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Rival rallies in Germany over fate of coal-fired power plants

Frankfurt - Thousands turned out in Germany Saturday for rival rallies for and against the closure of coal-fired power plants, as debate on the issue rages.

Brazil ruling party treasurer arrested in Petrobras probe

Rio De Janeiro - The treasurer of Brazil's ruling Workers' party (PT), Joao Vaccari, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly taking bribes and laundering money from state oil giant Petrobras, the latest blow to President Dilma Rousseff.

Gold nanoparticles used for unique energy storage

Scientists have devised a way to capture and store energy using gold nanoparticles. This is by using gold atoms at a level just below gold metal. The findings could help with future medical instruments.

Ontario's clean energy plan wins green approval Special

Toronto - Ontario has announced that it will instigate a so-called "cap-and-trade" system on carbon emissions from businesses. This move has been welcomed by environmental groups.

Solar Impulse 2 pilot back in Switzerland for medical tests

Ginebra - The co-pilot of a pioneering plane attempting to circumnavigate the globe powered by the sun, is being treated for migraine in his native Switzerland but will return to China soon, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

We may have overestimated the expansion rate of the universe

New observations of supernovae have suggested that the universe may be expanding much slowly than has been thought up until now. This is a large change that could influence future theories about the end of the universe.

Protester releases rodents at Brazil graft hearing

Bras - A hearing into a massive graft scandal at Brazil's state oil firm Petrobras was interrupted Thursday when a protester unleashed several rodents including mice, hamsters and gerbils on proceedings, sparking chaos at Congress.

U.S. geologist thanks Chinese jailers for making him 'stronger'

Washington - A U.S. geologist who spent more than seven years in a Chinese prison thanked his jailers for making him and his family stronger, in a statement quoting US civil rights champion Martin Luther King and Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Large Hadron Collider begins restart process

The restart of the Large Hadron Collider has begun as particles begin to travel around the 27km tunnel again for the first time since 2013. The LHC has been shut down so that substantial upgrade and maintenance work can be completed.

U.S. geologist jailed in China released, deported: Rights group

Bejing - A US geologist convicted on state secrets charges and imprisoned in China has been released and returned to the United States, a human rights group said.Xue Feng, who had been serving an eight-year sentence in Beijing No.

Turkey in the dark over mega power cut

Ankara - The causes of Turkey's biggest power cut in over 15 years that deprived most of the country of electricity remained shrouded in mystery Wednesday, with the government under pressure to give answers ahead of June 7 legislative elections.

Solar Impulse lands in China after 20-hour flight from Myanmar

Shanghai - Solar Impulse 2 landed early Tuesday in China, the world's biggest carbon emitter, completing the fifth leg of its landmark global circumnavigation powered solely by the sun.

Graphene light bulb headed for shops, cuts energy use by 10%

The first commercially viable consumer product to be built from graphene is to go on sale before the end of the year. The dimmable light bulb will use 10% less energy than other bulbs but will last longer because of graphene's increased conductivity.

New major study finds magnets can control heat and sound

Researchers at the Ohio State University have discovered how to control heat with magnetic fields, proving that both heat and sound have magnetic properties.

Scientists find new way to control light for next gen computing

Scientists have created a device reminiscent of a bee's honeycomb that can twist beams of light around tighter curves than has ever been witnessed before. This could become a powerful way of transmitting data on circuit boards in next gen computers.

Round-the-world solar pilot flies into Indian red tape tangle

Ahmedabad - A pilot who is trying to make history by flying a solar-powered plane around the world launched an angry attack on Indian bureaucracy on Wednesday after a lengthy hold-up in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state.

Rain delays next leg of solar plane's round-the-world bid

Ahmedabad - Poor weather has delayed Solar Impulse 2's departure from India on the next leg of its epic bid to become the first plane to fly around the world powered solely by the sun.

Unlikely allies fight for solar energy in Florida

Miami - Florida is widely known as the Sunshine State but when it comes to harnessing solar power, lots of customers find it just doesn't pay because electricity is already cheap and there is little incentive to make the change from fossil fuels.

