New approach suggests path to emissions-free cement

MIT researchers find a way to eliminate carbon emissions from cement production — a major global source of greenhouse gases.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Sept. 16, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: cement research school-of-engineering materials-science-and-engineering dmse civil-and-environmental-engineering energy emissions sustainability cities concrete climate-change greenhouse-gases manufacturing

Curvy solar cells may be one step closer to reality

Solar cells that can be used on a curved surface like the body of a car may be one step closer to reality thanks to a new discovery about conductivity.

Peter Thorley-Warwick | Sept. 11, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment materials-science nanotechnology renewable-energy

Farming under solar panels saves water and creates energy

Growing crops under the shade of solar panels, also called agrivoltaics, could boost food production, use less water, and make solar panels more efficient.

U. Arizona | Sept. 6, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture electricity food renewable-energy water

Exotic physics phenomenon is observed for first time

Observation of the non-Abelian Aharonov-Bohm Effect, predicted decades ago, may offer step toward fault-tolerant quantum computers.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Sept. 5, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research school-of-science physics light energy quantum-computing research-laboratory-of-electronics

Microwave-size harvester gets water from desert air

A new water harvester can get pure drinking water from the air, even in some of the driest desert environments on the planet.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley | Sept. 4, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology batteries metals renewable-energy water

What’s the best way to cut vehicle greenhouse-gas emissions?

Study finds that in some locations, lightweight gas-powered cars could have a bigger emissions-reducing impact than electric ones.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Aug. 26, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: emissions research climate-change efficiency energy industry sustainability transportation materials-science-and-engineering automobiles school-of-engineering

Watching electrons using extreme ultraviolet light

MIT researchers have developed a new technique to reveal the uncharted dynamics of electrons in materials.

Materials Research Laboratory | Aug. 19, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: materials-research-laboratory physics school-of-science research department-of-energy-doe materials-science-and-engineering

Using Wall Street secrets to reduce the cost of cloud infrastructure

“Risk-aware” traffic engineering could help service providers such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Google better utilize network infrastructure.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office | Aug. 18, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research computer-science-and-technology algorithms energy data internet networks finance computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs school-of-engineering

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