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August 30, 2017
SOLAR DAILY
Photosynthesis discovery could help design more efficient artificial solar cells



Atlanta GA (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
A natural process that occurs during photosynthesis could lead to the design of more efficient artificial solar cells, according to researchers at Georgia State University. During photosynthesis, plants and other organisms, such as algae and cyanobacteria, convert solar energy into chemical energy that can later be used as fuel for activities. In plants, light energy from the sun causes an electron to rapidly move across the cell membrane. In artificial solar cells, the electron often return ... read more

CARBON WORLDS
UConn chemist synthesizes pure graphene
Storrs CT (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Formed deep within the earth, stronger than steel, and thinner than a human hair. These comparisons aren't describing a new super hero. They're describing graphene, a substance that some experts hav ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Kazakhstan inaugurates IAEA-backed nuclear fuel bank
Astana, Kazakhstan (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Kazakhstan inaugurated Tuesday a new internationally-controlled uranium fuel bank seen as potentially important in curbing nuclear proliferation and reducing regional security tensions. ... more
WIND DAILY
Saudi Arabia shortlists 25 bidders for major wind plant
Riyadh (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Saudi Arabia invited bids Tuesday from 25 shortlisted companies to build a 400 megawatt wind power project, as the world's top oil exporter pushes for renewable sources to diversify its energy mix. ... more
TECH SPACE
Why does rubbing a balloon on your hair make it stick?
Cleveland OH (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
For centuries, scientists have tried to understand triboelectric charging, commonly known as static electricity. Triboelectric charging causes toner from a photocopier or laser printer to stic ... more
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CHIP TECH
High-speed switching for ultrafast electromechanical switches and sensors
3Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Unlike the slow ferroelastic domain switching expected for ceramics, high-speed sub-microsecond ferroelastic domain switching and simultaneous lattice deformation are directly observed for the Pb(Zr ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Perovskite solar cells go single crystal
Beijing, China (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Photovoltaic conversion is regarded as the ultimate solution to the mankind's ever growing demand for energy, yet the traditional silicon-based solar cells are expensive to produce, and the producti ... more
CHIP TECH
High-tech electronics made from autumn leaves
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Northern China's roadsides are peppered with deciduous phoenix trees, producing an abundance of fallen leaves in autumn. These leaves are generally burned in the colder season, exacerbating the coun ... more
SOLAR DAILY
How 139 countries could be powered by 100 percent wind, water, and solar energy by 2050
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
The latest roadmap to a 100% renewable energy future from Stanford's Mark Z. Jacobson and 26 colleagues is the most specific global vision yet, outlining infrastructure changes that 139 countries ca ... more
BIO FUEL
Researchers identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst
Champaign IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Fuels that are produced from nonpetroleum-based biological sources may become greener and more affordable, thanks to research performed at the University of Illinois' Prairie Research Institute that ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Shape-shifters soak up sunshine
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
A crystalline material that changes shape in response to light could form the heart of novel light-activated devices. Perovskite crystals have received a lot of attention for their efficiency at con ... more


