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February 13, 2017
TRADE WARS
In the US, Trump ushers in era of dramatic deregulation



Washington (AFP) Feb 10, 2017
Methane emissions, guns, river pollution, Wall Street: hand in hand with President Donald Trump, the Republican majority in Congress has begun to repeal Obama-era regulations opposed by big business. At the very beginning of his term, the billionaire Republican president signed an order freezing any new regulations close to being finalized, and requiring that for each new rule imposed two others must be eliminated. "We think we can cut regulations by 75 percent, maybe more," Trump said in a Whit ... read more

SOLAR DAILY
French government gets renewable energy endorsement
A move by the French government to budget for more solar and hydropower projects on its grid was endorsed Friday by the European Commission. ... more
ROBO SPACE
No sad endings for Japan's virtual romance fans
Japanese book editor Miho Takeshita is having an affair. But the recently married 30-year-old is not worried about getting caught - her boyfriend only exists on a smartphone. ... more
CAR TECH
Saab, Aalto University sign collaborative research deal
Saab and Finland's Aalto University have signed a 10-year collaborative agreement for research, especially in sensor technology. ... more
CAR TECH
EU at pains to punish VW over 'dieselgate' scandal
A year and a half after the Volkswagen "Dieselgate" scandal erupted, the European Union is struggling to punish the Germany-based auto giant for emissions cheating and ensure customers are compensated. ... more
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ENERGY TECH
Researchers optimize the assembly of micro meso and macroporous carbon for Li-S batteries
Li-S batteries are considered as promising alternatives for Li-ion batteries in the new generation of energy storages, due to high specific capacity (1675 mAh/g) and energy density (2600 mWh/g) of s ... more
TECH SPACE
Most stretchable elastomer for 3-D printing
Due to its excellent material properties of elasticity, resilience, and electrical and thermal insulation, elastomers have been used in a myriad of applications. They are especially ideal for fabric ... more
TECH SPACE
Record-breaking material that contracts when heated
Machines and devices used in modern industry are required to withstand harsh conditions. When the environmental temperature changes, the volume of the materials used to make these devices usually ch ... more
WATER WORLD
Subsea mining moves closer to shore
The demand for raw materials is rising continuously, forcing mining companies to use lower-grade ores and to explore at greater depths. This could lead to a decline in production in the coming decad ... more
TRADE WARS
China exports surge tainted by fears of trade turmoil
Chinese exports surged more than forecast in January, data showed Friday, in a fresh sign of improvement in the world's number two economy as leaders prepare for possible trade stand-offs with US President Donald Trump. ... more
BIO FUEL
Alberta backing bioenergy programs
The provincial government of Alberta said it was creating new jobs by offering funding to support bioenergy and a low-carbon future. ... more


How algorithms secretly run the world

ROBO SPACE
Algorithms: the managers of our digital lives
Algorithms are a crucial cog in the mechanics of our digital world, but also a nosy minder of our personal lives and a subtle, even insidious influence on our behaviour. ... more
TRADE WARS
Struggling retailers seek silver bullet in Amazon era
Want a coffee while you shop? A glass of wine? Those are just few of the gimmicks being rolled out by retailers as they fight to boost store traffic - and ensure their survival in the Amazon era. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Dakota pipeline work resumes, US tribe heads to court
Construction has begun on the final segment of the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline in the northern United States, prompting a court challenge from a Native American tribe which says its religious rights are under threat. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Oil sharply higher on OPEC compliance
Crude oil prices moved sharply higher in early Friday trading after a report from the IEA found an OPEC effort to balance the market was starting to work. ... more

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Electricity costs: A new way they'll surge in a warming world
Climate change is likely to increase U.S. electricity costs over the next century by billions of dollars more than economists previously forecast, according to a new study involving a University of Michigan researcher. The study shows how higher temperatures will raise not just the average annual electricity demand, but more importantly, the peak demand. And to avoid brownouts and absorb t ... more
Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax

Climate change may overload US electrical grid: study

Action is needed to make stagnant CO2 emissions fall

New, long-lasting flow battery could run for more than a decade with minimum upkeep
Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new flow battery that stores energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water. This new chemistry allows for a non-toxic, non-corrosive battery with an exceptionally long lifetime and offers the potential to significantly decrease the costs of production. The research, p ... more
Portable superconductivity systems for small motors

How to recycle lithium batteries

Researchers optimize the assembly of micro meso and macroporous carbon for Li-S batteries

British grid drawing power from new offshore wind farm
While only a fraction of the total capacity is realized, Norwegian energy company Statoil said the British grid is getting power from its latest wind farm. Statoil announced its first wind turbine from the Dudgeon facility off the British coast was now providing electricity to the nation's grid. Up to 6,000 homes are now getting power from offshore wind. Once in full operation later thi ... more
Prysmian UK to supply land cable connections for East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm

Russia's nuclear giant pushes into wind energy

The power of wind energy and how to use it

Powerful change: A profile of today's solar consumer
People with higher incomes and better education no longer dominate demand for the domestic solar market in Queensland with a new QUT study revealing the highest uptake in solar PV systems comes from families on medium to lower incomes. Over the past decade the profile of Queenslanders acquiring solar PV has changed significantly based on a study by QUT Dr Jeff Sommerfeld investigating the ... more
French government gets renewable energy endorsement

