Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times: Morgan Stanley Research analyst Adam Jonas makes that argument in a new report to investors. "Not even two years after the delivery of the first Model S, Tesla Motors has transformed from fledgling start-up to arguably the most important car company in the world. We are not joking," Jonas wrote. "Tesla is also emerging as an emblematic force in America's effort to foster high tech manufacturing job growth." Here's why. read more
Elon Musk, Peter Rive and Lyndon Rive: SolarCity has signed an agreement to acquire Silevo, a solar panel technology and manufacturing company whose modules have demonstrated a unique combination of high energy output and low cost. Our intent is to combine what we believe is fundamentally the best photovoltaic technology with massive economies of scale to achieve a breakthrough in the cost of solar power. Although no other acquisitions are currently being contemplated, SolarCity may acquire additional photovoltaics companies as needed to ensure clear technology leadership and we plan to grow internal engineering significantly. read more
Marijuana Policy Project: A biennial federal government survey released Thursday dispels the myth that rolling back marijuana prohibition laws will lead to an increase in teen marijuana use. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) found the rate of current marijuana use among U.S. high school students remained flat from 2011 to 2013. During that period of time, voters in Colorado and Washington adopted and implemented laws making marijuana legal for adults; state legislatures in Rhode Island and Vermont approved and implemented laws decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana; and national polls showed significant increases in public support for ending marijuana prohibition. read more
The Daily Caller: A new study by researchers at the University of Texas, Austin found that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is collapsing due to geothermal heat, not man-made global warming.
Researchers from the UTA's Institute for Geophysics found that the Thwaites Glacier in western Antarctica is being eroded by the ocean as well as geothermal heat from magma and subaerial volcanoes. Thwaites is considered a key glacier for understanding future sea level rise. read more
Andy Greenberg, Wired: The dark web may have a silver lining, according to a pair of academics: A new class of geekier, less violent drug dealers. A law professor and a professor of criminal science argue, in a paper released online, that by reducing physical contact between drug dealers -- particularly between dealers and their suppliers -- the Silk Road's bustling Web-based narcotics trade may have prevented bloodshed that would have occurred in the street-level illegal drug market. ... "This new breed of drug dealer is ... likely to be relatively free from the violence typically associated with traditional drug markets," reads the paper, the title of which calls Silk Road "a paradigm-shifting criminal innovation." "Whereas violence [in the traditional drug trade] was commonly used to gain market share, protect turfs and resolve conflicts , the virtual location and anonymity that the cryptomarket provides reduces or eliminates the need ... or even the ability ... to resort to violence. read more