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Bureaucracy Slows Israel’s Solar Energy Progress

Israel’s research labs such as National Solar Energy Center,  Grand Technion Energy Program (GTEP) and companies such as Zenith Solar and Arava Power Systems are developing advanced solar energy technology which is nearly cost-competitive with fossil fuels.  Israel’s solar technology has been used in places as far away as Australia and China.   Combine this […]

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A Planetary Conjunction With Giza’s Pyramids

A beautiful image is making the rounds on social networks and news websites.  It shows three bright planets, Mercury, Venus and Saturn with each poised directly over one of the three pyramids at Giza Egypt.  According to the story, this conjunction will occur on December 3, 2012 for the first time in  2737 years. Skeptics […]

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Rapid Electric Car Charger Comes to Masdar City

The Abu Dhabi government in cooperation with Mitsubishi industries has opened the region’s first  rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging station. The station is located in Masdar City and is certified to meet the Charge de Move (CHAdeMO) industry standard for rapid charging.  This standard can reduce charging time by as much as 90 percent. Charging […]

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Arothron’s Underwater Compressed Air Storage Could Fill Gaps in the Grid

Israel’s Arothron gets inspired by the pufferfish for a novel type of underwater energy storage system using compressed air. Arothron was established in 2011 as an enterprise focused on underwater compressed air energy storage (UWCAES).  Arothron is named after a type of pufferfish which can inflate its body into a spherical shape. This Israel-based company’s mascot […]

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Leap-second Bug Consumes Megawatts of Electricity

Was it the leap-second bug that pushed America’s power plants beyond their capacity? A 61 second minute was added to clocks around the world on June 30, 2012 at 23:59:60 UTC in order to compensate for slight variations in earth’s rotation speed.  This triggered a number of software bugs one of which caused a spike […]

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SafeMed Offers Course on Ballast Water and Invasive Species

Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Tunisia and Turkey were among the representatives at the SafeMed course on the environmental risk of ballast water last month. The course was offered in Malta and is designed to emphasize the effective implementation of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water […]

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Venus to Cross Mideast Sunrise on June 6, 2012

There’ll be a little black spot on the Sun today… (in June). Watch out for Venus come sunrise. A rare transit of Venus will be visible at local sunrise throughout the Mideast on the morning of  Wednesday June 6, 2012.   A transit occurs when one celestial body passes in front of another from an observer’s […]