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GE wants to use CO2 pollution to make huge solar batteries

Two big problems have been vexing environmental scientists for decades: How to store solar energy for later use, and what to do with CO2 that's been captured and sequestered from coal plants? Scientists from General Electric (GE) could solve both those problems at once by using CO2 as a giant …

4 Dumbbell Moves to Master

Move beyond the simple curl and grow muscle fast with this easy full-body weight routine.

Workouts

How severe is the retirement crisis? These six charts spell it out.

It has become fashionable in some quarters to pooh-pooh the very idea of a "retirement crisis" facing millions of Americans. The skepticism tends to come from economists and pundits whose retirement security is not in doubt, thanks to handsome retirement plans and high-income jobs that enabled them …

If The Price Of Solar Falls As Fast As Other Technologies, The World Can Breathe Easier

The official projections for solar adoption may be much too conservative.<p>If solar power prices fall in line with other technologies, we could see continued price-drops of 10% a year. That’s according to an historical analysis of 53 technologies that finds a distinct pattern in how major innovations …

Former US defense secretary: Obama hurt US credibility when he backed down from his red line on Syria

Gates, who is promoting his new book, "A Passion for Leadership," sat down with Business Insider last week and gave his perspective on today's conflicts in the Middle East.<p>"I used to tell presidents, you have to be very, very cautious about drawing red lines or issuing ultimatums," said Gates, the …

Middle East

Last-minute maneuvering by utilities could throw a shadow over California's solar revolution

Here's a simple guideline for the California Public Utilities Commission when it votes next week on a new rate scheme for rooftop solar users who also connect to the electric grid: Don't be like Nevada.<p>Last month, public utility commissioners in that super-sunny state put the chill on the …

Here's why raising the retirement age for Social Security is a terrible idea

As part of its effort to keep the public apprised of the facts underlying policy prescriptions, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has issued a new primer deconstructing one of the oft-heard ideas to improve Social Security's finances: raise the retirement age.<p>The brief by CBPP senior …

Sanctions Gone, Iran Goes on a Huge European Shopping Spree

Iranian President Rouhani is leading a massive commercial mission to Rome and Paris this week.<p>ROME — There are a few things that Italians do better …

An American voter’s guide to the dirty truth about oil

<i>What does “oil” make you think of? Do “invasions” and “emissions” top your list? Why have leaders thought it worth spilling so much blood for the sake of this pungent mud? And why has it been so hard to switch away from this fuel that is harming our one and only environment? Here are the real facts</i> …

Oil

Solar and Wind Just Did the Unthinkable

The sun and the wind continue to defy gravity.<p>Renewables just finished another record-breaking year, with more money invested ($329 billion) and more …

Fossil Fuels

How big your retirement fund should be at every age, according to one guide

Many people are overwhelmed by the responsibility of having to amass enough cash for retirement.<p>Only about half of workers participate in a workplace retirement savings plan, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And once they have a retirement account, few people ever do then math on how …

Retirement

Solar energy jobs double in 5 years

Solar energy is having a moment.<p>The number of solar jobs in the U.S. has more than doubled in five years. In fact, there are more people working in solar now than at oil rigs and in gas fields.<p>The solar industry added 35,000 jobs in 2015, up 20% from the previous year, according to the Solar …

Solar Power

The Quad Quake Workout | Men's Health

And it takes even more energy to use those muscles to launch you off the ground.<p>That’s why this new three-exercise, quad-centric routine from <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour is such a butt-kicking challenge. Each rep drains some of the juice from these calorie-guzzling muscles.<p>Check it …

Stock Markets

Uruguay makes dramatic shift to nearly 95% electricity from clean energy

In less than 10 years the country has slashed its carbon footprint and lowered electricity costs, without government subsidies. Delegates at the Paris summit can learn much from its success<p>Read this article in Spanish<p>As the world gathers in Paris for the daunting task of switching from fossil fuels …

Renewable Energy

Elon Musk is thinking much bigger than cars and rockets

He showed that again this week when he renewed his call for a carbon tax during a speech in Paris to coincide with the UN Climate Summit.<p>If you're a cynic, you might say Musk has been trying to create a new story for Wall Street, to counter some of the skepticism that's emerged over Tesla's …

Tesla

North Korea digging new nuclear-test tunnel, satellite photos show

Images dating from October and early November show addition of fourth tunnel at test site Punggye-ri, say US researchers<p>Satellite photographs from October and early November indicate North Korea is digging a new tunnel for nuclear testing, a US research institute said on Wednesday.<p>A report on 38 …

North Korea

BP warns of further job cuts as profits fall 40%

Chief executive Bob Dudley says biggest number of job cuts likely to be in US as third-quarter profits tumble from $3bn to $1.8bn<p>BP has warned of further job cuts as the company further slashed spending plans after a profit slump caused by the oil price collapse.<p>Profit for the three months to the …

Oil & Gas Industry

US, Russia, Saudi and Turkey to meet to discuss Syria

Russian President Valadimir Putin and his Russian foreign minister have been involved in a flurry of diplomatic talks, with the Kremlin chief speaking by phone to both Saudi Arabia's king Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, updating them on the results of a …

Middle East

A brutal IMF assessment says most of the Middle East can sustain low oil prices for 'less than five years'

It's a brutal assessment of the slowing growth and the destabilising effect of low oil prices. Though the plunging costs of energy have been a positive thing for consumers in much of the world, that cash boost is effectively taken straight from the pockets of finance ministers in the Middle …

Oil

Putin Officials Said to Admit Real Syria Goal Is Far Broader

As Russia’s air war in Syria nears its fourth week, officials now admit that Moscow’s aim is far broader than the publicly announced fight against …

Middle East

Insanely clear drone footage shows a Syrian army offensive in a rebel stronghold of Damascus

Unnervingly clear drone footage shows an ongoing Syrian army offensive against a rebel stronghold in Damascus.<p>Footage of the offensive filmed by RussiaWorks, a Russian company with ties to the Kremlin, is vividly clear. And it shows the severe damage that the Damascus neighborhood of Jobar has …

Middle East

I asked a Wall Street billionaire for financial advice for someone my age — this is what he said

I wanted the best money advice the investor had for someone my age.<p>I'm 27, so this advice will probably be useful for most millennials — anyone aged 19 to 34.<p>Here are the key takeaways:<p>Noted.

Wall Street
Middle East

Oil Prices Recoup Some of Their Recent Losses

Oil prices recovered some ground Friday, buoyed by lower drilling activity in the U.S., drawdowns on gasoline and diesel, and by more speculation about Russia and major oil exporters meeting about supply cuts.<p>Light, sweet crude for November delivery settled up 88 cents, or 1.9%, to $47.26 a barrel …

Panasonic develops most efficient solar panel ever with 22.5% sunlight conversion

We’ve reported a lot this year on the ever-dropping price of solar power technology, but the other incredibly cool thing happening is the steady …

Clean Energy

12 things no one should ever do with their money

Surely the list of things you should never do with your money is longer than these 12 recommendations. But you have to start somewhere.<p>To give you some guidance, we asked financial experts to share their take on how to protect your financial security and avoid getting snookered.

Personal Finance