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MIT’s growing global leadership in water achieves industry recognition

In early January 2018, MIT professor John Lienhard opened an unexpected email. A panel of water industry professionals from around the world had ranked him fourth in the Top 25 Global Water Leaders list. The list was compiled and published by Water and Wastewater International (WWi), a publication dedicated to the distribution of practical knowledge for water system operators, wastewater engineers, and other professionals in the water industry worldwide. Its readership includes industry professionals either working in …

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MIT Sandbox’s first acquired startup gives back

In spring 2016, the Institute launched MIT Sandbox, a program that provides fledgling entrepreneurs with funding, mentorship, education, and other support to help shape and launch early-stage ventures. Two years later, the program is celebrating a major entrepreneurial milestone: Escher Reality, an augmented-reality (AR) startup from the first Sandbox cohort, has been acquired by an AR-game-developer …

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Electric-car sales champ, more Zoe power, Lexus UX launch, hydrogen station density: Today’s Car News

Today, we've got a more powerful Renault Zoe, a new hybrid crossover for Geneva, the same old electric-car global sales champ, and some analysis on hydrogen fueling station numbers. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We asked our Twitter followers where we'll see the most electric-car innovation in future. More than half of them gave us the...

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What Major Factors Reduced U.S. Power Sector Carbon Emissions 2007-2017?

Total U.S. carbon emissions from fossil fuels consumption peaked in 2007. The Electric Power Sector has been the largest ‘direct' contributor to Total U.S. carbon emissions since 1977. Total 2007-17 U.S. carbon emissions declined by 15%, primarily due to reduced Power Section's emissions. What have been the major market, government policy and technology based factors […] The post What Major Factors Reduced U.S. Power Sector Carbon Emissions 2007-2017? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for …

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Adding Up Trump’s Gas Tax Hike Effects: $840 Billion In Revenue, 1.2 Million Additional EVs, 1.3 Billion Barrels Lower Fuel Use

For 25 years the United States federal fuel user fee (aka the “gas tax”) has remained stagnant, even as vehicle miles traveled accelerated and crumbling transportation infrastructure needs accumulated. But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's proposal to raise the gas tax by $0.25 per gallon and President Trump's support for increasing the gas tax to help pay for his […] The post Adding Up Trump's Gas Tax Hike Effects: $840 Billion In Revenue, 1.2 Million Additional EVs, 1.3 Billion Barrels Lower Fuel Use appeared first on The Energy …

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Small Modular Reactors for Nuclear Power: Hope or Mirage?

Supporters of nuclear power hope that small nuclear reactors, unlike large plants, will be able to compete economically with other sources of electricity. But according to M.V. Ramana, a Professor at the University of British Columbia, this is likely to be a vain hope. In fact, according to Ramana, in the absence of a mass […] The post Small Modular Reactors for Nuclear Power: Hope or Mirage? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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The Sharing Economy Is Learning How to Ride a Bike

Moving to a foreign country has a way of spurring experiments with lifestyle change. Our family has temporarily relocated to Switzerland where my kids have happily adjusted to the Swiss norms of chocolate, cheese, and snow consumption. As for me, I've been enjoying our car-free lifestyle. The Swiss make it relatively easy for everyone to […] The post The Sharing Economy Is Learning How to Ride a Bike appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Charging Past Failure: A Plan For More Effective Electric Vehicle Powering

There is a growing urgency to correctly legislate the next steps in developing electric car charging networks. In California alone, PGNE is in the process of installing over seven thousand public chargers. Similarly, Eversource in Massachusetts is moving ahead on installing four thousand stations. Both initiatives represent valuable endorsements of electric transport. Unfortunately, the chargers […] The post Charging Past Failure: A Plan For More Effective Electric Vehicle Powering appeared first on The Energy Collective.

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Raising the IQ of Smart Cities

IMT is a strong proponent of both local leadership on building efficiency and the need for wider market access to reliable, accurate data in order to drive smarter business decisions in both the private and public realms. In this guest blog, Tim Porter, global OEM and partner sales director at Urjanet, explores the role of data […] The post Raising the IQ of Smart Cities appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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U.S. Proved Reserves of Natural Gas Up in 2016, Oil Reserves Remained Unchanged

The United States had 341.1 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas proved reserves as of the end of 2016, an increase of 5% from 2015, according to EIA's recently released U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reservesreport. U.S. crude oil and lease condensate proved reserves remained virtually unchanged from their 2015 level, at 35.2 […] The post U.S. Proved Reserves of Natural Gas Up in 2016, Oil Reserves Remained Unchanged appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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“American Panda,” set on MIT campus, explores cultural stereotypes

The young adult novel, “American Panda,” recently arrived in bookstores for the Lunar New Year. The book, the debut novel of dentist-turned-writer Gloria Chao '08 is set on the MIT campus. The protagonist, Mei, struggles between Taiwanese and American cultural values, particularly involving romance and career. The interview below with Chao reveals her motivations, what's next in her writing career, and her favorite holiday foods. Q: What are some of the important messages in “American Panda” …

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Q&A: Henriette Huldisch on video, art, and technology

“The history of time-based art and technology are entwined,” notes Henriette Huldisch, director of exhibitions and curator for the MIT List Visual Arts Center, in her catalogue for “Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995.” Yet, we rarely pause to consider how the physical attributes of our sleek, flat, and increasingly portable screens change our relationship to …

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Transforming Agriculture: Using Crushed Rock Can Slash Pesticide Use, Increase Yields, & Promote Carbon Capture

Researchers at the University of Sheffield and around the world are exploring whether adding crushed basaltic rock to fields can increase yields, lower costs, and absorb some of the excess carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere.

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Siemens Again Tops Clean200 List As Clean Stocks Outperform Fossil Fuels

Siemens AG again topped out the latest update of the Carbon Clean 200 list of the 200 largest publicly traded companies in the world making significant revenue from clean energy, and China continues to have far and away the most companies on the list, as clean energy stocks generated returns almost double that of fossil fuel stocks.