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July 18, 2017
NANO TECH
How do you build a metal nanoparticle?



Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Although scientists have for decades been able to synthesize nanoparticles in the lab, the process is mostly trial and error, and how the formation actually takes place is obscure. However, a study recently published in Nature Communications by chemical engineers at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering explains how metal nanoparticles form. "Thermodynamic Stability of Ligand-Protected Metal Nanoclusters" (DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15988) was co-authored by Giannis Mpourmpakis, ass ... read more

CARBON WORLDS
Fluorine grants white graphene new powers
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
A little fluorine turns an insulating ceramic known as white graphene into a wide-bandgap semiconductor with magnetic properties. Rice University scientists said that could make the unique material ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Spontaneous system follows rules of equilibrium
Chicago IL (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Scientists have long known the ins and outs of equilibrium thermodynamics. Systems in equilibrium - a stable state of unchanging balance - are governed by a neat set of rules, making them predictabl ... more
ROBO SPACE
Research makes robots better at following spoken instructions
Providence RI (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
A new system based on research by Brown University computer scientists makes robots better at following spoken instructions, no matter how abstract or specific those instructions may be. The develop ... more
NANO TECH
New material resembling a metal nanosponge could reduce computer energy consumption
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
In order to store information in the conventional magnetic memories of electronic devices, the materials' small magnetic domains work by pointing up or down according to the magnetic fields. To gene ... more
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ENERGY TECH
Optimizing hydrogen-powered passenger ferries focus of Sandia Labs study
Livermore CA (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Maritime transportation has emerged as one solution to the traffic gridlock that plagues coastal cities. But with urban passenger ferries operating in sensitive environments and tourist areas, hydro ... more
CHIP TECH
Researchers develop dynamic templates critical to printable electronics technology
Urbana IL (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
When it comes to efficiency, sometimes it helps to look to Mother Nature for advice - even in technology as advanced as printable, flexible electronics. Researchers at the University of Illinois hav ... more
WIND DAILY
Unbalanced wind farm planning exacerbates fluctuations
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
The expansion of renewable energy has been widely criticised for increasing weather-dependent fluctuations in European electricity generation. A new study shows that this is due less to the variabil ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Coupling a nano-trumpet with a quantum dot enables precise position determination
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Scientists from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the University of Basel have succeeded in coupling an extremely small quantum dot with 1,000 times larger trumpet-shaped nanowire. The movement of ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Scientists create first laboratory generation of astrophysical shock waves
Plainsboro, NJ (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Throughout the universe, supersonic shock waves propel cosmic rays and supernova particles to velocities near the speed of light. The most high-energy of these astrophysical shocks occur too far out ... more
SOLAR DAILY
More EU praise for progress on renewable energy
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Renewable energy gives Portugal, which imports all of its oil and gas, a way to gain a degree of independence over its economy, a European energy official said. ... more


Japanese engineers develop headset-less VR system

TRADE WARS
China says economy grew 6.9% in second quarter
Beijing (AFP) July 17, 2017
China posted better-than-expected growth of 6.9 percent in the second quarter, official data showed Monday, but authorities warned of lingering risks to the economy. ... more
TRADE WARS
China cuts off Wanda funding after overseas buying spree: reports
Shanghai (AFP) July 17, 2017
China plans to squeeze high-flying billionaire Wang Jianlin's conglomerate Wanda by cutting off new loans and regulatory approvals for deals, reports said Monday, punishing it for breaching Chinese restrictions on overseas investments. ... more
TRADE WARS
China's Xi calls for more imports and more 'open economy'
Beijing (AFP) July 18, 2017
Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for an increase in imports and fewer restrictions for foreign investors as Beijing comes under pressure from the US and Europe to provide a more level playing field for companies in the country. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Disney next in line for LNG-powered cruise ships
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Three new ships slated for the fleet for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts will be powered by liquefied natural gas, the company's chairman said. ... more



