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Is Big Auto Going The Way Of Big Tobacco?

Originally published on EVANNEX By Charles Morris It's an open secret that Big Auto's electrification efforts are mainly for the benefit of government regulators and the media. Even as they announce impressive-sounding investments in technology, and new plug-in models to be launched years down the road, they invest next to nothing in marketing their existing EVs, [&hellip

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Is Tesla Subsidized? What’s The Truth About Claims Tesla, SpaceX, & Elon Musk Wealth Only Exist Because Of Subsidies?

It's pretty common nowadays to hear the claim that the only reason that Tesla, or SpaceX, or any of Elon Musk's other ventures exists is because of government subsidies. I've myself heard the claim quite a lot over just the last few weeks. The funny thing: I haven't heard any specifics from those making these claims about how they are "subsidized." The general consensus when pressed seems to be: "Well, that's what I heard (and I don't like him)."

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GE Revamps Its Energy Storage Business

After a few initial forays, GE has decided on a new approach to energy storage. The electric industry giant elevated its storage business this year to a standalone unit within the GE Power division. As an "incubator" within the broader company, it will have dedicated funding to pursue storage projects around the world. "We have the direct attention of our CEO," said Mirko Molinari, global commercial and marketing executive for energy etorage at GE Power, in an interview at GTM's Solar Summit Mexico. "We're …

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Putting the brain at the center of anesthesiology

It's intuitive that anesthesia operates in the brain, but the standard protocol among anesthesiologists when monitoring and dosing patients during surgery is to rely on indirect signs of arousal such as movement, and changes in heart rate and blood pressure. Through research in brain science and statistical modeling, Emery N. Brown, an anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and neuroscientist at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, is …

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Getting to the heart of carbon nanotube clusters

Integrating nanoscale fibers such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into commercial applications, from coatings for aircraft wings to heat sinks for mobile computing, requires them to be produced in large scale and at low cost. Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is a promising approach to manufacture CNTs in the needed scales, but it produces CNTs that are too sparse and compliant for most applications. Applying and evaporating a few drops of a liquid such as acetone to the CNTs is an easy, cost-effective method to more tightly …

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Back-and-forth exchanges boost children’s brain response to language

A landmark 1995 study found that children from higher-income families hear about 30 million more words during their first three years of life than children from lower-income families. This “30-million-word gap” correlates with significant differences in tests of vocabulary, language development, and reading comprehension. MIT cognitive scientists have now found that conversation between an adult and a child appears to change the child's brain, and that this back-and-forth conversation is actually more critical to …

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Neural networks everywhere

Most recent advances in artificial-intelligence systems such as speech- or face-recognition programs have come courtesy of neural networks, densely interconnected meshes of simple information processors that learn to perform tasks by analyzing huge sets of training data. But neural nets are large, and their computations are energy intensive, so they're not very practical for handheld devices. Most smartphone apps that rely on neural nets simply upload data to internet servers, which process it and send the results …

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Nope, Cobalt’s Not A Problem — The EV Revolution Will March On (#CleanTechnica Exclusive)

In the world of life, there are small challenges and there are major, critical, existential challenges. That's the story for humans, for businesses, and for industries. Limited cobalt supply is being pitched more and more as an existential problem for the electric vehicle revolution (and for Tesla in particular), but it's really just another cog in the machine that needs to get moving

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A No-Regrets Approach to the Distributed Energy Paradox Must Embrace Customer Value

Safe, reliable, affordable. This multifaceted obligation for utilities to serve is the bedrock of the regulatory compact that still prevails today -- and it is evolving in states like New York, Minnesota, California and Hawaii. As new regulatory frameworks emerge, utilities are also faced with ever-increasing expectations from consumers. In this context, it is not enough for public utilities to provide energy safely, reliably and affordably. Today's consumers demand that customer value be added to the equation. …

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CA needs 5 million zero-emission cars by 2030; will it reach 1.5 million by 2025?

Last Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown said in his annual State of the State address that California would need 5 million zero-emission vehicles on its roads by 2030 to meet its goals for reducing carbon emissions. An executive order on Friday laid out new state actions toward that goal, including a $2.5 billion initiative to bring a quarter of a...

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Mexico’s Solar Market Opens to Foreign Investors

Mexico's growing solar market is gradually opening up to foreign backers as specialist funds work out how to de-risk investments. DG Energy Capital, a joint venture between Shanghai Ventures and Caaapital [sic], for example, is seeing growing interest from international financiers after developing a low-risk investment fund specifically for the Mexican distributed solar sector. While utility-scale projects have often been funded off-balance-sheet by international players, the distributed solar sector has …