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August 29, 2017
CARBON WORLDS
Faster, more precise, more stable: Study optimizes graphene growth



Munich, Germany (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Each atomic layer thin, tear-resistant, and stable. Graphene is seen as the material of the future. It is ideal for e.g. producing ultra-light electronics or highly stable mechanical components. But the wafer-thin carbon layers are difficult to produce. At the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Jurgen Kraus has manufactured self-supporting graphene membranes, and at the same time systematically investigated and optimized the growth of the graphene crystals. He was awarded the Evonik Research Prize fo ... read more

ENERGY TECH
A new twist toward practical energy harvesting
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Scientists have developed a type of "yarn," made from carbon nanotubes that can harvest energy from twisting or stretching motions. Such a method could be useful for developing motion sensors or har ... more
TECH SPACE
The breaking point
Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
It is said that a weak link determines the strength of the entire chain. Likewise, defects or small cracks in a solid material may ultimately determine the strength of that material - how well it wi ... more
ENERGY TECH
Tweaking thermoelectric voltage across atomic-scale gold junction by mechanical force
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
A voltage difference is created across a junction of two wires held at different temperatures. This phenomenon, called thermoelectric effect, has been widely studied and used in various applications ... more
SOLAR DAILY
A low-cost method for solar-thermal conversion that's simpler and greener
New York NY (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Researchers led by Yuan Yang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Columbia Engineering, along with colleagues at the Department of Chemistry at Columbia University and at Sta ... more
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NANO TECH
A more complete picture of the nano world
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
They may be tiny and invisible, says Xiaoji Xu, but the aerosol particles suspended in gases play a role in cloud formation and environmental pollution and can be detrimental to human health. ... more
CHIP TECH
Researchers report better way to create organic bioelectronics
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
With increasing scientific and medical interest in communication with the nervous system, demand is growing for biomedical devices that can better record and stimulate the nervous system, as well as ... more
CAR TECH
New liquid-metal membrane technology may help make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles viable
Worcester MA (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
While cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells offer clear advantages over the electric vehicles that are growing in popularity (including their longer range, their lower overall environmental impact, an ... more
INTERNET SPACE
The Medici Effect: Highly flexible, wearable displays born in KAIST
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
How do you feel when technology you saw in a movie is made into reality? Collaboration between the electrical engineering and textile industries has made TVs or smartphone screens displaying on clot ... more
OIL AND GAS
Oil and gas wells as a strong source of greenhouse gases
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
The pictures went around the world. In April 2010, huge amounts of methane gas escaped from a well below the Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf of Mexico. This "blow-out" caused an explosion, in ... more
TECH SPACE
New insights into fundamental mechanisms for optical control of magnetic memory
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
This is an important clue for our theoretical understanding of optically controlled magnetic data storage media. The findings are published at August 25th in the journal Scientific Reports. Th ... more


Physicists find strange state of matter in superconducting crystal

TRADE WARS
Wanda shares tumble on rumours chairman detained
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Shares in the hotel chain of Chinese conglomerate Wanda plunged in Hong Kong to close 8.09 percent lower on Monday despite the firm dismissing as false reports that chairman Wang Jianlin had been barred from leaving the country. ... more
CAR TECH
Japan's 'highway doctor' does checkup on ageing roads
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
As Japan takes on the mammoth task of upgrading its capital's outdated roads and infrastructure, a local "highway doctor" is betting that its 3-D technology can led a hand. ... more
TRADE WARS
Brazil seeks buyers in China in privatization wave
Brasilia (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Brazil's President Michel Temer heads to China with ministers and business leaders Tuesday to woo investors as he seeks to privatize a host of state utilities. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Oil sees slight recover after hit from storm Harvey
Singapore (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Crude prices recovered slightly in in Asian trade Tuesday a day after heavy falls caused by the impact of monster storm Harvey on a key US oil-producing region. ... 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
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 stretched or twisted. In a study published in the Aug. 25 issue of the journal Science, researchers describe "twistron" yarns and their possible applications, such as harvesting energy from the moti ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
PPPL physicist discovers that some plasma instabilities can extinguish themselves
London UK (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Candy cane supercapacitor could enable fast charging of mobile phones
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Tweaking thermoelectric voltage across atomic-scale gold junction by mechanical force
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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Offshore Canada oil development gains momentum
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
French energy services company TechnipFMC said it would work with Canadian company Husky Energy to develop the reserves off the eastern Canadian coast. TechnipFMC will supply and install some of the subsea components that will connect to the West White Rose floating, production, storage and offloading vessel. Husky will use that facility to tap into the field about 200 miles off the coa ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Shale-rich Oklahoma assisting with Harvey response efforts
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
More oil and gas possible from the Barents Sea
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
Cost burden lowered for Cuban oil program
Methane from tundra, ocean floor didn't spike during previous natural warming period
Corvallis OR (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Scientists concerned that global warming may release huge stores of methane from reservoirs beneath Arctic tundra and deposits of marine hydrates - a theory known as the "clathrate gun" hypothesis - have turned to geologic history to search for evidence of significant methane release during past warming events. A new study published this week in the journal Nature suggests, however, that t ... more
Edmonton, Canada (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Research identifies new microbe with potential to help rebalance Earth's nitrogen cycle
Paris (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Study gives first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Incomplete drought recovery may be the new normal
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
ESA and Chinese astronauts train together
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
ESA astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti and Matthias Maurer joined 16 Chinese astronauts earlier this month for nine days of sea survival training off China's coastal city of Yantai. The ultimate goal is for ESA to establish a long term cooperation with China and ESA astronauts to fly on China's space station. Returning from space, astronauts need to be prepared for any eventuality - includi ... more
Beijing (XNA) Aug 28, 2017
To boldly go where no startup has gone before
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
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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 28, 2017
Israel finalizes deal for additional F-35 stealth fighters
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Huntington Ingalls picked to refurbish USS Fitzgerald
Washington (UPI) Aug 25, 2017
Leidos receives $727M contract for Afghan Air Force support
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
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Japan's 'highway doctor' does checkup on ageing roads
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
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
Munich, Germany (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Faster, more precise, more stable: Study optimizes graphene growth
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
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
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Researchers create magnetic RAM
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
DARPA's Drive to Keep the Microelectronics Revolution at Full Speed Builds Its Own Momentum
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Researchers report better way to create organic bioelectronics
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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
Nairobi (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Kenya bans plastic bags in bid to fight pollution
Miami (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
Arsenic in Pakistan groundwater 'alarmingly high': study
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Catholic church condemns Brazil plan for Amazon mining


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