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Kinder Morgan’s attempt to build a pipeline reflects badly on Canada

Kinder Morgan’s attempt to build a pipeline reflects badly on Canada

Finance
ALMOST all Canada’s oil and gas is landlocked, so getting it to market requires pipelines—lots of them. But building them requires skills more suited to circus artists than engineers. They must walk the financial high wire, jump through ever-changing regulatory hoops and juggle conflicting demands from environmental groups and numerous governments. The list of failures is long. It includes Northern Gateway, meant to bring Alberta crude to a port in northwestern British Columbia; Energy East, which would have linked Alberta to the Atlantic coast; Pacific Northwest, to bring gas to the west coast; and the legendary Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline, first proposed in 1974 and dropped in 2017 by its last, exhausted promoter.Get our daily newsletterUpgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and
Physicists build 2D platinum magnet

Physicists build 2D platinum magnet

Science
April 6 (UPI) -- Scientists have induced magnetism in 2D platinum using a paramagnetic ionic liquid.Platinum is a superb conductor but features no magnetic properties. But using an electric field created by the paramagnetic ionic liquid, scientists produced a ferromagnetic state on the surface of the platinum sheet."You can tune magnets electrically by changing the number of carriers inside, which is one of the key ideas in spintronics. But so far, no one could generate magnets like that," Justin Ye, a material scientist at the University of Groningen in Germany, said in a news release.Ionic liquids are salts in liquid form, or a salt solution. They are good conductors of electricity."The key, here, is that we used a paramagnetic ionic liquid, a new type of ionic liquid we synthesized ours...
Elon Musk takes 1st steps to build futuristic underground tunnel in LA

Elon Musk takes 1st steps to build futuristic underground tunnel in LA

Technology
It could all be a pipe dream. Elon Musk has filed a permit to dig a tunnel within Los Angeles city limits that would alleviate the standstill traffic the City of Angels is famous for. Last week, The Boring Company, the firm Musk created to build the tunnel, filed an application with city officials to start digging within city limits, the Los Angeles Times reported. Musk tweeted a photo of the first stage of the project near his office in Hawthorne, in southwestern Los Angeles County near Los Angeles International Airport, on Oct. 28. The the initial proposed route would stretch along Interstate 405 from Hawthorne to Westwood, and the project will be funded entirely by private money, a spokesperson for The Boring Co. said Tuesday, according to the Times. Last month, Musk expressed hope...
Budget 2017: Plans to build 300,000 homes a year

Budget 2017: Plans to build 300,000 homes a year

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your devicePhilip Hammond says next week's Budget will set out how the government will build 300,000 new homes a year.But the chancellor said there was no "single magic bullet" to increase housing supply and the government would not simply "pour money in".Ministers want to speed up developments where planning permission has been granted and give more help to small building firms, he added.Labour says ministers "still have no plan to fix the housing crisis".Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show ahead of Wednesday's Budget, the chancellor also said: "There are no unemployed people" while discussing the threat to jobs posed by technological change - when pressed later, he said the government hadn't forgotten the 1.4m who are unemployedThe government was "on t...
How do you build the next-generation internet?

How do you build the next-generation internet?

Science
Imagine super-fast computers that can solve problems much quicker than machines today. These "quantum computers" are being developed in laboratories around the world. But scientists have already taken the next step, and are thinking about a light-based quantum internet that will have to be just as fast.It's not easy to develop technology for a device that hasn't technically been invented yet, but quantum communications is an attractive field of research because the technology will enable us to send messages that are much more secure.There are several problems that will need to be solved in order to make a quantum internet possible:Getting quantum computers to talk to each otherMaking communications secure from hackingTransmitting messages over long distances without losing parts of the mes...