Solar plane completes first sea leg of epic round-the-world bid

Ahmedabad - Solar Impulse 2 landed in India late Tuesday, completing the initial sea crossing of its epic bid to become the first plane to fly around the world powered solely by the sun.

Solar plane lands in Oman after 1st leg of round-the-world bid

Muscat - The Solar Impulse 2 landed Monday in Oman, completing the initial leg of its bid to become the first solar-powered plane to fly around the world, an AFP photographer said.

Yoga, hypnosis prop up solar-powered plane pilots

Abu Dhabi - The power of yoga and self-hypnosis are being harnessed to prop up the endurance of the pilots of the solar plane which set off Monday on a first round-the-world tour.

Solar-powered plane begins round-the-world attempt

Abu Dhabi - A solar-powered plane set off from Abu Dhabi on Monday on a bid to make the first round-the-world tour, a marathon journey that will test its pilots' endurance to the limit.

Pilots set for first round-the-world solar flight

Abu Dhabi - The first attempt to fly around the world in a plane using solar energy will be launched Monday in Abu Dhabi, its pilots said, in a landmark journey aimed at promoting green energy.

China's wind farms produce more energy than all U.S. nuclear plants

China now has enough wind farms to produce more energy renewably than all that is made by America's nuclear plants as the growing nation expands its power generation to fuel its new mega-cities.

Brazil authorizes investigation of lawmakers in Petrobras scandal

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's Supreme Court authorized the investigation of dozens of politicians, including the presidents of the senate and of the chamber of deputies over the multibillion-dollar graft case roiling state oil giant Petrobras.

Energy generating clothing in time for wearables revolution

Wearable electronics are set to be the next big thing, including smart watches. In keeping with this, researchers have developed clothing that can charge up these devices, foregoing the need for batteries.

40 Algerian police wounded in anti-shale gas protest

Alger - Forty police officers were wounded in clashes with demonstrators opposed to shale gas exploration in the Algerian Sahara, the Interior Ministry announced.

Russia starts sending gas to east Ukraine rebel zone

Moscow - Russia's Gazprom on Thursday started supplying gas directly to the rebel-controlled area in east Ukraine after pro-Moscow separatist leaders said Kiev had cut supplies, the company's chief said.

Putin visits his EU friend, Hungary's Orban, amid Ukraine tension

Budapest - Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a controversial visit to Budapest on Tuesday, showing the world he still has a friend in Europe in Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban despite East-West tension over Ukraine.

No bird brains, birds are adept at energy conservation

By using special Global Positioning System trackers, scientists have demonstrated the energy-saving flight strategy adopted by migratory birds.
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Crowd assembles on Constitution Avenue and prepares to march on to the White House
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Tidal electricity generator awaiting installation, July 9, 2007.
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Marchers get ready to walk
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The floating turbine offshore of the Goto Islands. Photo: 09/21/2012
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An electricity prepayment meter key in Britain
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Crowd assembles to listen to the rally's speakers which were broadcast on large screens.
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Marchers on Constitution Avenue hold up signs protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline
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Activists at "Forward on Climate" rally on Feb. 17, 2013
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
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Environmental activists listen to speakers
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Reactors 3 and 4 at Oi Nuclear Power Station, Japan. Power-down of reactor 4 on September 15, 2013 could mark the end for nuclear power in Japan.
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Wind turbines at a wind farm in California's Altamont Pass are shown in this photo from 2009.
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The rally kicked off near the Washington Monument. After several speakers addressed the crowd, the march assembled, walking to the White House.
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Group of activists holding up signs related to nuclear energy
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The Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant in Eurajoki, Finland, which uses a French-designed European Pressure Reactor (EPR)
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Activists at the day's event had various concerns, all relating to energy and environmental issues.
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A wind farm in Scotland
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Activists arriving on the National Mall for the "Forward on Climate" Rally and March on Feb. 17, 2013.
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Protesters came from all over the U.S. and sections of Canada.