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February 14, 2017
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UMD physicist improves method for designing fusion experiments



College Park MD (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
"Measure twice, cut once" is an old carpenter's proverb - a reminder that careful planning can save time and materials in the long run. The concept also applies to the design of stellarators, which are complex nuclear fusion experiments meant to explore fusion's potential as an energy source. Stellarators work by confining a ring of blazing-hot plasma inside a precisely shaped magnetic field generated by external electromagnetic coils. When the plasma gets to several million degrees - as hot as th ... read more

CARBON WORLDS
A new platform to study graphene's electronic properties
Graphene's unusual electronic structure enables this extraordinary material to break many records of strength, electricity and heat conduction. Physicists at the Center for Theoretical Physics of Co ... more
ROBO SPACE
Now you can 'build your own' bio-bot
I'll bet you don't have one of these at home. For the past several years, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been developing a class of walking "bio-bots" powered by ... more
ENERGY TECH
The ultimate green technology
Imagine patterning and visualizing silicon at the atomic level, something which, if done successfully, will revolutionize the quantum and classical computing industry. A team of scientists in Edmont ... more
CAR TECH
Tesla takes on Gulf gas guzzlers
Electric carmaker Tesla announced the opening of a new Gulf headquarters Monday in Dubai, aiming to conquer an oil-rich region better known for gas guzzlers than environmentally friendly motoring. ... more
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TECH SPACE
A new sensitive and stable self-powered photodetector
Researchers in Singapore and China have collaborated to develop a self-powered photodetector that can be used in a wide range of applications such as chemical analysis, communications, astronomical ... more
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Germany to expand infrastructure for electric vehicles
A plan by the German government to expand access to charging stations for electric vehicles is in line with state-aid rules, the European Commission said. ... more
WATER WORLD
Race for kilowatts empties Bosnian lake
Bosnia's fisheries watchdog gazes over an expanse of sand and mud, a space once occupied by a large thriving lake but recently emptied in the race for electricity production. ... more
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Magnolia Solar awarded US Patent for High Efficiency Multijunction Solar Cell
Ecoark Holdings has announced its subsidiary Magnolia Solar, Inc. has recently been awarded a new U.S. patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The U.S. Patent No 9,543 ... more
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ANU scientists make new high-tech liquid materials
Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have controlled wave-generated currents to make previously unimaginable liquid materials for new technological innovations, including technique ... more
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Success by deception
When computers independently identify bodies of water and their outlines in satellite images, or beat the world's best professional players at the board game Go, then adaptive algorithms are working ... more


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China's steel capacity grew in 2016 despite pledges
China increased its steelmaking capacity last year by more than twice Britain's annual output, a report said Monday, despite repeated pledges to cut huge excess in the sector. ... more
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Dubai aims to launch hover-taxi by July
Dubai has tested a Chinese prototype of a self-driving hover-taxi, its transport authority said on Monday, with the aim of introducing the aerial vehicle in the emirate by July. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Canada closer to breaking oil landlock
A review board in Canada said it started a detailed approval process for the route of the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline to the western shore. ... more
OIL AND GAS
More drilling permits issued in Texas
The number of new drilling permits issued in Texas last month was more than 80 percent higher than the previous year, state data show. ... more

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Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax
Several senior Republican statesmen, including former secretaries of state and the treasury department, proposed Wednesday a carbon tax as a way of fighting the threat posed by climate change. Their proposal aims to scrap former president Barack Obama's environmental regulations in favor of taxes on polluting emissions that could be returned to everyday Americans as cash. "Mounting evide ... more
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Climate change may overload US electrical grid: study

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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
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UMD physicist improves method for designing fusion experiments

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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
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Russia's nuclear giant pushes into wind energy

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Magnolia Solar awarded US Patent for High Efficiency Multijunction Solar Cell
Ecoark Holdings has announced its subsidiary Magnolia Solar, Inc. has recently been awarded a new U.S. patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The U.S. Patent No 9,543,456 issued on January 10, 2017 relates to the development of "Multijunction Solar Cell Employing Extended Heterojunction and Step Graded Antireflection Structures and Methods of constructing the same ... more
French government gets renewable energy endorsement

EU to phase out China solar panel duties

Material can turn sunlight, heat and movement into electricity

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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
Facing multiple pressures, oil prices move lower

U.S. oil production looking robust, OPEC says

China's oil demand growing, but at a slower pace

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
Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release

Researchers say climate models understate risk, ignore human factors

Cape Town pools crack down on splashing as drought bites

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EU must shut coal plants by 2030 to meet climate pledge: study
The European Union must close all 315 of its coal-fired power plants by 2030 in order to meet its commitments under the Paris climate agreement, a research institute said Thursday. The goal set at the December 2015 Paris conference to maintain average temperature increases to less than two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels requires the gradual closure of EU ... more
Do more to advance CCS, BHP Billiton says

Beijing's mayor vows step away from coal

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"

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Airbus contracts CAE for C295W training simulation
Airbus Defense and Space awarded CAE an 11-year contract to support the Canadian government's Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue program. Under the contract, valued at over $229 million, CAE will integrate training systems to prepare Canadian pilots to fly the C295W military transport aircraft. Canada selected to the aircraft as its new fixed-wing search-and-rescue platform in December 2016. ... more
Saab offers high-tech jet production hub to India

How to decrease the mass of aircrafts

Israeli companies cash in on F-35 contract work

Tesla takes on Gulf gas guzzlers
Electric carmaker Tesla announced the opening of a new Gulf headquarters Monday in Dubai, aiming to conquer an oil-rich region better known for gas guzzlers than environmentally friendly motoring. Elon Musk, the co-founder and chief executive of the American firm seeking to revolutionise the electric car market, was in the affluent city state to oversee the launch of the Gulf sales push. ... more
Dubai aims to launch hover-taxi by July

China jails ex-chairman of auto giant FAW for bribery

Germany to expand infrastructure for electric vehicles

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Vast expanse of melting carbon found beneath Western United States
Roughly 350 kilometers, or 217 miles, beneath the surface of the Western United States, lies a newly discovered mass of melting carbon. Researchers found the region of melting carbon using the world's largest array of seismometers. The molten belt stretches across 1.8 million square kilometers, or 695,000 square miles. As carbonates melt deep beneath Earth's surface, they produce unique ... more
A new platform to study graphene's electronic properties

Study traces black carbon sources in the Russian Arctic

Graphene's sleeping superconductivity awakens

Germanium outperforms silicon in energy efficient transistors with n- und p- conduction
A team of scientists from the Nanoelectronic Materials Laboratory (NaMLab gGmbH) and the Cluster of Excellence Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) at the Dresden University of Technology have demonstrated the world-wide first transistor based on germanium that can be programmed between electron- (n) and hole- (p) conduction. Transistors based on germanium can be operated at lo ... more
Towards new IT devices with stable and transformable solitons

Quantum RAM: Modelling the big questions with the very small

First ever blueprint unveiled to construct a large scale quantum computer

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

Banned chemicals from the '70s found in the deepest reaches of the ocean
A study, led by Newcastle University's Dr Alan Jamieson, has uncovered the first evidence that man-made pollutants have now reached the farthest corners of our earth. Sampling amphipods from the Pacific Ocean's Mariana and Kermadec trenches - which are over 10 kilometres deep and 7,000 km apart - the team found extremely high levels of Persistent Organic Pollutants - or POPs - in the organism's ... more
Israel court rules against 'nuclear' ammonia tank

Philippines to review mines closure order

Philippine ministers say mine closure order will cost jobs



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