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Could This Supersonic Technology Help Australia's Metal And Car Industries?

A CSIRO-developed technology, known as MagSonic, produces magnesium using up to 80 per cent less energy and up to 60 per cent less carbon dioxide emissions thanks to a supersonic nozzle.

As the lightest of all structural metals, Magnesium is in rising demand from car manufacturers who are turning to the metal as a solution for making lightweight, low-emission vehicles.


What The Heck Makes Flying So Expensive?

Is it the fuel? Not really. Even though giant passenger jets do guzzle down fuel at a ridiculous 2km per gallon — seriously, they need 8l of jet fuel for every mile travelled — there areso many people on an aeroplane that the fuel cost gets split down to a much more reasonable price: a per person fuel efficiency of 169km per gallon. That’s good! So why is flying so expensive? It’s everything else.


Peabody, The Biggest US Coal Miner, Faces Bankruptcy

The future looks dark for coal miner Peabody. America’s biggest provider of the fossil fuel has admitted that it may have to seek bankruptcy protection.


ACCC Finds Crude Oil Savings Are Not Being Passed On To Motorists

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its fifth quarterly report into the Australian petrol industry, examining the decline of petrol prices up to the end of December 2015. The report found that the quarterly average price in the five largest cities (i.e. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth) was 124.4 cents per litre (cpl), which was 8.8 cpl lower than the previous quarter and 11.4 cpl lower than in the June quarter 2015.

“This decrease in prices over the quarter was welcome news for motorists,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said. “However, retail petrol prices were not as low as might have been expected given the level of crude oil prices.”


There's A Petrol Station In The ACT Selling Fuel For 9 Cents A Litre Today

Metro Petroleum in Barrier Street, Canberra is discounting fuel by $1 per litre between 12pm and 2pm today. In preparation, there will be road closures and reduced speed limits.


Six Months After The Earthquake, Nepal Is Open For Adventure

Nepal is home to the best climbing, trekking and mountaineering on earth. But, earlier this year, it also had a massive earthquake, an avalanche on Everest and is right now subject to a “blockade” by its neighbour India. Can you still visit? Surprisingly, now may be the best time ever.


Fuel Made From Algae Could Help Fukushima -- And The Rest Of The World

In the ongoing search for a non-nuclear energy, Fukushima could find a partial answer in living, green, microalgae. And algae can help the rest of the world, too.


Coal No Longer US's Most Popular Electricity Source For First Time Ever

For the first time ever, coal has been unseated as America’s largest source of fuel to generate electricity. As of April 2015, natural gas is now number 1.


Watch An Oxy-Gasoline Liquid Fuel Torch Cut Through Metal

Video: Yowza. That burns hot. Watch as a Petrogen Multi-Fuel cutting torch nicks right through a stack of metal and cuts it clean off. The cutting system can use liquid fuels of any kind, including “gasoline of any grade, “white” gas, camping fuel, and stabiliser additive fuels” and “diesel, kerosene, biodiesel”. Basically, you pump fuel into this thing and other things start going poof.


Britain's Poo-Powered Bus Hits A Land Speed Record

The UK’s poop-powered bus is officially one fast son-of-a-bitch. As reported Friday by Ars Technica, the bus recently hit a top speed of 123km/h at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire — a record for a regular service bus.


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