As an accessory to the MyDx system, AquaDx is one of four chips in development to help consumers test the safety of everyday elements by sending results straight to their smartphones in six minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3P5nbQV7cU The handheld MyDx chemical analyzer was successfully funded through Indiegogo two years ago and they are fulfilling their promise of releasing four different disposable sensors for consumers to use. By connecting via Bluetooth to a smartphone, the AquaDx sensor detects a water profile, which is then downloaded for users to scrutinize while at home, visiting a friend’s home, or traveling abroad. Pesticides and heavy metals are analyzed according to U.S. military standards, lead according to EPA standards, and additional analysis is provided for alkalinity, pH balance, chlorine, and total hardness. Related: Over 80 percent of the well water tested in China is contaminated The first chip released, CannaDx, tests samples of cannabis for potency and a detailed breakdown of its compounds. The company plans on developing an OrganaDx chip for testing organic materials, such as dirty dozen fruits and vegetables, and an AeroDx sensor for air quality. The AquaDx can be pre-ordered as a set with the MyDx system for $600 or as an add-on for $70; additional sensor packs can be purchased for $20. + MyDx Via New Atlas Images via MyDx

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