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August 02, 2017
TECH SPACE
Scientists discover new magnet with nearly massless charge carriers



Baton Rouge LA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Advances in modern electronics has demanded the requisite hardware, transistors, to be smaller in each new iteration. Recent progress in nanotechnology has reduced the size of silicon transistors down to the order of 10 nanometers. However, for such small transistors, other physical effects set in, which limit their functionality. For example, the power consumption and heat production in these devices is creating significant problems for device design. Therefore, novel quantum materials and device ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Areva signs MOX fuel fabrication contract with Japan
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 02, 2017
New AREVA has signed a contract with Japan's NFI (Nuclear Fuel Industries) for the fabrication of 32 MOX* fuel assemblies for the Takahama 3 and 4 reactors operated by Kansai Electric. The sup ... more
TECH SPACE
Reality check for 'wonder material'
Groningen, Netherlands (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Topological insulators, a class of materials which has been investigated for just over a decade, have been heralded as a new 'wonder material', as has graphene. But so far, topological insulators ha ... more
TECH SPACE
Engineering on a blue streak
Newark DE (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
A pair of engineers at the University of Delaware has developed a process to form interwoven polymer networks more easily, quickly and sustainably than traditional methods allow. Their secret ingred ... more
BIO FUEL
Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Biochar from recycled waste may both enhance crop growth and save health costs by helping clear the air of pollutants, according to Rice University researchers. Rice researchers in Earth scien ... more
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SOLAR DAILY
Chinese renewable energy capacity growing rapidly
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
China is on pace to see its solar power capacity more than double by 2020 as component costs move lower, but at perhaps a cost, a sector analysis finds. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Construction of two nuclear power plants in US halted
Washington (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Construction work on two nuclear power plants in the United States has been halted because of cost overruns, the companies behind them said. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Apple beats profit estimates, boosting shares
San Francisco (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Apple on Tuesday reported stronger-than-expected results for the past quarter, with higher revenues and profits, delivering a boost to its share price. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Amazon sales surge, but spending bites into profit
San Francisco (AFP) July 28, 2017
Internet colossus Amazon on Thursday reported its profit shrank in the recently ended quarter despite surging sales as it poured money into growth. ... more
TRADE WARS
Washington plans trade measures against China: report
New York (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
The United States is planning to take trade measures against China to force it to crack down on theft of intellectual property, the Wall Street Journal reported late Tuesday. ... more
CAR TECH
IMF: Auto industry facing EV learning curve
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
The automotive industry may need to play catch up in order to cope with the growth in electric vehicles, a report from the International Monetary Fund found. ... more


