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November 02, 2012
CIVIL NUCLEAR
German nuclear exit delivers economic, environmental benefits
London, UK (SPX) Nov 02, 2012
Following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in 2011, the German government took the nation's eight oldest reactors offline immediately and passed legislation that will close the last nuclear power plant by 2022. This nuclear phase-out had overwhelming political support in Germany. Elsewhere, many saw it as "panic politics," and the online business magazine Forbes.com went as far as to ask, in a headline, whether the decision was "Insane - or Just Plain Stupid." But a spec ... read more

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ENERGY TECH

Falklands oil quest draws hedge funds
The Falklands' bid to enter the big league of oil producers in the South Atlantic is drawing hedge funds to what promises to be a multibillion-dollar enterprise. ... more
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CIVIL NUCLEAR

U.S. nuclear energy safety questioned
The United States is headed toward a major nuclear disaster - one that could mirror what happened last year in Japan - unless the government more closely monitors aging power plants, safety advocates and activists said. ... more
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ENERGY NEWS

US military mobilizes to help restore power to New York
US military cargo planes flew dozens of heavy trucks and a team of specialists to New York on Thursday to help with efforts to restore power in the wake of superstorm Sandy, officials said. ... more
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Amazon takes on iPad with new Kindle Fire tablet

Hong Kong to restrict foreign homebuyers from 2013

US judge OKs partial settlement in e-book case

Nordic-Baltic states seek more cooperation

Outside View: Jobs outlook grim

Empire-style computers? Frenchman takes PCs to lap of luxury

Google-Microsoft field smartphones to take on iPhone 5

EU businesses urge China's new leaders to speed reforms

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ENERGY NEWS

Outside View: Energy companies' taxes
For 58 million Americans who tuned into the first presidential debate, the candidates pictured two unlikely villains - Big Bird and Big Oil. While Big Bird has since been used in amusing campaign ads, disparaging the oil and natural gas industry is more worrisome considering energy is a fundamental part of the U.S. economy. ... more
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NANO TECH

New discovery shows promise in future speed of synthesizing high-demand nanomaterials
A new discovery by University of Oklahoma and North Carolina State University researchers shows a breakthrough in speeding up the process for synthesizing transition metal oxide nanostructures. What ... more
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ENERGY TECH

Rice team boosts silicon-based batteries
Researchers at Rice University have refined silicon-based lithium-ion technology by literally crushing their previous work to make a high-capacity, long-lived and low-cost anode material with seriou ... more
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TRADE WARS

China grants 95% tariff discount for Angolan exports
China has granted a 95 percent tariff discount to exports coming from oil-rich Angola, officials said Thursday, after the signing of a new round of trade deals. ... more
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K computer runs largest ever ensemble simulation of global weather

How honey bees stay cool

Seals forage at offshore wind farms

15-year analysis of blue whales off California finds conflict with shipping lanes

Meat turns up the heat

Radio frequency ID tags on honey bees reveal hive dynamics

Ecological impact of microbial respiration in oxygen-starved oceans

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ENERGY TECH

Iraqi Kurds defy Baghdad, export own oil
Iraq's independence-minded Kurds have started exporting oil independently of Baghdad, fueling a political battle that will undermine the central government's strategy of boosting oil production and possibly threaten the cohesion of the state. ... more
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POLITICAL ECONOMY

Mexico risks ratings in slow fiscal reform
Mexico is risking a further downgrade of its sovereign credit ratings by the world's ratings agencies because of delays in what critics see as urgently needed fiscal reforms. ... more
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AEROSPACE

Japan Airlines profit soars but China spat weighs
Japan Airlines on Friday raised its full-year profit forecast to $1.74 billion as the carrier, which only exited bankruptcy last year, released its first results since re-listing on Tokyo's stock market. ... more
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CHIP TECH

Northrop Grumman Begins Sampling New Gallium Nitride MMIC Product Line
Northrop Grumman has developed a line of gallium nitride (GaN) Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits (MMICs) for military and commercial uses. These devices represent the first commercial availab ... more
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TECH SPACE

Android smartphone shipments boom: industry tracker
Android software powered three out of four smartphones shipped worldwide in the recently ended third quarter as the Google-backed mobile platform dominated the market, industry tracker IDC said Thursday. ... more
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TRADE WARS

Iraq opens biggest trade fair in 20 years
Iraq opened on Thursday its biggest trade fair in more than 20 years, the latest step in Baghdad's efforts to rebuild an economy battered by decades of conflict and sanctions and combat unemployment. ... more
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TRADE WARS

