Russia maintained its status as the world’s largest oil producer

Russia maintained its status as  the world’s largest oil producer
Russia is now the world’s largest crude oil producer
For the second month in a row, Russia has maintained its status as  the world’s largest oil producer, ousting Saudi Arabia, official figures  in December 2016 and January 2017 have confirmed.
Russia’s daily oil output averaged  about 10.8 million barrels in January, slightly more than 10.5 million barrels in December, according to data released by the Russian Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat).
Saudi Arabia trailed behind in these two months, with its daily output averaging 9.95 million barrels in January, the data showed.
Saudi Arabia ranked the world’s No. 1 oil producer in November, pumping oil at a rate of 10.6 million barrels per day compared to Russia’s 10.4 million.
Crude oil accounted for nearly 30 percent of Russia’s total exports in January, up from 25 percent in the same period last year, Rosstat data showed.
To shore up persistently weak oil prices, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and 11 non-OPEC producers, including Russia, agreed in November 2016 to trim production by a total of 1.8 million barrels per day.
The reduction deal became effective on Jan. 1, 2017 and runs until July this year. Russia promised to cut its daily oil output by up to 300,000 barrels in a gradual manner.
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said last week that he expected Russian companies to reach the reduction target by the end of April.
On Monday, rating firm Moody’s raised the outlook for the global integrated oil and gas sector from stable to positive, noting that the production curb will allow producers’ operating margins to improve as prices increase.

SpaceX launches and lands another rocket

After a delay 24 hours earlier over concerns about the rocket, the launch on Sunday appeared to go flawlessly.
It was the first SpaceX launch from Florida since a Falcon 9 exploded on a launch pad on September 1, 2016.
Sunday’s launch was also the first from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39 since the NASA Space Shuttles was retired in July 2011. The complex has a rich past: It was used to launch the Apollo moon missions.
On Sunday morning, SpaceX hoisted a spacecraft, named the Dragon, toward the International Space Station, and the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket returned to Earth without issue.

SpaceX has done this before. It’s trying to perfect the technique so it can reuse its rockets and cut the cost of missions.
The September explosion at Cape Canaveral didn’t injure anyone, but it destroyed a satellite that Facebook planned to use to bring internet service to Africa, the Middle East and Europe. (SpaceX launched a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on January 14.)
The Dragon is packed with more than 5,000 pounds of cargo and experiments. NASA says it will take two days for the Dragon to catch up to the space station. Astronauts on board will capture it with the station’s 57-foot-long robotic arm.
The International Space Station has six astronauts on board — two from the US, three from Russia and one from France. The first of those crew members arrived in October. They’re conducting biotechnology research for a mission that ends in April.
After the crew unloads the Dragon, the vessel will be packed with trash and other items and return to Earth. It is set to splash down in the Pacific Ocean off Baja, California, on March 21.
The space station has been orbiting Earth for 16 years. It’s a joint program between the US, Russia, Japan, Canada and the European Space Agency.

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Scientists have found a much cheaper new way to print on paper using light

Scientists have found a much cheaper new way to print on paper using light
A new method for printing on paper using light promises to be much cheaper, and easier on the environment than the traditional ink-based printing we're used to.
Scientists have developed a special nanoparticle coating that's easy to apply to normal paper and changes colour when ultraviolet (UV) light shines on it. The colour change can be reversed when the coating is heated to 120 degrees Celsius (248 degrees Fahrenheit), and allows for up to 80 rewrites.The team of researchers from the US and China say that their new high-resolution light printing technique could be used everywhere from newspapers to labels, saving on the cost of ink and paper, and on the environmental cost of their recycling and disposing.
The special light-printable paper "has the same feel and appearance as conventional paper, but can be printed and erased repeatedly without the need for additional ink" one of the research team, Yadong Yin from the University of California, Riverside, told
"Our work is believed to have enormous economic and environmental merits to modern society."
Two types of nanoparticle are combined for the new coating: Prussian blue, a blue pigment used in paints that turns colourless when it gains electrons, and titanium dioxide (TiO2), a photocatalytic material that speeds up chemical reactions in response to UV light. Culled

Dutch electric trains Are Now powered by 100% wind energy

Dutch electric trains Are Now powered by 100% wind energy
Dutch trains now run on green, renewable energy (Image courtesy of Groenetrain/NS/Eneco)

