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Thanks to The Oatmeal's fundraiser, Tesla's lab is being purchased!

We've been following non-profit the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe's attempts to purchase the Wardenclyffe Tower property, site of inventor Nikola Tesla's last lab. Matthew Inman, creator of the webcomic The Oatmeal, ran an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign back in August to raise money to purchase the property and smashed the group's fundraising goal. And now, the dream of building a Tesla on Long Island is one step closer to becoming a reality.

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The New York Times is reporting that the 16-acre property in Shoreham, Long Island, is currently under contract. The Agfa Corporation has agreed to sell the property to the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe (formerly the Friends of Science East) for an undisclosed sum. The property was listed for $1.6 million, and fundraising campaign raised $1.37 million, plus an additional $850,000 matching grant from the State of New York.

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The question is what happens next. The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe plans to eventually build a science museum on the property. Now that they'll soon have possession of property, how long before they start designing the museum itself? And will we see more fundraisers on the way? And will we get a modern ruins-style photoshoot of the property?

Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Group Buying L.I. Estate for Tesla Memorial [NYT via Ars Technica via Boing Boing]

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kevinkoeser
Nathan Ford's Evil Twin

This whole project just reeks of the kind of idea that seems so great on paper but will wind up being impossible to get off the ground. That said, if a Tesla museum actually does come to fruition, I will be one of the first people in line.