Zeroing in on decarbonization

Wielding complex algorithms, nuclear science and engineering doctoral candidate Nestor Sepulveda spins out scenarios for combating climate change.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering | Jan. 15, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

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Neighbors’ solar panels can shift climate change beliefs

Adding more solar panels to a neighborhood can increase the number of people living there who believe that human action causes climate change.

Amerigo Allegretto-Pitt | Jan. 13, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment beliefs climate-change neighborhoods renewable-energy social-lives

Julia Ortony: Concocting nanomaterials for energy and environmental applications

The MIT assistant professor is entranced by the beauty she finds pursuing chemistry.

Leda Zimmerman | MIT Energy Initiative | Jan. 9, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

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Pathways to a low-carbon future

A new study looks at how the global energy mix could change over the next 20 years.

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | Jan. 9, 2020 | mit
~5 mins   

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Quantum weirdness rewrites rules about heat in empty space

Upending a basic tenet of classical physics, researchers have found that heat energy can travel through a vacuum thanks to invisible quantum fluctuations.

Kara Manke-UC Berkeley | Jan. 8, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology energy heat quantum-physics vacuum

Women in STEM: Angela Harper

Angela Harper is a PhD candidate at the Cavendish Laboratory, a member of Churchill College, and a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Here, she tells us about her work in renewable energy, setting up a Girls in STEM programme while she was an undergraduate in North Carolina, and the importance of role models when pursuing a career in STEM. 

Cambridge University News | Jan. 2, 2020 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: women-in-stem physics renewable energy battery sustainable-earth

‘Detours’ might lead to better batteries

Defects could actually make batteries better, which could affect transportation, electronics, and solar power energy storage, researchers report.

Mike Williams-Rice | Dec. 31, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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How a few tweaks revived near-dead solar tech

Researchers had all but given up on emerging organic solar cell technology, but chemical tweaks brought them back from the brink. Here's how it worked.

Ben Brumfield-Georgia Tech | Dec. 30, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment science-and-technology materials-science renewable-energy solar-cells

Tracking emissions in China

Evaluating a 2014 policy change yields some good news and some concerns.

Nancy Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative | Dec. 30, 2019 | mit
~13 mins   

Tags: mit-energy-initiative sloan-school-of-management energy china emissions economics policy pollution research government business-and-management

Thin films could make solar panels better and cheaper

A new kind of semiconductor made from barium zirconium sulfide instead of silicon could pave the way for better solar panels, LEDs, and sensors.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo | Dec. 26, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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