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June 08, 2017
ENERGY NEWS
Keeping the hydrogen coming



Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
A novel molybdenum-coated catalyst that can efficiently split water in acidic electrolytes is developed by researchers at KAUST and could help with efficient production of hydrogen. When burned, hydrogen is converted into water and heat to make an entirely clean power source. Thus, in the quest for greener power, there is an urgent need for a sustainable and efficient means of producing it. One way is to split water using a process known as photocatalytic hydrogen evolution: water molecules are sp ... read more

ENERGY TECH
New model deepens understanding of the dynamics of quark-gluon plasmas
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Quark-gluon plasmas are among the subjects that have been most extensively researched by physicists in recent times. Thanks to the largest particle accelerators in operation today - the Large Hadron ... more
TECH SPACE
New sound diffuser is 10 times thinner than existing designs
Raleigh NC (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Researchers from North Carolina State University and Nanjing University have developed an "ultra-thin" sound diffuser that is 10 times thinner than the widely used diffusers found in recording studi ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Neutrino discovery: A step closer to finding CP violation
San Francisco CA (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
The different rates of neutrino and anti-neutrino oscillations recorded by an international collaboration of researchers in Japan - including from Kavli IPMU - is an important step in the search for ... more
SOLAR DAILY
US official backs clean energy cooperation with China
Beijing (AFP) June 8, 2017
US Energy Secretary Rick Perry called for Sino-US cooperation on clean energy during a visit to Beijing Thursday, a week after President Donald Trump's much-criticised withdrawal from the Paris climate pact. ... more
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CIVIL NUCLEAR
German court nukes tax on power firms
Berlin (AFP) June 7, 2017
Power companies in Germany stand to gain billions in refunds from the government after the country's top court declared Wednesday that a nuclear fuel tax was illegal. ... more
BIO FUEL
Scientists use new technique to recycle plant material into stock chemicals
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
Recycling can encompass more than just materials like plastics and paper. Important chemicals can also be recovered and reused. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Japan workers exposed to dangerous radiation in lab
Tokyo (AFP) June 7, 2017
Japan's nuclear energy agency said Wednesday that five employees have been exposed to dangerously high levels of radiation after a bag containing plutonium broke apart during a routine inspection. ... more
CHIP TECH
Seeing the invisible with a graphene-CMOS integrated device
by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 08, 2017 Silicon based CMOS (Complementary metal-oxide semiconductors) technology has truly shaped our world. It enables most of the electronics that we rely on today includ ... more
ROBO SPACE
Apple wants to rock the market with HomePod, faces challenges
San Francisco (AFP) June 7, 2017
Apple's new HomePod speaker may be music to the ears of its loyal fans, but how much it can crank up volume in the smart speaker market remains to be heard. ... more
TRADE WARS
Chinese exports, imports beat forecasts but analysts wary
Beijing (AFP) June 8, 2017
China on Thursday posted a forecast-busting surge in exports and imports in May, signalling improvement in the world's number two economy, but there were warnings Beijing would struggle to maintain its momentum. ... more


Electric vehicle sales up, but incentives needed to drive growth

TRADE WARS
Wonderland Villas: A tale of Hong Kong's property rollercoaster
Hong Kong (AFP) June 7, 2017
Red-whiskered bulbuls start chirping around 5:00 am at Wonderland Villas, a hilltop complex in leafy northern Hong Kong whose own history charts the city's political, economic and social fortunes. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Revenue from petroleum up for Norway
Washington (UPI) Jun 6, 2017
The Norwegian government reported a gain in cash from first quarter petroleum activities as oil prices rebounded in response to OPEC-led balancing efforts. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Statoil to drill in new Barents Sea prospect
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
Norwegian energy company Statoil can move ahead with a drilling program in the Barents Sea targeting frontier territory, the government said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
U.S. eating into OPEC market share, Texas economist says
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
Producers operating in U.S. shale basins, notably Texas, are eating into a market share abandoned by OPEC, an economist in the state said. ... more



