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Team gathers unprecedented data on atmosphere’s organic chemistry

For a few weeks over the summer in 2011, teams of scientists from around the world converged on a small patch of ponderosa pine forest in Colorado to carry out one of the most detailed, extended survey of atmospheric chemistry ever attempted in one place, in many cases using new measurement devices created especially for this project. Now, after years of analysis, their comprehensive synthesis of the findings have been released this week. The teams, which included a group from MIT using a newly-developed device to …

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Two sciences tie the knot

Economics and computer science had always been on friendly terms at MIT. With the growth of cloud computing, e-commerce, machine learning, and online social networks, their relationship grew more serious. Now that these tools and applications have become ubiquitous and gone global, economics and computer science are taking their relationship to the next level. Starting in the fall of 2017, the two academic departments will offer a joint major — Course 6-14: Computer Science, Economics, and Data Science — because …

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Should Tesla (TSLA) Stock Be Analyzed Differently?

Traditional stock market analysts have never known what to make of Tesla. As a recent article in the Harvard Business Review notes, forecasts for Tesla stock [NASDAQ: TSLA] continue to be all over the map — there are roughly the same number of buy, hold, and sell ratings out there. Could it be that the metrics analysts are using to assess a company's business prospects are outdated Should Tesla (TSLA) …

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Chasing Electrification

One of the important changes that needs to take place in the global energy system as it heads towards much lower emissions is electrification. This is the increasing use of electricity as final energy (i.e. the energy we all use to deliver services) rather than fossil fuels, such as natural gas for cooking and gasoline […] The post Chasing Electrification appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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The Growing Potential of Green Hydrogen

The idea of a hydrogen-based economy has been around since the oil crises of the 1970s, but it has not materialized up to this point. Yet according to Jan Cihlar of Ecofys, a Navigant company, hydrogen could still become a key enabler of the low carbon transition, if it is produced with renewable electricity. The potential […] The post The Growing Potential of Green Hydrogen appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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The Sad Irony of Trump’s Presidential Response to Hurricane Harvey

The oblivious president. On Tuesday, August 29, as Hurricane Harvey lingered over Houston dumping an “unprecedented” four feet of rain, plus a few inches, the presidential entourage landed in Corpus Christi. Three days earlier Hurricane Harvey came ashore north of Corpus, pounding the small community of Rockport as a Category 4 storm. South Texas took […] The post The Sad Irony of Trump's Presidential Response to Hurricane Harvey appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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India’s Climate Leadership Remains Uncertain

India's turn toward renewable energy has been widely hailed, but the future promises challenges that put the country's climate leadership to test. When Donald Trump announced that the U.S. was to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, said that his country would go “above and beyond” the treaty. Modi's statement […] The post India's Climate Leadership Remains Uncertain appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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New Report: Yes, We Can Have Both Clean Air and Reliable Electricity

A new report by M.J. Bradley & Associates – based on an extensive review of data, literature, and case studies – shows that coal-fired power plants are retiring primarily due to low natural gas prices, and that the ongoing trend towards a cleaner energy resource mix is happening without compromising the reliability of our electric […] The post New Report: Yes, We Can Have Both Clean Air and Reliable Electricity appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Plug-in electric car sales for Aug: Bolt EV leads Prime, Volt lower

The Chevrolet Bolt EV continued a steady sales rise last month as it solidified its position among the top three plug-in electric cars for which monthly U.S. sales are reported. In August, Chevy delivered 2,107 Bolt EVs, the first time the car had sold more than 2,000 units in a month after entering the market in mid-December last year. Close...

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The Self-Sustaining Climate Remedy

An ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) resource map like the one above, where the palate ranges from red to yellow to indicate ocean surface temperatures ranging from 28oC or above down to 22oC is essentially a map of the impact of global warming. Recognition of the problem is the first step towards its solution and […] The post The Self-Sustaining Climate Remedy appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Finding Efficiency: Between Electric Customers and Utilities

I have posted several blogs in the past few weeks, focused on the potential to improve the operation of the electric power grid, reducing losses, and driving the overall efficiency up. Some of the thoughtful comments that have been posted by readers have provided food for thought. One comment was particularly important to this discussion… […] The post Finding Efficiency: Between Electric Customers and Utilities appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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China to Deploy Floating Nuclear Power Plants to Support Geopolitical Goals in Southeast Asia

The nation has been building a series of artificial islands in the South China sea as a means of projecting military power in the region. The islands need power and potable water which could be supplied by the floating reactors. China's geopolitical ambitions are to control maritime traffic which the U.S. and its allies, Japan […] The post China to Deploy Floating Nuclear Power Plants to Support Geopolitical Goals in Southeast Asia appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Using Science to Update Regulatory Approach to Radiation Protection

Excessive regulation of extremely low radiation doses increases the public fears of nuclear technology, increases the costs borne by society, and can deprive society of the full benefit of that technology.” -Edward Maher, Sc.D., Harvard University. Note: Borrowed from lowdoserad.org That is a truth that Atomic Insights has recognized for many years, but the situation […] The post Using Science to Update Regulatory Approach to Radiation Protection appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Specs For 2018 Nissan Leaf Leaked

The 2018 Nissan Leaf EV is slated to be released only a month or so from now, so it's a bit surprising that exact specs have remained a mystery until now. They have seemingly now been leaked though ... and they seem to be approximately what we've been expecting, which is certainly not a bad thing Specs For 2018 …

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Breathing Easy: The Best Air Pollution Startups (State of Pollution Series)

As we've been looking at in our series, air pollution is a serious global problem that is having a huge impact on the health of the world population, as well as being a massive drain on the economy. More than 90% of people on earth live in areas where air quality exceeds the limits recommended by the World Health Organisation, so it really is an issue that affects almost everyone