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Q&A: When is giving to charity the wrong thing to do?

The race to cure poverty has turned into a vast multi-billion dollar industry, but there's not a silver-bullet solution that's going to end impoverishment, says MIT grad student Mark Weber, co-producer of the 2015 documentary film “Poverty, Inc.” Most people give to charity with the best of intentions, and although foreign aid is vital following a disaster, fueling a country with aid dollars can foster unintended bad consequences, such as when it …

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Mitsubishi UK Technicians Will Receive Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Training

In conversations with city employees about a swift transition to EVs, I listen to the feedback about the mechanics, the technicians that work on city-owned vehicles. They are not accustomed to EVs, but it is time to train them to become experts. That is what Mitsubishi is doing — in the UK. All technicians will receive IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) qualifications in electric and hybrid vehicles

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Q&A: On the future of human-centered robotics

Science and technology are essential tools for innovation, and to reap their full potential, we also need to articulate and solve the many aspects of today's global issues that are rooted in the political, cultural, and economic realities of the human world. With that mission in mind, MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences has launched The Human Factor — an ongoing series of stories and interviews that highlight research on …

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Solar Summit 2017: Watch The Live Broadcast This Week

GTM Squared will broadcast Solar Summit on May 17 and 18 for its members. Video on-demand after the event will also be available exclusively to members. Click here to join today. By joining, you'll get access to this broadcast along with the broadcasts from all GTM events throughout the year, including Grid Edge World Forum and U.S. Energy Storage Summit. You'll also get a wealth of exclusive articles and insights each week.

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The Force was strong in this robot competition

In one of MIT's most eagerly awaited annual events, Thursday night dozens of robots designed and built by undergraduates in a mechanical engineering class endured hours of intense, boisterous, and often jubilant competition as they scrambled to rack up points in one-on-one clashes on special “Star Wars”-themed playing arenas. As has often happened in these contests — which have been going on, and constantly evolving, since …

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12 Factors That Will Limit Chevy Bolt Sales In The US (Part 1)

By most measures, the Chevy Bolt is a breakthrough electric vehicle and may become the best-selling pure electric car in the US in 2017. And for that likely achievement, GM should be applauded. But I have to ask: “What if?” 12 Factors That Will Limit Chevy Bolt Sales In The US (Part 1) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read …

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Energy Jobs: Venturini Out at Enel, APsystems, Holy Cross Energy, Maxwell, Shell, Ballard, Doosan

Another week brings more moves and shifts at the upper levels of the renewable energy industry. SparkSpread reports that Francesco Venturini, the CEO of Enel Green Power, has been replaced, for undisclosed reasons, by head of business development Antonio Cammisecra. Olivier Jacques was promoted to executive VP of USA and …

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MISTI faculty funds: 2017-18 call for proposals

The MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) Global Seed Funds (GSF) grant program promotes and supports early-stage collaborations between MIT researchers and their counterparts around the globe. Many of the joint projects MISTI funds lead to publications, additional grant awards, and the development of valuable long-term relationships between international researchers and MIT faculty and students. GSF grants enable participating teams to spend time together, either at MIT or abroad, with the aim …

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PE Fund Actis Plans $500 Million Investment In Indian Solar Market

Despite the record-breaking solar power bids for large-scale solar power projects which have raised concerns about the financial viability of such projects, foreign investors continue to scout for investments opportunities in the Indian solar market PE Fund Actis Plans $500 Million Investment In Indian Solar Market was originally published on

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Batteries Let Offline Gas Peaker Plants Participate in Spinning Reserve Markets

Bloomberg | Quint: Slap a Battery on a Gas Turbine and Make an Extra $1.4 Million Edison International has found what every electric utility wants in this time of sputtering demand: a new source of revenue. By adding battery storage to a quick-start natural gas turbine, General Electric Co. made a hybrid power plant that allows Edison to collect …

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The Electric MotoGP Is Finally Coming!

Electric single-seater with Formula E — check. Electric rally racing Paris-Dakar and Baja, California — check. Electric Hillclimb Pikes Peak — check. Isle of Man TT Zero — check. Electric sedan racing — almost check. So when are we finally going to have an electric MotoGP? By 2019! The Electric MotoGP Is Finally Coming! was originally published on