Nevada panel OKs new rate structure for rooftop solar users

Nevada panel OKs new rate structure for rooftop solar users

The Nevada Public Utilities Commission is moving forward with a new rate structure for customers with rooftop solar panels. The commission voted unanimously to adopt the plan, which would reduce the amount NV Energy pays customers for excess energy their solar panels produce, and change the flat service rate for customers with solar panels. The changes would phase in over five years, starting Jan. 1. Rooftop solar companies such as Solar City have loudly opposed…

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Metro: fare machine problem resolved

Metro says a problem that kept riders from using credit and debit cards at fare machines for hours has been resolved. On Monday morning, Metro tweeted that some fare machines were not accepting credit cards. Later, Metro said machines couldn’t accept debit cards, but customers could use credit cards for transactions smaller than $20. Metro advised customers to use cash. By the evening rush, Metro said in a statement that the problem was resolved. The…

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China aims to expand global FTA network

China aims to expand global FTA network

China’s State Council on Thursday released guidelines on accelerating implementation of its free trade agreement (FTA) strategy, with an aim to gradually foster a global free trade network. The guidelines specified that the near-term goal of China’s FTA strategy is to promote negotiations with neighboring countries and liberalize trade in existing free trade areas. By doing that, China wants to raise the ratio of trade with FTA partners in entire foreign trade to that of…

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Better IP environment to boost China’s cultural industries: Tencent CEO

Better IP environment to boost China’s cultural industries: Tencent CEO

China’s culture and creative industries have strong growth potential as the country improves its intellectual property protections, said Pony Ma, co-founder and chief executive of Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings. “We believe copyright protections for music, literature, and animation will be standardized,” said Ma in an interview with Xinhua. “Innovations in the field require corresponding policies and regulations.” Ma said protecting intellectual property is a major challenge to the development of China’s Internet industries. Once…

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China to give whole nation 4G coverage by 2018

China to give whole nation 4G coverage by 2018

China aims to cover all its urban and rural areas with 4G network by 2018, according to an action plan published by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on Monday. The country also plans to install fiber optics in more than 80 percent of its villages, according to the MIIT’s three-year action plan “Internet Plus.” With regard to the upgrading of network infrastructure, the ministry set the target of “basically completing a broadband-based,…

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Japan to launch X-ray astronomy satellite after 2 months

Japan to launch X-ray astronomy satellite after 2 months

Japan will launch an X-ray astronomy satellite atop an H-2A carrier rocket in February next year, as an effort to elucidate the structure of space and its evolution. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced Friday that they decided to launch the H-2A Launch Vehicle No.30 (H-2A F30) with the X-ray astronomy satellite “ASTRO-H” onboard on Feb.12, 2016 from Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan’s southwestern…

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Zambia launches construction of China-aided hydro-power project

Zambia launches construction of China-aided hydro-power project

Zambia launched on Saturday the construction of a China-aided major hydro-power project, which will go a long way in boosting the country’s electricity generation capacity. The launch came after the signing of a memorandum of understanding by the two governments for the commencement works on the development of the 750 megawatts Kafue Gorge Lower Hydro-power project last month. The hydro power plant, to be situated in southern Zambia’s Chikankata district, about 90 kilometers from Lusaka,…

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Animal cloning center to be built in Tianjin

Animal cloning center to be built in Tianjin

Chinese scientists have signed a deal to establish a commercial animal cloning center in the northern port city of Tianjin, edging the controversial science closer to mainstream acceptance. The plant in the Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Area (TEDA), a government-sponsored business development park, will clone animals including sniffer and pet dogs, beef cattle and racehorses. Its main building is already under construction and due to be put into use in the first half of…

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Los Angeles Auto Show sees debut of 50 new models

Los Angeles Auto Show sees debut of 50 new models

This year’s Los Angeles Auto Show kicked off Wednesday with the debut of around 50 new models. Among them are 30 or so world premieres, including Buick’s redesigned LaCrosse, Land Rover’s all new Range Rover Evoque Convertible, Volvo Concept 26, Nissan Sentra, Mitsubishi Motors Outlander Sport and Mirage, Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport racecar, 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL, the new Hyundai Elantra, Jaguar’s first performance SUB. Green continues to be the trend at this year’s Los Angeles…

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2015 World Robot Conference highlights man-machine interaction

2015 World Robot Conference highlights man-machine interaction

The World Robot Conference 2015 will be held in Beijing from Nov. 23 to 25. Visitors can have a close contact with the robots and experience their cooking, cleaning — and even football — skills, organizers said on Monday. The event, organized by the China Association for Science and Technology and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), includes a forum, an exhibition and an international robot competition for teenagers. Representatives from 13 countries…

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Chinese archaeologists unearth ancient smoke-absorbing lamps

Chinese archaeologists unearth ancient smoke-absorbing lamps

Millennia before China’s smog made world headlines, Chinese lamp makers were coming up with designs to reduce air pollution, a new discovery has showed. Chinese archaeologists excavating a noted Western Han Dynasty (206 BC – 24 AD) cemetery in east China’s Jiangxi Province have unearthed two 2,000-year-old bronze lamps that can “swallow” smoke. The lamps are both the shape of a goose catching a fish in its mouth. The light is attached to the fish….

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Silicon Valley startup offers immersive VR camera with higher definition

Silicon Valley startup offers immersive VR camera with higher definition

A startup based in Silicon Valley has unveiled a new virtual reality (VR) camera that uses hundreds of tiny lenses and image sensors to provide life-like presence for live action. Lytro, based in Mountain View of North California, said the new hardware, named Lytro Immerge, is the world’s first professional light field solution for cinematic VR with four times more definition than regular high resolution (HD) cameras. “It is the perfect technology for VR and…

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Indian astronomers discover rare giant radio galaxy

Indian astronomers discover rare giant radio galaxy

Indian astronomers claim to have discovered an extremely rare giant dying radio galaxy that is located some 9 billion light years away. A team at the National Center for Radio Astrophysics in the western state of Maharashtra’s city of Pune found the galaxy — J021659-044920 — towards constellation Cetus, local media reported on Tuesday. According to the astronomers, the galaxy, which was spotted using the giant metrewave radio telescope, is emitting powerful radio waves with…

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Watch out, Ironman, jet pack is coming to Shenzhen

Watch out, Ironman, jet pack is coming to Shenzhen

Despite regulatory questions about its large-scale commercial future, the Martin Jetpack, with which users can suit up and travel like Ironman, is expected to make its maiden flight in China on Dec 6. Liu Ruopeng, chairman of Shenzhen-based Kuang-Chi Science Ltd, the largest shareholder in the jet pack’s producer, said the company will hold the event to demonstrate some of the Martin Jetpack’s capabilities on. The jet pack, created by New Zealand’s Martin Aircraft Co,…

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