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Hairy tongues help bats drink up

Animals have evolved all manner of adaptations to get the nutrients they need. For nectar-feeding bats, long snouts and tongues let them dip in and out of flowers while hovering in mid-air. To help the cause, their tongues are covered in tiny hairs that serve as miniature spoons to scoop and drag up the tasty sap. Now engineers at MIT have found that, for bats and other hairy-tongued nectar feeders, the key to drinking efficiently lies in a delicate balance between the spacing of hairs on the tongue, the thickness of …

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First students arrive on campus to pursue “hybrid” masters degrees

In early January, 40 students from around the world landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to embark on their first semester at MIT. Though it was the first time they had set foot on campus, they weren't new to MIT courses by any stretch. After completing the online MicroMasters program in supply chain management (SCM) offered through MITx by the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL), passing a comprehensive exam, and making it through a demanding admissions process, these eager learners were simply …

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Going for the gold

Skiers taking to the slopes at the Olympics in Pyeongchang in a few weeks have a common enemy: flat light. Flat light occurs on overcast days when light diffuses through moisture in the air, creating a white-out effect that makes shadows and colors difficult to see. It impedes skiers' ability to perceive the terrain in front of them, which could mean the difference between going home with a gold medal, or going home empty-handed. For American alpine skier and two-time Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety, skiing in flat …

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Our New Report: The State of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure, And The Landscape Looking Forward

We have just published our first report solely focused on electric vehicle charging. It's a deep dive into residential EV charging stations, public EV charging stations, multi-family building and commercial EV charging stations, EV service equipment innovations, EV charging business models, and electric vehicle adoption trends. Below is the report introduction

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Blockchain For The Grid: Major Blockchain Technologies

It's safe to say that cleantech is going to involve blockchain and similar distributed ledger approaches. And it's also safe to say that each of the technologies and approaches represented here have better and worse uses. If someone tells you that the answer is only one of these, then you can be pretty sure that they are enthusiasts, not architects

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Air Pollution Responsible For More Than 10.7 Million Kidney Disease Cases A Year, Analysis Shows

Exposure to particulate matter air pollution is responsible for more than 10.7 million cases of the development of chronic kidney disease per year, according to a new study led by Benjamin Bowe, MPH, of Clinical Epidemiology Center at the VA Saint Louis Health Care System.

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AEP Exec: The Future for Coal Power Is ‘Very Limited’

When Charles Patton joined American Electric Power in the year 2000, around 90 percent of the company's electricity production came from coal. Since then, AEP's executive vice president of external affairs says things have changed dramatically. “I will confess, there was a time I wouldn't have publicly stated -- although in the last few years I have publicly stated that I was wrong -- that you would be able to [interconnect] renewables to the extent that we've been able to,” said Patton, speaking Tuesday at …

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US Energy Industry Associations Urge FERC To Reject DOE Proposal To Subsidize Coal & Nuclear

A diverse group of a dozen US energy industry associations which represent the oil, natural gas, wind, solar, efficiency, and other technologies, have come together to urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject the Department of Energy's proposal to subsidise the coal and nuclear energy industries, claiming that such a proposal is unsupported by record and would throw a costly wrench into the nation's electricity markets.

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GE & Green Investment Group To Build Europe’s Largest Onshore Wind Farm

GE Renewable Energy and the Green Investment Group have this week announced they will be working to deliver the 650 MW Markbygden ETT wind farm in Sweden which, upon completion, will be the largest single-site onshore wind farm in Europe.

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Electric-car sales, Porsche profits, more Hyundai-Kia electrics, Best Car To Buy finalist: Today’s Car News

Today, we've got plug-in electric car sales reports from both the U.S. and Canada, greater production of electric cars by Hyundai and Kia, a look at legendary Porsche profits, and another Best Car To Buy finalist. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We're a bit later this time than usual with our October plug-in electric car sales report, but...

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Using machine learning to improve patient care

Doctors are often deluged by signals from charts, test results, and other metrics to keep track of. It can be difficult to integrate and monitor all of these data for multiple patients while making real-time treatment decisions, especially when data is documented inconsistently across hospitals. In a new pair of papers, researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) explore ways for computers to help doctors make better medical decisions. One team created a …