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May 30, 2017
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A new spin on electronics



Salt Lake City UT (SPX) May 30, 2017
A University of Utah-led team has discovered that a class of "miracle materials" called organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites could be a game changer for future spintronic devices. Spintronics uses the direction of the electron spin - either up or down - to carry information in ones and zeros. A spintronic device can process exponentially more data than traditional electronics that use the ebb and flow of electrical current to generate digital instructions. But physicists have struggled to make spintroni ... read more

CHIP TECH
Study takes step toward mass-producible quantum computers
Boston MA (SPX) May 30, 2017
Quantum computers are experimental devices that offer large speedups on some computational problems. One promising approach to building them involves harnessing nanometer-scale atomic defects in dia ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Unveiling the quantum necklace
Onna, Japan (SPX) May 30, 2017
The quantum world is both elegant and mysterious. It is a sphere of existence where the laws of physics experienced in everyday life are broken--particles can exist in two places at once, they can r ... more
TECH SPACE
Strathclyde-led research develops world's highest gain high-power laser amplifier
Strathclyde, UK (SPX) May 30, 2017
The world's highest gain high power laser amplifier - by many orders of magnitude - has been developed in research led at the University of Strathclyde. The researchers demonstrated the feasibility ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Nuclear spent fuel fire could force millions of people to relocate
Princeton NJ (SPX) May 30, 2017
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) relied on faulty analysis to justify its refusal to adopt a critical measure for protecting Americans from the occurrence of a catastrophic nuclear-waste ... more
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ENERGY TECH
Self-healing catalyst films for hydrogen production
Bochum, Germany (SPX) May 30, 2017
Chemists at the Centre for Electrochemical Sciences at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum have developed a catalyst with self-healing properties. Under the challenging conditions of water electrolysis for hydr ... more
BIO FUEL
Nagoya University researchers break down plastic waste
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) May 30, 2017
What to do proteins and Kevlar have in common? Both feature long chain molecules that are strung together by amide bonds. These strong chemical bonds are also common to many other naturally occurrin ... more
BIO FUEL
New photocatalyst speeds up the conversion of carbon dioxide into chemical resources
Daegu, South Korea (SPX) May 30, 2017
DGIST's joint research team has developed a new titania photocatalyst that converts carbon dioxide into methane three times more efficiently than the existing photocatalyst by manipulating its surfa ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Graphene and quantum dots put in motion a CMOS-integrated camera that can see the invisible
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) May 30, 2017
Over the past 40 years, microelectronics have advanced by leaps and bounds thanks to silicon and CMOS (Complementary metal-oxide semiconductors) technology, making possible computing, smartphones, c ... more
CHIP TECH
UW engineers borrow from electronics to build largest circuits in eukaryotic cells
Seattle WA (SPX) May 30, 2017
Living cells must constantly process information to keep track of the changing world around them and arrive at an appropriate response. Through billions of years of trial and error, evolution has ar ... more
ENERGY TECH
Printed, flexible and rechargeable battery can power wearable sensors
San Diego CA (SPX) May 30, 2017
Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed the first printed battery that is flexible, stretchable and rechargeable. The zinc batteries could be used to power everything ... more


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CHIP TECH
Memristor chips that see patterns over pixels
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) May 28, 2017
Inspired by how mammals see, a new "memristor" computer circuit prototype at the University of Michigan has the potential to process complex data, such as images and video orders of magnitude, faste ... more
SINO DAILY
Young Chinese in the red as easy credit drives up debt
Beijing (AFP) May 28, 2017
When Wu Qi and her husband traded in their Mazda 3 for a more expensive Mercedes Benz sedan, they applied for a 200,000 yuan ($29,000) bank loan to help pay for it. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Chess-playing robot star of Taiwan tech fair
Taipei (AFP) May 30, 2017
A chess-playing robot stole the show as Asia's largest tech fair kicked off in Taiwan Tuesday with artificial intelligence centre stage. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Google linking online and offline worlds in new ad challenge
San Francisco (AFP) May 28, 2017
Google is testing a way to tie online ads to brick-and-mortar store purchases, a move whetting marketing appetites while fueling privacy worries. ... more



