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In Kenya, An Entrepreneur Is Using Biodiesel To Fight Climate Change

Kitui Industries, started experimenting with biodiesel in 2008, when oil prices were peaking. This alternative fuel produced from vegetable oil is obtained from crushing cotton seed, and can replace conventional diesel.

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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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China’s EV Charging Point Network Grew 51% In 2017

The number of public charging points for so-called "new energy vehicles" — that is: plug-in electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, amongst a few others — in China grew by around 51% during 2017, the country's Industry and Information Technology Minister Miao Wei has revealed (as quoted by the country's official news agency Xinhua)

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Location detection when GPS doesn’t work

With billions of GPS devices in use today, people are beginning to take it for granted that services on their handheld devices will be location-aware. But GPS doesn't work well indoors, and it's not precise enough for several potentially useful applications, such as locating medical equipment in hospitals or pallets of goods in warehouses, or helping emergency responders navigate unfamiliar buildings. Professor of aeronautics and astronautics Moe Win has spent the last decade investigating the theory and …

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Microbial communities demonstrate high turnover

When Mark Twain famously said “If you don't like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes,” he probably didn't anticipate MIT researchers would apply his remark to their microbial research. But a new study does just that. A team from MIT, using water samples from the New England coast, found that microbial communities are able to form despite rapidly varying conditions in the coastal environment. Biological communities are typically defined as the set of organisms living and interacting in a certain area, …

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Using mechanical forces to improve wound healing

To most, an operating room and a manufacturing plant are as different as any two places can be. But not to Dennis Orgill. “To some degree when you do an operation it's much like manufacturing something in a factory,” explains Orgill SM '80, PhD '83, who serves as medical director at Brigham and Women's Hospital's Wound Care Center and as a professor at Harvard Medical School. “You want to have high quality control and be able to do it as efficiently as you can. Those engineering principles of process control are very …