HS2: Moving ancient woodland habitat for rail line flawed, ecologists say

Soil is being moved to new sites but ecologists question whether the process is effective.

Oct. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: environment conservation construction-industry hs2 rail-travel woodland high-speed-rail

A global collaboration to move artificial intelligence principles to practice

Convened by the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, the AI Policy Forum will develop frameworks and tools for governments and companies to implement concrete policies.

MIT Schwarzman College of Computing • mit
Oct. 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: machine-learning artificial-intelligence ethics industry policy law research government global computer-science-and-technology technology-and-society algorithms collaboration mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing

Idris Elba: We can all help solve climate change

Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina tell BBC podcast there is "hope" for beating climate change.

Oct. 15, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change agriculture food sierra-leone food-industry green-economy sustainable-agriculture idris-elba

Superconductor technology for smaller, sooner fusion

MIT-Commonwealth Fusion Systems demonstration of new superconducting cable is a key step on the high-field path to compact fusion.

Leda Zimmerman | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
Oct. 13, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: energy industry superconductors research renewable-energy school-of-engineering global faculty collaboration nuclear-science-and-engineering magnets alternative-energy plasma-science-and-fusion-center fusion cern

Pollutants banned for over 30 years linger in UK rivers – our wildlife is the evidence

The ghosts of our industrial and agricultural past continue to haunt freshwater ecosystems today.

Fred Windsor, Research Associate in Network Ecology, Newcastle University • conversation
Oct. 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: pollution rivers industrial-pollution freshwater-biology environment-agency freshwater chemical-pollution

We want green energy jobs, say North Sea oil and gas workers – what they need to make the leap

A recent report found widespread support among North Sea oil and gas workers for a career in renewable energy.

Owen Douglas, Occasional Lecturer in Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin • conversation
Oct. 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change renewable-energy fossil-fuel-industry oil-and-gas just-transition offshore-wind north-sea north-sea-oil

Should your accelerator pedal curb your speeding?

The EU proposes fitting all new cars with technology that makes it harder to exceed the speed limit.

By Roger Harrabin • bbcnews
Oct. 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: car-industry european-union road-safety

Grímsvötn: Iceland’s most active volcano may be about to erupt

Icelandic authorities have recently raised the threat level of the Grímsvötn volcano.

Dave McGarvie, Volcanologist, Lancaster University • conversation
Oct. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: volcanoes iceland volcanology geoscience eyjafjallajokull airline-industry

Coronavirus: how the pharma industry is changing to produce a vaccine on time

Medical innovation is often accelerated in a time of crisis.

Stephen Morris, Research Fellow in Vaccine Process Analytics, UCL • conversation
Sept. 30, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: biotechnology covid-19 vaccines pharmaceuticals coronavirus-2020 pharmaceutical-industry coronavirus-vaccine

Validating the physics behind the new MIT-designed fusion experiment

Seven studies describe progress thus far and challenges ahead for a revolutionary zero-emissions power source.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: physics energy industry research renewable-energy school-of-engineering nuclear-science-and-engineering alternative-energy plasma-science-and-fusion-center fusion nuclear-power-and-reactors

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