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May 17, 2017
TECH SPACE
Materials bend as they 'breathe' under high temperatures



Boston MA (SPX) May 17, 2017
Carrying out maintenance tasks inside a nuclear plant puts severe strains on equipment, due to extreme temperatures that are hard for components to endure without degrading. Now, researchers at MIT and elsewhere have come up with a radically new way to make actuators that could be used in such extremely hot environments. The system relies on oxide materials similar to those used in many of today's rechargeable batteries, in that ions move in and out of the material during charging and discharging ... read more

TECH SPACE
Collective electrostatic effects are used to intentionally manipulate material properties
Styria, Austria (SPX) May 17, 2017
Computational materials design is traditionally used to improve and further develop already existing materials. Simulations grant a deep insight into the quantum mechanical effects which determine m ... more
TECH SPACE
Liquid-crystal and bacterial living materials self-organize and move in their own way
University Park PA (SPX) May 17, 2017
Smart glass, transitional lenses and mood rings are not the only things made of liquid crystals; mucus, slug slime and cell membranes also contain them. Now, a team of researchers is trying to bette ... more
TECH SPACE
Hydrogen bonds directly detected for the first time
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) May 17, 2017
For the first time, scientists have succeeded in studying the strength of hydrogen bonds in a single molecule using an atomic force microscope. Researchers from the University of Basel's Swiss Nanos ... more
TECH SPACE
'Hot' electrons don't mind the gap
Houston TX (SPX) May 17, 2017
If they're quick about it, "hot" electrons excited in a plasmonic metal can tunnel their way across a nanoscale gap to a neighboring metal. Rice University scientists said the cool part is what happ ... more
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TECH SPACE
X-rays from copper source set new gold standard for measuring industrial materials
Washington DC (SPX) May 17, 2017
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have produced and precisely measured a spectrum of X-rays using a new, state-of-the-art machine. The instrument they used to ... more
TECH SPACE
Scientists help thin-film ferroelectrics go extreme
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 17, 2017
Scientists have greatly expanded the range of functional temperatures for ferroelectrics, a key material used in a variety of everyday applications, by creating the first-ever polarization gradient ... more
TECH SPACE
Ames Lab and Iowa State scientists develop more efficient catalytic material
Ames IA (SPX) May 17, 2017
Scientists at Ames Laboratory have discovered a method for making smaller, more efficient intermetallic nanoparticles for fuel cell applications, and which also use less of the expensive precious me ... more
TECH SPACE
Three-dimensional direction-dependent force measurement at the subatomic scale
Osaka, Japan (SPX) May 17, 2017
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is an extremely sensitive technique that allows us to image materials and/or characterize their physical properties on the atomic scale by sensing the force above mater ... more
TECH SPACE
Can a parasitic fly inspire a new generation of hearing aids?
Washington DC (UPI) May 15, 2017
Ormia ochracea, a small, yellow, nocturnal fly native to Mexico and the southern United States has the most powerful directional hearing in the animal kingdom. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Ancient olive trees make way for pipeline
Rome (AFP) May 16, 2017
A batch of centuries-old olive trees in southern Italy have been moved out of the way of a controversial new pipeline in a dead-of-night operation that required the deployment of dozens of police. ... more


