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Growing Octane Needs Widen the Price Difference Between Premium and Regular Gasoline

The difference between U.S. average retail prices for premium and regular gasoline reached 50 cents per gallon in late 2016, and it has remained near that level so far in 2017. This price difference, or spread, has been generally increasing since 2000. Many factors on both the supply and demand sides are influencing this trend. […] The post Growing Octane Needs Widen the Price Difference Between Premium and Regular Gasoline appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Endowing cells with new abilities

It had been seven years since Fahim Farzadfard had last seen his family back home in Iran. Even after obtaining his green card in the middle of 2016, he had waited to finish his PhD before making the trip. Finally, last December, Farzadfard made a long-awaited visit to his hometown of Mashhad, Iran. Farzadfard had missed his family, and would have loved to stay longer to enjoy Persian cuisine, Iran's raw beauty, and the courteous culture he grew up with. He kept his visit short, however, partly out of concerns over a …

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MIT’s first MicroMasters learners earn credentials

The first-ever cohort in MIT's inaugural online MicroMasters program — consisting of more than 1,100 learners who completed all five of the online courses in supply chain management — has received its final MicroMasters certificates and will be honored at an online ceremony today. Of those learners who opted to take the proctored comprehensive final exam, 622 achieved passing grades, automatically earning a chance to apply for a full master's degree. Combining credit for the completed online coursework plus one …

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In search of a meaningful life

Zareen Choudhury and her friends have yet to pinpoint the meaning of life, but it's not for lack of trying. Dorm study sessions often veer off into more abstract territory — and once they get going, hours go by, p-sets are forgotten, and nailing down answers to life's persistent questions is all that matters. “Many of us at MIT have these deep, late-night conversations about the grander purpose of our existences,” says Choudhury, a senior in electrical engineering and computer science. She never expected MIT to offer a …

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The Future Of Buying Solar Will Be Consumer Empowered

The solar industry is facing big changes. Many factors, including high cancellation rates of large purchases, indicate that consumers may not have been fully educated about all of their options before their purchase, and may be been subjected to high-pressure sales consultations. But Pick My Solar is working to change this model with a customer-first focus.