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Twitter test makes it easier to see the latest tweets first

Twitter did start to restore some sense to timelines by letting you disable its "best tweets first" option, but it's buried in the settings. What if you just wanted to flick it on and off? You might just get that chance. Twitter is testing a toggl…

Here’s Why the Glass Roof on the Tesla Model 3 Sometimes Looks Orange

While I’ve never seen it in person, there are a lot of examples online of the glass roof on the Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model X sometimes have a very strong orange tint. Some owners love it, some hate it, apparently it’s totally normal, but here’s what causes it.

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Lime removes some Segway scooters from fleet due to battery fires

Lime has removed a number of Segway Ninebot scooters from its fleet of rentals following the discovery of a manufacturing defect that could cause batteries to catch fire. The at-risk scooters were removed from the streets for testing and are now bein…

Tesla’s profitable quarter didn’t translate for Panasonic

A Tesla with Panasonic batteries

Enlarge / Visitors inspect a Tesla Co. Model X electric automobile, fitted with Panasonic batteries, on the Panasonic Corp. exhibition stand at the IFA Consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany, on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. (credit: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

In the third quarter of 2018, Panasonic lost $65 million in the branch of the business that makes battery cells to power Tesla’s electric vehicles, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company said it had to add production and hire workers more quickly than expected as Tesla aggressively ramped up to producing 4,300 Model 3 vehicles a week.

In September, the head of Panasonic’s Automotive Division said that the company was on track to complete three new production lines at Tesla’s Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada, by the end of the year. That would bring the total number of battery-cell-producing lines at the Gigafactory up to 13.

The Model 3 ramp up that ate into Panasonic’s bottom line didn’t have the same effect on Tesla, which posted its first profitable quarter in several quarters last week. It shares soared.

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Comment of the Day: B-A-N-A-N-A-S Edition

Our man Robb Holland got to drive the new Panamera GTS. If you want a 911 but actually need to move adult humans and cargo, this car is it. Robb had some issues with the brakes, but we figured out why.

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Spinal-cord stimulation allows three paralyzed men to walk with assistance

Multiple combined images of a man starting out in a wheelchair progressing to using a wheeled walker.

Enlarge / A composite image showing David Mzee standing and walking with assistance. (credit: EPFL / Hillary Sanctuary)

“It’s an amazing feeling,” says David Mzee, whose left leg was paralyzed in 2010. Mzee has now regained some ability to walk thanks to a breakthrough in spinal-cord stimulation technology. “I can do a knee extension of my left leg… flex my hip and even move my toes.”

Mzee is one of three participants in a study that used a new technique to overcome spinal-cord injury and restore walking ability in patients with varying degrees of paralysis. The results, published in Nature and Nature Neuroscience today, are dramatic. All three patients recovered some degree of walking ability, and their progress in physical-therapy sessions has translated to improved mobility in their daily lives.

The basis of the technique, called epidural electrical stimulation (EES), is not new at all—it’s been investigated as a potential treatment for paralysis for decades, with a lot of success in animals. And in September this year, two separate papers reported breakthroughs in allowing patients with paralysis to walk, with assistance, as a result of EES.

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Lime will reportedly test car-sharing service in Seattle

Bike- and scooter-sharing startup Lime is looking to test car rentals in Seattle, according to a report from The Information. Lime, which launched in early last year and operates in markets across 26 US states, has boasted that its scooters have take…

Car Thieves Love to Strike on Halloween

When you’re a kid, Halloween is about throwing off that winter coat your mother insists you wear over your costume and getting as much candy as possible. Halloween as an adult generally means getting drunk and spending Nov. 1 trying to remember where you left your car. Be especially mindful about that last bit because…

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The 10 Best Deals of October 31, 2018

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.

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CBS gives ‘Entertainment Tonight’ its own streaming service

CBS expanding its repertoire of free streaming services. It just launched ET Live, a no-cost Entertainment Tonight offshoot that provides 24/7 coverage of celebrity news, fashion and other not-so-deep fare. It's not a strict expansion of the TV show…