China further opens energy sector to private investment
Beijing (AFP) May 22, 2017
China said it will further open up its oil and gas sector to private investment as it seeks to overhaul an industry still dominated by a handful of state-run firms. The plan comes as China, the world's biggest energy guzzler, attempts to ramp up domestic oil and gas production to boost its supply of the vital resources. The country is heavily reliant on energy imports as domestic produ ... more
Sydney (AFP) May 11, 2017
Australia power grid leased to local-foreign consortium
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Poland central to EU energy diversification strategy
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Myanmar recovery linked to development of electrical grid
Nanoalloys 10 times as effective as pure platinum in fuel cells
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) May 30, 2017
A new type of nanocatalyst can result in the long-awaited commercial breakthrough for fuel cell cars. Research results from Chalmers University of Technology and Technical University of Denmark show that it is possible to significantly reduce the need for platinum, a precious and rare metal, by creating a nanoalloy using a new production technique. The technology is also well suited for mass pro ... more
Amherst MA (SPX) May 30, 2017
Off-the-shelf, power-generating clothes are almost here
San Diego CA (SPX) May 30, 2017
Printed, flexible and rechargeable battery can power wearable sensors
Bochum, Germany (SPX) May 30, 2017
Self-healing catalyst films for hydrogen production
U.S. states taking up wind energy mantle
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
Gains in wind power in the United States are coming up from the state level, with California among the leaders, an industry report found. A report from the sidelines of a wind energy conference in California from the American Wind Energy Association finds the sector supports more than 100,000 jobs in the country. The state hosting the event is one of the national leaders in wind energy ... more
Anaheim, CA (SPX) May 28, 2017
GE Energy Financial Services Surpasses $15 Billion in Renewable Energy Investments
Solomons MD (SPX) May 10, 2017
Scientists track porpoises to assess impact of offshore wind farms
The Hague (AFP) May 8, 2017
Dutch open 'world's largest offshore' wind farm
Solar cells more efficient thanks to new material standing on edge
Lund, Sweden (SPX) May 26, 2017
Researchers from Lund University in Sweden and from Fudan University in China have successfully designed a new structural organization using the promising solar cell material perovskite. The study shows that solar cells increase in efficiency thanks to the material's ability to self-organise by standing on edge. The current research study deals with perovskite, a new and promising material ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) May 26, 2017
How to obtain highly crystalline organic-inorganic perovskite films for solar cells
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) May 26, 2017
Smart reform the key to unlock energy storage revolution
Pennsauken NJ (SPX) May 26, 2017
Keystone lowers energy costs with rooftop solar installation in New Jersey
Why nuclear could become the next 'fossil' fuel
Homestead, United States (AFP) May 28, 2017
A gray dinosaur statue outside south Florida's largest power plant is meant to symbolize two decommissioned fossil fuel reactors, but it also could be seen to represent a nuclear industry crumpling under mounting costs. Almost a decade ago, Turkey Point was aiming to become one of the country's largest nuclear plants. Florida Power and Light had argued that such expansion was needed to m ... more
Brussels (AFP) May 29, 2017
EU clears EDF takeover of Areva reactor business
Geneva (AFP) May 21, 2017
Swiss vote for gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover
Paris, France (SPX) May 22, 2017
Hungary: AREVA NP awarded contract for safety IC modernization at Paks Nuclear Power Plant
Discovery of an alga's 'dictionary of genes' could lead to advances in biofuels, medicine
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 26, 2017
Plant biologists and biochemists from UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco have produced a gold mine of data by sequencing the genome of a green alga called Chromochloris zofingiensis. Scientists have learned in the past decade that the tiny, single-celled organism could be used as a source of sustainable biofuel and that it produces a substance called astaxanthin, which may be useful fo ... more
Daegu, South Korea (SPX) May 30, 2017
New photocatalyst speeds up the conversion of carbon dioxide into chemical resources
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) May 30, 2017
Nagoya University researchers break down plastic waste
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) May 22, 2017
A full life cycle assessment of second-generation biofuels
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U.S. oil production centers shift away from hurricane belt
Washington (UPI) May 26, 2017
An above-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean could be problematic for the U.S. energy industry, but data show shifting production patterns may spare oil. Meteorologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center said this year's hurricane season in the Atlantic, which extends from June 1 through Nov. 30, is more than likely to be activ ... more
Washington (UPI) May 26, 2017
New oil production starts offshore Brazil
Washington (UPI) May 26, 2017
Russia's Gazprom in talks with Iran
Washington (UPI) May 26, 2017
OPEC, non-OPEC alliance not strong enough to limit North America
Weathering of rocks a poor regulator of global temperatures
Seattle WA (SPX) May 26, 2017
