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December 17, 2017
CARBON WORLDS
A diamond as the steppingstone to new materials, using plasma physics technology



Birmingham UK (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
University of Alabama at Birmingham physicists have taken the first step in a five-year effort to create novel compounds that surpass diamonds in heat resistance and nearly rival them in hardness. They are supported by a five-year, $20 million National Science Foundation award to create new materials and improve technologies using the fourth state of matter - plasma. Plasma - unlike the other three states of matter, solid, liquid and gas - does not exist naturally on Earth. This ionized gase ... read more

CARBON WORLDS
Columbia engineers create artificial graphene in a nanofabricated semiconductor structure
New York, NY (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Researchers at Columbia Engineering, experts at manipulating matter at the nanoscale, have made an important breakthrough in physics and materials science, recently reported in Nature Nanotechnology ... more
ENERGY TECH
Rules for superconductivity mirrored in 'excitonic insulator'
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Rice University physicists dedicated to creating the working components of a fault-tolerant quantum computer have succeeded in creating a previously unseen state of matter. The "topological ex ... more
ENERGY TECH
Research dispels misconception of superconductivity in niobium compound
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
For over 65 years, niobium boride (NbB) has been considered a classic example of a superconducting material. This assumption, recorded in manuals on the physics of condensed matter and articles in s ... more
SOLAR DAILY
U.S. solar power group says it sees headwinds ahead
Washington (UPI) Dec 14, 2017
A U.S. solar power trade group said the Trump administration was standing in the way of growth, but the sector showed resilience in the third quarter. ... more
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CIVIL NUCLEAR
Bruce Power Contracts Major Industry Suppliers for Steam Generator Replacement Project
Kincardine, Canada (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
A fully integrated joint venture formed among AECOM, Aecon and AREVA NP - the Steam Generator Replacement Team (SGRT) - has signed a contract valued at more than $130 million to replace steam genera ... more
WIND DAILY
Oil-rich Alberta sees momentum for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Dec 14, 2017
The provincial government in Alberta said the industry response to a renewable energy program was better than expected, with almost $1 billion committed. ... more
TECH SPACE
New synthethic protocol to form 3-D porous organic network
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
A team of Korean researchers, affiliated with UNIST has recently announced the principle of producing porous organic materials in the blink of an eye, like firing bullets. This is similar to the mec ... more
TECH SPACE
Russian scientist found out what happens with 'smart' magnetic gel in a magnetic field
Yekaterinburg, Russia (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Magnetic gels are the new generation of "smart" composite materials. They consist of a polymer medium and nano- or micro-dimensional magnetic particles embedded in it. These composites are frequentl ... more
TECH SPACE
Seeing through walls of unknown materials
Durham NC (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Researchers at Duke University have devised a way to see through walls using a narrow band of microwave frequencies without any advance knowledge of what the walls are made out of. Besides having ob ... more
TECH SPACE
Physicists excited by discovery of new form of matter, excitonium
Champaign IL (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Excitonium has a team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign... well... excited! Professor of Physics Peter Abbamonte and graduate students Anshul Kogar and Mindy Rak, with ... more


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CHIP TECH
Towards data storage at the single molecule level
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Over the past few years, the building blocks of storage media have gotten ever smaller. But further miniaturization of the current technology is hindered by fundamental limits of quantum mechanics. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
US moves to roll back 'net neutrality' rules
Washington (AFP) Dec 15, 2017
US regulators voted Thursday to roll back so-called "net neutrality" rules which required internet providers to treat all traffic equally, a move opponents say would curb online freedom. ... more
TRADE WARS
US, EU and Japan up the pressure on China at WTO
Buenos Aires (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
The United States, European Union and Japan jointly rounded on China's "market-distorting subsidies" at the World Trade Organization conference in Argentina Tuesday. ... more
CAR TECH
US prosecutors confirm Uber target of criminal probe
San Francisco (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
A letter made public Wednesday in Waymo's civil suit against Uber over swiped self-driving car secrets confirmed the ride-share service is the target of a US criminal investigation. ... more



US void hard to miss at Paris climate summit
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Two years ago to the day, US secretary of state John Kerry shared in the cheers and champagne in Paris as world powers sealed a landmark global climate accord. Returning to the French capital Tuesday for a follow-up summit, he cut a bitter and disappointed figure. The United States' commitment to fighting climate change - something both Kerry and former president Barack Obama hoped woul ... more
Paris (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
To save climate, stop investing in fossil fuels: economists
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Improving sensor accuracy to prevent electrical grid overload
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Japan faces challenges in cutting CO2, Moody's finds
