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Chasing complexity

In his junior year of high school, Ryan Williams transferred from the public school in his hometown of Florette, Alabama — “essentially a courthouse and a couple gas stations,” as he describes it — to the Alabama School of Math and Science in Mobile. Although he had been writing computer programs since age 7 — often without the benefit of a computer to run them on — Williams had never taken a computer science class. Now that he was finally enrolled in one, he found it boring, and he was not shy about saying so in …

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How to get sprayed metal coatings to stick

When bonding two pieces of metal, either the metals must melt a bit where they meet or some molten metal must be introduced between the pieces. A solid bond then forms when the metal solidifies again. But researchers at MIT have found that in some situations, melting can actually inhibit metal bonding rather than promote it. The surprising and counterintuitive finding could have serious implications for the design of certain coating processes or for 3-D printing, which both require getting materials to stick together …

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Researchers develop flexible, stretchable photonic devices

Researchers at MIT and several other institutions have developed a method for making photonic devices — similar to electronic devices but based on light rather than electricity — that can bend and stretch without damage. The devices could find uses in cables to connect computing devices, or in diagnostic and monitoring systems that could be attached to the skin or implanted in the body, flexing easily with the natural tissue. The findings, which involve the use of a specialized kind of glass called chalcogenide, are …

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The Impact Of Voting Machine Hacking & Gerrymandering On Climate Change Initiatives

Electronic voting machines and vote counting systems are wide open to outside interference. Tortured voting district maps distort the democratic process. Both threaten the ability of the United States to respond to the challenge of climate change. The Impact Of Voting Machine Hacking & Gerrymandering On Climate Change Initiatives was originally published on

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Frankfurt electric cars, Tesla Autopilot crash, plug-in hybrid Ford van, anxious Germans? Today’s Car News

Today, we continue our coverage of all the electric concepts and production cars at the IAA Frankfurt auto show, we read through the NTSB report on a Tesla Autopilot fatality, we consider how desperate German carmakers may be, and we ask your opinion on the fate of CAFE standards. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We updated our coverage of...

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Fatal Tesla Autopilot crash: ‘system safeguards lacking,’ says NTSB

The Florida crash that killed the driver of a Tesla Model S while that car was operating under Autopilot software reverberated far and wide in global media. While human drivers are imperfect, with reaction times limited by millions of years of evolution, they at least provide a focus for blame if they crash their cars. So the results of a National...

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How India Can Export Sunshine Around The World

India's next big export industry could be its sunshine, as game-changing technology makes it easier to generate, store, transport and deliver its energy as “Solar Fuels.” How India Can Export Sunshine Around The World was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers:

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Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Racing Coming To Formula E Race Weekends

Jaguar will begin a support series for Formula E beginning in October 2018. It will feature specially prepared I-PACE electric SUVs and will be called the eTROPHY series. Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Racing Coming To Formula E Race Weekends was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over …

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US Energy Dept. Trolls Trump With Yuuuuuge Solar Energy Announcement Promoting Obama’s SunShot Initiative

Millions of customers in hurricane-torn Florida are suffering through the aftermath of the devastating storm without power, and into this mess steps the US Department of Energy with the announcement of a solar energy initiative that seems to indicate light at the end of the grid reliability tunnel. US Energy Dept. Trolls Trump With Yuuuuuge Solar …

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“World’s Largest Charging Station” To Open In 2018 In Germany

A German company by the name of Sortimo (SME) is now planning to build what will be the "largest electric vehicle fast-charging station" in the world once completed along the busy A8 highway in Germany, according to recent reports “World's Largest Charging Station” To Open In 2018 In Germany was originally published on

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Ford Transit van with range-extended electric powertrain revealed

As European countries continue to crack down on emissions from road vehicles, automakers are stepping up with solutions to ease reduce levels of smog-causing nitrogen oxides, especially in city centers. Ford identified the commercial vehicle segment as one it believes is ripe for electrification, and earlier this month it revealed its Ford Transit...

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Do Frankfurt’s electric cars cover German desperation over diesel decline?

This year's Frankfurt motor show was big, busy, and full of new concepts and production cars spanning the gamut from small electric cars to exotic supercars with prices in the millions. Every German maker showed one or more electric or electrified concepts, and renewed talk of driving on electricity could be heard in every presentation. But...

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Honda Urban EV Concept to go on sale in 2019, but not for North America

If there were a favorite car among journalists and car fans at this week's Frankfurt motor show, it may have been a small, all-electric hatchback city car. Which is pretty remarkable, given the practical, unexciting, utilitarian, slightly nerdy image every non-Tesla electric car seems to carry among that group even today. The car in question is...

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Daimler Exec Says Electric Cars Only Half As Profitable As Conventional Cars … At First

The Vice President of Finance and Controlling at Mercedes-Benz Cars, Frank Lindenberg, was recently quoted at one of Daimler's investor meetings as saying that electric vehicles may be only half as profitable as diesel or petrol/gas-powered cars at first Daimler Exec Says Electric Cars Only Half As Profitable As Conventional Cars … At First was originally published on

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Nuclear Power, Weapons, and National Security

The nuclear power industry, under pressure economically, is arguing that it deserves government support because it is essential for “national security”, notes Jim Green, editor of the Nuclear Monitor newsletter. Green explains why he finds this argument disingenuous and unconvincing. The nuclear power industry has long maintained that it has no connection whatsoever to nuclear weapons proliferation. […] The post Nuclear Power, Weapons, and National Security appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for …

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Behind the Scenes of the Shell Scenarios

Shell has been a pioneer in developing scenarios to explore the future and deepen its strategic thinking for nearly 50 years. In the 1990s, the company started sharing scenarios externally to contribute to the public dialogue on the collective challenges and choices faced by business, government and society. Over the years I have written many […] The post Behind the Scenes of the Shell Scenarios appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Scott Pruitt’s Relentless Distortions of Climate Science and Law

This summer was anything but quiet for climate policy. In June, President Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. In July, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit blocked Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt's attempt to suspend protections from climate-destabilizing oil and gas pollution, […] The post Scott Pruitt's Relentless Distortions of Climate Science and Law appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for …