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July 25, 2017
TECH SPACE
A new material emits white light when exposed to electricity



Nagoya, Japan (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Scientists at Nagoya University have developed a new way to make stimuli-responsive materials in a predictable manner. They used this method to design a new material, a mixture of carbon nanorings and iodine, which conducts electricity and emits white light when exposed to electricity. The team's new approach could help generate a range of reliable stimuli-responsive materials, which can be used in memory devices, artificial muscles and drug delivery systems, among other applications. Stimuli-resp ... read more

ENERGY TECH
UMD engineers invent the first bio-compatible, ion current battery
College Park MD (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Engineers at the University of Maryland have invented an entirely new kind of battery. It is bio-compatible because it produces the same kind of ion-based electrical energy used by humans and other ... more
BIO FUEL
Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool
Amherst MA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Twenty years ago, microbiologist Barry Goodell, now a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and colleagues discovered a unique system that some microorganisms use to digest and recyc ... more
CHIP TECH
Five times the computing power
Linkoping, Sweden (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Researchers at Linkoping University have developed a method to increase by a factor of five the computing power of a standard algorithm when performed in one type of standard chip, FPGA. The new met ... more
FAST TRACK
Tunnel visions: China bets big on subways as cities expand
Shanghai (AFP) July 21, 2017
Deep under Shanghai, workers on a flood-lit construction rig carefully install massive concrete wall sections for a new subway tunnel, adding metre-by-metre to the world's longest metro system. ... more
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CAR TECH
Volkswagen fined $154 mn more in US for dieselgate
New York (AFP) July 20, 2017
Volkswagen must pay an additional $154 million to California to settle state environmental charges in the latest penalty in the scandal over its use of emissions "defeat devices," regulators announced Thursday. ... more
CAR TECH
Audi voluntarily recalls up to 850,000 diesel vehicles
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) July 21, 2017
German luxury carmaker Audi, a Volkswagen subsidiary, issued a voluntary recall of up to 850,000 diesel vehicles Friday, saying it would help reduce engine emissions. ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Stanford researchers discover biological hydraulic system in tuna fins
Stanford UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Cutting through the ocean like a jet through the sky, giant bluefin tuna are built for performance, endurance and speed. Just as the fastest planes have carefully positioned wings and tail flaps to ... more
ROBO SPACE
Stanford researchers develop a new type of soft, growing robot
Stanford CA (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Imagine rescuers searching for people in the rubble of a collapsed building. Instead of digging through the debris by hand or having dogs sniff for signs of life, they bring out a small, air-tight c ... more
THE PITS
Scientists uncover biogeochemical controls on occurrence and distribution of PACs in coals
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
The organic matter in coal contains polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs) of varying quantities in diverse soluble and insoluble forms. PACs in coal are of special interest for organic geochemical st ... more
TECH SPACE
Multitasking monolayers
Nashville TN (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Two-dimensional materials that can multitask. That is the result of a new process that naturally produces patterned monolayers that can act as a base for creating a wide variety of novel mater ... more


Writing with the electron beam: Now in silver

ENERGY TECH
First basic physics simulation of impact of neutrals on turbulence
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Turbulence, the violently unruly disturbance of plasma, can prevent plasma from growing hot enough to fuel fusion reactions. Long a puzzling concern of researchers has been the impact on turbulence ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Solar Toolkit Developed to Help Municipalities Advance Solar Projects
Albany, NY (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has developed a Solar PILOT Toolkit to assist the state's municipalities in understanding and negotiating payment-in-lieu-of ta ... more
OIL AND GAS
Texas energy sector facing slight headwinds
Washington (UPI) Jul 24, 2017
Strong job growth in Texas was apparent, though some energy sector indicators are still presenting headwinds, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Russia sees oil supplies dwindling from global market
Washington (UPI) Jul 24, 2017
Hundreds of millions of barrels of crude oil are lacking from the global energy market because of joint efforts with OPEC, Russia's oil minister said Monday. ... more



