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How India's 'smart villages' are centralising solar power

<b>The Indian government has committed 980bn rupees ($14.5bn; £10.9bn) to a flagship smart cities' programme, but the social entrepreneur behind the country's first smart village thinks they've missed some low-hanging fruit.</b><p>City-dwellers tend to take electricity for granted, says Ashok Das, but for …

What Are Quantum Gravity's Alternatives To String Theory?

The Universe we know and love — with Einstein’s General Relativity as our theory of gravity and quantum field theories of the other three forces — has a problem that we don’t often talk about: it’s incomplete, <i>and we know it</i>. Einstein’s theory on its own is just fine, describing how …

The easiest and quickest way to transfer any movie to your iPhone

To be more accurate, most videos aren't compatible with the video player app on iPhone and iPad.<p>That's why it's best to use a different video player, like VLC, which lets you watch almost any video in almost any format. You can download VLC here.<p>Check out the best, quickest, and easiest way to …

This transfixing video shows 1,000 exoplanets in their orbits

The Kepler space telescope has helped to discover more than 1,000 exoplanets since 2009, in 685 systems, with thousands more planets identified but …

Phytoplankton go wild, leaving scientists wondering if climate change is the culprit

Scientists have found a sharp increase in the population of a tiny ocean organism: phytoplankton. This is peculiar because, previously, theories …

Here are the high-tech weapons Britain could use to destroy ISIS

The British Parliament is voting on Wednesday whether to expand the bombing of ISIS by the Royal Air Force into Syria. The RAF is already targeting ISIS in Iraq.<p>Countries including the US and France are already using their air forces to attack ISIS in Syria. If Britain joins them, it will be using …

China joins hunt for extra-terrestrials with FAST - the world's biggest-ever telescope

The massive structure will allow scientists to gather signals from tens of billions of light years away when it is completed in 2016<p>China is in the final stages of building the world's largest-ever radio telescope, which will give Beijing a leading role in space research and the hunt for …

Astronomers say they’ve made a key discovery that could predict our planet’s demise

Astronomers have made the first direct discovery of a white dwarf star being orbited by a disintegrating minor planet that will ultimately collide into it. The observation, made by the Kepler space telescope, offers a glimpse into what could happen to the Earth in a few billion years as the Sun, …

Saudi Arabia to run out of cash in less than 5 years

Not even the mighty Middle East can survive cheap oil forever.<p>If oil stays around $50 a barrel, most countries in the region will run out of cash in five years or less, warned a dire report from the International Monetary Fund this week. That includes OPEC leader Saudi Arabia as well as Oman and …

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India is now home to the world's first airport that runs entirely on solar power

If you thought that globetrotting solar-powered airplane was impressive, wait until you see the solar airport that India just finished building. After a great deal of development and construction, the country's Cochin International Airport in the southern state of Kerala is now officially the …

Every American war summed up in one sentence

America has fought in a lot of wars so it can be hard to keep track of all of them. As a quick reference guide, here is every American war, each captured in a single tidy sentence.

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Opportunity: Nasa rover 'breaks Mars planet probe record'

A Nasa robot buggy, Opprtunity, has become the longest operating space probe on the surface of Mars.<p>For decades the space agency's Viking 1 lander spacecraft held the record for the longest-surviving mission after toiling away six years and 116 days on the red planet.<p>But Opportunity, one of the …

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Saudi Arabia launches Yemen air strikes as alliance builds against Houthi rebels

Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters<p>People gather at the site of an air strike at a residential area near Sanaa Airport<p>84<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/25fa59c89e6ddc540632799716623ad37d96ee8c/65_270_3435_2061/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: Reuters<p>Saudi Defence Minister Prince Mohammad bin Salman is briefed by …

NASA's asteroid capture mission is a testbed for trips to Mars

NASA is finally done assessing its two options for the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). Its final choice? Option B: it plans to grab a chunk of its target asteroid and take the boulder-sized piece to the moon's orbit. While Option A sounded more exciting -- it entailed capturing an entire asteroid …

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EPA Decides That Coal Ash, Which Pervades Our Homes, Is Non-Hazardous

The new labeling of the substance could affect how much it's recycled.<p>From roof shingles to drywall to concrete countertops, products made with leftover waste from coal-fired power plants are in many U.S. homes.<p>About 45 percent of this dustlike material—known as coal ash—is recycled into products …

Star Trek-like invisible shield protects Earth from 'killer electrons'

Scientists detected an invisible shield roughly 7,200 miles above the Earth's surface that is protecting us from harmful, super-fast electrons flying close to the speed of light.<p>It may sound like Star Trek tech, but this mysterious protective barrier isn't science fiction. The findings, described …

Weingarten Realty Investors Named Top Dividend Stock With Insider Buying and 4.40% Yield (WRI)

In this series, we look through the most recent Dividend Channel <i>”DividendRank”</i> report, and then we cherry pick only those companies that have experienced insider buying within the past six months. The officers and directors of a company tend to have a unique insider’s view of the business, and …

Four Go-To Investment Research Sites

For those traders or investors who are looking for stocks or ETFs to buy, the wealth of free information on the Internet is quite astounding. It can also be quite intimidating, so I thought I might review four of my favorite sites and how you might use them in your research.<p>Though my focus is on …

Warren Buffett's 10 favorite stocks

The Oracle of Omaha is famous as a value investor who takes stakes in well-known companies.<p>Warren Buffett is one of the most successful investors in history. The chief executive officer and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) has navigated numerous bull and bear markets, becoming a …

Ancient human-like creature climbed in trees, and other science news

<i>A roundup of some of the week's science headlines:</i><p><b>I can see right through you:</b> Stanford University scientists have found a way to make see-through mouse brains, an advance that lets researchers see both the anatomical and chemical details in their natural, three-dimensional setting. Mouse brains …

Last night, NASA saw the year's biggest solar flare

If you noticed a little extra radio interference last night, it wasn't your imagination. At 3:16 AM, NASA saw the biggest solar flare of the year, an M6.5-level coronal mass ejection that was powerful enough to cause a brief radio blackout. That's not enough to disturb much outside the highest …