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There’s a high demand for designer entrepreneurs and not enough supply of them, says Wired. One of the problems? Just plain awareness and lack of exposure. Designers haven’t traditionally seen entrepreneurialism as an option. We’ll highlight designer founders at our RoadMap conference in November in San Francisco.

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At the Aspen Ideas festival a panel on product design featured some well known entrepreneurs giving words of wisdom to future founders: Nest’s Tony Fadell suggests working with your heros; Path’s Dave Morin says “just start” (as starting is half the battle); Flipboard’s Mike McCue says run the “mom test” for every product; And designer Yves Behar says find your passion and do what you love. Fadell will be speaking at our RoadMap conference and we’ll be focusing on similar discussions from designer founders.

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Elon Musk just unveiled the design of the Hyperloop, which could enable us to travel 800 miles per hour between SF and LA. Here’s some potential hurdles with such a plan, from a Navigant Research analyst. Read more »

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Tesla has been working for awhile on providing the option of video cameras instead of side door mirrors, which could reduce drag, add a cool tech aspect, and even give different visibility functions. When they showed off the Model X prototype in Winter 2012 it had video camera mirrors. While regulators have long pushed back on this idea, interviews suggest that Tesla is spear-heading trying to change these regulations.

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The least efficient thing we do is feed cows grass, corn, water, to produce steaks. It’s not sustainable. I think technology can replace meat from animals. I have a name for our enterprise. It’s called “motherless meat” because vegans have a rule that if it has a mother, they won’t eat it. If we can take the genes that produce meat proteins, take the fat from algae cells, we think we can make healthy meat. It will taste more like meat, and you eliminate the cows and all the processes that we do.

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Turns out our lovable robot overlords, which in theory are better at almost everything, are pretty useful when it comes to sniffing out escaping methane at landfills or around gas pipes. The “Gasbot” was created at the AASS Research Centre at Orebro University in Sweden and it uses GPS, laser scanners and a remote gas sensor to help plug those leaks and keep emissions out of the atmosphere.

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The IEEE Spectrum pulls out a great quote from an interview with the co-discoverer of graphene, Sir Andre Geim, on the U.K. government’s push to create a Silicon Valley for graphene in England:

“I’m not interested in going into industry or property development or creating ‘graphene valley’ as the government would like me to. It’s a bit silly for society to throw a little bit of money at something and expect it to change the world. Everything takes time.”

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