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Private browsing gets more private

Today, most web browsers have private-browsing modes, in which they temporarily desist from recording the user's browsing history. But data accessed during private browsing sessions can still end up tucked away in a computer's memory, where a sufficiently motivated attacker could retrieve it. This week, at the Network and Distributed Systems Security Symposium, researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Harvard University presented a paper describing a new …

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China’s BYD tops global electric-car production for third year in a row

Try asking any electric-car owner or advocate, or for that matter any member of the public, which automaker sold the most electric cars last year. In North America, the answer will likely be Tesla, or possibly Nissan or Chevrolet. But we'd bet you hear Tesla most often. The correct answer for global sales of plug-in electric cars, however, was the...

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BP Energy Outlook Ignores Renewable Energy Outpacing Fossil Fuels

British multinational oil and gas company BP has published its highly-anticipated Energy Outlook for 2018 and, even though it has branded its standard model the 'Evolving Transition' scenario, this year's report is the very picture of business as usual for the fossil fuel giant.

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National Grid Planning Fast Charging Network For UK

National Grid has determined that highways and transmission lines are often located near each other. It plans to create 50 fast charging locations throughout England and Wales and connect them directly to transmission lines to save the cost of upgrading local grid infrastructure.

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Renewables Grid Initiative & WindEurope Highlight Importance Of Investing In Grids To Boost Renewable Growth

Integrating renewable energy sources into the electricity grid is becoming easier and cheaper, according to the Renewables Grid Initiative and WindEurope, but more needs to be done for European electricity grids if the region is to achieve increased levels of renewable energy in its electricity mix.

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Lexus UX smaller crossover teased before Geneva auto show

The global new-vehicle market is moving toward crossover utility vehicles and SUVs, along with vehicles that look like them. Now the production version of another crossover, shown in concept form well over a year ago, has been confirmed to launch at the Geneva auto show with a teaser photo. The Lexus UX will be smaller than the current NX compact...

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Group Hug: US “Solar Sail” Thin Film Solar Company Heads For Deep Space

The super thin film solar technology of Colorado-based Ascent Solar was nurtured along in part by US taxpayers through the Energy Department during the Obama Administration, and now the company has won a juicy slot for in a high profile, "solar sail" deep space project

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European Union Can Increase Share Of Renewables To 34% By 2030, Claims IRENA

The European Union is in a position to increase its share of renewable energy in its energy mix to 34% by 2030, double its share in 2016, and all the while resulting in a net positive impact, according to a new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency this week.

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2018 Renault Zoe electric car: more powerful motor to go with last year’s bigger battery

The subcompact Renault Zoe hatchback has been Europe's best-selling electric car for several years now. Last year, sales soared after it received a major upgrade to its battery pack, which grew to 41 kilowatt-hours, up from 22 kwh in earlier versions, almost doubling its range to 300 to 400 kilometers (185 to 250 miles) on the European test cycle...

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Germany’s hydrogen stations exceed US; California beats Japan on density

As of today, there are 39 hydrogen fueling stations in the U.S., all but four of them in the state of California. They serve roughly 39 million Californians, whereas 284 million Americans outside the state have no access to hydrogen fuel-cell cars nor stations at which to refill them. Germany, on the other hand, has 83 million residents—and...

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3 Questions: The future of nuclear energy

The MIT Energy Initiative continues to develop and expand its eight Low-Carbon Energy Centers, which facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration among MIT researchers, industry, and government to advance research in technology areas critical to addressing climate change. Below, the co-directors of the Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems discuss their vision for transforming the energy system. Q: How can advanced …

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Imperium3 New York Picks Up Alevo’s US Factory Assets for Battery Gigafactory

A battery development consortium called Imperium3 New York (IM3NY) has fast-tracked plans for a gigafactory after picking up Alevo's North Carolina factory machinery in auction. Australian consortium member Magnis Resources, which is planning to launch three gigafactories worldwide, said IM3NY bought the assets worth more than $200 million for just $5 million. The consortium now plans to move forward with plans for a 1 gigawatt-hour-a-year lithium-ion battery production factory that will be located on …

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Local Balancing Is the Key to California’s Clean Energy Future. Regionalization Isn’t

California needs a sustainable and affordable energy system that can deliver an all-renewable energy supply and manage that supply cost-effectively. Instead of creating an interstate entity that may not be aligned with California's renewable energy goals, we should build an energy system that provides the modern grid California will actually need going into the …

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Where will we see the most electric-car innovation? Twitter poll results

Innovation can be a hard concept to define as it relates to electric cars. Sure, there are the powertrains and structural designs of the vehicles themselves—including new proportions for the cabin enabled by the compact running gear and battery packs under the floor. But there are also many factors outside the car itself: education and...

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Long Tail Solar Consolidation: Soligent Acquires Installer Network Repower America

The residential solar sector just saw an acquisition that, bucking a recent trend, had nothing to do with bankruptcy or retreat. Solar equipment distributor Soligent acquired Repower America Wednesday, taking on the latter's network of local rooftop solar installers backed by a central support platform. The combined companies hope to fuel profitable solar growth across the nation by helping local installers do their job more effectively. In recent years the national, vertically integrated rooftop installers …