Bitcoin energy use 'bigger than most countries'

Could the cryptocurrency's huge electricity consumption also sink it?

today ~7 min

Researchers improve efficiency of next-generation solar cell material

Reducing internal losses could pave the way to low-cost perovskite-based photovoltaics that match silicon cells’ output.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 24, 2021 ~9 min

What's behind $15,000 electricity bills in Texas?

Some Texans are receiving eye-popping electric bills after power providers passed on volatile costs to some of their customers – legally.

Seth Blumsack, Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics and International Affairs, Penn State • conversation
Feb. 24, 2021 ~7 min

Data transfer system connects silicon chips with a hair’s-width cable

The advance could improve energy efficiency of data centers and lighten the load for electronics-rich vehicles.

Daniel Ackerman | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 24, 2021 ~5 min

Dust particles from Mars can make little sparks

New research suggests tiny sparks are possible on Mars, and that "future colonists may find a world modified by static electricity in subtle ways."

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
Feb. 22, 2021 ~8 min

How the Texas electricity system produced low-cost power but left residents out in the cold

The Texas electric power market is designed to give energy companies incentive to sell electricity at the lowest possible cost. That focus helps explain why it collapsed during a historic cold wave.

Theodore J. Kury, Director of Energy Studies, University of Florida • conversation
Feb. 18, 2021 ~9 min

Less-wasteful laser-cutting

Fabricaide, developed at MIT CSAIL, provides live design feedback to help users reduce leftover material.

Adam Conner-Simons | MIT CSAIL • mit
Feb. 17, 2021 ~4 min

Power outages across the Plains: 4 questions answered about weather-driven blackouts

Heat waves, droughts and deep freezes can all strain the electric grid, leading utilities to impose rolling blackouts. Climate change is likely to make these events more common.

Michael E. Webber, Josey Centennial Professor of Energy Resources, University of Texas at Austin • conversation
Feb. 16, 2021 ~9 min

Physicists discover important new property for graphene

Unconventional form of ferroelectricity could impact next-generation computing.

Elizabeth Thomson | Materials Research Laboratory • mit
Feb. 8, 2021 ~8 min

Epigenomic map reveals circuitry of 30,000 human disease regions

Analysis reveals genetic control elements that are linked to hundreds of human traits.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 3, 2021 ~8 min