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The secret world of Australia’s solar and energy contract prices

Around the world, energy auctions have tracked the stunning falls in the cost of solar. But in Australia, auction results are not released, typical of a market that trades in ignorance and scarcity, for the benefit of the incumbents rather than the consumer.

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Liter of Light Initiates the Great American “Journey of Light” to Raise Awareness, Funds

The team at Liter of Light led by Illac Diaz is embarking on a "Journey of Light" around the world to share their powerful message, engage new volunteers, and raise funds to scale the solution up even further

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GM (Cruise) Self-Driving Vehicle Test Drive In San Francisco Illustrates Differences Between Tech & Human Drivers Well

Last week, we published an article recounting a journalist's demo drive of GM's (Cruise Automation's) self-driving vehicle tech. The drive was conducted in San Francisco and the most humorous bit seemed to be that a double-parked taco truck managed to stump the unit — for a minute or so, after which the backup driver took over instead of waiting around for a move from the self-driving tech

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Enphase Energy opens its first R&D center in India

India is powering the growth of solar with its ambitious targets for clean energy and is expected to be ranked as the world's third largest solar market in 2017. Enphase plans to support this rapid growth with the opening of its Bangalore R&D center.

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Carbon Capture Is Essential To Limiting Global Warming, But No One Knows How To Do It Or How Much It Will Cost

Carbon capture will be essential to meeting the goals of the Paris climate accords, says Glen Peters of the Cicero Center for Climate Research in Oslo. But he is pessimistic that politicians will ever support such technology.

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Boeing Acquires Aurora Flight Sciences For Autonomous Flights

If you thought autonomous cars were freaking out some older drivers, wait until you hear the one about autonomous flights. Boeing is acquiring Aurora Flight Sciences, a company we mentioned here a little while back. This is throwing serious weight into the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) industry Boeing Acquires Aurora Flight Sciences For Autonomous Flights was originally …

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Next Generation of EV Charging (#Electrifying Webinar with Peter Badik, GreenWay)

For years, it has been clear — electric car customers want superfast (not just "fast") charging available for long-distance travel. It has also been clear that only Tesla has looked out for its customers in regards to this. It wasn't until this year that any other charging companies really started offering products capable of this, and there still aren't any electric cars on the market that could charge more than 100 kW anyway — hence the lack of supply of non-Tesla superchargers

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Cellular reprograming implicated in model of Alzheimer's disease

Microglia, immune cells that act as the central nervous system's damage sensors, have recently been implicated in Alzheimer's disease. The cells, a type of macrophage that clear away dead cells from the brain and help to maintain healthy neuronal wiring, were found to be entangled with toxic amyloid beta plaques in tissue taken from those suffering from the disease. Researchers had previously believed that the cells help to protect the brain from neurodegeneration by digesting the amyloid plaques, but it now …

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International Policy Lab issues new call for proposals

The International Policy Lab (IPL) within the Center for International Studies has issued its third Institute-wide call for proposals. The IPL helps leading MIT researchers develop the policy implications of their research and better inform the policymaking community in the United States and abroad. It provides funding and staff support for translating scholarly work into digestible, policy-relevant materials and for direct outreach to policymakers. “We are very pleased …

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11,000 Tesla Model X crossovers recalled for faulty seat mechanism

Electric car builder Tesla is calling back 11,000 examples of its Model X crossover to rectify a folding rear-seat issue. The California company says that the recall affects Model Xs fitted with a flat-folding second row that were built between October 26, 2016, and August 16, 2017. At issue is a cable in the rear seatback, which the automaker...

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Perry to Congress: Price Tag on DOE Proposal to Prop Up Coal; Nuclear Is the ‘Cost of Freedom’

Energy Secretary Rick Perry's testimony before a House energy subcommittee this morning got attention from the mainstream press for his mistake of calling Puerto Rico a country, and his defense of what is, in the scope of the Trump administration, a relatively small $56,000