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Boeing Acquires Aurora Flight Sciences For Autonomous Flights

If you thought autonomous cars were freaking out some older drivers, wait until you hear the one about autonomous flights. Boeing is acquiring Aurora Flight Sciences, a company we mentioned here a little while back. This is throwing serious weight into the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) industry Boeing Acquires Aurora Flight Sciences For Autonomous Flights was originally …

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Next Generation of EV Charging (#Electrifying Webinar with Peter Badik, GreenWay)

For years, it has been clear — electric car customers want superfast (not just "fast") charging available for long-distance travel. It has also been clear that only Tesla has looked out for its customers in regards to this. It wasn't until this year that any other charging companies really started offering products capable of this, and there still aren't any electric cars on the market that could charge more than 100 kW anyway — hence the lack of supply of non-Tesla superchargers

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Cellular reprograming implicated in model of Alzheimer's disease

Microglia, immune cells that act as the central nervous system's damage sensors, have recently been implicated in Alzheimer's disease. The cells, a type of macrophage that clear away dead cells from the brain and help to maintain healthy neuronal wiring, were found to be entangled with toxic amyloid beta plaques in tissue taken from those suffering from the disease. Researchers had previously believed that the cells help to protect the brain from neurodegeneration by digesting the amyloid plaques, but it now …

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International Policy Lab issues new call for proposals

The International Policy Lab (IPL) within the Center for International Studies has issued its third Institute-wide call for proposals. The IPL helps leading MIT researchers develop the policy implications of their research and better inform the policymaking community in the United States and abroad. It provides funding and staff support for translating scholarly work into digestible, policy-relevant materials and for direct outreach to policymakers. “We are very pleased …

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11,000 Tesla Model X crossovers recalled for faulty seat mechanism

Electric car builder Tesla is calling back 11,000 examples of its Model X crossover to rectify a folding rear-seat issue. The California company says that the recall affects Model Xs fitted with a flat-folding second row that were built between October 26, 2016, and August 16, 2017. At issue is a cable in the rear seatback, which the automaker...

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Perry to Congress: Price Tag on DOE Proposal to Prop Up Coal; Nuclear Is the ‘Cost of Freedom’

Energy Secretary Rick Perry's testimony before a House energy subcommittee this morning got attention from the mainstream press for his mistake of calling Puerto Rico a country, and his defense of what is, in the scope of the Trump administration, a relatively small $56,000

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Ian Waitz to step down as dean of engineering

Ian A. Waitz will step down as MIT's dean of engineering at the end of this academic year, concluding over six years of service. Provost Martin Schmidt announced the news today in an email to the MIT community, praising Waitz's collaborative vision that “has both bolstered local departments and encouraged the school and the Institute to reach beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries to expand the ways that engineering can address our most challenging problems.” MIT President L. Rafael Reif adds, “Under …

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Shell Stations In UK & The Netherlands Will Add EV Charging Stalls

Sometimes, it's a good thing to change your spots. Shell is doing a bit of that. Shell is not a name I think of at all in terms of clean air infrastructure. More often, I reflect on the problems of the oil company in places it should not be — rainforests, the Arctic, etc. Changing its spots, Shell is offering a new face with a clean air emphasis. Shell is planning a second choice in how it fuels up cars, and it is a good thing for once. Northern Europe will see the beginning of the change. Some Shell stations in UK and …

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq prices: hybrid starts at $23,035, electric at $30,335

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is the South Korean automaker's first dedicated green model. It will offer three powertrain options in the same body shell: hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric. Those models are just now beginning to hit U.S. showrooms, and we now have pricing information for two of them. DON'T MISS: Hyundai Ioniq Electric beats...

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LA’s DASH Bus Loop Gets An Electric Bus (+ 3 More To Come)

The City West-to-Arts District A route of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation's DASH bus loop service is now using an all-electric bus — the first of 4 that the organization plans to put into service LA's DASH Bus Loop Gets An Electric Bus (+ 3 More To Come) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from …

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MIT receives grant from American Association of Universities for undergraduate STEM education

The American Association of Universities (AAU) has awarded MIT and 11 other universities small grants that aim to advance efforts to improve undergraduate education in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The grants are part of the AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative, created in 2011 to encourage universities to use teaching practices in STEM education that have been proven to be …

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Trump’s Muslim Ban Trips Up A Christian Science Scientist From NASA

The Intertubes have begun buzzing with the story of Sidd Bikkannavar, a US citizen and NASA scientist who was detained at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Texas on January 30, when he returned from a trip to Chile. Trump's Muslim Ban Trips Up A Christian Science Scientist From NASA was originally published on

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Low Carbon Technologies Now Cost-Competitive With Fossil Fuels, Concludes Lloyd’s Register

A new report by Lloyd's Register has concluded that low carbon technologies are now cost-competitive with fossil fuels, and that low carbon innovation is gaining pace across the sector. Low Carbon Technologies Now Cost-Competitive With Fossil Fuels, Concludes Lloyd's Register was originally published on

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Former Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech Now Refusing To Testify About Lower Saxony Government’s Role In Diesel Emissions Cheating Scandal

Ferdinand Piech, formerly the Chairman of Volkswagen group (until mid-2015), recently made some interesting comments seemingly implicating the Prime Minister of the German state of Lower Saxony (the second largest stakeholder in VW), amongst others, in the diesel emissions testing cheating scandal Former Volkswagen …

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US Governors Call On Donald Trump To Back Wind & Solar

A group of governors from across the United States and from both sides of the political divide have penned an open letter to Donald Trump calling on the newly-elected President to support the development of solar and wind energy. US Governors Call On Donald Trump To Back Wind & Solar was originally published on

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A new contrast agent for MRI

A new, specially coated iron oxide nanoparticle developed by a team at MIT and elsewhere could provide an alternative to conventional gadolinium-based contrast agents used for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedures. In rare cases, the currently used gadolinium agents have been found to produce adverse effects in patients with impaired kidney function. The advent of MRI technology, which is used to observe details of specific organs or blood vessels, has been an enormous boon to medical diagnostics over the last …