Newly discovered enzyme “square dance” helps generate DNA building blocks

MIT biochemists can trap and visualize an enzyme as it becomes active — an important development that may aid in future drug development.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
March 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: dna chemistry health energy biology disease research biochemistry school-of-science

Ankle exoskeleton makes running easier

Running is great exercise but not everyone feels great doing it. An ankle exoskeleton could make running easier and boost your physical activity.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
March 26, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: energy exercise running featured health-and-medicine

Electric cars better for climate in 95% of the world

Fears that electric cars could actually increase carbon emissions are unfounded in almost all parts of the world, new research shows.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
March 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: energy climate transport electricity

Fusion researchers endorse push for pilot power plant in US

Fusion energy community makes unified statement on priorities in report for Department of Energy Policy Advisory Group.

Peter Dunn | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
March 18, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: physics energy industry policy research renewable-energy school-of-engineering school-of-science materials-science-and-engineering nuclear-science-and-engineering department-of-energy-doe alternative-energy plasma-science-and-fusion-center fusion

3 Questions: Emre Gençer on the evolving role of hydrogen in the energy system

With support from renewable energy sources, the MIT research scientist says, we can consider hydrogen fuel as a tool for decarbonization.

Nafisa Syed | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
March 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability energy carbon policy infrastructure emissions research staff 3-questions mit-energy-initiative alternative-energy

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 • mit
March 4, 2020 ~9 min

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

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 • cambridge
March 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainable-earth climate-change energy battery imaging

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 • futurity
Feb. 28, 2020 ~5 min

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

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 • cambridge
Feb. 26, 2020 ~1 min

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

Making a remarkable material even better

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

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
Feb. 25, 2020 ~17 min

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

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