April 14th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse
It this article, I'll highlight the points Elon Musk and Lex Fridman made in a recent YouTube video on Artificial Intelligence and give you the timestamps for the different topics in the video. For more context, we also published an overview of the video on Friday
April 12th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Researchers at MIT say plug-in hybrid heavy trucks with flex fuel range extender engines could significantly lower diesel engine emissions right away, not years from now.
April 12th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland
In a must-watch interview with MIT artificial intelligence researcher, Lex Fridman, Elon Musk has revealed that he believes the move towards Full Self Driving functionality will cause the asset value of current Tesla vehicles to appreciate, rather than depreciate. This is a game-changing contrast with traditional vehicles, which typically lose around half of their value over the initial 3 years of ownership
March 12th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Scientists at Harvard and MIT think geo-engineering by injecting sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere could help cool the Earth without severe impacts on most of the regions of the world. But the research is still very preliminary, Meanwhile the world continues to move toward disaster with few concerned enough to take meaningful action.
February 10th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor
Autonomous driving technology promises to unleash sweeping changes on our society. However (perhaps fortunately), it’s likely to be some time before self-driving cars become frequent sights on the roads
February 7th, 2019 | by Tina Casey
President Trump seems to have fallen out of love with coal miners and coal communities, all of whom got the brushoff during the 2019
January 31st, 2019 | by Jake Richardson
MIT researchers studied the steady decrease in solar PV module costs over the last several decades and had their results published in the December 2018 issue of the journal Energy Policy. Dr. Göksin Kavlak answered some questions about the research for CleanTechnica
January 5th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
Tesla Autopilot miles have been soaring as the company has scored insane sales growth in recent quarters. None of those Autopilot miles have been fully autonomous, of course. However, what many Tesla enthusiasts have learned — yet much of the market seems to discount or not know at all — is that Tesla vehicles with Autopilot hardware (which is all new Teslas in recent years) are learning with every tire rotation. The ones with the software enabled must be a learning a bit more, since they are processing how Autopilot thinks it should drive and where and how drivers occasionally correct it, but I'm sure the vehicles with Autopilot latent are still gathering important data
December 10th, 2018 | by Sponsored Content
While there is exciting progress and promise as air sensors become cheaper and more available, a diverse coalition of industry, activists, policymakers and researchers is critical to ensuring that the data is reliable, accessible and most of all, actionable.
December 7th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
The world of electrical energy is changing before our eyes. Some utility companies will go out of business while others will thrive.
November 30th, 2018 | by Carolyn Fortuna
Is the Shell Sky scenario visionary or subterfuge
November 22nd, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
An airplane with no moving parts has flown a distance of 60 meters. Is that a big deal? It is if you consider that on a cold December day in 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright's first airplane changed the world when it flew a distance of only 37 meters. What new ideas could a solid-state airplane with no jet or internal combustion engine lead to
October 17th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson
Research conducted at MIT investigated the connection between climate change impacts like severe weather incidents and mental health conditions. Researchers found that weather conditions like hotter temperatures and severe tropical cyclones can have an impact on mental health. One of the researchers, Nick Obradovich, answered some questions about the study for CleanTechnica
July 19th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor
The MIT Autonomous Vehicle Technology Study (MIT-AVT), which is studying human-AI interaction in driving, has collected masses of real-world driving data, and is using that data to glean all sorts of insights of interest to Tesla fans. In a previous post, we admired a set of nifty charts, prepared by study co-author Lex Fridman, that illustrate how many Tesla vehicles with each version of Autopilot hardware are on the roads
July 6th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor
Tesla’s Autopilot system has been through several versions, and will surely go through several more. While the company can perform software upgrades remotely, it can’t (or at any rate, doesn’t) retrofit hardware components of Autopilot to older cars. The result of this is that there are vehicles with three different iterations of Autopilot on the roads
June 20th, 2018 | by Kyle Field
Heila Technologies has built an impressive suite of microgrid solutions aimed at improving the resiliency and automation of microgrids in connected and islanded modes. The foundation of the Heila solution is the Heila IQ unit, which adds a cloud-connected brain to distributed energy generation (DEG) assets on a microgrid
May 24th, 2018 | by Kyle Field
MIT engineers have designed a wind-powered unmanned nautical air-water vehicle that they plan to fly around the world to monitor the oceans of the world
April 27th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill
A new study from researchers at MIT has concluded that if China follows through on its climate policies targeting the reduction of CO2 emissions, the monetary savings stemming from air quality and human health will greatly exceed the cost of meeting those goals in the first place.
February 25th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Researchers at MIT have created a thermal resonator, a device that can harvest electricity from changes in temperature. While early prototypes only generate a small amount of electricity, the potential for this technology is significant
December 25th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart
Warning: this is a cautionary tale about mainstream news media, distortions, and beating others to the punch. It is also followed after many paragraphs by a CleanTechnica fundraising pitch. Of course, regarding the mainstream media frustration, we are very well aware that we are preaching to the choir here. CleanTechnica is made up of independent journalists, writers, and enthusiasts. We write, talk, and film for independent media outlets. As such, we don't owe allegiance to companies, executives, editors (well, sort of — right, Zach?), or ideologies. Nor do we bow to any lobby groups
December 4th, 2017 | by Tina Casey
A new breakthrough in magnesium energy storage technology could lead the way to a new generation of low cost, high density batteries
November 27th, 2017 | by Danny Parker
Florida is known for hurricanes1. As a teenage kid growing up in Miami, we never knew anything about the glory of snow days up North, but we did have Hurricane Days. They usually came in the worst month of Florida’s weather — September. That month, after all, came at the end of a long and hot Florida summer known to be famously muggy and wet. Late August and September are also the rainiest periods in the Liquid Sunshine State, and even worse, school started back before Labor Day
November 25th, 2017 | by James Ayre
The MIT spinoff firm Optimus Ride, focused on the development of self-driving vehicle tech, recently closed an $18 million Series A funding round led by Greycroft Partners and accompanied by others including the director of MIT Media Lab, Joi Ito
November 13th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
The Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept may be wild on the outside, but what's under its skin -- or in it -- is wilder still.