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August 31, 2017
CARBON WORLDS
Researchers set new bar for water-splitting, CO2-splitting techniques



Raleigh NC (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Researchers from North Carolina State University have significantly boosted the efficiency of two techniques, for splitting water to create hydrogen gas and splitting carbon dioxide (CO2) to create carbon monoxide (CO). The products are valuable feedstock for clean energy and chemical manufacturing applications. The water-splitting process successfully converts 90 percent of water into hydrogen gas, while the CO2-splitting process converts more than 98 percent of the CO2 into CO. In addition, the ... read more

CARBON WORLDS
Ames Laboratory scientists move graphene closer to transistor applications
Ames IA (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory were able to successfully manipulate the electronic structure of graphene, which may enable the fabrication of graphene transistors - fa ... more
ENERGY NEWS
Power demand to peak in Europe summers, not winters: study
Miami (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
By century's end, climate change will likely shift the peak demand for electricity in Europe from the winters to the summers, as more people use air conditioning to stay cool, researchers said Monday. ... more
ENERGY NEWS
China merges energy giants into global leader
Beijing (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Chinese authorities have approved a mega-merger between the country's largest coal producer and a top electricity firm, the government said Monday, reportedly creating the world's biggest power company in terms of capacity. ... more
ENERGY NEWS
ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
A new way to finance the shift to low-carbon and sustainable development is necessary to support the rapid change in Asian economies, a regional lender said. ... more
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Moscow gets its first traffic signals powered by renewable energy
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
The Russian capital, Moscow, now has its first traffic signals ever to be powered by renewable energy, the nation's Center for Traffic Organization announced. ... more
TECH SPACE
Breakthrough made in ultra-high strength steel
Washington (UPI) Aug 25, 2017
A team of mechanical engineers has developed a super steel called D & P Steel to improve the strength-ductility trade-off. ... more
TECH SPACE
Scientists tie flexible crystals into knots
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Researchers in Australia have grown bendable crystals strong enough to be tied in knots. Scientists are now considering how the flexible single crystals can be incorporated in new technologies and commercial applications. ... more
CHIP TECH
In new leap for AI: computer chips that can smell
Arusha, Tanzania (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Nigerian neuroscientist Oshiorenoya Agabi may have found a way to solve one of life's puzzling dilemmas: how to make air travel pleasant again. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
'Gifted' high-tech takes spotlight at Berlin's IFA fair
Berlin (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
The gadgets on display at Berlin's mega consumer electronics fair this week may not look radically different, but they are smarter than ever before and designed to meet our every need - often before we've even thought of it ourselves. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
In smartphone age, the hajj is for sharing
Mecca, Saudi Arabia (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
Arm outstretched, Abdul Rahman sweeps his mobile phone across the vista of Mecca, the Great Mosque dazzling in the sun, so his son in Tanzania can experience the pilgrimage to Islam's holiest sites. ... more


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AEROSPACE
Air China net profit up despite rising fuel costs
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Flag carrier Air China said its first-half net profit grew only slightly as surging jet fuel costs cut into higher revenue earned from growing Chinese travel demand. ... more
AEROSPACE
Higher fuel costs pressure Chinese airline profits
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
Asia's biggest carrier China Southern Airlines said higher jet fuel costs clipped its profit in the first half, while China Eastern earnings rose but only with the help of a one-off asset sale. ... more
TRADE WARS
Prosecutors appeal against ruling on Samsung heir
Seoul (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Prosecutors on Tuesday demanded a harsher punishment for the heir to the Samsung empire, appealing against a court ruling that sentenced him to five years in prison for bribery. ... more
TRADE WARS
China factory activity picks up in August
Beijing (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
China's factory activity gathered steam in August, official data showed on Thursday, beating expectations, but not dispelling concerns about the headwinds facing the world's second largest economy. ... more



ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
A new way to finance the shift to low-carbon and sustainable development is necessary to support the rapid change in Asian economies, a regional lender said. The Asian Development Bank called for a so-called Green Finance Catalyzing Facility, which would be different from a fund in that it would include a blend of financing from the private sector. The bank, which has its headquarters i ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
China merges energy giants into global leader
Miami (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Power demand to peak in Europe summers, not winters: study
Lincoln UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
India must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new 'smart' cities to be sustainable
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
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Tweaking thermoelectric voltage across atomic-scale gold junction by mechanical force
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
Moscow gets its first traffic signals powered by renewable energy
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
The Russian capital, Moscow, now has its first traffic signals ever to be powered by renewable energy, the nation's Center for Traffic Organization announced. "Traffic lights of the new system have two independent sources of energy: a wind generator and a solar battery," Vadim Yuryev, the head of the Russian Center for Traffic Organization, was quoted by the Tass news agency as saying. ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Perovskite solar cells go single crystal
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Shape-shifters soak up sunshine
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
More solar power thanks to titanium
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. The bank is capable of storing enough low-enriched uranium fuel to light up a large city for three years and it is hoped that access to the fuel will dissuade countries from launching their own nuclear enrich ... more
Budapest (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
2018 start for Russia-backed nuclear plant work:
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
Fukushima operator faces $5 bn US suit over 2011 disaster
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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Four soldiers, civilian killed in Nigeria oil region ambush
Bayelsa, Nigeria (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
Gunmen ambushed and killed four soldiers and a civilian in Nigeria's oil-rich south, local sources said Wednesday, breaking months of uneasy calm after unrest over the distribution of the country's oil revenues. Armed men ambushed the military contingent in the Ekeremor waterways area of Bayelsa State as they returned from an assignment in the Letugbene community on Monday. The gunmen, w ... more
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Oil and gas wells as a strong source of greenhouse gases
Singapore (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Oil down as US refineries struggle from Harvey impact
Washington (UPI) Aug 30, 2017
Oil prices continue downward trend triggered by Harvey
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
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China and Russia plan to sign an agreement in October on joint space exploration from 2018 and 2022, which would benefit both nations particularly in manned and future missions to the moon, CGTN reported on Monday. The bilateral agreement will cover five areas including lunar to deep space exploration, special materials development, collaborations in the area of satellite systems, Earth re ... more
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
ESA and Chinese astronauts train together
Beijing (XNA) Aug 31, 2017
Kuaizhou-11 to send six satellites into space
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2017
Russia, China May Sign 5-Year Agreement on Joint Space Exploration
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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 28, 2017
General Dynamics receives $310.6M contract for M1A2 SEP 3 upgrades
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Huntington Ingalls picked to refurbish USS Fitzgerald
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. Tokyo's sprawling maze of ageing expressways, measuring 320 kilometres (or 200 miles) in length, have long been crying out for a facelift, some dating back to the last time the city hosted the Olympic Games in 1964. ... more
Sao Paulom Brazil (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Nanoparticles pollution rises 30 percent when flex-fuel cars switch from bio to fossil
Worcester MA (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
New liquid-metal membrane technology may help make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles viable
Manila (AFP) Aug 26, 2017
Uber to resume Philippine service 'soon' after fine
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 have called "the most amazing and versatile" known to mankind. UConn chemistry professor Doug Adamson, a member of the Polymer Program in UConn's Institute of Materials Science, has patented a one- ... more
Ames IA (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Ames Laboratory scientists move graphene closer to transistor applications
Raleigh NC (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Researchers set new bar for water-splitting, CO2-splitting techniques
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
Flourine lends white graphene new qualities
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 deliver drugs and biomolecules in precise dosages. Researchers with the University of Houston and Pennsylvania State University have reported a new fabrication technique for biocompatible neura ... more
3Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
High-speed switching for ultrafast electromechanical switches and sensors
Arusha, Tanzania (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
In new leap for AI: computer chips that can smell
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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