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June 27, 2017
WATER WORLD
China's hydropower frenzy drowns sacred mountains



Yajiang, China (AFP) June 26, 2017
Towering walls of concrete entomb lush forests on mountainsides in southwest China as workers toil on the dry riverbed below to build the country's latest mega-dam. The colossal construction site in Sichuan province swallows three rivers, providing another display of China's engineering prowess but also of the trauma it inflicts on people and nature along the way. Once completed in 2023, the 295-metre behemoth will be the world's third tallest dam, producing 3,000 megawatts of energy. But fo ... read more

BIO FUEL
New catalyst paves way for carbon neutral fuel
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Australian scientists have paved the way for carbon neutral fuel with the development of a new efficient catalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air into synthetic natural gas in a 'cle ... more
CHIP TECH
Research accelerates quest for quicker, longer-lasting electronics
Riverside CA (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
In the world of electronics, where the quest is always for smaller and faster units with infinite battery life, topological insulators (TI) have tantalizing potential. In a paper published in ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Toddler learning best promoted by e-books, study suggests
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
A variety of studies show reading to young children is beneficial to brain development and learning. But researchers continue to debate the positives and negatives of electronic books. ... more
OIL AND GAS
U.S. now supplying LNG to South Korea
Washington (UPI) Jun 26, 2017
A gas company from Korea, one of the largest buyers of liquefied natural gas in the world, said it commenced a sales agreement with a U.S. supplier. ... more
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THE PITS
Rio prefers Yancoal to Glencore in Australia coal sale
Sydney (AFP) June 26, 2017
Rio Tinto Monday recommended shareholders accept a new improved offer from Yancoal for its Australian coal assets, after the China-backed firm trumped a fresh bid from Swiss commodities giant Glencore. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
New screen coating makes reading in sunlight a lot easier
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Screens on even the newest phones and tablets can be hard to read outside in bright sunlight. Inspired by the nanostructures found on moth eyes, researchers have developed a new antireflection film ... more
ENERGY TECH
Illuminating a better way to calculate excitation energy
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Glow sticks, like those brandished by trick-or-treaters and partygoers, light up due to excited electrons of the molecules in the contained fluorescent dye. Electrons accept the exciting energy from ... more
ENERGY NEWS
Fighting global warming and climate change requires a broad energy portfolio
San Diego CA (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Can the continental United States make a rapid, reliable and low-cost transition to an energy system that relies almost exclusively on wind, solar and hydroelectric power? While there is growing exc ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Video games cause good, bad changes to players' brains
Washington (UPI) Jun 22, 2017
A new survey of the scientific literature on the neural effects of video game playing confirms the activity alters the brain's shape. ... more
TECH SPACE
Lightweight steel production breakthrough: Brittle phases controlled
Warwick UK (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
High-strength, lightweight steels can finally be processed on an industrial scale, thanks to a breakthrough in controlling undesired brittle stages from production, by WMG, University of Warwick. ... more


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TECH SPACE
A chemical solution to shrink digital data storage
Cleveland OH (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Chemists at Case Western Reserve University have found a way to possibly store digital data in half the space current systems require. From supercomputers to smartphones, the amount of data pe ... more
ENERGY TECH
Getting the biggest bang out of plasma jets
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Bursts of plasma, called plasma jets, have numerous uses ranging from the development of more efficient engines, which could one day send spacecraft to Mars, to industrial uses like spraying nanomat ... more
OIL AND GAS
Safety issues uncovered at North Sea field
Washington (UPI) Jun 26, 2017
A safety regulator in Norway said an audit of operations at the Edvard Grieg field, one of the region's largest, revealed potential risks to platform personnel. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Oil prices move higher on global economic expectations
Washington (UPI) Jun 26, 2017
Crude oil prices showed signs of recovery in early Monday trading after an international banker said there were clear signs of global economic growth. ... more



