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Excitons Observed in Action for the First Time

Diagram of an exciton within a tetracene crystal, used in these experiments, shows the line across which data was collected. That data, plotted below as a function of both position (horizontal axis) and time (vertical axis) provides the most...

Posted April 19, 2014    

Floating Nuclear Plants Could Ride Out Tsunamis

This illustration shows a possible configuration of a floating offshore nuclear plant, based on design work by Jacopo Buongiorno and others at MIT's Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Like offshore oil drilling platforms, the structure...

Posted April 17, 2014    

A Molecular Approach to Solar Energy

Switchable material could harness the power of the sun — even when it’s not shining.David L. Chandler, MIT NewsIt’s an obvious truism, but one that may soon be outdated: The problem with solar power is that sometimes the sun doesn’t shine.Now a team...

Posted April 15, 2014    

How Electrodes Charge and Discharge

The electrochemical reactions inside the porous electrodes of batteries and fuel cells have been described by theorists, but never measured directly. Now, a team at MIT has figured out a way to measure the fundamental charge transfer rate — finding...

Posted April 4, 2014    

Driving Down Fuel Usage

Despite their potential to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and fuel consumption, electric and hybrid cars and trucks struggled for years to find a solid customer base. Much of the reason came down to cost and convenience: Electric car...

Posted March 11, 2014    

Can Entrenched Energy Systems Undergo Rapid Changes?

MIT Energy Conference explores recent dramatic developments in the energy landscape, and outlines the need for more.David L. Chandler, MIT News OfficeThe world’s energy infrastructure — with its massive generating plants, mines, refineries, electric...

Posted February 27, 2014