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August 16, 2017
WIND DAILY
Night vision for bird- and bat-friendly offshore wind power



Richland WA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
The same technology that enables soldiers to see in the dark can also help protect birds and bats near offshore wind turbines. Night vision goggles use thermal imaging, which captures infrared light that's invisible to the human eye. Now, researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are using thermal imaging to help birds and bats near offshore wind farms. PNNL is developing software called ThermalTracker to automatically categorize birds and bats in thermal vide ... read more

ENERGY TECH
Updated computer code improves prediction of particle motion in plasma experiments
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
A computer code used by physicists around the world to analyze and predict tokamak experiments can now approximate the behavior of highly energetic atomic nuclei, or ions, in fusion plasmas more acc ... more
TECH SPACE
Fewer defects from a 2-D approach
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Improving the efficiency of solar cells requires materials free from impurities and structural defects. Scientists across many disciplines at KAUST have shown that 2D organic-inorganic hybrid materi ... more
TECH SPACE
2-faced 2-D material is a first at Rice
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Like a sandwich with wheat on the bottom and rye on the top, Rice University scientists have cooked up a tasty new twist on two-dimensional materials. The Rice laboratory of materials scientis ... more
TECH SPACE
Researchers 3-D print first truly microfluidic 'lab on a chip' devices
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Researchers at BYU are the first to 3D-print a viable microfluidic device small enough to be effective at a scale much less than 100 micrometers. Microfluidic devices are tiny chips that can sort ou ... more
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CIVIL NUCLEAR
Analysis highlights failings in US's advanced nuclear program
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Despite repeated promises over the past 18 years, the US Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) is unlikely to deliver on its mission to develop and demonstrate an advanced nuclear reactor by the mid-21st ce ... more
ENERGY TECH
A battery-inspired strategy for carbon fixation
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Scientists working toward the elusive lithium-air battery discovered an unexpected approach to capturing and storing carbon dioxide away from the atmosphere. Using a design intended for a lithium-CO ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Massive particles test standard quantum theory
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Quantum mechanics describes how matter behaves on the smallest mass and length scales. However, the absence of quantum phenomena in our daily lives has triggered a search for minimal modifications o ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Clashes at anti-nuclear demo in France
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Police used water cannon and fired tear gas and stun grenades Tuesday as they battled with demonstrators protesting at plans to store nuclear waste at an underground site in northeastern France. ... more
TRADE WARS
China warns of retaliation as Trump launches trade probe
Beijing (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Trade tensions between the United States and China heated up on Tuesday as Beijing warned that it "will not sit idle" if a US probe into its intellectual property practices leads to sanctions. ... more
TRADE WARS
Bianca Jagger leads Nicaragua canal protest
La Fonseca, Nicaragua (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Celebrity rights activist Bianca Jagger lent star power on Tuesday to a protest against the building of a major canal in her native Nicaragua. ... more


