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Market map: the 200+ innovative startups transforming affordable housing

May 13, 2019 at 09:24PM Daniel Wu Contributor Dan Wu is a privacy counsel and legal engineer at Immuta. He holds a JD from Harvard University, and is a PhD candidate for Social Policy and Sociology at The Harvard Kennedy School. More posts by this contributor Innovations in inclusive housing How to save the third… Continue reading Market map: the 200+ innovative startups transforming affordable housing

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Innovations in inclusive housing

May 13, 2019 at 09:24PM Daniel Wu Contributor Dan Wu is a privacy counsel and legal engineer at Immuta. He holds a JD from Harvard University, and is a PhD candidate for Social Policy and Sociology at The Harvard Kennedy School. More posts by this contributor Innovations in inclusive housing How to save the third… Continue reading Innovations in inclusive housing

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Scalable, low cost technologies needed to repair climate, Cambridge professor suggests

May 10, 2019 at 10:18AM Cambridge University has proposed setting up a research center tasked with coming up with scalable technological fixes for climate change. The proposed Center for Climate Repair is being co-ordinated by David King, an emeritus professor in physical chemistry at the university and also the UK government’s former chief scientific adviser.… Continue reading Scalable, low cost technologies needed to repair climate, Cambridge professor suggests

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Despite declines for the quarter, Tesla is bullish on its overall energy business

April 24, 2019 at 11:26PM Even as its solar business declined in step with its overall earnings, Tesla is bullish on the prospects for the energy side of its business over the course of the year. The energy business is an unheralded part of Tesla — overshadowed by its headline-grabbing (and much larger) auto exploits… Continue reading Despite declines for the quarter, Tesla is bullish on its overall energy business

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Corporations and private investors are backing new ‘green’ deals as climate worries mount

April 22, 2019 at 02:33PM In the nine years since private equity and venture capital investments into sustainable technologies last crossed the $6 billion threshold, the problems caused by global carbon emissions have only intensified. Now, as the world confronts the reality that there’s not much time left to reverse course on carbon emissions and… Continue reading Corporations and private investors are backing new ‘green’ deals as climate worries mount

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EAT Club acquires Taro to expand its corporate lunch program

April 17, 2019 at 05:00PM EAT Club, the lunch delivery service that counts companies like Facebook, Postmates and others as customers, has acquired meal delivery service Taro. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Taro’s business model worked by shipping pre-made meals directly to consumers. With the acquisition, however, Taro will no longer serve… Continue reading EAT Club acquires Taro to expand its corporate lunch program

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Sila Nano’s battery tech is now worth over $1 billion with Daimler partnership and $170 million investment

April 16, 2019 at 11:00PM Sila Nanotechnologies and its battery materials manufacturing technology are now worth more than $1 billion. The company, which announced a $170 million funding led by Daimler and a partnership with the famed German automaker, started building out its first production lines for its battery materials last year. That first line… Continue reading Sila Nano’s battery tech is now worth over $1 billion with Daimler partnership and $170 million investment

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New registrations for electric vehicles doubled in US since last year

April 16, 2019 at 01:32AM Electric vehicles, still a small percentage of the total automotive market in the U.S., are beginning to gain ground, according to analysis by IHS Markit. There were 208,000 new registrations for electric vehicles in the U.S. last year, more than double the number filed in 2017, IHS said Monday. That… Continue reading New registrations for electric vehicles doubled in US since last year

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MIT’s ‘cyber-agriculture’ optimizes basil flavors

April 03, 2019 at 10:08PM The days when you could simply grow a basil plant from a seed by placing it on your windowsill and watering it regularly are gone — there’s no point now that machine learning-optimized hydroponic “cyber-agriculture” has produced a superior plant with more robust flavors. The future of pesto is here.… Continue reading MIT’s ‘cyber-agriculture’ optimizes basil flavors

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Green New Deal doesn’t go far enough

April 02, 2019 at 10:00PM Lindsey Allen Contributor Lindsey Allen is executive director of Rainforest Action Network. The Green New Deal brings much-needed urgency to the national conversation around the climate crisis, which is without a doubt the biggest threat to life on this planet. The recent resolution introduced into Congress by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez… Continue reading Green New Deal doesn’t go far enough

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Ocean drone startup merger spawns SoFar, the DJI of the sea

March 27, 2019 at 07:22PM What lies beneath the murky depths? SolarCity co-founder Peter Rive wants to help you and the scientific community find out. He’s just led a $7 million Series A for SoFar Ocean Technologies, a new startup formed from a merger he orchestrated between underwater drone maker OpenROV and sea sensor developer… Continue reading Ocean drone startup merger spawns SoFar, the DJI of the sea