India must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new 'smart' cities to be sustainable
Lincoln UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Plans to create 100 new 'smart' cities in India to support the country's rapidly growing urban population could have a significant detrimental impact on the environment unless greater emphasis is placed on providing new supporting infrastructure and utilities, according to a major new study. Professor Hugh Byrd, a specialist in urban planning from the University of Lincoln, UK, conducted a ... more
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Sparkling springs aid quest for underground heat energy sources
Washington (AFP) July 7, 2017
Google's 'moonshot' factory spins off geothermal unit
San Diego CA (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Fighting global warming and climate change requires a broad energy portfolio
Ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion
Nashville TN (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Imagine slipping into a jacket, shirt or skirt that powers your cell phone, fitness tracker and other personal electronic devices as you walk, wave and even when you are sitting. A new, ultrathin energy harvesting system developed at Vanderbilt University's Nanomaterials and Energy Devices Laboratory has the potential to do just that. Based on battery technology and made from layers of bla ... more
College Park MD (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
UMD engineers invent the first bio-compatible, ion current battery
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
First basic physics simulation of impact of neutrals on turbulence
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
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of offshore wind energy in the UK
Washington (UPI) Jul 21, 2017
GE's renewables not enough to boost overall revenue
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Algeria seen as African leader for renewable energy
Non-toxic alternative for next-generation solar cells
Cambridge UK (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Researchers have demonstrated how a non-toxic alternative to lead could form the basis of next-generation solar cells. The team of researchers, from the University of Cambridge and the United States, have used theoretical and experimental methods to show how bismuth - the so-called "green element" which sits next to lead on the periodic table, could be used in low-cost solar cells. T ... more
New Delhi (AFP) July 19, 2017
India's ageing trains get green makeover with solar panels
Albany, NY (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Solar Toolkit Developed to Help Municipalities Advance Solar Projects
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
More EU praise for progress on renewable energy
Underwater robot probes inside Fukushima reactor
Tokyo (AFP) July 21, 2017
The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said Friday it is using an underwater robot in a renewed attempt to inspect damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown. A massive undersea earthquake on March 11, 2011 sent a huge wave barrelling into Japan's northeast coast, killing more than 18,500 people, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the plant in the worst such acc ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Laser-Armed Nuclear Icebreakers: What Russia Has in Store for Arctic
Helsinki (AFP) July 20, 2017
Finland's TVO claims partial win in Areva nuclear dispute
Brussels (AFP) July 12, 2017
Britain must leave EU nuclear body: Verhofstadt
How enzymes produce hydrogen
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Researchers at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum and the Freie Universitat Berlin have clarified the crucial catalytic step in the production of hydrogen by enzymes. The enzymes, called [FeFe]-hydrogenases, efficiently turn electrons and protons into hydrogen. They are thus a candidate for the biotechnological production of the potential energy source. 'In order to produce hydrogen on an industrial ... more
Amherst MA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool
Okanagan, Canada (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
New biofuel technology significantly cuts production time
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals
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IMF: Middle East, North Africa pressured by low oil prices
Washington (UPI) Jul 24, 2017
The growth forecasts for Middle East and North African economies are under pressure from lower crude oil prices, the International Monetary Fund reported. The IMF offered a mixed picture for global economic growth, projecting net global growth of 3.5 percent this year and 3.6 percent in 2018, forecasts that are unchanged from the April outlook. "Projected global growth rates for ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 24, 2017
Texas energy sector facing slight headwinds
Washington (UPI) Jul 24, 2017
Russia sees oil supplies dwindling from global market
Washington (UPI) Jul 20, 2017
Frontier West Africa source of oil spat
Sea temperature changes contributing to droughts
Exeter UK (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Fluctuations in sea surface temperature are a factor in causing persistent droughts in North America and around the Mediterranean, new research suggests. A team from the universities of Exeter, Montpellier and Wageningen analysed data from 1957-2002 and found sea surface temperatures in the North Pacific and North Atlantic became increasingly variable, and extremes lasted for longer. ... more
