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In the papers today - Thursday 4 September 2008

China has built one of the world's most powerful supercomputers, another sign of its ambition to be a leading force in high technology. . . .

The Dawning 5,000A, which will be installed in Shanghai, will be used for "genome mapping, earthquake appraisal, precise weather forecasts, and stock exchange data" said Hua Nie, the vice president of Dawning - The Daily Telegraph

Airlines will make losses of $9.3bn (£5.2bn) in the next two years as a "toxic combination of high fuel costs and dwindling demand hits carriers' finances, the industry's trade body warns. The International Air Transport Association's gloomy forecast comes as more airlines are expected to join UK-based Zoom and Silverjet in the bankruptcy courts over the next 18 months - The Guardian

One of the world's leading climate scientists yesterday called for an immediate halt to the building of all coal-fired power stations to prevent catastrophic global warming. James Hansen, a former White House adviser and Al Gore's science adviser, giving evidence in a British court, said sticking to a "business as usual" approach would see the planet passing its climate change tipping point - The Guardian

North Korea has begun rebuilding a nuclear reactor it recently knocked down as a part of a disarmament agreement, in an apparent reprisal for delays in the delivery of Washington's end of the deal. South Korea confirmed reports yesterday that reconstruction had begun at the Yongbyon nuclear complex, where the North Koreans are believed to have produced plutonium for about six bombs - The Guardian

The EU is studying plans for a transnational power grid in the North Sea that could provide electricity from renewable sources for 70m homes. It could cost up to £16bn to install - The Guardian

Train drivers are being told to turn off their engines when going downhill to save fuel. Several rail comapnies have taken up the idea as the industry tries to cope with the rising cost of diesel - The Daily Telegraph

Denmark and Germany are to be linked by a 12-mile road and rail bridge over the Fehmarn Strait, planned for 2018. Denmark is funding the Kr32 billion (£3.5 billion) project - The Times

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