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Cities vie to hop on super-speedy hyperloop rail



Las Vegas (AFP) Jan 7, 2017
US startup Hyperloop One on Friday disclosed a list of locations around the world vying to put near-supersonic rail transit system to the test. The startup company keen to revolutionize the way people and cargo travel said that 35 contenders remained from a field of 2,600 teams in a Hyperloop One Grand Challenge launched in May 2015. Viable submissions had to be condoned by government agencies that would likely be involved in regulating and, ideally, funding the futuristic rail. Projects in ... read more

CAR TECH
The future of car tech: getting to know you
The car of the future doesn't just want to drive you. It wants to know you. ... more
CAR TECH
VW near $2 bn US criminal settlement in 'dieselgate': report
Volkswagen is close to a deal to pay $2 billion to settle a US criminal investigation into the emissions-cheating scandal involving its diesel cars, the New York Times reported Friday. ... more
CAR TECH
Hoverboards make comeback at Vegas electronics show
Hoverboards are aiming for a comeback after a series of debacles and recalls for the quirky wheeled personal transport devices. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Dallas Fed: Energy sector slump a 'small shock'
A stronger U.S. dollar and last year's decline in the energy sector could be a "small shock" that weakens economic expansion, a Texas economist said. ... more
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Nano-chimneys can cool circuits
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New crystal structure holds promise for optoelectronic devices
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MIT scientists create super strong, lightweight 3D graphene
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Renault-Nissan doubles down on autonomous cars

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China takes global lead in clean energy: report
China's overseas investment in renewable energy projects jumped last year by 60 percent to a record $32 billion (30 billion euros), marking its leadership in the global market for clean energy, a report said Friday. ... more
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For 'intelligent' robot, chess is just a hobby
A robot developed by engineers in Taiwan can pour coffee and move chess pieces on a board against an opponent, but he's looking for a real job. ... more

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China to build $1.5 billion power line across Pakistan
China's State Grid Corporation is set to build a $1.5-billion power line across Pakistan to enable the transmission of 4,000 megawatts of electricity from the country's north to south, the government said Friday. Pakistani and Chinese officials signed an investment agreement in Beijing on Thursday to build the country's first high-voltage, direct current (HVDC) line, according to a governmen ... more
MIT Energy Initiative report provides guidance for evolving electric power sector

Toward energy solutions for northern regions

Energy-hungry Asia slowing down, lender says

Tesla starts mass production of batteries
Tesla Motors announced Wednesday that it has begun mass production of energy-saving batteries that it vows will take electric cars mainstream. "Today at the Gigafactory, Tesla and Panasonic begin mass production of lithium-ion battery cells, which will be used in Tesla's energy storage products and Model 3," Tesla said on its website. Mass production of the batteries are a critical step ... more
Tenfold jump in green tech needed to meet global emissions targets

Scientists discover a molecular motor has a 'gear' for directional switching

Rolling out an e-sticker revolution

French power group aims to double wind capacity
An arrangement with the leading insurance company in France helps with the goal of doubling wind power capacity in the country, French power group ENGIE said. The French company said it build up its partnership with Crédit Agricole Assurances, the leading insurer, by absorbing the onshore wind power portfolio held by Maia Eolis. ENGIE completed an acquisition of Maia Eolis, whic ... more
The answer is blowing in the wind

New rules for micro-grids in Alberta

Offshore wind makes U.S. debut

The beating heart of solar energy
The notion of using solar cells placed under the skin to continuously recharge implanted electronic medical devices is a viable one. Swiss researchers have done the math, and found that a 3.6 square centimeter solar cell is all that is needed to generate enough power during winter and summer to power a typical pacemaker. The study is the first to provide real-life data about the potential of usi ... more
Artificial leaf goes more efficient for hydrogen generation

Stability challenge in perovskite solar cell technology

China takes global lead in clean energy: report

AREVA NP supplies Safety Instrumentation and Control System for Generation 3 Reactor
AREVA NP supplied Rosatom with its safety instrumentation and control (I and C) system for its installation within unit 1 of the Novovoronezh-2 Russian nuclear power plant, which has been connected to the grid recently. AREVA NP supplied the digital reactor protection system based on the company's proven I and C platform TELEPERM XS. The system helps ensuring the safe condition of th ... more
Battling energy crisis, Pakistan turns on fourth nuclear plant

Report finds additional radioactive materials in gas-well drill cuttings

Chemistry research breakthrough that could improve nuclear waste recycling technologies

Potential biofuel crops in Hawaii may successfully sequester carbon in soil
Two potential biofuel crops in Hawaii--sugarcane and napiergrass--may sequester more carbon in soil than is lost to the atmosphere, according to a study published January 4, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Meghan Pawlowski from University of Hawaii Manoa, U.S., and colleagues. From a climate change perspective, replacing fossil fuel with biofuel makes sense only if the latter h ... more
Economics of forest biomass raise hurdles for rural development

