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February 20, 2017
CAR TECH
Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment



Hanover NH (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Roads are causing rapid evolutionary change in wild populations of plants and animals according to a Concepts and Questions paper published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The paper is available now online in 'early view' ahead of being featured on the cover in the print edition on March 1. (A pdf of the paper is also available here). Said to be the largest human artifact on the planet, roads impact the ecology of nearly 20 percent of the U.S. landscape alone, and globally, are projec ... read more

TECH SPACE
Researchers engineer thubber a stretchable rubber that packs a thermal conductive punch
Carmel Majidi and Jonathan Malen of Carnegie Mellon University have developed a thermally conductive rubber material that represents a breakthrough for creating soft, stretchable machines and electr ... more
INTERNET SPACE
'Corrective glass' for mass spectrometry imaging
The chemical analysis of biological tissues with three-dimensional shapes has been a major problem so far. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, have now imp ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Flat lens opens a broad world of color
Last summer, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) announced a new, flat lens that could focus light with high efficiency within the visible sp ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Slovenian nuclear plant restarts after shutdown
A 35-year-old nuclear plant in Slovenia was restarted Friday after it automatically shut down because of a water supply problem, its operator said. ... more
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Snap prices IPO, seeks more than $2 bn
Snapchat's corporate parent seeks to raise more than $2 billion for the fast-growing social media group in the tech sector's largest public offering in nearly three years, documents filed Thursday showed. ... more
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Ethical qualms make UK police cameras a mixed success
With accusations of police misconduct raging on both sides of the Atlantic, Britain has taken the lead in supplying officers with body cameras despite worries about ever-increasing surveillance by the authorities. ... more
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Zuckerberg envisions Facebook as a 'global community'
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday offered a vision for the social network as a force in building a "global community," as more people become disillusioned with troubled political institutions. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Scientists invent new, faster gait for six-legged robots
Robotics engineers often find their inspiration from nature. For six-legged robots, a nature-inspired gait proved an impediment to maximum speed. ... more
TRADE WARS
Trump trade strategy 'doomed to failure:' US trade expert
President Donald Trump's rejection of multilateral trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific in favor of one-on-one deals is "doomed to failure," a noted US trade expert said Thursday. ... more
OIL AND GAS
New production starts in the North Sea
North Sea oil and gas company Ithaca Energy announced Friday the successful start of production from the region's Stella field. ... more


Slovenian nuclear plant shuts down after water problem

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
'Scorpion' robot mission inside Fukushima reactor aborted
A "scorpion" robot sent into a Japanese nuclear reactor to learn about the damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown had its mission aborted after the probe ran into trouble, Tokyo Electric Power company said Thursday. ... more
TECH SPACE
New synchrotron powder diffraction facility for long running experiments
Synchrotron beamlines and their instruments are built to harness the photon beam power of synchrotron radiation (SR), which has special properties - ideally suited to providing detailed and accurate ... more
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Is a stretchable smart tablet in our future?
Engineering researchers at Michigan State University have developed the first stretchable integrated circuit that is made entirely using an inkjet printer, raising the possibility of inexpensive mas ... more
CAR TECH
NTU Singapore invents ultrafast camera for self-driving vehicles and drones
Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed an ultrafast high-contrast camera that could help self-driving cars and drones see better in extreme road c ... more

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Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights
As Taiwan lights up for the start of its annual lantern festival this weekend, one eco-friendly craftsman is breaking with tradition. Lantern-maker Lin Chow-chin is part of a growing movement on the island to make the celebrations greener, creating sustainable lights which can be converted into everything from desk lamps to flower vases. Each year huge electric sculptures go on display ... more
EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms

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Looking for the next leap in rechargeable batteries
USC researchers may have just found a solution for one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the next wave of rechargeable batteries - small enough for cellphones and powerful enough for cars. In a paper published in the January issue of the Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Sri Narayan and Derek Moy of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute outline how they developed an alteration to t ... more
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Michigan meets renewable energy targets
All electric service providers in Michigan met their renewable energy targets, with wind contributing most to the green economy, a public commission found. "The combined efforts of the electric providers, renewable energy project developers, communities hosting renewable energy projects, renewable energy advocates and many others have contributed to the effective implementation of Michi ... more
British grid drawing power from new offshore wind farm

Prysmian UK to supply land cable connections for East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm

Russia's nuclear giant pushes into wind energy

Printable solar cells just got a little closer
A U of T Engineering innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Dr. Hairen Tan and his team have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning nearly any surface ... more
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'No risk' in Benin after truck with chemical for nuclear production crashes
The French nuclear group Areva said Tuesday a truck carrying a chemical used in the uranium fuel process had tipped over in Benin, but there was "no risk" of contamination. The accident occurred in the West African country on Sunday near Dassa, about 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of the capital Cotonou. The truck was carrying uranate, an oxide used in the process to make nuclear fuel. ... more
Slovenian nuclear plant shuts down after water problem

