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ISSUE #123

The Beyond Carbon Edition

MIT class of 2019 witnesses $500 million climate pledge

In his Commencement address to the MIT graduating Class of 2019, Michael Bloomberg announced a landmark pledge to combat climate change: a $500 million investment in a program called Beyond Carbon.
 


WHAT TO READ
Chip design drastically reduces energy needed to compute with light

MIT News

Simulations by MIT researchers including Marin Soljacic, a professor of physics and MITEI-affiliated faculty member, suggest photonic chip could run optical neural networks 10 million times more efficiently than its electrical counterparts.
Pistons are muscling up

Science Daily

Researchers, including MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Director Daniela Rus, have developed a new way to design pistons that generate more than three times the force of comparable conventional pistons, eliminate much of the friction, and are up to 40 percent more energy efficient.
Getting the oil out of water

MIT News

The process of separating water and oil has traditionally relied on membranes that are notorious for getting clogged up, or "fouled." Now, MIT researchers have developed a new imaging technique that could provide a tool for developing better membrane materials that can resist or prevent fouling.
How to speed up the discovery of new solar cell materials

MIT News

A team of researchers at MIT and several other institutions have accelerated the process of screening new formulations of perovskites for solar applications, achieving a roughly ten-fold improvement in the speed of the synthesis and analysis of new compounds. In the process, they have already discovered two sets of promising new perovskite-inspired materials that are worthy of further study. The work was supported by Total SA through the MIT Energy Initiative, by the National Science Foundation, and Singapore’s National Research Foundation through the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology.


WHAT TO WATCH
Michael Bloomberg at MIT Commencement 2019

MIT YouTube

Michael Bloomberg, the successful entrepreneur and three-term mayor of New York City and one of the nation’s most prominent voices on climate change, public health, and other issues, launched a $500 million Beyond Carbon campaign to fight climate change in his Commencement address.

  Watch



WHAT TO DO
MIT Clean Energy Prize

Apply by June 21, 2019

Are you ready to help lead the oldest and largest student-run venture competition in the energy space? The Clean Energy Prize at MIT is looking for Directors for 2019-2020. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. Apply now.


 

Reshaping Development Pathways in Least Developed Countries Contest

Proposals due by July 1, 2019

The global community is invited to submit innovative, scalable solutions and best practices to restore degraded landscapes, helping vulnerable communities in Least Developed Countries to become more climate resilient. The most promising solution has the opportunity to win $10,000 in funding and an all expenses paid trip to the UN SG Climate Summit in September 2019 in New York to present their winning proposal.

This contest is sponsored by the MIT Climate CoLab, in partnership with Global Resilience Partnership, UK aid, and UN Climate Resilience Initiative A2R. Submit your proposal.

 

C3E Poster Competition

Apply by September 1, 2019

The C3E Poster Competition is an opportunity for students and early-career female researchers to present their work and make new connections at the Eighth Annual U.S. C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium. The Symposium will be held on November 13-14, 2019 at Texas A&M University.​Check out eligibility guidelines and apply.

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“The challenge that lies before you — stopping climate change — is unlike any other ever faced by humankind."

—Entrepreneur, engineer, and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg at MIT's 2019 Commencement.

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BEFORE YOU GO...

Fouling

A term for the clogging of membranes used in the process of separating oil and water.

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