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June 19, 2017
ENERGY TECH
Battery improvements spark HEV EV market breakthrough



Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
Advances in battery technology are challenging automakers and their suppliers to meet higher market demand for hybrid and electric vehicles without compromising quality. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Toyota Prius, the world's first widely-available hybrid electric vehicle (HEV). Since then more than 12 million HEVs have been sold around the world. Yet sales of HEVs and their full-electric counterparts still account for only a relatively small proportion of the global car market. Thanks to recen ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
S. Korea to scrap all plans to build new nuclear reactors
Seoul (AFP) June 19, 2017
South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In vowed on Monday to scrap all plans to build new nuclear reactors as he seeks to steer Asia's fourth-largest economy clear of atomic power. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Russia sells stake in Akkuyu nuclear plant project in Turkey
Moscow (AFP) June 19, 2017
Russian state nuclear energy conglomerate Rosatom on Monday agreed the sale of a 49-percent stake in the nuclear plant project Akkuyu in Turkey to Turkish investors, Russian agencies reported. ... more
TECH SPACE
NREL-led research effort creates new alloys, phase diagram
Golden CO (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
A multi-institutional team led by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discovered a way to create new alloys that could form the basis of next-generation semic ... more
NANO TECH
Silver atom nanoclusters could become efficient biosensors
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
Researchers have now managed to pinpoint what happens when light is absorbed by extremely small nanoclusters of silver atoms. The results may have useful application in the development of biosensors ... more
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TECH SPACE
Universal stabilization
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
Researchers led by Lucio Isa, Professor of Interfaces, Soft Matter and Assembly at ETH Zurich's Department of Materials, have created a new type of silica particle able to stabilise emulsions in a n ... more
TECH SPACE
A more sustainable way to refine metals
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
A team of chemists in Canada has developed a way to process metals without using toxic solvents and reagents. The system, which also consumes far less energy than conventional techniques, coul ... more
TECH SPACE
Recycled tires create stronger concrete
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
UBC engineers have developed a more resilient type of concrete using recycled tires that could be used for concrete structures like buildings, roads, dams and bridges while reducing landfill waste. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
In China, universities teach how to go viral online
Shanghai (AFP) June 19, 2017
A 21-year-old student walked around her campus in China using invaluable skills she learned in class: Holding a selfie stick aloft, she livestreamed her random thoughts and blew kisses at her phone. ... more
CHIP TECH
Seeing the invisible with a graphene-CMOS integrated device
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 20, 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 dig ... more
TECH SPACE
Octopus inspires S. Korea 'breakthrough' adhesive patch
Seoul (AFP) June 19, 2017
The clinging power of octopus tentacles has inspired a breakthrough new adhesive patch that works on wet and oily surfaces with potentially huge medical and industrial uses, according to South Korean researchers. ... more


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TRADE WARS
Japan logs surprise trade deficit in May as energy costs expand
Tokyo (AFP) June 19, 2017
Japan unexpectedly slumped back into a trade deficit for the first time in four months, as soaring energy import bills offset growth in the country's shipments abroad, government data showed Monday. ... more
TRADE WARS
NAFTA renegotiation may extend into 2018: US official
Washington (AFP) June 19, 2017
Renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement could take until next year, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Monday. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Iran expects contract developments with French major Total
Washington (UPI) Jun 19, 2017
Iran is in the final stages of signing agreements with French energy company Total to develop parts of the giant South Pars field, Iran's energy minister said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Only faint traces of oil found in North Sea effort
Washington (UPI) Jun 19, 2017
The Norwegian government said Monday efforts to find new reserves near a North Sea field with at least 25 million barrels of oil remaining came up empty. ... more



Low-carbon trajectory is the only option, European leaders say
(UPI) Jun 12, 2017
There's no alternative but to pursue an energy strategy that calls for a low-carbon trajectory for economic growth, European leaders said from Vienna. More than 100 delegates were on hand for a forum in Vienna on the transition to an energy pathway focused on renewable and alternative energy resources. "There is no other alternative for the Energy Community members than to follow ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Divestment streak continues for British energy company Centrica
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
New ultrathin material for splitting water could make hydrogen production cheaper
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Keeping the hydrogen coming
Making hydrogen fuel from humid air
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
