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Using art to disrupt systems of oppression

In today's social climate, which is often characterized by polarization and intolerance, visiting artist B. Stephen Carpenter II believes that art can enable people to have civil conversations about difficult topics such as race, segregation, and poverty in the U.S. During the fall semester, Carpenter, the Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology (CAST), was invited to MIT by Ford Professor of Environmental and Urban Planning Lawrence Susskind, to explore different …

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How to float your coffee creamer

A drop or two of cold cream in hot coffee can go a long way toward improving one's morning. But what if the two liquids didn't mix? MIT scientists have now explained why under certain conditions a droplet of liquid should not coalesce with the liquid surface below. If the droplet is very cold, and the bath sufficiently hot, then the droplet should “levitate” on the bath's surface, as a result of the flows induced by the temperature difference. The team's results, published today in the Journal of Fluid …

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US Electric Car Sales … Jolt Electric Folding Bike … Tesla Battery Director Departure … (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

2017 is the year of the electric vehicle, and that's been reflected in CleanTechnica's coverage and most popular articles. Yet again, the most popular stories of the past week here on CleanTechnica were EV stories, with a few big renewable energy ones sneaking in as well. Check out the top 20 here

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Sunrun Aims to Prove Solar Installers Can Grow and Make a Profit at the Same Time

For a while there, leading residential solar installers had a one-track mind: they could grow or make money, but not both. The national players opted for growth through the early 2010s, until the deferral of making money started to catch up with them. It took out Sungevity, at one time number three U.S. residential installer. It led to

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MIT researchers release evaluation of solar pumps for irrigation and salt mining in India

In 2014, the government of India made an ambitious goal to replace 26 million groundwater pumps run on costly diesel, for more efficient and environmentally-friendly options such as solar pumps. Groundwater pumps are a critical technology in India, especially for small scale farmers who depend on them for irrigating crops during dry seasons. With the lack of a reliable electrical grid connection, and the high price and variable supply of diesel fuel, solar-powered pumps have great potential to meet farmers' needs while …

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On the Ground In Puerto Rico — Part 2

Joseph has installed all five PV systems, though not always as he had planned. He has also distributed food, water purification systems, and seeds. He started in the San Juan area, in a place called San José. The first of the 1-kilowatt (kW) systems was installed in a bicycle shop. Local people can gather there and get hit by a breeze from a fan as they charge their cell phones.

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Evidence Mounts That Coal, Nuclear Interests Influenced Perry’s Grid Resiliency Rule

Energy Secretary Rick Perry's effort to change federal energy regulations to favor coal and nuclear power plants in the name of grid resilience has received a barrage of criticism for misstating the facts, ignoring the evidence, and attempting to ram through a …

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Arbe Robotics Generates $9M In Funding To Bring Its High Resolution Radar System To Production

Tel Aviv-based startup Arbe Robotics has just raised $9 million in funding to help develop its high-resolution radar system and bring it into full production. While there are a number of companies producing radar technology, Arbe Robotics claim that its system is the only one that offers a high resolution regardless of the weather conditions.

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Waymo Teams Up With AutoNation To Service Fleet Of Autonomous Vehicles

In another move that hints at how close self-driving cars may be to reality, Google/Alphabet-owned Waymo has announced a deal with AutoNation, the largest auto dealer in the US, to service its fleet of vehicles. The multiyear arrangement means that AutoNation will now be responsible for the maintenance and repair of the increasing number of Waymo's Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans that are on the roads

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Nancy Rose appointed head of MIT Department of Economics

Nancy L. Rose, the Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, is the new head of the MIT Department of Economics, succeeding Glenn Ellison, the Gregory K. Palm Professor of Economics. “Nancy is not only a distinguished scholar, but also …