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May 15, 2017
TRADE WARS
China hosts Silk Road summit in shadow of N.Korea missile



Beijing (AFP) May 14, 2017
China touted on Sunday its new Silk Road as "a project of the century" at a summit highlighting its growing leadership on globalisation, but a North Korean missile test intruded on the meeting. President Xi Jinping greeted leaders from 29 nations for the two-day summit in Beijing after US and South Korean military officials confirmed that Pyongyang had launched a ballistic missile. Delegations from North Korea and the United States attended the forum, though not their leaders. Few Western heads ... read more

TRADE WARS
Red tape and taxes put brakes on 'Make In India' push
New Delhi (AFP) May 14, 2017
When Saurabh Ahuja tried to import a $600 3D printer for manufacturing drones in his Delhi workshop, he ended up spending another $900 in taxes and bribes and waited three months for it to clear customs. ... more
TRADE WARS
US-China trade pact: a Trump triumph or rehashed news?
Washington (AFP) May 14, 2017
The new trade agreement unveiled Friday between China and the United States is yet another olive branch from the Trump White House to Beijing, but some skeptics wonder how long the cooperative tone will last. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Sesame oil, opening the door to sustainable lubricants
Washington DC (SPX) May 15, 2017
Sesame oil might make a viable and sustainable alternative to mineral oil as an industrial lubricant, according to research published in the International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governan ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign
London, UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
Researchers have uncovered the exact mechanism that causes new solar cells to break down in air, paving the way for a solution. Solar cells harness energy from the Sun and provide an alternati ... more
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CIVIL NUCLEAR
South Africa to restart nuclear power plans
Johannesburg (AFP) May 13, 2017
South Africa will relaunch plans to build nuclear power plants by signing new agreements with several countries, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said Saturday. ... more
ENERGY TECH
Harnessing geometric frustration to tune batteries for greater power
Kent UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
A new generation of higher-powered batteries for phones and cameras could result from ground-breaking research led by scientists at the University of Kent. Researchers from the University's Sc ... more
CHIP TECH
Materials research creates potential for improved computer chips and transistors
Lexington KY (SPX) May 15, 2017
It's a material world, and an extremely versatile one at that, considering its most basic building blocks - atoms - can be connected together to form different structures that retain the same compos ... more
ENERGY TECH
Laser pulses reveal the superconductors of the future
Trieste, Italy (SPX) May 15, 2017
Another step forward towards superconductivity at room temperature: an experiment at the cutting edge of condensed matter physics and materials science has revealed that the dream of more efficient ... more
ROBO SPACE
Live interactions with robots increase their perceived human likeness
Washington DC (SPX) May 15, 2017
Most human interactions with robots come from behind a screen. Whether it's fiction or a real-life interaction, rarely are we put face to face with a robot. This poses a significant barrier when we ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Wal-Mart pushing hard to catch Amazon in e-commerce
New York (AFP) May 14, 2017
Wal-Mart Stores, the 800-pound gorilla of retail, is running hard to catch up in an increasingly crucial segment where it is neither the biggest nor the best: e-commerce. ... more


Judge seeks criminal review of Uber-Alphabet dispute

OIL AND GAS
China in line for LNG from the United States
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
Chinese companies can negotiate for long-term contracts to source liquefied natural gas from U.S. suppliers, the U.S. Commerce Department said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Bank of Canada: Oil and politics create growth obstacles
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
Lower commodity prices and political developments in Europe and the United States make for an uncertain economic future, the Bank of Canada said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Riyadh backs Equatorial Guinea as new OPEC member
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
Equatorial Guinea has a role to play in oil market stabilization efforts and has support to become a member of OPEC, the Saudi Arabian government said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Funding for giant Israeli gas field to be tapped
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
Parties to the development of the Leviathan natural gas field off the coast of Israel said they're ready to tap into a loan to facilitate momentum. ... more



