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North Carolina Orders Duke Energy to Excavate All Coal Ash

The country’s largest electric company was ordered Monday to excavate coal ash from all of its North Carolina power plant sites, slashing the risk of toxic chemicals leaking into water supplies but potentially adding billions of dollars to the costs consumers pay. Duke Energy Corp. must remove the residue left after decades of burning coal…

4D printed metamaterials take shape for morphing wings

Engineers in the US have created 4D printed materials with potential applications in morphing aircraft wings, soft robotics and tiny implantable biomedical devices. 4D printing is based on additive manufacturing technology, but uses special materials and sophisticated designs to print objects that change shape with environmental conditions such as temperature acting as a trigger, said…

Coca-Cola invests US$38 million for recycling of PET plastic bottles across Africa

Coca-Cola Company will invest over US$38 million to stimulate plastic recycling industries and educate people about clean environment. In marking Global Recycling Day today, the Coca-Cola Company said its accelerating the collection and recycling of PET plastic bottles across Southern & East Africa. This is part of a focused World Without Waste campaign over three…

ITT to acquire Rheinhütte Pumpen Group

Image courtesy of Asfia/Shutterstock.com.ITT Inc has signed an agreement to acquire the Rheinhütte Pumpen Group from Belgium’s Aliaxis Group SA for approximately US$91.5 million. Headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, Rheinhütte designs and manufactures centrifugal and axial flow pumps for chemical, mining, renewable energy and refinery applications. Rheinhütte employs 430 people and anticipates full-year 2018 revenues of…

TCL’s foldable phone could bend into a smartwatch

TCL’s foldable phone could bend into a smartwatch Foldable phones, much of a buzzword from last year, will surely be a hot technology trend in 2019. Several smartphone manufacturers have already teased or are about to unveil their foldable phones. And joining the party is television maker TCL which is working on as many as…

US developed technology translates thoughts directly into speech

Researchers at Columbia University in New York have created a system that translates thoughts directly into recognisable speech. The neuroengineers behind the system, from the university’s Zuckerman Institute, claim that it marks a major step towards the development of brain-computer interfaces for patients with limited or no ability to speak such as those living with…

Tesla to Give a Model 3 to Whoever Hacks Its Car

In a major step in its bug bounty program, Tesla offers to give a Model 3 to anyone who can hack the Model 3’s software. January, 16th 2019 In a major escalation in its bug bounty program, Tesla is offering a free Model 3 to anyone who can hack their car at Trend Micro’s Zero…