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Boeing Acquires Aurora Flight Sciences For Autonomous Flights

If you thought autonomous cars were freaking out some older drivers, wait until you hear the one about autonomous flights. Boeing is acquiring Aurora Flight Sciences, a company we mentioned here a little while back. This is throwing serious weight into the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) industry Boeing Acquires Aurora Flight Sciences For Autonomous Flights was originally …

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Next Generation of EV Charging (#Electrifying Webinar with Peter Badik, GreenWay)

For years, it has been clear — electric car customers want superfast (not just "fast") charging available for long-distance travel. It has also been clear that only Tesla has looked out for its customers in regards to this. It wasn't until this year that any other charging companies really started offering products capable of this, and there still aren't any electric cars on the market that could charge more than 100 kW anyway — hence the lack of supply of non-Tesla superchargers

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Cellular reprograming implicated in model of Alzheimer's disease

Microglia, immune cells that act as the central nervous system's damage sensors, have recently been implicated in Alzheimer's disease. The cells, a type of macrophage that clear away dead cells from the brain and help to maintain healthy neuronal wiring, were found to be entangled with toxic amyloid beta plaques in tissue taken from those suffering from the disease. Researchers had previously believed that the cells help to protect the brain from neurodegeneration by digesting the amyloid plaques, but it now …

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International Policy Lab issues new call for proposals

The International Policy Lab (IPL) within the Center for International Studies has issued its third Institute-wide call for proposals. The IPL helps leading MIT researchers develop the policy implications of their research and better inform the policymaking community in the United States and abroad. It provides funding and staff support for translating scholarly work into digestible, policy-relevant materials and for direct outreach to policymakers. “We are very pleased …

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11,000 Tesla Model X crossovers recalled for faulty seat mechanism

Electric car builder Tesla is calling back 11,000 examples of its Model X crossover to rectify a folding rear-seat issue. The California company says that the recall affects Model Xs fitted with a flat-folding second row that were built between October 26, 2016, and August 16, 2017. At issue is a cable in the rear seatback, which the automaker...

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Perry to Congress: Price Tag on DOE Proposal to Prop Up Coal; Nuclear Is the ‘Cost of Freedom’

Energy Secretary Rick Perry's testimony before a House energy subcommittee this morning got attention from the mainstream press for his mistake of calling Puerto Rico a country, and his defense of what is, in the scope of the Trump administration, a relatively small $56,000

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Owning a Tesla, 48-volt mild hybrids, Indian electric cars, CA to ban cars with engines? Today’s Car News

Today, we've got important news from California, some reflections on owning a Tesla, and how diesel's decline is helping hybrids. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Over seven years of modern electric cars, it's widely accepted that they lose money for their makers if all costs are fully accounted for. But Indian maker Mahindra says they're...

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UK Summer “Greenest Ever” According To National Grid

The United Kingdom experienced its greenest summer ever according to the country's grid operator, National Grid, which reported that almost 52% of its electricity generation was met by low-carbon sources. UK Summer “Greenest Ever” According To National Grid was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from …

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How Tesla Model S alters car ownership: a buyer’s one-year notes

In late July, we published an article describing one electric-car driver's experience in adding solar panels to his home to help with charging his family's five electric cars. That reader, who'd like to be known just as Shiva, has now owned a 2016 Tesla Model S for a year. He recently outlined for us how that experience has gone, and how it's...

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Grid-Edge Startups Need Utilities to Succeed. But Utility Adoption Cycles Can Destroy Them

There's a paradox in energy. While new technologies are accelerating faster than ever, the adoption of those technologies by incumbents remains slow. This presents a captivity problem for startups, particularly in electricity. They need incumbent utilities to reach customers and integrate new technologies at the grid edge – but this reliance significantly slows progress, creates tension, and potentially destroys their chances of success. Will the situation ever change? Or is it just the reality that …

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Grid-Tied Residential Energy Storage To Overtake Off-Grid Storage In US In 2017

A new report from GTM Research has determined that for the first time ever, grid-tied residential battery storage deployment will overtake that of the traditionally-leading off-grid and grid-independent battery storage systems across the United States in 2017. Grid-Tied Residential Energy Storage To Overtake Off-Grid Storage In US In 2017 was originally published on

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Yet Another Energy Storage Breakthrough Coming, Thanks To “Weirdly Exciting” New Substance

Scientists at the Energy Department's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have come up with a new bijel that could have some interesting energy storage applications. They're still trying to find the right adjectives to describe it, but “weirdly exciting” seems to fit the bill for now Yet Another Energy Storage Breakthrough Coming, Thanks To “Weirdly …

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California mulls ban on new cars with engines, joining China in climate action

With China mulling an eventual ban on sales of cars with gasoline or diesel engines, the world's largest car market made it clear earlier this month that it intends to force a conversion to zero-emission vehicles. Now California, which has led the U.S. in environmental awareness and emission reduction for decades, is doing the same. Governor Jerry...

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Which electric car will sell best in 2018, globally? Poll results

Next year is shaping up to be a banner year for electric cars globally. The new, longer-range second-generation Nissan Leaf will be in production at three factories around the world, the Tesla Model 3 should hit volume production, and the Chevy Bolt EV will be fully available in North America, Europe, and South Korea. And then there's China, where...

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The Problem with Demand Response

A recent event highlights the difficulties setting baselines for demand response programs. It's starting to feel like fall. In Berkeley, we are sensitive to subtle changes, but there was a bit of chill in the air last week and the sun is setting earlier. Three months ago, the season change – from spring to an […] The post The Problem with Demand Response appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Underestimating the Contribution of Solar PV Risks Damaging Policy Making

The continuing lack of realism in projections for solar PV risks damaging policy making by misdirecting effort in developing low carbon technologies. Solar PV continues its remarkable growth … Electricity generation from solar PV continues to grow very rapidly. It now supplies over 1% of global electricity consumption and this proportion looks set to continue […] The post Underestimating the Contribution of Solar PV Risks Damaging Policy Making appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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The Future of Network Regulation: Let’s Pay Consumers to Support the Grid

The very fabric of modern economies and the challenge to ensure that our energy systems evolve to provide reliable, affordable, clean energy for us, our children, and grandchildren is at stake in Europe this year, explains Edith Bayer. How much do you pay for electricity and why? And what role do you play (if any) […] The post The Future of Network Regulation: Let's Pay Consumers to Support the Grid appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article