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Efficiency: The First Fuel

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    How engineers can stop climate change in its tracks

    The goal of the Paris agreement can be met by more efficient use of energy

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    In December 2015, after two decades of negotiations, 195 countries adopted a historic, legally binding agreement on climate change. The primary goal of the so-called Paris agreement is to hold the increase in global average temperature “to well below 2°C,” and “to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.”

    The agreement still needs to be approved by the individual governments of the countries involved.

    The Battery Chronicles

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      Ninety-two year old inventor of lithium-ion battery poised to create another breakthrough

      Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 10.37.02 PMJohn Goodenough, who invented the lithium ion battery 35 years ago, is in hot pursuit of his ultimate dream – a super battery that would finally displace the internal combustion engine.

      In 1980, Goodenough then 57, aided by a team of post-docs at Oxford University invented the lithium-cobalt-oxide cathode, the pivotal component of every lithium-ion battery.  In 1991, Sony combined Goodenough’s cathode and a carbon anode into the world’s first commercial rechargeable lithium-ion battery, a product that revolutionized portable electronics.

      Beyond Silicon

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        We need a “Giga-fab” for Gallium Nitride. Somewhere.

        Taking a page from the

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        A new technology promises a revolution in the efficient use of electrical power. If widely deployed, this technology could have a significant impact on climate change by reducing our dependence on fossil fuel in favor of renewable energy. It could enable discontinuous advances in communications, electric vehicles and medical diagnostic equipment.

        But it is still in its infancy, costly, and needs much development.

        Innovation

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          New wellspring for science: tools of the maker movement

          If you think the maker movement is just for hobbyists, tinkerers, and do-it-yourself geeks, think again.

          Maker tools of the trade such as open source software, cheap sensors, inexpensive electronic hardware, and 3-D printers are rapidly making inroads into university, government, academic, and private research programs.

          Embracing the maker ethos are budget-constrained scientists in fields like energy, transportation, neuroscience and consumer electronics, representing institutions like Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, and the U.S.

          The Smarter Grid

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            MIT startup readies denser, safer lithium battery

            There are three main options to making better batteries —improve the anode, the cathode or the electrolyte.

            MIT spinout SolidEnergy Systems is preparing to market rechargeable lithium metal battery materials that offer a 2x energy density over same-size conventional lithium-ion batteries, a breakthrough achieved by swapping out a common battery anode material, graphite, for very thin, high-energy lithium metal foil, which can hold more ions — and, therefore, provide more energy capacity.

            Entrepreneurship

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              How a hashtag created a community

              Isis Anchalee is a software engineer at Uber.  A year ago she was featured in a recruitment poster. That’s when she shared the tweet that gave birth to #iLookLikeAnEngineer. Soon, things took off.

              #iLookLikeAnEngineer made it into Google’s Year in Search compilation: https://goo.gl/sABDfy

              An Indiegogo campaign raised $47,285, which was 133% of goal, for an #ILookLikeAnEngineer billboard.

              The Connected Automobile

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                Automobile technology sector absorbs Tesla crash impact

                August 3, 2016

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                The death of a Tesla Model S driver this May involving that vehicle’s computerized self-driving function has sent the auto industry into a period of soul-searching and reflection about just how fast the industry should adopt this new self-driving technology.

                In this post-crash environment, many automakers have been forced to rethink how they present self-driving technology to consumers.

                Entrepreneurship

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                  How to fund your next startup

                  By David Meister | July 24, 2016

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                  Earlier this year, Intel trimmed its workforce by 12,000 jobs. This will, in my opinion, contribute to the latest round of entrepreneurs to fill up new We Work locations.

                  Mainly older employees with longevity will be asked to leave. The job market for them, being 50+ will not be so inviting.

                  What will the former Intel employees end up doing? Well, you heard it here, first: The ones not hired back by Intel (perhaps as “temporary” employees, or consultants), or hired by other chip companies, will inevitably entertain entrepreneurial thoughts around their pet technological ideas.