Biomass operations aren't currently feasible in rural communities

Molecular Velcro boosts microalgae's potential in biofuel, industrial applications

Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
Dozens of companies land Nigerian crude oil contracts
Nigeria's state oil company said more than 30 companies, with nearly half of those foreign entities, have received one-year term contracts for crude oil. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. awarded contracts to 39 companies covering about 1.3 million barrels of oil per day. Sixteen of the companies were either foreign refineries or international traders, with the rest of the terms goi ... more
Weak start for oil prices after U.S. labor data

Gas prices last year were the lowest in 12 years

Safety issues found in Norwegian oil field audit

Global warming hiatus disproved yet again
A controversial paper published two years ago that concluded there was no detectable slowdown in ocean warming over the previous 15 years - widely known as the "global warming hiatus" - has now been confirmed using independent data in research led by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Berkeley Earth, a non-profit research institute focused on climate change. The 2 ... more
Scientists disprove global warming took a break

Tillerson called to testify on climate issues

Seizing environmental opportunities under a Trump presidency

InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
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 Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"
China wants to develop "strength and size" in its space program, a China National Space Administration official said last week. In the next five years, the country plans to speed up the development of its space program. China wants to become the first country to carry out a controlled landing of a probe on the far side of the moon in 2018. China also has plans to launch its first probe to the pl ... more
Beijing's space program soars in 2016

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China to expand int'l cooperation on space sciences

Vanilla aircraft proves to be anything but plain
A DARPA-backed small business effort broke boundaries for long-endurance flight this month by launching a uniquely designed, combustion-powered unmanned aircraft that stayed aloft for more than two days and two nights. The flight was terminated several days ahead of schedule because of incoming weather. But the craft-built by Vanilla Aircraft of Falls Church, Virginia-landed safely with mo ... more
MH370: No suspicions of crew, passengers, says French probe

ALIAS Pushes the Envelope on Aircraft Automation

U.S. Air Force contracts BAE Systems for intelligence sharing

Electric car startup unveils 'new species' of vehicle
Faraday Future, the secretive electric car startup with ambitions to overtake Tesla, unveiled its first production vehicle Tuesday, proclaiming it to be a "new species" for personal transportation. The company, backed by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting (YT Jia), announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that it would begin taking reservations for deliveries in 2018 with a $5,000 deposit for ... more
The future of car tech: getting to know you

Renault-Nissan doubles down on autonomous cars

VW near $2 bn US criminal settlement in 'dieselgate': report

Directed Energy And Next Generation Munitions - 26-28 June - Washington DC
Diamonds are technologists' best friends
Physicists from the Lomonosov Moscow State University have obtained diamond crystals in the form of a regular pyramid of micrometer size. Moreover, in cooperation with co-workers from other Russian and foreign research centers they have also studied the luminescence and electron emission properties of obtained diamond crystals. The research results have been represented in a serie of articles pu ... more
Graphene able to transport huge currents on the nano scale

No tax on CO2 emissions in China's new environment law

Big diamonds have liquid metal roots, deep in the Earth

Scientists turn memory chips into processors to speed up computing tasks
A team of international scientists have found a way to make memory chips perform computing tasks, which is traditionally done by computer processors like those made by Intel and Qualcomm. This means data could now be processed in the same spot where it is stored, leading to much faster and thinner mobile devices and computers. This new computing circuit was developed by Nanyang Technologic ... more
Germanium's semiconducting and optical properties probed under pressure

ONR global seeks more powerful electronic devices

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Cities vie to hop on super-speedy hyperloop rail
US startup Hyperloop One on Friday disclosed a list of locations around the world vying to put near-supersonic rail transit system to the test. The startup company keen to revolutionize the way people and cargo travel said that 35 contenders remained from a field of 2,600 teams in a Hyperloop One Grand Challenge launched in May 2015. Viable submissions had to be condoned by government ag ... more
China firm to sell first high-speed trains to the EU

German rail giant steps up 'Silk Road' freight line to China

Dubai studies super-speedy transport system

Slovak 'Wastebusters' on anti-litter crusade
Slovak financial analyst Rastislav Krul and his wife once waited out an hour-long traffic jam by picking up several bags worth of rubbish around a rest area off the motorway. "No one joined in. People just watched us from their cars," recalls the 30-year-old, who has launched an anti-litter campaign from his western village of Rovinka. "For us time flew by, for them it went slowly," he ... more
Mayor of Beijing promises new environmental police force

Madrid lifts partial car ban as pollution eases

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