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- China’s most recent nuclear energy plan calls for five new nuclear power reactors to be brought online in 2018 and construction to be started on a further six to eight units.
- In its Energy Work Guidance Opinion for 2018, the NEA (National Energy Administration) said China’s installed nuclear generating capacity would be boosted by a total of 6 GWe this year with the start-up of the Sanmen 1 and Haiyang 1 AP1000s, the Taishan 1 EPR, the Tianwan 3 VVER-1000 and the Yangjiang 5 ACPR1000.
- China’s plans to cut 150 million tons of coal production capacity this year shouldn’t be interpreted as a turn away from the fuel, said Ling Wen, general manager of China Energy Investment Corp., the newly-formed world’s biggest power company, according to a report from China Mining News.
ExxonMobil won't pay corporate tax until at least 2021
- Chairman Richard Owen told a Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance in Melbourne about $21 billion in investments in gas production in the Bass Strait and in Western Australia would see the global gas company continue to avoid a corporate tax bill for three more years, with its most recent payment dating back to 2013.
- The company's tax manager Stuart Brown said Exxon expected to be paying about $600 million annually once its corporate tax bills returned, depending on foreign exchange rates and resource prices.
- Exxon has told the inquiry it is responsible for more than $300 million in petroleum resource rent tax payments since 2017.
- Witness Jason Ward, from the campaign group Make Exxon Pay, said the company would make more than $50 billion in profits from Australia before it again had to pay any corporate tax.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands gets another free patch
- Ubisoft has a New Assignment for anyone playing Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands in the form of a free update to the online cooperative military shooter.
- The patch launches tomorrow, and it introduces new classes for the player-versus-player (PVP) mode.
- The New Assignments update debuts March 14 on PC and consoles.
- Ghost Recon debuted a year ago, and it has contributed to the 60 million players for the Tom Clancy brand, along with Rainbox Six: Siege and The Division (two other online shooters).
- The new classes in the upcoming patch are the Trapper, Guerilla, and Stalker.
- Ubisoft has now delivered on the six promised additional classes it said it would deliver after launch.
- In addition to the character classes, New Assignment introduces the Refinery and Cliffside maps for Wildlands’ Extraction mode.
- The patch also brings a refined map-voting tool and a number of other tweaks to the shooter.
A New Era of Batteries Spells Trouble for Gas in America
- Instead of relying on electricity from three gas-fired plants run by Calpine Corp., PG&E will have to use batteries or other non-fossil fuel resources to keep the lights on in the most-populated U.S. state.
- Gas now accounts for about a third of the country’s electricity, but renewables like solar and wind are expanding faster, doubling their share of the market over the past decade to a projected 17 percent last year, government data show.
- California still needs gas plants to back up a state grid that’s “under pressure from volatile solar power,” Kit Konolige, an analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, wrote in a note Thursday.
- That’s changing with the development of bigger, more efficient units that can carry a charge longer, especially in the kinds of electric vehicles manufactured by the likes of Tesla Inc. Since 2010, Bloomberg New Energy Finance data show, the price of lithium-ion battery packs have fallen 79 percent.
What you need to know about nerve agent, the deadly chemical used in ex-spy Sergei Skripal's attempted murder in Britain
- While officials did not specify the type of nerve agent used, a well-placed source told the BBC it was likely to be extremely rare.
- Nerve agents can take the form of gas, aerosol, or liquid, and enter the body through inhalation, the skin, or the consumption of liquid or food contaminated with them, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said.
- Victor Madeira, a senior fellow at The Institute for Statecraft who testified to Parliament about Russian covert interference in Britain, told Business Insider: "Nerve agents are rare, tightly-controlled synthetic substances that do require specialised knowledge to manufacture, store and use safely.
- Chemical weapons expert Richard Guthrie similarly told The Guardian that manufacturing nerve agents require "fairly complicated chemistry," and were "essentially impossible" to make at home.
DNA nanobot 'starves' tumors
- A DNA nanorobot programmed to transport blood-coagulating proteins specifically into tumours so that their blood supply is blocked could make for a promising new cancer therapeutic.
- The new system, which literally “starves” the tumour, only destroys cancer cells and not surrounding tissue.
- It has been shown to work on breast, lung, melanoma and ovarian tumours in mice and Bama miniature pigs.
- It only takes a few hours to make the bots through DNA-based molecular recognition and self-assembly, say the researchers.
- The researchers tested out their devices by injecting them into mice and miniature pigs bearing grafts of various human cancer cells.
- The team, reporting its work in Nature Biotechnology doi:10.1038/nbt.4071, says that it would now like to test out its technique in larger animals and primates and hopes to finish these preclinical studies in one or two years.
Maven brings its Maven Gig service for on-demand economy workers to Austin
- Maven has launched its Maven Gig offering in Austin, just ahead of SXSW when there will probably be a fair amount of ride-hailing and on-demand food delivery activity.
- Maven Gig is the arm of GM’s Maven mobility brand that caters specifically to gig economy workers, with cars available to freelancers who drive only occasionally, and only essentially to offer ride-hailing services via Lyft and Uber, or delivery through things like Postmates and Uber Eats.
- Maven Gig will have 20 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles in service in Austin starting today, which are available for flat rate weekly rentals that also including unlimited mileage, insurance (minus deductibles) and any maintenance costs.
- GM and Maven are claiming an estimated gas savings of around 250,000 gallons of fuel since Maven launches Bolt EVs into the fleet, with 6.5 million purely electric miles driven via the service since last February.
Seaweed Sneakers Look Fly, Could Help Save the Environment
- What if they looked as stylish as any other shoe, and could help reduce the massive impact of the textile industry?
- The material, developed by the startup Algiknit, is robust enough to be used in footwear, doesn’t dissolve in water, and can even by dyed.
- The fashion industry is known to have a massive impact on the environment, and the materials used to make shoes are particularly troublesome.
- The recent trend of “fast fashion” is making things worse, with clothes being designed to be replaced quickly.
- Outdated outfits are rarely re-used: in the U.S. alone, 13 trillion tons of clothing end up in landfills every year, according to a report from Forbes.
- AlgiKnit is taking the “if you can’t beat them, join them” approach.