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Solar panel costs predicted to fall 10% a year

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Climate Home: Power from the sun could supply 20% of energy worldwide by 2027 on current technology trends, say UK researchers Solar power costs are tumbling so fast the technology is likely to fast outstrip mainstream energy forecasts. That is the conclusion of Oxford University researchers, based on a new …

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Sri Lankan Authorities Begin Destroying Seized Ivory

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Sri Lankan authorities on Tuesday began destroying a shipment of African ivory seized three years ago, following a ceremony at which Buddhist monks gave the slaughtered elephants blessings for a better rebirth. The ivory was traced to northern Mozambique and Tanzania and has been valued by Sri Lankan customs at …

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Reason Behind Microsoft Surface Tablet Fail at NFL Game

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Tablets on New England Patriots’ sideline suffer a brief but very public lapse in connecting with the network, an awkward moment in which coaches and players can’t use the devices to review plays. Microsoft’s tablet partnership with the National Football League has not always been smooth. After Microsoft struck a …

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China aims to land probe on dark side of moon in 2018

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The feat, which no country has yet achieved, would mark another milestone in the country’s ambitious space programme File photo: China’s Chang’e-3 lunar probe landing onto the surface of the moon. The Chang’e-4 will attempt the first-ever landing of a lunar probe on the moon’s far side before 2020 Photo: Reuters …

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Japan proposes recycled medals for 2020 Olympics

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Proposal is part of organisers’ efforts to create an environmentally “sustainable” foundation for the summer Tokyo games The new design for the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, replacing the original design by British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, shelved due to escalating costs  Photo: The Japan Sports Council/AP Japan’s Olympic …

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Why picking up bacteria from friends could be good for your health

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Chimpanzees who congregated together had more bacteria species suggesting friends passed on helpful microbes Chimps groom each other By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor 8:02PM GMT 15 Jan 2016 Spending time with friends could be good for your health because they are likely to pass on friendly bacteria, scientists believe. A …

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Woman jailed for writing scripts for romance scammers

Patricia Wutaan is jailed for two years after offering scammers tips on how to tug at the heart strings of unsuspecting victims Jailed: Patricia Wutaan Photo: Metropolitan Police/Handout By Martin Evans, Crime Correspondent 2:38PM GMT 15 Jan 2016 A woman who wrote scripts for romance fraudsters to use, including one about …

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