Conservative election manifesto signals the end of new nuclear power

After years of pro-nuclear bombast from the Conservative Party, its 2017 manifesto hasn’t got a single word to say about nuclear power, write Oliver Tickell & Ian Fairlie. Instead it announces a renewed focus on cutting energy costs, and a big boost for increasingly low-cost wind power; while both Labour and Libdems offer only weak, highly qualified support for new nuclear build. And so the great British ‘nuclear renaissance’ reaches its timely end.
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Tory manifesto signals the end of new nuclear power

After years of pro-nuclear bombast from the Conservative Party, the 2017 Tory manifesto hasn’t got a single word to say about nuclear power, writes Oliver Tickell. Instead it announces a renewed focus on cutting energy costs, and a big boost for increasingly low-cost wind power; while both Labour and Libdems offer only weak, highly qualified support for new nuclear build. And so the British ‘nuclear renaissance’ reaches its timely end.
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Virginia governor orders cap-and-trade regulation for power plants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Virginia’s governor issued an order on Tuesday to lay the groundwork for a cap-and-trade system to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, saying it would “fill the void” left by the Trump administration which has been rolling back federal climate rules.


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Global pension funds warm to India’s solar power ambitions

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Some of the world’s biggest pension funds, seeking long-term returns on green investments, are scouting for deals in India’s solar power sector, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is targeting $ 100 billion in investment in the next five years.


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Hybrid Digital-Analog Circuits Can Increase Computational Power of Chaos-Based Systems

New research from North Carolina State University has found that combining digital and analog components in nonlinear, chaos-based integrated circuits can improve their computational power by enabling processing of a larger number of inputs. This “best of both worlds” approach could lead to circuits that can perform more computations without increasing their physical size.

Computer scientists and designers are struggling to keep up with Moore’s law, which states that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit will double every two years in order to meet processing demands. They are rapidly reaching the limits of physics in terms of transistor size – it isn’t possible to continue shrinking the transistors to fit more on a chip.

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Turtle Power: Endangered Species Spawn On Florida Beaches

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 Green sea turtle. (Credit: Wikimedia commons)

(Click to enlarge) Green sea turtle. (Credit: Wikimedia commons)

Visit Siesta Key on Florida’s Gulf Coast this time of year and the scene will be exactly as you’d expect: a mixture of teens spring breaking on the famous silky, white sand and snowbirds combing the shores for shells. It’s a calming respite for many.

(From USA Today / By Sarah Sekula) — Soon enough, another annual visitor will show up, also seeking refuge. Once May rolls around, mama sea turtles will make their way to Sarasota County for nesting season. They arrive quietly in the wee hours, so chances are, you will never even notice them.

That said, it may come as a surprise that Sarasota County has the highest density of turtle nests on the Gulf Coast, hosting up to 6,000 nests a year, and the east coast of Florida hosts up to 40,000. Even more impressive, Florida’s beaches host the largest aggregation of nesting loggerheads in the world.

Seeing hatchlings emerge from the nest is an amazing experience. The sand begins to move up and down like bubbles in a pot of boiling water. Tiny heads and flippers break the surface by the dozens and quite suddenly there are loads of babies bumbling about, each no bigger than a child’s palm. Within a few minutes to a few hours, one tenacious hatchling starts trucking it to the sea. The rest follow.

“You can’t even count them all as they pour from the nest and make their way to the ocean without a care in the world, just the instinct to follow the light,” says Kristen Mazzarella, a biologist with Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

“They traverse over lots of obstacles from seaweed to holes in the sand and just keep going until they hit the water. It sometimes takes them a moment to realize that they need to switch to swimming, but after a few tosses by the waves, they swim out and have the whole ocean to explore.

Read the full story here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2017/04/03/florida-turtle-hatching/99972802/

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False promise: nuclear power: past, present and (no) future

Nuclear power was originally sold on a lie, writes Dave Elliott. While we were being told it would make electricity ‘too cheap to meter’, insiders knew it cost at least 50% more than conventional generation. Since then nuclear costs have only risen, while renewable energy prices are on a steep decline. And now the nuclear behemoths are crumbling … not a moment too soon.
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Bio-inspired energy storage: a new light for solar power

Inspired by an American fern, researchers have developed a groundbreaking prototype that could be the answer to the storage challenge still holding solar back as a total energy solution.

The new type of electrode created by RMIT University researchers could boost the capacity of existing integrable storage technologies by 3000 per cent.

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Tesla’s Musk offers to fix South Australia’s power crisis in 100 days

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Tesla Inc boss Elon Musk on Friday offered to save Australia’s most renewable-energy dependent state from blackouts by installing $ 25 million worth of battery storage within 100 days, and offering it for free if he missed the target.


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IU chemists create molecular 'leaf' that collects and stores solar power without solar panels

An international team of scientists led by Liang-shi Li at Indiana University has achieved a new milestone in the quest to recycle carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere into carbon-neutral fuels and others materials.

The chemists have engineered a molecule that uses light or electricity to convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide — a carbon-neutral fuel source — more efficiently than any other method of “carbon reduction.”

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