Fighting global warming and climate change requires a broad energy portfolio
San Diego CA (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Can the continental United States make a rapid, reliable and low-cost transition to an energy system that relies almost exclusively on wind, solar and hydroelectric power? While there is growing excitement for this vision, a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by 21 of the nation's leading energy experts, including David G. Victor and George R. Tynan from the ... more
(UPI) Jun 12, 2017
Low-carbon trajectory is the only option, European leaders say
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
New efficient, low-temperature catalyst for hydrogen production
Upton NY (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
Scientists have developed a new low-temperature catalyst for producing high-purity hydrogen gas while simultaneously using up carbon monoxide (CO). The discovery-described in a paper set to publish online in the journal Science on Thursday, June 22, 2017-could improve the performance of fuel cells that run on hydrogen fuel but can be poisoned by CO. "This catalyst produces a purer form of ... more
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
Deceleration of runaway electrons paves the way for fusion power
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 23, 2017
Rosatom Develops Radiation-Powered Electricity Source for Medicine, Outer Space
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
A 100-year-old physics problem has been solved at EPFL
Thrive Renewables delivers mezzanine funded wind farms in Scotland
Bristol UK (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
With over 20 years in sustainable investment, Thrive Renewables, (previously Triodos Renewables) has provided mezzanine loans for two wind farms in Scotland that will have a combined total capacity of 11.5MW which will generate and deliver clean, smart energy to the UK grid. Once built, these projects will be able to generate enough green electricity for 7,760[1] homes. In partnership with ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
It's a breeze: How to harness the power of the wind
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
Freshwater from salt water using only solar energy
Houston TX (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
A federally funded research effort to revolutionize water treatment has yielded an off-grid technology that uses energy from sunlight alone to turn salt water into fresh drinking water. The desalination system, which uses a combination of membrane distillation technology and light-harvesting nanophotonics, is the first major innovation from the Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment ( ... more
Wesel, Germany (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
SOVENTIX and Gentec EPC sign a joint venture agreement to develop solar hybrid projects across Nigeria
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 24, 2017
Pacific island nations get renewable energy support
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Using sunlight to the max
UK nuclear plant to cost consumers billions more
London (AFP) June 23, 2017
A highly-controversial UK government deal for the new Hinkley Point nuclear power plant will cost British energy consumers billions more pounds than forecast, the country's National Audit Office said Friday. "The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's deal for Hinkley Point C has locked consumers into a risky and expensive project with uncertain strategic and economic bene ... more
Tokyo (AFP) June 23, 2017
Toshiba delays results again citing US nuclear unit
Paris (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
AREVA obtains transport license for its new cask in France and Belgium
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
NWMO to Focus Field Studies on Fewer Communities
Corn better used as food than biofuel
Champaign IL (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether corn is better utilized as food or as a biofuel has persisted since ethanol came into use. For the first time, researchers at the University of Illinois have quantified and compared these issues in terms of econom ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Discovery could lead to sustainable ethanol made from carbon dioxide
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Researchers produce biofuel for conventional diesel engines
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
New catalyst paves way for carbon neutral fuel
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Gas potential off the coast of Indonesia under review
Washington (UPI) Jun 26, 2017
A British oil and gas developer said Monday it was expecting its strategy to exploit natural gas reserves off the coast of Indonesia to pay off. Empyrean Energy declared a success after preliminary results from its Mako well operation off the coast of Indonesia came in better than expected. "While we have further work to do at Mako to determine the overall size of the potential g ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 26, 2017
Safety issues uncovered at North Sea field
Washington (UPI) Jun 26, 2017
New oil production starts in the North Sea
Washington (UPI) Jun 26, 2017
Oil prices move higher on global economic expectations
NASA-MIT Study Evaluates Efficiency of Oceans as Heat Sink, Atmospheric Gases Sponge
New York NY (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
The world's oceans are like brakes slowing down the full effects of greenhouse gas warming of the atmosphere. Over the last ten years, one-fourth of human-emissions of carbon dioxide as well as 90 percent of additional warming due to the greenhouse effect have been absorbed by the oceans. Acting like a massive sponge, the oceans pull from the atmosphere heat, carbon dioxide and other gases, such ... more
Bremerhaven, Germany (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
