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What’s wasting power at home? Ask your app!

If you want to save on your monthly electric bill and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions at the same time, you might buy a new, energy-efficient refrigerator. Or water heater. Or clothes dryer. But if you can only replace one of these, which will give you the biggest payback? You could try to figure that out by comparing the energy-use labels from your existing appliances with those of the models you might purchase — if you still have your old labels. Even then, the numbers may differ significantly from your actual …

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How Tesla Model X Falcon Wing Doors Work, Explained With LEGO

Originally published on Gas2. Trevor Page is a Tesla Model 3 reservation holder and founder of the Model 3 club. He is also a skilled videographer. Page has just completed a new video that details exactly how the falcon wing doors on the Model X SUV work. Using a drawing Tesla includes in a manual [&hellip How Tesla Model X Falcon Wing Doors Work, Explained With LEGO was originally …

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Historical records miss a fifth of global warming

A new NASA-led study finds that almost one-fifth of the global warming that has occurred in the past 150 years has been missed by historical records due to quirks in how global temperatures were recorded. The study explains why projections of future climate based solely on historical records estimate lower rates of warming than predictions from climate models. The study applied the quirks in the historical records to climate model output and then performed the same calculations on both the models and the observations …

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Borrowing from pastry chefs, engineers create nanolayered composites

Adapting an old trick used for centuries by both metalsmiths and pastry makers, a team of researchers at MIT has found a way to efficiently create composite materials containing hundreds of layers that are just atoms thick but span the full width of the material. The discovery could open up wide-ranging possibilities for designing new, easy-to-manufacture composites for optical devices, electronic systems, and high-tech materials. The work is described this week in a paper in Science by Michael Strano, the …

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Scientists program cells to remember and respond to series of stimuli

Synthetic biology allows researchers to program cells to perform novel functions such as fluorescing in response to a particular chemical or producing drugs in response to disease markers. In a step toward devising much more complex cellular circuits, MIT engineers have now programmed cells to remember and respond to a series of events. These cells can remember, in the correct order, up to three different inputs, but this approach should be scalable to incorporate many more stimuli, the researchers say. Using this …

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White House Calls for 1GW of Solar for Low-Income Housing by 2020

The White House announced a series of actions this week that will make it easier for low-income households to invest in energy efficiency and solar, with a goal of 1 gigawatt of solar for low-income residents by 2020. One of the most significant parts of the Clean Energy Savings for All Initiative is the additional guidance on property-assessed clean energy financing …

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EPA (Encourages) Duke Energy To Progress Public EV Charging In N.C. By 30%

Originally published on CleanTechnica.com It is not always that one finds positive movement with large utilities in these game-changing days of renewable energy and EVs. A recent positive, announced in early July 2016, was Duke Energy's $1.5 million program to progress public EV charging in North Carolina by 30%. The news starts with $1 million to fund [&hellip EPA (Encourages) Duke Energy …