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The Fight Over Teacher Salaries: A Look At The Numbers

The teachers strike in West Virginia may have ended last week when Gov. Jim Justice signed a law giving educators a 5 percent pay increase, but the fight in other states is just warming up.<p>"You can make anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 more by driving 15 minutes across the state line," said Dale …

Education

Valuing storage: A closer look at the Tucson Electric solar-plus-storage PPA

The power purchase agreement Tucson Electric Power signed with NextEra Energy for an “all-in cost significantly less than $0.045/kWh over 20 years” …

This Battery Company Wants To Challenge Tesla In The Energy Storage Industry

Romeo Power sees that EVs are coming, and thinks someone other than Elon Musk can be powering them.<p>Electric vehicles are still just a glimmer at the edge of the automobile market: They make up less than 1% of all cars sold in the U.S. But fast forward to the year 2040, and they’re expected to …

Questions Shaping the Future of Energy Storage in New York

When New York kicked off its Reforming the Energy Vision process, it jumped to the front of the pack of states reinventing their electrical …

Energy

Flow battery developer ViZn Energy says it can pair solar and storage for 4¢/kWh

Dive Brief:<p>ViZn Energy Systems says it can pair a solar power plant with an energy storage system for 4ٔٔ¢/kWh.<p>Pairing its 30 MW, 4 hour duration …

Study claims Nanoparticles derived from low-grade coal can be used to make supercapacitors

<b>Nanoparticles</b> derived from low-grade coal from northeast India can be used to make supercapacitors - devices that can store tremendous amount of …

Nanotech

WIRED Awake August 1: Alphabet is developing large-scale molten salt batteries

Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, Alphabet is developing a molten salt based energy storage system for renewable power, the world will probably be 2 …

Storing clean energy in salt isn’t as crazy as it sounds

Using giant vats of molten salt and antifreeze under the codename “Malta,” Google’s parent company Alphabet is joining Tesla and smaller companies …

Australia’s pumped hydro storage potential worth thousands of Tesla big batteries

ANU researchers identify 5,000 potential pumped hydro energy storage sites, which they say could support a 100% renewable Australian grid – 35 times …

Energy Storage

Chinese Offer to Eat Denmark’s Oyster Problem to Extinction

BEIJING — Is an alien mollusk species choking your shoreline? Don’t despair. China’s ravenous, inventive internet users have an answer to unwelcome shellfish.<p>They’re ready to devour them.<p>The Danish Embassy in Beijing has been absorbing that lesson since it shared a report online this week about a …

Oysters

China’s Environmental Woes, in Films That Go Viral, Then Vanish

BEIJING — Achieving fame was not hard for Wang Jiuliang, but staying in the spotlight has proved more difficult.<p>His career as a documentary filmmaker has followed a distressing pattern: spectacular internet reactions to his movies and videos on environmental topics, followed by their rapid …

China

Tillerson Keeping ‘All Options’ Open if Diplomacy With North Korea Fails

UNITED NATIONS — Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said on Friday that the United States was keeping “all options” on the table if diplomacy failed to persuade North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons program.<p>Speaking at the United Nations Security Council, Mr. Tillerson called for stiffer …

North Korea

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Plastic Bags, Researchers Say

Researchers in Europe have found that the larvae of a common insect have an unusual ability to digest plastic, a discovery that could lead to biotechnical advances that help deplete the continual buildup of one of the world’s most stubborn pollutants.<p>Scientists discovered that the wax worm, a …

Biology

The Violent Afterlife of a Recycled Plastic Bottle

What happens after you toss it into the bin?<p><i>Editor's note: This article has been significantly revised post-publication to correct for factual errors in the original version.*</i><p>Most of us do not think much about recycling. We might clean bottles and jars, crush cartons and break down boxes. We might …

DARPA tasks BAE with workaround to secure the power grid in event of massive attack

DARPA has awarded BAE an $8.6 million deal to engineer secure alternative wireless networks in the event of attack.

Cybersecurity

How the clean energy revolution can prevent a cybersecurity disaster waiting to happen

Solar and wind energy industries need to secure themselves from hackers.<p>A survey of 377 fossil fuel companies has found that nearly 70% of American …

GE Is Intent On Digitizing The Power Grid: Here's What That Means

The Energy Thought Summit (ETS17) brought together executives and leading thinkers from various areas of the energy sector for a high level conversation centered on the topic of design. Today, one cannot discuss designing the future power network without addressing the vast revolution that will be …

Manufacturing

Trump, Palantir, and the Battle to Clean Up a Huge Army Procurement Swamp

<b>By Steven Brill</b><p>Photograph by Greg Kahn<p>March 27, 2017, 6:00 AM EDT<p>Will the President help Peter Thiel’s company, which says it has a product that …

Zhou Youguang, Who Made Writing Chinese as Simple as ABC, Dies at 111

Zhou Youguang, known as the father of Pinyin for creating the system of Romanized Chinese writing that has become the international standard since its introduction some 60 years ago, died on Saturday in Beijing, Chinese state media reported. He was 111.<p>In recent decades, with the comparative …

China

Defectors: N. Korea would fall without capitalistic markets

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hundreds of capitalistic markets, each with thousands of stalls, form the glue that holds North Korea's socialist planned …

North Korea

Building Collapse Illustrates Peril of Do-It-Yourself Construction

Fatal building collapse highlights a practice that more than once has produced death traps<p>A fatal building collapse in southern China has highlighted a practice that more than once has produced death traps: structures built with little oversight by villagers on former farmland.<p>Such slapped-together …

Skyscrapers

Eagle Freed From Car Grill in Hurricane Matthew Aftermath

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A bald eagle that somehow managed to get wedged in the front grill of a Florida car was freed unharmed after a passing motorist noticed the bird just after Hurricane Matthew roared past the area.<p>The Clay County Sheriff's Office says a resident of the Fleming Island …

Rainfall

Solar And Wind Power Are Growing - But Won't Help Climate Change

<b>Solar And Wind Power Are Growing – But Won’t Solve Climate Change</b><p>It was a memorable conclusion to the now-decade-old movie <i>An Inconvenient Truth</i>: …

The elephant in the income distribution room

<i>Branko Milanovic's "elephant in the income distribution room" Data taken from "Get Ready to See This Globalization 'Elephant Chart' Over and Over Again", Bloomberg, 27 June 2016.</i><p>To "leave no one behind", we must measure inequalities - but with what conceptual frameworks?<p>The "elephant" chart above, …

Here's Footage of NYC's First New Subway Line in Nearly 100 Years

The above gif just looks like a subway, doing exactly the thing subways do. But this is no ordinary train—it’s the first glimpse at an infrastructure …

Japanese train conductor blames foreign tourists for overcrowding

A railway company in Japan has reprimanded a conductor who blamed the large number of foreign tourists on a crowded train for inconveniencing Japanese passengers.<p>The outburst will have done little to help Japan’s attempts to become a more welcoming destination for foreign visitors as it prepares to …

Japan

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Russia Probe