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China is now the world’s largest solar power producer
Not only is it the world’s most populous country, it’s now also the world’s biggest producer of solar energy. On Saturday, the National Energy Administration (NEA) noted that the nation officially claimed the title after doubling its installed photovoltai
Astronomers find tail of stray black hole lurking in Milky Way
Japanese researchers have found evidence suggesting there is a trail of a stray black hole hiding in our galaxy. The researchers, studying a molecular cloud — an accumulation of dust and gas — surrounding W44, a remnant of a supernova 10,000 light-years a
2K wins right to store your biometric facial data
Video game publisher 2K has just won a lengthy court case over the right to collect and store players' biometric data. Using your console's camera, the company employs face-scanning tech in its popular NBA series, with both 2K's NBA 2K16 and 2K15 using th
Ukraine's power outage was a cyber attack
A power blackout in Ukraine's capital Kiev last month was caused by a cyber attack and investigators are trying to trace other potentially infected computers and establish the source of the breach, utility Ukrenergo told Reuters on Wednesday.
Soybean nitrogen breakthrough could help feed the world
Washington State University biologist Mechthild Tegeder has developed a way to dramatically increase the yield and quality of soybeans.
Her greenhouse-grown soybean plants fix twice as much nitrogen from the atmosphere as their natural counterparts, gr
How hard is it to hack the average DVR' Sadly, not hard at all
A major battle is underway for control over hundreds of millions of network-connected digital video recorders, cameras, and other so-called Internet of Things devices. As Ars has chronicled over the past two weeks, hackers are corralling them into network
How to make an Olympic swimming pool go green
The Olympic diving pool in Rio caused a buzz when its water turned an eye-catching green colour earlier this week. Here's a scientific look at the explanations offered by Olympic officials.
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