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TRADE WARS
Guam officials 'ecstatic' as North Korea holds off attack
Hagatna, Guam (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Guam officials were "ecstatic" Tuesday as North Korea appeared to back away from its threat to fire four missiles towards the US territory in the western Pacific. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Transocean to acquire Songa Offshore
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2017
Rig company Transocean said it built up its position in the offshore industry by reaching an agreement to acquire its North Atlantic rival, Songa Offshore. ... more
OIL AND GAS
U.S. gas prices holding steady as summer fades
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2017
U.S. retail gasoline prices are holding relatively stable, with analysts offering competing perspectives on the trend ahead as the demand-heavy summer wanes. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Anadarko shale basin lands Oklahoma on EIA map
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2017
With more than 10 percent of the new wells drilled in U.S. shale basins, Oklahoma has earned a place in new monthly data reporting, the government said. ... 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
Metal clouds to protect fusion reactor walls from heat flux
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
How can scientists protect the structures that house fusion reactors? Scientists in Belgium have showed that vapor clouds of liquid metal can successfully reflect heat during extreme temperature flux. Today, fusion energy is only an ambitious idea. Researchers continue to build and test fusion reactors, but self-sustaining fusion has not yet been achieved. Still, some scientists ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
A battery-inspired strategy for carbon fixation
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Updated computer code improves prediction of particle motion in plasma experiments
Binghamton NY (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Saliva-powered battery could be helpful in extreme conditions
Night vision for bird- and bat-friendly offshore wind power
Richland WA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
The same technology that enables soldiers to see in the dark can also help protect birds and bats near offshore wind turbines. Night vision goggles use thermal imaging, which captures infrared light that's invisible to the human eye. Now, researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are using thermal imaging to help birds and bats near offshore wind farms. ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Norway's Statoil reshapes hold of giant wind farm off the British coast
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Vertical axis wind turbines can offer cheaper electricity for urban and suburban areas
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Annual wind report confirms tech advancements, improved performance, low wind prices
ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of renewables in Germany
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
ABB has received an order of around $30 millon from the Dutch-German transmission system operator, TenneT, to supply a stabilization solution that will enhance the reliability and quality of power as the grid absorbs more renewable energy. The order was booked in the second quarter of 2017. Germany's "Energiewende" energy transition roadmap aims for a renewable energy target of at least 80 ... more
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Solar glasses generate solar power
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
Analysis highlights failings in US's advanced nuclear program
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Despite repeated promises over the past 18 years, the US Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) is unlikely to deliver on its mission to develop and demonstrate an advanced nuclear reactor by the mid-21st century. That is the conclusion of a new study from the University of California, San Diego and Carnegie Mellon University, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, which used data ... more
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
RWE optimistic for 2017, boosted by nuclear tax refund
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Clashes at anti-nuclear demo in France
New York, NY (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
The Roadmap for Increased Safety and Viability of Nuclear Power Plants
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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U.S. gas prices holding steady as summer fades
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2017
U.S. retail gasoline prices are holding relatively stable, with analysts offering competing perspectives on the trend ahead as the demand-heavy summer wanes. Motor club AAA reports a national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline at $2.35, relatively unchanged from last week, but more than 9 cents higher than one month ago. By region, the West Coast remains the ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2017
Anadarko shale basin lands Oklahoma on EIA map
Caracas (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Maduro orders Venezuela military drill after Trump threat
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2017
Transocean to acquire Songa Offshore
Heat map showcases extreme temperatures in Southern Europe
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
A new heat map published by the European Space Agency offers a colorful, bird's-eye-view of last week's heatwave in Southern Europe. As showcased by the swath of organs and red hues blanketing much of the Mediterranean, much of Southern Europe experienced highs near 105 degrees Fahrenheit. During the string of extreme highs, ESA's Earth-observing and weather satellites helped tra ... more
Seoul (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
UNEP chief urges China to do more on climate
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
China to strictly control new coal-fired power capacity
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
The construction of new coal-fired power plants will be "strictly controlled" in order to clean up the nation's economy, the Chinese government said Monday. The National Development and Reform Commission said about 150 million kilowatts of new coal-fired power will be halted or postponed under a five-year plan ending in 2020. The government said controls would ensure clean-energy resour ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Coal production gains slowing, U.S. report finds
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
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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Families demand Malaysia accept MH370 hunt offer
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Relatives of passengers aboard missing flight MH370 Friday demanded Malaysia accept a US exploration firm's offer to take up the hunt for the aircraft, which was suspended earlier this year. No trace of the Malaysia Airlines plane, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board, was found during a lengthy deep sea hunt in the southern Indian Ocean off western Australia, with the se ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
France and Germany announce new joint fighter program
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Honeywell, Pratt and Whitney contracted by Air Force for power system support
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Japan approves US Marine flights of Ospreys after crash
Uber board spat over ex-chief Kalanick goes public
San Francisco (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
A bitter fight over control of Uber has intensified in recent days with warring factions battling over the future role, if any, of ousted chief executive Travis Kalanick at the global rideshare titan. On Monday, a major investor fired off a message to Uber employees explaining why it filed suit last week against founder Kalanick, accusing him of covering misdeeds while rigging the board in o ... more
New York (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Shares of Fiat Chrysler surge on report of Chinese suitors
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Electric vehicles to eat into global oil demand by 6 million barrels
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Czech Republic aims for nation-wide vehicle charging points
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
Houghton MI (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
From greenhouse gas to 3-D surface-microporous graphene
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
Single-photon emitter has promise for quantum info-processing
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Los Alamos National Laboratory has produced the first known material capable of single-photon emission at room temperature and at telecommunications wavelengths. These carbon nanotube quantum light emitters may be important for optically-based quantum information processing and information security, while also being of significant interest for ultrasensitive sensing, metrology and imaging ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
A semiconductor that can beat the heat
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
Hong Kong (AFP) July 25, 2017
Backlash in Hong Kong over China rail link
New York (AFP) July 21, 2017
Hyperloop or hyperbole? Musk promises NY-DC run in 29 mins
Tunisian beachside town fights industrial pollution
Gabes, Tunisia (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Next to a palm grove, a blackish mud flows into the sea. After years of living with industrial pollution, residents of Tunisia's Gabes are fighting back. Close to the Chott Essalem beach and in front of a rare coastal oasis, the state-owned Tunisian Chemical Group (GCT) has been processing phosphate since the 1970s. The authorities say the plant pumps 14,000 tonnes of phosphogypsum into ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
To reduce exposure to pollution on your commute, crank the air conditioning
Washington (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
Planet marks new highs for heat, pollutants, sea level in 2016: report
Ottawa (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Canada looking to add environmental protections to NAFTA


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