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europeCatalonia votes for independence from Spain and Spain suspends Catalan auonomy

Lawmakers in Catalonia declared independence from Spain on Friday in a defiant move that divided the breakaway region and sharply escalated a confrontation for control with Madrid. The central government pressed for permission to take over control of Catalonia. Meanwhile, …

batteriesRussia is expanding and modernizing its submarine fleet while current plans are for fewer US submarines in the 2020s

Russia is deploying its ballistic missiles and attack submarines in numbers, range and aggression not seen in two decades, according to a top U.S. Navy official. In an exclusive interview, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe told CNN …

franceGerman Nuclear Fusion Stellarator test reactor has been started

The German nuclear fusion reactor, Wendelstein 7-X stellarator, has produced its first helium plasma. Assembly of the Wendelstein 7-X – the world’s largest stellarator-type fusion device – at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald, Germany, began …

air pollutionBill O’Reilly Mercenary Army Proposal is Inferior in All Respects to the US Foreign Legion Proposal

Bill O’Reilly proposed a mercenary army. Re-create a Special Forces unit without the personnel of a Special Forces unit. Instead: *The fighters in the O’Reilly Mercenary Army would be recruited by the United States; *They’d be trained by Special Forces …

economic impactFirst Water-Based Nuclear Battery Can Be Used to Generate Electrical Energy for decades with betavoltaics breakthrough

From cell phones to cars and flashlights, batteries play an important role in everyday life. Scientists and technology. companies constantly are seeking ways to improve battery life and efficiency. Now, for the first time using a water-based solution, researchers at …

brainFlip of a single molecular switch makes an old brain youn

The flip of a single molecular switch helps create the mature neuronal connections that allow the brain to bridge the gap between adolescent impressionability and adult stability. Now Yale School of Medicine researchers have reversed the process, recreating a youthful …

chinaWhy Denser Cities Are Smarter and More Productive

The Atlantic Cities – It’s clear that density plays an important role in economic growth. Density brings people and firms closer together which makes it easier to share and exchange information, invent new technologies, and launch new firms. But the …

economic impactFive IT Predictions for China in 2013 and Beyond from Gartner

Enterprise spending on IT in China is forecast to grow from US$117.8 billion in 2013 to reach $172.4 billion in 2016, representing a compound annual growth rate of 8 percent, compared to a global growth rate of 3 percent over …

chinaOpposed Piston and Other Engines that could deliver 100 mpg

1. EcoMotors is developing high-efficiency engines — specifically the unique opoc (Opposed Piston Opposed Cylinder) engine — for use in cars, light trucks, marine applications, agricultural vehicles, stationary generators, etc.; essentially anywhere conventional gas or diesel power is utilized. They …

canadaIraq Daily Oil Output Reaches 3.2 Million Barrels and will be 3.4 million barrels by the end of 2012

Bloomberg – Iraq’s crude-oil production has risen to 3.2 million barrels a day and will increase as planned to 3.4 million barrels a day by year’s end Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Hussain al-Shahristani said. The country’s output has …