Today in Science
Power producers who invested billions in turbines are finding that making money off the wind can be as unpredictable as the energy source itself.
The cost of producing electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind has dropped significantly over the past five years, narrowing the gap with power generated from fossil fuels and nuclear reactors, according to the International Energy Agency.
Oliver Sacks, a neurologist and author who wrote compelling case studies of people with brain disorders in best-selling books such as “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” and chronicled his own case of terminal cancer, has died. He was 82.
Abbott Laboratories isn’t making a bid for St. Jude Medical Inc., spokesman Scott Stoffel said.
Global sea levels are rising faster than predicted as a result of warming temperatures driven by burning fossil fuels, according to researchers who now say an increase of at least 3 feet (1 meter) is likely “unavoidable.”
The New Space Race
Senior-housing companies in Canada rallied after Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc. agreed to be acquired by a pension fund-backed company, extending an industrywide consolidation.
Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford said the company is considering a health-care co-op, an issue the United Auto Workers union has raised in negotiations on a new contract.
European shares erased gains as declining energy stocks outweighed health-care advances.
On a cloudy Wednesday morning in the Tokyo suburb of Tsukuba, Yoshiyuki Sankai points excitedly to a slide of severed spinal cords. They belong to rats, and he’s used cell technology to help reconnect the nerves.