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August 28, 2017
ENERGY TECH
PPPL physicist discovers that some plasma instabilities can extinguish themselves



Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Physicist Fatima Ebrahimi at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has for the first time used advanced models to accurately simulate key characteristics of the cyclic behavior of edge-localized modes (ELMs), a particular type of plasma instability. The findings could help physicists more fully comprehend the behavior of plasma, the hot, charged gas that fuels fusion reactions in doughnut-shaped fusion facilities called tokamaks, and more reliably produce ... read more

ENERGY TECH
No batteries required: Energy-harvesting yarns generate electricity
Dallas TX (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
An international research team led by scientists at The University of Texas at Dallas and Hanyang University in South Korea has developed high-tech yarns that generate electricity when they are stre ... more
NANO TECH
Carbon nanotubes worth their salt
Livermore CA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Lawrence Livermore scientists, in collaboration with researchers at Northeastern University, have developed carbon nanotube pores that can exclude salt from seawater. The team also found that water ... more
ROBO SPACE
Illinois researchers develop origami-inspired robot
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
New research from a team of University of Illinois Mechanical Science and engineering professors and students, published as an invited paper in Smart Materials and Structures, details how origami st ... more
SOLAR DAILY
More solar power thanks to titanium
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Earth-abundant, cheap metals are promising photocatalytic electrode materials in artificial photosynthesis. A team of Chinese scientists now reports that a thin layer of titania beneath hematite nan ... more
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TECH SPACE
Major leap towards data storage at the molecular level
Manchester UK (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
From smartphones to supercomputers, the growing need for smaller and more energy efficient devices has made higher density data storage one of the most important technological quests. Now scie ... more
UAV NEWS
Drones relay RFID signals for inventory control
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Radio frequency ID tags were supposed to revolutionize supply chain management. The dirt-cheap, battery-free tags, which receive power wirelessly from scanners and then broadcast identifying numbers ... more
INTERNET SPACE
New wrapping material enables high quality bioimaging
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
A nanosheet made of organic polymers has been developed to prevent the drying and deforming of biological samples, thus enabling high-quality imaging under microscopes. Be it cosmology or biol ... more
AEROSPACE
Face scans, robot baggage handlers - airports of the future
Singapore (AFP) Aug 27, 2017
Passengers' baggage is collected by robots, they relax in a luxurious waiting area complete with an indoor garden before getting a face scan and swiftly passing through security and immigration - this could be the airport of the future. ... more
UAV NEWS
Study finds drones accurate for relay of RFID signals for inventory control
Washington (UPI) Aug 25, 2017
Researchers at MIT have developed a system that enables small, safe, aerial drones to read radio frequency ID tags from tens of meters away with better accuracy. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
China demands internet platforms verify users' true identity
Beijing (AFP) Aug 26, 2017
China has ordered the country's internet platforms to verify users' true identity before letting them post online content, the latest step by authorities to tighten policing of the web. ... more


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CAR TECH
Uber to resume Philippine service 'soon' after fine
Manila (AFP) Aug 26, 2017
Uber said Saturday it expects to resume operations in the Philippines "soon" after regulators agreed to lift a ban slapped against the American ride-sharing giant in exchange for a fine. ... more
CAR TECH
addressing battery glitch in small number of Chevy Bolts
New York (AFP) Aug 25, 2017
General Motors has contacted a few hundred buyers of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car to address a battery glitch that can affect propulsion, a spokesman said Friday. ... more
TRADE WARS
Israelis log out of high-tech jobs for a life offline
Jerusalem (AFP) Aug 27, 2017
Former technology executive Dotan Goshen carefully arranges some melons at the bottom of a crate, followed by courgettes, tomatoes and lettuce. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Norway's Statoil takes first steps into Argentina's lauded shale
Washington (UPI) Aug 25, 2017
Norwegian energy company Statoil said Friday it signed an agreement with Argentine company YPF to explore parts of the "world-class" Vaca Muerta shale basin. ... 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
Researchers clarify mystery about proposed battery material
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Battery researchers agree that one of the most promising possibilities for future battery technology is the lithium-air (or lithium-oxygen) battery, which could provide three times as much power for a given weight as today's leading technology, lithium-ion batteries. But tests of various approaches to creating such batteries have produced conflicting and confusing results, as well as controversi ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Scientists make breakthrough in magnesium batteries
