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Cal on May 22nd, 2016

  The Eastern Chinese city of Wuhu wants to be the first city in the world to embrace autonomous driving.  The city views robot vehicles as a much more efficient way to transport people and goods. Chinese hi-tech firm Baidu has unveiled a five-year plan to let driverless vehicles range freely around an entire city. […]

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Cal on May 10th, 2016

SingularityHub tells us in the next 20 years, between 50% to 100% of the world’s energy production could come from solar. The site observes: “We are on the cusp of a solar revolution where the cost of solar cells will plummet, efficiency will rise dramatically, and the incentives for widespread adoption will become compelling.”  This […]

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Cal on April 29th, 2016

Venezuela’s government ordered public workers to work a two-day week as an energy-saving measure in the energy crisis-hit South American country. The nation had already given most of it’s 2.8 million public employees Fridays off during April and May to cut down on electricity consumption. Drought has reduced water levels at Venezuela’s main dam and […]

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Cal on March 30th, 2016

Consulting firm Wood Mackenzie says that some $500 billion worth of global crude oil and natural gas projects have been deferred due to low oil prices and hence corporate revenues. The International Energy Agency (IEA) says that unless there is a major increase in oil industry investments in 2017 and 2018, there will be a […]

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Cal on February 14th, 2016

The head of France’s Total Petroleum, Patrick Pouyanne, said over-supply of crude oil on the global market now amounts to 2%. He added that two-thirds of the drilling rigs in the US are shut down as a result of oil prices that are this week trending around $30 a barrel. Some 87,000 people have been […]

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Cal on February 11th, 2016

China has surpassed Germany as having the largest amount of solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. According to the National Energy Administration, the Asian country has total installed capacity of 43.2 gigawatts. Much of this capacity (15.1 GW) was installed in  2015. China’s solar PV capacity has increased roughly 13-fold since just 2011. Germany currently possesses around […]

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Cal on February 3rd, 2016

Last month OPEC crude oil production reached its highest level in recent history as Iran increased production and sales following the lifting of the nuclear sanctions by Western nations, and Saudi Arabia and Iraq increased their output. An electric, driverless shuttle bus will soon take to the public streets of the Netherlands. The WePod will […]

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Cal on December 11th, 2015

The largest and most sophisticated nuclear fusion reactor Wendelstein 7-X, or W7-X, went online this week in Germany. The stellarator reactor turned on at the Max Plank Institute for Plasma Physics. It has been under construction for the past 19 years and cost about $1 billion. The researchers and engineers behind the technology announced that they are […]

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