Time:Have you ever suspected that people who hang out with slinky, clever, moody cats are actually smarter than everyone with a goofy, friendly-to-everyone dog? Your hunch was likely correct, according to a new study carried out by Carroll University in Wisconsin. The study looked for personality traits in 600 college students that coincided with choices in pet ownership. Dog lovers tended to be more lively, but cat owners were “non-conformists” who preferred expediency to following the rules.Cat lovers also scored higher on intelligence over all. So is the cat educating you, or do you just have to be smart to adequately care for such a mercurial animal?Read the whole story: Time More of our Members in the Media >
ASIA: The shareholders of Singapore-listed Sapphire Corp approved the 360m yuan acquisition of Chinese rail engineering specialist Ranken Infrastructure Ltd at an extraordinary general meeting on September 2. The deal is expected to be completed by October.Established in 1998, Chengdu-based Rankin undertakes projects in China, India, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia. It has a registered capital of 500m yuan, and as of December 1 2014 the order book stood at 2·1bn yuan.Sapphire is the parent company of an Australian mining services firm and operates a nickel mine in Vietnam. It said the acquisition of Rankin would ‘propel’ Sapphire’s ‘foray into metro, urban rail transit and other major land transport infrastructure projects in China and Southeast Asia’, with the ability to ‘undertake and finance major projects in the fast-growing rail sector in China and other emerging markets’.‘Leveraging Ranken’s proven capabilities and track record, we intend to grow the order book and participate in the major long-term infrastructure projects by entering into strategic partnerships or joint ventures with Chinese state-owned enterprises or provincial governments’, said Sapphire CEO & Managing Director Teh Wing Kwan.
Sport EN Mascherano said: “I spoke to Rafa last year while he was at Napoli. Now we speak less, for obvious reasons. I have everything to thank him for. Upd. at 21:35 08/10/2015 The Barcelona player spoke to the magazine Panenka and was asked about his coach – now a clear rival – while at Liverpool. Javier Mascherano has hailed his former manager Rafa Benitez, who is currently in charge of Real Madrid. “He rescued me from a deep, dark hole, 20 metres underground and helped me reach the very top. He’s a great person and a manager you can learn from, if you really want to.” CEST
The cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems is plummeting, with prices dropping 80 percent globally between 2008 and 2013. As prices come down, consumers can save money on electricity in more markets by installing solar panels on their roofs. But accurate comparisons between the cost of solar PV and traditional electricity are not always clear or available. In the United States, solar PV capacity has increased from 3.95 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2011 to over 16 GW at the end of 2014. Many of these solar PV systems have been installed for small-to medium-size consumers, typically connected at the consumer’s location. These systems are called behind-the-meter systems as they supply electricity at the point of demand without first interacting with the grid. In 2013, these systems accounted for roughly 40 percent of new U.S. solar PV. The rise in behind-the-meter solar PV is due in large part to the increased number of markets that offer customer savings over traditional electricity supply. Some new solar suppliers in states across the U.S. promise consumers savings over their current electricity bills. However, consumers are often wary of these claims, so access to clear, accurate cost comparisons is needed. Unfortunately, there is a lack of useful, clear information to help consumers navigate the solar rooftop market. Where Solar PV Could Save Money: U.S. and India ComparisonsWRI’s new factsheet, Behind-the-Meter Solar PV: Understanding Cost Parity, outlines in basic terms what makes an accurate comparison. The three examples below follow these terms and illustrate where consumers could save money using solar PV. A more detailed analysis would be needed to understand the specifics at a given location.SUPERMARKETS: 40 percent of U.S. supermarkets would have saved money over their electricity rates in 2012 by installing rooftop solar systems. This assumes the supermarket would’ve installed solar PV systems at the national average price and with “net-metering” policies, but did not account for rising electricity rates.SCHOOLS: Between 30 to 60 percent of U.S. public and private (K-12) schools could save money by installing solar PV at a price of $2-2.5/W. This assumes a 30-year lifespan. An interactive map shows all the schools that could save money.INDIA: Commercial consumers in eight Indian states could currently save money with solar PV over their electricity rates, according to Bridge to India. This analysis was conducted on systems smaller than 50 kilowatts without subsidies. Solar PV can save consumers money in a total of 13 Indian states with the supportive policy of accelerated depreciation in place.Behind-the-Meter Solar PV: Understanding Cost Parity aims to help decision-makers, policy experts, investors, and regulators make these comparisons accurately so they can understand where they can save money using solar PV.