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Dust deposits give new insights into the history of the Sahara
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Could acocktail geoengineering control the climate
Los Angeles (AFP) July 18, 2017
California extends tough climate policy measures to 2030
Scientists uncover biogeochemical controls on occurrence and distribution of PACs in coals
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
The organic matter in coal contains polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs) of varying quantities in diverse soluble and insoluble forms. PACs in coal are of special interest for organic geochemical studies as they have been successfully used as biological marker compounds (biomarkers) and indicators of thermal maturity. However, challenges exist when applying PACs in understanding the organi ... more
Beijing (AFP) July 5, 2017
China backs hundreds of global coal power projects
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
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
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Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
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Lockheed Martin expects F-35 software development to finish by end of 2017
Washington (UPI) Jul 24, 2017
The F-35 Lightning II is nearing completion of its Systems Development and Demonstration phase as the airframe passes 100,000 hours in flight time, Lockheed Martin announced on Monday. The F-35 Integrated Test Force teams are expected to complete the SDD portion of the jet program by the end of the year, according to Lockheed's F-35 program general manager Jeff Babione. "This 100 ... more
New York (AFP) July 13, 2017
Rising temperatures spell plane take-off woes: study
Hong Kong (AFP) July 13, 2017
Flying cars and no more pilots in flight revolution: Airbus
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
France and Germany announce new joint fighter program
Audi voluntarily recalls up to 850,000 diesel vehicles
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) July 21, 2017
German luxury carmaker Audi, a Volkswagen subsidiary, issued a voluntary recall of up to 850,000 diesel vehicles Friday, saying it would help reduce engine emissions. "Audi aims to maintain the future viability of diesel engines for its customers and to make a contribution towards improving air quality," the Bavaria-based manufacturer said in a statement. Vehicles with affected engines w ... more
New York (AFP) July 20, 2017
Volkswagen fined $154 mn more in US for dieselgate
Berlin (AFP) July 18, 2017
Daimler announces emissions recall of 3 mln diesel cars in Europe
San Francisco (AFP) July 18, 2017
Microsoft cloud to help Baidu self-driving car effort
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
Five times the computing power
Linkoping, Sweden (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Researchers at Linkoping University have developed a method to increase by a factor of five the computing power of a standard algorithm when performed in one type of standard chip, FPGA. The new method is both simple and smart, but the road to publication has been long. We are dealing with a programmable integrated circuit known as an "FPGA", which is an abbreviation for "field-programmabl ... more
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Manipulating electron spins without loss of information
Wurzburg, Germany (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Breakthrough in spintronics
Urbana IL (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Researchers develop dynamic templates critical to printable electronics technology
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Hyperloop or hyperbole? Musk promises NY-DC run in 29 mins
New York (AFP) July 21, 2017
US entrepreneur Elon Musk said Thursday he'd received tentative approval from the government to build a conceptual "hyperloop" system that would blast passenger pods down vacuum-sealed tubes from New York to Washington at near supersonic speeds. "Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins," the flamboyant CEO ... more
Shanghai (AFP) July 21, 2017
Tunnel visions: China bets big on subways as cities expand
Bangkok (AFP) July 11, 2017
Thailand approves $5.2bn for delayed China rail project
San Francisco (AFP) July 12, 2017
Hyperloop startup moves closer to near-supersonic rail
Soil filters out some emerging contaminants before reaching groundwater
Uuniversity PA (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
There is considerable uncertainty surrounding emerging contaminants in aquatic ecosystems and groundwater, and a recent Penn State study of compounds from pharmaceuticals and personal care products didn't add much clarity. But it did provide insight into the transport of the chemicals, according to researchers in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The research, which was conducted at th ... more
Taipei (AFP) July 23, 2017
Thousands protest call to curb incense burning in Taiwan
Paris (AFP) July 24, 2017
Pioneering Paris canal swimming spot closed due to pollution
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand


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