Google's 'moonshot' factory spins off geothermal unit
Washington (AFP) July 7, 2017
Google parent Alphabet is spinning off a little-known unit working on geothermal power called Dandelion, which will begin offering residential energy services. The announcement Thursday took the wraps off one of the secretive projects at the Alphabet unit X, known notably for its work on self-driving cars and internet balloons. Dandelion chief executive Kathy Hannun said her team had bee ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Fighting global warming and climate change requires a broad energy portfolio
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Low-carbon trajectory is the only option, European leaders say
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Divestment streak continues for British energy company Centrica
PPPL researchers demonstrate first hot plasma edge in a fusion facility
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Two major issues confronting magnetic-confinement fusion energy are enabling the walls of devices that house fusion reactions to survive bombardment by energetic particles, and improving confinement of the plasma required for the reactions. At the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), researchers have found that coating tokamak walls with lithium-- a light ... more
Atlanta GA (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Using the stairs just got easier with energy-recycling steps
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Giant charge reversal observed for the first time
Livermore CA (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Optimizing hydrogen-powered passenger ferries focus of Sandia Labs study
Unbalanced wind farm planning exacerbates fluctuations
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
The expansion of renewable energy has been widely criticised for increasing weather-dependent fluctuations in European electricity generation. A new study shows that this is due less to the variability of weather than from a failure to consider the large-scale weather conditions across the whole continent: many European countries are unilaterally following national strategies to expand wind ener ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Algeria seen as African leader for renewable energy
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Owls' wings could hold the key to beating wind turbine noise
Bristol UK (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Thrive Renewables delivers mezzanine funded wind farms in Scotland
There Will Always be Sun on this Horizon
New Bedford MA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
A partnership between Beaumont Solar and Horizon Beverage is now powering its operations with clean, renewable solar power. Family-owned Horizon Beverage Company have announced their new 978kW DC solar PV system is in operation at their Norton, MA distribution facility. Horizon Beverage selected Beaumont Solar to fully engineer, design and construct the system. Consisting of 2,990 solar pa ... more
San Francisco, CA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
SolarEdge Launching First PV Inverter-Integrated Electric Vehicle Charger
Bristol, UK (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Investors Generate 174,000,000 kWh of Renewable Electricity
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
More EU praise for progress on renewable energy
Britain must leave EU nuclear body: Verhofstadt
Brussels (AFP) July 12, 2017
Britain cannot stay a member of the EU nuclear regulator Euratom after Brexit, whether it wants to or not, European Parliament Brexit pointman Guy Verhofstadt said Wednesday. But Euratom could continue its functions with regard to Britain if London signs an association agreement with the European Union following its departure from the bloc, he added. Membership of Euratom has become a ma ... more
Paris (AFP) July 10, 2017
France could close a third of nuclear reactors: minister
Paris (AFP) July 10, 2017
Mitsubishi, Assystem take stakes in France's nuclear reactors firm
Cherbourg, France (AFP) July 5, 2017
Sixth MOX nuclear shipment leaves France for Japan
Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Whether or not society shakes its addiction to oil and gasoline will depend on a number of profound environmental, geopolitical and societal factors. But with current oil prices hovering around $50 dollars a barrel, it won't likely be anytime soon. Despite several major national research initiatives, no one has been able to come up with the breakthrough renewable biofuel technology t ... more
Okanagan, Canada (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
New biofuel technology significantly cuts production time
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Cutting the cost of ethanol, other biofuels and gasoline
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
A whole-genome sequenced rice mutant resource for the study of biofuel feedstocks
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Disney next in line for LNG-powered cruise ships
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Three new ships slated for the fleet for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts will be powered by liquefied natural gas, the company's chairman said. "All ship names, design plans and itineraries are still in development, with each of the ships expected to have their own unique experiences," the company announced on Saturday. "The three new ships will be powered by clean-burning liquefied natur ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Iran sets goal of 10 new oil, gas deals
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
More gas found offshore, Norway's gov't says
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Damage to pipeline that spilled oil last week in Texas repaired
ADB warns climate change 'disastrous' for Asia
Manila (AFP) July 14, 2017
A business-as-usual approach to climate change will be "disastrous" for Asia, undoing much of the phenomenal economic growth that has helped it make vast inroads against poverty, the Asian Development Bank said in a report released Friday. A continued reliance on fossil fuels will see the world's most populous region face prolonged heat waves, rising sea levels, and changing rainfall patter ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Scientists upgrade database tracking global temperatures across millennia
New York (AFP) July 12, 2017
