Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Drilling for earthquakes
“Scientists are increasingly confident about the link between earthquakes and oil and gas production, yet regulators are slow to react.”
2. Elon Musk’s moment of truth
Musk will unveil the Tesla 3 this Thursday, a $35,000 sedan that will go at least 200 miles on a single charge. It’s a defining moment for the man who has championed electric cars as the future of transportation.
“If motorists buy the Model 3 in the hundreds of thousands, he will have delivered on his vow to make an electric for the general public. The consequences of all this turning out well could be considerable profit for Musk and his investors, not to mention a new upheaval in geopolitics. If electrics become the norm for autos, then the future appetite for oil will be far less than forecast—and a softer bout of climate change perhaps is in the offing.”
3. The Great Barrier Reef is doing way worse than we thought
The situation is now critical after a new aerial survey reveals that 95 per cent of the reefs are now severely bleached. Coral bleaching is a process that is caused by abnormally high sea temperatures that kill the tiny marine algae essential to coral health.
4. Meet the cities doubling down on highways
“Physically expanding roads doesn’t cure congestion. So why are places like Arkansas spending millions to do just that?”
5. How will smartphones become unboring?
Now nine years on from the debut of the iPhone, smartphone design is literally going backwards. The newest Apple device is the innards of a iPhone 6 in the shell of an iPhone 5. Hardly the revolution we’ve come to expect each product cycle. The Atlantic explores how the technology can start moving forward again.
+1: You may not know him by name just yet, but Google’s new CEO Sundar Pichai is one of the most powerful people alive.