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Geoengineering the planet

By Anjana Ahuja   November 2012

India and the UK will begin sifting through joint research projects in November to develop “smart” energy grids. This involves sticking communication devices on the power grid, allowing it to be monitored remotely and tweaked to reflect supply and demand. Energy from renewable sources can also be fed in seamlessly. The £10m partnership between Research Councils UK and India’s department of science and technology is aimed at cutting carbon emissions.

From 1st November, the department for international development will require any research it bankrolls to be published freely. It’s a milestone in the long fight for open access publishing. Currently,…

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