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Shell is giving MIT $25 million for research. Goal: to find more efficient technologies to find and deliver oil and natural gas. Of course, Shell will have the option to license the tech stuff MIT develops, but that seems fair enough.

“The energy future is an uncertain one, where we need completely new solutions,’’ Gerald Schotman, the energy company’s chief technology officer, said. “It’s a very deliberate decision to step up.’’

Shell is not the only company donating to the MIT energy initiative. BP, Italian oil company, Eni, Lockheed-Martin. What’s not to like?

As Robert F. Kauffman, Boston University says,

“this is great for MIT,’’ Kaufmann said. “It’s always good to have smart people working on important problems.’’

You can’t coach speed.

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