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December 17, 2012
BIO FUEL
NC State Study Offers Insight Into Converting Wood to Bio-Oil
Raleigh, NC (SPX) Dec 17, 2012
New research from North Carolina State University provides molecular-level insights into how cellulose - the most common organic compound on Earth and the main structural component of plant cell walls - breaks down in wood to create "bio-oils" which can be refined into any number of useful products, including liquid transportation fuels to power a car or an airplane. Using a supercomputer that can perform functions thousands of times faster than a standard desktop computer, NC State chemical and b ... read more
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Building better structural materials
When materials are stressed, they eventually change shape. Initially these changes are elastic, and reverse when the stress is relieved. When the material's strength is exceeded, the changes become ... more
NANO TECH

Nanocrystals Not Small Enough to Avoid Defects
Nanocrystals as protective coatings for advanced gas turbine and jet engines are receiving a lot of attention for their many advantageous mechanical properties, including their resistance to stress. ... more
TIME AND SPACE

UCSB physicists make strides in understanding quantum entanglement
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Dreidel-like dislocations lead to remarkable properties
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SOLAR DAILY

Solar panel companies in federal probe
Three U.S. solar panel firms are being investigated to determine if they inflated costs to get government payments, The Washington Post reported Friday. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR

LA wants public hearings on nuke plant
Los Angles says it wants the San Onofre nuclear power plant kept out of commission unless its operator agrees to public hearings before it reopens. ... more
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ENERGY TECH

Algeria pushes $80 billion energy drive
Algeria's state energy company Sonatrach is pushing an $80 billion, five-year investment program to expand its oil and natural gas industry and is offering an incentives package to woo foreign companies to develop its shale energy resources. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR

Second Japan atomic plant at fault risk: experts
A second nuclear plant in Japan sits atop a possibly active seismic fault, government-appointed experts said Friday, days after the first facility was said to be at risk. ... more
TRADE WARS

EU moves closer to eurozone integration
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ENERGY TECH

Chavez health raises succession worries
The next few weeks to the scheduled Jan. 10 presidential inauguration in Venezuela will determine how politics will affect ordinary lives in the oil-rich nation and its future direction. ... more
TRADE WARS

Job losses threaten U.S. innovation
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TRADE WARS

Migrant workers rally over Hong Kong working conditions
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CIVIL NUCLEAR

France appoints nuke plant closure chief
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ENERGY TECH

Chevron to pay $155 million for Brazil oil spill
US oil giant Chevron has agreed to pay 310 million reales ($155 million) to Brazil for an oil spill last year that fouled beaches in Rio de Janeiro, officials said Saturday. ... more
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Turkey, Iraq Kurds near explosive oil deal

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POLITICAL ECONOMY

China to boost domestic demand in 2013: state media
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TECH SPACE

Apple shares extend downward slide
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POLITICAL ECONOMY

Japanese manufacturers' confidence dives
Confidence among Japanese manufacturers hit a near three-year low in the final months of 2012, a Bank of Japan (BoJ) survey showed Friday, adding to concerns about the already weak economy. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR

EU funds frozen for Lithuanian nuclear decommissioning
European Union funding for the decommissioning of Lithuania's Soviet-era nuclear reactor has been frozen to raise pressure to wrap up talks on the operation, a top official said Friday amid growing irritation over delays. ... more
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TRADE WARS

Britain looks to Chinese tourists for Christmas cheer

TECH SPACE

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ENERGY TECH

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CIVIL NUCLEAR

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TRADE WARS

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ENERGY TECH

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