India's Wipro profits up 24%, beats forecast
Wipro, India's third-largest outsourcing firm, reported Friday quarterly net profit jumped by a surprise 24 percent on stronger demand as clients sought to pare costs in a weak global economy. ... more
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POLITICAL ECONOMY

Asia growth hopes lifted by manufacturing data
Manufacturing in Asia strengthened in October, data showed Thursday, with China seeing growth in activity for the first time in three months, stoking hopes the region is emerging from a drawn-out slowdown. ... more
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Transiting Exoplanet with Longest Known Year

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INTERNET SPACE

Megaupload boss plans relaunch on raid anniversary
Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom Thursday revealed plans to relaunch his file-sharing empire in January on the anniversary of his arrest in New Zealand on online piracy charges. ... more
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ENERGY TECH

Maurel Prom reveals approach for Gabon oil assets, report names suitor Sinopec
French oil company Maurel et Prom, which operates mainly in Gabon, said on Thursday that it had received approaches for some of its activities but that no agreement was in sight. ... more
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SOLAR DAILY

China probes EU solar imports
China announced Thursday a trade investigation into European exports of solar-grade polysilicon, escalating a bitter trade row with the EU which has unveiled a similar probe into Chinese products. ... more
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POLITICAL ECONOMY

Chinese manufacturing expands in October
China's manufacturing activity grew in October for the first time in three months, data showed Thursday, adding to hopes the economy is finally emerging from its recent slumber. ... more
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ENERGY TECH

The hunt for electron holes
Hydrogen production by solar water splitting in photoelectrochemical cells (PEC) has long been considered the holy grail of sustainable energy research. Iron oxide is a promising electrode material. ... more
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TECH SPACE

Apple iPad mini makes low key debut
The iPad mini got off to a low-key start Friday, with little of the hype-fuelled razzmatazz of earlier Apple launches, as analysts said the costly creation may have come too late to the 7-inch market. ... more
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TECH SPACE

Samsung sells 3 mn Galaxy Note II smartphones since debut
Samsung Electronics said Friday that global sales of its large Galaxy Note II smartphone had topped three million since its debut in late September, as archrival Apple's iPad mini hit stores. ... more
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ROBO SPACE

Advanced exoskeleton promises more independence for people with paraplegia
The dream of regaining the ability to stand up and walk has come closer to reality for people paralyzed below the waist who thought they would never take another step. A team of engineers at Vanderb ... more
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Chinese president wields economic might on LatAm tour

US still mulling Iraq request for militant drone strikes

China anti-terror advice: "fight back" or "run away"

The Great War Redux

France and Britain trade hypocrisy claims over MH17 sanctions

Israel strikes kill dozens in Gaza as toll tops 670

New collaboration between Australian military, universities

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TECH SPACE

UC Research Brings Us Step Closer to Rollable, Foldable e-Devices
The next generation of electronic displays - e-Readers, smartphones and tablets - is closer thanks to research from the University of Cincinnati. Advances that will eventually bring foldable/rollabl ... more
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NANO TECH

Graphene Mini-Lab
A team of physicists from Europe and South Africa showed that electrons moving randomly in graphene can mimic the dynamics of particles such as cosmic rays, despite travelling at a fraction of their ... more
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SOLAR DAILY

Stanford scientists build the first all-carbon solar cell
Stanford University scientists have built the first solar cell made entirely of carbon, a promising alternative to the expensive materials used in photovoltaic devices today. "Carbon has the potenti ... more
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BIO FUEL

Biofuel breakthrough: Quick cook method turns algae into oil
It looks like Mother Nature was wasting her time with a multimillion-year process to produce crude oil. Michigan Engineering researchers can "pressure-cook" algae for as little as a minute and trans ... more
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BIO FUEL

Switching to an energy crop: Break even or make a profit?
Along with the growing interest in biomass energy crops as renewable alternatives to fossil fuels comes a growing list of questions from corn and soybean farmers about what it will cost them to swit ... more
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TECH SPACE

Virtual reality 'beaming' technology transforms human-animal interaction
Using cutting-edge virtual reality technology, researchers have 'beamed' a person into a rat facility allowing the rat and human to interact with each other on the same scale. Published in PLOS ONE, ... more
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CHIP TECH

Taming Mavericks: Stanford Researchers Use Synthetic Magnetism to Control Light
Magnetically speaking, photons are the mavericks of the engineering world. Lacking electrical charge, they are free to run even in the most intense magnetic fields. But all that may soon change. In ... more
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CIVIL NUCLEAR

Bulgarian president sets nuclear referendum for next January
Bulgarians will be asked in a January referendum whether they want their country to be home to a second nuclear power plant, the office of President Rosen Plevneliev said Wednesday. ... more
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