Canada blocked climate change audit: official

OIL AND GAS
RBC: Iran is the oil wild card
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
With presidential elections coming Friday, and an assertive U.S. president in play, Iran is the wild card in the global crude oil game, analysis found. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Royal Dutch Shell starts taking down legacy operations in North Sea
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
Royal Dutch Shell has started the process to take down legacy operations at the Bravo production platform in the North Sea, which supports the Brent oil field, Wood Group said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
U.S. gas prices stable despite market headwinds
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
U.S. retail gasoline prices continued to move in the favor of consumers over the last week despite increases in oil prices and demand, AAA found. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Global market balanced, but there are a lot of 'ifs'
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
The world market for oil was nearly balanced during the first quarter, though U.S. oil production and Middle East gains complicate the issue, the IEA said. ... 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
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 energy usage can turn into reality. An international collaboration, led by the scientists of Italy's International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Universita Cattolica di Brescia ... more
Kent UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
Harnessing geometric frustration to tune batteries for greater power
Washington DC (UPI) May 15, 2017
Mini heat engine could power tomorrow's tiny machines
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
No batteries necessary, new medical implant derives energy from the human body
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
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Atomic-scale study could pave the way for better, longer-lasting solar cells
London, UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign
Houghton MI (SPX) May 11, 2017
Installing solar to combat national security risks in the power grid
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
Genome sequence of fuel-producing alga announced
College Station TX (SPX) May 15, 2017
The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A and M AgriLife Research. The report, in Genome Announcements, comes after almost seven years of research, according to Dr. Tim Devarenne, AgriLife Research biochemist and principal investigator in College Station. In addition to sequencing the genome, ... more
Lancaster, UK (SPX) May 11, 2017
New breakthrough makes it easier to turn old coffee waste into cleaner biofuels
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
Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
BHP Billiton: Growth potential apparent
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
Australian energy and mining giant BHP Billiton could see value increase by 50 percent under a variety of market scenarios, the company's CEO said Tuesday. The company in April dismissed a push by managers at hedge fund Elliot Associates and Elliot International, which hold minor shares in BHP Billiton, to split off its U.S. oil division in order to unlock tens of billions of U.S. dolla ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
U.S. gas prices stable despite market headwinds
Rome (AFP) May 16, 2017
Ancient olive trees make way for pipeline
Ottawa (AFP) May 16, 2017
Canada blocked climate change audit: official
New scrutiny of poles as world braces for climate shifts: UN
Geneva (AFP) May 15, 2017
Scientists will intensify scrutiny of the polar regions as part of an international campaign to improve global weather predictions and minimise risks linked to rapid climate change, the UN said Monday. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said a full year would be dedicated to improving polar forecasting capacities in the Arctic and another year would be spent doing the same in Antarc ... more
Paris (AFP) May 17, 2017
The EU: What happened to climate's poster child; Canada blocks audit change
Atlanta GA (SPX) May 15, 2017
Rising temperatures threaten stability of Tibetan alpine grasslands
Fairbanks, United States (AFP) May 11, 2017
Tillerson: Trump will not rush US climate policy review
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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
Service Academies Swarm Challenge Pushes the Boundaries of Autonomous Swarm Capabilities
Washington DC (SPX) May 12, 2017
They came, they flew, they wildly exceeded expectations. More than 40 Cadets and Midshipmen from the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy helped expand the capabilities of swarms of highly autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) last month in the Service Academies Swarm Challenge. In the skies over Camp Roberts, an Army National Guard post north ... more
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
Boeing receives Apache remanufacturing contract for UK
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
New ejection seat allows Air Force to lift F-35 pilot weight restriction
Palestine TX (SPX) May 11, 2017
NASA Completes Balloon Technology Test Flight
Judge seeks criminal review of Uber-Alphabet dispute
San Francisco (AFP) May 12, 2017
A federal judge has asked for a criminal justice review in the case brought by Alphabet self-driving car unit Waymo accusing Uber of stealing its technology. Judge William Alsup, in an order posted late Thursday, said he was referring the case to the Justice Department "for investigation of possible theft of trade secrets." Alsup said he made the recommendation "based on the evidentiary ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 10, 2017
South Korea building world's largest test site for self-driving cars
Washington (AFP) May 11, 2017
Judge blesses $1 bn compensation deal in VW diesel case
Chicago IL (SPX) May 12, 2017
Experiments show that a few self-driving cars can dramatically improve traffic flow
Directed Energy And Next Generation Munitions - 26-28 June - Washington DC
Beautiful, consistent carbon belts
Nagoy, Japan (SPX) May 14, 2017
Chemists have tried to synthesize carbon nanobelts for more than 60 years, but none have succeeded until now. A team at Nagoya University reported the first organic synthesis of a carbon nanobelt in Science. Carbon nanobelts are expected to serve as a useful template for building carbon nanotubes and open a new field of nanocarbon science. The new nanobelt, measuring 0.83 nanometer (nm) in ... more
Vienna, Austria (SPX) May 16, 2017
Chemically tailored graphene
Washington DC (SPX) May 16, 2017
Looking at light to explore superconductivity in boron-diamond films
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
Deep-diving technology finds little filter feeder has giant carbon cycling impact
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 composition. Diamond and graphite, for example, are but two of the many polymorphs of carbon, meaning that both have the same chemical composition and differ only in the manner in which their atoms ar ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) May 15, 2017
Organic electronics: Semiconductors as decal stickers
Espoo, Finland (SPX) May 12, 2017
Refrigerator for quantum computers discovered
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
Vietnam arrests activist as MP resigns over mass fish deaths
Hanoi (AFP) May 15, 2017
Vietnam arrested another activist on Monday for organising protests over mass fish deaths caused by pollution from a steel plant, the same day a lawmaker resigned over the environmental scandal. Taiwanese steel firm Formosa was blamed for pollution last year which killed tonnes of fish, including rare species, and decimated livelihoods in coastal fishing communities in central Vietnam. T ... more
Miami (AFP) May 15, 2017
Plastic trash chokes remote South Pacific island
Antofagasta, Chile (AFP) May 15, 2017
Mining brings Chile city riches -- and fear of cancer
Paris (AFP) May 15, 2017
'Excess' car pollution killed 38,000 in 2015: study


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