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New window coating can lower energy bill in two ways

New window coating can lower energy bill in two ways

Science
July 3 (UPI) -- Material engineers in China have developed window coatings that both regulate temperature and generate electricity. Scientists have previously developed coatings with one of the two attributes, but the latest breakthrough marks the first time the abilities have been combined. Researchers had to find a balance between the technology's three components. The coating needed to allow light for illumination to pass through, while filtering out infrared wavelengths and converting some of the solar rays into electricity. By combining a variety of materials and compounds, scientists found a happy medium. Instead of outfitting the window coating with transparent solar cells, researchers developed semi-transparent photovoltaics. The technology allowed scientists to harvest energy fr...
Young will pick up climate change bill, advisers warn

Young will pick up climate change bill, advisers warn

Science
Young people will be left to pick up the bill for climate change because politicians are dodging the issue, a UK report warns.The government must act faster to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from road traffic, homes and farming, the Committee on Climate Change says.Without action, the coming generation will have to pay much more to curb emissions in a heating world. The government says it is committed to being a world leader on climate change. It will introduce its low-carbon transport plan soon.Why does this matter?The advisers are "acutely concerned" at the UK's lack of progress in cutting the carbon emissions overheating the planet.The committee says the UK made a good start with the power industry but emissions cuts have ...
British lawmaker blocks 'upskirting' bill

British lawmaker blocks 'upskirting' bill

World
June 16 (UPI) -- A British lawmaker has blocked a bill that would make it a criminal offense to take a picture up a woman's skirt without her consent. Sir Christopher Chope, 71, a conservative lawmaker, objected to the bill to make the non-consensual practice called upskirting illegal Friday as it was being read in the House of Commons, TIME reported. The upskirting bill would make the offense punishable by two years in prison if it becomes law. In Scotland, upskirting is already illegal. Chope did not give a reason for objecting. The bill is expected to be up for debate again on July 6. British Prime Minister Theresa May supported the bill and was "disappointed" in Sir Chope's actions blocking the upskirting bill as the only lawmaker objecting to it advancing. "Upskirting is an invasio...
Bill Russell: Basketball icon spends night in Seattle hospital

Bill Russell: Basketball icon spends night in Seattle hospital

Sports
May 19 (UPI) -- Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell stayed overnight in a Seattle, Wash. hospital after suffering from dehydration. He was released on Saturday. The 12-time All-Star, 11-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer responded to concerns voiced on social media on Saturday with a Twitter statement. "Thank you everyone for the kind thoughts," Russell tweeted. "Yes I was taken to the hospital last night and as my wife likes to remind me I don't drink enough. On my way home and as most my friends know I don't have a heart to give me trouble." Russell, 84, lives in Seattle. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that an ambulance was rushed to the home and took him to a nearby hospital on Friday night.Thank you everyone for the kind thoughts, yes I was taken to the hospital last night & as...
AP analysis shows how Bill Gates influences education policy

AP analysis shows how Bill Gates influences education policy

Technology
Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms. His nonprofit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given about $ 44 million to outside groups over the past two years to help shape new state education plans required under the 2015 law, according to an Associated Press analysis of its grants. The spending paid for research aligned with Gates' interests, led to friendly media coverage and had a role in helping write one state's new education system framework. The grants illustrate how strategic and immersive the Microsoft founder can be in pursuit of his education reform agenda, quietly wielding national influence over how schools operate. Gates' carefully curated web of influence is often ...