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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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What Do “Saving Capitalism” & Saving The Environment Have In Common?

On Tuesday, November 21, Saving Capitalism — the movie based on the book of the same name by Robert Reich — premiered on Netflix. Why should concerned climate advocate like yourself care? Because capitalism run amok is precisely what has driven the world to the edge of disaster and will soon push us over into the abyss

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North Carolina’s Solar Market Gripped by Growing Pains, as Gigawatts of Projects Are Planned

Over the years, driven by the requirements of its renewable energy portfolio standard and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, North Carolina has risen to become the country's second largest solar market. The state now has more than 3,500 megawatts of solar installed …

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ICCT: Europe’s Real-World/Official Vehicle Fuel Consumption Gap At All-Time High

The gap between real-world vehicle fuel consumption and official ratings is now at an all-time high in Europe — with the discrepancy now resting at around 42% — according to a new report from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)

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GTM’s Book of Customs, Traditions and Etiquette, Vol. II: A Grid Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

Oh what trying times in which to gather for frothy merriment! A nation of contrasts, we gather once a year to feast and set aside our squabbles over which model of electricity delivery will triumph, or whether blockchain will be the end to all problems. Fear not as you navigate the treacherous waters of division and misunderstanding. The good editors of Greentech Media saw fit, in this year of 2017, to publish another guide of etiquette and manners for giving thanks with those who may not speak of all …

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UK’s New Budget Statement To Include Support For Self-Driving Car, EV, & AI Development

The new budget statement from the UK's finance minister, Philip Hammond, will include measures meant to support the development of self-driving car and plug-in electric vehicle tech, as well as artificial intelligence and telecommunications, the UK's finance ministry has revealed

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Electric Mobility & Decentralized Purchasing Of Electricity With Ubitricity

Frank Pawlitschek and Knut Hechtfischer co-founded ubitricity in 2008 with the vision of smart and sustainable charging of electric vehicles (EVs) everywhere EV-users go. Both attorneys at trade, the two founders decided to joined forces and combine Knut's passion for renewables and Frank's experience in the startup industry to build something together.

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Industry is Betting Big on CCS as a ‘Shield’ for Fossil Fuels at Bonn Climate Talks

Bonn, Germany – Each day at the international climate talks, dozens of side events take place on a wide range of topics: from phasing out coal to the role of music in the climate action movement. Those looking for the particular thrill of learning about carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology have been spoilt for choice. […] The post Industry is Betting Big on CCS as a ‘Shield' for Fossil Fuels at Bonn Climate Talks appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Slow-To-Accelerate EV Charging Program Provides Lessons For Improvement

Minnesota's largest investor-owned utility, Xcel Energy, last month reported sparse participation in a program designed to deliver value to customers who charge their electric vehicles when it's most convenient for the grid. But despite its benefits for the grid and cost savings for customers, the initiative appears stuck in neutral.

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Gap In Global Progress Towards Paris Agreement 2°C Target Looms Large Despite Minor Improvements

The Climate Action Tracker has published updated estimates of global progress towards the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and aims at keeping temperature increases below 2°C and, despite minor improvements in India and China, the gap between current policies and 2°C still looms large.

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CARB steps up shadow-EPA role with new building, vehicle testing lab

For 45 years, the Environmental Protection Agency has been charged with protecting the U.S. from pollution in its air, water, and land. Under the Trump Administration, its administrator Scott Pruitt is aggressively muzzling and removing scientists, eradicating climate-science from its activities, and eliminating dozens of regulations. That makes...

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Top Spots Of Climate Change Performance Index 2018 Remain Unoccupied With No Paris-Compatible Countries

The top three positions on the Climate Change Performance Index 2018 again remain unoccupied since no countries are currently on a Paris Climate Agreement-compatible pathway, leaving Sweden to top out at fourth while Australia continues to occupy one of the lowest positions and is joined by the United States.

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Sunrun To Overtake SolarCity As Leading US Residential Solar Lease Provider, Predicts GTM Research

After leading the way for several years, SolarCity is expected to lose its spot as leading residential solar lease provider in the United States to its main competitor, Sunrun, by the end of the year, according to new data from GTM Research.