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Kit Cummins awarded the American Chemical Society Pauling Medal

Department of Chemistry Professor Christopher (Kit) Cummins has been honored with the 2017 Linus Pauling Medal, in recognition of his unparalleled synthetic and mechanistic studies of early-transition metal complexes, including reaction discovery and exploratory methods of development to improve nitrogen and phosphorous utilization. Cummins, the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry, will be presented with the Pauling Medal at an award symposium this fall at Portland State University in Oregon. "I was introduced to …

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A new way of extracting copper

MIT researchers have identified the proper temperature and chemical mixture to selectively separate pure copper and other metallic trace elements from sulfur-based minerals using molten electrolysis. This one-step, environmentally friendly process simplifies metal production and eliminates the toxic byproducts such as sulfur dioxide. Postdoc Sulata K. Sahu and PhD student Brian J. Chmielowiec '12 decomposed sulfur-rich minerals into pure sulfur and extracted three different metals at very high purity: copper, …

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Scientists produce dialysis membrane made from graphene

Dialysis, in the most general sense, is the process by which molecules filter out of one solution, by diffusing through a membrane, into a more dilute solution. Outside of hemodialysis, which removes waste from blood, scientists use dialysis to purify drugs, remove residue from chemical solutions, and isolate molecules for medical diagnosis, typically by allowing the materials to pass through a porous membrane. Today's commercial dialysis membranes separate molecules slowly, in part due to their makeup: They are …

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Two MIT documentaries win New England Emmy Awards

On June 24, Boston-area journalists, videographers, and producers filled the halls of the Marriott Boston Copley Place for the 40th annual New England Emmy Awards. Staff from MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering (MechE) and MIT Video Productions (MVP) occupied two full tables at the black-tie affair. By the end of the night, two golden statues joined them as both groups were awarded Emmys. MechE's multimedia specialist John Freidah was honored with a New England Emmy in the Health/Science Program/Special category …

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EPA Solicits Input And Gets A Surprising Mouthful

The public overwhelmingly wants existing regulations to be left alone. President Trump has made it clear that he does not care much about red tape, regulations, restrictions or anything that gets in the way of doing business. Among his early moves was an executive order instructing all governmental agencies to re-examine existing regulations with the […] The post EPA Solicits Input And Gets A Surprising Mouthful appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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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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Ohio Explores Perspectives, Opportunities for Modernizing the Electric Grid

Just think about the number of interactions we have with electricity each day – from our alarm clocks to our toasters to our smart phones and the lights in our homes and offices. Electricity is undeniably important to our lives and our economy. And unprecedented energy innovation has created the opportunity to build a smarter, […] The post Ohio Explores Perspectives, Opportunities for Modernizing the Electric Grid appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Study: Drastic Temperature Jump Events (Dansgaard-Oeschger Events) The Result Of CO2 Tipping Points

Rapid jumps in the temperatures of the high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere over just a few decades time have been a somewhat common event during the glacial periods of the last 100,000 years or so Study: Drastic Temperature Jump Events (Dansgaard-Oeschger Events) The …

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Inhabitants Of Sinking Islands In Atlantic Don’t Believe In Climate Change — That About Sums It Up…

While it's become something of an assumed truth for some that, as the impacts of anthropogenic climate change begin bearing down on the "developed" world in earnest, those who currently deny the existence of climate change will come around. ... I remain highly skeptical Inhabitants Of Sinking …

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Ala Kazlova To Speak At Cleantech Revolution Event In Berlin

Ala Kazlova is the head of Marketing and IP at Swedish-based InnoVentum, and she'll be speaking at our Cleantech Revolution event in Berlin. Learn more about this innovative leader in sustainable design. Ala Kazlova To Speak At Cleantech Revolution Event In Berlin was originally …

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What Tesla Model 3 Buyers Need To Know (About EVs & Model 3) — New EV Annex Infographic

The good folks over at EV Annex have created a beautiful infographic that lays out the basics of the Tesla Model 3 for the masses of reservation holders who are coming up to the point where they will be able to configure and order a vehicle. (The Model 3 configurator is expected to open after part 3 of the Model 3 reveal next month.)

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Rumor: Tesla Shanghai Factory To Be Announced Soon

Rumors of a new Tesla factory in Shanghai, China, have been flying around the internet for months. And just as quickly as they popped up, Tesla batted them away, saying they were just speculation, there was nothing official, it was looking at several locations in China, it had made no decision yet, and things of that nature

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Pew recognizes four MIT researchers for innovation in biomedical science

The Pew Charitable Trusts has named Ibrahim Cissé, assistant professor of physics, and Gene-Wei Li, assistant professor of biology, as 2017 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences. In addition, two postdocs, Ana Fiszbein and María E. Inda, were named to the 2017 class of Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences in computational biology and synthetic biology, respectively. The Pew Scholars program encourages early-career scientists to pursue innovative research to advance the understanding of human biology …