Should you get a heat pump? Here's how they compare to a gas boiler

Heat pumps use electricity to transfer warmth from outside to inside a house.

Aurore Julien, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Design, University of East London • conversation
Dec. 8, 2020 ~7 min

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New research will use space telescopes to monitor energy efficiency of buildings

The University of Cambridge is one of 21 organisations awarded a share of over £7 million in funding meant to put the UK at the forefront of the latest

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Dec. 7, 2020 ~5 min

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Climate change is best tackled through lots of small-scale solutions – here are nine reasons why

Our research found they deploy faster, improve quicker and are more equitable.

Simon De Stercke, Research Associate, Engineering, Imperial College London • conversation
Dec. 3, 2020 ~7 min

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Pulling the secrets of dark matter out of a hat

Grad student Chiara Salemi and Professor Lindley Winslow use the ABRACADABRA instrument to reveal insights into dark matter.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science • mit
Dec. 2, 2020 ~9 min

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New way to make perovskite solar cells is super fast

A new method of making perovskite cells for solar modules could be cheap and fast enough to make it scalable, researchers say.

Mark Shwartz-Stanford • futurity
Dec. 1, 2020 ~8 min

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An escape route for seafloor methane

Leakage from frozen layers was a puzzle, but a new study shows how the potent greenhouse gas breaks through icy barriers.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 30, 2020 ~8 min

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How Biden and Kerry could rebuild America's global climate leadership

Choosing former Secretary of State John Kerry as climate envoy is an important first step. To regain trust, the U.S. will also have to take concrete actions to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions.

Morgan Bazilian, Professor of Public Policy and Director, Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines • conversation
Nov. 24, 2020 ~8 min

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Researchers decipher structure of promising battery materials

Family of compounds could someday be useful for fuel cells, supercapacitors, catalysts, and sensors.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Biden's ambitious energy plan faces headwinds, but can move the US forward

Joe Biden has sweeping plans for a clean energy revolution. Congress will be a big speed bump, but it can't block everything.

Scott L. Montgomery, Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~9 min

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