Eating more during the holidays? Don’t mistake Oreo calories for olive calories.

As America grows fatter, scientists continue to debate the causes of the obesity crisis, while the founder of Children’s Hospital’s weight clinic says the predominant “cut calories” approach may have the problem backward.

Alvin Powell • harvard
yesterday ~10 min

How to keep your home warm during very cold weather (on a budget) – and avoid dangerous heating 'hacks'

Cranking the heating up 24/7 isn’t an option for most people.

Mari Martiskainen, Professor of Energy and Society, University of Sussex • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

Paper-thin solar cell can turn any surface into a power source

Researchers develop a scalable fabrication technique to produce ultrathin, lightweight solar cells that can be seamlessly added to any surface.

Adam Zewe | MIT News Office • mit
yesterday ~8 min

How do floating wind turbines work? With 5 companies winning the first US leases to build wind farms off California's coast, let's take a look

Some of the most powerful offshore wind is over water too deep for a standard wind turbine. Engineers found a way around the problem.

Matthew Lackner, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UMass Amherst • conversation
Dec. 8, 2022 ~7 min

Pursuing a practical approach to research

Professor Koroush Shirvan, who recently won a prestigious award from the American Nuclear Society, pursues avenues to lower the costs of nuclear energy.

Poornima Apte | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
Dec. 8, 2022 ~7 min

Shipping must accelerate its decarbonisation efforts – and now it has the opportunity to do so

A lack of clarity over certain issues risks preventing the shipping industry’s energy transition from taking off.

Christiaan De Beukelaer, Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University • conversation
Dec. 6, 2022 ~8 min

A healthy wind

Health benefits of using wind energy instead of fossil fuels could quadruple if the most polluting power plants are selected for dialing down, new study finds.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 2, 2022 ~8 min

Energy bills: how much money does turning down the thermostat actually save?

Massive 13,000-home project investigates how much energy is typically used at different temperatures.

Tadj Oreszczyn, Professor of Energy and Environment, UCL • conversation
Dec. 2, 2022 ~6 min

Onshore wind rebellion reveals fractious climate politics within the Conservative party

An influential group of the UK prime minister’s own backbenchers want more wind farms.

Mitya Pearson, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, King's College London • conversation
Dec. 1, 2022 ~7 min

Two Cambridge researchers awarded Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies

Professor Rachel Oliver and Professor Silvia Vignolini from the University of Cambridge have been awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Dec. 1, 2022 ~4 min