Harvard Kennedy School Establishes UAE Fellowship

In 2014, the Emirates Leadership Initiative was established as a Harvard Kennedy School fellowship. It was a research and curricular collaboration between the Center for Public Leadership (CPL), Middle East Initiative (MEI) at Harvard Kennedy School, and the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Emirates Leadership Initiative is a five-year education program with four components.

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Millions of Tesla Battery Cells are Powering Thousands of LA Homes

The 396 Powerpacks that Tesla installed (it acted as its own general contractor) for SCE were all assembled at the company’s Gigafactory in Nevada. Though 80 megawatt hours of batteries might seem like a lot, it’s the same amount of battery capacity that the company puts into its cars in just three or four days of production.

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Using Food to Teach About the Environment

For someone like me, who thinks and reads about food all the time, it is hard, if not impossible, to ignore the prevalence of news reports about the detrimental effects of our food choices on the environment. Recently the buzz centered on food waste, methane release, and the impact on global climate.

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Post-Holiday Season Styrofoam Recycling

Arguably the most commonly encountered form of polystyrene foam–packaging peanuts–is so abundant that there are organizations that will recycle Styrofoam packaging material without any sort of reprocessing. Local businesses in particular happily accept them for their own reuse, so checking with your favorite retailers can help support businesses and get rid of extra polystyrene in your home (check Postal Annex for retailers who may accept them).

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Innovative Technologies Used to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Taking advantage of this environmental-friendly trend is privately owned, energy company Cunningham Energy. Based in West Virginia, Cunningham Energy engages in horizontal drilling and use future wire line data to decide spacing between wells and fracking stages. This brings up two new techniques in drilling multiple holes.

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Killer Whales Learn to ‘Talk’ Like Bottlenose Dolphins

Orcas who spent time around bottlenose dolphins learned to imitate their famous clicks and whistles, a new study finds, further demonstrating the depth of killer whales’ intelligence and social complexity. Killer whales are among the few animals on Earth capable of vocal learning, or the ability to pick up new vocalizations by imitating someone else’s. It’s…

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Big Batteries Are Starting to Boost the Electric Grid

Operating power plants that way is hard on a system. It’s inefficient, and expensive. Batteries, which can add extra juice nearly instantaneously, are a more cost-efficient way to keep the grid humming. What’s more, this load leveling usually only requires 15 to 30 minutes’ worth of energy. “You can have a relatively small storage device and make a decent amount of money on it,” Denholm said.

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