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Electric cars after 46 years: Chevy Bolt EV vs lunar rover

President John F. Kennedy challenged the United States to put a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s, and the country's space agency met his challenge with five months to go. However, in 1971, NASA sent a remarkable piece of equipment into space with astronauts—the Lunar Rover—which was actually designed and built by General Motors...

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Tesla — A Challenger Brand, The Ultimate Challenger Brand

Going up against Big Auto is no easy task. They're seasoned players with deep pockets and political influence. But Big Auto companies continue to be complacent when it comes to their flailing electric vehicle programs. Their leaders cling to the gas pump, while Tesla [NASDAQ: TSLA] electrifies — blowing past the likes of GM, Ford, and even BMW to become the third-largest automotive brand by market capitalization. How did Tesla pull this …

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Potential Tesla Model S Buyers Should Consider The 100D

Anyone wondering about the practicality of taking long road trips in a Tesla Model S would do well to watch this recent video from Fully Charged, in which host Robert Llewellyn takes a Model S 100D on a journey from London all the way up to the Orkney Islands - the UK equivalent of a Kerouacian coast-to-coast odyssey.

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How to Sleep in a Tesla Model S or Model X

A few years ago, we had the good fortune of meeting Steve Sasman, the "proprietor" of the Tesla Hotel. According to Steve, "One of the many benefits of the highly versatile Tesla Model S sports car is the plentiful amount of room for one or two people to sleep in the back with the seats folded down. Outfitted with a comfy 8″ thick air mattress, you will sleep like a baby who just struck the technology jackpot

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64 Million Tons Of CO2-Equivalent Emissions A Year In US From Meat-Eating Domestic Dogs & Cats, Research Finds (#GreenSunday)

While many people have pointed out the reality that cutting one's consumption of meat is a notable means of reducing one's carbon footprint, I haven't heard many people bring up the subject of meat consumption by pets 64 Million Tons Of CO2-Equivalent …

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Beans For Beef: The Climate Change Initiative That Anyone Can Do (#GreenSunday)

Our #FakePresident has removed the United States from the Paris climate accords, leading some Americans to experience ecoanxiety. That's a relatively new term that the American Psychological Association has used to describe the feelings of dread and helplessness that follow from “watching the slow and seemingly irrevocable impacts of climate change unfold, and worrying about the future for oneself, children, and later generations.” As it turns out, …

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Carl Garland, professor emeritus of chemistry, dies at 87

Carl W. Garland, professor emeritus in the Department of Chemistry, died Tuesday, July 11, at the age of 87. “Carl was an influential and outstanding scientist, mentor, educator, and colleague,” said Professor Timothy Jamison, head of the Department of Chemistry, upon learning of Garland's passing. “We continue to hold him in very high esteem and will remember him fondly.” Born on October 1, 1929 in Bangor, Maine, Garland was a resident of Lexington, Massachusetts. He completed his undergraduate studies at the …

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Chevy Bolt Production Ramps Down While Tesla Model 3 Production Ramps Up

Chevrolet is shutting down the Orion Township factory where it makes the Bolt electric car for a few extra weeks this summer to deal with mounting inventories. Meanwhile, Tesla is preparing to ramp up production of the Model 3. Chevy Bolt Production Ramps Down While Tesla Model 3 Production …

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Formula E Has Built Itself Up As A Platform For Disruptive Innovators

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag and team have defied the odds by starting up a completely new electric racing series from the ground up that is doing much more than just entertaining fans — it has crafted an entire ecosystem geared at catalyzing the shift from petroleum-powered transportation to electric-powered propulsion

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Tesla Sends Out Event Invites For Model 3 Part 3 Referral Program Winners, Confirms Location

July is perhaps the biggest month in Tesla's history, with the first 30 29 Model 3 production vehicles set to be turned over to the first lucky owners on the 28th of the month. Until now, it was uncertain when the event would actually take place, and more than that, where it would be. The first production Model 3 was confirmed to be for Ira Ehrenpreis, but he gifted the prized vehicle to Elon Musk earlier this month, leaving 29 …

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California’s Extension of Cap-and-Trade Provides More Certainty to Cleantech

Late Monday night, California lawmakers approved a group of bills that extend the state's landmark program capping greenhouse gas emissions. The news comes after months of rejected bills and aggressive negotiations by Governor Jerry Brown. Before the vote last week, Governor Brown told lawmakers that the bill was “the most important vote of your life.” “This isn't about some cockamamie legacy. This isn't for me. I'm …

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Lincoln Laboratory enters licensing agreement to produce its localizing ground-penetrating radar

MIT has reached agreement with Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc. (GSSI) to develop commercial prototypes of a technology that helps autonomous vehicles navigate by using subsurface geology. Engineers at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, who developed localizing ground-penetrating radar (LGPR), have demonstrated that features in soil layers, rocks, and road bedding can be used to localize vehicles to …

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New gel coatings may lead to better catheters and condoms

Catheters, intravenous lines, and other types of surgical tubing are a medical necessity for managing a wide range of diseases. But a patient's experience with such devices is rarely a comfortable one. Now MIT engineers have designed a gel-like material that can be coated onto standard plastic or rubber devices, providing a softer, more slippery exterior that can significantly ease a patient's discomfort. The coating can even be tailored to monitor and treat signs of infection. In a paper published today in …

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Ram Sasisekharan wins Agilent Thought Leader Award

MIT Professor Ram Sasisekharan has received an Agilent Thought Leader Award in recognition of his contributions in the field of biologics characterization. Sasisekharan, the Alfred H. Caspary Professor of Biological Engineering and Health Sciences and Technology in the Department of Biological Engineering and a member of MIT's Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, employs multidisciplinary strategies to develop and integrate technologies to further study complex polysaccharides important to a host of disease …

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Sir Richard Branson Talks Self-Driving Race Cars, Investing in Cleantech and Fake Meat

For the first time ever, an international car race came to the streets of New York. The goal of bringing the event to Brooklyn was nothing short of showing what was possible for the future of transportation and sustainability. On the eve of the FIA Formula E Qualcomm NYC ePrix this past weekend, Sir Richard Branson was giddy at the idea that all-electric racing might be the future of Formula …

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Bringing neural networks to cellphones

In recent years, the best-performing artificial-intelligence systems — in areas such as autonomous driving, speech recognition, computer vision, and automatic translation — have come courtesy of software systems known as neural networks. But neural networks take up a lot of memory and consume a lot of power, so they usually run on servers in the cloud, which receive data from desktop or mobile devices and then send …

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Proposed Self-Driving Car Rules Would Bar US States From Setting Own Rules

The set of self-driving vehicle rules now being proposed by a group of US House Representatives would bar individual states from putting their own testing and design regulations in place, going by the contents of a draft proposal that was obtained by Reuters Proposed Self-Driving Car …

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CleanTechnica Begins Jetson Electric Bicycle Review, Stay Tuned

When I first saw the electric bicycle (e-bike) Jetson, I stopped to look again. Where is the obvious battery sticking out? Where is the obvious electric motor? Where is the obvious gearing system limiting these e-bikes to a handful of gears? What is this twelve speed bike doing here in the middle of the e-bike section

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Sweden’s Largest Pension Fund Sells Off ExxonMobil & TransCanada Stock

AP7, Sweden's largest pension plan, announced this week it is continuing with its fossil fuel divestment strategy by selling its shares in ExxonMobil and TransCanada. Sweden's Largest Pension Fund Sells Off ExxonMobil & TransCanada Stock was originally published on