Fuel cell prototype runs on blood sugar

A fuel cell under the skin that converts blood sugar into electrical energy may sound like science fiction. Could it one day treat diabetes?

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
March 28, 2023 ~5 min

IPCC report: Climate solutions exist, but humanity has to break from the status quo and embrace innovation

Two experts in policy and technology who were also co-authors of an international climate assessment see reasons for optimism.

Elisabeth Gilmore, Associate Professor of Climate Change, Technology and Policy, Carleton University • conversation
March 20, 2023 ~8 min

Climate damage is worsening faster than expected, but there's still reason for optimism – 4 essential reads on the IPCC report

The final report in the IPCC’s sixth assessment series says countries will have to cut their greenhouse gas emissions 60% in the next 12 years to keep global warming in check.

Stacy Morford, Environment + Climate Editor • conversation
March 20, 2023 ~10 min

3 reasons the Willow Arctic oil drilling project was approved – it's the latest battle in a long fight over Alaska's North Slope

Biden vowed ‘no more drilling on federal lands,’ but Russia’s war on Ukraine and pressures at home are hard to ignore.

Scott L. Montgomery, Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington • conversation
March 16, 2023 ~9 min

Why so few UK homes are installing air-source heat pumps – and how to encourage takeup

The UK is next to last in Europe for heat pump sales – psychologists explain why take up is so low.

Lee White, Visiting Professor, City, University of London • conversation
March 15, 2023 ~7 min

Minimizing electric vehicles’ impact on the grid

Careful planning of charging station placement could lessen or eliminate the need for new power plants, a new study shows.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 15, 2023 ~8 min

Fuel poverty makes you sick – so why has nothing changed since I was a child living in a cold home?

After decades of research revealing the long-term damage of fuel poverty, the problem is worse than ever.

Jan Gilbertson, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University • conversation
March 14, 2023 ~7 min

Integrating humans with AI in structural design

A process that seeks feedback from human specialists proves more effective at optimization than automated systems working alone.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 2, 2023 ~7 min

Improving health outcomes by targeting climate and air pollution simultaneously

New modeling tool enables rapid design of effective and equitable policy combinations.

Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
Feb. 23, 2023 ~4 min

Gas prices are falling but your energy bills still won't be affordable any time soon

Household gas and electricity bills aren’t the only way that expensive energy hits your budget.

Karen Turner, Professor and Director of the Centre for Energy Policy, University of Strathclyde • conversation
Feb. 23, 2023 ~7 min