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Our 9 favorite startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 2

March 22, 2019 at 09:05PM Heathcare kiosks, a home-cooked food marketplace, and a way for startups to earn interest on their funding topped our list of high-potential companies from Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 Demo Day 2. 88 startups launched on stage at the lauded accelerator, though some of the best skipped the stage as they’d… Continue reading Our 9 favorite startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 2

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VCs have growing appetite for “AgriFood”

March 07, 2019 at 06:18PM Venture investors are pouring billions of dollars into feeding their hunger for food and agriculture startups. Whether that trend line is due to enthusiasm for the sector or just broader heavy investing in the VC space is much less clear. According to a recent report published by AgFunder – a… Continue reading VCs have growing appetite for “AgriFood”

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Climate change kills off clouds over the ocean in new simulation

February 25, 2019 at 11:09PM We all know climate change is affecting weather systems and ecosystems around the world, but exactly how and in what way is still a topic of intense study. New simulations made possible by higher-powered computers suggest that cloud cover over oceans may die off altogether once a certain level of… Continue reading Climate change kills off clouds over the ocean in new simulation

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These hyper-efficient solar panels could actually live on your roof soon

February 20, 2019 at 12:43AM The clean energy boffins in their labs are always upping the theoretical limit on how much power you can get out of sunshine, but us plebes actually installing solar cells are stuck with years-old tech that’s not half as good as what they’re seeing. This new design from Insolight could… Continue reading These hyper-efficient solar panels could actually live on your roof soon

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SeaBubbles shows off its ‘flying’ all-electric boat in Miami

February 17, 2019 at 06:44PM We were promised flying cars but, as it turns out, flying boats were easier to build. SeaBubbles, a “flying” boat startup that uses electric power instead of gas, hit Miami this weekend to show off one of its five prototype boats — or six, if you count an early, windowless… Continue reading SeaBubbles shows off its ‘flying’ all-electric boat in Miami

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How to decarbonize America — and the world

February 15, 2019 at 02:30PM Ramez Naam Contributor More posts by this contributor The Ultimate Interface Is Your Brain The Green New Deal has burst onto the American stage, spurring more conversation about – and aspiration for – ambitious climate policy than at any point in at least a decade. I’m glad to see it.… Continue reading How to decarbonize America — and the world

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By Humankind picks up $4M to rid your morning routine of single-use plastic

February 05, 2019 at 02:05PM Single-use plastics are the scourge of the environment, which is why many lawmakers are working to eliminate them. Today, a new brand is launching to try and eliminate single-use plastic in the area of personal care. With $4 million in seed funding led by Lerer Hippeau (with participation from Red… Continue reading By Humankind picks up $4M to rid your morning routine of single-use plastic

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VW’s Electrify America will use Tesla battery packs to lower charging costs

February 04, 2019 at 07:21PM Electrify America, the entity set up by Volkswagen as part of its settlement with U.S. regulators over its diesel emissions cheating scandal, plans to install Tesla Powerpack battery systems at more than 100 of its electric vehicle charging stations this year. Electrify America aims to use the Tesla Powerpacks to offset… Continue reading VW’s Electrify America will use Tesla battery packs to lower charging costs

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Aurora Solar’s computer-generated installation maps pull in a $20M Series A

February 04, 2019 at 05:27PM Solar installations are becoming a no-brainer for anyone with a roof in much of the country. But getting an estimate on how much it would cost and how much juice it would generate can be complicated and time consuming. Aurora Solar has made an automated process for doing this, and… Continue reading Aurora Solar’s computer-generated installation maps pull in a $20M Series A

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Let’s save the bees with machine learning

February 01, 2019 at 06:27PM Machine learning and all its related forms of “AI” are being used to work on just about every problem under the sun, but even so, stemming the alarming decline of the bee population still seems out of left field. In fact it’s a great application for the technology and may… Continue reading Let’s save the bees with machine learning

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Starting with data centers, Carbon Relay is slashing energy costs and emissions using AI

January 29, 2019 at 02:33PM Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn International is backing Carbon Relay, a Boston-based startup emerging from stealth today that’s harnessing the algorithms used by companies like Facebook and Google for artificial intelligence to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the technology industry’s own backyard — the data center. Already, the computing demands of… Continue reading Starting with data centers, Carbon Relay is slashing energy costs and emissions using AI

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Google launches clean energy project in Taiwan, its first in Asia

January 23, 2019 at 04:54AM Google has launched its first clean energy project in Asia. The company announced today that it struck a long-term agreement to buy the output of a 10-megawatt solar array in Tainan City, Taiwan, about 100 km south of its data center in the country. Google already has solar and wind… Continue reading Google launches clean energy project in Taiwan, its first in Asia