One of the biggest hurdles to the widespread use of hydrogen fuel is making hydrogen efficiently and cleanly. Now researchers report in the journal ACS Nano a new way to do just that. They incorporated a photocatalyst in a moisture-absorbing, semiconducting paint that can produce hydrogen from water in the air when exposed to sunlight. The development could enable hydrogen fuel production in alm ... more
Warwick UK (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Clean energy stored in electric vehicles to power buildings
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
Battery improvements spark HEV EV market breakthrough
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Batteries from scrap metal
It's a breeze: How to harness the power of the wind
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
There might be a better way to use wind power, according to a recent paper in IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica (JAS), a joint publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Chinese Association of Automation. Scientists from the University of Rhode Island, Florida Atlantic University, USA, and Wuhan University, China, teamed up to find a way to optim ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 5, 2017
ADB: Asia-Pacific growth tied to renewables
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
Photopower for microlabs
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Miniaturized devices such as microsensors often require an independent, equally miniaturized power supply. Searching for suitable systems, Japanese scientists have now developed a fully integrated microfluidic device that produces hydrogen fuel and converts it into electrical energy based on photocatalysis. As they report in the journal Angewandte Chemie, it works fully autonomously and delivers ... more
Beaverton OR (SPX) Jun 15, 2017
Urban Solar lands UL approval for entire product line
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Jun 15, 2017
Solar paint offers endless energy from water vapor
Huddersfield UK (SPX) Jun 15, 2017
New technology will enable properties to share solar energy
S. Korea to scrap all plans to build new nuclear reactors
Seoul (AFP) June 19, 2017
South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In vowed on Monday to scrap all plans to build new nuclear reactors as he seeks to steer Asia's fourth-largest economy clear of atomic power. Moon, who swept to power with a landslide election win last month, campaigned on promises to phase out atomic energy and embrace what he says are safer and more environmentally-friendly power sources including solar ... more
Moscow (AFP) June 19, 2017
Russia sells stake in Akkuyu nuclear plant project in Turkey
Tokyo (AFP) June 13, 2017
Japan court clears way for nuclear reactor restarts
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
AREVA-EWN consortium to dismantle the Reactor Pressure Vessel at Brunsbuttel
Scientists make plastic from sugar and carbon dioxide
Bath UK (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Some biodegradable plastics could in the future be made using sugar and carbon dioxide, replacing unsustainable plastics made from crude oil, following research by scientists from the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath. Polycarbonates from sugars offer a more sustainable alternative to traditional polycarbonate from BPA, however the process uses a ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Turning car plastics into foams with coconut oil
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
Scientists use new technique to recycle plant material into stock chemicals
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Splitting carbon dioxide using low-cost catalyst materials
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Iraq's Abadi visits Saudi ahead of Iran stop
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (AFP) June 19, 2017
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Saudi Arabia Monday on a tour that will also take him to Riyadh's rival Iran and to Kuwait. His visit comes with the Gulf region in turmoil after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other allies cut ties with Qatar two weeks ago. They accuse Doha of supporting extremist groups, including some backed by Iran, "that aim to destabilise ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 19, 2017
British North Sea target of new drilling plans
Washington (UPI) Jun 19, 2017
Russia claims new oil field discovered in the Arctic
Washington (UPI) Jun 19, 2017
Only faint traces of oil found in North Sea effort
World Bank: Middle East conflicts impede climate and other objectives
Washington (UPI) Jun 19, 2017
The economy of Jordan could grow on the back of green initiatives, but progress may be impeded by geopolitical shocks, a World Bank report found. An annual report on the Jordanian economy from the World Bank found shocks from crises in Syria and Iraq have stifled trade lines and pushed expansion to around 2 percent, compared with the World Bank's estimate for the Middle East and North A ... more
New York NY (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
NASA-MIT Study Evaluates Efficiency of Oceans as Heat Sink, Atmospheric Gases Sponge
Paris (AFP) June 17, 2017
France pledges $34 mln for foreign climate experts
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Understanding multi-decadal global warming rate changes
Coal waste fuel may reduce anthropogenic emissions
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University are developing a technology for obtaining liquid fuel from coal wastes for thermal power stations (TPSs). This fuel is ten times more environmentally friendly that will make it possible to resolve two problems at once: to reduce the amount of anthropogenic emissions of TPSs and efficiently dispose wastes from coal processing and beneficiation. The res ... more
