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Chinese researchers develop new battery technology

A Chinese research team has developed a novel, environmentally friendly, low-cost battery that overcomes many of the problems of lithium ion batteries (LIB). The new aluminum-graphite, dual-ion battery (AGDIB) offers significantly reduced weight, volume, and fabrication cost, as well as higher energy density in comparison with conventional LIBs. AGDIB’s electrode materials are composed of environmentally […]

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Cuban Activists Say Telecommunications Infrastructure Must Stay In Cuban Hands

BIO Sujatha Fernandes is a Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of several books including Cuba Represent! Cuban Arts, State Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures (Duke University Press, 2006), Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chavez’s Venezuela (Duke University Press, 2010), and, most recently, Close […]

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Google helps offer vastly faster Internet in Cuba

Google is opening a cutting-edge online technology center at the studio of one of Cuba’s most famous artists, offering free Internet at speeds nearly 70 times faster than those now available to the Cuban public. President Obama says Google’s efforts in Cuba are part of a wider plan to improve access to the Internet across […]

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US regulator unveils low-income broadband subsidy plan

US regulators Tuesday unveiled a proposal to offer broadband subsidies to low-income Americans, saying that Internet access is “a prerequisite for full participation” in modern society. The Federal Communications Commission announced the proposal, which would involve reorganizing the “Lifeline” plan that is now available for telephone service. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the Lifeline program […]

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Learning From Germany’s Energy Transition

Wind, solar, and other renewable sources supplied a record 83 percent of Germany’s energy for one hour in August last year, according to a recent study. It’s only an hour. But the analysis by Agora Energiewende, a German think tank, singled out that one hour to show the potential of renewable energy as Germans march […]

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