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CAR TECH
Nanoparticles pollution rises 30 percent when flex-fuel cars switch from bio to fossil
Sao Paulom Brazil (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
When ethanol prices at the pump rise for whatever reason, it becomes economically advantageous for drivers of dual-fuel vehicles to fill up with gasoline. However, the health of the entire populatio ... more
FAST TRACK
In the face of climate change can our engineers keep the trains running on time
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Physicist Michio Kaku once said, "What we usually consider as impossible are simply engineering problems... there's no law of physics preventing them." And so it has been with railway and metro brid ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
2018 start for Russia-backed nuclear plant work:
Budapest (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Work on the Russian-financed expansion of a Hungarian nuclear plant will begin in January, Hungary's foreign minister said Monday after talks in Budapest between Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Russian President Vladimir Putin. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Brazil threatens to nix Total's Amazon oil drilling bid
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Brazil is threatening to turn down Total's bid to drill in the mouth of the Amazon river, saying the French oil giant has not allayed concerns over its ability to protect a huge offshore coral reef. ... 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
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 g ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
A new twist toward practical energy harvesting
Dresden, Germany (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Physicists find strange state of matter in superconducting crystal
Dallas TX (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
No batteries required: Energy-harvesting yarns generate electricity
Saudi Arabia shortlists 25 bidders for major wind plant
Riyadh (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Saudi Arabia invited bids Tuesday from 25 shortlisted companies to build a 400 megawatt wind power project, as the world's top oil exporter pushes for renewable sources to diversify its energy mix. The plant in northern Al-Jouf province is the first utility-scale wind project as part of the government's reform plan to wean the kingdom off oil, which has set a target of 9.5 gigawatts of renew ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
First foundations set for Baltic Sea wind farm
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
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.
Beijing, China (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Perovskite solar cells go single crystal
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
Astana, Kazakhstan (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Kazakhstan inaugurates IAEA-backed nuclear fuel bank
Budapest (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
2018 start for Russia-backed nuclear plant work:
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
UAE nuclear programme edges toward 2018 launch
Researchers identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst
Champaign IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Fuels that are produced from nonpetroleum-based biological sources may become greener and more affordable, thanks to research performed at the University of Illinois' Prairie Research Institute that examines the use of a processing catalyst made from palladium metal and bacteria. Biofuels are made from renewable materials such as plants or algae, and offer an alternative to petroleum-based ... more
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
How a bacterium can live on methanol
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
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Harvey pushing gas prices up as another storm approaches east coast of U.S.
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Uncertainty about the long-term impacts from Tropical Storm Harvey are already pushing gasoline prices up at the retail level, motor club AAA reported. AAA reports a national average retail price for a gallon of gasoline at $2.38 for Tuesday, up a fraction of a percent from the previous day and 1.7 percent, or about 4 cents, higher than last week. While relatively minor, the increase is ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Russia's economy tripped up, but recovering
Singapore (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
Oil prices down as US reels from Harvey
Oslo (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Statoil's Arctic exploration fails to find oil
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
Russia, China May Sign 5-Year Agreement on Joint Space Exploration
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2017
Beijing and Moscow may sign an agreement this October on joint space exploration, to be carried out in 2018-2022, Chinese media reported. The deal would cover five areas, including lunar and deep space exploration, satellite systems, space debris research and Earth remote sensing, CGTN broadcaster reported on Sunday. Xu Yansong, the head of the International Cooperation Department of ... more
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
ESA and Chinese astronauts train together
Beijing (XNA) Aug 28, 2017
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Beijing (XNA) Aug 14, 2017
China's satellite sends unbreakable cipher from space
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Israel finalizes deal for additional F-35 stealth fighters
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
Israel announced this weekend it is acquiring 17 additional F-35 Lightning II multi-role fighters from Lockheed Martin, which will bring the Israeli Air Force fleet of the jets to 50. The Israeli Ministry of Defense said Israel currently has five of the stealth fighters in its possession. Thirty three F-35s are to be delivered by 2021, and a new batch is expected to be ordered by 2024. ... more
(UPI) Aug 29, 2017
U.S. Air Force to receive first fully operational F-35A squadron
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Huntington Ingalls picked to refurbish USS Fitzgerald
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
Boeing offers to build F/A-18 Super Hornet in India
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
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 systematical ... more
Storrs CT (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
UConn chemist synthesizes pure graphene
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
DARPA's Drive to Keep the Microelectronics Revolution at Full Speed Builds Its Own Momentum
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
To perpetuate the pace of innovation and progress in microelectronics technology over the past half-century, it will take an enormous village rife with innovators. This week, about 100 of those innovators throughout the broader technology ecosystem, including participants from the military, commercial, and academic sectors, gathered at DARPA headquarters at the kickoff meeting for the Agency's n ... more
3Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
High-speed switching for ultrafast electromechanical switches and sensors
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
High-tech electronics made from autumn leaves
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Researchers create magnetic RAM
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In the face of climate change can our engineers keep the trains running on time
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Physicist Michio Kaku once said, "What we usually consider as impossible are simply engineering problems... there's no law of physics preventing them." And so it has been with railway and metro bridges that span waterways. The city of Washington, D.C., is bounded on two sides by rivers and an untold number of streams. Every morning the Orange Line, one of six train lines that serve the city, fer ... more
New York (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Hyperloop startup says superfast rail a reality
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
Kenya bans plastic bags in bid to fight pollution
Nairobi (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
A ban on plastic bags came into force in Kenya on Monday in a bid to slow pollution, with offenders liable to jail time or hefty fines. The ban on the use, manufacture and importation of plastic carrier bags was carried through after the High Court threw out a challenge brought by importers who claim jobs will be lost and livelihoods threatened. Dozens of countries have either restricted ... more
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Catholic church condemns Brazil plan for Amazon mining
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Aug 26, 2017
Gaza boy swimmer death puts spotlight on pollution crisis


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