Are U.S. chip makers at risk from China’s disruptive chip-making plan?

In this issue: China’s plan to build its own chip industry. What’s next for mobile laser technology? Big bets on smart cities. Drone consultants. The birth of quantum cloud computing. How to make your older car smarter and safer.

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Expert predicts the price of oil: Going up, or down?

Two weeks ago, we sat down to talk energy with Jason Schenker, president and chief economist of Prestige Economics in Austin, Texas. He specializes in commodity markets and is known for the accuracy of his price forecasts, so when he talks about what’s ahead for oil and natural gas, it pays to take note. Here are highlights of our conversation, lightly edited for clarity.

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Which state’s coal industry could benefit from rising gas prices?

Oil exporters’ hopes for a freeze in crude production melted in the Doha sun this past weekend. And for the coal industry, a glimmer of hope amid recent news of sliding demand and bankrupt mining giants.

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Microdrones: potential big business — or safety and security risk?

Microdrones. Drone safety concerns. What’s ahead for Apple. Encrypted consumer apps. Help with comparing Internet service. Domino’s pizza-ordering app. Gains in researching artificial intelligence.

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Should you follow Clooney’s example and take a chance on Tesla?

Can Tesla finally go mainstream with its recently unveiled Model 3 electric car? The company’s pricier offerings get rave reviews for their handling and high-tech design, but a sustainable business model depends on selling larger volumes and exploiting economies of scale.

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What does bulging natural gas supply mean for your business?

Natural gas prices are back in the doldrums after a brief rally this winter. Output is high and demand is tapering off as spring weather arrives across the U.S. And there’s a genuine risk that prices could fall even further, depending on the weather this summer. What does it all mean for energy producers and investors?

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Will the next SCOTUS nominee determine the fate of the Clean Power Plan?

The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan is arguably the most significant environmental regulation to come out of Washington in decades. The CPP calls for dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector, and has been hailed as proof of America’s commitment to combating climate change. But a rare move by the Supreme Court has halted implementation of the CPP and created significant uncertainty for the future of U.S. energy and environmental policy.

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