Australia's AGL Energy cuts profit forecast on hit from faulty generator - Reuters.com

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Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com May 2 (Reuters) - Australian power producer AGL Energy (AGL.AX) on Monday trimmed its profit forecast for fiscal 2022 due to a hit from the shutdown of a unit at its Loy Yang A power station in Victoria after an electrical fault with a generator. The company now expects underlying profit after tax for 2022 of between A$220 million and A$270 million ($155.4 million-$190.8 million), down from its earlier forecast of between A$260 million and A$340 million. It logged A$537 million of underlying profit in fiscal 2021. A unit of the company's Loy Yang A power station was taken out of service in mid-April due to a failure in the generato ...

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What You Need to Install a Home Charger for Your EV

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Electric cars are the way of the future. And while many users prefer to recharge their EV at a dedicated fast car charger or Supercharger, much like refueling through a gasoline station, you still get an enormous advantage if you can recharge at home. But what do you need to install a plug for your EV in your garage? Here are some things to consider. What Car Do You Have? And What Are You Planning to Buy in the Future? If you're driving a Tesla and only plan to buy Tesla cars in the future, then your best bet is to get a Tesla Wall Connector. However, if you're driving an electric car from another brand or planning to buy a different brand in the future, you should know what standard they'r ...

Mars' emitted energy and seasonal energy imbalance

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Mars' emitted energy and seasonal energy imbalance by Staff Writers Houston TX (SPX) May 18, 2022 A dust storm tracks across Mars. A seasonal imbalance in the amount of solar energy absorbed and released by the planet Mars is a likely cause of the dust storms that have long intrigued observers, a team of researchers reports. Mars' extreme imbalance in energy budget (a term referring to the measurement of solar energy a planet takes in from the sun then releases as heat) was documented by University of Houston researchers Liming Li, associate professor of physics; Xun Jiang, professor of atmospheric science; and Ellen Creecy, doctoral student and lea ...

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Link About It: This Week’s Picks

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New Study Sheds Light on 45-Year-Old Alien Signal Mystery On 15 August 1977 at 10:16PM EST, Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio telescope scanned the Sagittarius constellation and detected a signal that was 20 times stronger than average, background emissions. When astronomer Jerry Ehman reviewed the findings the next morning, he wrote “Wow!” next to it, unknowingly naming the signal and its subsequent mystery. Since its discovery, scientists have not been able to determine where the Wow! signal came from or found another similar to it. A new study, however, hones in on possible origins for this 45-year-old mystery. Using data collected from the European Space Agency’s Gaia miss ...

Alisha Bhagat Explains How Looking Back In Time Could Lead Us to Brighter, More Regenerative Futures

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Through her work as a futurist, Alisha Bhagat imagines and investigates truly fascinating visions of what is to come. And although she possesses years of experience in traditional strategic foresight, she is working to upend our typical sci-fi visions of the field. Bhagat regularly asks questions in her research like, does the future have to be solely shaped by visions like the Metaverse? Can it instead echo sophisticated ancient societies? Be a world not filled with plastics and synthetics, but repurposed natural materials? Is there a way not to subdue nature, but instead embrace and even communicate with it? As a polymath designer and strategist, Bhagat explores these questions and ...

Biden to plug manufacturing initiative at Ohio metal company

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HAMILTON, Ohio -- President Joe Biden pledged Friday that 3D printing technology would help return factory jobs to the U.S. and reduce inflationary pressures as he traveled to an industrial Midwestern state with a Senate seat in play to make his case for the future of manufacturing. Inflation at a 40-year high and Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine have caused growing uneasiness about the economy among voters. Biden is staking his presidency in part on the promise that his policies on matters ranging from infrastructure to computer chips can create a more resilient economy. “The pandemic and the economic crisis that we inherited and Putin’s war in Ukraine have all sh ...

Secret to treating 'Achilles' heel' of alternatives to silicon solar panels revealed

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Secret to treating 'Achilles' heel' of alternatives to silicon Solar panels revealed by Staff Writers Cambridge UK (SPX) May 25, 2022 stock image only A team of researchers from the UK and Japan has found that the tiny defects which limit the efficiency of perovskites - cheaper alternative materials for Solar cells - are also responsible for structural changes in the material that lead to degradation. The researchers used a combination of techniques to mimic the process of aging under sunlight and observe changes in the materials at the nanoscale, helping them gain new insights into the materials, which also show potential for optoelectronic appli ...

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Exocomets are probably born the same way as comets in our solar system

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Observations of comets orbiting the star Beta Pictoris have revealed their range of sizes, which suggest that they probably form via a series of collisions just like comets that orbit the sun Space 28 April 2022 By Leah Crane Artist’s impression of exocomets orbiting the star Beta Pictoris ESO/L. Calada Comets throughout the universe may be remarkably similar to the ones in our own solar system. The first measurement of the sizes of exocomet nuclei – the icy masses of rock that make up the main body of comets – shows that those orbiting distant stars probably formed the same way as the ones orbiting the sun. The first exocomets detected, found in 1987, orbit a sta ...

Factbox: Climate policies of Australia's major parties - Reuters

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An oil refinery is pictured in the southern Sydney suburb of Kurnell, July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com May 19 (Reuters) - Australia's general election on Saturday could hinge on climate policy, as targets for cutting carbon emissions by 2030 have emerged as a key campaign issue. Prime Minister Scott Morrison's conservative coalition and the opposition Labor have downplayed climate issues, focussing on cost-of-living challenges. This has sparked a campaign by independent candidates pushing for tougher action to fight climate change. read more In a major coal and gas producing country devastated by drought, bushfires a ...

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The Shady Link Between Sunscreen and Your Health

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Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth fitness, nutrition, and adventure courses and more than 2,000 instructional videos when you sign up for Outside+. These are dark days for supplements. Although they are a $30-plus billion market in the United States alone, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, beta-carotene, glucosamine, chondroitin, and fish oil have now flopped in study after study. If there was one supplement that seemed sure to survive the rigorous tests, it was vitamin D. People with low levels of vitamin D in their blood have significantly higher rates of virtually every disease and disorder you can think of: cancer, diabetes, obesit ...