New way to test self-driving cars could cut 99.9 percent of validation costs
University of Michigan News, feat. Huei Peng
Mobility researchers at the University of Michigan have devised a new way to test autonomous vehicles that bypasses the billions of miles they would need to log for consumers to consider them road-ready.
The manmade emissions fueling global warming are accumulating so quickly in the atmosphere that climate change could spiral out of control before humanity can take measures drastic enough to cool the earth’s fever, many climate scientists say.
E.P.A. dismisses members of major scientific review board
The New York Times, feat. Joe Arvai
The Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed at least five members of a major scientific review board, the latest signal of what critics call a campaign by the Trump administration to shrink the agency’s regulatory reach by reducing the role of academic research.
On April 28, Rocky Mountain Institute cofounder Amory Lovins stopped by the Energy Institute to visit with faculty and give a talk titled “Astonishing Automotive Futures: Disruptive Designs, Analyses, and Strategies.” If you missed it:
PolitiFact: What happens to oil from Keystone pipeline
Politifact, feat Barry Rabe and Mark Barteau
President Donald Trump’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline brought protests from opponents who say it won’t benefit the United States.
“I’ve opposed the Keystone strategy for a long time because it is an export strategy,” U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., told the Press-Republican newspaper in Plattsburgh. “It doesn’t even have any oil for America to make our gas prices cheaper.”
“It’s literally oil from Canada taken through America, so we take all the risks of any kind of spill or any kind of problem, and then it exports it to Mexico and then straight to China or other places,” she said.
Is Gillibrand right? Will the crude oil that flows through the pipeline immediately leave the U.S.?
A new national survey from the University of Michigan explores why consumers choose to drive SUVs, pick-ups, vans and minivans over cars, even though these so-called "light trucks" generally demonstrate lower fuel economy than passenger cars.
Is Trump’s war on fuel economy really going to hurt the environment and save jobs?
UPROXX, feat. John DeCicco
Unless something major comes out of the investigations into the Trump campaign’s affiliation with Russia, it’s likely that Donald Trump’s first term will be judged primarily on his wins and losses. But while the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare went up in smoke, Trump has racked up wins on the job creation front, and he clearly has his eyes set on more.
Diversity dividends: The economic value of grassland species for carbon storage
University of Michigan News, feat. Brad Cardinale
A collaboration of scientists has developed one of the first models to assign a dollar value to the loss or gain of species in an ecosystem. The new work offers an economic argument for preserving biodiversity.
The findings were published April 5 in Science Advances. The lead author of the paper is Bruce Hungate of Northern Arizona University. University of Michigan ecologist Bradley Cardinale is a co-author.
Could the energy storage industry fabricate some of the "thousands and thousands of jobs" that President Trump says he wants?
The short answer from insiders is yes. But whether those jobs arrive during his administration or are delayed or lost to Asia will depend in part on decisions Trump makes on trade, energy, transportation and infrastructure.
This summer, an instructional team of battery experts from industry and the University of Michigan will teach a short course in battery manufacturing. The course runs from June 19-22.
The program outline is listed below with a brief description of the topics and learning objectives that will be covered. Course instructors are experts in the various aspects of battery manufacturing, with extensive real-world expertise. The classroom instruction will be complimented with hands-on instruction in the Battery Lab at the University of Michigan. The cost for this course is $1500.