Nov 6, 2014

Japan, U.S. to launch joint research on methane hydrate

Japan and the United States agreed Thursday to launch joint research into the development of methane hydrate, an energy source also known as burning ice. Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding in Tokyo with the National Energy Technology ...

Nov 6, 2014

Panasonic, Polypore to collaborate on new battery technology

Polypore International Inc. said its Celgard LLC subsidiary and Panasonic Corp. will jointly develop a component for use in advanced lithium-ion batteries. Polypore, a U.S. maker of chemical membranes and separators, said the two companies will work on the development of coated and uncoated ...

Oct 15, 2014

More than 82 million in poverty in China: official

More than 82 million people in China still live on less than about $1 a day, a senior official said, despite a decades-long boom that made it the world’s second-largest economy. China’s official poverty standard is an annual income of 2,300 yuan ($375), close ...

Hong Kong, the golden goose Beijing cannot sacrifice

Oct 9, 2014

Hong Kong, the golden goose Beijing cannot sacrifice

Hong Kong’s democracy protests have stoked fears of retribution from China, but observers say the city is simply too valuable to punish and sideline even though it faces a challenge in the long term from mainland rival Shanghai. Demonstrators, sometimes numbering in the tens ...

U.S. bird species dying out amid development: report

Sep 10, 2014

U.S. bird species dying out amid development: report

Bird populations across the United States are shrinking largely due to development, with the steepest declines in Western states, according to a scientific report released on Tuesday. Described as the most comprehensive review ever of long-term trend data, “The State of the Birds 2014″ ...

Asia's old communities vanishing amid rapid growth

Aug 28, 2014

Asia's old communities vanishing amid rapid growth

by Denis D. Gray

Century-old shop houses, twisting alleyways and temples scented with incense still pulsate with the old trades and time-honored rituals of families who have lived in Bangkok’s Chinatown for generations. But probably not for much longer. Jackhammers and cranes are closing in on one of ...

Building collapse reveals North Korea's goals

Aug 17, 2014

Building collapse reveals North Korea's goals

Pyongyang isn’t just any North Korean city. So when a 23-story apartment building under construction collapsed in the center of the showcase capital in May, officials faced a bona fide emergency. Their response was in some ways predictable: a grudgingly slow and piecemeal confirmation, ...

Obama seeks bigger Africa role for U.S.

Aug 4, 2014

Obama seeks bigger Africa role for U.S.

Ask Maj.-Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., the top U.S. military officer in Africa, how he thinks U.S. and European-backed African troops are faring in their war on Islamist militants in Somalia, and his answer comes back smartly: “Pretty darn good!” But when “son of ...

Problems dog plans for U.S. nuclear plants

| Jul 27, 2014

Problems dog plans for U.S. nuclear plants

by Ray Henry

The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money and revive the once promising energy source. But so far, it is not working. Quality and cost problems have cropped up ...

Chinese growth beats expectations with 7.5% expansion in 2Q

Jul 16, 2014

Chinese growth beats expectations with 7.5% expansion in 2Q

Chinese growth accelerated to a forecast-beating 7.5 percent in the second quarter, official data showed Wednesday, as government stimulus provided a much-needed boost to the world’s second-largest economy. The April-June figure from the National Bureau of Statistics compared with 7.4 percent in the previous ...

Jul 7, 2014

Mohamed Dionne named new Senegal prime minister

Mohamed Dionne, a close aide to Senegal’s president who once worked for the United Nations, was named the country’s new prime minister Sunday, two days after the resignation of his predecessor. Dionne, 54, will be the third prime minister serving under President Macky Sall, ...