Machine learning, harnessed to extreme computing, aids fusion energy development

Linking techniques from machine learning with advanced numerical simulations, MIT researchers take an important step in state-of-the-art predictions for fusion plasmas.

Martin Greenwald | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
April 27, 2022 ~7 min

War in Ukraine is pushing global acute hunger to the highest level in this century

Grain and fertilizer shortages, higher shipping costs and a strong dollar are all pushing food prices up and increasing hunger in dozens of vulnerable countries.

Daniel Maxwell, Henry J. Leir Professor in Food Security, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University • conversation
April 27, 2022 ~9 min

Using excess heat to improve electrolyzers and fuel cells

New technology could help generate hydrogen and chemical industry ingredients.

Matthew Hutson | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
April 26, 2022 ~7 min

A new coal mine in Cumbria makes no sense for the climate – or Britain's energy security

After years of complex legal processes and misinformation, the mine’s fate hangs in the balance.

Rebecca Willis, Professor in Energy and Climate Governance, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University • conversation
April 26, 2022 ~6 min

Here's one way to burn less fossil fuel -- use human energy to heat buildings instead

Extracting and storing human body heat we generate could improve building sustainability while cutting bills.

Amin Al-Habaibeh, Professor of Intelligent Engineering Systems, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
April 26, 2022 ~6 min

High energy use doesn’t lead to happier people in rich countries

How much energy is enough for each person to live a happy healthy life? New research finds it's a lot less than people use in many richer countries.

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
April 25, 2022 ~9 min

Offshore wind farms could lower energy costs in New England

Offshore wind power could help lower wholesale electricity prices in six New England states, with low risk of turbine failure during extreme winter storms.

Laura Oleniacz - NC State • futurity
April 25, 2022 ~8 min

Meet the power plant of the future: Solar + battery hybrids are poised for explosive growth

More than a third of power plants applying to connect to a US grid are hybrids that pair wind or solar with battery storage.

Will Gorman, Graduate Student Researcher in Electricity Markets and Policy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory • conversation
April 25, 2022 ~8 min

What choices does the world need to make to keep global warming below 2 C?

New study reveals multiple pathways for a successful energy transition by 2050.

Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
April 22, 2022 ~5 min

Earth Day panel examines a way forward on climate change

The panel of experts looked at success and failures since the first Earth Day in 1970.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
April 22, 2022 ~6 min