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Harvesting The Energy Potential Of Riverbank Plants

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The grassy banks of the river Barrow in Ireland may look unproductive in agricultural terms, but the land and its vegetation may hold the key to an energy revolution. The plant giving rise to such optimism is called myscanthus.




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What We Read Today 29 July 2015

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary 'reading list' which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for 'reading list' items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

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Syria: A Chronology Of How The Civil War May End

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The conflict in Syria is entering a critical phase. Turkey has at long last entered the fight, conducting airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria - and capitalizing on the opportunity to attack Kurdistan Workers' Party militants in northern Iraq. Turkey's newfound vigor is fueled by a convergence of U.S. and Turkish interests in the region, evidenced by the July 23 agreement between Ankara and Washington to allow U.S. forces to use Incirlik Air Base.

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Infographic Of The Day: How Much Energy Will It Take To Power Star Wars Devices?

Pretty much all devices that appear on the famous movie Star Wars may be part of our future. How much power will these devices require?

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The grassy banks of the river Barrow in Ireland may look unproductive in agricultural terms, but the land and its vegetation may hold the key to an energy revolution. The plant giving rise to such optimism is called myscanthus.


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FOREX NEWS by DailyForex

Fed Still On Line for September Rate Increase

The U.S. economy continues to improve with decreasing unemployment and improvement in the housing sector.

Japan Moves to Eclipse China in Retail Sales

Markets have a way of switching gears almost overnight and that is what seems to be happening in Asia.

Yen Dips as Safe Haven Appeal Wanes

The US Dollar edged higher against the Japanese Yen as investors dismiss the recent rout in Chinese equities and as speculation grows that the U.S. could soon see a rise in interest rates.

Will Fed Hint at Rate Increase at Wednesday Meeting

The big question hanging in the air this week is whether or not the Fed will officially schedule a date for the interest rate increase which it has been predicting for the last few months.

Will ‘Brexit’ Fears Make London Think Twice about the euro?

When we talk about the euro, we usually don’t consider the United Kingdom as a dominant presence in the discussion. After all, despite being a member of the Eurozone group, London has opted to keep the Pound Sterling as her local currency.
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Rail Week Ending 25 July 2015: Rail Data Still Soft But Marginally Better Than Previous Week

Econintersect: Week 29 of 2015 shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) contracted according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR) traffic data. Intermodal traffic expanded year-over-year, which accounts for approximately half of movements - but weekly railcar counts continued in contraction.

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