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December 06, 2012
Gases from Grasses
Austin TX (SPX) Dec 06, 2012
In a well-known fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin used magic to weave straw into gold. Today, scientists are reversing that formula - using gold to turn straw (and other forms of biomass) into today's global currency: energy. The magic involves a special nanocatalyst, in which minute particles of gold dot the surface of titanium-oxide. The forces that emerge from the combination of these two materials are strong enough to breaks the O-O bond of oxygen molecules and the C-O bond of acetic acid, a byprodu ... read more
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New '4-D' transistor is preview of future computers
A new type of transistor shaped like a Christmas tree has arrived just in time for the holidays, but the prototype won't be nestled under the tree along with the other gifts. "It's a preview of thin ... more

Plastic packaging industry is moving towards completely bio-based products
The new generation of bio-based plastic packaging is not only eco-friendly but also has several superior qualities compared to traditional plastic packaging. The plastic packaging industry is moving ... more

Synthetic fuels could eliminate entire U.S. need for crude oil, create 'new economy'
The United States could eliminate the need for crude oil by using a combination of coal, natural gas and non-food crops to make synthetic fuel, a team of Princeton researchers has found. Besid ... more


NASA Investigates Use of 'Trailblazing' Material for New Sensors
Tiny sensors - made of a potentially trailblazing material just one atom thick and heralded as the "next best thing" since the invention of silicon - are now being developed to detect trace elements ... more


Organic metamaterial flows like a liquid, remembers its shape
A bit reminiscent of the Terminator T-1000, a new material created by Cornell researchers is so soft that it can flow like a liquid and then, strangely, return to its original shape. Rather than liq ... more
The Year In Space

Numerical study suggests subsea injection of chemicals didn't prevent oil from rising to sea surface
The 2010 blowout of the Macondo well in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico resulted in the region's largest oil spill in U.S. history. As the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) incident unfolded, in an effort to ... more

Brazil advances wind power development
Brazil is redoubling efforts to boost its electricity generation capacity and wind power is high on both public and corporate sector agenda. ... more
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Rise in oxygen levels links to ancient explosion of life, researchers find

Polar bears crowd on Russian island in sign of Arctic change

Some species more vulnerable to climate change than they appear

Raging debate: Does culling wolves curb poaching?

Ocean acidification harms young mussels

Energy-saving LEDs boost light pollution worldwide


Paraguay's diplomatic isolation dissipates
Paraguay's diplomatic isolation is fast becoming a thing of the past as President Federico Franco receives the Organization of American States endorsement and a Mercosur diplomatic campaign falters. ... more

China island row takes bite out of Japan tourism
The sound of Mandarin-speaking tourists and the cash tills they set ringing have become rare in Tokyo's upmarket Ginza district, retailers say, since a flare-up in an island row between China and Japan. ... more

Taiwan concerned over China high-tech talent poaching
Taiwan Wednesday voiced concern over "malicious talent poaching" in reaction to a report that a high-tech firm run by former Chinese president Jiang Zemin's son was aggressively recruiting staff from the island. ... more
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Activists slam Singapore crackdown on China strikers
Activists expressed outrage Wednesday over Singapore's crackdown on Chinese bus drivers who staged the city-state's first industrial strike in 26 years to demand better pay and conditions. ... more

German's solar ovens make sunbaked tortillas in Mexico
Under a blazing sun in Mexico's central mountain range, a clutch of large dish-shaped solar panels suck up the light and beam the heat into a kitchen, cooking tortillas. ... more
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MIT team design $100 handheld muon detector

Driverless, electric future just round the corner for urban cars

Drone Race: Human Versus Artificial Intelligence

Global light pollution increasing at a rate of two percent per year

IceCube finds Earth can block high-energy particles from nuclear reactions

First known interstellar visitor is an 'oddball'

NASA telescope studies quirky comet 45P


Android gains on Apple in surging tablet sector: survey
The global market for tablet computers is growing faster than earlier estimates suggested, with Android-powered devices gaining on the market-leading iPads, a survey said Wednesday. ... more

