Tesla electric car manufacturer is building the largest building on earth (based on footprint): the Gigafactory 1

Tesla alone will require today’s entire worldwide production of lithium ion batteries. The Tesla Gigafactory was born of necessity and will supply enough batteries to support our projected vehicle demand.

Tesla broke ground on the Gigafactory in June 2014 outside Sparks, Nevada, and we expect to begin cell production in 2017. By 2020, the Gigafactory will reach full capacity and produce more lithium ion batteries annually than were produced worldwide in 2013.

The Gigafactory will produce batteries for significantly less cost using economies of scale, innovative manufacturing, reduction of waste, and the simple optimization of locating most manufacturing process under one roof. We expect to drive down the per kilowatt hour (kWh) cost of our battery pack by more than 30 percent. The Gigafactory will also be powered by renewable energy sources, with the goal of achieving net zero energy.

The name Gigafactory comes from the factory’s planned annual battery production capacity of 35 gigawatt-hours (GWh). “Giga” is a unit of measurement that represents “billions”. One GWh is the equivalent of generating (or consuming) one billion watts for one hour—one million times that of one kWh.

According to the author of the diagram, the final building footprint could be something close to 3535 ft (1077 m) x 1414 ft (431 m).

Elon Musk plans to expand the Gigafactory 1 from 10 million square feet [1 million square meters or 100ha] by 50 to 100 percent.“

Diagram source

Last picture by Bob Tregilus and used with permission/CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

The Reproductive Rights Rollback of 2015
State lawmakers have passed 57 new restrictions on abortion access this year alone, and they show no signs of slowing down.
By The Editorial Board

“How many laws making it harder to get an abortion will pass before the Supreme Court sees them for what they are — part of a tireless, coordinated nationwide assault on the right of women to control what happens with their own bodies without the interference of politicians?

One answer is, no fewer than 288. That’s how many abortion restrictions states have enacted since the beginning of 2011, when aggressively anti-choice lawmakers swept into statehouses around the country.

The trend accelerated in 2015, as state legislators passed 57 new constraints on a woman’s right to choose. Hundreds more were considered, most of which could come up again in 2016. Most of the time, lawmakers are clever enough to disguise their true intent by claiming that their interest is in protecting women’s physical or mental health. But now and then the facade falls away, as when the Mississippi governor, Phil Bryant, called a set of restrictions he signed into law in 2012 “the first step in a movement” that aims to “end abortion in Mississippi.”

Laws like this — known as TRAP laws, for targeted regulation of abortion providers — have sprouted up in dozens of states as abortion opponents test the limits of the Supreme Court’s vague standard on abortion rights, which asks whether a restriction poses an “undue burden” to a woman’s right to choose.

In many states, including Texas, these laws have resulted in the shuttering of all but a few clinics that perform abortions, forcing women to travel hundreds of miles for the procedure. Among other burdens, this increases the chance that a woman will try to end her pregnancy on her own. This is extremely risky, and in some states it is even grounds for a charge of attempted murder. One study, based on a recent survey, estimated that 100,000 to 240,000 Texas women ages 18 to 49 have attempted a self-induced abortion without medical assistance. These women, the study found, were significantly more likely than average to have less access to basic reproductive-health services like birth control.”

Read the full piece here


Transcribers needed for GamesWithHank!

So over at Nerdfighteria.info, I’ve been receiving requests to get GamesWithHank transcribed. The channel hasn’t been a huge priority for the transcribers at the moment (who focus on vlogbrothers, crashcourse, etc.), so there’s a backlog of 33 untranscribed GWH videos right now.

Since the channel has been on hiatus for a while, this is a good opportunity to get caught up. These videos are anywhere from 5-20 minutes long, so they take while to transcribe. I normally estimate that it takes at least three minutes to transcribe each minute of video, so you can probably tell we have a lot of work to do. That’s why I’m seeing if anyone else would like to help.

If you’d like to help out…

Go here to see which videos still need to be transcribed.

Some quick answers to common questions…

  • You don’t need an account, but you can create one if you’d like.
  • There’s a fill-in-the-blank at the top of the page. Complete that, and then you’ll be able to edit transcripts or create an account.
  • It doesn’t matter which video(s) you choose. Just pick one you’d like to transcribe and go for it.
  • If you can only transcribe a couple minutes of a video, but not the whole thing, that’s perfectly fine. Just click ‘save changes" when you’re done, and someone else can taken over later. If you do finish the transcript, click the “Complete” checkbox to mark it as complete.
  • Other transcription questions are answered here, or you can post on the discussion board, or you can ask me any questions you might have.
  • I’m only mentioning GamesWithHank here, but if you’d like to transcribe something else, that’s always greatly appreciated as well.

Thanks and DFTBA!

The Stealth Attack on Abortion Access
Some states are subsidizing medically questionable crisis pregnancy centers, while moving to strip funding from comprehensive health care providers.
By Meaghan Winter

“When a woman is coerced to continue an unwanted pregnancy through misinformation or lack of access, she loses control of her body, education, finances — her future. The struggle for reproductive rights is inextricable from other movements for racial and economic justice. We will not achieve equal opportunity until a poor woman has the same sovereignty over her body and her future as a wealthy man. We must roll back the anti-choice legislation in our states that holds back equality.”