Friday 07.07.17

“I wouldn't say rock n' roll is dead, but the current music being made by young people isn't really rock n' roll." - Joe Walsh

G20 summit kicks off in Hamburg German Chancellor Angela Merkel told leaders of the Group of 20 economic powers Friday that millions of people are hoping they can help solve the world's problems, and warned them that they must be prepared to make compromises.  - Associated Press

Large Hadron Collider at Cern detects 'double heavy' particle Scientists have detected a new particle at the Large Hadron Collider at Cern. The discovery will help researchers learn more about the so-called "strong force" which holds the centres of atoms together. The existence of the new particle was theoretically predicted but this is the first time it has been identified.  - BBC

France Plans To Ban Sale Of Diesel And Gas Vehicles By 2040 Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot announced that France expects to do away entirely with the sale of diesel and gas vehicles by 2040. He also admits that doing away with the sale of all fossil-fuel-powered cars in the world's sixth-biggest economy would be challenging, even to the point of constituting a "revolution," but he said French carmakers would be up to the task . - NPR

Russians Are Suspects in Nuclear Site Hackings Hackers working for a foreign government recently breached at least a dozen U.S. power plants, including the Wolf Creek nuclear facility in Kansas, according to current and former U.S. officials. The chief suspect is Russia, according to three people familiar with the continuing effort to eject the hackers from the computer networks.  - Bloomberg

U.S. Education Department sued by 18 U.S. states over student loan relief More than one-third of U.S. states sued the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos over the recent suspension of rules that would have swiftly canceled the student-loan debt of people defrauded by Corinthian Colleges Inc and other for-profit schools. - Reuters

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire to Buy Electric-Grid Giant Oncor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. struck a deal to buy one of the country’s biggest power-transmission companies, Texas-based Oncor, for $9 billion in cash and debt.  - Wall Street Journal

Elon Musk says Tesla is building the largest battery system in the world within 100 days Tesla has agreed to build the world's largest lithium-ion battery storage project in South Australia as the state battles outages that have driven up energy prices. The company outbid 91 other firms for the contract to install a 100 megawatt facility, while Elon Musk said that if the project is not completed in 100 days, it will be free. - CNBC

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