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Tesla Is Turning Kauai Into a Renewable Energy Paradise

This story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. When people ask Luke Evslin why he decided to live off the grid, he starts with the time he almost died. Evslin grew up on Kauai, a nub of a former volcano at the oldest end of the Hawaiian archipelago, ...

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Ford, Trudging Into the Future, Ousts Mark Fields as C.E.O.

DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor was the American automaker savvy enough to avoid bankruptcy when industry sales collapsed during the 2008 financial crisis. Then it rode economic recovery and cheap gasoline to record sales and profits. But what looks like success can turn upside down quickly in Detroit these days. ...

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As French Elections Nears, So Does a Step Into the Unknown

PARIS — France’s presidential election on Sunday has already broken all kinds of barriers in a country whose politics seemed frozen for decades. The two candidates are outsiders. The political establishment has been elbowed aside. The tone of the race between the insurgents has shocked many for its raw anger ...

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Solar system: New insights into ring system

A team of researchers in Japan modeled the two rings around Chariklo, the smallest body in the Solar System known to have rings. This is the first time an entire ring system has been simulated using realistic sizes for the ring particles while also taking into account collisions and gravitational ...

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How Lithium-Ion Batteries Turn Into Skin-Searing Firebombs

Who runs the world? Lithium-ion batteries! (Sorry, Beyoncé.) Ever since Sony commercialized the chemistry in 1991, Li-ion cells have powered everything from the Mars Curiosity rover to the device you’re using to read these words. The tech has endured for good reason: It charges quickly, fits a ton of energy ...

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How an Interoffice Spat Erupted Into a Climate-Change Furor

A few weeks ago, on an obscure climate-change blog, a retired government scientist named John Bates blasted his former boss on an esoteric point having to do with archiving temperature data. It was little more than lingering workplace bad blood, said Dr. Bates’s former co-workers at the National Oceanic and ...

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