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Republican Congress members upset banks dropping support for fossil fuels

Republican Congress members upset banks dropping support for fossil fuels

Last week, Republican House members sent a letter to President Donald Trump in which they decried banks' recent re-evaluations of the risks of fossil fuel investments. While the letter doesn't call for any particular action, it repeatedly mentions the assistance offered to banks via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act 9 (CARES Act),…
Elon Musk Threatens To Pull Tesla Out Of California And Sue County Over Factory Shutdown

Elon Musk Threatens To Pull Tesla Out Of California And Sue...

TOPLINE Billionaire CEO Elon Musk said on Saturday that Tesla would “immediately” move its operations out of California and file a lawsuit against Alameda County, a day after it forbade the company from reopening its factory yet. “Frankly, this is the final straw,” Musk said. Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images KEY FACTS After the…
3D Printing Has Entered The Nuclear Realm

3D Printing Has Entered The Nuclear Realm

3D printing has been making parts for nuclear plants for a few years now. ORNL's BAAM machine reduced this submersible hull production cost by 90% and shortened production ... [+] costs to a matter of days using 3D printing. DOE In 2017, Siemens achieved the industry breakthrough with the first successful commercial installation and continuing…
Why it took so long to dial back oil production, despite the glut

Why it took so long to dial back oil production, despite...

Something weird happened on the oil market last week. For a few minutes on April 20, the price of a barrel went negative for the first time ever. The unprecedented collapse of prices is linked to the pandemic, which has caused people to stop doing oil-guzzling things like flying and driving. There’s now so much…
How to Burn Off That Little-Kid Energy

How to Burn Off That Little-Kid Energy

Photo: ShutterstockParents of toddlers, I feel compelled to check in with you: Are you okay? Has all that little-kid energy created a vortex in your living room or a black hole in your kitchen or—I don’t know—made them spontaneously combust? Anything seems possible right now!I remember the toddler years (they have a way of burning…
Battery charging meets machine learning

Battery charging meets machine learning

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Enlarge / The seemingly simple act of charging is getting increasingly complex. Batteries tend to involve lots of trade-offs. You can have high capacity, but it means more weight and a slower charge. Or you can charge quickly and see the lifetime of your battery drop with each cycle. There are ways to optimize performance—figuring…
Using machine learning to figure out how to charge your gadget’s batteries

Using machine learning to figure out how to charge your gadget’s...

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Enlarge / The seemingly simple act of charing is getting increasingly complex. Batteries tend to involve lots of trade-offs. You can have high capacity, but it means more weight and a slower charge. Or you can charge quickly, and see the lifetime of your battery drop with each cycle. There are ways to optimize this—figure…
Variant of photovoltaic power could generate 24 hours a day

Variant of photovoltaic power could generate 24 hours a day

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Enlarge / A test of radiative cooling panels at the University of Colorado. Moving from the present world to one where renewable power dominates our energy economy is going to require some additional technologies. These may include storage, enhanced grid management, and demand-response power management, but they could also include something entirely new. Recently, a…
Evaluating the risks of Africans opting for coal power

Evaluating the risks of Africans opting for coal power

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Enlarge / Image of a solar thermal plant planned for South Africa. In most developed economies, carbon emissions have flattened out or are trending downward. More efficient technology, a correspondingly lower demand, and an increasing reliance on renewable energy have been changing these countries' energy economies. But China provides a cautionary example of what could…
Which of the cleaner states import dirty electricity?

Which of the cleaner states import dirty electricity?

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In the United States, electricity generation accounts for nearly 30% of our carbon emissions. Some states have responded to that by setting aggressive renewable energy standards; others are hoping to see coal propped up even as its economics get worse. Complicating matters further is the fact that many regional grids are integrated, meaning power generated…

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