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Job creator, or job killer? Trump angers solar installers with panel tariff

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law a steep tariff on imported solar panels on Tuesday, a move billed as a way to protect American jobs but which the solar industry said would lead to thousands of layoffs and raise consumer prices.<p>The 30 percent tariff on …

Bioplastics made from plants, not fossil fuel, to increase 50% in five years

London — Companies that make packaging from plants instead of fossil fuels are starting to challenge the oil industry’s ambition to increase the …

A Mind-Bending Translation of the New Testament

David Bentley Hart’s text recaptures the awkward, multivoiced power of the original.<p>In the beginning was … well, what? A clap of the divine hands and a poetic shock wave? Or an itchy node of nothingness inconceivably scratching itself into somethingness? In the beginning was the Word, says the …

Chrisitan Groups

<b>Today Christianity has around 2.42 billion people as adherents, divided in to many sects, the major ones are:</b><p>Catholic Church – 1.285 …

Christianity

There's no such thing as a 'remote' employee

Over the next year or two, some of your best employees may quit and find work elsewhere for a simple reason: They want to work from home full …

The Workplace

Neuroscientists Say This Tool is the Secret to Persuasion

Thanks to advanced brain scanning techniques, we've learned more about persuasion than we've ever known.<p>Although I've studied persuasion for 25 years, the last ten years has seen an explosion in research, thanks to advanced brain scanning techniques. We've discovered more in the last decade about …

Chinese personal shoppers have created a new type of retail store in Australia

It might seem unlikely that there’s stores in Australia, selling only a small range of products, at prices significantly higher than supermarkets, …

Are You a Divergent Thinker? Take This Simple Paper Clip Test to Find Out

I love the word <i>metacognition</i>. It means to <i>think about thinking</i>, and it's a favorite topic of mine because it can really help motivate us, find success, or advance a cause. It's not navel-gazing, and it's not just being analytical. It's a process of understanding why we think, how we think, and what …

Education Policy

How to protect your design job from robots, according to three top designers

Robots are taking over your job. That is, if you believe futurist Thomas Frey, who predicted that 2 billion jobs will have disappeared by 2030.<p>In a study about the Future of Employment, Oxford University academics ranked 700 occupations according to their probability of computerisation. The design …

UX Design

Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens team on a hybrid electric aircraft

The E-Fan X could lead to super-efficient airliners.<p>Purely electric aircraft are still in their relative infancy. Hybrid aircraft, however? They're closer than you think. Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens are partnering on a hybrid electric aircraft prototype, the E-Fan X, that will prove the mixture …

Aviation

Forget Bitcoin; it's the blockchain that might change everything

When in Copenhagen for the INDEX: Design to Improve Life awards in September, I listened to Vitalik Buterin explain Ethereum, which is …

Construction Industry

Scientists Discover 'Miracle' Mineral That Could Make Internet 1,000-times Faster

A rare mineral discovered in Russia in the 1830′s could hold the key to boosting internet speeds 1,000 times faster than today. The mineral, perovskite, has a number of incredible properties, many of which scientists are now realizing.<p>Perovskite (CaTiO3) is a calcium titanium oxide mineral, but the …

Perovskite

In praise of Tesla’s bankruptcy

You know everybody loves Tesla-the-company. But did you know that a whole lot of smart people hate Tesla-the-business? “From a return-on-investment-capital standpoint, Tesla is a catastrophe.” “The electric-car maker has been burning money at a clip of about $8,000 a minute (or $480,000 an hour.)” …

Chinese bike share graveyard a monument to industry's 'arrogance'

Future of dockless bicycles under a cloud amid concerns there are too many bikes and not enough demand<p>At first glance the photos vaguely resemble a painting. On closer inspection it might be a giant sculpture or some other art project. But in reality it is a mangled pile of bicycles covering an …