Electric trains have always been a relatively sustainable mode of transport, with much lower emissions than cars, but as of the 1st of January, 2017, all electric train rides in the Netherlands have become even greener. They are now entirely powered by clean, renewable, wind energy.
Dutch railway companies, of which NS is by far the largest, teamed up with energy company Eneco in 2015 to cut train ride emissions drastically. Originally, 2018 was set as the target for changing to 100% renewable power sources. After having reached 75% in 2016, though, the 100% transition was completed one year ahead of schedule.
The NS alone transports 600,000 people per day, for which it needs 1.2 billion kWh of electricity a year. For comparison, this equals the electricity consumption of all households of the Dutch capital Amsterdam. It is a major step in reducing the carbon footprint of the Netherland’s transport sector.
There are still some concerns about the way renewable energy is often “procured” in the Netherlands. At this point, total Dutch wind power generation is about 7.4 billion kWh annually. With wind power usage in 2015 equal to 12.5 billion kWh, Dutch demand for wind power amply exceeds supply. The way energy company Eneco frequently solves this is by procuring Guarantees of Origin (GoO). These are certificates belonging to renew-ably generated electricity, and by buying them up from countries where renewable energy supply exceeds demand, on paper, the GoO buyer’s electricity becomes green and the GoO seller’s electricity can no longer be sold as “sustainable.” So, the GoO system allows for the transfer of the rights to call electricity green from those who actually generate renewable energy to those who don’t but want to classify their power as such. The actual amount of green energy produced is unaffected. read further here......

Denmark will be appointing the world's first tech digital ambassador.

Denmark will be appointing the world's first tech digital ambassador.
The foreign minister, Anders Samuelsen, has announced he will appoint the world’s first ambassador for digitalisation.
The coming official will be charged with establishing and grooming networks with tech giants like Google, Apple, IBM and Microsoft. Though the job is yet to be filled, but the move highlights the growing importance of the tech sector for the Danish economy.
Samuelsen described the Danish government's efforts at strengthening its ties with the world's biggest tech companies as "TechPlomacy."
The tech ambassador will carry out similar duties to other Danish ambassadors, and negotiate on behalf of the country. Samuelsen said he or she will also talk to tech companies about issues such as data security and privacy. culled

Football: Nigeria Super Eagles now 50th in FIFA’s Latest ranking 619 points

Football: Nigeria Super Eagles now 50th in FIFA’s Latest ranking 619 points
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For the first time in recent years, the Super Eagles of Nigeria have broken into the top 50 in the latest rankings released yesterday by the world football governing body (FIFA).
The Coach Gernot Rohr-led Eagles had finished in the 51st position at the end of 2016, but moved a step upward on the latest table. Nigeria now has a total of 619 points as against the 616 in their last ranking. The Super Eagles have also moved up to the seventh position in Africa as against their eighth place in December 2016.
Nigeria’s best placing in the FIFA rankings was fifth, a position attained in 1994 following an impressive display of winning the Africa Cup of Nations and their debut World Cup appearance that year in the United States.
Senegal, with a total of 743 points, remains the highest ranked African national team. The Senegalese is ranked 33 in the world, above Cup of Nations titleholders, Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire (34), Egypt (35), Tunisia (36), Algeria (39), Congo DR (49) and Nigeria (50) in the latest rankings.
All the countries, except Nigeria are already in Gabon to challenge for the 2017 African Cup of Nations, which will begin tomorrow and end on February 5.The Super Eagles and their counterparts from Saudi Arabia were two new teams to have broken into the top 50 in the latest FIFA’s ranking. Saudi Arabia (48th, up 6), and Nigeria (50th, up 1) move up at the expense of Albania (51st, down 2) and Burkina Faso (53rd, down 3). Only 12 “A” matches were played since the final ranking of 2016.
The top 34 positions of the ranking table remain unchanged with Argentina, Brazil and Germany still holding first, second and third place respectively.
However, the January’s best performers, both in points and rankings, were Suriname (128th, up 22). But the biggest move notwithstanding, the northern South American team is still some distance from their best-ever position (84th), recorded back in 2008.
The small southern African nation of Swaziland, meanwhile, reached its best-ever position in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking (99th, up 1).The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 9 February 2017.culled

