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The US Senate once had its own electric cars: two Studebakers that ran underground

One advantage of electric cars is that unlike gasoline or steam cars, they have no emissions. More than a century ago, that was why the U.S. Capitol acquired two custom-built electric cars, nicknamed "Tommy" and "Peggy." They were built by Studebaker, an early and hallowed U.S. car brand that finally folded up shop in 1965. DON'T MISS: Electric...

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Dynamic Growth In Sustainable Investments Driven By Greater Interest From Institutional Investors

As their importance for asset owners has steadily risen, assets from institutional investors now account for 82% of the Swiss sustainable investment market. Sustainable investment funds are gaining ground and currently account for 7% of the total fund market Dynamic Growth In …

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Lyft vs Uber — What Are The Differences For Drivers? (Part 2: $$$ + Electric Range Issues & Support)

I am a part-time driver for Uber and Lyft and rather new to both. I'm also not a normal driver since I drive an all-electric Nissan LEAF that gets 85 to 100 miles on a full charge around town. All information does not fall out the same in this post as it might for full-time or long-time drivers at both or either company. Earnings ability varies, I suspect quite a bit based on location. It seems obvious that dense metropolitan areas offer more constants and the possibility of higher earnings (but also a higher cost of living). …

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MIT Press Bookstore launches new author series

This month the MIT Press Bookstore is launching an exciting new series of events, Authors@MIT. The series features authors and experts on the cutting edge of topics that we all need to know more about, among them: young people and new media, business innovation, life in a digitally defined world, the intersection of science and art, the future of technology, the nature of knowledge, and more. While most of the events will be at the Press Bookstore, some will take place at other area venues, in collaboration with the Boston …

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Eight MIT faculty elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Eight MIT faculty are among the 84 new members and 22 foreign associates elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Newly elected members for this year also include an impressive 18 MIT-affiliated alumni. Election to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering …

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Concrete Sustainability Hub welcomes Panamanian government officials

Panama City is a glass. That's not a metaphor relating to dishes — nor the description of some fragile state the city has found itself in. It is, rather, a categorization based on statistical physics and modeling techniques used by the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) to label cities based on how much their layout resembles the atomic structures of different materials. Franz-Josef Ulm, CSHub faculty director and …

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Karma Revero (Previously Known As Fisker Karma) Now Back In Production

The Karma Revero, which was previously known as the Fisker Karma before the firm's bankruptcy, is now back in production, according to recent reports. The model (and brand) is being relaunched by the China-based automotive supplier Wanxiang — which bought the assets of Fisker Automotive, following the firm's bankruptcy in 2013. Notably, while all of [&hellip Karma Revero (Previously Known …

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Siemens Demonstrates New Electric Motor With 260-Kilowatt Output In Electric Airplane

A new type of electric motor — weighing just 50 kilograms, but delivering a continuous power output of around 260 kilowatts (roughly 5 times comparable drive systems) — was recently demonstrated live in an Extra 330LE aerobatic airplane by researchers from Siemens, according to a new press release. The (nearly silent) demonstration took place at [&hellip Siemens Demonstrates …

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Tesla Now Pushing Inventory Model Xs With Nice Discounts

Those interested in purchasing a Tesla model X, but not in having to wait several months to get it, and also interested in getting a bit of a discount, may want to consider purchasing an inventory Model X. A recent discussion on the Tesla Motors Club forum provided some new insight into the current situation. [&hellip Tesla Now Pushing Inventory Model Xs With Nice Discounts was originally …

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Michael Mitchell wins Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface

Michael J. Mitchell, a National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein postdoc in the lab of Robert Langer at the Koch Institute for Cancer Research at MIT, has won a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface (CASI). “It's an honor to be included among the outstanding young investigators from across the nation who won the CASI award,” says Mitchell. “I'm grateful for the incredible support from Bob Langer and the MIT Koch Institute for paving the way for scientists and engineers like myself who …

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Leading and transforming the global energy sector to address climate change

As the need to address climate change becomes more and more pressing, it is more critical than ever for women to have equal opportunities to participate in all aspects and at all levels of climate and energy research, policy, business, and other areas. Since 2010, the multi-governmental Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) has recognized this imperative with the Clean Energy, Education, and Empowerment (C3E) women's initiative. In 2012, the CEM — along with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) — …

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Borgward Wins Plus X Awards For BX7 PHEV SUV

The German firm Borgward has been awarded Plus X Awards in the categories of Design, High Quality, Ergonomics, and Functionality for the BX7 plug-in hybrid series SUV. In addition, the Borgward BX7 was granted a seal of quality as SUV of the Year 2016/2017. Never heard of the SUV? We hadn't either, but the German-design [&hellip Borgward Wins Plus X Awards For BX7 PHEV SUV was originally published on

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Borgward BX7 Plug-In Hybrid SUV Wins Plus X Awards

The German firm Borgward has been awarded Plus X Awards in the categories of Design, High Quality, Ergonomics, and Functionality for the BX7 plug-in hybrid series SUV. In addition, the Borgward BX7 was granted a seal of quality as SUV of the Year 2016/2017. Never heard of the SUV? We hadn't either, but the German-design [&hellip Borgward BX7 Plug-In Hybrid SUV Wins Plus X Awards was originally …

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Finding a new formula for concrete

Researchers at MIT are seeking to redesign concrete — the most widely used human-made material in the world — by following nature's blueprints. In a paper published online in the journal Construction and Building Materials, the team contrasts cement paste — concrete's binding ingredient — with the structure and properties of natural materials such as bones, shells, and deep-sea sponges. As the researchers observed, these biological materials are exceptionally strong and durable, thanks in part to their …

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Scientists illuminate a hidden regulator in gene transcription

Gene transcription is the process by which DNA is copied and synthesized as messenger RNA (mRNA) — which delivers its genetic blueprints to the cell's protein-making machinery. Now researchers at MIT and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) have identified a hidden, ephemeral phenomenon in cells that may play a major role in jump-starting mRNA production and regulating gene transcription. In a paper published in the online journal eLife, the researchers report using a new super-resolution …