China

Bitcoin for Beginners: 3 Things to Know Before You Invest

Bitcoin has been luring some investors with potentially huge rewards—and scaring others away with equally big risks. Should it be on your investment …

Longevity is less about diet, more about social circumstances

<b>From Nordic to Japanese to Mediterranean, a number of diets claim to have the key to longevity. But what do these really have in common?</b><p>What do …

Diets

Combining Solar Panels With Agriculture Makes Land More Productive

<b>Published on</b> November 24th, 2017 | <i>by Steve Hanley</i><p>0<p>November 24th, 2017 by <b>Steve Hanley</b><p>Solar panels are wonderful things, but they do take up a lot of …

A Swiss system is capturing carbon dioxide from the air and reselling it

Carbon Capture<p>The level of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is becoming untenable – a recent report indicated that it hasn’t been this high in …

Tesla just built the world's largest battery, thanks to a bet

In July, Elon Musk bet the people of Australia he could build a 100MW battery in 100 days or it would be free.<p>Turns out the man who proposed using rockets to fly us around the world in 30 minutes is nothing if not ambitious. Tesla just did it -- with about 40 days to spare.<p>On Friday, the South …

Contributors | The Next Web

All stories in Contributors<p>Focus groups are the solution to improving marketing results<p>Improving marketing results isn't easy, customer segmentation is the solution. Focus groups plays a vital role in marketing. ...<p>Shane Barker<p>No one knows about your startup: 5 ways to fix that<p>You created a super …

Batteries

AI is the next phase of human evolution

The upcoming paradigm shift is not just a technological revolution. It’s an evolutional revolution. It’s the biggest shift in human evolution since the dawn of time that will change who we are as a species for good.<p>AI will not replace humans, nor will it compete with us. Instead, we will utilize …

Inflación y minutas disparan probabilidad de alza de tasa de Banxico

La existencia de riesgos relacionados con el ámbito externo e interno podría hacer necesario que el Banco de México tuviera que elevar su tasa de …

Plant spies: DARPA’s plan to create organic surveillance sensors

There are plenty of gardeners that talk to their plants in the belief that it helps them grow. While plants aren't likely to be eavesdropping on our …

How to switch from Chrome to Firefox Quantum in under 2 minutes

Having used Chrome for ages, I’ve gotten used to the browser’s sluggish performance and gluttony for system memory, and I’ve a feeling I’m not alone.<p>With the launch of Firefox Quantum, we can finally break free from those shackles: the latest version of Mozilla’s browser uses an all-new CSS engine …

Walmart just struck another deal that confirms the death of America's middle class as we know it

Walmart is adding Lord & Taylor and its many designer fashion brands to its website, the companies announced Monday.<p>The deal is the latest in a series of moves by Walmart designed to target wealthy shoppers, which the retail giant has historically ignored in favor of customers at the opposite end …

¿Teléfonos con eSIM?, aquí sus principales ventajas y desventajas

eSIM es un término relativamente nuevo en el mundo de los smartphones, que significa “SIM integrado” escrito de forma abreviada. Como el nombre lo …

Jiko raises $7.7 million for debit card with cash back

A lot of startups have been raising money for credit cards and other financing businesses lately.<p>Now Jiko has debit card technology that has convinced Upfront Ventures, Radical Impact, Social Capital and others to invest $7.7 million in a Series A. The Oakland, Calif.-based business markets itself …

US government is clueless about AI and shouldn't be allowed to regulate it

Lobbyists for Google and Amazon today appeared in Washington to caution lawmakers against legislation, taxation, or regulation that could hamper the develop of AI in America.<p>The concern over AI has been largely fueled by speculation. When Elon Musk expressed his concerns that AI would be the most …

The 350 million people who don’t officially exist

<b>Whenever any report has a "global" subject matter it's never long before there's a massive, global-size statistic, counting people by the millions and billions.</b><p>News reports on global problems like to gesture to devastation and deprivation on an epic scale, counting out the suffering in numbers so …