Author Archives: Carolyn Fortuna

Tesla Model 3 Spy Shot & Windshield Discussions

May 1st, 2017 | by Carolyn Fortuna

The Tesla Model 3, the most anticipated all-electric vehicle from the visionary Silicon Valley automaker, was spotted again, this time by a determined fan. On Saturday, a Model 3 sighting occurred with a fan's peek through a chain-link fence. The amateur photographer "decided to take a nice Saturday drive to the Tesla Fremont factory [and] found the test track."


Climate Change Facts & Perceptions

April 28th, 2017 | by Carolyn Fortuna

A new survey reveals that a majority of polled U.S. citizens are skeptical about the Trump administration's approach to climate action, and those polled continue to support the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP). Intended to deter anthropogenic climate change, the CPP would reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electrical power generation by 32 percent within 25 years relative to 2005 levels. It is also destined for elimination, as President Donald Trump signed an executive order on March 28, 2017, that mandated the EPA to review the CPP. Review will serve as the first step to dismantling the


Renault ZOE Writes Fanfiction … On The Road

April 22nd, 2017 | by Carolyn Fortuna

Using live driving data and artificial intelligence, ZOE, an all-electric Renault, is writing a tribute to Jack Kerouac novel On the Road. The reason? Many people have range anxiety, right? So, according to Renault, people who follow this ZOE in prose form as it travels around 250 miles, or 400 km, on one charge will learn to lessen their range anxiety. The project has been authorized by the Kerouac estate, partially in celebration of the novel’s 60th anniversary here in


When Self-Driving Cars Must Make Ethical Decisions

March 22nd, 2017 | by Carolyn Fortuna

Self-driving cars that kill to save? This is an ethical dilemma known as the “trolley problem.” A runaway trolley will kill people on either of two tracks. Which lever will you choose: the one that kills more people or fewer people? In either case, people will be killed, and you make the choice who lives and who dies


Trump Administration Spurs Solidarity Wake-Up Call In US & Abroad

February 2nd, 2017 | by Carolyn Fortuna

In ways large and small, people around the world have risen up against newly-elected Donald Trump's hate-filled policies and appointments. Former President Barack Obama had been silent since leaving office but spoke up on Monday, January 30, praising the surge of activism against his successor and opposing religious tests.


Breitbart “News” Network — #1 Anti-Human, Anti-Science, Anti-Climate Website?

January 2nd, 2017 | by Carolyn Fortuna

The far-right website, Breitbart News Network, is the most viewed U.S. conservative news, opinion, and commentary website. Its vertical integration emphasizes three prominent areas: Big Government, Big Journalism, and Big Hollywood. Breitbart's executive chairman, Steve Bannon, aligned the site so specifically toward a Trump vision of the world during the 2016 Presidential election that employees began to raise concerns about it being little more than a "fan club" for Trump. Moreover, the right-wing outlet has been accused by some as being a hate site. Now that Bannon has been announced as Trump’s chief strategist, there are fears this U.S. conservative news venue will be little more than a mouthpiece for Trump's policies, including those detrimental to climate change actions within the Paris Agreement


Fake News — Not Such A New Thing, But Harmful To Democracy

January 2nd, 2017 | by Carolyn Fortuna

Fake news has been the talk of the web since the 2016 US presidential elections. Stanford researchers warn that a psychological tendency of individuals to accept claims that align with their beliefs as true, even when the claims are not accurate, “will undermine the quality and ultimate productivity of democratic deliberation.” Who would've thunk it


5 Vertical Integration Opportunities For Smart Water & Smart Cities

December 19th, 2016 | by Carolyn Fortuna

Smart water/ smart city programs are changing. Once viewed from a top-down perspective, city water utilities are starting to be seen from a more holistic perspective, with larger, more integrated programs. A recent MIT conference on smart city water included ideas for eco-entrepreneurs to create a niche within city water utilities through data analytics


AquaHarmonics Awarded $1.5 Million Wave Energy Converter Prize

December 8th, 2016 | by Carolyn Fortuna

AquaHarmonics has won a $1.5 million grand prize to support the development of wave energy converters. The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced the winner of the Wave Energy Prize, which is an 18-month design-build-test competition that assesses early stage wave energy technologies by comparing a wide range of device types and evaluating them against a threshold requirement for high energy capture



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