Slovenian nuclear plant restarts after shutdown

Explosion at French nuclear plant, 'no radiation risk'

Alberta backing bioenergy programs
The provincial government of Alberta said it was creating new jobs by offering funding to support bioenergy and a low-carbon future. The government said it was offering up to $45 million to support a bioenergy producer program aimed at deriving fuels from crops and livestock waste. The industry already powers the equivalent of 200,000 average households in Alberta and contributes ... more
A better way to farm algae

DuPont Industrial Biosciences to develop new high-efficiency biogas enzyme method

Cathay Pacific to cut emissions with switch to biofuel

New production starts in the North Sea
North Sea oil and gas company Ithaca Energy announced Friday the successful start of production from the region's Stella field. "Production has been started from the field and oil export to the adjacent shuttle tanker has commenced," the company said in a statement. "The production ramp-up phase will commence when the on-going commissioning of the gas processing and compression faciliti ... more
Oil prices move lower after day of volatility

Despite tough energy recovery, Norway's debt decreases

Croatia next in line for LNG terminal

Climate study delivers dire warning on Alpine snow
The Alpine skiing season may be much shorter by century's end, and limited to a smaller area, said a climate study Thursday warning of snow cover loss as high as 70 percent. Most climate models predict increased winter precipitation due to global warming, scientists wrote in the European Geosciences Union (EGU) journal The Cryosphere. But with temperatures rising too, the is likely to be ... more
Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release

Scientists argue current climate change models understate the problem

Researchers say climate models understate risk, ignore human factors

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EU must shut coal plants by 2030 to meet climate pledge: study
The European Union must close all 315 of its coal-fired power plants by 2030 in order to meet its commitments under the Paris climate agreement, a research institute said Thursday. The goal set at the December 2015 Paris conference to maintain average temperature increases to less than two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels requires the gradual closure of EU ... more
Do more to advance CCS, BHP Billiton says

Beijing's mayor vows step away from coal

Smog chokes coal-addicted Poland

Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April
In April, China will launch a cargo spacecraft into orbit as part of a schedule to develop an international space station as soon as 2020. A Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft could be headed into space "as early as mid-April" atop a Long March-7 Y2 rocket, representing a major milestone for China's space program, according to People's Daily, an English-language Chinese news outlet. One won ... more
China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration

China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

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Alphabet's 'Loon' internet plan closer to deployment
Google parent Alphabet said Thursday that artificial intelligence-infused navigation software has significantly sped up plans to deploy Project Loon internet balloons to serve remote regions of the world Word that being able to more smartly guide high-altitude baloons promised to improve coverage while curbing cost came as Loon hit headwinds in some locales where it has been testing the tech ... more
India, Russia close in on chopper deal: report

Czech Republic, Switzerland eye A400M lease from Germany

Dassault to offer Rafale fighter to Indian navy

Four-stroke engine cycle produces hydrogen from methane and captures CO2
When is an internal combustion engine not an internal combustion engine? When it's been transformed into a modular reforming reactor that could make hydrogen available to power fuel cells wherever there's a natural gas supply available. By adding a catalyst, a hydrogen separating membrane and carbon dioxide sorbent to the century-old four-stroke engine cycle, researchers have demonstrated ... more
Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment

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UNIST to engineer dream diodes with a graphene interlayer
A team of researchers, affiliated with UNIST has created a new technique that greatly enhances the performance of Schottky Diodes (metal-semiconductor junction) used in electronic devices. Their research findings have attracted considerable attention within the scientific community by solving the contact resistance problem of metal-semiconductor, which had remained unsolved for almost 50 years. ... more
Graphene foam gets big and tough

Vast expanse of melting carbon found beneath Western United States

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Sorting machine for atoms
Physicists at the University of Bonn have cleared a further hurdle on the path to creating quantum computers: in a recent study, they present a method with which they can very quickly and precisely sort large numbers of atoms. The work has now been published in Physical Review Letters. Imagine you are standing in a grocery store buying apple juice. Unfortunately, all of the crates are half ... more
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Machine-learning to inspire Singapore metro buildout
Researchers are trying to distill smart transit philosophy into a machine-learning algorithm. Scientists hope their smart transit model will reveal a recipe for a smarter city, organized in way that relieves the congestion common on the mass transit systems of major cities. "Singapore needs an efficient transport system to support people's activities given the existing and planned infra ... more
Hungary orders fraud probe into Budapest metro project

'Hyperloop' rail study for Slovakia-Czech connection

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Polluted Indian lake catches fire
Toxic smoke billowed Friday from a lake in India's technology capital Bangalore after the polluted water caught fire, with residents lamenting authorities' alleged inaction over the blighted environment. The fire erupted late Thursday after a nearby pile of burning trash apparently caused chemical effluents on Bellandur lake to burst into flames. TV footage showed thick grey plumes of s ... more
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London to tax old cars to combat air pollution

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