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Ikea test markets solar panels sales in England

The world’s leading furniture retailer Ikea said Monday it had started selling solar panels in its British stores. “It’s a logical extension. You can buy everything that consumes energy (at Ikea) so why not buy something that generates energy,” the company’s chief sustainability officer, Steve Howard, told AFP. “The nationwide…

World’s largest coal miner to run out of reserves in 17 years: Greenpeace

< In a startling revelation, Greenpeace India has claimed that the world’s largest coal miner, and essentially India, could run out of recoverable coal reserves within 17 years. Coal India Limited is the world’s largest coal mining company and…  …

Korean scientists create biofuel from E. coli bacteria strain

File another one under “what doesn’t kill us, makes us biofuel.” A team of scientists at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has been tweaking the metabolic pathway of the notorious bacteria Escherichia coli to make…  …

‘Significant’ LGBT discrimination still prevalent in entertainment industry: SAG survey

A wide-ranging study by the Screen Actors Guild suggests that homophobic comments are common, and other forms of job discrimination are still prevalent A survey by the Screen Actors’ Guild has concluded that significant discrimination against LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) performers persists in the entertainment industry. A third…

Members of Richard III Society ‘appalled’ by $64,000 reburial plan

The shallow dirt grave into which King Richard III’s body was hurriedly tossed, and centuries later covered up by a concrete parking lot, must top the list of ignominious royal burials.;  …

Missing 1933 Three Stooges film discovered in Australian garden shed

Comedy legends’ missing 1933 film restored after negative found by Australian collector A Three Stooges short previously thought lost in a 1967 fire has just received its first screening since being rediscovered in a garden shed in Australia. Hello, Pop!, a 17-minute short made for MGM in 1933 featuring the…

Japan’s Toshiba to shed 2,000 jobs at foreign TV plants

Japan’s Toshiba said Monday it would shut or sell two of its three wholly-owned overseas television plants in the next six months, shedding 2,000 jobs. The company, which has already ceased domestic production of television sets, said it will “integrate” its manufacturing facilities in China, Indonesia and Poland by the…

Cheers at CPAC when audience member shouts that Obama is going to ‘hell’

Think Progress captured video of conference-goers attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) near St. Louis on Saturday as they cheered on a suggestion that President Obama going to hell after he leaves office. In this latest outburst of conservative fervor at a CPAC conference, former National Rifle Association President…

UN inspectors in Syria conduct most dangerous chemical weapons disarmament mission in history

A 20-strong international team of engineers, chemists and paramedics leave the Netherlands for Syria on Monday to embark on the most hazardous mission in the history of disarmament: to dismantle one of the world’s biggest chemical weapons arsenals, during a civil war, under extreme deadline pressure. In 95-degree heat, inspectors…

Iran prepared to negotiate aspects of nuclear program, foreign minister says

Iran is prepared to negotiate over aspects of its nuclear enrichment program and to talk about the introduction of surprise inspections of its nuclear facilities, the country’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has said. “Negotiations are on the table to discuss various aspects of our enrichment program,” Zarif said on Sunday,…

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