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Case study suggests new approach to urban water supply

If you live in the developed world, safe water is usually just a faucet-turn away. And yet, global warming, drought conditions, and population growth in coming decades could change that, ushering in an era of uncertain access to water. Now an MIT-based research team has evaluated those potential problems and, based on a case study in Australia, suggested an alternate approach to water planning. In a new paper, the researchers find there is often a strong case for building relatively modest, incremental additions to …

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Failed experiment: Now it’s retail arms gaming energy consumers

First it was the networks, then the generators. Now it's the retail arms gouging consumers. Bipartisan review of Victoria's retail electricity prices reveals failed experiment that has wound up delivering the most inflated power bills in Australia. Much tighter market regulation is recommended.

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Victoria’s failed retail market driving “unusually high” electricity prices

A bipartisan review of Victoria's electricity prices reveals a failed experiment in competitive retail markets that has wound up delivering the most inflated price of energy in Australia, and some of the highest prices in the developed world. Much tighter market regulation recommended.

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4 Highlights From Motor Trend’s Tesla Model 3 Test Drive

Well, Motor Trend's fairly early and outspoken love for the Tesla Model S certainly hasn't hurt its Tesla test drive opportunities. The mainstream auto magazine got yet another super exclusive opportunity to test out the Model 3, this time 36 hours before the final reveal last night 4 Highlights …

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North Carolina Renewable Energy Logjam Breaks Wide Open — Almost!

File this one under "E" for "Elections have consequences." Former Republican North Carolina Governor and fossil fuel fan Pat McCrory lost his 2016 re-election bid in stunning fashion to Democrat Roy Cooper, who leveraged public enthusiasm for renewable energy during his campaign. As a result, the state's renewable energy activity is set to accelerate. On July 27, Cooper signed HB 589 into law, putting new …

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Understanding tropical rainfall

The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), also known as the doldrums, is one of the dramatic features of Earth's climate system. Prominent enough to be seen from space, the ITCZ appears in satellite images as a band of bright clouds around the tropics. Here, moist warm air accumulates in this atmospheric region near the equator, where the ocean and atmosphere heavily interact. Intense solar radiation and calm, warm ocean waters produce …

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Transparent, flexible solar cells

Imagine a future in which solar cells are all around us — on windows and walls, cell phones, laptops, and more. A new flexible, transparent solar cell developed at MIT is bringing that future one step closer. The device combines low-cost organic (carbon-containing) materials with electrodes of graphene, a flexible, transparent material made from inexpensive and abundant carbon sources. This advance in solar technology was enabled by a novel method of depositing a one-atom-thick layer of graphene onto the solar cell — …

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MIT Haystack Observatory's John Foster named AGU Fellow

John C. Foster, principal research scientist at MIT's Haystack Observatory, has been awarded AGU Fellow status from the American Geophysical Union for 2017. The AGU elects a small group of members to become fellows each year in honor of their scientific leadership and research excellence. Recipients are AGU members who have fundamentally advanced research in their fields of geophysics. "AGU Fellows are recognized for their scientific eminence in the Earth and space sciences. Their breadth of interests and the scope of …

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Tesla Model 3 Production Unveiling — What To Expect & How To Watch

The Tesla Model 3 reveal in 2016 was the most anticipated vehicle reveal in history, and perhaps the most anticipated product reveal of any kind. More recently, production launch has been the most anticipated production launch of any vehicle since perhaps the Ford Model Tesla Model 3 Production Unveiling …

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NASA solves a drizzle riddle

A new NASA study shows that updrafts are more important than previously understood in determining what makes clouds produce drizzle instead of full-sized raindrops, overturning a common assumption. The study offers a pathway for improving accuracy in weather and climate models' treatments of rainfall — recognized as one of the greater challenges in improving short term weather forecasts and long-term climate projections. The research by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California; …