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Astronaut Kate Rubins returns to the Whitehead Institute to describe her experiences in low-Earth orbit

The Whitehouse Institute at MIT welcomed NASA astronaut and former Whitehead Fellow Kathleen “Kate” Rubins on Sept. 12. Rubins' visit began in the afternoon, when Whitehead Institute Director David Page interviewed her for Whitehead's podcast, "Audiohelicase." After the interview, Rubins spoke with a select group of Whitehead postdocs and graduate students. Later, she enthralled local students as she recounted her four-month 2016 trip to the International Space Station (ISS), her biomedical research in space, …

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RE100 Adds Even More Members At Climate Week NYC

RE100, the world's leading 100% renewable energy target campaign, has once again made big news at Climate Week NYC 2017, announcing four more companies joining to commit to sourcing 100% renewable energy, including Citi and JPMorgan Chase & Co RE100 Adds Even More Members At Climate Week NYC was originally published on CleanTechnica. …

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Foreign Solar Manufacturers Weigh Opening US Facilities as Tariff Decision Looms

The pending U.S. solar trade case is about to hit a major crossroad. On Friday, September 22, the U.S. International Trade Commission will determine whether or not the few remaining domestic solar manufacturers have sustained “serious injury” from imported solar products. If the answer is no, the case brought by petitioners Suniva and SolarWorld will be dismissed. If the answer is yes, the governing body will work on a

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Mathematics predicts a sixth mass extinction

In the past 540 million years, the Earth has endured five mass extinction events, each involving processes that upended the normal cycling of carbon through the atmosphere and oceans. These globally fatal perturbations in carbon each unfolded over thousands to millions of years, and are coincident with the widespread extermination of marine species around the world. The question for many scientists is whether the carbon cycle is now experiencing a significant jolt that could tip the planet toward a sixth mass …

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Epic — Battery Electric Car Sales vs Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Sales #RevolutionRising

Bloomberg New Energy Finance's London Future of Energy Summit just wrapped up. As usual, the highlight of the show was the presentation from Michael Liebreich, Founder* and Chairman of the Advisory Board. This article and the next one were kicked off by a couple of tweets Karl Graves sent my way that featured two of Michael's brilliant slides Epic — …

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Climate Devastation In Sequoia National Park

On National Drive Electric Day (Week), instead of celebrating EV's like Kyle did in Santa Monica, I drove my SUV* to Sequoia National Forest where I joined over a million visitors to bear witness to the climate devastation our fossil fuel habit has wrought. Having grown up in Northern California, the Redwoods are more my home than the Sequoias. While the forest service and the department of the interior have done a lot to stop the damage to this fragile forest, I fear it may be too late. Looking out over Sequoia Kings Canyon …

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EU Citizens Increasingly Concerned About Climate Change

European citizens are becoming increasingly concerned with climate change and further believe that taking action to tackle climate change would be good for jobs and the economy, according to a new survey. EU Citizens Increasingly Concerned About Climate Change was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from …

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MIT Lincoln Laboratory team scores big at international hacking event

They call themselves Lab RATs, in a nod to remote access trojans, which are malware that attempt to hijack a computer's operations. Battling teams from around the world, the members of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory's Cyber Security and Information Sciences Division and Information Services Department team made it all the way to the finals of this year's DEF CON Capture the Flag (CTF) hacking competition. The laboratory's cyber researchers and analysts, joined by students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MIT, were …

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SkyPower Global May Lose 100 Megawatts Of Solar Projects In India

SkyPower Global has found itself in a legal tussle with the government of Madhya Pradesh and could end up losing two of the three 50 megawatt solar power projects it won in the state's competitive auction. SkyPower Global May Lose 100 Megawatts Of Solar Projects In India was originally published on CleanTechnica. To …

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Building Bolt EV, electric cars with 100 miles or more, Mercedes EQC, Porsche Mission E: Today’s Car News

Today, we've updated our list of electric cars on sale this year with more than 100 miles of range, nodded to Norway as its drivers reserve a future electric Mercedes, honed in on the very fast charging in the Porsche Mission E, and flagged the catch in a rumored new EV policy from China. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Norway has long...

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Lithium-Ion Battery Production Is Surging, but at What Cost?

In his first Tesla Motors master plan, Elon Musk wrote, “The overarching purpose of Tesla Motors (and the reason I am funding the company) is to help expedite the move from a mine-and-burn hydrocarbon economy towards a solar electric economy, which I believe to be the primary, but not exclusive, sustainable solution.” Just over a decade later, it looks like that …

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Porsche Mission E electric sport sedan: 200-mile recharge in 15 minutes

While there have been lots of concept cars and production announcements, the first serious German competitor to the Tesla Model S and Model X won't arrive for at least another year. And what could prove the most potent of them all—the production version of the stunning Porsche Mission E concept car revealed two years ago—won't go into...

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Foreign makers might build electric cars in China, but rumored rule change has a catch

China's announcement 10 days ago that it was assessing a timetable for ending sales of new cars with gasoline or diesel engines continues to reverberate. The country intends to dominate global production of lithium-ion battery cells and electric vehicles, for a host of reasons from industrial power through air pollution to energy security. A new...

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Chevy Bolt EV, Sonic, Bolt, Sonic: GM mingles gas, electric cars on same assembly line

General Motors didn't have to construct an all-new assembly plant to build its affordable, mass-market Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car. In fact, it produces the electric car at the existing Orion assembly plant in Michigan, which opened in 1983. That's not the most interesting aspect of Bolt EV production, though: GM actually builds the...

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2017 electric cars with more than 100 miles of range (updated)

In the seven years since modern electric cars first went on sale in large numbers, the field has matured significantly. There are now several models that offer at least 100 miles of range, and many are widely available to consumers. Those include the Tesla Model S and Model X, starting at about $70,000, as well as several more affordable models...