India vows to 'go beyond' Paris accord, adding pressure on Trump
Paris (AFP) June 3, 2017
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed Saturday to go "above and beyond" the Paris Agreement on climate change, as he met French President Emmanuel Macron following the controversial US decision to quit the deal. Two days after US President Donald Trump sensationally announced plans to withdraw from the pact on curbing carbon emissions Modi said India would "continue working... above and ... more
New York (AFP) June 2, 2017
US states, cities and firms unite behind Paris accord
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Keeping the hydrogen coming
Paris (AFP) June 1, 2017
US may do less harm outside climate pact than in it: analysts
Electrocatalyst nanostructures key to improved fuel cells, electrolyzers
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Purdue University scientists' simulations have unraveled the mystery of a new electrocatalyst that may solve a significant problem associated with fuel cells and electrolyzers. Fuel cells, which use chemical reactions to produce energy, and electrolyzers, which convert energy into hydrogen or other gases, use electrocatalysts to promote chemical reactions. Electrocatalysts that can activat ... more
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Jun 06, 2017
'Instantly rechargeable' battery could change the future of electric and hybrid automobiles
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
New model deepens understanding of the dynamics of quark-gluon plasmas
San Diego CA (SPX) May 30, 2017
Printed, flexible and rechargeable battery can power wearable sensors
ADB: Asia-Pacific growth tied to renewables
Washington (UPI) Jun 5, 2017
The largest regional investor in renewable energy, the Asian Development Bank said Monday it was pegging clean energy to development in Pacific economies. In an annual regional update, the ADB said it was working to promote renewable energy strategies in the Pacific region by helping to drive the low-carbon economy forward. The ADB's current portfolio of energy sector projects in the re ... more
Anaheim, CA (SPX) May 28, 2017
GE Energy Financial Services Surpasses $15 Billion in Renewable Energy Investments
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
U.S. states taking up wind energy mantle
Solomons MD (SPX) May 10, 2017
Scientists track porpoises to assess impact of offshore wind farms
Replacing coal with solar can save lives and money
Houghton MI (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
In a new study published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, a team from Michigan Technological University calculated the cost of combusting coal in terms of human lives along with the potential benefits of switching to solar. Tens of thousands of Americans die prematurely each year from air pollution-related diseases associated with burning coal. By transitioning to solar photovo ... more
Turku, Finland (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
New low-cost material for lighting and diagnostics produces white light imitating sunlight
Beijing (AFP) June 8, 2017
US official backs clean energy cooperation with China
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
Artificial transpiration for solar water purification
A new twist on the origin of uranium
Fort Collins CO (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
Uranium, the radioactive element that fuels nuclear power plants and occurs naturally in the Earth's crust, is typically mined from large sandstone deposits deep underground. The uranium in these deposits, which are called roll fronts, has long been thought to form over millions of years via chemical reactions of sulfur and other non-biological compounds. This widely accepted textbook geol ... more
Tokyo (AFP) June 6, 2017
Nuclear-wary Japan restarts another atomic reactor
Berlin (AFP) June 7, 2017
German court nukes tax on power firms
Washington (UPI) May 30, 2017
Three Mile Island nuclear plant to close in 2019
Scientists use new technique to recycle plant material into stock chemicals
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
Recycling can encompass more than just materials like plastics and paper. Important chemicals can also be recovered and reused. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new technique for recycling plant material into stock chemicals, or commodity chemicals. When recycling plant materials, the target is lignin, a complex organic polymer that provides structure to ... more
Madison WI (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Newly identified gene helps time spring flowering in vital grass crops
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Splitting carbon dioxide using low-cost catalyst materials
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
Cold conversion of food waste into renewable energy and fertilizer
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U.S. rig count doubled from last year
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
The number of rigs targeting oil and gas reserves in the United States in May was double the level from last year, Baker Hughes reported. Rig counts serve as a loose metric to gauge the industry's interest in spending on exploration and production in a particular sector. A report last year from consultant group IHS Markit found new production from the heavier oil sands in Canada, for ex ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
U.S. eating into OPEC market share, Texas economist says
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
A sense of OPEC divisions a blow to oil prices
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
Trafigura: Oil trade volumes up, but market is over-supplied
Quantifying the effects of climate change
Paris (ESA) Jun 06, 2017
Last year was the hottest on record, Arctic sea ice is on the decline and sea levels continue to rise. In this context, satellites are providing us with an unbiased view of how our climate is changing and the effects it is having on our planet. Estimates show that the global sea level is rising by about 3 mm a year. This is one of the major threats of global warming, especially for low-lyi ... more
Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Earliest human impact on geological processes took place 11,500 years ago
