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World's first fully digital valves open up engine possibilities

British company Camcon Automotive has built the first fully electronic engine valve system, uncoupled from the crankshaft, that offers unprecedented …

Engines

What's driving Elon Musk?

Elon Musk is a science-fiction character. That’s how one friend puts it. In some ways, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is the archetypical cartoon …

Elon Musk

Climb the Google rankings: How to master SEO

There's no point having a beautifully designed website if no one can find it. That's where Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) comes in. SEO is both an …

Engines

Two thirds of Africa’s population still don’t have access to electricity – and it’s threatening the security of the continent

Africa is booming. I feel it every time I land in Nairobi, Accra and Lagos. Hotels are filled to the brim and the energy on the streets and …

Africa

Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch Season 2 Ep. 12: 'That Is the Best Pitch I've Seen'

In the season finale, the investors have never been so impressed.<p>In the season two finale of <i>Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch</i>, our panel of high-profile investors debate whether the ideas contestants pitch are things of the past, or the products of the future.<p>Each week, a new set of entrepreneurs enter …

San Francisco 49ers

China overloading poor nations with debt, top U.S. official says

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - China is saddling poor nations with unsustainable debt through large-scale infrastructure projects that are not economically viable, the head of the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) said on Monday.<p>The criticism of Beijing - targeted by President Donald …

Oil-rich Nigeria outstrips India as country with most people in poverty

Nigeria, one of Africa’s two wealthiest economies, has overtaken India as home to the world’s greatest concentration of extreme poverty, amid warnings that the continent will host nine out of 10 of the world’s poorest people within 12 years.<p>The claim comes as concerns mount that the growth in …

Africa

Total: Renewable Energy To Be A Growth Engine

On Tuesday, July 10, 2018, news broke that French oil supermajor Total S.A. (TOT) and Brazil's Petrobras (PBR) agreed to work together to develop …

Beyond Bitcoin: how blockchains can empower communities to control their own energy supply

As the cost of solar panels, wind generation and battery storage falls, individual households and consumers are increasingly generating their own …

Akbar Muhammad publishes 'Africa and The World: Revisited'

<b>Akbar Muhammad</b> published a new book, “Africa and The World: Revisited,” a comprehensive collection of Africa-focused articles written over a decade …

Siemens Gamesa Wins Order in South Africa's Renewable Power Push

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA won an order to supply wind turbines to two South African farms, benefiting from the nation’s plan to speed up its …

Best Pitch Decks: The Early Stage Pitch Decks Of The Hottest Funded Startups

What does it take to create a winning pitch deck that gets your startup funded?<p>Whether you are still at seed stage, or are preparing for a follow up series of funding, a lot of your success is riding on a few slides. Not long ago I covered the pitch deck template that was created by Silicon Valley …

Startups

India eyeing a new monster 100GW solar-capacity goal

Country still working to meet its current solar goals and staggering under pollution.<p>Earlier this week, India's energy minister R.K. Singh suggested …

JPMorgan says everyone should read these 10 books this summer

JPMorgan has released its 19th summer annual reading list.<p>The banking behemoth's summer reading list of 10 nonfiction titles includes books for readers of various interests. Some books focus on, yes, business. But they also touch on ideas applicable to all, such as leadership and group dynamics. …

African-American News

The unseen hand of China in Africa’s largest economy

Sometimes a throwaway sentence is more illuminating than it ought to be. A line in an article in Roads & Kingdoms in January about the Chinese in Lagos did just that. Near the end of the piece, the author wrote:<p>On my final night in Lagos, Fang invites me to the Huawei offices for dinner, handing me …

Africa

African artists sing against 'colonial' CFA Franc currency

For several years the debate against the French backed CFA Franc currency has been raging on in parts of West and central Africa.<p>Created in 1945, it …

The movie theater will be the next target for China to dig deeper roots in Africa

Some observers of China’s global rise conclude that its influence is limited to military and economic capabilities. For example, it’s set to overtake the US as the world’s largest economy before 2030. There is one area in which China lags behind. That’s the use of “soft power”. It’s a phrase coined …

South Africa

A Chinese coal plant on a UNESCO-protected island in Kenya is facing major protests

Environmental activists in Kenya are determined to show that coal has no place in the country’s energy future.<p>This week, dozens of activists descended on the capital in what campaigners described as the “first anti-coal demonstration in Nairobi.” The coalition of advocacy groups is protesting the …

Protest

Africa Oil Giant Needs $12 Billion to Avoid Missing LNG Boat

On a tropical island just off the coast of Nigeria, hundreds of engineers work around the clock to produce liquefied natural gas at a plant the size …

China Just Dealt a Massive Blow to the Solar Industry

The solar industry has had an impressive run over the past year on strong demand for solar panels around the world. No country has been more …

12 books Elon Musk thinks everyone should read

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, Tesla, and other larger-than-life tech companies, somehow also seems to find time to read.<p>Musk has said that reading a variety of books — from epic works of fantasy like the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy to complex how-to books on building rockets — is crucial to his …

Elon Musk

Step inside this small-but-perfectly-formed family home in south London

The owners of this London semi stretched themselves to buy a 
small, dark, former rental, then got creative 
to turn it into a family-friendly …

Living Rooms

Katie Hopkins criticized Meghan Markle—and Twitter made her into a meme

For those unfamiliar, Katie Hopkins is a conservative British media personality, Trump supporter, and—some would say— a professional troll who first …

Here are the 5 books you need to read this summer, according to Bill Gates

With summer fast approaching, it's time to start compiling your vacation reading list. And fortunately, Bill Gates is here to help.<p>On Monday, the …

A 100% renewable grid isn’t just feasible, it’s already happening

New study debunks myths claiming renewables can't be integrated into electric grid.<p>The ongoing debate around whether it’s feasible to have an …

The Harvard Business Review Entrepreneur's Handbook: Everything You Need to Launch and Grow Your New Business

Description<p>Publication Date: <b>February 13, 2018</b><p>The one primer you need to develop your entrepreneurial skills. Whether you're imagining your new business to be the next big thing in Silicon Valley, a pivotal B2B provider, or an anchor in your local community, the "HBR Entrepreneur's Handbook" is your …

British Sun Beats Natural Gas to Provide Most Electricity

Britain got a glimpse of its green future as the sun provided more power to households than any other energy source over a rare, sunny holiday …

Private equity bets in Africa over the past decade have paid off

Political uncertainty, weak currencies and the slowdown in growth of Africa’s largest economies did not hurt the pace of private equity exits in 2017, new data show.<p>Last year, 49 private equity exits were recorded across the continent by the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association …

Private Equity