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Sustainable Electricity for All: How Viable Are Mini-Grids in Senegal?

Makasaar is a small remote village in Senegal, about two hours’ drive from the nearest city Theis and another one and half hours’ drive from Dakar, the capital of Senegal. Until two years back, it had around 700 residents who depended on paraffin candles and small torches for their lighting needs. There were some diesel generators to meet the few productive loads in the village.

The True Cost of Electricity: What We’re Not Paying for Through our Utility Bills

The price we all pay for electricity generally does not reflect the “true costs” of producing it. As described in a recent blog post, generating electricity creates harmful pollution, damaging the environment and public health. This comes with a cost, but it is not necessarily paid for by those generating the pollution or purchasing the electricity. Show More Summary Holds Events In Fsd & Multan, Pakistan’s largest property portal, recently hosted two Agency Connect events in the span of one week. The first took place on April 17 at the Silver Spoon Continental in Faisalabad, while the second was on April 24 at the Combination Hotel in Multan. Show More Summary

Brexit: What could it mean for the North Sea’s oil? — Fuel for Thought

In less than two months UK citizens will make one of their biggest political decisions in more than 40 years: whether to remain or leave the EU trading bloc they have been part of since 1973. While an exit from the EU could mark a major...Show More Summary

Tips to Maximize Your Communication Skills

The importance of developing good communication skills is sometimes overlooked, which is unfortunate since communication is an essential part of any work experience. Poor communication often leads to misunderstandings and tension, which can cause disastrous results among people working together to achieve a common goal. Show More Summary

Int’l Bytes: GBI, Interoute, AudioCodes, IPC Systems

Here are a few international items to review as the first week of May gets started.  ... [visit site to read more]

Passion and Pragmatism

I first met David MacKay in the summer of 2009 or thereabouts. Michael Shellenberger and I had just finished a talk co-hosted by Policy Exchange, a UK-based Conservative think tank, and IPPR, a think tank aligned with Labor. Afterwards, David was among the first people to approach me. Show More Summary

Stand Out of the Crowd by Using These 5 Tips

The job search can be challenging if you find yourself without any direction. Keep yourself focused and put your professionalism on display to enhance your career opportunities. Set yourself apart from other applicants with these five tips that can help get your application materials on the top of the pile. Show More Summary

Corporate Leaders Can Help Fuel Clean Energy Automotive Initiatives

Leading by example is more than a cliche. It can help fuel clean energy initiatives, literally. The companies and the chief executives on the cutting edge of technology and sustainability are setting the tone by employing alternatively fueled vehicles and ones that are said to pollute less than those using combustion engines. Hybrid vehicles are […]

Screening Method Could Make Chemical Risk Management Easier, Cheaper

A new method to analyze and define chemical risk will make it easier and less expensive to manage potential risks, according researchers who have published their approach in the journal Risk Analysis. The authors say there are more than 80,000 chemicals in commerce and the environment, and the potential human health risks for most of […]

Amazon’s AWS Stretches Out to EdgeConneX

The edge is one of the hottest infrastructure domains right now, as content moves out to get closer to the end user and reduce latency. The latest example comes from the biggest cloud, as Amazon's AWS Direct Connect now has its first metro endpoint in both the city of Portland, Oregon and in an EdgeConneX […]

Columnists declare nuclear to be uncompetitive

On Saturday, April 30, Leonard Hyman & William Tilles published an opinion column on headlined Lets (sic) Stop Pretending Nuclear Power Is Commercially Viable. Aside: Leonard Hyman is an accomplished electricity industry analyst and historian. Show More Summary

The iPhone Apocalypse: Apple Records First Revenue Decline in 13 Years

Last week something happened that had never happened before in the modern smartphone era: Apple’s revenues slipped on the back of slumping iPhone sales. To that end, on Tuesday the Cupertino company reported an almost 13% drop in quarterly sales, marking the first time revenue at the world’s most valuable company has dropped since it […]

Smart village goes for LoRa

  With the numerous announcements from major mobile operators regarding the deployment of IoT networks, especially Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) ones, one may wonder if there is room for smaller players. This kind of networks requires a relatively small The post Smart village goes for LoRa appeared first on diffraction analysis.

Regionality returns as China’s steel exports dragon takes a nap

After leaving a fair amount of scorched earth behind it, China’s steel exports dragon has retreated, with the country’s innumerable steelmakers focusing on local demand and lapping up domestic margins that have perhaps never been stronger. Show More Summary

Smart-Home Penetration Could Double In A Year, Survey Finds 

17 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Smart-home ownership could double to 30 million households in the next year, if a survey commissioned by August Home and Comcast Xfinity Home is any indication.The survey of almost 1,300 consumers found that 12 percent of homes without a smart-home product are likely or very likely to buy one in the next 12 months. That […]

Elaine J. Hanford's Bulletin Boards: 1) Geosciences; 2) Enviro-Sciences - 2 May 2016

More great news from Elaine! First one of the month. I want to thank her for all the work she does to assemble these each week, without fail. Would you be interested in receiving these Bulletin Boards via email directly from Elaine? Send an email to with the word...

The New Future of OTA TV? Media Bureau Seeks Comment on Proposed Next Generation TV Standard

ATSC-designed transmission system promises lots of upside, minimal downside – as long as the FCC and marketplace cooperate. The broadcast television industry is resilient. Its core over-the-air technology was fundamentally changed with...Show More Summary

Ramblings’ Jobs: Unite Private Networks

We have a new job listing to review at over on the Ramblings' Jobs Board as we kick off the month of a hopefully less soggy May.... [visit site to read more]

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