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November 13, 2012
A Better Route to Xylan
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 13, 2012
After cellulose, xylan is the most abundant biomass material on Earth, and therefore represents an enormous potential source of stored solar energy for the production of advance biofuels. A major roadblock, however, has been extracting xylan from plant cell walls. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have taken a significant step towards removing this roadblock by identifying a gene in rice plants whose suppression improves both the extraction of ... read more
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Strain tuning reveals promise in nanoscale manufacturing
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have reported progress in fabricating advanced materials at the nanoscale. The spontaneous self-assembly of nanostructures com ... more

New study reveals challenge facing designers of future computer chips
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Expert's report on economic and environmental advantages of High Capacity Vehicles
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Amazon takes on iPad with new Kindle Fire tablet

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US judge OKs partial settlement in e-book case

Nordic-Baltic states seek more cooperation

Outside View: Jobs outlook grim

Empire-style computers? Frenchman takes PCs to lap of luxury

Google-Microsoft field smartphones to take on iPhone 5

EU businesses urge China's new leaders to speed reforms


The end of the cheap hydrocarbons era
Addressing the recent summit of the Europe-Asia forum, Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that energy markets were facing new challenges to their stability. Among these challenges experts ... more


Chernobyl cleanup workers had significantly increased risk of leukemia
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Study provides recipe for 'supercharging' atoms with X-ray laser
Researchers using the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have found a way to strip most of the electrons from xenon atom ... more

Using rust and water to store solar energy as hydrogen
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Sunday the day of rest for fires

River turbines turn Austria's Danube from blue to green

Good COP, bad COP: Will Paris climate summit prevail?

2 dead in Aust bushfire; Peru shakes; Pacific Sandra strengthens

Peatland Code could save more than 200 million tons of carbon dioxide

Pope warns poverty fuels conflict on landmark Africa trip

France to deploy 11,000 police for climate summit


Making a better invisibility cloak
The first functional "cloaking" device reported by Duke University electrical engineers in 2006 worked like a charm, but it wasn't perfect. Now a member of that laboratory has developed a new design ... more

Warning issued on 'experimental' fracking
Pennsylvania has opened its doors to fracking without doing the scientific research necessary to ensure the public's safety, a public health researcher says. ... more

Australia pledges to second phase of Kyoto
Australia will sign on to the next phase of the Kyoto Protocol climate treaty, a government official said. ... more
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Cray supercomputer named world's fastest
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EU freezes controversial aviation carbon tax
The European Union executive caved in to critics of its contested carbon tax on air travel Monday, offering to "stop the clock" and freeze the measure for a year on flights to and from non-European nations. ... more
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India unveils new version of 'world's cheapest tablet'
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Japan's economy shrinks, raising fears of recession
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Turkey discusses Patriot deployment with NATO

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Russia's space forces launch missile shield rocket

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