Stay on target We’ve known that Tesla’s been working on an all-electric semi-truck for some time now. And this is, most likely, the very first look at the transport of the future.The image is of the truck sitting on a trailer, apparently in California. Originally posted to reddit, the picture was quickly taken down and then re-posted it. And… yeah, it looks a lot like image Musk teased earlier this year.Originally, Musk posted a silhouette of the electric truck to twitter. The image showed off the basic outline, with sharp, defined wheel wells protruding out from a narrow body. Looking at the photo of the maybe-Tesla truck out in the wild, there’s definitely a strong resemblance.Given that the truck is expected to see its first public showing later this month, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see some movement on this front.Is This the Tesla Semi? https://t.co/x6mI98jIzD #Tesla pic.twitter.com/URdJRAgSLr— Tesla Motors Club (@TeslaMotorsClub) October 3, 2017As with the Model 3, Tesla has a lot riding on its big rigs. The company is banking that it will be able to leapfrog basically every other automaker around to electric vehicle game. As more and more countries begin to push standards away from fossil fuels, there will be a huge demand for alternatives. Tesla hopes that by getting in on the ground floor, it will be able to capitalize on that shift and rocket itself to the top of the industry.As of right now, though, the company’s only manufactured approximately 200,000 vehicles total. Major investments have been made in battery production, though. By next year, Tesla’s “Gigafactory” will be cranking out almost one-half of all the batteries on the planet. Several more facilities have been planned, too, and, together, they’ll make up the vast majority of the world’s output of lithium-ion batteries. At that point, if all goes well, Tesla will have a strong hand in the automobile market and hopes to be able to furiously out-compete its rivals thanks to economies of scale.But, all that assumes the company can fix its pernicious production problems. Some have said the company’s been trying to tackle too much, too fast, adding on new models and variants (like this semi) before it has production mastered. Only time will tell.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Software Engineer Embedded Tesla Model 3 Key Fob In ArmTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow
Stay on target Geek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your PetThis $1,800 Smart Cat Treadmill Will Give Your Overweight Pet a Workout Every pet parent believes their furry friend is the smartest animal ever. But everyone can’t be right—just the dog owners, it turns out.A new study, led by Vanderbilt University professor Suzana Herculano-Houzel, suggests canines possess “significantly” more neurons in their cerebral cortex than cats.You’d think the brains of carnivores would have more cortical neurons than the herbivores they prey on. After all, hunting is pretty demanding, cognitively speaking.But, Herculano-Houzel and her team have debunked that theory, claiming the ratio of neurons to brain size in small-to-medium meat eaters is about the same as vegetarians.Seems size really doesn’t matter: Researchers found the brain of a golden retriever has more neurons than a hyena, lion, or brown bear. The latter, in fact, with a brain 10 times larger than a cat’s, but boasting about as many neurons.“Meat eating is largely considered a problem-solver in terms of energy, but, in retrospect, it is clear that carnivory must impose a delicate balance between how much brain and body a species can afford,” Herculano-Houzel said.The study, which analyzed specimens from eight carnivoran species—ferret, mongoose, raccoon, cat, dog, hyena, lion, and brown bear—also challenges the popular view that domesticated animals have smaller brains than their wild cousins.In terms of household smarts, though, humans take the cake. People have about 160 billion cortical neurons, compared to dogs’ 530 million, and cats’ measly 250 million.“I believe the absolute number of neurons an animal has, especially in the cerebral cortex, determines the richness of their internal mental state and their ability to predict what is about to happen in their environment based on past experience,” according to self-described “dog person” Herculano-Houzel.“But, with that disclaimer, our findings mean to me that dogs have the biological capability of doing much more complex and flexible things with their lives than cats can,” she continued. “At the least, we now have some biology that people can factor into their decisions about who’s smarter, cats or dogs.”For this study, Herculano-Houzel collaborated with graduate students Débora Messeder and Fernanda Pestana from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil; professor Kelly Lambert of University of Richmond; associate professor Stephen Noctor of the University of California, Davis School of Medicine; professors Abdulaziz Alagaili and Osama Mohammad from King Saud University in Saudi Arabia; and research professor Paul Manger at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.The results are described in a paper published this week by the journal Frontiers in Neuroanatomy. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.