Finland

Finnish demo plant produces renewable fuel from carbon dioxide captured from the air

http://www.vttresearch.com/media/news/finnish-demo-plant-produces-renewable-fuel-from-carbon-dioxide-captured-from-the-air The unique Soletair demo plant developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) uses carbon dioxide to produce renewable fuels and chemicals. The pilot plant is coupled to LUT’s solar power plant in Lappeenranta.

Summer surprise in Finland: Snow in Lapland prompts ski resort to reopen

https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/summer_surprise_snow_in_lapland_prompts_ski_resort_to_reopen/9650554 It is a strange weather in Finland now: The skiing season ended in Northern Lapland in mid-May, but the weather there is still so cold and snowfall so frequent that the Saariselkä resort will temporarily reopen its slopes, which are currently up to a metre deep in snow.

Quantum Refrigerator Breakthrough Might Be Crucial For Future Of Computing | IFLScience

http://www.iflscience.com/technology/quantum-refrigerator-breakthrough-might-be-crucial-for-future-of-computing/ Quantum computing promises to revolutionize how we solve problemd, but there are many challenges before we get there. Researchers from Aalto University in Finland have reported in Nature Communications a functioning quantum refrigerator that can be used on many different quantum systems.  “With our new refrigerator, we think that is should be possible to reset qubits very accurately

Finland’s depression

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/12001895/Finlands-depression-is-the-final-indictment-of-Europes-monetary-union.html Finland has lost a quarter of its industry since 2008 even though it is the poster-child of EMU competitiveness Finland tops the EU in the World Economic Forum’s index of global competitiveness. It comes 1st in the entire world for primary schools, higher education and training, innovation, property rights, intellectual property protection, its legal framework

Finland Turns 100

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_58c35ec0e4b0c3276fb78516? In 2017, Finland is celebrating the Centennial of its independence. You probably don’t know this since Finns are notoriously shy and not particularly adept at marketing. While Finns are very proud of their country, saying anything positive about Finland is the cultural equivalent of bragging or exaggeration. In Finland, that is considered not cool.

Bad idea: GPS tracking of cars

Recently, the media has been on discussion on making the country roads to be controlled by private company and Finnish cars envisaged the so-called mandatory. black box. On this discussion it has been several times mentioned that the Finnish Government has planned a mandatory monitoring devices for all cars to collect “road tax” based on