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Priyank Mehta tests a Aker Solutions operations chair created to control the drill equipment from the surface. Monday, May 5, 2014, in Houston. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

The best oil and gas tech at OTC 2015

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The first two days of the annual mega conference featured some amazing tech, from simulators to turbines to giant ropes.

The best oil and gas tech at OTC 2015

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Categories: featured, OTC
Priyank Mehta tests a Aker Solutions operations chair created to control the drill equipment from the surface. Monday, May 5, 2014, in Houston. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )
The first two days of the annual mega conference featured some amazing tech, from simulators to turbines to giant ropes.
Attendees view a small scale model of an offshore platform in the Aker Solutions booth during the Offshore Technology Conference at NRG Park on May 5, 2014, in Houston, Tx. ( Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle )

Some OTC exhibitors have stepped up their conference spending, even amid downturn

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While many companies have scaled back their presence this year amid a global oil collapse, others have still spent big.
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Republican attacks Obama immigration plan

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A Florida lawmaker says the proposal would be ‘dead on arrival’ if sent to Congress – underscoring the uphill fight to reform the US migration system
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Anastasiades leads Cyprus presidency poll

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Cash-strapped Cyprus takes a big step towards an international bailout as voters give the centre-right opposition leader a commanding lead
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Much rides on Topshop’s new LA site

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Sir Philip Green says there is strong demand for the UK retailer’s products, explaining that probably 20% to 25% of its online business is to California
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Only one in three wants UK to stay in EU

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Given an in-out vote 50 per cent would support leaving bloc. Establishment faces uphill struggle to convince public before any referendum
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When Illusions Confront Reality

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The illusion of the electric car replacing the internal combustion engine didn’t begin with President Obama but he gave it a big boost with his $800+ billion stimulus package. And, crony capitalists were all too willing to take taxpayer money to pursue a grand illusion.  Some no doubt were motivated by the technological challenge but […]
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G20 agrees to avoid currency wars

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Financial markets will be carefully parsing the language that emerges from the summit for any indication of the direction of the yen
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China faces culture of corruption

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China’s ruling Communist party faces an uphill task rooting out the graft at all levels of party and government if it resists outside scrutiny
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Dead lawyer to go on trial in Russia

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Case believed linked to Magnitsky law in US, which imposes visa blacklist and asset freezes on certain Russian officials accused of rights violations
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Gunmen kidnap foreign workers in Nigeria

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Briton, Italian, Greek and Lebanese among abducted in the biggest kidnapping of foreign nationals in north since Islamist insurgency there began
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Pressure builds in Iran nuclear stand-off

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The diplomatic dance cannot go on for ever: Iran is advancing its nuclear technology and the weight of sanctions is mounting. Something has to give
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A Keystone XL pipeline protester demonstrates outside of the White House on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press)

Texans join activists at Keystone XL rally in D.C.

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Thousands of environmental activists are descending on the nation’s capital today for a rally against the Keystone XL pipeline that would ferry oil sands crude from Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast.

Brain implants give rats sixth sense

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Neurotechnology research could lead to brain-controlled prosthetic devices, such as artificial limbs, that give their users a sense of touch
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An oil clean-up vessels processes leaked oil on the sea surface around the C platform of the Penglai 19-3 oilfield in Bohai Bay, China on July 11, 2011. (Photo: Associated Press)

ConocoPhillips can restart operations at closed China oilfield

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The State Oceanic Administration of China said in a statement that conditions at the Penglai 19-3 oilfield had returned to normal after a series of rectification measures. It says ConocoPhillips can gradually resume production there.
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German banks fight to lend to Mittelstand

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With margins likely to be squeezed and muted corporate demand, regulators, bankers and analysts say there is not enough business to go around
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Della Valle makes offer for La7 network

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The timing of the luxury goods tycoon’s move just a week before national elections, reinvigorates a debate about media plurality in Italy
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