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Researchers compute their way toward cleaner coal plants
Sydney (AFP) June 11, 2017
Foreign bidding war for Rio's Australia coal mines
Sydney (AFP) June 6, 2017
India's Adani to start work on mine near Great Barrier Reef
New broadcasting satellite fails to enter preset orbit
Xichang (XNA) Jun 20, 2017
Communications satellite Zhongxing-9A, which was launched aboard the Long March-3B carrier rocket from southwest China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 12:11 a.m. Monday, has failed to enter the preset orbit. Abnormal performance was identified during the third phase of the rocket launch, said the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) Monday. The exact reason ... more
Jiuquan (XNA) Jun 19, 2017
China to launch four more probes before 2021
Beijing (XNA) Jun 16, 2017
China launches remote-sensing micro-nano satellites
Beijing (XNA) Jun 16, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft completes second in-orbit refueling
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NASA's TASAR trial takes flight on Alaska Airlines
Charlotte NC (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. reports that Alaska Airlines has completed installation of the company's advanced Aircraft Data Management (ADM) solution on three of its 737NG aircraft. The ADM system is designed to help aircraft save time and fuel through its family of software and hardware products, including the Tablet Interface Module (TIM) and Aircraft Inter ... more
Washington (AFP) June 15, 2017
US, Qatar agree F-15 fighter sale
Washington (UPI) Jun 15, 2017
Saab completes first Gripen E test flight
Washington (UPI) Jun 15, 2017
Rockwell Collins receives E-2D trainer contract
China's Mobike raises $600 mn to fund bike-sharing expansion
Beijing (AFP) June 16, 2017
Chinese bike-sharing start-up Mobike said Friday it has raised more than $600 million to help finance its overseas expansion, as competition in the booming market intensifies. Since its launch in April 2016, Mobike has rolled out its brightly coloured pushbikes across China and Singapore, and is now planning to take its rental service to Britain. Chinese internet giant Tencent, an existi ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 14, 2017
Scientists inch closer to wirelessly charging moving electric vehicles
Stanford CA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Wireless charging of moving electric vehicles overcomes major hurdle in new Stanford study
Hong Kong (AFP) June 14, 2017
Prized Hong Kong parking space sold for record $664,000
New chemical method could revolutionize graphene
Chicago IL (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
University of Illinois at Chicago scientists have discovered a new chemical method that enables graphene to be incorporated into a wide range of applications while maintaining its ultra-fast electronics. Graphene, a lightweight, thin, flexible material, can be used to enhance the strength and speed of computer display screens, electric/photonics circuits, solar cells and various medical, c ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
New carbon nitride material coupled with ruthenium enhances visible-light CO2 reduction in water
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Seeing electrons surfing the waves of light on graphene
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Revolutionary new materials for troubled carbon times: Super filters the world can afford
Breakthrough by Queen's University paves way for smaller electronic devices
Belfast UK (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Queen's University Belfast researchers have discovered a new way to create extremely thin electrically conducting sheets, which could revolutionise the tiny electronic devices that control everything from smart phones to banking and medical technology. Through nanotechnology, physicists Dr Raymond McQuaid, Dr Amit Kumar and Professor Marty Gregg from Queen's University's School of Mathemat ... more
Orlando FL (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Graphene transistor could mean computers that are 1,000 times faster
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
Seeing the invisible with a graphene-CMOS integrated device
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Optical communication using solitons on a photonic chip
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Thai junta vows to force through China railway
Bangkok (AFP) June 13, 2017
Thailand's junta chief on Tuesday said he would invoke his 'absolute powers' to clear hurdles holding up a multi-billion-dollar deal with China to build a high-speed railway. The two countries, who are increasingly close friends, have agreed to lay the track that will ultimately cut through the Laos' border to Thailand's south. Beijing's big plan is to link the southern Chinese city of ... more
The Hague (AFP) June 1, 2017
Dutch group unveils Hyperloop test facility
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
Donkeys at dawn: a rubbish job in the Algiers Kasbah
Algiers (AFP) June 19, 2017
It's a rubbish job, but someone has to do it. Or some animal: in the alleyways of Algiers' famed Kasbah, donkeys shift tonnes of trash every day. Some streets in the Kasbah are so narrow that single file is necessary. Others are wider but are steep and stepped, ruling out more usual rubbish collection methods. Hence the resort to animal power to keep this World Heritage Site clean. U ... more
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Lab on a chip could monitor health, germs and pollutants
Tunis (AFP) June 13, 2017
'Green police' to battle Tunisia trash scourge
Beirut (AFP) June 13, 2017
Garbage dumped in sea off Lebanon sparks outrage


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