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August 10, 2017
THE PITS
Coal production gains slowing, U.S. report finds



Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Coal exports from the United States increased, but are slowing down, while renewable energy is on pace for short-term growth, the federal government reported. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported coal exports were around 37 million tons total for the first five months of the year, a level that's 60 percent higher than the same time last year. U.S. President Trump in his first weeks in office took aim at environmental rules he said threatened the coal industry. According to ... read more

TIME AND SPACE
Researchers set record for fastest light pulse
Orlando FL (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
A research team at the University of Central Florida has demonstrated the fastest light pulse ever developed, a 53-attosecond X-ray flash. The group led by Professor Zenghu Chang beat its own ... more
CARBON WORLDS
From greenhouse gas to 3-D surface-microporous graphene
Houghton MI (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Tiny dents in the surface of graphene greatly enhances its potential as a supercapacitor. Even better, it can be made from carbon dioxide. A material scientist at Michigan Technological Univer ... more
ENERGY TECH
Rice develops dual-surface graphene electrode to split water into hydrogen and oxygen
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Rice University chemists have produced a catalyst based on laser-induced graphene that splits water into hydrogen on one side and oxygen on the other side. They said the inexpensive material may be ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Smartphone screen maker Japan Display cutting 30% of workforce
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Japan Display said Wednesday it would slash 3,700 jobs, or about 30 percent of its workforce, as the struggling smartphone screen maker's chief executive warned it was the "last chance" for a turnaround. ... more
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TECH SPACE
One-nanometer trimetallic alloy particles created
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
The principal component of petroleum and natural gas are hydrocarbons and their mixtures, and are indispensable as resources supporting modern infrastructure as raw materials for the petrochemical i ... more
INTERNET SPACE
US trade commission probing Qualcomm iPhone complaint
San Francisco (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
The US International Trade Commission on Tuesday said it will look into Qualcomm's complaint that Apple is violating its patents in some iPhones. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Disney empire strikes back, sort of, with new streaming plan
Washington (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Walt Disney Co. has the potential to shake up the television sector with its plan to offer direct-to-consumer streaming services and take on Netflix on its own turf. ... more
TECH SPACE
New research could make dew droplets so small, they're invisible
Blacksburg VA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
By better understanding the behavior of water in its smallest form, a Virginia Tech professor and his undergraduate student could be improving the efficiency of removing condensation in a major way. ... more
TECH SPACE
Software lets designers exploit the extremely high resolution of 3-D printers
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Today's 3-D printers have a resolution of 600 dots per inch, which means that they could pack a billion tiny cubes of different materials into a volume that measures just 1.67 cubic inches. Su ... more
CAR TECH
VW offers discounts against dirty old diesels
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Carmaker Volkswagen said Tuesday it would offer cash incentives of up to 10,000 euros to trade in old diesel cars, as Germany struggles to reduce harmful emissions following a cheating scandal. ... more


