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MIT launches China Future City Lab

MIT has launched a unique new urban research and innovation program that looks to advance city life in China through an ambitious range of academic and entrepreneurial activities. The China Future City Lab, created with university, corporate, and governmental partners, has officially taken flight following a two-day conference, launch event, and signing ceremony late last week. “We want to be a pioneer,” said Siqi Zheng, the MIT urban studies associate professor who heads the new lab, speaking at the launch …

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Physicists design $100 handheld muon detector

At any given moment, the Earth's atmosphere is showered with high-energy cosmic rays that have been blasted from supernovae and other astrophysical phenomena far beyond the Solar System. When cosmic rays collide with the Earth's atmosphere, they decay into muons — charged particles that are slightly heavier than an electron. Muons last only fractions of a second, and during their fleeting lifespan they can be found through every layer of the Earth's atmosphere, circulating in the air around us and raining onto the …

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Plug-in electric car sales for Oct: new Bolt EV record, Prime and Volt tied

Chevy did it again. More specifically, GM delivered 2,781 Chevrolet Bolt EVs to buyers during October, a new high for its 238-mile electric car, and the highest reported sales of any plug-in electric vehicle last month. That brings the total number of Bolt EVs sold in 11 months to 17,083 (plus an additional 579 in the last two weeks of last...

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A new way to mix oil and water

The reluctance of oil and water to mix together and stay that way is so well-known that it has become a cliché for describing any two things that do not go together well. Now, a new finding from researchers at MIT might turn that expression on its head, providing a way to get the two substances to mix and remain stable for long periods — no shaking required. The process may find applications in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and processed foods, among other areas. The new process involves cooling a bath of oil …

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Will Australia’s Major Cities Suffer +50° Celsius Heatwaves Soon?

Australia's largest cities could begin experiencing extreme heatwaves with +50° Celsius temperatures within the relatively near term (within the next ~20 years), even if international climate change and greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals are met, according to a recent study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters

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Just 260 Tesla Model 3s built in three months, volume production delayed: Q3 results and call

Only one topic really mattered in the Tesla third-quarter financial results call for analysts held Wednesday afternoon: Model 3. In light of far lower September deliveries than promised as late as July by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, all interest focused on the more-affordable, higher-volume electric car that's meant to catapult Tesla to selling half a...

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Tesla Continues To Push Autopilot, Service, & Supercharging In Support Of Model 3

Tesla just officially announced earnings for Q3 2017, and in the update unpacked the backstory behind the early delays in Model 3 production alongside updates on its efforts to improve and expand its Autopilot, Service, and Supercharging offerings

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Decentralization Is the Cheapest Way to Expand Energy Access in India, Says IEA

India stands out as “one of the largest electrification success stories in history,” accounting for two or every five people newly electrified since 2000, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency. However, the report painted a future quite different from the centralized grid focus of the current Indian government, saying that decentralized systems, led by solar PV in off-grid and mini-grid systems, “will be the …

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Puerto Rico’s Power Recovery Struggles

Since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in late September, the island has seen a series of setbacks in its recovery and energy crisis. After the storm decimated the electric grid the U.S. territory, the bankrupt Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority faced a barrage of criticism over its insufficient grid maintenance. Then, after repairs got underway, intense scrutiny of a …

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Tesla Energy Storage … The Electric Car “Threat” … EV Sales Leaders … (Top 30 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

The most popular CleanTechnica articles in October were led by energy storage and electric vehicle shockers combined with EV market research, hurricane disaster responses, and Tesla, Tesla, Tesla news. From 509 articles we published last month, check out the top 30 stories of the month below for more details

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Panasonic CEO Says Tesla Model 3 Production Bottleneck Is “Now Understood” — Battery Pack Production To Now Be Fully Automated

The CEO of Panasonic, the co-operator of Tesla's so-called Gigafactory in Nevada, recently made comments that the Tesla Model 3 production bottleneck was "now understood" and that battery pack production was soon to be automated. ... That's a rather interesting reveal, suggesting that battery pack production has been a major bottleneck and that hand production has largely been the standard at the facility to date

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Voyage (Udacity Spinoff) Testing Self-Driving Vehicles In San Jose Retirement Community

The self-driving vehicle tech firm Voyage, which spun off from Udacity earlier in 2017, has begun testing autonomous cars in a San Jose retirement community, according to recent reports Voyage (Udacity Spinoff) Testing Self-Driving Vehicles In San Jose Retirement Community was originally published on

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How States & Cities Can Unlock Local Clean Energy

Yesterday's news about the Paris Climate Accords has provoked a groundswell of commitments for local action on climate change. But what can cities actually do in the absence of federal support? How States & Cities Can Unlock Local Clean Energy was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over …

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Mapathon seeks to direct humanitarian aid for Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria caused catastrophic damage across Puerto Rico when it made landfall on Sept. 20. As the second hurricane to hit the island in a two-week period, the powerful storm devastated the territory's already-strained infrastructure and left behind a humanitarian crisis affecting the entire island. The lack of power and water across the majority of Puerto Rico has been widely reported. A group of volunteers from across the Boston area recently gathered at MIT to address another shortage that is complicating …

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European Spending On Energy Efficient Building Technologies In 2026 To Near $112 Billion

Already a global leader in building sustainability legislation and initiatives, the European market for energy efficient building technologies is expected to grow from $83.5 billion in 2017 to $111.9 billion in 2026. European Spending On Energy Efficient Building Technologies In 2026 To Near $112 Billion was originally published on

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This Controversial Law Could Stifle the US Offshore Wind Market

The U.S. has lagged behind Europe in building offshore wind for decades. That's often attributed to uncompetitive pricing and lack of political will. But as more developers work to get U.S. offshore wind projects off the ground in the coming years, the century-old Jones Act has raised concerns that even with improving economics and technological innovation, the process could remain onerous and …

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Installed Energy Storage For Microgrids Through 2026 Worth Over $22 Billion

The installed capacity of energy storage for microgrids is expected to increase dramatically over the next decade, with nearly 15 gigawatts of new cumulative capacity and revenue worth $22.3 billion, according to a new report from Navigant Research. Installed Energy Storage For Microgrids Through 2026 Worth Over $22 Billion was originally published on