New test procedure for developing quick-charging lithium-ion batteries
Munich, Germany (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
When lithium-ion batteries are charged too quickly, metallic lithium gets deposited on the anodes. This reduces battery capacity and lifespan and can even destroy the batteries. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Forschungszentrum Julich have now presented a process that, for the first time ever, allows this so-called lithium plating process to be investigated directl ... more
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Research dispels misconception of superconductivity in niobium compound
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Rules for superconductivity mirrored in 'excitonic insulator'
Binghamton NY (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Scientists create stretchable battery made entirely out of fabric
Construction to start on $160 million Kennedy Energy Park in North Queensland
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Construction of the first utility-scale wind, solar and storage hybrid generator connected to the national electricity network is set to start near Hughenden in North West Queensland. The first sod of soil will be turned at a ceremony on Monday 11 December. The ceremony marks the start of work on the innovative $160 million Kennedy Park Energy developed by Windlab Limited - Australia's int ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 14, 2017
Oil-rich Alberta sees momentum for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
U.S. wind turbines getting taller and more efficient
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
New wind farm in service off the British coast
Guanidinium stabilizes perovskite solar cells at 19 percent efficiency
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
With the power-conversion efficiency of silicon solar cells plateauing around 25%, perovskites are now ideally placed to become the market's next generation of photovoltaics. In particular, organic-inorganic lead halide perovskites offer manufacturing versatility that can potentially translate into much higher efficiency: studies have already shown photovoltaic performances above 20% acros ... more
Uncha Amirpur, India (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
India faces painful move to cleaner energy
Warwick UK (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Solar power advances possible with new 'double-glazing' device
Washington (UPI) Dec 14, 2017
U.S. solar power group says it sees headwinds ahead
Defects found at China nuclear reactor project
Beijing (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Defects were found in equipment for a third-generation nuclear reactor under construction in southern China with the problematic parts being replaced, the state-owned China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) said Wednesday. The issue concerned equipment used in one of two new European Pressurised Reactors (EPR), large units designed to offer improved power and safety. With EPRs in Finland ... more
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Mainz physicists propose a new method for monitoring nuclear waste
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Australian waste treatment technology plays major role in management of radioactive waste
Kincardine, Canada (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Bruce Power Contracts Major Industry Suppliers for Steam Generator Replacement Project
Bristol scientists turn beer into fuel
Bristol UK (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Chemists at the University of Bristol have made the first steps towards making sustainable petrol using beer as a key ingredient. It is commonly accepted that there is an urgent need for sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels for transportation to replace diesel and petrol. One of the most widely used sustainable alternatives to petrol world-wide is bioethanol - in the United State ... more
Golden CO (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
NREL develops novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Algae could feed and fuel planet with aid of new high-tech tool
Golden CO (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
NREL research finds a sweet spot for engineering better cellulose-degrading enzymes
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North Sea business out nearly $30M a day on Forties pipeline outage
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
Closing the Forties pipeline system in the North Sea, which sidelines almost half of the area's production, means heavy industry losses, a trade group said. Pipeline operator Ineos shut down the Forties crude network in the North Sea after discovering a "hairline crack" on a pipe near Aberdeen, Scotland, last week. The system carries about 40 percent of the oil produced in the British w ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
Florida senator moves ahead of White House on offshore drilling plans
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
European gas flows back after fatal Austrian accident
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
Contracts awarded for export terminal overhaul
UCI scientists unveil new satellite-based global drought severity index
New Orleans LA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Just in time for the holidays, researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions are rolling out a new satellite-based drought severity index for climate watchers worldwide. Relying on data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment mission, the index adds terrestrial water storage (groundwater) to drought assessments, augmenting commonly used tools most o ... more
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
'We're losing the battle', Macron tells Paris climate talks
London, UK (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Space Climate Observatory agreed ahead of One Planet Summit in Paris
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Investors turn back on fossil fuels at Paris climate summit
Battle lines drawn over coal at UN climate talks
Bonn (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
