First sighting of mysterious Majorana fermion on a common metal

Physicists’ discovery could lead to a new family of robust qubits for quantum computing.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
April 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: physics quantum-computing research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf department-of-energy-doe nanoscience-and-nanotechnology


AI techniques used to improve battery health and safety

Researchers have designed a machine learning method that can predict battery health with 10x higher accuracy than current industry standard, which could aid in the development of safer and more reliable batteries for electric vehicles and consumer electronics.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 6, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: energy artificial-intelligence battery

We analysed electricity demand and found coronavirus has turned weekdays into weekends

Three ways coronavirus is already impacting Britain’s energy systems.

Tom Bassett, Senior Engineer, Active Building Centre, Swansea University • conversation
March 31, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  coronavirus  uk-energy-policy  uk-energy

COVID-19 will slow the global shift to renewable energy, but can't stop it

The US is gradually shifting to lower-carbon energy sources, but the COVID-19 pandemic, an oil price crash and a likely recession are big speed bumps.

Peter Fox-Penner, Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy, and Professor of Practice, Questrom School of Business, Boston University • conversation
March 31, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  fossil-fuels  renewable-energy  solar-power  china  coal  recession  wind-energy  oil-prices  supply-chains  energy-transition  electricity-generation  coronavirus-2020  covid-19

Two walls may beat one for solar-panel nanotubes

New research on Russian doll-like nanotubes could pave the way for their use in solar panels.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
March 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: science-and-technology graphene materials-science nanotechnology renewable-energy

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

Average home is more spacious now than ever – here's why that's a problem for the environment

Larger homes with fewer occupants have a bigger energy and heating demand.

Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs, Senior Research Associate, Lancaster University • conversation
March 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  sustainability  housing  energy-efficiency  social-housing  homes  heating

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: featured health-and-medicine energy exercise running

Neural networks facilitate optimization in the search for new materials

Sorting through millions of possibilities, a search for battery materials delivered results in five weeks instead of 50 years.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: research machine-learning batteries metals chemical-engineering school-of-engineering artificial-intelligence materials-science-and-engineering department-of-energy-doe defense-advanced-research-projects-agency-darpa

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