New approach to sustainable building takes shape in Boston

A five-story mixed-use structure in Roxbury represents a new kind of net-zero-energy building, made from wood.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office
March 4, 2020 | mit

~9 mins   

Tags: research architecture building sustainability emissions cities energy greenhouse-gases carbon startups innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie school-of-architecture-and-planning

New tools show a way forward for large-scale storage of renewable energy

A technique based on the principles of MRI and NMR has allowed researchers to observe not only how next-generation batteries for large-scale energy storage work, but also how they fail, which will assist in the development of strategies to extend battery lifetimes in support of the transition to a zero-carbon future.

Cambridge University News
March 2, 2020 | cambridge

~6 mins   

Tags: battery energy imaging climate-change sustainable-earth

Data centers aren’t the energy hogs we thought

A new rundown of how much energy data centers around the world use shows that they don't use as much power as previously believed.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara
Feb. 28, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology climate-change computers data-science energy

Using light to put a twist on electrons

Method with polarized light can create and measure nonsymmetrical states in a layered material.

David Chandler | MIT News Office
Feb. 26, 2020 | mit

~6 mins   

Tags: research physics materials-science-and-engineering school-of-science department-of-energy-doe national-science-foundation-nsf

The force is strong in neutron stars

Study identifies a transition in the strong nuclear force that illuminates the structure of a neutron star’s core.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
Feb. 26, 2020 | mit

~10 mins   

Tags: laboratory-for-nuclear-science physics stars research nuclear-science-and-engineering school-of-science department-of-energy-doe

The climate crisis: towards zero carbon

Sir David Attenborough, Dr Jane Goodall DBE and leading Cambridge University researchers talk about the urgency of climate crisis – and some of the solutions that will take us towards zero carbon.

Cambridge University News
Feb. 26, 2020 | cambridge

~1 mins   

Tags: sustainable-earth climate-change sustainability environment energy carbon biodiversity conservation cities policy

Making a remarkable material even better

Aerogels for solar devices and windows are more transparent than glass.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative
Feb. 25, 2020 | mit

~17 mins   

Tags: mit-energy-initiative mechanical-engineering energy school-of-engineering tata-center research nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering

A material’s insulating properties can be tuned at will

Most materials have a fixed ability to conduct heat, but applying voltage to this thin film changes its thermal properties drastically.

David Chandler | MIT News Office
Feb. 24, 2020 | mit

~8 mins   

Tags: mechanical-engineering nuclear-science-and-engineering dmse materials-science-and-engineering research energy renewable-energy nanoscience-and-nanotechnology school-of-engineering

Hydropower dams threaten fish habitats worldwide

New maps outline the threat hydropower dams pose to fish habitats worldwide. The maps could help with decision-making around new dams.

Feb. 24, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation fish renewable-energy

A little heat can fix cracks in perovskite films

Perovskites are in line to replace pricey silicon solar cells, but they break easily. Good news: a little heat can completely heal cracks.

Kevin Stacey-Brown
Feb. 12, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

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

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