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Using art to disrupt systems of oppression

In today's social climate, which is often characterized by polarization and intolerance, visiting artist B. Stephen Carpenter II believes that art can enable people to have civil conversations about difficult topics such as race, segregation, and poverty in the U.S. During the fall semester, Carpenter, the Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology (CAST), was invited to MIT by Ford Professor of Environmental and Urban Planning Lawrence Susskind, to explore different …

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How to float your coffee creamer

A drop or two of cold cream in hot coffee can go a long way toward improving one's morning. But what if the two liquids didn't mix? MIT scientists have now explained why under certain conditions a droplet of liquid should not coalesce with the liquid surface below. If the droplet is very cold, and the bath sufficiently hot, then the droplet should “levitate” on the bath's surface, as a result of the flows induced by the temperature difference. The team's results, published today in the Journal of Fluid …

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Scottish Supreme Court Gives Final Go-Ahead For 450 Megawatt Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm

A long-running legal battle between Mainstream Renewable Power and RSPB Scotland over the fate of the 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm has finally come to a close, with Scotland's Supreme Court rejecting RSPB's application to appeal a previous go-ahead decision.

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Plug-in electric car sales in Canada, Oct 2017: Chevy’s dominant duo

The dominant duo of the Chevy Volt and Bolt EV continued their winning ways in the Canadian market for new plug-in electric cars during October. Chevrolet sold 424 Volts to start the fourth quarter, down slightly from 483 in September. The vehicle's 3,431 sales through October all but tied last year's total of 3,469 and the Volt may...

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HSBC Joins RE100 In Wake Of $100 Billion Commitment To Fight Climate Change

A day after London-based financial services giant HSBC pledged to provide $100 billion in sustainable financing investment by 2025 to combat climate change, the bank has joined forces with RE100 alongside its commitment to source 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030.

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US Utilities to Spend $20 Billion on Customer Analytics Through 2021

The spread of distributed energy resources (DERs) is driving the creation of new analytics and IT ecosystems for utilities. These ecosystems have become critical for utilities looking to enable broad range of functions from data management to DER planning. The first wave of data and analytics was enabled through the deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and utility-owned grid hardware. Today, utility analytics is evolving from internal performance optimization into a new stage. According to GTM …

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October Winds Provide 189% Of Scotland’s Household Electricity

Scotland's wind energy industry once again has smashed records with an "unprecedented" amount of electricity being generated in October, enough to provide 189% of the country's household electricity needs and more than 100% of the country's electricity demand on 15 out of 31 days.

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Finalist for Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2018: Nissan Leaf

If any electric car aside from the Tesla Model 3 can be called "long-awaited," it would be the redesigned 2018 Nissan Leaf. First thought to arrive as a 2016 model, it was widely assumed to be a 2017 to go head-to-head with the 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt EV launched last December. In the event, the second-generation Leaf has arrived as a 2018 model...

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DiDi Chuxing and the developing Chinese electric car ecosystem

DiDi Chuxing and the developing Chinese electric car ecosystem Didi Chuxing (China's Uber like ride hailing service) has been in the news recently, it announced plans to create its own electric car charging network, a partnership with NEVS for one million electric self-driving cars, a partner in Changan Automobile groups $15 Billion Shangri La electric [&hellip DiDi Chuxing and the developing …

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3 Questions: Joseph Coughlin on innovation for an aging population

The populations of many developed countries are aging markedly, due to a suite of medical, social, and economic changes. Will this notable demographic trend force us to change our image of the older adults and regard them as a more vital force in society? Joseph F. Coughlin, director of the MIT AgeLab, which is part of the Center for Transportation and Logistics, hopes so. Coughlin's new book, “The Longevity Economy,” published this week by PublicAffairs, makes a pointed call for companies and policymakers to expand their …

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Electric Hyundai Kona, Kia Niro production to rise again: report

Both Hyundai and Kia planned to approach the electric and plug-in car market aggressively, but now the Korean siblings plan to boost production even over totals announced earlier this year. This past summer, both brands said they would increase their electrified car production to 50,000 units next year. Now, according to a report earlier this...

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Sensors applied to plant leaves warn of water shortage

Forgot to water that plant on your desk again? It may soon be able to send out an SOS. MIT engineers have created sensors that can be printed onto plant leaves and reveal when the plants are experiencing a water shortage. This kind of technology could not only save neglected houseplants but, more importantly, give farmers an early warning when their crops are in danger, says Michael Strano, the Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT and the senior author of the new study. “This appears to …

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Porsche will thrive, remain profitable when sports car are electric: CFO

Luxury and sports car maker Porsche isn't concerned with the sweeping changes vehicle electrification will bring. In fact, the brand believes it will maintain its steady profit and 15-percent operating margin into the future, despite the major investments in electric and plug-in cars it plans to make. While Porsche can't pass through some of those...

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EV Road Trials – Different Levels of Range Under Different Conditions.

Introduction On 1 October this year, I published an article in Cleantechnica, in which I shared my experience of driving an EV. I explained the facts, and theory, behind getting the best range out of an electric vehicle. The title of the article was “Electric Car Range Tips, & How An Electric Car Works”. I [&hellip EV Road Trials – Different Levels of Range Under Different …

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How the House Tax Bill Would Impact Wind, Solar, Electric Vehicles and Utilities

House Republicans unveiled a massive tax reform bill last week. While it wasn't as damaging to renewables as many feared, the changes still pose a threat. Wind and electric vehicles stand to lose the most. Lawmakers are looking to slash tax credits for wind by more than a third and eliminate the $7,500 federal credit for electric vehicle purchases. The Senate is crafting its own version of the bill, however, …

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The Rise of Renewables Creates Uncertainty in US Power Markets

Renewables have grown powerful enough to alter the workings of power markets, which will in turn affect the future growth of wind and solar. This unprecedented collision course creates uncertainty for the markets, but also opportunity, according to the combined insights of GTM Research, Wood Mackenzie and MAKE Consulting. The key will be thinking through the unintended consequences of the wind and solar acceleration, and adjusting behavior accordingly. Renewables already compete on price with conventional …

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Jesse Thaler: Seeking the fundamental nature of matter

Jesse Thaler was a high school student in 1995, when a pivotal discovery in science turned his life's path toward particle physics. That year, physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory confirmed that its Tevatron particle accelerator had detected, for the first time, a subatomic particle known as the top quark. This particle had been a missing piece in the Standard Model of particle physics — a theory that describes all the known elementary particles and several major, fundamental forces governing the …

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3-D-printed device builds better nanofibers

Meshes made from fibers with nanometer-scale diameters have a wide range of potential applications, including tissue engineering, water filtration, solar cells, and even body armor. But their commercialization has been hampered by inefficient manufacturing techniques. In the latest issue of the journal Nanotechnology, MIT researchers describe a new device for producing nanofiber meshes, which matches the production rate and power efficiency of its best-performing predecessor — but significantly reduces …