(Photos) New Toyota Concept i Unveiled at CES with AI Yui

(Photos) New Toyota Concept i Unveiled at CES with AI Yui
Toyota wants to use AI to make cars safer because we are a long way off from achieving fully driverless technology.
Toyota unveiled its latest concept car at the Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday night — and it's designed to be your friend.
The concept car comes with an artificial intelligence assistant named Yui that can learn more about you over time.
Concept-i is Toyota's latest concept car and shows how the company is taking a gradual approach to self-driving vehicles.
Yui's primary purpose is safety. Gill Pratt, the CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, said at CES that Yui can help retain a driver's focus by performing mild tasks, like turning the radio on or engaging the driver in a conversation.
Yui's primary purpose is safety. Gill Pratt, the CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, said at CES that Yui can help retain a driver's focus by performing mild tasks, like turning the radio on or engaging the driver in a conversation.
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Concept-i is Toyota's latest concept car and shows how the company is taking a gradual approach to self-driving vehicles.
While many concept cars are built without a steering wheel to hint at a driverless future, Toyota kept the feature and built the car around the notion of having a human behind the wheel.
The clearest example of that driver focus is Yui, Toyota's artificial intelligence assistant. Toyota says Yui is capable of reading human emotions to learn more about a driver over time.
So while Toyota says it's still pursuing fully self-driving cars, it's building vehicles that can be safer while a driver is playing a more active role. The Concept-i is symbolic of that approach, Pratt said at the event.
The car itself is devoid of touchscreens, as Yui can relay information on a giant heads-up display.
As for the car itself, it has a very clean and minimalist interior with only two seats in the back.

The Power Vision PowerRay Underwater Drone Unveil in CES Las Vegas

The  Power Vision PowerRay Underwater Drone Unveil in CES Las Vegas
The PowerRay on Powervision booth during CES. The underwater drone will detect and take footage of fish, and controlled by VR goggles.
an underwater drone which on Thursday 5th January 2017,  was being displayed by a woman dressed as a mermaid – is one of those. It’s a little remote control submarine that a fisherman can hang bait on and then, using a live video feed that streams to a smart device, quietly direct the bait towards a shoal of fish.
The PowerRay costs $2,000, meaning that one would not only have to be extremely cynical, but also extremely rich to buy it.
Indeed at times CES, for all its digital bluster, felt like a 19th-century marketplace, with people hawking dubious products at scandalous prices from their hastily assembled stalls.
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Source: The Guardian

First Nokia smartphones launched by HMD Global Oy

First Nokia smartphones launched by HMD  Global Oy
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The Nokia-6 branded smartphone will be released exclusively in China will be marketed in partnership with the local internet retail giant and  will Available in early 2017
The team behind the Nokia 6 phone said it believed the handset's "premium design" would appeal to the local market.
The announcement coincided with the final day of the CES tech show in Las Vegas, where other new mobile phones and gadgets have been launched.
Nokia no longer manufactures phones that carry its name but has instead licensed its brand to another Finnish company, HMD Global.
Until now, the only phones that had been released under the deal had been more basic "feature phone" models.
Nokia 6
The Nokia 6 phone runs Android 7.0 - the latest version, also known as Nougat - and features:
  • a 5.5in 1080p "full high definition" screen
  • a 16 megapixel rear camera
  • four gigabyte of RAM memory and 64GB of storage
  • two amplifiers supported by Dolby Atmos audio processing, which HMD says creates audio that "seems to flow all around users"

1,000th Day in Captivity: President Buhari Says FG Remains Committed to Freedom of Abducted Chibok Girls

1,000th Day in Captivity: President Buhari Says FG Remains Committed to Freedom of Abducted Chibok Girls
President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that the Federal Government remains committed to securing the release of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents on April 14, 2014.
Buhari gave the reassurance in a statement to commemorate the 1,000th day of the abduction of the schoolgirls from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno.
The statement was issued in Abuja on Sunday by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
“We are grateful to God that on this landmark day, we are not completely in the depths of despair, but buoyed with hope that our daughters will yet rejoin their families and loved ones. Three of them have been recovered by our diligent military, while the freedom of 21 others was secured through engagement with their captors. We are hopeful that many more will still return as soon as practicable,” he said.
He reiterated his pledge, pronounced many times in the past, that government would not spare any effort to reunite the girls with their families.
“I salute the fortitude of the distraught parents. As a parent also, I identify with their plight. Days turned to weeks, weeks turned to months, months turned to years, and today, it is 1,000 days. The tears never dry, the ache is in our hearts. But hope remains constant, eternal, and we believe our pains will be assuaged. Our hopes will not be shattered, and our hearts will leap for joy, as more and more of our daughters return. It is a goal we remain steadfastly committed to,’’ he added.
President Buhari also commended all who have been in the vanguard for the recovery of the girls, both nationally and internationally.
The president also reassured that the nation’s intelligence and security forces had redoubled their efforts toward ensuring speedy recovery of the remaining girls and others in captivity.
“Someday soon, we will all rejoice together. Our intelligence and security forces are unrelenting, and whatever it takes, we remain resolute. Chibok community, Nigeria, and, indeed, the world, will yet rise in brotherhood, to welcome our remaining girls back home. We trust God for that eventuality,” Buhari said.

