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Spending power in longest decline since 1970s

Spending power in longest decline since 1970s

Business
Household spending power is in its longest decline since the 1970s and the rate at which consumers are saving has fallen to a record low, official figures show.The Office for National Statistics said household disposable income, adjusted for inflation, fell by 1.4% in the first quarter of this year.It was the third quarter of decline in a row - the first such extended squeeze on households since the period up to the second quarter of 1977.It prompted a fall in the percentage of household income which is saved to 1.7%, the lowest savings ratio since records began more than 50 years ago.The figures will add to concerns about the squeeze caused by higher inflation - largely as a result of the slump in the pound after the Brexit vote.They come a day after Bank of England figures showed consume...
Questions raised over Battersea Power Station

Questions raised over Battersea Power Station

Technology
The cage that hoists you to the top of the north west chimney of Battersea Power station, 102 metres high, stops with a shudder.Clamber out and you see a wide and telling view. You're eye level with the three other famous chimneys; around you, the cavernous, hollow interior of the turbine hall and switch houses; below, three thousand builders on site, a hive of activity; and following the flow of Thames up to Vauxhall, a mess of crane-strewn sites, the biggest redevelopment project in Europe.I'm here to see the finishing touches put, by hand, to the chimney. One of the conditions for redeveloping the power station was keeping the power station.They were in bad shape, so they were laser scanned, demolished, then rebuilt - using the same technique as their original construction in the 1930s....
Liquified gas electrolytes power new lower-temperature battery

Liquified gas electrolytes power new lower-temperature battery

Science
June 16 (UPI) -- Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have developed new electrolytes capable of powering batteries at temperatures as low as negative 80 degrees Celsius.The technology could help make lithium ion batteries safer and more efficient, as well as boost the range of electric vehicles during cold winter months. The new batteries could also power vehicles and instruments operating in extreme cold, like space rovers, satellites and high-alitiude weather baloons.The electrolytes are composed of liquefied gas solvents. Many gases require extreme pressure to liquify. Gases that liquify at moderate pressures are less apt to freeze.To create their battery's electrolyte, researchers liquified fluoromethane gas. For the capacitor electrolyte, scientists liquified difluor...
Glastonbury attendees' wee to power displays

Glastonbury attendees' wee to power displays

Technology
The lavatory facilities at festivals can often be feared as pits of despair, but a team of scientists are set to turn Glastonbury goers' wee into energy.Display boards at this year's Glastonbury festival are going to powered by urine, provided via a 40-person urinal which will be situated near to the headline Pyramid stage.Technology designed by scientists at the Bristol Bioenergy Centre (BBiC) can harness the power of pee to illuminate the darkness and charge mobile phones.While this isn't the first time that "Pee Power" has featured at the festival, it is the first time in which it will be used to power information boards keeping attendees in the know.The 40-person urinal will be conveniently placed by the Cider Bus, just a few hundred metres from the Pyramid stage.Scientists and student...