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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 …

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Vestas Wind Systems Reports Lackluster Second Quarter, Shares Tumble

Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S reported lackluster second quarter financial earnings this week, with revenue, earnings, and free cash flow all declining compared to a year ago, and 2017 guidance remaining in place, causing shares to tumble in early trading. Vestas …

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When will ads for cars with tailpipes be banned as health hazards? Poll results

Just 30 years ago, people could smoke anywhere, including offices, malls, and restaurants. The 1987 opening of a New York City restaurant called "Nosmo King" (read it again) was considered a bizarre, if amusing, idea that restauranteurs said would bankrupt the place because no one would give up cigarettes to eat there. Now, throughout much of the...

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Millennials Are Driving Global Sustainable Investment

A new investor survey conducted by leading global financial services company Morgan Stanley has revealed that three-quarters of investors and 86% of millennial investors are interested in sustainable investing. Millennials Are Driving Global Sustainable Investment was originally published on

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Tip-Top Trump Advisor Steve Bannon (Finally) Tips His Hand On Climate Change

Influential Trump advisor and climate change denier Steven Bannon could (finally) get the boot after dissing white nationalists in a freewheeling interview Tip-Top Trump Advisor Steve Bannon (Finally) Tips His Hand On Climate Change was originally …

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War of Words: Top Quotes From the Solar Industry’s Latest Salvo Over Trade

On Tuesday, more than 40 witnesses spoke in front of trade commissioners in Washington, offering up their thoughts about a controversial petition submitted by Suniva and SolarWorld. The two bankrupt solar manufacturers are lobbying for harsh penalties on imported solar panels. Most others in the U.S. solar industry want commissioners to squash the case, afraid of the downstream …

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Here’s How Southeastern States Can Reduce the Energy Burden of Low-Income Households

Southeastern residents currently face historically high poverty rates, and low-income households spend an average of three times as much on energy bills, as a portion of their monthly income, than other families. Energy efficiency investments could help lower energy bills, but low-income residents in the region often lack access to energy-saving upgrades. In two recent […] The post Here's How Southeastern States Can Reduce the Energy Burden of Low-Income Households appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click …

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Methane Standards are the Law of the Land; It’s Time to Stop Litigation and Start Complying

Let me first make this important point: I've met and worked with a lot of folks in the oil and gas industry who are truly dedicated to making their operations as safe and clean as possible – people who care about the communities they live and work in and who take pride in the reputation […] The post Methane Standards are the Law of the Land; It's Time to Stop Litigation and Start Complying appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Energy Giants Censured for Claiming Natural Gas Is ‘Cleanest’ Fossil Fuel

For many years, a standard talking point from the fossil fuel industry and those who speak on the industry's behalf has been that natural gas is a cleaner alternative to conventional energy sources like coal and oil. This talking point is at least partially responsible for many people — including former President Barack Obama and his Secretary of […] The post Energy Giants Censured for Claiming Natural Gas Is ‘Cleanest' Fossil Fuel appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Open-source entrepreneurship

Open-source software is free software whose underlying code, or “source code,” is also freely available. Open-source development projects often involve hundreds or even thousands of volunteer coders scattered around the globe. Some of the best known are the Linux operating system, the Firefox web browser, and the WordPress blogging platform. This past spring, MIT professor of electrical engineering and computer science Saman Amarasinghe offered 6S194 (Open-Source Entrepreneurship), a new undergraduate course on …

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700,000 Tesla Model 3s Annually Just About Right, Says Musk

During a conference call on Monday with financial analysts to discuss a new bond offering, CEO Elon Musk let slip that his original estimate of annual Tesla Model 3 totals was about 200,000 short --- now he's saying that the all-electric car company will likely produce 700,000 units of the Model 3 annually one day