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December 09, 2012
Canada approves two energy takeovers worth $20 bn
Ottawa (AFP) Dec 7, 2012
Canada on Friday approved two major takeovers of energy firms by the Chinese state-owned giant CNOOC and Malaysia's national oil company Petronas - deals worth an estimated more than US$20 billion in total. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced regulatory approval for CNOOC's $15.1 billion takeover of oil and gas company Nexen, and Petronas' offer for Canadian gas producer Progress Energy Resources, estimated at $5.5 billion. However, he cautioned that Ottawa would henceforth block attempts b ... read more
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Arab states rush to join the shale boom
Jordan is pressing ahead with plans to develop its massive shale oil deposits, joining a growing push by Arab states to unlock shale reserves because conventional deposits are being squeezed to cope with burgeoning populations and industrialization. ... more

US extends exemptions for Asian powers to Iran oil sanctions
The United States on Friday extended exemptions from sanctions designed to choke Iran's oil exports to nine major economic powers, including China, Taiwan, India and South Korea. ... more

Chinese in talks to buy aircraft leaser ILFC
US government-controlled insurance group AIG said Friday it was in talks to sell a majority stake in International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) to a consortium of Chinese companies. ... more


Neighbors' woes hit German growth targets
Germans are finding their economically troubled eurozone neighbors are beginning to put Germany's much cherished economic prosperity at risk, this week's financial data indicate. ... more


No nuclear problems reported after Japan quake: IAEA
Nuclear power plants close to the epicentre of a powerful undersea earthquake and tsunami off Japan have reported no problems and no emergency measures were activated, the UN atomic agency said Friday. ... more
The Year In Space

Nature Materials Study: Boosting Heat Transfer With Nanoglue
A team of interdisciplinary researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has developed a new method for significantly increasing the heat transfer rate across two different materials. Results of ... more

Work on automatic control of driverless vehicles through intersections receives recognition
How do driverless vehicles navigate through intersections? Faster and safer than if humans were in charge, according to researchers from the Virginia Tech Transportation Research. Autonomous v ... more
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2 dead in Aust bushfire; Peru shakes; Pacific Sandra strengthens

Peatland Code could save more than 200 million tons of carbon dioxide

Pope warns poverty fuels conflict on landmark Africa trip

France to deploy 11,000 police for climate summit


The dance of quantum tornadoes
Tornado-like vortexes can be produced in bizarre fluids which are controlled by quantum mechanics, completely unlike normal liquids. New research published in the journal Nature Communications demon ... more

A bridge to the quantum world: Dirac electrons found in unique material
In a discovery that helps clear a new path toward quantum computers, University of Michigan physicists have found elusive Dirac electrons in a superconducting material. Quantum computers use atoms t ... more

Smartphones might soon develop emotional intelligence
If you think having your phone identify the nearest bus stop is cool, wait until it identifies your mood.New research by a team of engineers at the University of Rochester may soon make that possibl ... more
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Quantum thermodynamics
No man is an island, entire of itself, said poet John Donne. And no atom neither. Even in the middle of intergalactic space, atoms feel the electromagnetic field - also known as the cosmic microwave ... more

New optical tweezers trap specimens just a few nanometers across
To grasp and move microscopic objects, such as bacteria and the components of living cells, scientists can harness the power of concentrated light to manipulate them without ever physically touching ... more
Space News from
MUSE observations enable prediction of once-in-a-lifetime supernova replay

Who owns space? US asteroid-mining act is dangerous and potentially illegal

Neptune-size exoplanet around a red dwarf star

Moscow extends Russian Cosmodrome program for one year

Volcanic rocks hold clues to Earth's interior

'Shrinking bull's-eye' data algorithm crunches days into hours

Scientists get first glimpse of black hole eating star, ejecting high-speed flare


Cork the key to unlocking the potential of graphene
Scientists have taken inspiration from one of the oldest natural materials to exploit the extraordinary qualities of graphene, a material set to revolutionise fields from computers and batteries to ... more

Flexible solar cells could be in clothing
The day may come when the shirt on your back can charge your cellphone, say U.S. researchers who've helped developed flexible, foldable solar cells. ... more

Chinese insurer PICC soars on Hong Kong debut
Chinese insurer PICC surged Friday on its Hong Kong trading debut, as the city's biggest share sale this year provided an upbeat end to a weak year in the global IPO market. ... more
S. America upbeat on energy growth in 2013

Making sustainability policies sustainable

Need for clean energy 'more urgent than ever': IEA

Arab states rush to join the shale boom

Numerical study suggests subsea injection of chemicals didn't prevent oil from rising to sea surface

Saudis seek oil in Red Sea 'safe zone'

Brazil advances wind power development

US Navy, DoD, Developer Announce Wind Farm Agreement

Britain: Higher energy bills 'reasonable'

German's solar ovens make sunbaked tortillas in Mexico

Flexible solar cells could be in clothing

British firm to build 'Africa's biggest solar plant'


Swedish nuclear reactor stopped over safety concerns
A nuclear reactor in Sweden was stopped on Thursday after the country's nuclear industry watchdog said the operator had failed to comply with its safety requirements, safety officials said. ... more

Four Chinese ships in disputed waters: Japan
Four Chinese government ships sailed into the territorial waters of disputed islands controlled by Tokyo in the East China Sea on Friday, Japan's coastguard said. ... more

Judge calls for "global peace" in Apple-Samsung war
A judge mulling whether to trim or overturn Apple's billion-dollar damages award against Samsung on Thursday called for a ceasefire in the ongoing patent war between the smartphone titans. ... more

ADB cuts Asia growth forecasts on India's slowdown
The Asian Development Bank on Friday cut its economic growth forecasts for the region, which has been dragged back by a continued slowdown in India despite positive data out of powerhouse China. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Poland wants NATO-Russia deal scrapped: minister

Under junta rule, Thailand pivots towards China

Reality check for Putin after Turkey shoots down plane

Chinese, Lao leaders mark successful launch of communication satellite

US Engine Dilemma: No Space Without Moscow

Japan rocket launches its first commercial satellite

China's scientific satellites to enter uncharted territory


Outside View: Unemployment rate dips


EU's Nobel highlights bloc's divisions


Mercosur puts a brave front on divisions


Groupon surges on takeover chatter


Tablet technology takes teaching into 21st century


Chinese workers stage new protest in Singapore


Apple's CEO to bring production back to US


Saudis seek oil in Red Sea 'safe zone'


PM says France committed to problem-plagued nuclear reactor


Hong Kong leader warns of talent drain over housing

GM says China car sales on track for record 2012

China demands Vietnam stop oil probe

Outside View: Politics of intimidation

Swimming robot crosses Pacific Ocean

S. Korea's LG to appeal European fine for price-fixing

Beijing to allow visa-free transit trips

Gases from Grasses

New '4-D' transistor is preview of future computers

Plastic packaging industry is moving towards completely bio-based products

Synthetic fuels could eliminate entire U.S. need for crude oil, create 'new economy'

NASA Investigates Use of 'Trailblazing' Material for New Sensors

Organic metamaterial flows like a liquid, remembers its shape

Numerical study suggests subsea injection of chemicals didn't prevent oil from rising to sea surface

Brazil advances wind power development

Paraguay's diplomatic isolation dissipates

China island row takes bite out of Japan tourism

Taiwan concerned over China high-tech talent poaching

Activists slam Singapore crackdown on China strikers

German's solar ovens make sunbaked tortillas in Mexico

Carbon dioxide could reduce crop yields

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