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The Abuse and Misogynoir Playbook
Montreal AI Ethics Institute | February 1, 2021

IDSS Fellow Kate Turner, TPP alum Danielle Wood, and Catherine D'Ignazio (MIT DUSP) have written a new playbook addressing the racial and gendered oppression that Black women face in the AI ethics field.

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Covid-19’s long-term impact on mobility
BRINK | January 27, 2021

IDSS affiliate Jinhua Zhao discusses how ridership on public transit, electrification of vehicles, and ride-sharing have changed due to the pandemic — and what the post-pandemic future of transportation might look like.

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Dyes are used to reveal the concentration levels of carbon dioxide in the water. On the left side is a gas-attracting material, and the dye shows the carbon dioxide stays concentrated next to the catalyst.

Boosting the efficiency of carbon capture and conversion systems
MIT News | January 26, 2021

TPP alum Sami Khan's new design could speed reaction rates in electrochemical systems for pulling carbon out of power plant emissions.

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To combat false news, correct after reading
MIT News | January 26, 2021

A study from IDSS affiliates David Rand and Adam Berinsky shows people are influenced more by fact-checks after they read news headlines, not before.

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MIT researchers have found that installing charging stations on residential streets and along highways could lead to wider adoption of clean vehicles.

How to get more electric cars on the road
MIT News | January 21, 2021

A new study from IDSS professor Jessika Trancik examines the kinds of infrastructure policies needed to enable a shift to electric vehicles — including where to install charging stations.

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Access to energy, education, and experience in Africa
TPP | January 21, 2021

Thandolwethu Zwelakhe “Shakes” Dlamini co-founded an education nonprofit in his home country of Eswatini, worked for an African energy company to learn more about electricity access, and now studies mercury emissions as a student at TPP.

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Clock-wise from top left: Melissa Nobles; Charles Stewart; Ariel White; Devin Caughey; Christopher Capozzola; Andrea Campbell; and Adam Berinsky. Credits:Images: Stuart Darsch (Campbell, Berinsky, White); Just Knight (Nobles); Jon Sachs (Stewart).

What must the US do to sustain its democracy?
MIT News | January 21, 2021

MIT scholars including IDSS affiliates Charles Stewart III and Adam Berinsky discuss what is needed for the US to restore and sustain democracy.

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Daron Acemoglu on the “dangerous situation” still facing the U.S.
MIT News | January 20, 2021

Institute Professor Daron Acemoglu, an IDSS faculty member and MIT economist, weighs in on the Capitol riots, illiberalism, and the political condition of the U.S.

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Electric cars are better for the planet – and often your budget, too
New York Times | January 15, 2021

Jessika Trancik's team calculated the carbon dioxide emissions and full lifetime cost for nearly every new car model on the market. They found electric cars were more climate friendly — and often cheaper, too.

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Envisioning an equitable, inclusive low-carbon future
MIT News | January 14, 2021

IDSS professor Jessika Trancik shares insights about moving the world to a carbon-free future at the U.S. C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium.

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