Gold Continues Looking Golden

The U.S. economy is dealing with its problems by printing trillions of dollars. As these dollars flood the markets, investors have increasingly turned towards gold to hedge their currency doubts.

As world economic and political stability are thrown increasingly into question, gold remains a confident answer for worried investors. "During last year, gold rose some 30%, leaving investors wondering if there was any upside left in the metal. But this year has brought renewed vigour to the demand for gold as a hedge against global uncertainty. Revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, uprising in Libya, protests in Bahrain, the deepening debt-crisis in the Euro Zone and tensions in the Middle East have all renewed the strength of gold as a safe haven."

European wind farms could meet global energy demand, researchers now say

A new study estimated the untapped potential of wind energy across Europe.

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  • A new report calculated how much electricity Europe could generate if it built onshore wind farms on all of its exploitable land.
  • The results indicated that European onshore wind farms could supply the whole world with electricity from now until 2050.
  • Wind farms come with a few complications, but the researchers noted that their study was meant to highlight the untapped potential of the renewable energy source in Europe.
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First solar roadway in France turned out to be a 'total disaster'

French newspapers report that the trial hasn't lived up to expectations.

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  • The French government initially invested in a rural solar roadway in 2016.
  • French newspapers report that the trial hasn't lived up to expectations.
  • Solar panel "paved" roadways are proving to be inefficient and too expensive.
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New vaccine (for cats) nixes allergic reactions for humans

You want one. Now you may be able to survive one.


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  • Cats live in a quarter of Western households.
  • Allergies to them are common and can be dangerous.
  • A new approach targets the primary trouble-causing allergen.
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