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SK Hynix plans to spend $107 billion building four memory chip plants

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s SK Hynix Inc on Thursday said it would spend $107 billion building four factories, as the memory chip maker seeks to maintain its competitiveness in the face of Chinese efforts to become a leading chipmaking nation. The logos of SK Hynix is seen at its headquarters in Seongnam, South Korea, April 25, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji The chip fabrication plants will be built on a 4.5 million square meter site south of Seoul beginning 2022, complementing two existing domestic factories that will receive a separate 55…

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Herbal history: Five garden plants with a hidden past

Image copyright RHS Lindley Collections Image caption A book by Leonhart Fuchs on herbal plants published in Basel in 1542 Many garden plants we’re familiar with today have a hidden history. Grown centuries ago for their reputed healing powers, they became garden staples, valued for their beauty, form or scent. Pulmonaria, with its spotted leaves, was thought to symbolise diseased lungs, and used for chest infections. And the mint now found in a pot by the door was recommended to “stayeth bleeding” by early herbalists and apothecaries. There’s more to…

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The robot tendrils that mimic plants, and other tech news

BBC Click’s LJ Rich looks at some of the best technology stories of the week, including: Samsung announces the creation of a 1TB internal storage chip for smartphones An inflatable pill that could monitor stomach tumours or ulcers is developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology A soft robot that mimics plant tendrils is unveiled by the Italian Institute of Technology (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia) More at BBC.com/Click and @BBCClick. Source link

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Too much salt: water desalination plants harm environment: U.N.

OSLO (Reuters) – Almost 16,000 desalination plants worldwide produce bigger-than-expected flows of highly salty waste water and toxic chemicals that are damaging the environment, a U.N.-backed study said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Workers walk outside a desalination plant, south of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 2011. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed Desalination plants pump out 142 million cubic meters (5 billion cubic feet) of salty brine every day, 50 percent more than previous estimates, to produce 95 million cubic meters of fresh water, the study said. About 55 percent of the brine is produced…

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Concerns over increase in toxic brine from desalination plants

Image copyright abayliss Image caption A desalination plant in Saudi Arabia, a country that produces one-fifth of the brine in the world Desalination plants around the world are pumping out far more salt laden brine than previously believed, according to a new study. The salty effluent is a by-product of efforts to extract fresh water from the sea. Researchers found that plants are now producing 50% more of this chemical laden cocktail than expected. The brine raises the level of salinity and poses a major risk to ocean life and…

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LG Chem to spend $1.07 billion on expanding battery plants in China

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s LG Chem said on Thursday that it plans to invest a total of 1.2 trillion won ($1.07 billion) to expand its two battery plants in China by 2020 in a bid to meet rising global demand. Under the investment plan, LG Chem will spend 600 billion won each at an electric vehicle battery plant and a small-sized battery plant in Nanjing, the company said in a statement. Last year, the South Korean battery maker announced a plan to invest about 2 trillion won to build…

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Botanical artist brings rare plants back to life

With about one in five of the world’s plants facing extinction, scientists are racing to study new species. Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, discovered more than 100 plants and fungi that are new to science this year alone, and have revealed some of their top finds. Artist Lucy Smith draws the plants in incredible detail to help record them for posterity. Source link

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The secret life of plants: Ten new species found this year

Image copyright Martin Cheek Image caption A rainforest tree from Guinea Plant collectors have searched for the hidden wonders of the plant world for centuries. Yet plants that are new to science are still being described, at a rate of about 2,000 a year. Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, discovered and named more than 100 new plants in 2018. Their list of the top new plants includes carnivorous pitcher plants, exotic orchids and climbers with untapped medicinal powers. Herb found in a waterfall Prof Aiah Lebbie discovered an…

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GM to slash jobs and close eight plants

Image copyright Reuters General Motors (GM) plans to halt production at five factories in North America and cut more than 14,000 jobs. The US carmaker has also announced it will close three plants outside North America by the end of 2019. The moves follow rising costs and slower car sales and comes as the US carmaker focuses on its line-up of trucks, electric and self-driving vehicles. The company said the plan would help it save about $6bn (£4.7bn). The cutbacks include a 15% reduction in the number of its salaried…

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Tossing dead salmon is good for plants

Image copyright Dan Dinicola Image caption For more than 20 years, students in a small corner of north-west US have been tossing dead fish Never mind silver bells and cockleshells, Mary should have tossed dead fish to help her garden grown. A team of US researchers has found that sockeye salmon carcasses has helped boost tree growth by up to 20%. Over a 20-year period, students from the University of Washington tossed dead fish from a stream on to a river bank. Data shows the nutrients from the rotting flesh…

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