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January 22, 2017
TECH SPACE
Explaining how 2-D materials break at the atomic level



Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Jan 20, 2017
Cracks sank the 'unsinkable' Titanic; decrease the performance of touchscreens and erode teeth. We are familiar with cracks in big or small three-dimensional (3D) objects, but how do thin two-dimensional (2D) materials crack? 2D materials, like molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), have emerged as an important asset for future electronic and photoelectric devices. However, the mechanical properties of 2D materials are expected to differ greatly from 3D materials. Scientists at the Center for Integrated Nan ... read more

TECH SPACE
The power of attraction
Engineered nanometer- and micrometer-scale structures have a vast array of uses in electronics, sensors and biomedical applications. Because these are difficult to fabricate, KAUST researchers are t ... more
NANO TECH
New low-cost technique converts bulk alloys to oxide nanowires
A simple technique for producing oxide nanowires directly from bulk materials could dramatically lower the cost of producing the one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures. That could open the door for a b ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Treated carbon pulls radioactive elements from water
Researchers at Rice University and Kazan Federal University in Russia have found a way to extract radioactivity from water and said their discovery could help purify the hundreds of millions of gall ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Magnetic moment of a single antiproton determined with greatest precision ever
As self-evident as it is that matter exists, its origins are just as mysterious. According to the principles of particle physics, when the universe was originally formed equal amounts of matter and ... more
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Glass's off-kilter harmonies
Asegun Henry wants to avert the worst effects of climate change by finding new forms of renewable energy and improving the materials that contribute to energy use. "The way we produce electricity to ... more
ENERGY TECH
Samsung probe finds faulty batteries triggered fire
A Samsung probe into the exploding batteries that forced the electronics giant to scrap its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones has found irregularly sized batteries caused overheating, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. ... more
OIL AND GAS
What oil and gas look like under Trump
Despite Donald Trump's vocal support for the U.S. oil and gas industry, it's market and global factors that have influence, sector analysis finds. ... more
WIND DAILY
Essen, Germany wins greenest city honors
The city of Essen in German was honored with a green-city award by a European body for transforming itself from a steel to an environmental leader. ... more
WIND DAILY
Renewables a big boost for GE's profits
Gains in the renewable energy sector and deals in exploration and production helped boost fourth quarter profits substantially, General Electric said Friday. ... more


China's largest chip company to build $30 billion semiconductor factory

CAR TECH
Society set for head-on collision with driverless cars
Evangelists for driverless cars see a bright future coming down the road: thousands of lives saved, countless driving hours freed up, cityscapes transformed with traffic jams vanquished. ... more
CHIP TECH
Apple antitrust suit: Qualcomm overcharged 'billions'
Apple on Friday sued Qualcomm, accusing the California chipmaker of abusing its market power to demand unfair royalties, echoing charges filed days earlier by US antitrust regulators. ... more

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Australian energy group backs Li Ka-shing takeover
Li Ka-shing's Cheung Kong Infrastructure on Monday moved a step closer to a more than Aus$7 billion (US$5.2 billion) takeover of Australian energy group Duet after a recommendation from the energy group's board. In December, the Hong Kong billionaire put in an unsolicited and conditional offer of $Aus3 per share for Duet. Following a review of the offer, the Duet board said it had agreed ... more
China to build $1.5 billion power line across Pakistan

MIT Energy Initiative report provides guidance for evolving electric power sector

Toward energy solutions for northern regions

NREL pioneers better way to make renewable hydrogen
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a method which boosts the longevity of high-efficiency photocathodes in photoelectrochemical water-splitting devices. Using a photoelectrochemical (PEC) device is a promising way to produce hydrogen. A PEC cell absorbs sunlight and converts that energy into hydrogen and oxygen by splitting w ... more
Samsung probe finds faulty batteries triggered fire

Firms push hydrogen as top green energy source

Self-assembling particles brighten future of LED lighting

Obama puts offshore North Carolina on wind energy map
Thousands of acres offshore North Carolina are set aside for potential wind energy in one of the final moves under the Obama presidency, the government said. "This is a significant milestone for North Carolina and our country as we continue to make progress on diversifying our nation's energy portfolio," Walter Cruickshank, the acting director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, s ... more
Renewables a big boost for GE's profits

Essen, Germany wins greenest city honors

DNV GL certifies new prototype of Siemens' 8 MW Offshore Wind Turbine

Report details how renewables can decarbonise the energy sector
Falling costs, driven by innovation in technology and policy, is spurring renewable energy deployment and with it a myriad of socioeconomic benefits, according to the new comprehensive publication released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). REthinking Energy, now in its third edition, was released at IRENA's seventh Assembly, the Agency's ultimate decision-making authority. ... more
Asia Pacific to gain edge in low-carbon growth

Astronergy receives licence to import 100 MW of solar modules to Turkey

Rooftop Solar in the Spotlight at the World Future Energy Summit Solar Expo

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Treated carbon pulls radioactive elements from water
Researchers at Rice University and Kazan Federal University in Russia have found a way to extract radioactivity from water and said their discovery could help purify the hundreds of millions of gallons of contaminated water stored after the Fukushima nuclear plant accident. They reported that their oxidatively modified carbon (OMC) material is inexpensive and highly efficient at absorbing ... more
AREVA to supply refueling equipment upgrades to TVA reactors

