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Precooling a house with AC during the day could lighten the stress on the power grid when demand surges in the late afternoon and early evening. (Photo/pinkyhong138 / Pixabay)

Just Play It Cool…Pre-Cool

September 19, 2023

Dramatically cooling homes with renewable energy in the middle of the day could reduce carbon dioxide emissions, save consumers money and prevent rolling blackouts

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Gridlock Warrior

November 30, 2022

Ketan Savla is designing computational solutions to improve the flow of traffic in congested cities. “Smarter” stoplights may be just around the corner.

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Clearing the (Classroom) Air

November 8, 2022

A new air purification strategy by USC Viterbi researchers might reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in classrooms and other indoor spaces by as much as tenfold.