A simple ‘twist’ improves the engine of clean fuel generation

Researchers have found a way to super-charge the ‘engine’ of sustainable fuel generation – by giving the materials a little twist.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 24, 2024 ~6 min

MIT scientists tune the entanglement structure in an array of qubits

The advance offers a way to characterize a fundamental resource needed for quantum computing.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
April 24, 2024 ~9 min

Why Germany ditched nuclear before coal – and why it won’t go back

Understanding Berlin’s nuclear exit, one year on.

Trevelyan Wing, Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Geopolitics and Centre Researcher at the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (CEENRG), University of Cambridge • conversation
April 23, 2024 ~8 min

Climate change will increse value of rooftop solar panels

For many US households, increased earnings from rooftop solar panels could total up to hundreds of dollars yearly by the end of the century.

Jim Erickson-U. Michigan • futurity
April 19, 2024 ~8 min

Mess is best: disordered structure of battery-like devices improves performance

The energy density of supercapacitors – battery-like devices that can charge in seconds or a few minutes – can be improved by increasing the ‘messiness’ of

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 18, 2024 ~6 min

Native American voices are finally factoring into energy projects – a hydropower ruling is a victory for environmental justice on tribal lands

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently ruled that it won’t approve energy projects on Native lands without tribal consent. But many more applications are pending.

Denielle Perry, Associate Professor, School of Earth and Sustainability, Northern Arizona University • conversation
April 17, 2024 ~9 min

A new way to detect radiation involving cheap ceramics

Work by MIT engineers could lead to plethora of new applications, including better detectors for nuclear materials at ports.

Elizabeth A. Thomson | Materials Research Laboratory • mit
April 11, 2024 ~10 min

With inspiration from “Tetris,” MIT researchers develop a better radiation detector

The device, based on simple tetromino shapes, could determine the direction and distance of a radiation source, with fewer detector pixels.

David L. Chandler | MIT News • mit
April 10, 2024 ~7 min

Why batteries come in so many sizes and shapes

The reason batteries come in so many types has as much to do with history as innovation.

Wesley Chang, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Drexel University • conversation
April 5, 2024 ~7 min

Propelling atomically layered magnets toward green computers

MIT scientists have tackled key obstacles to bringing 2D magnetic materials into practical use, setting the stage for the next generation of energy-efficient computers.

Media Lab • mit
April 4, 2024 ~7 min