Device harvests water from desert air

MIT researchers develop a system that harvests drinkable water out of desert air. The device was recently successfully field tested in Tempe, Arizona and the team is now focused on scaling up the project.

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MIT program will purchase carbon offsets for student travel

MIT Sloan School of Management will launch a pilot program to purchase carbon offsets for the three MBA and one Master of Finance study tours for spring break 2018.

“Carbon offsets are vetted projects that help capture or avoid carbon emissions. These projects can include reforestation and building renewable energy sources. The reductions might not have an immediate impact on emissions, [Yakov Berenshteyn (LGO ’19)] said, but they are ‘still the primary best practice for us to use.'”

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Fusion Power

MIT Energy Initiative and Commonwealth Fusion Systems launch a research plan to create a fusion power plant within the next 15 years. Fusion power is a zero-carbon source of energy that could revolutionize our current energy systems.

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Rethinking how we count carbon emissions

Researchers affiliated with the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change are rethinking how we measure carbon emissions with a ‘new method [that] could sharpen international climate policy design.’

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Urban heat island effects depend on a city’s layout

The blueprint of a city’s arrangement determines how heat builds up in that area. In a project supported by the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub, Researchers found that “crystalline” structured cities build up less heat than traditional grid-like cities.

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System draws power from daily temperature swings

Thermoelectric devices, which can generate power when one side of the device is a different temperature from the other, have been the subject of much research in recent years. Now, a team at MIT has come up with a novel way to convert temperature fluctuations into electrical power. Instead of requiring two different temperature inputs at the same time, the new system takes advantage of the swings in ambient temperature that occur during the day-night cycle.

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Energy-efficient encryption for the internet of things

MIT researchers have built a new chip, hardwired to perform public-key encryption, that consumes only 1/400 as much power as software execution of the same protocols would. It also uses about 1/10 as much memory and executes 500 times faster.

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Intensive agriculture influences U.S. regional summer climate, study finds

MIT and Dartmouth researchers report an increase in corn and soybean production in the Midwest that may have led to cooler, wetter summers there.

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