How the climate can rapidly change at tipping points
Paris (AFP) June 24, 2017
Climate change more important than partisan politics: Schwarzenegger
Warder, Ethiopia (AFP) June 22, 2017
Starvation looms as food runs out in drought-hit Ethiopia
Rio prefers Yancoal to Glencore in Australia coal sale
Sydney (AFP) June 26, 2017
Rio Tinto Monday recommended shareholders accept a new improved offer from Yancoal for its Australian coal assets, after the China-backed firm trumped a fresh bid from Swiss commodities giant Glencore. Rio, the world's second-largest miner, said in January it was selling Coal & Allied to Yancoal Australia - majority-controlled by China's Yanzhou Coal - for US$2.45 billion. But Glencore ... more
Sydney (AFP) June 26, 2017
Glencore makes new bid for Rio's Australia coal assets
Sydney (AFP) June 20, 2017
Rio backs Yancoal over Glencore for Australia coal minesw
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Coal waste fuel may reduce anthropogenic emissions
China to launch Long March-5 Y2 in early July
Beijing (XNA) Jun 27, 2017
China has set the window to launch its Long March-5 Y2 carrier rocket between July 2 and 5, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. Carrying Shijian-18 communication satellite, the rocket was vertically transferred to the launch area at Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China's Hainan Province on Monday. Shijian-18 will test ... more
Beijing (Sputnik) Jun 23, 2017
With a Strong Partner Like Russia, Nothing Would Stop China's New Space Station
Beijing (XNA) Jun 21, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft completes second docking with space lab
Jiuquan (XNA) Jun 19, 2017
China to launch four more probes before 2021
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NASA Completes Milestone Toward Quieter Supersonic X-Plane
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
NASA has achieved a significant milestone in its effort to make supersonic passenger jet travel over land a real possibility by completing the preliminary design review (PDR) of its Quiet Supersonic Transport or QueSST aircraft design. QueSST is the initial design stage of NASA's planned Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) experimental airplane, otherwise known as an X-plane. Senior exper ... more
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 24, 2017
Oman receives first Eurofighter Typhoon
Washington (UPI) Jun 22, 2017
MiG pushing for exports of the MiG-35 fighter
Washington (UPI) Jun 22, 2017
Britain readies base for arrival of F-35 jets next year
Electric vehicles inefficient way to reduce CO2 emissions: study
Montreal (AFP) June 22, 2017
Subsidizing the purchase of electric cars in Canada is an inefficient way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that is not cost effective, according to a Montreal Economic Institute study released Thursday. "It's just a waste," said Germain Belzile, one of the authors of the study, which examined electric vehicle subsidies offered by Canada's two biggest provinces Ontario and Quebec, which can ... more
Beijing (Sputnik) Jun 26, 2017
China's Futuristic Elevated Bus Scrapped, Accused of Being a Scam
New York (AFP) June 22, 2017
Tesla eyes manufacturing in China
San Francisco (AFP) June 21, 2017
Uber CEO Kalanick resigns under pressure
UNIST researchers engineer transformer-like carbon nanostructure
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has engineered a new type of carbon nanomaterials, capable of changing shapes and colors depending on the type of solvents used. Such materials have attracted much attention owing to their unique optical properties and structures. In the study, the joint research team, led by Professor Byung Soo kim and Professor Oh Hoon Kwon has presented a unique des ... more
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Graphene encapsulation provides unprecedented view of the diffusion and rotation of fullerene molecules
Chicago IL (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
New chemical method could revolutionize graphene
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Researchers find a surprise just beneath the surface in carbon dioxide experiment
To connect biology with electronics, be rigid, yet flexible
Seattle WA (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
The problem is a fundamental incompatibility in communication styles. That conclusion might crop up during divorce proceedings, or describe a diplomatic row. But scientists designing polymers that can bridge the biological and electronic divide must also deal with incompatible messaging styles. Electronics rely on racing streams of electrons, but the same is not true for our brains. ... more
Raleigh NC (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
New design improves performance of flexible wearable electronics
Riverside CA (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Research accelerates quest for quicker, longer-lasting electronics
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
Seeing the invisible with a graphene-CMOS integrated device
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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
Scientists probe role of sunscreen in accelerating coral reef decline
Washington (UPI) Jun 21, 2017
When marine biologist Craig Downs first visited the turquoise-blue waters of Trunk Bay in the Virgin Islands National Park in St. John in 2005, he arrived on a crucial mission: Find out why the health of the park's coral reefs was declining. Downs, part of a team of experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Central Florida and the University of ... more
West Tabir, Indonesia (AFP) June 21, 2017
Risky gold rush: Indonesia tackles illegal mining boom
Athens (AFP) June 22, 2017
Athens rubbish piles up as Greeks protest contracts
Firozabad, India (AFP) June 25, 2017
Facing ruin, India's ancient glass artists blame the Taj


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