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The US Senate once had its own electric cars: two Studebakers that ran underground

One advantage of electric cars is that unlike gasoline or steam cars, they have no emissions. More than a century ago, that was why the U.S. Capitol acquired two custom-built electric cars, nicknamed "Tommy" and "Peggy." They were built by Studebaker, an early and hallowed U.S. car brand that finally folded up shop in 1965. DON'T MISS: Electric...

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Dynamic Growth In Sustainable Investments Driven By Greater Interest From Institutional Investors

As their importance for asset owners has steadily risen, assets from institutional investors now account for 82% of the Swiss sustainable investment market. Sustainable investment funds are gaining ground and currently account for 7% of the total fund market Dynamic Growth In …

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Sensor traces dopamine released by single cells

MIT chemical engineers have developed an extremely sensitive detector that can track single cells' secretion of dopamine, a brain chemical responsible for carrying messages involved in reward-motivated behavior, learning, and memory. Using arrays of up to 20,000 tiny sensors, the researchers can monitor dopamine secretion of single neurons, allowing them to explore critical questions about dopamine dynamics. Until now, that has been very difficult to do. “Now, in real-time, and with good spatial resolution, …

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Small, Distributed Solar Companies Are Retaking the Industry. Here’s Why

Powerhouse is a solar start-up incubator in Oakland. The effort was founded by the industry veterans Emily Kirsch and Danny Kennedy, both of whom have ridden through the many ups and downs of the solar industry over the last decade. Of course, like any good incubator, they needed some swag to share with visiting dignitaries. Given their history in the space, then, it's no surprise that Emily came up with drink coasters to share, calling them “solar coasters.” The solar industry's famous ups and downs are often …

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America’s Community Solar Market Will Surpass 400 MW in 2017

Community solar is about to go mainstream. According to GTM Research's latest solar report, 410 megawatts of community solar will be installed in the U.S. in 2017. The report, U.S. Community Solar Outlook 2017, describes community solar as an increasingly attractive offering for utilities as they move beyond pilot programs. FIGURE: Annual U.S. Community Solar Installations, 2010 – …

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Springtime May Be Coming Early for Britain’s Energy Storage Market

Last fall, the U.K. government reached out to players across the electricity industry for suggestions on how to reform the grid. Now industry observers are expecting the country's energy storage market to take a major leap forward if legislation is enacted this spring. The U.K. is set to become “the world's best market for scaling up storage,” said Simon Daniel, CEO of energy storage developer Moixa. “There's a perfect storm on its way” thanks to a combination of new government promotion programs, a …

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Bolt EV owner impressions, VW diesel modifications, oil companies & electric cars: Today’s Car News

Today, we have first impressions from a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV owner, an explanation of which Volkswagen diesel cars can be modified to meet emissions standards, and a look at which oil companies are investing in renewable energy and electric-car services. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Read about Bill Nye's Bolt EV, the Volkswagen...

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Energy Technologies, Markets, and Government Policies Major Impacts on U.S. Carbon Emissions, 2005-2016

The U.S. continues to make fairly good progress in reducing its fossil fuels consumption and associated carbon emissions since the mid-2000's. This article updates a previously posted analysis, which detailed government policies, technologies and market factors that have most enabled the U.S. to continue reducing its total fossil fuels consumption and carbon emissions. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Can Climate Change Be Easily Explained?

When it comes to galvanizing public support, climate change remains an elusive issue. While public polling will show that most people are concerned and agree action should be taken, there are only modest signs of the groundswell of support needed to drive policy makers to take the necessary steps, such as implementing a meaningful carbon price across a broad swathe of the economy. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Trump’s Energy Policy Is Scary To Multinational Petroleum Interests

Trump's plan for American energy strength is rightfully causing angst among people who believe that renewable energy is the inevitable path forward to reduce society's dependence on fossil fuel. It is likely to cause even more fear among the people who are betting on fossil fuel to continue dominating the world's economy and geopolitics. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Hyperloop One Just Raised $50 Million and Hired Uber’s Former CFO

Forget about high-speed trains, 700-mile-per-hour tube travel could become a reality within the coming months. Hyperloop One announced today it has raised $50 million in new financing as the Los Angeles-based startup prepares to conduct a full-scale demonstration of its ultra-fast, tube-based transportation system in the first quarter of 2017. The latest funding round brings Hyperloop One's total amount raised to $160 million since its founding in …

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From MIT to the national stage

On Oct. 8, 16 students presented research at the Massachusetts Junior Academy of Science (MassJAS) Fall Symposium held at MIT to a packed audience of teachers, family members, and peers, in hopes of representing Massachusetts as delegates to the next annual American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) convention. The MassJAS is the last step in the AJAS convention selection process. All of the weekend's student presenters placed first at the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair, also held at MIT last May. AJAS …

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Launching STEX25

The MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) and MIT Startup Exchange (STEX) have announced the launch of STEX25, a startup accelerator focused on fostering collaboration between MIT-connected startups and member companies of the ILP. STEX25 establishes an elite cohort of startup companies — 25 from the 1,000-plus in the STEX database — that have proved themselves with early use cases, clients, demos, and partnerships, and which may be on the cusp of significant growth. These young companies are particularly …

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Venturi VBB-3 sets new electric-car speed record (pending certification)

French automaker Venturi used to be known for its distinctive supercars, often turbocharged to give their humble mechanicals a lot more potency. After limited success, the company was rebooted around the turn of the century to focus on electric car technology. The company has since come out with a handful of pricey, oddball electric cars, while...

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U.S.P.S. picks AM General to build next-generation mail trucks

AM General, the firm best known for building Hummer H1s in both civilian and military versions, has been selected by a rather different governmental agency to create a prototype with a different kind of civic duty in mind. Postal trucks, those white boxes that deliver you mail, haven't changed in decades. But that's all set to change. DON'T MISS...

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Why Apple Should Buy McLaren Automotive, Even Though It Probably Won’t

Wired: Apple's Probably Not Gonna Buy McLaren, but It Should Rumors swirl around Apple like exhaust around a race car, and one of the most persistent is that Apple wants to break into the auto industry with an electric, self-driving car. The speculation intensified today when the The Financial Times reported that company is negotiating a deal to buy McLaren. McLaren is perhaps best known as one of the most …

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When will electric car sales exceed those of cars with engines? Poll results

Cars that plug in to recharge, whether all-electric or plug-in hybrid, are a very small proportion of total U.S. vehicle sales today. And the same applies to their global sales, which are less than 1 percent of a total worldwide volume now headed toward 90 million vehicles a year. So today, the idea that electric-car sales might one day equal...