A new University of Washington study shows that the textbook understanding of global chemical weathering - in which rocks are dissolved, washed down rivers and eventually end up on the ocean floor to begin the process again - does not depend on Earth's temperature in the way that geologists had believed. The study, published May 22 in the open-access journal Nature Communications, looks at ... more
Taormina, Italy (AFP) May 26, 2017
Paris climate commitment 'crippling' to US growth: White House
Berlin (AFP) May 29, 2017
Top economists urge 'strong carbon price' in climate fight
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) May 25, 2017
The forces that affect species' movements in a changing climate
From coal miner to writer of China's hit TV show
Beijing (AFP) May 25, 2017
In the midst of China's Cultural Revolution, a 14-year-old coal miner bought a yellowing, torn copy of Honore de Balzac's biography from a book collector on the side of the street. He became engrossed in the text, and dreamt from then on that he would devote his life to literature - to become, as Balzac was, a "secretary transcribing history." Today Zhou Meisen is a celebrated 61-year- ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 8, 2017
Gas leak kills 18 miners in central China
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
California Woman Charged for Trying to Hand Over Sensitive Space Tech to China
Washington DC (Sputnik) May 24, 2017
A woman in the US state of California was arrested Tuesday for allegedly conspiring to smuggle space communications technology to China, the US Department of Justice said in a press release. "A Pomona woman was arrested this morning on federal charges that accuse her of conspiring to procure and illegally export sensitive space communications technology to her native China," the release st ... more
Beijing (XNA) May 12, 2017
A cabin on the moon? China hones the lunar lifestyle
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
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Super Hornets to get infrared search and track system
Washington (UPI) May 26, 2017
Boeing has received an $89 million contract to incorporate the Block II Infrared Search and Track System, or IRST, in the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet, the Department of Defense announced on Thursday. The contract includes design and development, hardware procurement, technical reviews, risk reduction, and product support and engineering tasks. Work will be conducted in Orlando, Fla., ... more
Washington (UPI) May 23, 2017
Sikorksy awarded contract for King Stallion helicopters
Washington (UPI) May 23, 2017
Military, civilian aviation leaders meet over pilot shortage issues
Washington (UPI) May 24, 2017
Northrop Grumman receives E-2D contract
Researchers find computer code that Volkswagen used to cheat emissions tests
San Diego CA (SPX) May 26, 2017
An international team of researchers has uncovered the mechanism that allowed Volkswagen to circumvent U.S. and European emission tests over at least six years before the Environmental Protection Agency put the company on notice in 2015 for violating the Clean Air Act. During a year-long investigation, researchers found code that allowed a car's onboard computer to determine that the vehic ... more
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) May 24, 2017
China's Geely boosts expansion with Proton, Lotus stakes
Hong Kong (AFP) May 23, 2017
Hong Kong police arrest 21 Uber drivers in sting
Beijing (AFP) May 23, 2017
China scrambles to tame bike chaos
Laser-induced graphene kills bacteria, resists biofouling
Houston TX (SPX) May 26, 2017
Scientists at Rice University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have discovered that laser-induced graphene (LIG) is a highly effective anti-fouling material and, when electrified, bacteria zapper. LIG is a spongy version of graphene, the single-atom layer of carbon atoms. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour developed it three years ago by burning partway through an inexpensive p ... more
Houston TX (SPX) May 18, 2017
Gas gives laser-induced graphene super properties
Madrid, Spain (SPX) May 18, 2017
Energy decay in graphene resonators
Nagoy, Japan (SPX) May 14, 2017
Beautiful, consistent carbon belts
Controlled creation of quantum emitter arrays
Cambridge UK (SPX) May 30, 2017
Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are layered semiconductors that can be exfoliated into layers only a few atoms thick. Recent research has shown that some TMDs can contain quantum light sources that can emit single photons of light. Until now, the occurrence of these quantum light emitters has been random. Now, researchers in the Graphene Flagship working at the University of Cambri ... more
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) May 30, 2017
Using graphene to create quantum bits
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) May 30, 2017
A new spin on electronics
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) May 28, 2017
Memristor chips that see patterns over pixels
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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
Taiwan steel plant opens in Vietnam after fish deaths
Hanoi (AFP) May 29, 2017
A Taiwanese steel firm behind a toxic waste dump that killed tonnes of fish in Vietnam last year started operations on Monday, state media in Hanoi reported. The incident was one of the worst environmental disasters in Vietnam, decimating livelihoods along the central coast and sparking angry protests that continue today. The $11-billion Formosa steel plant in central Ha Tinh province w ... more
Carletonville, South Africa (AFP) May 28, 2017
Tough times for S.Africa town blighted by mine closure
Hobart, Australia (SPX) May 23, 2017
37 million bits of litter on remote islands
Beijing, China (SPX) May 19, 2017
Ozone and haze pollution weakens land carbon uptake in China


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