Australia power grid leased to local-foreign consortium
Sydney (AFP) May 11, 2017
A major Australian power grid operator was Thursday partially leased to a local-foreign consortium in a multi-billion-dollar deal, ending an international chase for electricity assets being privatised to raise funds for infrastructure projects. Australia's largest state New South Wales has sought to privatise three large power assets - TransGrid, Ausgrid and Endeavour Energy - but faced ro ... more
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Poland central to EU energy diversification strategy
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Myanmar recovery linked to development of electrical grid
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
U.S. emissions generally lower last year
Harnessing geometric frustration to tune batteries for greater power
Kent UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
A new generation of higher-powered batteries for phones and cameras could result from ground-breaking research led by scientists at the University of Kent. Researchers from the University's School of Physical Sciences (SPS), working with scientists from other European institutions, formulated a recipe to increase the rate at which a solid material - an artificial mineral - can conduct char ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
No batteries necessary, new medical implant derives energy from the human body
Trieste, Italy (SPX) May 15, 2017
Laser pulses reveal the superconductors of the future
Washington DC (SPX) May 11, 2017
Can the motion of checking your smartwatch charge it?
Scientists track porpoises to assess impact of offshore wind farms
Solomons MD (SPX) May 10, 2017
A new study by scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Cornell University and Duke University is the first in a series to understand how marine mammals like porpoises, whales, and dolphins may be impacted by the construction of wind farms off the coast of Maryland. The new research offers insight into previously unknown ... more
The Hague (AFP) May 8, 2017
Dutch open 'world's largest offshore' wind farm
London, UK (SPX) May 09, 2017
OX2 will manage a 45 MW wind farm owned by IKEA Group in Lithuania
Washington DC (SPX) May 10, 2017
Building Energy celebrates the beginning of operations and electricity generation of its first wind farm
Solar power not a favorite for New Zealand
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Solar power isn't the best option for New Zealand compared with other renewables, but the opportunity could emerge as costs decline, a minister said. An annual review of the New Zealand energy sector from the International Energy Agency described the country as a "success story" for its ability to advance on low-carbon options like hydro-electric power and geothermal energy, all without ... more
Houghton MI (SPX) May 11, 2017
Installing solar to combat national security risks in the power grid
Leuven, Belgium (SPX) May 11, 2017
New technology generates power from polluted air
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Atomic-scale study could pave the way for better, longer-lasting solar cells
South Africa to restart nuclear power plans
Johannesburg (AFP) May 13, 2017
South Africa will relaunch plans to build nuclear power plants by signing new agreements with several countries, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said Saturday. A court in Cape Town last month ruled the government had failed to allow adequate public consultation for preliminary agreements with Russia, South Korea and the United States for the construction of eight reactors. Struggling to ... more
Los Angeles (AFP) May 10, 2017
Tunnel collapse at US nuclear site raises safety concerns
Los Angeles (AFP) May 10, 2017
Tunnel collapses at US nuke site, no radiation leak
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Plutonium research to aid nuclear cleanup techniques
New breakthrough makes it easier to turn old coffee waste into cleaner biofuels
Lancaster, UK (SPX) May 11, 2017
Future Americano, cappuccino and latte drinkers could help produce the raw material for a greener biofuel that would reduce our reliance on diesel from fossil fuels. Purpose-grown feedstocks (used to extract oils) for biodiesels are controversial because of their cost and the demand they place on land and water. However, spent coffee grounds, which have a high calorific value, offer a good ... more
Hong Kong, China (SPX) May 11, 2017
Enhancing the efficiency of cereal straw for biofuel production
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Biomass powering U.S. military base
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
Turning chicken poop and weeds into biofuel
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Sacked South Sudan army chief returns to Juba
Juba (AFP) May 13, 2017
Sacked South Sudanese army chief Paul Malong, returned to the capital Juba on Saturday claiming he had been asked to return by the authorities and insisting that he'd never had any intention of rebelling. "If I want to rebel I can rebel here (in Juba)... If I was about to fight I would fight here," he told reporters upon his arrival in the capital. South Sudan President Salva Kiir sacked ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 15, 2017
Sesame oil, opening the door to sustainable lubricants
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
Oil prices extend rally for weekly gain of more than 4 percent
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
Funding for giant Israeli gas field to be tapped
Tillerson: Trump will not rush US climate policy review
Fairbanks, United States (AFP) May 11, 2017
President Donald Trump will not rush his review of US climate change policy and will do what is best for the United States, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday. Tillerson is hosting the Arctic Council, where many delegates from some of the countries most affected by global warming were hoping for a renewed US commitment to reduce emissions. "In the United States, we are curren ... more
Atlanta GA (SPX) May 15, 2017
Rising temperatures threaten stability of Tibetan alpine grasslands
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) May 15, 2017
Shelf sediments reveal climate shifts through the eons
Washington (AFP) May 11, 2017
US cities, states mobilize against climate change without Trump
Gas leak kills 18 miners in central China
Beijing (AFP) May 8, 2017
