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GE Commits $7.5 Million to Low-Carbon Tech, Joins MIT Energy Initiative

General Electric is joining Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s energy research hub and donating $7.5 million to its efforts to develop low- and no-carbon energy technologies. GE says its work with the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) will focus on solar energy, energy storage, electric power systems, and carbon capture, utilization and … Read more »

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Nike Challenge Seeks ‘Revolutionary’ New Low-Impact Materials

Nike on Friday announced two efforts to reduce its environmental footprint and enable business growth: a collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Climate CoLab to bring innovation in materials to the forefront of the climate conversation, and a commitment to reach 100-percent renewable energy in company-owned and operated facilities … Read more »

Hitachi Targets Nuclear Waste Technology

Hitachi Targets Nuclear Waste Technology

Hitachi has begun joint research with three American universities aimed at reducing the time required for decay in the radioactivity of nuclear waste materials and using radioactive waste as fuel. The research, conducted with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, and the University of California, Berkeley will … Read more »

How to Slash Concrete Emissions

Concrete emissions could be reduced by as much as 60 percent — and the result would be a stronger, more durable material, according to a study published in the journal Nature Communications by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers. Concrete is the world’s most-used construction material, and a leading contributor to … Read more »

Researchers Develop Ultralight, Ultra-stiff Material

Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a material that can withstand a load of at least 160,000 times its own weight, according to a June 20 article in the journal Science on June 20. The material, created by using additive micro-manufacturing … Read more »

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Running Shoes’ Carbon Footprint ‘More than 60% Manufacturing’

More than two-thirds of a running shoe’s carbon footprint can come from manufacturing processes, with a smaller percentage arising from acquiring or extracting raw materials, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers. The MIT team says a typical pair of running shoes generates 30 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. The … Read more »