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How Google Is Using Moonshots to Solve Climate Change

Converting seawater to fuel, storing energy in salt, and using robotics to drill geothermal wells. These are all ideas that have gone through Alphabet's “moonshot factory" named X, formerly Google X, which builds and tests out prototypes in an attempt to address really big global problems like climate change. At the New York Time's ClimateTECH conference on Thursday in downtown San Francisco, the head of X, Astro Teller, detailed some of the Internet giant's most successful, and most unsuccessful, projects that …

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Vanu Bose, software pioneer and MIT Corporation member, dies at 52

Vanu Bose '87, SM '94, PhD '99, a leading software executive and a member of the MIT Corporation with deep ties to the Institute, died on Saturday at age 52. The cause of his death was a sudden pulmonary embolism. Bose was the founder and CEO of Vanu, Inc., an innovative firm that provides wireless infrastructure globally and was the first company to receive certification for software-defined radio from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. The firm's technology, emerging from Bose's graduate research …

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Tesla Powerwall + High Electricity Prices Driving Australians To Energy Storage

Australia is undergoing something of an energy crisis — growing demand combined with under-investment in the electric grid has recently led to a series of embarrassing blackouts, and electric rates are soaring. South Australia has just overtaken Denmark as the place with the world's most expensive electricity

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The Strait of Malacca, a Key Oil Trade Chokepoint, Links the Indian and Pacific Oceans

Nearly one-third of the 61% of total global petroleum and other liquids production that moved on maritime routes in 2015 transited the Strait of Malacca, the second-largest oil trade chokepoint in the world after the Strait of Hormuz. Petroleum and other liquids transiting the Strait of Malacca increased for the fourth time in the past five […] The post The Strait of Malacca, a Key Oil Trade Chokepoint, Links the Indian and Pacific Oceans appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Numbers Don’t Lie: Finding and Fixing Methane Leaks Create Jobs Across North America

Even though Washington policies may be in full retreat concerning the environment, the world's energy economies are moving toward the future. Growing opportunities in the methane management technology and services industry is one example, where new well-paying jobs in the industry are being created across the U.S. and Canada. These are jobs that could soon […] The post Numbers Don't Lie: Finding and Fixing Methane Leaks Create Jobs Across North America appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full …

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Congress Plans Back Door Tactic to Scrap Methane Pollution Rule, and These Are the Oil Companies That Will Benefit

Republican leaders in Congress say they'll use an obscure rule called the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to roll back the Methane Waste and Prevention Rule as early as next week. The rule, finalized by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in November 2016, requires oil and gas companies to reduce methane leaks from operations on federal and tribal lands. Click headline for full article

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Energy Storage Mashup Aims Thermal Tech At Fruits & Veggies (And Ice Cream)

Grocery stores in Brooklyn and Queens are being recruited for a massive energy storage and load shifting experiment in New York City Energy Storage Mashup Aims Thermal Tech At Fruits & Veggies (And Ice Cream) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: …

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An Open Letter to the Solar Industry: SEIA Plans to Fight for Everyone

This is the second in a two-part perspectives series on the future of solar advocacy. Read the first piece from Jigar Shah and Barry Cinnamon calling for changes at SEIA here. Solar Power International 2016 is fast approaching. This year is a study in contrasts. On one hand, it will be the largest solar show in America as our industry continues to grow. On the other hand, the show is in Nevada, a …