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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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An 8 Hour Road Trip In A Nissan e-NV200 Electric Van

In light of the just announced 150—350 kW High Power Charge system from ABB being presented in Stuttgart, Germany, this month, I think this story needs to be told now, before it is so outdated no one will care An 8 Hour Road Trip In A Nissan e-NV200 Electric Van was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from …

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Tesla Sacks Several Hundred Employees

As part of a company-wide annual review, Tesla has fired around 400 employees -- including supervisors, team leaders, and common associates -- according to a former employee who spoke with Reuters in an interview Tesla Sacks Several Hundred Employees was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over …

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San Francisco’s Air Quality Was As Bad As Beijing’s On Thursday

Those living in the US who want to know how bad it can get as far as air pollution goes, or for that matter what it's like to live in the cities of Northern China, may want to pay attention to what's happening in the San Francisco Bay Area San Francisco's Air Quality Was As Bad As Beijing's On Thursday was originally published on

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Australian Gullen Range Hybrid Solar & Wind Farm is Now Generating Energy for the Grid

Gullen Range is one of a number of co-located wind and solar projects that are being built in order to share infrastructure such as roads, power lines and telecommunications, and so lower costs, and also because of the way their output can complement the other Australian Gullen Range Hybrid Solar & Wind Farm is Now Generating Energy for the Grid was originally …

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Tesla Semi Pushed Back To Focus On Model 3 & Batteries For Puerto Rico

The unveiling of the Tesla Semi has been pushed back three weeks so the company can focus on solving Model 3 production bottlenecks and make more Powerwall units for storm-ravaged islands in the Caribbean. Tesla Semi Pushed Back To Focus On Model 3 & Batteries For Puerto Rico was originally published on CleanTechnica. …

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How we recall the past

When we have a new experience, the memory of that event is stored in a neural circuit that connects several parts of the hippocampus and other brain structures. Each cluster of neurons may store different aspects of the memory, such as the location where the event occurred or the emotions associated with it. Neuroscientists who study memory have long believed that when we recall these memories, our brains turn on the same hippocampal circuit that was activated when the memory was originally formed. However, MIT …

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More Hyundai electrics, RIP NGVs, European plug-in sales, advertising poll: Today’s Car News

Today, we've got the latest on Hyundai-Kia's aggressive electric-car plans, a eulogy for natural-gas cars, plug-in sales in Europe, and a poll about the future of ads for cars with engines. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We polled our Twitter followers on when ads for cars with tailpipes would be banned as a health hazard. Results were...

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Hyundai-Kia: eight electric cars by 2022, dedicated EV platform

It's long been said in the auto industry that Hyundai-Kia is the only competitor that truly scares industry colossus Toyota. Thirty years ago, the Korean company was a bit player, producing designs adapted from obsolete Mitsubishi technology. Today it's a major global player, reacting fast to market swings—and its goal is to be second only...

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Investigating space weather effects of the 2017 solar eclipse

On Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will occur over the United States. Hotels throughout the 70-mile-wide path of totality from Oregon to South Carolina have been completely booked by amateur astronomers and excited skywatchers. Even outside the path of totality, a partial solar eclipse will take place across the entire continental U.S. Scientists at MIT are taking advantage of this rare event to study its effects on weather in the near-Earth space around our planet, a place directly affected by our nearest star — the …

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European electric and plug-in hybrid sales for Jan-June 2017

The numbers are in, which means it's once again time take a look at European electric and plug-in hybrid sales. Delivery and registration data is compiled from January through June of 2017, and once more, it remains clear Europe has a favorite electric car. The Renault Zoe walks away with an even higher market share than it had in May and leaves...

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European Union To Link Emissions Trading System With Switzerland

The European Union has announced that it will link its emissions trading system with Switzerland's own system, following a decision made by the European Commission. European Union To Link Emissions Trading System With Switzerland was originally published …

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Arkansas Utility Leads On Energy & Broadband

Ouachita Electric Cooperative, nestled deep in south-central Arkansas, is an unlikely innovator in a pair of industries struggling to adapt to shifting market dynamics: electricity and broadband. Arkansas Utility Leads On Energy & Broadband was originally published on

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RIP natural-gas cars, doomed by cheap gas and electric cars

Natural gas vehicles were first promoted starting in about 2000 as a way to reduce reliance on imported oil and cut tailpipe emissions. Their promise appeared to grow near the height of the global financial crisis, when gas prices hovered around $4 per gallon across much of the United States. The domestic fuel promised to cut carbon-dioxide...

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Germany Awards 1 Gigawatt Of Onshore Wind, Costs Fall By 25%

Germany announced the results of its second onshore wind auction this week in which it was revealed a total of 1 GW was awarded at an average cost 25% less than the average price recorded in the first onshore wind auction just a few months ago. Germany Awards 1 Gigawatt Of Onshore Wind, Costs Fall By …