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US struggles to convince Iraqis it doesn't support IS

BAGHDAD (AP) — For nearly two years, U.S. airstrikes, military advisers and weapons shipments have helped Iraqi forces roll back the Islamic State group. The U.S.-led coalition has carried out more than 5,000 airstrikes against IS targets in Iraq at a total cost of $7 billion since August 2014, …

Donald Trump's Federal Budget Psychosis Gets Visibly Worse

Before I say anything about Donald Trump’s latest federal budget craziness, let’s remember that he previously has willingly and apparently very proudly displayed his psychotic fiscal thinking.<p>As I said in this post, it was only a month or so ago that Trump revealed a tax cut plan the Tax Policy …

Donald Trump

Millions of pounds of British aid to Syria 'may have fallen into the hands of terrorist groups'

Millions of pounds of British humanitarian aid sent to Syria may have fallen into the hands of jihadists, it has been claimed.<p>The money came from financial support sent to the war-stricken country by the Department for International Development (Dfid).<p>But, the Mail on Sunday reported, the …

Middle East

Flying Guinea Pigs

An article in United Airlines on-board magazine said, “[United] will be the first U.S. airline to use renewable biofuel on regularly scheduled …

Biofuel

Saudi Arabia launches 9.5GW initiative

Deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is aiming to reduce the country's dependence on oil and "create a more diverse and sustainable economy", …

Abdulaziz Al Saud

GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — If there's a War on Coal, it's increasingly clear which side is winning.<p>Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added to the nation's grid in 2015, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy. …

Renewable Energy

Exclusive: Shift in Saudi oil thinking deepens OPEC split

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - As OPEC officials gathered this week to formulate a long-term strategy, few in the room expected the discussions would end without a clash. But even the most jaded delegates got more than they had bargained with.<p>“OPEC is dead,” declared one frustrated official, according to …

Saudi Arabia

How to use Windows 10's Task View and virtual desktops

Windows 10 brings a lot of great features to the PC, but one that power users are greeting with an exasperated “<i>finally</i>” is virtual desktops.This longstanding productivity powerhouse has long been standard on OS X and Linux distributions. Windows has actually supported the feature for a while …

Linux

Labour's Khan becomes first Muslim mayor of London after bitter campaign

LONDON (Reuters) - Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver, became London’s first Muslim mayor on Saturday, seeing off a Conservative challenger who attempted to link him to extremism and securing a much-needed win for his opposition Labour Party.<p>Khan’s victory, which also makes him the first Muslim to …

Anti-Semitism

This Ultracool Sun Could Be Shining On Alien Life

Astronomers have found the best chance for alien life close to Earth in the form of three potentially habitable worlds orbiting an ultracool dwarf star just 40 light years away.<p>Researchers using the TRAPPIST ((TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope) at ESO’s La Silla Observatory …

Universe

Almost all U.S. gasoline is blended with 10% ethanol - Today in Energy

<b>Source:</b> U.S. Energy Information Administration, <i>Petroleum Supply Monthly</i><p>Blends of petroleum-based gasoline with 10% ethanol, commonly referred to as …

Ethanol

Donald Trump's election would derail Paris climate deal, warns its architect

A climate change denier as US president would dramatically threaten global action to cut carbon emissions, says ex-French foreign minister Laurent Fabius<p>The election of Donald Trump would derail the landmark agreement on climate change reached in Paris last December, the architect of the accord has …

Climate

While Musk dreams of colonizing Mars, a TV space thriller confronts the philosophical questions

For the last year, some 250 million miles from Earth, an American spacecraft called Dawn has been orbiting Ceres, a dwarf planet—really a big asteroid—between Mars and Jupiter. It is Dawn’s second stop within the asteroid belt: Four years ago, it took a close look at Vesta, another protoplanet. …

James S.A. Corey

China's Economy Will Overtake The U.S. In 2018

Each country measures economic growth by its gross domestic product or GDP. Negative or positive GDP indicates whether the economy is contracting or expanding. When you combine the total economic output of each country, the result is global GDP. In this article, we will reveal how America’s …

Economics

Drinking water: Carbon Pricing Revenues Could Close Infrastructure Access Gaps

Dr. Michael Jacob is a lead author for the study to find out the possibility of providing finance for all drinking water as soon as 2030. If just …

Sub-Saharan Africa

Renewed drilling finds NIS 1.2 billion of oil near Dead Sea

The Hatrurim license is estimated to hold seven million barrels of oil.<p>OIL DERRICKS.. (photo credit: REUTERS)<p>The Hatrurim oil and gas exploration …

Oil Bulls Bet the Waning U.S. Shale Boom Will Curb Global Glut

Hedge funds are rooting for a quick collapse of the U.S. shale boom.<p>Money managers turned the most bullish since May as West Texas Intermediate crude …

Oil

Forecast: La Niña to replace El Niño conditions in the fall of 2016 – dry winter for California expected

This summer there will be lots of fun and rejoicing on California lakes and reservoirs, many of which are now nearly full thanks to a strong El Niño …

Weather

Large majority of U.S. Senate pushes Obama to boost Israel aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than four-fifths of the U.S. Senate have signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to quickly reach an agreement on a new defense aid package for Israel worth more than the current $3 billion per year.<p>Eighty-three of the 100 senators signed the letter, led by …

North Africa

America prepares for Russia’s “hybrid warfare”

Beyond the Cold War<p>America has a problem. As it has occupied itself with the seemingly unending wars in the Middle East, old foes have been stirring. …

Did climate change cause these ancient civilizations to collapse?

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Climate Change

Oh, you thought the drama was over now that Wall Street's nightmare stock filed for bankruptcy?

So story over, right? One for the books. A massive company with $11 billion in debt and an SEC investigation hanging over its head bites the dust.<p>Not exactly. SunEdison has creditors, and those creditors are going to want things. They also may want things that SunEdison doesn't want to give …

Solar Power

Almost all great science fiction and fantasy comes back to this simple idea

Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox<p>Almost all science fiction and fantasy stories are, at their core, about the economics of scarcity and abundance.<p>That's …

Science Fiction

These 6 charts explain the world's looming demographic crisis

Those changes will broaden the scope of our study of economics and investing; they will alter our understanding of sociology; and they will radically affect politics and governments.<p>Precisely what these changes will be is difficult to discern and predicting them requires some guesswork, but the one …

Geography

Saudi Binladin Group employees set fire to buses in protest

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Employees at the Saudi Binladin Group, a construction giant, have set fire to more than seven company buses in the latest protest by disgruntled staff over not being paid salaries for months and a large round of reported layoffs.<p>Maj. Nayef al-Sharif, the spokesman for …

Saudi Arabia

Science & Diplomacy Go Together

From climate change to nuclear security, we need science <i>and</i> diplomacy to solve the world’s greatest challenges.<p>— <i>A preview of major themes in remarks</i> …

Critics of Trump in GOP Senate fact check his foreign policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's leading Republican voices on national security are assembling an indictment of Donald Trump's worldview by soliciting rebuttals from U.S. military leaders that challenge the accuracy and legality of the GOP presidential front-runner's most provocative foreign policy …

National Security

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Research Highlights: International Collaboration Studies Effects of Marine Renewable Energy Devices

International Collaboration Studies Effects of Marine Renewable Energy Devices<p>Annex IV State of Science Report increases market acceleration and safe …

Renewable Energy