Technology 

Audi Smart Energy Network pilot has EVs assisting the grid – Roadshow

Back when plug-in hybrids were just beginning to appear, there was some concern that adding a whole bunch of cars to the electric grid could overtax it and cause problems. Now, Audi’s built a system where its cars do precisely the opposite. Audi will kick off a new pilot project called Audi Smart Energy Network in both Ingolstadt and Zurich. The program combines stationary storage batteries with differently sized solar installations. Control software distributes the solar energy based on how much it thinks the car or house will need. The…

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Lifestyle 

Aussie flu MAPPED: Countries across the globe hit by influenza virus – with cases rising

Almost 200 people were admitted into intensive care during the second week of January, the latest report from Public Health England (PHE) revealed.  Aussie flu – the H3N2 strain of the influenza virus – was responsible for 20 of those patients. In total, 598 people were hospitalised with flu during the second week of January, and almost 50 of the hospital patients were infected with Aussie flu. But influenza isn’t just sweeping the UK – the report published by PHE also revealed other countries in the world to see an…

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Top Stories World 

U.S. withholds hurricane emergency loan sought by Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A billion-dollar emergency loan approved by Congress to help Puerto Rico deal with the effects of Hurricane Maria has been temporarily withheld by federal officials who say the U.S. territory is not facing a cash shortage like it has repeatedly warned about in recent months. Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Treasury Department said in a letter to the director of the island’s fiscal agency that Puerto Rico has had a central cash balance exceeding $1.5 billion in the nearly four months…

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Technology 

New biggest radio telescope to help detect alien signals – CNET

China’s Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope is being used to watch the galaxies and listen for possible intelligent civilizations beyond our solar system. Xinhua China plans to amp up its ability to search for aliens, dark matter, gravitational waves and other mysteries of the universe by building the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope.  The country already hosts the world’s largest radio telescope, the Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST). It and Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory are basically huge stationary dishes built into the landscape. But fully steerable radio…

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Top Stories World 

FEMA nominee who withdrew in controversy helps win $133M Puerto Rico contract

WASHINGTON — A multinational engineering firm contends that a $133 million contract for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico was inappropriately awarded to the firm of President Donald Trump’s former pick for a top FEMA position, who withdrew his nomination after NBC News revealed that he had been under federal investigation. AECOM, the firm that lost the bid, has formally challenged the Puerto Rican housing department’s decision in December to award the lucrative contract to Adjusters International, a New York-based disaster recovery firm. Daniel Craig, Adjusters’ senior vice president, withdrew his…

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Mom killed in case of mistaken identity in murder-for-hire plot

A Florida mother was kidnapped and killed in a case of mistaken identity during a murder-for-hire plot, authorities said late last week. Janice Marie Zengotita-Torres, 42, was reported missing by her husband in Osceola County, Florida, on Monday, Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said at a news conference Friday. The investigation into her murder revealed that Zengotita-Torres was mistaken for a woman who was the target of a murder-for-hire plot allegedly orchestrated by Ishnar Lopez-Ramos in a lover’s triangle. Janice Marie Zengotita Torres, who was wrongly targeted in a murder-for-hire…

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Left vs. Right: State pols set to battle over voter rights, guns and unions

New year, new fights. As state legislatures across the country prepare to go into session, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are primed to tackle — and clash over — specific solutions to new problems and old troubles that haven’t been dealt with. Progressive legislators are focused on legalizing marijuana and passing gun control, while conservative lawmakers are prioritizing measures dealing with reining in unions and immigration. Here’s a look at the coming wars in U.S. Statehouses. On the left… Workers’ rights: With many states raising their minimum wage…

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Science 

New insights into mysterious, cosmic 'fast radio bursts'

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. More Astronomers have edged closer to solving the mystery of distant cosmic radio bursts according to a study Wednesday that offers insights into the blasts which emit more energy in a single millisecond than our sun does all day. International astronomers have spotted a few dozen fast radio bursts (FRBs) — and as many as 10,000 may occur daily — but only one has repeated sporadically, known as FRB 121102, allowing it to be studied. Researchers reported in the journal Nature that it appears…

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Saline shortage has hospitals scrambling as flu hits

A saline-solution shortage worsened by Hurricane Maria has hospitals worried, even as staff turn to creative solutions such as breaking out the Gatorade. The shortage of the ubiquitous intravenous bags of saline has been going on since 2014, but the supply got hit even further when the hurricane damaged the country’s biggest supplier in Puerto Rico last fall. And as flu season starts to kick into high gear, hospitals and clinics worry the demand will get pushed over the edge. “This is a serious situation and right now we are…

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Science 

Scientists are baffled by EXTRATERRESTRIAL radio signals coming from deep space

Researchers are perplexed by repeating bursts of radio waves that currently originate from the same location. The fast radio bursts (FRBs) come from a dense stellar core near an extraordinarily powerful magnetic field like one near a massive black hole, according to a study. Study co-lead author Jason Hessels, an astrophysicist at the University of Amsterdam, said: “It is the only known repeating fast radio burst source.” FRBs last just milliseconds and can give off more energy in a fraction of a second than the sun does in weeks. They…

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