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Three EECS professors join leadership team

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) has announced the appointment of two new associate department heads, and the creation of the new role of associate department head for strategic directions. Professors Saman Amarasinghe and Joel Voldman have been named as new associate department heads, effective immediately, says EECS Department Head Asu Ozdaglar. Ozdaglar

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Charting gas and oil's future in a decarbonizing world

When global oil prices declined dramatically in 2014 and 2015, leading energy analysts expected that oil production in the United States — consisting primarily of tight oil extracted from rock formations by means of massive hydraulic fracturing — would likewise decrease due to relatively high production costs. Despite the prospects for a negative return on investment, however, U.S. tight oil production continued almost unabated. Perplexed by this development, a team of researchers sought to better understand the …

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Nissan-Renault Insists It’s ‘Not Going to Relinquish’ Leadership on Electric Mobility

Nissan Motors did not unveil a new electric vehicle at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. The Japanese automaker had a sizable expo display, but opted not hold a high-production press event. Instead, Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of France-based Renault, chairman and former CEO of Japan-based Nissan, and chairman of Mitsubishi Motors, held a media Q&A in a conference room. There were no spotlights and no music -- not even a PowerPoint presentation. The event seemed to reflect the …

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Q&A: Seth Mnookin on the fallacy of “both sides” journalism

A longtime journalist and science writer, Seth Mnookin is a professor of science writing, director of the Graduate Program in Science Writing, and director of the MIT Communications Forum. In his most recent book, "The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy," which won the Science in Society Award, Mnookin tackles a fundamental question: How do we decide what the truth is? SHASS Communications spoke with Mnookin recently about the state of journalism in an era when public trust is threatened by …

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Air Conditioning and Global Energy Demand

Sales of air conditioners have exploded worldwide over the last few years, driven by middle-income countries where households and businesses are buying air conditioners at startling rates. Int China, for example, sales of air conditioners have nearly doubled over the last 5 years.read more

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North Carolina Opts for Delayed Sunset of the State Tax Credit

Last week, the North Carolina legislature passed a bill offering a soft landing to the official end date for the state's 35% state tax credit. While the tax credit cliff is scheduled for December 31, 2015, new legislation will extend eligibility for projects that are “significantly complete” but not operational by the end of 2015.read more

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IEA Repeats Positive View For Global Solar Thermal Electricity

Photovoltaic solar power seems to get most of the attention when it comes to solar (for good reason), but global solar thermal electricity from concentrating solar power plants has also improved a lot in the last five years. The technology is diversifying, costs are dropping, and new markets have begun to open up. At the same IEA Repeats Positive View For Global Solar Thermal Electricity was …

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Interview With Ambri CEO Phil Giudice (Exclusive)

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Ambri CEO Phil Giudice about what many of us here at CleanTechnica consider to be one of the most promising battery storage startups on the planet. It was a very interesting discussion, and I got more information from Phil than I expected. Below are paraphrased questions and Interview With Ambri CEO Phil Giudice (Exclusive) was originally published on

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Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement Spreads In UK

The University of Glasgow in Scotland has taken a page from Stanford and other US colleges. It has become the first EU academic institution to divest fossil fuel holdings. On Wednesday, the university court voted to divest $29 million (£18 million) of investments in the fossil fuel industry and freeze new investments across its entire endowment of $206 Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement Spreads In …

Ceramic Nanostructure
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A Super-Strong and Lightweight New Material

MAIN IMAGE: Tiny trusses: A scanning electron microscope image of the new material reveals its ceramic nano-lattices. Nanostructured ceramics could be used to build lighter, stronger airplanes and batteries. Why It Matters The energy efficiency of aircraft, cars, and batteries depends heavily on the weight of the materials used to make them. A new type of material, made up of nanoscale struts crisscrossed like the struts of a tiny Eiffel Tower, is one of the strongest and lightest substances ever made. If researchers can figure …

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Report: Tesla Model X reservations 20,000 strong and counting

Filed under: Those falcon wing doors appear appropriate for the Tesla Model X, as pre-orders for the battery-electric SUV are flying. That's what Gas2.0 is saying, citing various sources. So despite Model X deliveries not happening until the spring of 2015, folks are lining up. Company spokeswoman Alexis …

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2014 Maserati Ghibli Diesel

Filed under: It used to be easier to make sense of the auto industry. There were mainstream manufacturers, and there were niche sports car manufacturers. That was before Porsche starting selling more crossovers than it does sports cars, Lamborghini began preparing to go down the same road, and Ferrari introduced an …

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Schools Compete for Solar Crowdfunding

A competition that began a few days ago invites students to design imaginative entries, artwork, or film in order to illustrate why they want their school powered by solar energy. Friends of the Earth is sponsoring its first renewable energy project for primary schools that span England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The winning school will receive a Schools Compete for Solar Crowdfunding was originally published on

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UK Organizations Look Toward 2015 Paris Climate Talks

A group of nongovernmental organizations from the United Kingdom has elaborated on the elements it sees necessary for the planned 2015 Paris climate talks among 196 countries to succeed. The group calls for all governments to accelerate their approaches to decarbonization significantly by initiating much stricter emission reductions and pursuing sustainable energy policies, with an end product of UK …

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Here’s How Global Warming Is Already Worsening Extreme Deluges In The U.S.

One of the most robust of recent scientific findings is the direct connection between global warming and more extreme deluges and rainfall events. Scientists have observed a sharp jump in monster one- and two-day rainstorms in this country.read more