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Burning wood for power can be low carbon, UK government finds

10:34, Август 7, 2014
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Energy efficiency, Energy saving

Report by energy department's chief scientist unlikely to result in new restrictions on biomass power stations.

Smart meters to be put into every home - even if they don't work

10:33, Август 7, 2014
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Energy efficiency, Energy saving

The £11 billion Government plan to put ‘smart meters’ into every UK home launches this week despite fears they may not work and could open national grid up to cyber-terrorists.

Aviation innovation: Solar powered aeroplanes and silicone wings

10:31, Август 7, 2014
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Energy efficiency, Energy saving

Wing flaps modelled on birds and a 100% solar-powered plane, technology to tackle the industry's high emissions.

Will the micro-grid put major power companies out of business?

10:19, Август 7, 2014
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Energy efficiency, Energy saving

The traditional model of energy distribution via large, centralised grids is changing as smaller private networks powered primarily by renewables come online.

Eco-home made from old tyres can stay because of new planning rules

17:19, Август 6, 2014
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Ecology

Matthew Lepley and Jules Smith spent five years sleeping in tents and living off the land while they constructed a one bedroom eco-cabin from wooden crates and lorry tyres.

Germany, UK and Poland top ‘dirty 30’ list of EU coal-fired power stations

17:16, Август 6, 2014
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Ecology

Environmental study highlights health effects from pollution, with Germany coming top, and the UK third in total coal consumption.

Tech creche calls for smartphones to be left out of the woods

17:11, Август 6, 2014
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Resource management

New Forest park scheme encourages visitors to store electronic devices in a safe and enjoy nature without staring at screens.

EU agrees to improve energy efficiency 30% by 2030

17:09, Август 6, 2014
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Resource management

EU climate chief says energy-saving deal is not good news for Putin, but others hoping for 40% target are disappointed.

Nest and Samsung launch Thread, a wireless mesh standard for the smart home

17:05, Август 6, 2014
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Technologies

Samsung, ARM, Nest and four other companies have gotten together to build a new radio standard for the smart home. Dubbed Thread, it is a low-power, mesh network protocol that also supports IPv6. The standard is built on the existing radio hardware used by ZigBee devices (802.15.4), which means that a company could update its ZigBee devices to support Thread with software if it chooses.

Exosuit aims to open up hidden undersea world to researchers

16:57, Август 6, 2014
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Technologies

Scientists test 'superhero-style' suit that will enable underwater exploration and biological study at depths of up to 1,000ft.