Mining giant BHP hops on EV bandwagon

CAR TECH
Intel set to roll out 100 self-driving cars
San Francisco (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Silicon Valley giant Intel on Wednesday announced plans for a fleet of self-driving cars following its completion of the purchase of Israeli autonomous technology firm Mobileye. ... more
TRADE WARS
McDonald's to nearly double outlets in China
Beijing (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Fast food giant McDonald's said Tuesday it would almost double the number of restaurants in China over the next five years as it refocuses on international markets amid slowing US sales. ... more
TRADE WARS
US finds Chinese aluminum foil subsidized, slaps duties
Washington (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
The US Commerce Department announced Tuesday it was imposing preliminary duties ranging from 16.5 to 81 percent on aluminum foil imports from China after finding they were subsidized. ... more
TRADE WARS
China factory gate inflation misses expectations in July
Beijing (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
China's factory price inflation remained steady for the third consecutive month in July, the government said Wednesday, coming in slightly below expectations as experts warn of a further slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. ... 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
Saliva-powered battery could be helpful in extreme conditions
Binghamton NY (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed the next step in microbial fuel cells (MFCs): a battery activated by spit that can be used in extreme conditions where normal batteries don't function. For the last five years, Binghamton University Electrical and Computer Science Assistant Professor Seokheun Choi has focused on developing micro-power sources ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Rice develops dual-surface graphene electrode to split water into hydrogen and oxygen
Washington (UPI) Aug 4, 2017
BAE Systems installing heat and power plant at Portsmouth, England
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
Metal clouds to protect fusion reactor walls from heat flux
Vertical axis wind turbines can offer cheaper electricity for urban and suburban areas
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
According to a prediction made by the U.S. Department of Energy, wind energy could provide 20 percent of electricity in the U.S. by the year 2030. This has motivated researchers from the University of Utah's Department of Mechanical Engineering to investigate the performance capabilities and financial benefits of vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) in urban and suburban areas. A VAWT is a ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Annual wind report confirms tech advancements, improved performance, low wind prices
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
U.S. wind power momentum up 40 percent from last year
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
Shale-rich Oklahoma to host mega-wind farm
Solar glasses generate solar power
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Organic solar cells are flexible, transparent, and light-weight - and can be manufactured in arbitrary shapes or colors. Thus, they are suitable for a variety of applications that cannot be realized with conventional silicon solar cells. In the Energy Technology journal, researchers from KIT now present sunglasses with colored, semitransparent solar cells applied onto lenses that supply a ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
New method enhances broadband light absorption in solar cells
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Lightweight catalyst for artificial photosynthesis
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
A new picture emerges on the origins of photosynthesis in a sun-loving bacteria
The Roadmap for Increased Safety and Viability of Nuclear Power Plants
New York, NY (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
SCHOTT, an expert provider of glass-to-metal electrical penetration assemblies to the nuclear power industry, has welcomed a report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) highlighting the potentially severe issues that can occur as a result of complete failure of electrical and instrumentation and control (I and C) equipment under severe accident conditions. The report, ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 02, 2017
Areva signs MOX fuel fabrication contract with Japan
Washington (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Construction of two nuclear power plants in US halted
Paris (AFP) July 28, 2017
Nuclear contaminates earnings of France's EDF
Additive selectively converts CO2 to multicarbon fuels
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Chemists have figured out a new, more efficient way to create carbon-based fuels from carbon dioxide (CO2). In chemical reactions performed in the lab, a Caltech team has identified a new additive that helps selectively convert CO2 into fuels containing multiple carbon atoms - a step toward ultimately making renewable liquid fuels that are not derived from coal or oil. "The results were qu ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
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
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Geopolitical tension in the driver's seat for oil prices
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Crude oil prices were on solid black territory in early Wednesday trading as geopolitical tensions escalated between the United States and North Korea. Crude oil prices drifted into negative territory for most of the Tuesday session and closed lower even after Washington offered a bellicose response to North Korean nuclear threats against the United States. Traders were moving Tu ... more
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Continental Resources says it will do more with less
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
U.S. could be world's No. 3 LNG exporter
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
U.S. shale player Sanchez boosted by second quarter acquisition
UNEP chief urges China to do more on climate
Seoul (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
The world's biggest polluter China has a "big job" ahead of it in the global fight against climate change, the UN's environment chief said Wednesday. Since US President Donald Trump's decision in June to quit the Paris agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Beijing has proclaimed its willingness to stick to the pact. Analysts say the US move gives China an opportunity to establi ... more
Beijing (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Warm periods in the 20th century are not unprecedented during the last 2,000 years
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 09, 2017
Can poor air quality mask global warming's effects
Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
US to join climate talks despite Paris accord exit
Coal production gains slowing, U.S. report finds
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Coal exports from the United States increased, but are slowing down, while renewable energy is on pace for short-term growth, the federal government reported. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported coal exports were around 37 million tons total for the first five months of the year, a level that's 60 percent higher than the same time last year. U.S. President Trump i ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
Profits for Chinese coal producers soar
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Scientists uncover biogeochemical controls on occurrence and distribution of PACs in coals
Beijing (AFP) July 5, 2017
China backs hundreds of global coal power projects
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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NASA's Scientific Balloon Program Reaches New Heights
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
For decades, NASA has released enormous scientific balloons into Earth's atmosphere, miles above the altitude of commercial flights. The Balloon Program is currently preparing new missions bearing sensitive instruments, including one designed to investigate the birth of our universe and another with ballooning origins that will fly on the International Space Station. NASA's Primordial Infl ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Lockheed receives $9.4M contract for F-35 modifications
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
AAR receives 15-year contract for landing gear maintenance
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
France and Germany announce new joint fighter program
VW offers discounts against dirty old diesels
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Carmaker Volkswagen said Tuesday it would offer cash incentives of up to 10,000 euros to trade in old diesel cars, as Germany struggles to reduce harmful emissions following a cheating scandal. The VW brand said it would offer buyers trading in an old diesel a discount on cars meeting the latest Euro 6 emissions standard, ranging from 2,000 euros ($2,363) on its up! compact cars to 10,000 eu ... more
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Mining giant BHP hops on EV bandwagon
San Francisco (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Intel set to roll out 100 self-driving cars
Washington (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
Electric car startup Faraday Future signs factory deal
From greenhouse gas to 3-D surface-microporous graphene
Houghton MI (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Tiny dents in the surface of graphene greatly enhances its potential as a supercapacitor. Even better, it can be made from carbon dioxide. A material scientist at Michigan Technological University invented a novel approach to take carbon dioxide and turn it into 3-D graphene with micropores across its surface. The process is the focus of a new study published in the American Chemical Socie ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
Flourine lends white graphene new qualities
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
A semiconductor that can beat the heat
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
A newly discovered collective rattling effect in a type of crystalline semiconductor blocks most heat transfer while preserving high electrical conductivity - a rare pairing that scientists say could reduce heat buildup in electronic devices and turbine engines, among other possible applications. A team led by scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ( ... more
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Single-photon emitter has promise for quantum info-processing
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
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Hyperloop startup says superfast rail a reality
New York (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
The near-supersonic rail system known as hyperloop has passed another key milestone on its path to become reality, the US startup Hyperloop One said Wednesday. Hyperloop One, which is developing a system theorized by entrepreneur Elon Musk, said that a test last week of a full hyperloop system at its private facility in the desert near Las Vegas was a success, hitting record speeds. "Tha ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
Hong Kong lawmakers grill justice chief over China rail link
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Backlash in Hong Kong over China rail link
New York (AFP) July 21, 2017
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Benefits of advanced wood-burning stoves greater than thought
Raleigh NC (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
A recent study from North Carolina State University finds that advanced wood-burning stoves designed for use in the developing world can reduce air pollution more than anticipated, because gaseous emissions from traditional wood stoves form more particulate matter in the atmosphere than researchers previously thought. "Previous studies have looked solely at direct emissions from cookstoves ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Study finds that choice of cool roofing materials can potentially impact region's air pollution
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Anger mounts in Hong Kong over massive palm oil spill
Blacksburg VA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Researchers discover potentially harmful nanoparticles produced through burning coal


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