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OIL AND GAS
Oil prices drop after Venezuelan risk wanes
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
The rally in crude oil prices halted early Tuesday after Washington spared Venezuelan oil from sanctions, though market indicators could keep the bulls running. ... more
OIL AND GAS
U.S. gas prices for August could be the highest for the year
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
Peak summer demand and declining levels of supplies, both domestic and foreign, mean spikes in the price of gas for U.S. consumers, market analyses find. ... more
OIL AND GAS
U.S. insists all options are on the table with Venezuela
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
All options remain on the table for U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, including oil, though industry reports were mixed on the potential impact. ... more
OIL AND GAS
New technology promises to curb wasteful methane flaring
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
Scientists have developed new technology to curb wasteful methane flaring in oil and gas fields. ... 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
University Park PA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Allowable 'carbon budget' most likely overestimated
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
New chromium-based superconductor has an unusual electronic state
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
When certain materials are cooled below a critical temperature they become superconductors, with zero electrical resistance. An international research team observed an unusual electronic state in new superconductor chromium arsenide. This finding could prove useful in future superconductor research and material design. The study was published on June 5 in Nature Communications. These disco ... more
Jerusalem (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
First direct observation and measurement of ultra-fast moving vortices in superconductors
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Scientists map ways forward for lithium-ion batteries for extreme environments
Raleigh NC (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
High-temperature superconductivity in B-doped Q-carbon
Shale-rich Oklahoma to host mega-wind farm
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
Once operational, the Wind Catcher wind farm in Oklahoma will be the second largest in the world and largest in the United States, the companies involved said. The renewable energy division of General Electric and Invenergy, that largest independent renewable energy company in North America, announced construction is under way for the Wind Catcher wind farm in the Oklahoma panhandle. ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
U.S. wind power momentum up 40 percent from last year
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
A new picture emerges on the origins of photosynthesis in a sun-loving bacteria
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Every day, enough sunlight hits the Earth to power the planet many times over - if only we could more efficiently capture all the energy. With today's solar panels limited by their efficiency (currently, more than 80 percent of available solar energy is lost as heat), scientists have been looking into nature as inspiration to better understanding the way photosynthetic plants and bacteria ... more
(UPI) Jul 31, 2017
India facing renewable energy challenges
Gujarat, India (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Schneider Electric India commissions 720 kWp solar plant at its manufacturing facility in Vadodara
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
World Bank tries to make Pacific solar power decisions easier
Construction of two nuclear power plants in US halted
Washington (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Construction work on two nuclear power plants in the United States has been halted because of cost overruns, the companies behind them said. Santee Cooper, one of those firms, said that because of construction delays the two planned reactors in South Carolina could not come on line before 2024, four years behind schedule. This means only two nuclear plants are now in construction in the ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 02, 2017
Areva signs MOX fuel fabrication contract with Japan
Paris (AFP) July 28, 2017
Nuclear contaminates earnings of France's EDF
Tokyo (AFP) July 21, 2017
Underwater robot probes inside Fukushima reactor
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Scientists have developed a light-activated material that can chemically convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide without generating unwanted byproducts. The achievement marks a significant step forward in developing technology that could help generate fuel and other energy-rich products using a solar-powered catalyst while mitigating levels of a potent greenhouse gas. When exposed to v ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one
Pullman WA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels
Amherst MA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool
The Last Free American Board Game
U.S. insists all options are on the table with Venezuela
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
All options remain on the table for U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, including oil, though industry reports were mixed on the potential impact. Crude oil prices edged higher late last week and into Monday on expectations that the U.S. government would respond to weekend elections in Venezuela with sanctions on its oil sector, a cornerstone of its economy. The election was seen as a move by ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
Canadian oil struggling for world position
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
U.S. gas prices for August could be the highest for the year
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Japan protests Chinese gasfield activity in East China Sea
Small odds of reaching 2 C climate goal: researchers
Paris (AFP) July 31, 2017
There is a five-percent chance of limiting average global warming to under two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the target set in the 2015 climate-rescue Paris Agreement, researchers said on Monday. And chances of meeting the lower, aspirational 1.5 C goal, also listed in the 196-nation pact, were a mere one percent, they wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change. A US-based ex ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Could a geoengineering cocktail control the climate
Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
Could spraying particles into marine clouds help cool the planet
Los Angeles (AFP) July 28, 2017
Al Gore: I've given up on climate 'catastrophe' Trump
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
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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Supersonic technology designed to reduce sonic booms
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Aug 02, 2017
Residents along Florida's Space Coast will soon hear a familiar sound - sonic booms. But instead of announcing a spacecraft's return from space, they may herald a new era in faster air travel. NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is partnering with the agency's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, Langley Research Center in Virginia, and Space Florida for a program called Soni ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Bankrupted Russian firm's jets may become Air Force One
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
Lockheed receives contract 50 F-35s for foreign military sales
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
Switzerland approved for F/A-18 upgrade package
Volkswagen to refit 1 million more diesel cars in Germany
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) July 27, 2017
Carmaker Volkswagen said Thursday it would offer to refit almost a million more diesel cars in Germany to reduce harmful emissions, as the country's auto industry is racked by overlapping scandals. At an industry-government summit on August 2, Volkswagen "will offer to refit four million vehicles and thereby significantly reduce emissions" chief executive Matthias Mueller said after meeting ... more
Los Angeles (AFP) July 28, 2017
Los Angeles to have fully electric bus fleet by 2030
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) July 30, 2017
Is 'diesel summit' the last chance for Germany's favourite engine
London (AFP) July 26, 2017
World gears up for electric cars despite bumps in road
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
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Chemical route towards electronic devices in graphene
Oranjenmund, Namibie (AFP) July 26, 2017
Off Namibia, an underwater diamond harvest
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Large single-crystal graphene is possible
Thinking thin brings new layering and thermal abilities to the semiconductor industry
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
What would a simple technique to remove thin layers from otherwise thick, rigid semiconductor crystals mean for the semiconductor industry? This concept has been actively explored for years, as integrated circuits made on thin layers hold promise for developments including improved thermal characteristics, lightweight stackability and a high degree of flexibility compared to conventionally thick ... more
Fairport, NY (SPX) Aug 02, 2017
Saelig introduces Sol Chip autonomous, solar-powered sensor station
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Ultracold molecules hold promise for quantum computing
Hamburg, Germany (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Hamburg researchers develop new transistor concept
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Backlash in Hong Kong over China rail link
Hong Kong (AFP) July 25, 2017
A plan for mainland border staff to be stationed on Hong Kong soil as part of a new rail link to China sparked a backlash Tuesday as concern grows about Beijing's reach into the city. It is illegal for mainland law enforcers to operate in semi-autonomous Hong Kong under the city's mini-constitution, the Basic Law. But there are already concerns that Chinese operatives are working underco ... more
New York (AFP) July 21, 2017
Hyperloop or hyperbole? Musk promises NY-DC run in 29 mins
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
Pollution clouds Gambia's efforts to woo China
Gunjur, Gambia (AFP) July 30, 2017
The Gambia is courting Beijing's attention after re-establishing diplomatic relations last year, but villagers and activists say Chinese investment is a double-edged sword as they fight a firm accused of dumping waste. Chinese firms in Africa are frequently accused of polluting the environment to produce materials ready to export back home, in incidents recorded by experts across the mines o ... more
Leicester UK (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
'Omnipresent' effects of human impact on England's landscape revealed
Banjul, Gambia (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Gambian environmentalists to sue 'polluting' Chinese firm
Leipzig, Germany (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Environmental toxins are impacting Lake Baikal


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