Outside View: Japan's energy conundrum
When it comes to choices in Japanese politics, quantity has certainly given over to quality. After all, as voters face a barrage of campaign rhetoric from 12 political parties as they go to the polls Dec. 16, none of the parties have come up with a credible solution to the country's energy dilemma following the 2011 Fukushima disaster. ... more

Bulgarian president hints at revival of Russian nuclear project
Bulgaria's president said Wednesday that his party might support reviving a major joint nuclear power project with Russia abandoned earlier this year even if a January referendum fails as expected to attract enough voters to be valid. ... more
Making sustainability policies sustainable

S. America upbeat on energy growth in 2013

Need for clean energy 'more urgent than ever': IEA

Argonne National Lab Selected as DOE's Batteries and Energy Storage Hub

Numerical study suggests subsea injection of chemicals didn't prevent oil from rising to sea surface

Report decries Big Oil's 'oily grasp' on Canada

Brazil advances wind power development

US Navy, DoD, Developer Announce Wind Farm Agreement

Britain: Higher energy bills 'reasonable'

German's solar ovens make sunbaked tortillas in Mexico

British firm to build 'Africa's biggest solar plant'

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China grabs Mideast oil as U.S. power dips
China is muscling into Iraq's oil sector as Baghdad grapples with defections by international majors like Exxon Mobil and Chevron of the United States and France's Total. ... more

Gazprom's LNG tanker pioneers Arctic crossing
Russian gas giant Gazprom announced Wednesday that one of its ships had transported liquified natural gas from Europe to Asia via the Arctic for the first time, in a sign of what a changing climate could mean for global energy markets. ... more

New China leaders urge end to 'pointless meetings'
China's new leaders have urged an end to "pointless" meetings, speeches and other time-wasting events, state-run media said on Wednesday in the latest call for improved governance. ... more

China mine blast kills 17: state media
A gas blast in a southwest China coal mine left 17 people dead Wednesday, state press said of the latest accident in the dangerous industry. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
China slams 'wrong' US sanctions on N. Korea-tied traders

N. Korea calls US terror listing a 'serious provocation'

Massive search expands for US sailors after Philippine Sea air crash

Iraq attacks at lowest since IS 'caliphate' declared: study

Argentina says abnormal noise heard after sub's last contact as hopes fade

NATO welcomes Mladic war crimes verdict

Syria opposition meets in Riyadh under pressure to compromise


China Southern to buy 10 A330-300 aircraft


Who will win the Temelin NPP bid?


Robot buddy to keep Japan astronaut company


Bismuth provides perfect dance partners for quantum computing qubits


DNA Analysis of Microbes in a Fracking Site Yields Surprises


Ames Laboratory scientists develop indium-free organic light-emitting diodes


A better way to make chemicals?


Steps towards filming atoms dancing


Squirrels and Birds Inspire Researchers to Create Deceptive Robots


Goodbye, fluorescent light bulbs! See your office in a new light

How 'transparent' is graphene?

Italian power giant pulls out of French nuclear deal

British firm to build 'Africa's biggest solar plant'

Report decries Big Oil's 'oily grasp' on Canada

Android extends global smartphone lead: survey

Argonne National Lab Selected as DOE's Batteries and Energy Storage Hub

Engineering professor looks to whirligig beetle for bio inspired robots

The Future Looks Bright: ONR, Marines Eye Solar Energy

ORNL develops lignin-based thermoplastic conversion process

Maths helps mobiles and tablets match eyes' ability to switch from sunshine to shadow

Making sustainability policies sustainable

Gulf of Mexico Clean-Up Makes 2010 Spill 52-Times More Toxic

Geoscientists cite 'critical need' for basic research to unleash promising energy resources

Outside View: Soaking the rich

YPF pushes expansion despite litigation

Oil prices mixed after US, China data

The widening gap between present emissions and the two-degree target

Four injured in China fighter jet crash: reports

A human-caused climate change signal emerges from the noise

Answer to Mongolia pollution is blowing in the wind

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