Dallas TX (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
No batteries required: Energy-harvesting yarns generate electricity
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
PPPL physicist discovers that some plasma instabilities can extinguish themselves
First foundations set for Baltic Sea wind farm
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
German energy company E.ON said Thursday it laid the first of the 60 foundations for a wind farm development in national waters of the Baltic Sea. The German company said it's deploying the 60 so-called monopiles about 25 miles offshore. Foundations for a common substation were installed last month and the entire project could start generating energy for German consumers by 2019. ... more
La Ventosa, Mexico (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Wind energy blows up storm of controversy in Mexico
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
U.S. extends wind energy taproots into Zambia
Richland WA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Night vision for bird- and bat-friendly offshore wind power
By 2050, 139 countries could be powered by wind, solar, water
Washington (UPI) Aug 23, 2017
Stanford scientists outline the infrastructure changes needed to make 139 countries powered 100 percent by wind, water and solar energy by 2050. A transition of this kind could mean less worldwide energy consumption due to the efficiency of clean, renewable electricity - leading to a net increase of more than 24 million long-term jobs, an annual decrease in 4 to 7 million deaths relate ... more
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Aug 24, 2017
Audi Cooperates with Alta Devices on Automobiles with Solar Roofs
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
Renewables could bring balance to India's economic growthw.
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
More solar power thanks to titanium
Fukushima operator faces $5 bn US suit over 2011 disaster
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
Tokyo Electric Power Co Holdings said Thursday it faces another US lawsuit over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, with the latest one demanding at least $5 billion in compensation. A total of 157 US residents who were supporting Fukushima victims at the time filed the class action suit in a California district court earlier this month against the utility known as Tepco and a US company. ... more
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
UAE nuclear programme edges toward 2018 launch
Paris, France (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
129I waste used to track ocean currents for 15,000 km after discharge from nuclear plants
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Analysis highlights failings in US's advanced nuclear program
How a bacterium can live on methanol
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Many chemists are currently researching how small carbon molecules, such as methane and methanol, can be used to generate larger molecules. The earth is naturally rich in methane, and artificial processes like the fermentation of biomass in biogas plants also produce it in abundance. Methanol can be generated from methane. Both are simple molecules containing only a single carbon atom. How ... more
New York NY (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Cyborg bacteria outperform plants when turning sunlight into useful compounds
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Stretchable biofuel cells extract energy from sweat to power wearable devices
University Park PA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Potato waste processing may be the road to enhanced food waste conversion
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Kuwait says oil shipments to China stable
Washington (UPI) Aug 25, 2017
Though overall Chinese imports of crude oil jumped more than 10 percent, OPEC-member Kuwait said its exports to the second-largest economy remained stable Kuwait is a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and helps steer a committee monitoring a multilateral effort to trim the global surplus of crude oil through managed production declines. Kuwait produced 2.7 mill ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 25, 2017
British foreign minister visits oil-rich Libya
Tehran (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
Iran secures 8-bln euro loan from Korea Eximbank
Washington (UPI) Aug 25, 2017
Norway wants tech-savvy companies offshore
Study gives first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat
Paris (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
New data provides the first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat which enables the planet to recover from extremes of climate change - but the recovery timescales are significant. This work was presented at the Goldschmidt conference in Paris, and has just been published in the peer-reviewed journal Geochemical Perspectives Letters*. The idea of a natural temperature thermostat wa ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Incomplete drought recovery may be the new normal
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Asian Development Bank finds new climate finance stream
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Heat map showcases extreme temperatures in Southern Europe
In a first, U.S. ships coal to Ukraine
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