Portugal protests against Spain nuclear waste near border

France sells off Engie stake to finance Areva rescue

Populus dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, metabolites
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists as well as researchers in the fields of biofuels, materials science, and secondary plant metabolism. For nearly 10 years, researchers with DOE's BioEnergy Scie ... more
Handheld Sensor Unit Determines Biofuel Content Of Diesel Blends

Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production, increase profits

Iowa State engineer helps journal highlight how pyrolysis can advance the bioeconomy

Tight market signs give boost to oil prices
Crude oil prices recovered some lost ground in early Thursday trading after the International Energy Agency found signs of market tightening. Crude oil prices have moved in wide swings this week as metrics and sentiments emerged on how well members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries were coordinating on a production agreement meant to offset the glut of oil that dinged ... more
IEA: U.S. shale oil 'leaner and fitter'

Saudi economic agenda tied to human rights

Russia's Gazprom shows gains on stronger European sales

Al Gore beats the climate drum as Trump takes office
A decade after "An Inconvenient Truth" sent shockwaves around the world with its dire warnings of environmental catastrophe, Al Gore is sounding the alarm on climate change again. This time, the stakes are arguably higher with the US inauguration of Donald Trump, who has dismissed global warming as a fraud invented by the Chinese and nominated climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt to head the ... more
Earth breaks heat record in 2016 for third year in a row

Nothing to eat but cactus in Madagascar's hunger capital

Climate science bedeviled by 'tipping points'

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People aren't the only beneficiaries of power plant carbon standards
When the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the Clean Power Plan in 2015 it exercised its authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions to protect public welfare. The Plan, now the focus of escalating debate, also put the nation on course to meet its goals under the Paris Climate Agreement. Given that other pollutants are emitted from power plants - along with carbon dioxide - research h ... more
China to cut coal capacity by 800 million tonnes by 2020

Norway fund blacklists more coal groups over climate concerns

Black coal, thin pickings: China's miners face decline

China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory
China's first cargo spacecraft will leave the factory, according to the website of China's manned space mission. A review meeting was convened last Thursday, during which officials and experts unanimously concluded that the Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft had met all the requirements to leave the factory. The take-off weight of Tianzhou-1 is 13 tonnes and it can ship material of up to si ... more
China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"

Beijing's space program soars in 2016

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Discovery could lead to jet engines that run hotter - and cleaner
Researchers here have made a discovery in materials science that sounds like something from the old Saturday morning cartoon Super Friends: They've found a way to deactivate "nano twins" to improve the high-temperature properties of superalloys that are used in jet engines. The advance could speed the development of powerful and environmentally friendly turbine engines of all sorts, includ ... more
Northrop Grumman, Lufthansa partner for Australian tanker support

Taiwan begins F-16 upgrade program

Israeli air force conducts first F-35 night sortie

Society set for head-on collision with driverless cars
Evangelists for driverless cars see a bright future coming down the road: thousands of lives saved, countless driving hours freed up, cityscapes transformed with traffic jams vanquished. But the new technology also threatens millions of jobs and raises a slew of ethical dilemmas - prospects that were on the minds of business chiefs and politicians meeting at the World Economic Forum this we ... more
New Zealand stimulates electric vehicle market

German MPs to grill VW ex-boss over 'Dieselgate'

Bikeshare cycles dumped en masse in China

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Research shows driving factors behind changes between local and global carbon cycles
Pioneering new research has provided a fascinating new insight in the quest to determine whether temperature or water availability is the most influential factor in determining the success of global, land-based carbon sinks. The research, carried out by an international team of climate scientists including Professors Pierre Friedlingstein and Stephen Sitch from the University of Exeter, ha ... more
Scientists turn graphene into working OLED electrodes, a first

China's Decline in Coal Consumption Drives Global Slowdown in Emissions

This bay in Scandinavia has world record in carbon storing

Apple antitrust suit: Qualcomm overcharged 'billions'
Apple on Friday sued Qualcomm, accusing the California chipmaker of abusing its market power to demand unfair royalties, echoing charges filed days earlier by US antitrust regulators. Tech giant Apple said in the court filing that it has been overcharged "billions of dollars" by its chipmaking partner's "illegal scheme." The company also claimed Qualcomm owes it a billion dollars but is ... more
China's largest chip company to build $30 billion semiconductor factory

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm hit with US antitrust suit

Microbiologists make big leap in developing 'green' electronics

Hungary orders fraud probe into Budapest metro project
Hungary said Thursday it has ordered a criminal probe into suspected graft during the construction of a Budapest metro line after the EU's anti-fraud office found evidence of possible corruption. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief-of-staff said the government has asked prosecutors to investigate the 1.7-billion-euro ($1.77-billion) project that was partly financed by the European Union. ... more
'Hyperloop' rail study for Slovakia-Czech connection

Cities vie to hop on super-speedy hyperloop rail

China firm to sell first high-speed trains to the EU

Advanced cookstoves provide environmental benefits, but less than expected
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine have found that while advanced wood-burning cookstoves can provide benefits to the environment and climate, these benefits are less than expected due to higher emissions measured in the field compared to laboratory settings. The study, conducted in rural Malawi, found that pollutant emissions from thes ... more
Air pollution and lack of physical activity pose competing threats to children in China

China tells local meteorological bureaus to stop smog alerts

Trump could enact sweeping changes to environment policy



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