A gas leak has killed at least 18 people working in a coal mine in central China's Hunan province, state media reported on Monday. Another 37 miners were rescued and taken to a hospital for treatment following Sunday's accident at the Jilinqiao mine in Huangfengqiao township, according to Xinhua news agency, citing local authorities. Investigators are testing the gas while police have de ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
India's coal plant plans conflict with climate commitments
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
Coal power dropping as natural gas, renewables grow, U.S. report finds
Washington (AFP) March 30, 2017
US environmental groups file suit to block new coal mining on public lands
A cabin on the moon? China hones the lunar lifestyle
Beijing (XNA) May 12, 2017
While it remains unclear exactly how long China's first lunar explorers will spend on the surface, the country is already planning for longer stays. Eight Chinese volunteers will live in "Yuegong-1," a simulated space "cabin" in Beijing for the next year, strengthening China's knowledge and technical know-how, and helping the country's scientists understand exactly what will be required fo ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 11, 2017
China tests 'Lunar Palace' as it eyes moon mission
Beijing (XNA) May 01, 2017
China to conduct several manned space flights around 2020
Beijing (Sputnik) May 01, 2017
Reach for the Stars: China Plans to Ramp Up Space Flight Activity
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
NASA Completes Balloon Technology Test Flight
Palestine TX (SPX) May 11, 2017
NASA completed its third mid-latitude Super Pressure Balloon (SPB) flight at 11:24 p.m. EDT, Saturday, May 6, after 12 days, 4 hours and 34 minutes aloft. Flight controllers at NASA's Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas, conducted a controlled flight termination of the balloon, which slowly descended back to Earth impacting in the South Pacific Ocean about 200 miles south of ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 12, 2017
Service Academies Swarm Challenge Pushes the Boundaries of Autonomous Swarm Capabilities
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Rolls-Royce to provide logistical, engineering support for the KC-130J
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
Boeing receives Apache remanufacturing contract for UK
South Korea building world's largest test site for self-driving cars
Washington DC (UPI) May 10, 2017
South Korea plans to open the world's largest test site for self-driving cars in October, government officials said. K-City, an 88-acre site, is under construction and will provide testing ground as large as a city, according the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport said. K-City will be twice the size of MCity, the vehicle testing site in Ann Arbor, Mich. But it wi ... more
Washington (AFP) May 11, 2017
Judge blesses $1 bn compensation deal in VW diesel case
San Francisco (AFP) May 12, 2017
Judge seeks criminal review of Uber-Alphabet dispute
Chicago IL (SPX) May 12, 2017
Experiments show that a few self-driving cars can dramatically improve traffic flow
Deep-diving technology finds little filter feeder has giant carbon cycling impact
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
Deep-diving Technology Finds Little Filter Feeder Has Giant Carbon Cycling Impact: Using a novel deep-sea technology, scientists have measured for the first time how a species of zooplankton called giant larvaceans contributes to the transfer of atmospheric carbon to the deep ocean. Data from the instrument DeepPIV revealed that giant larvaceans filter carbon particles at higher rates than any o ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) May 02, 2017
Shunned by microbes, organic carbon can resist breakdown in underground environments
La Jolla, CA (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Graphene withstands high pressure, may aid in desalination
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
All in one against CO2
Refrigerator for quantum computers discovered
Espoo, Finland (SPX) May 12, 2017
Quantum physicist Mikko Mottonen and his team at Aalto University have invented a quantum-circuit refrigerator, which can reduce errors in quantum computing. The global race towards a functioning quantum computer is on. With future quantum computers, we will be able to solve previously impossible problems and develop, for example, complex medicines, fertilizers, or artificial intelligence. ... more
Lexington KY (SPX) May 15, 2017
Materials research creates potential for improved computer chips and transistors
Raleigh NC (SPX) May 10, 2017
'Persistent photoconductivity' offers new tool for bioelectronics
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) May 12, 2017
Model for multivalley polaritons
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China steams to the rescue for Bulgaria's creaking railways
Cherepish, Bulgaria (AFP) April 30, 2017
"Granny Bear" has proved a big hit in Bulgaria since the 1930s steam train returned from retirement, chugging day-trippers through stunning scenery from Sofia to the Cherepish Monastery. "She is super, the engine, I like it better than a modern one!" said an excited Dimitar Kirilov, 12, taking the trip on the "Baba Metsa" train with his grandparents. A particular attraction is the luxury ... more
Beijing (AFP) April 29, 2017
First direct London-China train completes 12,000 km run
London (AFP) March 27, 2017
HK subway operator to help run UK's South West Trains
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 12, 2017
Light rail fails to fix Ethiopia's traffic troubles
Noise created by humans is pervasive in US protected areas
Fort Collins CO (SPX) May 09, 2017
Protected areas in the United States, representing 14 percent of the land mass, provide places for respite, recreation, and natural resource conservation. However, noise pollution poses novel threats to these protected areas, according to a first-of-its-kind study from scientists at Colorado State University and the U.S. National Park Service. Researchers found that noise pollution was twi ... more
Oslo (AFP) May 5, 2017
Norway wealth fund drops Indian group over environment concerns
Coatzacoalcos, Mexico (AFP) May 7, 2017
Human rights, environment activist killed in Mexico
London (AFP) May 5, 2017
Britain publishes long-awaited air pollution plan


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