EU to phase out China solar panel duties

NREL research pinpoints promise of polycrystalline perovskites

Explosion at French nuclear plant, 'no radiation risk'
An explosion at a nuclear power plant on France's northwest coast on Thursday caused minor injuries, but the authorities said there was no risk of radiation. The blast occurred in the engine room at the Flamanville plant, which lies 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of the port of Cherbourg and just across from the Channel Islands. "It is a technical incident. It is not a nuclear accident," ... more
Three new uranium minerals from Utah

Iran imports 149 tonnes of uranium from Russia: atomic chief

France's Areva picks up Japanese investors

Alberta backing bioenergy programs
The provincial government of Alberta said it was creating new jobs by offering funding to support bioenergy and a low-carbon future. The government said it was offering up to $45 million to support a bioenergy producer program aimed at deriving fuels from crops and livestock waste. The industry already powers the equivalent of 200,000 average households in Alberta and contributes ... more
A better way to farm algae

DuPont Industrial Biosciences to develop new high-efficiency biogas enzyme method

Cathay Pacific to cut emissions with switch to biofuel

Iran on Total's radar for future growth
Future investments geared toward growth include signing agreements to work with Iran on its giant South Pars gas field, French supermajor Total said. Total released results for the fourth quarter, saying its net income of $8.3 billion last year represented the "highest profitability" of any of its peers. As a result, the company said it was increasing its return on dividends by 1.6 perc ... more
Oil sharply higher on OPEC compliance

Worker missing after New Orleans pipeline explosion

Rio Tinto hires from oil and gas talent pool

Scientists argue current climate change models understate the problem
A new study on the relationship between people and the planet shows that climate change is only one of many inter-related threats to the Earth's capacity to support human life. An international team of distinguished scientists, including five members of the National Academies, argues that there are critical components missing from current climate models that inform environmental, climate, ... more
Researchers say climate models understate risk, ignore human factors

Cape Town pools crack down on splashing as drought bites

Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release

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Do more to advance CCS, BHP Billiton says
Australian energy company BHP Billiton issued a call to policymakers to do more to advance development of carbon capture technologies. The International Energy Agency described carbon capture and storage as a necessary addition to other low-carbon energy technologies meant to drive down global greenhouse gas emissions. The process involves capturing carbon dioxide from sources like powe ... more
Beijing's mayor vows step away from coal

EU must shut coal plants by 2030 to meet climate pledge: study

Smog chokes coal-addicted Poland

China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration
China's plans for deep-space exploration included two Mars missions and one Jupiter probe. China plans its first Mars probe by 2020, said Wu Yanhua, vice director of the China National Space Administration. A second Mars probe will bring back samples and conduct research on the planet's structure, composition and environment, Wu said. Also on the agenda are an asteroid explorat ... more
China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"

How to decrease the mass of aircrafts
Members of the Department of Chemistry of Lomonosov Moscow State University have created unique polymer matrices for polymer composites based on novel phthalonitrile monomers. The developed materials possess higher strength than metals, which helps to sufficiently decrease the mass of aircraft parts that operate at high temperatures. Scientists have published the project results in the Journal o ... more
Leonardo to offer T-100 training system for T-X program

Saab offers high-tech jet production hub to India

U.S. Air Force tests first C-130 with Block 8.1 upgrades

China jails ex-chairman of auto giant FAW for bribery
The former chairman of Chinese auto giant FAW was jailed Thursday for taking more than a million dollars in bribes, in the latest penalty meted out to a top executive of a state-owned firm. Xu Jianyi was sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison for taking more than 12 million yuan ($1.75 million) in exchange for assisting "the business operations and promotion and relocation" of others, ... more
Volvo Cars posts strong earnings on record sales

Saab, Aalto University sign collaborative research deal

Germany, France plan cross-border self-driving test zone

Directed Energy And Next Generation Munitions - 26-28 June - Washington DC
Study traces black carbon sources in the Russian Arctic
According to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 35% of black carbon in the Russian Arctic originates from residential heating sources, 38% comes from transport, while open fires, power plants, and gas flaring are responsible for only 12%, 9%, and 6% respectively. These estimates confirm previous work for some areas of the European Arctic, ... more
Graphene's sleeping superconductivity awakens

Scientists turn graphene into working OLED electrodes, a first

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

Sorting machine for atoms
Physicists at the University of Bonn have cleared a further hurdle on the path to creating quantum computers: in a recent study, they present a method with which they can very quickly and precisely sort large numbers of atoms. The work has now been published in Physical Review Letters. Imagine you are standing in a grocery store buying apple juice. Unfortunately, all of the crates are half ... more
UNIST engineers oxide semiconductor just single atom thick

Mail armor inspires physicists

Germanium outperforms silicon in energy efficient transistors with n- und p- conduction

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Machine-learning to inspire Singapore metro buildout
Researchers are trying to distill smart transit philosophy into a machine-learning algorithm. Scientists hope their smart transit model will reveal a recipe for a smarter city, organized in way that relieves the congestion common on the mass transit systems of major cities. "Singapore needs an efficient transport system to support people's activities given the existing and planned infra ... more
Hungary orders fraud probe into Budapest metro project

'Hyperloop' rail study for Slovakia-Czech connection

Cities vie to hop on super-speedy hyperloop rail

Philippines to review mines closure order
The Philippines will review an order to close two dozen mines, the government said Friday, after the decision sparked concern over jobs losses and the economy. The environment ministry last week ordered the closure of 23 of the country's large-scale mines and the suspension of five others after a government investigation found they had illegally cut down trees and polluted rivers. The P ... more
Cassava carrier bags: Indonesian entrepreneur tackles plastic scourge

Philippine ministers say mine closure order will cost jobs

Coal ash selenium found in fish in NC lakes



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