SftP Videos: Energy and Resources

In this collection of presentations, interviews, and resources we consider the management of the resources that are necessary for modern life. We examine our resources in terms of the issues that we must resolve and the innovations that are being introduced from many areas of science and technology.

"Green" Batteries for Renewable Energy: How About Rhubarb?

The great potential of ordinary plants in the development of "green" batteries. Alán Aspuru-Guzik

Cooler Smarter

A co-author of the new book from the Union of Concerned Scientists describes how individuals can substantially reduce their carbon footprints while creating a healthy lifestyle...Jeff Deyette

Designing Sustainable Urban Development

How the world-class Sustainable Design Lab at MIT combines architecture, engineering, physics --and creative genius-- to design the optimal urban environment. Christoph Reinhart

Energy Revolution!

Conversion to wind and solar power is entirely possible now in the U.S. Mara Prentiss

Fracking: The Facts and Issues

A panel of experts presents the known scientific, health and environmental facts about fracking. Phartiyal_Pallavi, Aaron Bernstein, William Moomaw, Andrew Rosenberg

From Sea-Sponge to Skyscraper: Bioinspired Engineering

The structure of a humble marine organism inspires mechanical engineers and architects in the design of skyscrapers, massive bridges and other challenging projects. Matheus Fernandes

Innovations for the People: The GEAR Lab at MIT

The Global Engineering and Research (GEAR) Lab produces cost-saving, practical innovations that make a real difference for developing nations: home-use desalination, drip irrigation -and many other solutions. Amos Winter

Innovations in Clean Water Technology

Desalination offers a solution to the water shortage problem... John Lienhard V

Power Plants and the Freshwater Crisis

The cooling systems of power plants use an enormous percentage of our diminishing freshwater supply. What's the solution? John Rogers

Public Acceptance of Wind Energy in Massachusetts: Factors, Implications

Why public acceptance of wind power can differ from one community to another. Maria Petrova

Renewable Energy Progress --Despite Resistance from the Fossil Fuel Industry

What we can do to speed up the transition to renewable energy, despite Big Oil's well funded resistance. Jeff Deyette

Replacing Plastic: The Merits of Shrilk

Materials scientist Javier Fernandez discusses the "plastisphere" crisis and how it motivated the development of biodegradable "shrilk."

Science Outreach Programs for Youth

How university educational outreach programs encourage high school students' interest in science. Irene Porro

Solar Energy the Third Way

Efficient production of solar energy with solar thermo-electric generators (STEGs)... Gang Chen

Solar Thermoelectric Alternative Energy

A nanotechnology innovation designed to significantly improve production of solar energy. Gang Chen

The D-Lab at MIT: Engineering by and for Developing Nations

An award-winning MIT lab engineers practical necessities for impoverished nations. Amy Smith

The D-Lab at MIT: The People's Engineering Team

The award-winning D-Lab's unique approach to improving lives in the poorest nations. Amy Smith

The Great Potential of Offshore WInd Farms

How effective are offshore wind farms in nations that have developed them, and why has the US been especially slow to adapt such an important energy resource? Andrew Myers

The Push for Renewable Energy

An author-activist urges public engagement to ensure the transition to renewable energy. Philip Warburg

The War on Science: What We Need to Do

The anti-science mentality and policies threaten public health, environment, and safety --and also our progress in many scientific fields. Andrew Rosenberg

There Is More Than Enough Renewable Energy

Irrefutable evidence for why we should --and can-- transition to renewable energy without delay. Mara Prentiss