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Off the (failing) grid in North Korea, where solar energy is a hot commodity 23.5.2016 L.A. Times - World News

Think of it as a North Korean Best Buy — a shop stuffed with refrigerators, karaoke machines, laptop computers and flat-screen TVs. But with a square footage closer to a typical American 7-Eleven than a big-box store, the Pothonggang Information Technology Center has to be selective about what...

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A Huge Solar Plant Caught on Fire, and That’s the Least of Its Problems 23.5.2016 Wired Top Stories
A Huge Solar Plant Caught on Fire, and That’s the Least of Its Problems
Ivanpah, the world’s largest solar plant, is a glittering sea of mirrors that concentrate sunlight into three blindingly bright towers. Too bad it's so expensive. The post A Huge Solar Plant Caught on Fire, and That’s the Least of Its Problems appeared first on WIRED.
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Incredible possibilities of 'invisible' wood 23.5.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Scientists at the University of Maryland, College Park have created transparent wood. The material could revolutionize design concepts.
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New findings to boost space weather forecast 23.5.2016 New Kerala: Technology
Washington, May 23 : A team of US researchers has discovered new evidence about how the Earth's magnetic field interacts with solar wind -- a finding that can improve forecasts about space weather.
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Ajay Shirke nominated as BCCI Secretary 22.5.2016 New Kerala: World News
Mumbai, May 22 : BCCI President Anurag Thakur on Sunday nominated Ajay Shirke as the Secretary of the Board as per the rules to fill up the vacancy created by his resignation.
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Solar-powered plane lands in Ohio after flight from Oklahoma 22.5.2016 Hindu: News
The solar project began in 2002 to highlight the importance of renewable energy and the spirit of innovation.
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Op-ed: Why a regional power market is good for Utah 22.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
We all like to save money and can agree that Utahns deserve clean, reliable and affordable electricity. Living in the West, we are fortunate to enjoy abundant renewable resources like wind and solar that are already being used to power our homes and businesses at increasingly lower costs. Wider use of these energy sources is good for consumers, our economy and our air quality. The good news is that Utahns can reap even more of these benefits if we take advantage of a new opportunity to participa...
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Solar Impulse 2 heads to birthplace of Wright Brothers 22.5.2016 CNN: Top Stories
If Orville and Wilbur Wright had caught a peek of Solar Impulse 2 taking a leisurely spin through the clouds, they'd be saying, "this is right, brother."
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Solar Airplane Attempting To Circumnavigate The Globe Takes Off From Tulsa, Okla. 21.5.2016 NPR Health Science
Solar Impulse 2, the experimental plane attempting to fly around the world using only the sun's power, is heading toward Dayton, Ohio on the latest leg of its journey.
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Huge profits in store for firm that can make a great leap in battery technology 21.5.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
The problems of storing and carrying energy for our gadgets and homes are proving difficult to solve. But a breakthrough is sorely needed

From the phones in our pockets to the cars on our roads, almost everything with an electrical circuit needs a battery. But while the rest of the technology industry has made great leaps over the past couple of decades, batteries have not.

The shortcomings of batteries are now one of the biggest bottlenecks in transport, energy, infrastructure and more. Our power demands are ever-increasing, but our ability to carry or store power is limited. Smartphones barely last a day, electric vehicles have much shorter ranges than petrol or diesel cars, and storing energy from sources such as solar panels is difficult.

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Green really is the new black as Big Oil gets a taste for renewables 21.5.2016 Guardian: Environment
Shell, Total, Statoil, even Exxon - they’re all at it. But are the recent moves into solar and wind power lip service, fashion, or a real shift away from fossil fuels? The world’s largest oil companies have in recent weeks announced a series of “green” investments – in wind farms, electric battery storage systems and carbon capture and storage (CCS). These unexpected moves come hot on the heels of revelations by Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest crude exporter, that it plans to sell off parts of its national oil company and diversify its economy away from petroleum. They also come in the aftermath of a United Nations climate change agreement and before annual general meetings for Shell and Exxon Mobil this week, meetings at which shareholders will demand that more be done to tackle climate ...
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Cook meets Modi, explores manufacturing, retailing in India 21.5.2016 New Kerala: World News
New Delhi, May 21 : Breaking his silence on being an integral part of the Make in India initiative, Apple CEO Tim Cook discussed at length with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the possibilities of manufacturing and retailing Apple devices in the country as the two met here on a sweltering hot Saturday.
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Business Highlights 21.5.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

___ Vin Diesel, Chanel spark cultural backlash in Cuba HAVANA (AP) — “Fast and Furious.” U.S. cruise ships. A star-studded private celebration of Chanel. The triple tsunami of global capitalism that pounded socialist Cuba this month has spawned a fierce debate about the downside of detente with the United States. Artists, writers and intellectuals who […]
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In India's Sundarbans, People And Tigers Try To Coexist In A Shrinking Space 20.5.2016 NPR News
The vast patchwork of islands on a delta where three rivers meet is home to hundreds of tigers and 4 million people. As climate change squeezes the land they share, is increased conflict inevitable?
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Mirrors spark fire at world’s largest solar-thermal plant 20.5.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

PRIMM, Nev. (AP) — A small fire shut down a generating tower at the world’s largest solar-thermal power plant, leaving the sprawling facility on the California-Nevada border operating at only a third of its capacity, authorities said. Firefighters had to climb some 300 feet up a boiler tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System […]
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Hawaii: Where to really get away from it all on the Big Island 20.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

If you want to stay way off the grid, check out this remote lodging on the Big Island. Kipuka, a collection of just four cottages, is tucked away in the village of Kapoho, near the island's eastern tip.

Owner Mark Frost built the eco-friendly cottages in 2014 and 2015. They’re made of bamboo, a...

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CSIR lab develops 'solar tree' that can light 5 houses 20.5.2016 New Kerala: World News
Kolkata, May 20 : A CSIR laboratory in West Bengal has designed a 'solar power tree' that takes up only four square feet of space and produces about three kilowatts (kW) of power - enough to power about five households.
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CSIR lab develops 'solar tree' that can light 5 houses (Lead, correcting para eight) 20.5.2016 New Kerala: World News
Kolkata, May 20 : A CSIR laboratory in West Bengal has designed a 'solar power tree' that takes up only four square feet of space and produces about three kilowatts (kW) of power - enough to power about five households.
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North Korea is building something other than nukes: architecture with some zing 20.5.2016 L.A. Times - World News

Soaring more than 50 stories, the new blue-and-white skyscraper at the top of Future Science Street cuts a Jetsons-like form. Its tower is crowned with a golden planet, and its sleek tiers of stacked oblong shapes call to mind a cartoon spaceport, ready to dock flying saucers. Down the block, two...

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This Chemical Reaction Revolutionized Farming. It’s Also Destroying the Planet. 20.5.2016 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Wired and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Of all the elements that make up Earth's atmosphere, nitrogen is by far the most abundant. It is also one of the most inert. Nothing happens when you breathe it in, swallow it, or let it suffuse your skin. Nitrogen gas likes to stay nitrogen gas. But in the early 20th century, two German chemists, Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch, figured out how to pluck fertilizer from thin air by making ammonia (NH3) out of nitrogen gas (N2). You need energy, lots of it. The Haber-Bosch process relied and still relies on high temperature, high pressure, and hydrogen atoms ripped from fossil fuels. Ammonia from this process fertilizes crops, which in turn nourish you. On average, half the nitrogen in your cells might come from Haber-Bosch. "The Haber-Bosch process is one of the most important for humanity," says Mercouri Kanatzidis , a chemist at Northwestern University. But what seemed ingenious a hundred years ago ...
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