MassCEC Wins National Award for Solar Hot Water Pilot Program


The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) this week received one of the Clean Energy States Alliance’s (CESA) seven 2012 State Leadership in Clean Energy awards for MassCEC’s Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Pilot Program. The program offered rebates on a first-come, first-served basis to residential and commercial property-owners who install solar panels to power water and space heating in their [...]

MIT Research: Turning Waste Products into Fuel

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A humble soil bacterium called Ralstonia eutropha has a natural tendency, whenever it is stressed, to stop growing and put all its energy into making complex carbon compounds. Now scientists at MIT have taught this microbe a new trick: They’ve tinkered with its genes to persuade it to make fuel — specifically, a kind of alcohol [...]

VT Attorney General Sorrell Announces Cyber Security Project

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On Wednesday morning, about 20 small business owners and IT professionals sat in a conference room in the Pavilion Building in Montpelier to hear how they could keep their businesses safe online. It was part of an ongoing series of programs by Attorney General Bill Sorrell, in partnership with Norwich University’s Center for Advanced Computing [...]

Student Teams from Massachusetts Win Energy Department’s 22nd National Science Bowl


Underscoring the Obama Administration’s investments in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and ensuring educational opportunities are available to students across the nation, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that Lexington High School from Lexington, Massachusetts, and Hopkins Junior High School from Fremont, California, won the 2012 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl [...]

MIT’s Self-Sculpting Sand

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Imagine that you have a big box of sand in which you bury a tiny model of a footstool. A few seconds later, you reach into the box and pull out a full-size footstool: The sand has assembled itself into a large-scale replica of the model. That may sound like a scene from a Harry [...]

Will Aurora Grace New England Sky?


Eyes turn to the sky as scientists and citizens alike hope radiation from a solar flare on Monday morning brings a rare view of the northern lights. The surprise flash of solar activity launched energetic particles through space at near light speeds. Those particles lit up the sky over the U.K. last night and continued [...]

MIT Researchers Find a Way to Increase the Speed of One of the Most Important Algorithms in the Information Sciences


The Fourier transform is one of the most fundamental concepts in the information sciences. It’s a method for representing an irregular signal — like the voltage fluctuations in the wire that connects an MP3 player to a loudspeaker — as a combination of pure frequencies. It’s universal in signal processing, but it can also be [...]

UMass-Lowell to Implement Innovative National Program in MA to Increase the Number of Highly Qualified STEM Educators

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The Patrick-Murray Administration announced a $1.6 million grant to the University of Massachusetts Lowell for the creation of a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teacher preparation program in Massachusetts. This initiative, outlined in the Commonwealth’s successful Race to the Top plan, will bolster the Administration’s efforts to increase the number of highly qualified STEM [...]

A Novel Way to Concentrate Sun’s Heat; MIT Researchers Find a Way to Generate Power

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Most technologies for harnessing the sun’s energy capture the light itself, which is turned into electricity using photovoltaic materials. Others use the sun’s thermal energy, usually concentrating the sunlight with mirrors to generate enough heat to boil water and turn a generating turbine. A third, less common approach is to use the sun’s heat — [...]

MIT: New Algorithm May Improve Defensive Driving


In 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2.3 million automobile crashes occurred at intersections across the United States, resulting in some 7,000 deaths. More than 700 of those fatalities were due to drivers running red lights. But, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, half of the people killed in such [...]

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