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How badly do you want something? Babies can tell

Babies as young as 10 months can assess how much someone values a particular goal by observing how hard they are willing to work to achieve it, according to a new study from MIT and Harvard University. This ability requires integrating information about both the costs of obtaining a goal and the benefit gained by the person seeking it, suggesting that babies acquire very early an intuition about how people make decisions. “Infants are far from experiencing the world as a ‘blooming, buzzing confusion,'” says …

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A faster way to make Bose-Einstein condensates

The world of an atom is one of random chaos and heat. At room temperatures, a cloud of atoms is a frenzied mess, with atoms zipping past each other and colliding, constantly changing their direction and speed. Such random motions can be slowed, and even stopped entirely, by drastically cooling the atoms. At a hair above absolute zero, previously frenetic atoms morph into an almost zombie-like state, moving as one wave-like formation, in a quantum form of matter known as a Bose-Einstein condensate. Since …

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2017 Volkswagen e-Golf: weekend drive report and range test

The thought came like a flash while on the highway heading into New York's Catskill Mountains: This is what all cars will be like soon. The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is absolutely the most normal, invisible, unremarkable electric car you can buy today. No one knew it was electric, or paid it any attention; it was simply another VW Golf in the...

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From microscopic to multicellular: Six Stories of life that NASA sees from space

Life. It's the one thing that, so far, makes Earth unique among the thousands of other planets we've discovered. Since the fall of 1997, NASA satellites have continuously and globally observed all plant life at the surface of the land and ocean. During the week of Nov. 13-17, NASA is sharing stories and videos about how this view of life from space is furthering knowledge of our home planet and the search for …

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SolarCity Is No Longer the Top Residential Solar Lease Provider in the US

SolarCity spent its way to explosive growth, becoming America's top residential solar installer. But after it was acquired by Tesla, installations trailed off. Now its chief competitor, Sunrun, is about to take a top spot in the rankings of third-party solar financiers. In the newly released report, U.S. Residential Solar Finance Update, H2 2017, GTM Research predicts that Sunrun …

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The World Of Sustainable Competitiveness

What are the most important factors that make a nation thrive? What is more important: the welfare of a people or corporate interest? Will Donald Trump's fossil-fueled America First policies plunge the world's leading economy into mediocrity? Which nations are best poised to lead the world into a more sustainable future

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America First? Trump Energy Cuts Would Eliminate Billions of Dollars in Direct Savings to Consumers

In his inauguration speech, Trump promised that every decision "will be made to benefit American workers and American families." In energy, the reality is very different. Since taking office, the Trump Administration has attempted to systematically dismantle nearly every energy program with direct benefits to American consumers, from efficiency standards to weatherization programs for low-income families. (This doesn't include the

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15,000 World Scientists Recommend 13 Steps To Avert A Global Climate Disaster

The Alliance of World Scientists has issued what it calls a "Second Warming" about the danger to the survival of the human species if climate change is not addressed soon. Here are the thirteen steps the more than 15,000 signatories to that warning recommend.

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Life with Renault Twizy: electric bopping around Bermuda

I well remember the first time I saw a Renault Twizy. Wandering along the Champs Elysees in Paris in the spring of 2012, I happened upon a Renault showroom hosting an electric car extravaganza. Amid flashing lights, blasting techno music, and vamping supermodels sat a couple of Renault Zoes, the then-new electric subcompact. DON'T MISS: Is An...

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Cargo space in popular electric cars: this video explains it all

Ensuring electric cars fit the needs of their owners is a requirement for boosting electric-vehicle sales. Adequate cargo space for an owner is necessary no matter what kind of car is being considered. Now, in one handy video, YouTuber Bjorn Nyquist has shown just how much cargo space is provided by a handful of popular electric cars on the market...