United Nations, United States (AFP) June 6, 2017
US 'on the wrong side of history' on climate: French UN envoy
Montreal (AFP) June 5, 2017
Exit has 'galvanized' US support behind Paris accord; Bloomberg speaks out
India's Adani to start work on mine near Great Barrier Reef
Sydney (AFP) June 6, 2017
Indian mining giant Adani on Tuesday said it will start work on a huge US$16 billion coal project that environmentalists warn will damage Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Billionaire chairman Gautam Adani said in Townsville that the board had made its "final investment decision" which marked the "official start" of the Carmichael coal mine, destined to be one of the world's largest. The ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 25, 2017
From coal miner to writer of China's hit TV show
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
China discloses Chang'e 5 lunar probe landing site
Beijing (XNA) Jun 08, 2017
China's Chang'e 5 lunar probe is expected to land in the Mons Rumker region, and to take moon samples back to earth at the end of the year, according to a Chinese space official. Liu Jizhong, director of China Lunar Exploration and Space Engineering Center of China National Space Administration (CNSA), for the first time disclosed the probe landing site, an isolated volcanic formation loca ... more
Beijing (XNA) Jun 08, 2017
China's 1st astronaut details projects for orbital station, manned lunar visit
Washington (XNA) Jun 06, 2017
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Cape Canaveral FL (XNA) Jun 06, 2017
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China rolls out export trainer/fighter aircraft
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
The first export variant of China's new FTC-2000 pilot trainer/fighter aircraft has rolled off an assembly line and will be shipped to Sudan after testing. The FTC-2000 Shanying was developed by the Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China. It is the main advanced trainer used by the PLA Air Force and the PLA Navy. ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 6, 2017
Elbit supplying F-35 cockpit display replacement
Washington (UPI) Jun 5, 2017
Mitsubishi completes construction of first F-35A
Washington (UPI) May 30, 2017
Orbital ATK to produce components for B-2 stealth bomber
Electric vehicle sales up, but incentives needed to drive growth
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
The number of electric vehicles on the roads across the globe continues to expand, though incentives are needed to drive costs lower, a report found. The International Energy Agency reported in an annual review that 2 million electric vehicles were on the road last year, though three markets - China, the European Union and the United States - accounted for more than 90 percent of that ... more
San Francisco (AFP) June 6, 2017
Uber probe of cut-throat workplace triggers firings
San Francisco (AFP) June 2, 2017
Waymo turning tech talent to self-driving trucks
Washington (AFP) June 6, 2017
Lyft to bring autonomous rides to Boston with partnership
Searching beyond graphene for new wonder materials
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
Graphene, the two-dimensional, ultra lightweight and super-strong carbon film, has been hailed as a wonder material since its discovery in 2004. Now researchers are going beyond graphene and preparing other 2-D films with extraordinary properties for applications in wearable electronics, sensors and energy storage. The cover story in Chemical and Engineering News (C and EN), the weekly newsmagaz ... more
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) May 31, 2017
New method of characterizing graphene
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 30, 2017
BESSY 2 experiment shows 3D graphene properties are tuneable
Houston TX (SPX) May 26, 2017
Laser-induced graphene kills bacteria, resists biofouling
Seeing the invisible with a graphene-CMOS integrated device
by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 08, 2017 Silicon based CMOS (Complementary metal-oxide semiconductors) technology has truly shaped our world. It enables most of the electronics that we rely on today including computers, smartphones and digital cameras. However, to continue the path of progress in the electronics industry new technology must be developed and a key feature of this is the ability to integ ... more
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) May 30, 2017
Wafer-thin magnetic materials developed for future quantum technologies
Cambridge UK (SPX) May 30, 2017
Controlled creation of quantum emitter arrays
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) May 30, 2017
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Dutch group unveils Hyperloop test facility
The Hague (AFP) June 1, 2017
A Dutch group chasing technology luminary Elon Musk's vision of near-supersonic "Hyperloop" rail transport unveiled Europe's first test facility Thursday, aiming to start constructing a system within four years. Hardt, a company which grew from a group of technology students who won a competition set by Tesla founder and SpaceX head Musk earlier this year, unveiled their 30-metre (98-foot) t ... more
Nairobi (AFP) May 31, 2017
Eyeing growth boost, Kenya opens Chinese-built railway
Cherepish, Bulgaria (AFP) April 30, 2017
China steams to the rescue for Bulgaria's creaking railways
Beijing (AFP) April 29, 2017
First direct London-China train completes 12,000 km run
A new hyper-local air pollution map
Austin TX (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Engineering researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed the most detailed and extensive local map of air pollution ever produced for an urban area, using specially equipped Google Street View cars to measure air quality on a block-by-block basis. This new hyper-local mobile approach to measuring air quality, which reveals that air pollution can vary dramatically even within a ... more
Trbovlje, Slovenia (AFP) June 4, 2017
Slovenia's 'eco-hero' who crushed a cement giant
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
Americans' caffeine habit may be harming waterways, wildlife
Paris (AFP) June 7, 2017
Woman sues France over Paris pollution health damage


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