With campus as a test bed, climate action starts and continues at MIT

MIT serves as a laboratory for a multifaceted approach to address the Institute’s own contributions to climate change.

Nicole Morell | MIT Office of Sustainability • mit
Dec. 18, 2020 ~10 min

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To boost emissions reductions from electric vehicles, know when to charge

MIT researchers develop novel EV emissions model to quantify importance of vehicle charging patterns and impact of ambient temperature on EV emissions levels.

Kelley Travers | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
Dec. 17, 2020 ~8 min

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Fluorine may replace lithium for rechargeable batteries

Fluorine, a relatively abundant and light element, may be a good substitute for lithium without changing how long batteries last much.

Beth Miller-WUSTL • futurity
Dec. 17, 2020 ~6 min

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Renewable energy benefits vary by place

Wind and solar power in California isn't as beneficial to the environment as renewable energy in Florida, researchers say. Here's why and why it matters.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Dec. 15, 2020 ~5 min

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It takes a lot of energy for machines to learn – here's why AI is so power-hungry

Training neural networks burns through a lot of energy. As the AI field grows, it's working to keep its carbon foot print from growing with it.

Kate Saenko, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Boston University • conversation
Dec. 14, 2020 ~8 min

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Sizewell C: Government in talks to fund £20bn nuclear plant

Officials will hold discussions with France's EDF about funding the Sizewell C project in Suffolk.

Dec. 14, 2020 ~3 min

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A cool advance in thermoelectric conversion

A quantum effect in topological semimetals demonstrated by MIT researchers could allow for the utilization of an untapped energy source.

Steve Nadis | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
Dec. 11, 2020 ~7 min

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Researchers find a better way to design metal alloys

System uses machine learning to analyze boundaries between crystal grains, allowing for selection of desired properties in a new metal.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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MISTI pilots conversations in energy

The MISTI Career Conversations: Energy program serves as an innovative pivot from international internships to a virtual seminar series.

Christina Davies | MISTI • mit
Dec. 8, 2020 ~7 min

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