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Membrane developed by +Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  researchers can separate even highly mixed fine oil-spill residues.
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The +U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced this week that two +Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)-led #Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) received funding to continue their cutting-edge research. The centers are among 32 projects that were competitively selected from more than 200 proposals as part of a second round of funding for the program.
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Steven Biller and Sallie (Penny) Chisholm of +Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Civil and Environmental Engineering have discovered that abundant ocean-dwelling bacteria continually release tiny, never-before-observed spherical structures that contain lipids—a finding that could one day lead to new approaches for manufacturing #biofuels. http://bit.ly/1uxYjpT
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Our Spring issue of #Energy Futures guides you through energy-related research, education, campus activities, and outreach programs across +Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  Click through to learn about ocean microbes with a hidden talent, a bromine battery with large-scale promise, and 14 other stories you need to know about right now. http://bit.ly/1uQgdq3
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Meet Jackie Han, MIT Class of 2014, in part four of this special MIT commencement series that highlights our graduating class of #Energy Minors: http://bit.ly/1tBsxIi

A high school debater, Jacqueline Han anticipated that she would gravitate toward political science at MIT. But she was surprised to find that many energy courses appealed to her as well. After taking Environmental Law, Policy, & Economics and the Physics of Energy, she was sold on the Energy Studies Minor. She realized she loved puzzling over the “big, interesting questions” that arise when looking at energy through a multidisciplinary lens.
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Meet Jenny Hu, MIT Class of 2014, in part three of this special MIT commencement series that highlights our graduating class of #Energy Minors: http://bit.ly/1kHuFwT

A fortuitous encounter with Al Gore laid the groundwork for Jenny Hu’s interest in energy. She was part of a high school group who met with Gore in Philadelphia after watching his documentary, An Inconvenient Truth: “He told us how John F. Kennedy challenged people to get on the moon… He looked straight at us and said that’s what you need to do for energy. That really sparked my interest.”
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Steven Biller and Sallie (Penny) Chisholm of MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering have discovered that abundant ocean-dwelling bacteria continually release tiny, never-before-observed spherical structures that contain lipids—a finding that could one day lead to new approaches for manufacturing biofuels.

Earth’s oceans are filled with microorganisms that use solar energy and carbon dioxide to make their own nourishment, including lipids that are of interest for making biofuels. Using novel analytical techniques, MIT biologists have come up with unexpected news about the most abundant of those organisms, Prochlorococcus. This bacterium not only retains lipids inside the cell but also releases them into seawater as self-contained, lipid-bound “vesicles”—structures so small they’ve never before been detected in cultures of marine bacteria or microbes that perform photosynthesis. This property is intriguing in the context of biofuel production: In a future system, lipids could be retrieved by simply scooping off the vesicles while the cells—left intact—continue to grow and produce more. The researchers are now exploring the mechanisms that control vesicle formation and release as well the impact of this process on marine ecosystems and carbon cycles.

Read more about their research at http://bit.ly/1uxYjpT
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+Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Professor Jessika Trancik says how we measure #methane fails to account for the importance of timing.
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This low-cost, high-capacity, rechargeable #battery developed by researchers at +Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  could one day enable widespread adoption of intermittent #energy sources such as #solar# and wind. Learn more about this small-scale demo with large-scale promise at http://bit.ly/1qHjRjJ
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Call for submissions! MIT Offshore Floating #Nuclear Plant group to #crowdsource ideas for new reactor design http://bit.ly/1pCIiAX
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A team at MIT has set a new record for the most #efficient quantum-dot cells — a type of #solar cell that is seen as especially promising because of its inherently low cost, versatility, and light weight http://bit.ly/1nA8E4g
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Event at MIT tackles needed actions to move #energy efficiency forward in commercial #buildings : http://bit.ly/1lD63lF
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The scope of the world's energy problems calls for a comprehensive portfolio of responses to environmental, economic, scientific, security, and political issues.

Under the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), Institute researchers are hard at work on this portfolio, addressing alleviating immediate shortage, security, and environmental concerns. We are also working to find secure, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable energy sources.

Learn more about our work at mitei.mit.edu.