The first country in the world to phase out FM radio to Digital One 'DAB. is Norway

This year, FM stations will begin to phase off in parts of the Norway from next week and the shutdown process will be complete by the end year, according to the government.
Norway is switching from FM to digital radio -- called DAB -- because the digital option offers more channels, better audio quality and savings for broadcasters.
 "The main reason that Norway is the first is because of the Norwegian landscape, which has deep fjords, high mountains and scattered communities. This makes it particularly expensive to operate the Norwegian FM networks compared with other countries” the government said in a statement.
The government estimates that radio stations will save more than 200 million kroner ($23.5 million) a year by ditching FM, allowing them to invest further in radio content.
It doesn't expect any jobs will be directly affected by the shutdown as stations will switch to broadcasting via DAB.
The move from analogue to digital comes after more than a decade of government planning.
Norway's local radio association -- Norsk Lokalradioforbund -- has also warned that the cost of buying new radios will hit consumers.
Other countries, including the United Kingdom, are considering whether to switch from FM to digital radio, so the success of this transition will be closely monitored.
Norway has a population of about 5.2 million people. About 70% of homes already have DAB radios, according to, a website backed by the country's public broadcaster.

LittleArm 2C Mini Arduino Robotic Arm

  LittleArm 2C Mini Arduino Robotic Arm
On January 4th Slant launched the LittleArm 2C, the next generation of the LittleArm,  on Kickstarter. It is tougher, simpler, and more expandable than its predecessor and any other similar arm available.

In 2016 the Original LittleArm was launched by Slant Concepts. Since then the team at Slant has been gathering feedback from hundreds of students, makers, and teachers about the 3D printed robot arms. All of that feedback was taken and used to move forward in the mission of creating a STEM and hobby robot arm that would get kids excited about STEM topics.

The LittleArm 2C was designed to address two major issues with the original LittleArm,” said Gabe Bentz, creator of the LittleArm. “They were durability and support. Both relate to the classroom.”

To address durability the new LittleArm features an entirely new mechanical structure that allows it to take the stresses and beatings that 3rd graders can give to it. Improved support comes from the simplicity of the design, which makes it easier for kids to assemble as well as many new tutorials and resources on the LittleArm website.

The Basic kit for the LittleArm 2C is enabled with bluetooth and can be trained with the Littlearm smartphone app so kids of all ages can get started learning the basic concepts of programming immediately. The 2C can be built in under an hour and only has 31 parts, reducing the load on teacher who use the kits in the classroom.

But the LittleArm has not left its maker roots. The 2C is a family of arms. And the little brother in that family is the minimalist brainless version which is designed to be mounted to other projects. The designs are also available for download for those who have 3D printers.

The original LittleArm was the first commercially successful 3D printed robot arm. But now it is growing. The LittleArm is preparing kids for a technological future where they work side-by-side technology. The LittleArm shows them every component of that technology from the manufacturing to the programming.
The development team behind LittleArm 2C explain more about its inspiration and design.
We want to build a STEM kit that gets kids excited about technology. So we have created the LittleArm, a simple, trainable, programmable, Arduino robot arm. In 2016, a guy in a garage built a small robot arm using an Arduino Uno and his 3D printer. After tons of people asked him to turn it into a kit, Slant Concepts put it on Kickstarter. It was funded in under a week and hit more than 260% of it goal by the end.
After sending out those first arms, the feedback started coming in. We are smart enough to listen to the people who are using our stuff. So we took every comment and common problem and eliminated them with extreme prejudice. When we were done we had created a great machine. This is the LittleArm 2C. The desktop Arduino robot arm we created for kids to learn about robotics and technology.
The LittleArm 2C is designed to be the kit that kids can easily use so that STEM classes can implement more robotics curriculum. We are on Kickstarter now to fund the first run of these new arms and develop improved curriculum and content so teachers can easily utilize the LittleArm as a tool in classrooms, to get kids excited about tech.
Source: Kickstarter