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Why Does Tesla Do Everything Better?

The #1 complaint about Tesla seems to be that ... we have to wait too long for mass production of its products. That's sort of a sign that the company is doing things quite well. Actually, if you crunch the numbers, you can see that Tesla cars offer more range, better performance, better interior tech, better semi-autonomous driving features, better charging options, and

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Daimler To Put ~$755 Million Into EV Push In China

Daimler AG will be investing some 5 billion yuan (~$755 million) as part of its push to manufacture plug-in electric vehicles and associated battery packs in China with its joint-venture partner there (BAIC Motor Corp). That's what a company exec has just revealed at the Guangzhou motor show

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DOE Official: Agency ‘Confident’ FERC Will Approve a Coal, Nuclear Pricing Rule

Department of Energy officials attended the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' Annual Meeting in Baltimore this week where they defended the agency's proposal to prevent the closure of financially troubled coal and nuclear power plants. Sean Cunningham, head of the DOE's Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, said in a keynote address that he is "confident" the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will "dutifully consider and adopt a rule that will address price formation in the …

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Sans Trump, America Reaffirms Commitment To Paris Agreement At COP23

California Governor Jerry Brown joined United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael Bloomberg on Saturday to reaffirm the commitment of American states, cities, and businesses, to the Paris Climate Agreement, despite the fact that US President Donald Trump officially pulled the United States out of the Accords in June.

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CRISPR-carrying nanoparticles edit the genome

In a new study, MIT researchers have developed nanoparticles that can deliver the CRISPR genome-editing system and specifically modify genes in mice. The team used nanoparticles to carry the CRISPR components, eliminating the need to use viruses for delivery. Using the new delivery technique, the researchers were able to cut out certain genes in about 80 percent of liver cells, the best success rate ever achieved with CRISPR in adult animals. “What's really exciting here is that we've shown you can make a …

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Synthetic circuits can harvest light energy

By organizing pigments on a DNA scaffold, an MIT-led team of researchers has designed a light-harvesting material that closely mimics the structure of naturally occurring photosynthetic structures. The researchers showed that their synthetic material can absorb light and efficiently transfer its energy along precisely controlled pathways. This type of structure could be incorporated into materials such as glass or textiles, enabling them to harvest or otherwise control incoming energy from sunlight, says Mark Bathe, …

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EPA head: new report that climate change is manmade has ‘no bearing’ on plans to end climate action

When top U.S. scientists released the fourth National Climate Assessment, it spelled out one blunt conclusion: human activity in releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere caused the climate change that has warmed the globe. Mandated for release every four years, the report will apparently have no sway over EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, a...