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Nuclear waste will remain a deadly threat for hundreds of thousands of years. Despite having decades of hazardous waste in temporary storage, the world is only now finalising plans for long-term containment

Onkalo aims to solve the 100,000-year problem of nuclear waste storage

Nuclear waste will remain a deadly threat for hundreds of thousands of years. Despite having decades of hazardous waste in temporary storage, the world is only now finalising plans for long-term containment

Social network participation among Fortune 500 CEOs Positive trends point to a US embrace of solar power
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Yahoo’s long goodbye continues to drag on, with its sale to Verizon now delayed after massive account breaches and reports of an SEC investigation dog the company
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Yahoo sale delayed, but still going ahead

Yahoo’s long goodbye continues to drag on, with its sale to Verizon now delayed after massive account breaches and reports of an SEC investigation dog the company

Energy China has ordered the closure of 104 coal power plants, in line with a push to meet emissions targets. However, it must tackle unregulated industry to become truly green

China announces closure of 104 coal-fired power plants in line with renewables push

China has ordered the closure of 104 coal power plants, in line with a push to meet emissions targets. However, it must tackle unregulated industry to become truly green

Business British American Tobacco has agreed a $49.4bn takeover deal with Reynolds American, making it the world’s largest listed tobacco company

BAT takeover of Reynolds American set to create market-leading behemoth

British American Tobacco has agreed a $49.4bn takeover deal with Reynolds American, making it the world’s largest listed tobacco company

Technology The rapid growth in the patent market is creating a bubble akin to the housing crisis in 2008; if the market continues along this trajectory, the economic implications could be devastating

Beware the patent bubble

The rapid growth in the patent market is creating a bubble akin to the housing crisis in 2008; if the market continues along this trajectory, the economic implications could be devastating

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Energy Argentina has agreed a $15bn investment deal with companies to boost production in Vaca Muerta, in return for lower labour costs and greater subsidies

Argentina joins oil and gas companies to invest in multi-billion-dollar shale bounty

Argentina has agreed a $15bn investment deal with companies to boost production in Vaca Muerta, in return for lower labour costs and greater subsidies

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Business Alibaba has amalgamated online and offline retail operations in China, settling a multi-billion-dollar privatisation deal with Intime Retail

Alibaba’s deal for Intime opens door to retail integration in China

Alibaba has amalgamated online and offline retail operations in China, settling a multi-billion-dollar privatisation deal with Intime Retail

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Business Senior Samsung executives are to be questioned by South Korean special prosecutors over an ongoing political corruption investigation

Top Samsung executives questioned in government corruption probe

Senior Samsung executives are to be questioned by South Korean special prosecutors over an ongoing political corruption investigation

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Technology With investment in artificial intelligence 10 times higher than it was five years ago, the technology needs greater regulation as it risks spiralling out of human control

Artificial intelligence could pose an ‘existential threat’

With investment in artificial intelligence 10 times higher than it was five years ago, the technology needs greater regulation as it risks spiralling out of human control

Technology In a world first, Norway will switch off all FM radio transmissions in favour of DAB technology, prompting widespread criticism

Norway tunes out of FM radio

In a world first, Norway will switch off all FM radio transmissions in favour of DAB technology, prompting widespread criticism

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Energy China already far outstrips the US in terms of its investments in renewable energy, and is now stepping up investments in a bid to dominate in the global renewables boom

China poised to dominate in renewable energy with ‘going global’ strategy

China already far outstrips the US in terms of its investments in renewable energy, and is now stepping up investments in a bid to dominate in the global renewables boom

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Business Apple is the latest backer to join the SoftBank Vision Fund, which plans to invest $100bn in tech companies worldwide

Apple to invest $1bn in SoftBank’s tech fund

Apple is the latest backer to join the SoftBank Vision Fund, which plans to invest $100bn in tech companies worldwide

Business Vehicle sales in the US are on a successful streak, with year-on-year increases now maintained for seven years

US vehicle sales defy expectations with highest year on record

Vehicle sales in the US are on a successful streak, with year-on-year increases now maintained for seven years

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Business In an apparent win for President-elect Donald Trump, Ford has cancelled plans for a $1.6bn plant in Mexico

Ford scraps Mexican production plans and moves production to US

In an apparent win for President-elect Donald Trump, Ford has cancelled plans for a $1.6bn plant in Mexico

Business The head of Twitter’s Greater China operations has announced her departure from the social media firm

Twitter China’s top executive quits after eight months in charge

The head of Twitter’s Greater China operations has announced her departure from the social media firm

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Strategy The road to achieving start-up success is littered with failure, but that shouldn't be enough to deter the ambitious. Here, The New Economy brings together the top tips for wide-eyed entrepreneurs hoping to embark on their own business journey in 2017

Top tips for start-up success

The road to achieving start-up success is littered with failure, but that shouldn’t be enough to deter the ambitious. Here, The New Economy brings together the top tips for wide-eyed entrepreneurs hoping to embark on their own business journey in 2017

Business Gadgets and the services that support them are often the first things to go when a company closes. For users, there's not much to be done

Pebble sinks amid market consolidation

Gadgets and the services that support them are often the first things to go when a company closes. For users, there’s not much to be done

Energy In the vacuum created from fragmented global politics, businesses are pouring in billions to stop the earth from warming

As global politics abandons the climate, business is stepping in

In the vacuum created from fragmented global politics, businesses are pouring in billions to stop the earth from warming

Strategy Increasingly companies are prioritising gender equality in the work force, however, many of the factors holding women back continue to go unaddressed

Tackling unconscious bias in feedback and task assignment is the key to gender equality

Increasingly companies are prioritising gender equality in the work force, however, many of the factors holding women back continue to go unaddressed

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Energy Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau have moved to ban oil and gas drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans ahead of Trump's inauguration in January

Obama bans Arctic drilling

Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau have moved to ban oil and gas drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans ahead of Trump’s inauguration in January

Energy Saudi Aramco announces plans to install its first wind turbine in Saudi Arabia, which will be up and running by January 2017

Saudi Aramco and General Electric announce joint wind turbine venture

Saudi Aramco announces plans to install its first wind turbine in Saudi Arabia, which will be up and running by January 2017

Business 21st Century Fox has taken on Sky TV in a billion dollar merger, helping to consolidate the US media company's European presence

21st Century Fox reaches for the Sky

21st Century Fox has taken on Sky TV in a billion dollar merger, helping to consolidate the US media company’s European presence