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Lab-Grown Meat Has Arrived, And It’s Good News For The Planet!

While everyone is talking about electric cars and autonomy as a huge disruptor to the global economy, there is another elephant in the room that not many people seem to notice — lab-grown meat! A few days ago news broke that China bought $300 million worth of lab-grown meat from three Israeli-based companies — SuperMeat, Future Meat Technologies, and Meat the Future. While the price per lb/kg was undisclosed, I would not be surprised if the price paid was at or below farm-grown meat

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VW to spend $3 billion more on rising cost of diesel buyback

The Volkswagen diesel scandal no longer gets much U.S. media coverage. Engineer James Liang has been sentenced to 40 months in jail for his role, while executive Oliver Schmidt will be sentenced December 6. Buybacks and modifications are underway for more than half a million TDI diesel vehicles sold by Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche. Now, other...

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Electric-car incentives added in, remarkably, oil-rich Dubai

Dubai, the second largest sheikdom in the United Arab Emirates, has introduced new incentives in an attempt to make electric cars more desirable. Battery-electric and plug-in vehicles often go overlooked in the oil-rich area, but even some of the world's largest crude-oil producers plan to reduce their addiction to black gold. Now, Dubai will...

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This New Solar Collector Design Could Bring CSP Costs to Record Lows

Just when it looked like concentrated solar power (CSP) couldn't get cheaper, a U.S.-based startup says it's found a way of cutting heliostat costs by a third. Skysun, of Bay Village, Ohio, is aiming to achieve the cost reduction by tying multiple heliostats -- the mirrors that reflect sunlight onto CSP power tower receivers -- onto a single motor and support …

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Winning People’s Hearts To EVs & Renewables

When regular people know I am working in the plug-in car business, their first reaction is: “Oh yeah, that's the future…” Some connect that with fighting climate change and give me the thumbs up. Others, possibly more tech-savvy, mention autonomous cars and Tesla, a brand that has a following even outside the electric vehicle bubble. I suspect a portion of Tesla owners buy them because they are sexy, fast and tech laden, with the autopilot being its most important feature, and the fact that they are electric is just an …

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Open-source entrepreneurship

Open-source software is free software whose underlying code, or “source code,” is also freely available. Open-source development projects often involve hundreds or even thousands of volunteer coders scattered around the globe. Some of the best known are the Linux operating system, the Firefox web browser, and the WordPress blogging platform. This past spring, MIT professor of electrical engineering and computer science Saman Amarasinghe offered 6S194 (Open-Source Entrepreneurship), a new undergraduate course on …

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700,000 Tesla Model 3s Annually Just About Right, Says Musk

During a conference call on Monday with financial analysts to discuss a new bond offering, CEO Elon Musk let slip that his original estimate of annual Tesla Model 3 totals was about 200,000 short --- now he's saying that the all-electric car company will likely produce 700,000 units of the Model 3 annually one day

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Air Pollution Ranking In 32 Cities — How Does Yours Measure Up?

As we revealed in our previous article, air pollution is a serious problem that costs millions of lives each year and is a drain on the world economy. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) air pollution is now a bigger health threat than HIV and Ebola. You might now be wondering how your own city measures up against others from around the world, where it sits in the rankings, and what the health effects of air pollution might be

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How the U.S. can beat hepatitis C: Don’t buy the pills, buy the company

In a recent article in Forbes, MIT Sloan School of Management visiting scientist Mark Trusheim and co-author Peter B. Bach, a physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, propose a startling response to the prevalence of hepatitis C and the high cost of the leading therapy: The U.S. government should not just pay for the pills — they …

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Two from MIT honored at World Technology Awards

Leonardo DiCaprio began 2016 by capturing his long-awaited Academy Award for Best Actor, but his year ended in defeat, thanks to MIT graduate student Maher Damak. Damak, a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a fellow in the MIT Tata Center, was named the winner of the Environment category at the World Technology Awards on Dec. 8 in Los Angeles. DiCaprio, …

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Trump Administration Scrubs Mentions of Climate and Renewables From White House Website

A change has come to Whitehouse.gov. Immediately after Donald Trump assumed the office of president Friday, the presidential URL changed. Where there once was "Energy," now there is "An America First Energy Plan." And where there was a climate action plan, there is no more mention. The social cost of carbon --

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Faster websites with fewer bugs

Today, loading a web page on a big website usually involves a database query — to retrieve the latest contributions to a discussion you're participating in, a list of news stories related to the one you're reading, links targeted to your geographic location, or the like. But database queries are time consuming, so many websites store — or “cache” — the results of common queries on web servers for faster delivery. If a site user changes a value in the database, however, the cache needs to be updated, too. …