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Philosophy in an inclusive key

The academic pursuit of philosophy has a serious diversity problem. As recently as 2010, fewer than 30 percent of those earning doctorates in philosophy were women, for example — a lower percentage than that for math, chemistry, or economics. The numbers of racial and ethnic minorities in philosophy are estimated to be even worse. Now, three philosophy graduate students in MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) have rolled up their sleeves to tackle this problem. Abby Jaques, Matthias …

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Green Jobs: SolarCity, FERC, FirstEnergy, Onyx, Enlighted, Kurion, Bidgely, BlueWave Capital

Colette Honorable, a Democrat, was confirmed with bipartisan support as Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the regulator of interstate transmission of electricity, oil and natural gas. Honorable is currently the chair of the Arkansas Public Service Commission …

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ARPA-E Braces For Exploding Diaper Market With $30 Million For Methane Monitoring

Just in time for the Energy Department's ARPA-E Agency to sink $30 million into transformative technologies for measuring methane emissions, along comes a gigantic new market for natural gas: diapers. So weird! It turns out that methane-to-propylene is a thing, and propylene is a precursor to the polymers used in manufacturing the superabsorbent stuff that goes into disposable diapers. Who …

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Charge Ahead Initiative Passes Another Key Vote

The Charge Ahead California Initiative aims to deploy, at a minimum, one million electric cars, trucks, and buses in the state within the next ten years, and to ensure that all Californians benefit from the increasing electrification of the transportation sector.read more

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The Problem With Tech – And How To Solve It

By Green Energy Options Ltd A lot of people don't like or understand the word ‘tech'. It's off-putting; you must be talking about something niche or high-end, something that requires a million lines of code to build and a PhD to use. People hear ‘tech' and think ‘complicated'. It gets worse: I work in home energy management. So there's a strange …

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Grid Edge 20: Companies Transforming the US Power Sector

[pagebreak: 1] For nearly a century, electric utilities in the U.S. focused on delivering safe, reliable and affordable power. As power has become increasingly critical to every aspect of our lives, however, the business of making, delivering and consuming it is rapidly changing. Today, that business is being turned on its head: a carmaker could also be a utility threat; an average homeowner may be able to cut ties with the larger electrical grid; a kilowatt not used is as valuable as a kilowatt produced; …

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Rumsfeldian Climate Risks

“It's pretty damn obvious there are positive impacts of climate change,” Reuters reports Professor Richard Tol saying on his way to disassociating from the IPCC report that he helped to author. Tol is an economist, not a scientist. His expression of risk is reflective of the flaws in economic thinking.read more

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Cheaper and Better Performing Lithium-Ion Batteries Created

Cheaper and Better Performing Lithium-Ion Batteries Created Researchers at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering have improved the performance and capacity of lithium-ion batteries by developing better-performing, cheaper materials used in anodes and cathodes. Traditionally, lithium-ion batteries contain a graphite anode, but USC researchers were able to substitute silicon …

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VCharge Is Turning ‘Hot Bricks’ Into Grid Batteries

Here's a quick quiz question for grid energy storage watchers: What kind of asset is already deployed in homes around the Northeast U.S., Ireland and other cold-weather markets, just waiting to be networked and controlled? The answer is thermal electric heaters: systems that use electricity to super-heat ceramic bricks or tanks of water, then slowly release that heat into homes via fans and pipes. About five hours of electric charging provides a full twenty-four hours of home heating -- something that usually …

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Why Conservatives are terrified of negawatts

The global energy efficiency market was worth more than $400 billion in 2012, and the creation of 'negawatts' (electricity not consumed) has proven to be a lot cheaper than building new generation. In Australia, though, government decisions have brought the sector to a standstill.

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Carnegie to test CETO 6 at world-leading wave energy hub

Carnegie Wave Energy wins berth - and generous tariff - at world's largest purpose built, grid-connected wave energy demonstration facility to test CETO 6.