Bloomberg outlines plan to quantify US climate efforts
Hamburg (AFP) July 9, 2017
G20: Compromise on climate change, but at what cost?
China backs hundreds of global coal power projects
Beijing (AFP) July 5, 2017
Chinese companies are planning or constructing hundreds of coal-fired power projects around the world, data show, even as Beijing talks up its commitment to fighting climate change. The report by German environmental lobby group Urgewald comes as China seeks to fill a vacuum left by the United States following President Donald Trump's decision to exit the Paris climate agreement. Urgewal ... more
Sydney (AFP) June 26, 2017
Rio prefers Yancoal to Glencore in Australia coal sale
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
China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China has a clear plan to provide sea launches for commercial payloads to be carried by Long March rockets, according to an aerospace official. Tang Yagang, vice head of the aerospace division of the No.1 institute of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), said that the technology is not difficult and a sea launch platform can be built based on modifying 10,000-ton ... more
Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Space Program: From Setback, to Manned Flights, to the Moon
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Rocket Fizzles Out, Puts Other Launches on Hold
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Flying cars and no more pilots in flight revolution: Airbus
Hong Kong (AFP) July 13, 2017
Pilotless aircraft, flying electric vehicles and bespoke air cabins are the future of flight, Airbus said Thursday. Paul Eremenko, the European plane-maker's chief technological officer, painted a picture of skies buzzing with new flight forms at the RISE tech conference held in Hong Kong. Airbus is already testing out what it calls a "module" cabin concept - passenger planes being ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Honeywell, Pratt and Whitney contracted by Air Force for power system support
Singapore (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Singapore developing space-based VHF communications for air traffic management
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
France and Germany announce new joint fighter program
Daimler manipulated emissions in one million cars: report
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) July 13, 2017
German luxury automaker Daimler manipulated the engines of around one million diesel vehicles to make them appear less polluting, local media reported Thursday, raising echoes of competitor Volkswagen's 'dieselgate' scandal. "The Stuttgart-based firm sold vehicles with higher levels of damaging emissions than allowed for almost a whole decade between 2008 and 2016, in Europe and the United S ... more
Blacksburg VA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Forget defrosting your car at a glacial pace
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) July 10, 2017
German 'dieselgate' investigators target Porsche employees
Paris (AFP) July 6, 2017
France 'to end sales of petrol, diesel vehicles by 2040'
Flourine lends white graphene new qualities
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
With just a bit of fluorine, white graphene becomes a wide-bandgap semiconductor with magnetic properties. The new material could be used in electronics designed to perform under extreme conditions. White graphene is a two-dimensional atomic sheet of hexagonal boron nitride. Its hexagonal structure is similar to that of regular graphene, but the atomic layer is made up of boron nitride, ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Fluorine grants white graphene new powers
Clemson SC (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Clemson researchers illuminate the field of microscopy with nanoparticle 'buckyswitch'
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Carbon displays quantum effects
Researchers develop dynamic templates critical to printable electronics technology
Urbana IL (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
When it comes to efficiency, sometimes it helps to look to Mother Nature for advice - even in technology as advanced as printable, flexible electronics. Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed bio-inspired dynamic templates used to manufacture organic semiconductor materials that produce printable electronics. It uses a process similar to biomineralization - the way that b ... more
Fukuoka, Japan (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Harnessing hopping hydrogens for high-efficiency OLEDs
Linkoping, Sweden (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
High-precision control of printed electronics
Orlando FL (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Molecular electronics scientists shatter 'impossible' record
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Thailand approves $5.2bn for delayed China rail project
Bangkok (AFP) July 11, 2017
Thailand's military government on Tuesday approved $5.2 billion to build the first stretch of a high-speed railway that will ultimately link Bangkok to southern China, a massive joint infrastructure project with Beijing that has been dogged by delays. The project is part of China's huge regional infrastructure plan to build a high-speed rail network connecting the southern city of Kunming wi ... more
San Francisco (AFP) July 12, 2017
Hyperloop startup moves closer to near-supersonic rail
Bangkok (AFP) June 13, 2017
Thai junta vows to force through China railway
The Hague (AFP) June 1, 2017
Dutch group unveils Hyperloop test facility
200 green activists killed in 2016, record toll: watchdog
Paris (AFP) July 13, 2017
At least 200 environmental campaigners and protectors - 40 percent from indigenous tribes - were murdered around the world in 2016, the deadliest year on record, the watchdog organisation Global Witness said Thursday. The grim tally, double the number slain two years earlier, is the largest since the NGO began tracking such violence in 2002, it reported. The real number is probably hig ... more
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Lowell MA (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Study finds toxic mercury is accumulating in the Arctic tundra
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Human activities worsen air quality in Dunhuang, a desert basin in China


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