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The Idiot's Guide To 'Smart' Energy

Recently, I presented at an Electricity Transmission conference in Vienna. I began by introducing myself as an “idiot.” So much nodding and smiling and general agreement, too! Why? Because I began my career as a Distribution Networks engineer. And I remember very well that back then my colleagues …

Room To Maneuver: Oil And Gas M&A Chatter Abounds, But Producers Have Plenty Of Options

Since commodity prices cratered, M&A in upstream North American oil and gas has been a lot like the weather. Everybody is talking about it, but nobody seems to want to do anything about it.<p>Although presenter after presenter at energy confabs these days point out how M&A often surges following …

Tesla success helps push green car program back in gear

You can't argue with success.<p>Tesla developed an electric car and paid back a nearly half billion dollar loan nine years early. Now the government is reviving the controversial automotive loan program that helped Tesla -- with $15 billion still available to kick-start the development of electric and …

Behold the NSA’s Dark Star: the Utah Data Center

It’s the ultimate machine of the Paranoid State. Clive Irving on the Orwellian data center rising in Utah.<p>Remember the Stasi, the secret police who …

Obama orders US to draw up overseas target list for cyber-attacks

Barack Obama has ordered his senior national security and intelligence officials to draw up a list of potential overseas targets for US …

High-Tech Sensors Help Old Port City Leap Into Smart Future

Aside from the occasional ferry down from England, the old Spanish port city of Santander doesn't get too many foreign visitors. So imagine the locals' surprise when delegations from Google, Microsoft and the Japanese government all landed there recently, to literally walk the streets.<p>What they've …

EU to impose anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese solar panels

The European commission is imposing anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese solar panels, in a move that could spark tit-for-tat retaliation from the world's …

Intel Capital creates $100M fund to invest in perceptual computing

Intel Capital has created a $100 million fund to finance perceptual computing projects, or those that use more senses to interact with computing devices. Perceptual computing includes gesture recognition using 3D depth cameras, which send signals into a room and measure the time it takes to bounce …

Why IBM desperately needed to buy SoftLayer

IBM’s acquisition of SoftLayer is a bid to make the IT giant relevant in a world where Amazon Web Services has come in from left field to snarf up …

Asus Zenbook Infinity sports Gorilla Glass 3 exterior

TAIPEI -- The Asus Zenbook Infinity, the company's latest design-focused ultrabook, is encased in Corning's Gorilla Glass 3.<p>Asus is not the first company to cover a notebook in Gorilla Glass. Its keen competitor, Acer, has also done so with the Aspire S7, though that's Gorilla Glass 2. The latest …

UN nuclear chief says no progress on Iran

The UN nuclear agency chief has said that talks with Iran have been "going around in circles", with no progress on efforts to clarify concerns about its nuclear programme.<p>Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said Iran's atomic work was in "clear contravention" …

Sustainable Housing in Nantes / Atelier Tarabusi

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The program is composed of 2 apartment blocks of 36 flats and 7 blocks of Multi-Family Dwellings with 26 …

UK shale gas reserves may be 'bigger than first thought'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/983000/983313_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524695592_aec575969f48f00a2aa7e51b82470551<p><b>One of the energy firms hoping to exploit the UK's resources of shale gas says it may be sitting on significantly more gas than previously thought.</b><p>UK …

Nukes In My Backyard - No Big Deal

It’s final – nuclear power plants do not have any effect on cancer rates for those living near them. Period. So, do we have to keep proving this over and over?<p>A very complete and meticulous study by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) on populations living near three of Ontario’s nuclear …

Why we need to bring nature back into cities

Urban areas could be the best hope for the survival of many species, but to do so we need to incorporate the natural world in new and innovative ways.<p>There is an optimistic view of the unprecedented migration we are witnessing from rural to urban areas, and it’s that cities could offer the biggest …

5 Delicious (and Healthy!) Iced Tea Combinations

Free information, as great as it sounds, will enslave us all

Imagine our world later in this century, when machines have gotten better. Cars and trucks drive themselves, and there’s hardly ever an accident. Robots root through the earth for raw materials, and miners are never trapped. Robotic surgeons rarely make errors. Clothes are always brand new designs …

Oil

Arctic oil boom sparks the next great political and environmental battle

Vast reserves of oil and gas already igniting conflicts<p>Things are heating up fast in the far north. The lands and sea of the Arctic — which have been ice-filled, inhospitable and treacherous for most of human history — are experiencing the effects of climate change more rapidly than anywhere else …