NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 20 March 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 20 March 2019

The driest soils across the North Island compared to normal for this time of the year are found in eastern Northland, northern Waikato, and Bay of Plenty, while the wettest soils for this time of the year are located near Wellington City.

SEC: Elon Musk Fully Ignored a Key Term of Settlement

SEC: Elon Musk Fully Ignored a Key Term of Settlement

In court filings submitted last week, Musk’s legal team argued that the information the CEO tweeted in February wasn’t at all new—which means it didn’t fall under the purview of the settlement.

The People Trying to Make Internet Recommendations Less Toxic

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Stacking Tesla’s Model Y Against Its Electric SUV Competition

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Those are impressive specs, but while a new Tesla still feels like a major event, a whole host of family-toting electric SUVs are already on sale or about to come online.

Elon Musk’s Model Y SUV Brings More Tesla to More Masses

Elon Musk’s Model Y SUV Brings More Tesla to More Masses

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LIVE: Tesla Debuts the Model Y, Its Baby SUV

LIVE: Tesla Debuts the Model Y, Its Baby SUV

Tesla says the Performance Model Y will show up in fall 2020, with a 280 mile range, a 150 mph top speed, a 0 to 60 time of 3.5 seconds, and a $60,000 price tag.

How to Watch Tesla’s Model Y Reveal Tonight

How to Watch Tesla’s Model Y Reveal Tonight

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NASA's Super-Sized Space Launch System Might Be Doomed

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NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 13 March 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 13 March 2019

Outlook and Soil Moisture A slow-moving weather pattern with moist, northerly air flows near New Zealand will most likely cause normal or above normal rainfall across the central and northern South Island and western North Island over the next week.

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in His SEC Battle

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in His SEC Battle

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Net Neutrality Gets a Power-Up from Democrats

Net Neutrality Gets a Power-Up from Democrats

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NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 6 March 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 6 March 2019

The wettest soils for this time of the year are located in parts of Gisborne, eastern Bay of Plenty and southern coastal Hawke’s Bay. Areas deemed hotspots have expanded over the past week.

Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 Arrives and More Cars News This Week

Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 Arrives and More Cars News This Week

Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 Arrives and More Cars News This Week Tesla is finally offering a $35,000 version of its Model 3 sedan, a major milestone for the fast-growing automaker.

Tesla Is (Finally!) Selling the Model 3 for $35,000

Tesla Is (Finally!) Selling the Model 3 for $35,000

Musk also announced that Tesla is introducing a new version of the car called the Model 3 Standard Range Plus, which will feature an upgraded interior, can hit 140 mph and run from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, and go 240 miles between charging stops.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 28 February 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 28 February 2019

The driest soils across the North Island compared to normal for this time of the year are found in central Taranaki District and parts of western Waikato where the soil moisture levels continue to be well below average for this time of year.

Polestar Tempts the Masses by Taking on the Tesla Model 3

Polestar Tempts the Masses by Taking on the Tesla Model 3

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Forget Growing Weed—Make Yeast Spit Out CBD and THC Instead

Forget Growing Weed—Make Yeast Spit Out CBD and THC Instead

Now researchers have turned to yeast to do something more improbable: manufacturing the cannabis compounds CBD and THC. The reason researchers and cannabis companies are interested in alternative ways of producing cannabinoids is that working with the original plant is messy and complicated.

Elon Musk’s Latest Tweets Land Him in Yet More Trouble

Elon Musk’s Latest Tweets Land Him in Yet More Trouble

That’s the thrust of a SEC action taken late Monday, when the US securities watchdog requested a federal judge hold Tesla CEO Elon Musk in contempt of court for a short series of tweets he posted last week.

Trouble Brews Anew at Tesla, Plus More Car News This Week

Trouble Brews Anew at Tesla, Plus More Car News This Week

The Boston-based IT manager spends his free time salvaging wrecked EVs and says he’s following Elon Musk’s mission: “sustainability and recycling.” In less waterlogged Tesla news, Elon Musk announced that his cars will be able to drive themselves quite capably by the end of this year, including finding their driver in a parking lot and taking them wherever they’re going without human intervention.

Elon Musk Promises a Really Truly Self-Driving Tesla in 2020

Elon Musk Promises a Really Truly Self-Driving Tesla in 2020

“I think we will be ‘feature complete’ on full self-driving this year, meaning the car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up, take you all the way to your destination without an intervention this year,” Musk said during a podcast interview with the money management firm ARK Invest, which is a Tesla investor.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 20 February 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 20 February 2019

Outlook and Soil Moisture In the North Island, rainfall amounts during the next week could be highly variable due to uncertainty regarding the interaction between moisture from Tropical Cyclone Oma and a separate area of low pressure expected to form near New Zealand on Sunday and Monday (24-25 February).

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 13 February 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 13 February 2019

Soil moisture levels as of 13 February are below normal for the vast majority of the North Island, with the driest soil compared to normal for this time of year in the New Plymouth District, parts of western coastal Waikato and the Aupouri Peninsula.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 7 February 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 7 February 2019

Across the South Island, soil moisture levels decreased during the past week with meagre rainfall in the north and east.

Fiat Chrysler, Honda Blame Frigid Cold as U.S. Sales Disappoint

Fiat Chrysler, Honda Blame Frigid Cold as U.S. Sales Disappoint

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Honda Motor Co. reported smaller U.S. sales gain than expected and blamed frosty temperatures that kept some buyers at bay late last month.

In Pursuit of the Perfect Snooze, Casper Shifts to Gadgets

In Pursuit of the Perfect Snooze, Casper Shifts to Gadgets

It projects a warm, soft glow that gradually dims as you fall asleep, and then brightens like a sunrise when it's time to wake up. For Casper, the Glow is just the beginning of a new kind of multi-sensory sleep experience.

San Francisco Could Be First to Ban Facial Recognition Tech

San Francisco Could Be First to Ban Facial Recognition Tech

“This is the first piece of legislation that I’ve seen that really takes facial recognition technology as serious as it is warranted and treats it as uniquely dangerous.” Woodrow Hartzog, Northeastern University Privacy laws in Texas and Illinois require anyone recording biometric data, including face scans and fingerprints, to give people notice and obtain their consent.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 31 January 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 31 January 2019

Across the South Island, soil moisture levels generally decreased in northern areas, although small improvements were observed in interior Otago, Southland, and Stewart Island.

Tesla Moves to Build the Model Y After a Gangbusters 2018

Tesla Moves to Build the Model Y After a Gangbusters 2018

To keep things going, Tesla is focusing its efforts on a few key areas, Musk said on an earnings call: reining in costs, improving its service operations, getting Model 3 sedans to customers in Europe and China, and preparing for production of the Model Y, the as-yet-unseen midsize SUV that will follow the Model 3.

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