NEWS 18.March.2016


Japan has made another technological leap – Toyohashi University of Technology and Taisei Corp has unveiled the first electrical car in the world that will run without a battery, receiving its charge from an electrified road.

The unveiling on Friday was in the form of a test drive in Toyohashi, in the Aichi Prefecture. The small vehicle moved over the electrified surface, which had two rail-like steel paths spaced to match the car’s special tires. The charge is derived from steel wires embedded in them, which serve as a conduit.

The drive lasted for 30 meters at a speed of 10km/h, and, according to Professor Takashi Ohira, as cited by Kyodo:“Acceleration was smooth, and the ride was comfortable.” 

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Researchers investigating autism and mortality trends have discovered that people on the spectrum are dying younger than the average person – by 12 to 30 years. The charity Autistica described the problem as an “enormous hidden crisis.”

Sweden’s Karolinska Institute found that autistic adults who also had an associated learning disability had the youngest average age of death, 39 years, with the leading cause of death being epilepsy. The researchers’ findings were published in the British Journal of Psychiatry and involved 27,000 people with autism as well as about 2.5 million without the diagnosis, all from Swedish national registries.

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Unelected European Commission (EC) officials won’t be able to make new trade laws without asking Washington first, if the secretive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) comes into force, a leaked document reveals.

A secret document obtained by the Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) indicates that the EC will have the power to decide where Brussels should cooperate with the US, while domestic governments and the European Parliament (EP) see power slip away from them.

Details of the leaked document, which were first published in The Independent on Friday, suggest that the EP’s role on the international stage could lessen, according to the CEO. The think tank also says US regulators will take on a dubious role in European trade decisions under so-called “regulatory cooperation.” 

The CEO believes the leaked document it obtained uncovers the extent to which large corporations and industry groups will be able to influence EU-US trade deals with what are currently called “substantial proposals.”

Speaking to RT on Friday, director of Global Justice Now (GJN) Nick Dearden called it ominous.

“The leak absolutely confirms our fears about TTIP – it’s all about giving big business more power over a very wide range of laws and regulations,” he said.

“In fact, business lobbies are on record as saying they want to co-write laws with governments – this gets them a step closer.”

“This isn’t an ‘add on’ or a small part of TTIP – it’s absolutely central. TTIP is about non-tariff trade barriers. To me and you that means regulation and laws, the vast majority of which aren’t ‘trade barriers’ unless you see society as nothing but a gigantic market place,” Dearden added.

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