Coal shipped from the United States could help address energy security issues in Ukraine, the nation's energy secretary said. U.S. Cabinet officials, the U.S. envoy to Ukraine and representatives from XCoal were on hand for the first shipment of coal from a Pennsylvania facility to Ukrainian energy company Centrenergo. U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said coal sent from the United Stat ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
China to strictly control new coal-fired power capacity
Washington (UPI) Aug 16, 2017
Russian scientist says leave coal in the ground
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Coal production gains slowing, U.S. report finds
To boldly go where no startup has gone before
Beijing (XNA) Aug 28, 2017
Space is the final frontier for private firms as they muscle into an area dominated by State-owned companies A satellite the size of a teakettle will be launched into space by the end of this year. Once the cubesat starts circling the earth at tens of thousands of kilometers an hour, it will be used to teach astronomy to Chinese high school students. Backed by space startup Com ... more
Beijing (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
China's satellite sends unbreakable cipher from space
Xi'an, China (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
Xian Satellite Control Center resolves over 10 major satellite faults in 50 years
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
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Israel finalises deal for 17 more F-35 stealth fighters
Jerusalem (AFP) Aug 27, 2017
Israel has finalised a deal to purchase 17 more F-35 stealth fighters in addition to 33 of the ultra-high-tech jets already ordered, the defence ministry said Sunday. Israel has already taken delivery of five of the jets, made by US-based Lockheed Martin and the most expensive in history, beginning in December. The aim of the purchase is to allow Israel to maintain its military superiori ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Boeing receives $222.5M contract for Chinook helicopters for Saudi Arabia
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
L-3 receives $173M contract for T-45 trainer testing
Washington (UPI) Aug 23, 2017
Military contractor rescued after ejecting during a Navy training exercise
Uber to resume Philippine service 'soon' after fine
Manila (AFP) Aug 26, 2017
Uber said Saturday it expects to resume operations in the Philippines "soon" after regulators agreed to lift a ban slapped against the American ride-sharing giant in exchange for a fine. The government meted Uber a one-month suspension on August 14 following a tussle over driver permits, sparking public outrage as some 66,000 vehicles were forced off the streets. Hundreds of thousands o ... more
Detroit (AFP) Aug 25, 2017
Former VW engineer gets 40 months in 'dieselgate' scandal
New York (AFP) Aug 25, 2017
addressing battery glitch in small number of Chevy Bolts
Beijing (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
Great Wall shares slide as Fiat Chrysler hopes dampened
Boron nitride foam soaks up carbon dioxide
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Rice University materials scientists have created a light foam from two-dimensional sheets of hexagonal-boron nitride (h-BN) that absorbs carbon dioxide. They discovered freeze-drying h-BN turned it into a macro-scale foam that disintegrates in liquids. But adding a bit of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) into the mix transformed it into a far more robust and useful material. The foam is high ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
Flourine lends white graphene new qualities
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Fizzy soda water could be key to clean manufacture of flat wonder material: Graphene
Houghton MI (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
From greenhouse gas to 3-D surface-microporous graphene
Heating quantum matter: A novel view on topology
Brussels, Belgium (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
In physical sciences, certain quantities appear as integer multiples of fundamental and indivisible elements. This quantization of physical quantities, which is at the heart of our description of Nature, made its way through the centuries, as evidenced by the antique concept of the atom. Importantly, the discovery of quantized quantities has often been associated with a revolution in our u ... more
Dresden, Germany (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
In Neptune, it's raining diamonds
New York NY (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Single molecules can work as reproducible transistors - at room temperature
Stanford CA (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
New ultrathin semiconductor materials exceed some of silicon's 'secret' powers
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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
Gaza boy swimmer death puts spotlight on pollution crisis
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Aug 26, 2017
The death of a little boy after swimming in polluted seawater has put the spotlight on Gaza's pollution crisis and the human impact of desperate electricity shortages in the Palestinian enclave. Mohammed al-Sayis, five, died late last month a few days after swimming in the sewage-polluted waters, with his brothers also hospitalised, his family and health ministry said. Dozens of others h ... more
Miami (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
Arsenic in Pakistan groundwater 'alarmingly high': study
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Mumbai (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Indian factory shut for dumping dye after dogs turn blue


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