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A Tale of Two City-States

A Tale of Two City-States

How Hong Kong and Singapore Went from Fishing Villages to Urban Lodestars I'm writing this on a flight from Hong Kong where news has just broken that the father of the Singaporean city-state Lee Kuan Yew has passed away...

March 31, 2015 — Tali Trigg
Visualizing U.K. and U.S. Energy Flows

Visualizing U.K. and U.S. Energy Flows

Where does it comes from? Where does it go? These two questions were asked last summer here on Plugged In with respect to the energy use in the United States.

March 20, 2015 — Melissa C. Lott
What’s Our Top Energy Concern?

What’s Our Top Energy Concern?

My last post explained why lower prices at the pump aren’t quite as black and white as most media outlets would have us believe. Sure it’s comfortable for our wallets, but the nuances don’t fit easily into a few bullet points for the mainstream media...

March 17, 2015 — Sheril Kirshenbaum
The impact of low oil prices on state tax revenues

The impact of low oil prices on state tax revenues

Despite a slight uptick since January, global oil prices are still half of what they were a year ago. These low prices have benefited consumers by dropping the price of gasoline and diesel across the United States...

March 16, 2015 — Melissa C. Lott

The Overly Dramatic Demise of the Light Bulb

Remember when the fight against phasing out inefficient incandescent light bulbs was a big deal? Well it seems the sky didn't fall. Just recently, Canada joined the United States, the European Union, and Australia among several countries (see map below) to phase out the production and import of inefficient incandescent light bulbs...

March 9, 2015 — Tali Trigg

Eiffel Tower Going Green With Two New Wind Turbines

The City of Light’s green makeover touched the iconic Eiffel Tower last week as it ramped up two onsite wind turbines. These turbines are installed inside the tower’s metal scaffolding on the second level, and are painted in the same color to minimize their visual impact on the 126-year-old tower...

March 6, 2015 — Melissa C. Lott
Building New Homes for Energy Innovation

Building New Homes for Energy Innovation

As discussions begin today at the 10th MIT Energy Conference, the energy sector ponders how industry, government, and the scientific community can combine forces to enable the rapid evolution of the energy system...

February 27, 2015 — Varun Mehra and Sebastien Lounis

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Scientific American Health & Medicine