A score of mostly wealthy nations banded together at UN climate talks Thursday to swear off coal-fired power, a key driver of global warming and air pollution. To cap global warming at "well under" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) - the planet-saving target in the 196-nation Paris Agreement - coal must be phased out in developed countries by 2030, and "by no later than 2050 in ... more
Bonn (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Anti-coal drive at UN climate talks stalked by pro-coal White House
Hambach Coal Mine, Near Niederzier, Germany (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Protest at open-pit coal mine near Bonn ahead of UN climate talks
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Coal still holds a slight edge as U.S. power source
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
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Draken International to buy surplus South African fighters
Washington (UPI) Dec 12, 2017
South Africa's state-owned defense company, Denel SOC Ltd., is selling 12 surplus Cheetah fighter jets to Draken International, a U.S.-based tactical fighter training company. The sales contract, announced Tuesday by Denel, includes return to service and flight acceptance tests in South Africa and aircraft delivery to the United States. The company is also pursuing post-delivery logisti ... more
Ottawa (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Canada to buy 18 used Australian jetsw
Doha (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Qatar signs $8-bn deal to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from UK
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Bell-Boeing awarded contract for materials, support of V-22 Osprey
Denmark sets milestone for EV charges
Washington (UPI) Dec 14, 2017
The Danish market for electric vehicles set a milestone with more than 1 million charges and 36 million miles since 2014, a utility provider said Thursday. German utility company E.ON said it's leading in the Danish market with its 1,300 charging points. Since 2014, the company said more than 1 million drivers charged up their vehicles at E.ON stations and it's now working on partnershi ... more
San Francisco (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
US prosecutors confirm Uber target of criminal probe
Singapore (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Singapore launches electric car-sharing service
Beijing (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Chinese auto giant to end petrol vehicle sales by 2025
Wheat gets boost from purified nanotubes
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
The introduction of purified carbon nanotubes appears to have a beneficial effect on the early growth of wheatgrass, according to Rice University scientists. But in the presence of contaminants, those same nanotubes could do great harm. The Rice lab of chemist Andrew Barron grew wheatgrass in a hydroponic garden to test the potential toxicity of nanoparticles on the plant. To their surpris ... more
New York, NY (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Columbia engineers create artificial graphene in a nanofabricated semiconductor structure
Birmingham UK (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
A diamond as the steppingstone to new materials, using plasma physics technology
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Graphene spin transport takes a step forward towards applications
Toshiba, Western Digital settle legal battle over chip unit sale
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Toshiba settled legal disputes with US production partner Western Digital, both firms said Wednesday, clearing the way for the embattled Japanese conglomerate's multi-billion-dollar sale of its prized chip business. Toshiba has been on the ropes after the disastrous acquisition of US nuclear energy firm Westinghouse, which racked up billions of dollars in losses before being placed under ban ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Researchers quantify factors for reducing power semiconductor resistance by two-thirds
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Towards data storage at the single molecule level
Beijing, China (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Secure information transmission over 500m fiber links based on quantum technologies
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China raises bullet train speed six years after crash
Beijing (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
China on Thursday increased the maximum speed of bullet trains on the Beijing-Shanghai line to 350 kilometres (217 miles) per hour, six years after a fatal accident led to a speed cap. The speed limit had been reduced to 300 kilometres per hour after 40 people died in a high-speed train crash near Wenzhou in July 2011. The acceleration cuts the 1,318-kilometre (819-mile) Beijing-Shanghai ... more
Ahmedabad, India (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
Modi, Abe to kick-start India's first bullet train project
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
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New York (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Hyperloop startup says superfast rail a reality
UN warns of surging e-waste, little recycling
Geneva (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
The UN warned Wednesday that waste from discarded electronics like mobile phones, laptops and refrigerators is piling up worldwide, and it urged far better recycling of the often hazardous rubbish. A full 44.7 million tonnes of so-called e-waste was generated around the world in 2016, up eight percent from two years earlier, according to a report from the UN's International Telecommunicatio ... more
Brussels (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Britain must obey EU environment rules for post-Brexit air deal
Paris (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
Offsetting Trump, Macron moves to 'Make Our Planet Great Again'
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Tiny ocean creatures can shred a plastic bag into 1.75 million pieces
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