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THE first bicycles were made of wood. After that, manufacturers used steel tubes. These days, for high-end bikes where weight is at a premium, they turn to aluminium alloys or even to carbon fibre. But Izhar Gafni, an amateur cyclist who owns a number of such high-end bikes, wonders whether the original inventors had a point. He proposes to go back to using wood—or, rather, a derivative of wood, namely cardboard.

 

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German entrepreneur Gregor Schaper has installed a series of large circular solar panels in the small town of El Sauz, near Mexico City, and uses solar energy for all his cooking. Each solar cooker costs about solar cooker costs between $4,000 and $5,000 to build, according to AFP, but once it's up and running it is free to operate, and it produces no greenhouse gas emissions. According to Schapers, each solar reflector can create enough energy that can be used to cook for a group of 60 people.

 

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A ban on the controversial process of shale gas exploration known as fracking has been lifted by the Government.


Gas company Cuadrilla has been given the go-ahead to resume operations in Lancashire, which were halted in 2011 when test-drilling caused two minor earthquakes.  Despite the concerns of environmental groups, Energy Secretary Ed Davey said exploration could continue subject to regular seismic risk assessments.

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In the early 2000s, just around the time of the Dot Com Boom, some insurers stood up, took notice and began to develop a product designed to address the financial loss that might arise out of data breaches. This was at a time where most companies were just beginning to realise the economic potential of the Internet. At this time insurers were looking to target the big dotcom companies such as Amazon, Yahoo, eBay and Google.

 

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With the speed of technology seemingly ever increasing so does the level of risk to business. Now more than ever technology businesses need to cover these new and emerging threats.

 

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The metrological mast for the proposed Rampion Offshore Wind Farm in the English Channel has been installed 13km from the port of Shoreham-on-Sea UK.


The works included the installation of a lattice tower structure, the top of which was 110m above Lowest Astronomical Tide, along with the associated telemetry and navigation aid systems.

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Revolutionary new technology that produces "petrol from air" is being produced by a British firm.


A small company in the north of England has developed the "air capture" technology to create synthetic petrol using only air and electricity.
Experts tonight hailed the astonishing breakthrough as a potential "game-changer" in the battle against climate change and a saviour for the world's energy crisis.


The technology, presented to a London engineering conference, removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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As every autumn approaches, so does the three day Renewable UK annual exhibition and conference, which this year took place in Glasgow at the SECC.

 

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By virtue of their location, most large-scale wind farms are pretty remote, making theft a real concern.

 

Security of any renewable energy project is a task that typically goes hand in hand with maintaining the assets and assuring high availability for the project owner. Unfortunately, thieves and vandals can directly impact the success of a project during and after construction, which could diminish the potential profitability of a project, as repairs and replacements must be made.

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Nsure Renewables congratulate their longstanding client Evance Wind Turbines Ltd for their listing at number 14 in the Tech Track 100 published in the Sunday Times in September.

 

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With cyber-attacks now becoming a part of day to day life it has made the need to protect our businesses/livelihoods more and more important. As I have eluded to in the past traditional insurance policies have not kept pace with the continually changing landscape and this is where specifically designed comprehensive cyber insurance products come into their own.

 

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A new species of bacteria that forms itself into living electrical cables spanning several centimetres has been discovered in Danish mud. The bacteria, a previously unknown member of the Desulfobulbaceae family, were found living in at the bottom of the bay of the Danish port, Aarhus, by Lars Peter Nielsen, a bioscientist at Aarhus University's Centre for Geomicrobiology. The discovery was confirmed by Christian Pfeffer, a student of Nielsen's.


Each individual bacteria cell consists of an insulating sheath surrounding a set of conducting fibres and measures one micrometre (a millionth of a metre) in length but the cells group together into far longer chains -- some several centimetres in length. The reason for the bacteria to form such long structures appears to be one of energy production. The cells at the base of the chain are buried within the Aarhus bay's mud separating electrons from sulphides in the sediment and passing them to the cells at the top of the chain where they can combine with oxygen in the sea water.  This electron transport chain generates energy for the bacteria.

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Are you throwing away £23,000?

 

It might come as a shock, but that's how much it could cost if you don't shop around to find the best income for your retirement.

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Residents are more likely to install solar panels on their own homes if their neighbours have also embraced the technology.


A study by Yale and New York University investigating the effects of social interaction on adoption of solar photovoltaic panels -- i.e. whether other people's enthusiasm for solar power is contagious -- discovered that an increase of just ten solar panel installations in a post code was accompanied by 7.8 percent increase in the probability of adoption by others.

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One of a business's greatest concerns with data storage and backup is security, IE: how can you make sure your data is safe both internally and externally if using cloud solutions.

 

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Nsure Financial Services are pleased to announce that with immediate effect we have been awarded membership of the new Equity Release Council.

The Equity Release Council (www.equityreleasecouncil.com) has been created from Safe Home Income Plans (SHIP) – a well-respected and established trade body that has represented the providers of equity release for the past 20 years.

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Bonds - Construction and Engineering Industries


Essentially, bonds are designed to provide third party protection to employers against loss or damage suffered as a result of breach of contractual obligations by a contractor.

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Bees close to a biogas plant in northern France have begun producing blue and green honey, causing concern among apiculturists.

 

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The East Sussex port of Newhaven has been chosen to be the operations and maintenance base for a proposed wind farm in the English Channel.

 

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Britain's windfarms broke a new record on Friday 14th September 2012 by providing over four gigawatts of power to the National Grid – enough to light and heat more than 3m British homes.


It beats a previous high of 3.8GW set in May and comes as a further 4GW of wind turbines are being installed, half on land and half offshore.

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