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February 16, 2017
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Will androids dream of quantum sheep?



Singapore (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
The word 'replicant' evokes thoughts of a sci-fi world where society has replaced common creatures with artificial machines that replicate their behaviour. Now researchers from Singapore have shown that if such machines are ever created, they'll run more efficiently if they harness quantum theory to respond to the environment. This follows the findings of a team from the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT), published 10 February in npj Quantum Information. The team investigated 'input-output pro ... read more

NANO TECH
Turning up the heat for perfect nano diamonds
Quantum mechanics, the physics that governs nature at the atomic and subatomic scale, contains a host of new physical phenomena to explore quantum states at the nanoscale. Though tricky, there are w ... more
CHIP TECH
Photons on demand make enables photonic like integrated circuit
Holographic atomic memory, invented and constructed by physicists from the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw, is the first device able to generate single photons on demand in groups of ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Accelerated chlorophyll reaction in microdroplets to reveal secret of photosynthesis
DGIST announced that the research team of the fellow Hong-Gil Nam and the research team of Professor Richard N. Zere of Stanford University have found in their joint research that chlorophyll demeta ... more
NANO TECH
Learning how to fine-tune nanofabrication
Daniel Packwood, Junior Associate Professor at Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), is improving methods for constructing tiny "nanomaterials" using a "bottom- ... more
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TECH SPACE
Cooling roofs and other structures with no energy
A team of University of Colorado Boulder engineers has developed a scalable manufactured metamaterial - an engineered material with extraordinary properties not found in nature - to act as a kind of ... more
CARBON WORLDS
Graphene foam gets big and tough
A chunk of conductive graphene foam reinforced by carbon nanotubes can support more than 3,000 times its own weight and easily bounce back to its original height, according to Rice University scient ... more
TECH SPACE
New study shows how 3-D printing at home saves big bucks
Interested in making an investment that promises a 100 percent return on your money, and then some? Buy a low-cost, open-source 3-D printer, plug it in and print household items. In a recent study p ... more
TECH SPACE
Scientists predicted new high-energy compounds
Using theoretical methods, an international group of scientists led by Artem R. Oganov, Professor of Skoltech, Stony Brook University and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology predicted unusual ... more
TECH SPACE
Meta-lenses bring benchtop performance to small, hand-held spectrometer
A research team of physicists from Harvard University has developed new hand-held spectrometers capable of the same performance as large, benchtop instruments. The researchers' innovation explained ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Perimeter Institute researchers apply machine learning to condensed matter physics
A machine learning algorithm designed to teach computers how to recognize photos, speech patterns, and hand-written digits has now been applied to a vastly different set of data: identifying phase t ... more


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TRADE WARS
EU Parliament backs landmark Canada trade deal
/> The European Parliament backed a contested EU-Canada free trade deal on Wednesday, facing down protests by activists and Donald Trump-inspired calls for protectionism. MEPs hailed the deal a ... more
OIL AND GAS
French company makes strides for maritime LNG
French energy company ENGIE said it was leading efforts to offer low-carbon options to the maritime shipping industry with liquefied natural gas. ... more
OIL AND GAS
U.S. gas prices likely at short-term low
A retail price watchdog said this may be the short-term seasonal low point for U.S. gasoline prices as refiners start switching to a different blend. ... more
OIL AND GAS
OPEC notes role as market stabilizer
The secretary-general of OPEC said market stability was a primary objective for the production group, but noted the importance of spare capacity. ... more

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Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights
As Taiwan lights up for the start of its annual lantern festival this weekend, one eco-friendly craftsman is breaking with tradition. Lantern-maker Lin Chow-chin is part of a growing movement on the island to make the celebrations greener, creating sustainable lights which can be converted into everything from desk lamps to flower vases. Each year huge electric sculptures go on display ... more
EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms

Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax

Electricity costs: A new way they'll surge in a warming world

Next-Gen batteries could provide power to microsatellites, cubesats
Sometimes good things come in very small packages. Just ask Dr. Luke Roberson, senior principal investigator for Flight Research within the Exploration Research and Technology Directorate at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Dr. Roberson is collaborating on research of a new solid-state battery prototype with Dr. Ryan Karkkainen, a composite material expert at the University of Miami ... more
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
Prysmian UK to supply land cable connections for East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm

Russia's nuclear giant pushes into wind energy

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Governors tell Trump that China will reap low-carbon rewards
Strong economic powers like China may take over as the global leaders in renewable energy and leave the U.S. economy depending on Beijing, state governors said. A bipartisan group of state governors working through a wind and solar energy coalition called on President Donald Trump to put his political weight behind the nation's renewable energy sector. "If the United States does ... more
First Solar Awarded 140Mw Module Supply Contract For Australia'S Largest Solar Project

Magnolia Solar awarded US Patent for High Efficiency Multijunction Solar Cell

French government gets renewable energy endorsement

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'No risk' in Benin after truck with chemical for nuclear production crashes
The French nuclear group Areva said Tuesday a truck carrying a chemical used in the uranium fuel process had tipped over in Benin, but there was "no risk" of contamination. The accident occurred in the West African country on Sunday near Dassa, about 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of the capital Cotonou. The truck was carrying uranate, an oxide used in the process to make nuclear fuel. ... more
Explosion at French nuclear plant, 'no radiation risk'

Three new uranium minerals from Utah

Iran imports 149 tonnes of uranium from Russia: atomic chief

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

Higher inventories send oil prices lower
More signs of recovery in U.S. shale oil basins and indications of a build in inventories sent crude oil prices lower early Wednesday. Crude oil prices rallied Tuesday to offset dramatic losses from earlier this week. Markets in general rallied after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen issued a general upbeat assessment of the U.S. economy. Oil prices have moved in a narrow band a ... more
New plans for the North Sea, German energy company says

OPEC notes role as market stabilizer

U.S. gas prices likely at short-term low

Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release
The breakdown of methane hydrates due to warming climate is unlikely to lead to massive amounts of methane being released to the atmosphere, according to a recent interpretive review of scientific literature performed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Rochester. Methane hydrate, which is also referred to as gas hydrate, is a naturally-occurring, ice-like form of methane and wat ... more
Scientists argue current climate change models understate the problem

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

Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April
In April, China will launch a cargo spacecraft into orbit as part of a schedule to develop an international space station as soon as 2020. A Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft could be headed into space "as early as mid-April" atop a Long March-7 Y2 rocket, representing a major milestone for China's space program, according to People's Daily, an English-language Chinese news outlet. One won ... more
China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration

China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

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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
Israeli companies cash in on F-35 contract work

Airbus contracts CAE for C295W training simulation

Saab offers high-tech jet production hub to India

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

Germany to expand infrastructure for electric vehicles

Saab, Aalto University sign collaborative research deal

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Graphene foam gets big and tough
A chunk of conductive graphene foam reinforced by carbon nanotubes can support more than 3,000 times its own weight and easily bounce back to its original height, according to Rice University scientists. Better yet, it can be made in just about any shape and size, they reported, demonstrating a screw-shaped piece of the highly conductive foam. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour tested its ... more
UNIST to engineer dream diodes with a graphene interlayer

A new platform to study graphene's electronic properties

Vast expanse of melting carbon found beneath Western United States

Photons on demand make enables photonic like integrated circuit
Holographic atomic memory, invented and constructed by physicists from the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw, is the first device able to generate single photons on demand in groups of several dozen or more. The device, successfully demonstrated in practice, overcomes one of the fundamental obstacles towards the construction of some type of quantum computer. Completely secure, ... more
Germanium outperforms silicon in energy efficient transistors with n- und p- conduction

Towards new IT devices with stable and transformable solitons

Quantum RAM: Modelling the big questions with the very small

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

Deaths from India air pollution rival China: study
India's air now rivals China's as the world's deadliest, according to a new study published Tuesday amid warnings that efforts to curb pollution from coal will not yield results any time soon. India's notoriously poor air quality causes nearly 1.1 million premature deaths every year, almost on a par with China, concluded a joint report by two US-based health research institutes. But wher ... more
New study helps explain how garbage patches form in the world's oceans

Banned chemicals from the '70s found in the deepest reaches of the ocean

EU emits 'final warning' to Britain, France on air pollution



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