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September 04, 2017
SOLAR DAILY
Air pollution throws shade on India's solar success



Gandhinagar, India (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Air pollution is diminishing India's capacity to harness power from the sun, experts say, undermining billions being invested in renewables as the energy-hungry giant emerges as a solar superpower. New research has found the smog and dust that sickens millions across India every year is also sapping solar power generation by more than 25 percent, far beyond levels previously thought. In the first study of its kind, US and Indian scientists measured how man-made particles floating in the air and ... read more

THE PITS
Rio completes Australia coal mines sale to China's Yancoal
Sydney (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Mining giant Rio Tinto has wrapped up the sale of most of its Australian coal assets to Yancoal, with the China-backed firm taking control of the business on Friday. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
China and Brazil sign agreements on nuclear power
Beijing (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
China and Brazil signed 14 cooperative agreements on Friday, including on football and nuclear and hydro power, as embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer seeks to revive Latin America's largest economy. ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
The wackiest innovations at Berlin's IFA 2017
Berlin (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Europe's biggest electronics show IFA is in full swing in Berlin, and alongside the familiar televisions and smartphones its aisles are bursting with gadgets on the stranger side. ... more
CAR TECH
VW shares gain as dieselgate bullet dodged
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Volkswagen shares gained on the Frankfurt stock exchange Friday, as two favourable court decisions related to the car giant's long-running "dieselgate" emissions scandal comforted investors. ... more
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INTERNET SPACE
Saudi Arabian 'honesty' app takes internet by storm
Riyadh (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Fizzing with boyish exuberance, Saudi programmer Zainalabdin Tawfiq could be mistaken for a college freshman, but the popularity of his "honesty" app has shone a spotlight on the conservative kingdom's nascent tech scene. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
From Europe with beats: Electronica shows clout in NYC
New York (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
The United States was the birthplace of electronic music from techno to house, but the genres had always found their true footing in Europe. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
China's Huawei unveils mobile AI assistant at Berlin's IFA
Berlin (AFP) Sept 2, 2017
Chinese electronics giant Huawei on Saturday unveiled its first mobile personal assistant with artificial intelligence in Berlin, in hopes it will rival the dominance of Samsung's Bixby and Apple's Siri. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
China fast-food operator pilots face-recognition payments
Shanghai (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
The operator of KFC in China is rolling out a futuristic system of paying at a fast-food counter via facial recognition, as the country embraces the technology for everything from toilet paper to travel. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
High-def TVs rule the roost at Berlin's IFA
Berlin (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
No-one wants to watch Game of Thrones' bloody fantasy battles on a tiny tablet screen, which is just one reason why cheaper, bigger, higher-definition televisions are the stars of this year's IFA electronics fair in Berlin. ... more
TRADE WARS
Brazil 0.2 percent GDP growth confirms end to recession
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Brazil confirmed its slow exit from the country's worst recession on record Friday with the economy nudging up 0.2 percent, the second straight quarter to show growth, the official statistics office said. ... more


Common ground in short supply as China hosts BRICS

OIL AND GAS
EU-Ukraine complete historic association agreement
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
An association between the European Union and Ukraine, a country central to EU energy security, has entered into force, top officials at the EU said Friday. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Paris region oil wells pumping on borrowed time
Andrezel, France (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Standing alongside a field of beets in the Brie region outside Paris, the horse head of the oil derrick bobs day and night, drawing crude that helps satisfy the French capital's thirst for petrol. ... more
OIL AND GAS
No change in status for Libyan oil production, OMV says
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
There's been no change in the Libyan production status since conflict sidelined hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil capacity, Austria's OMV said Friday. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Oil prices move lower, but high volatility expected
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
The amount of crude oil forced into storage facilities in the United States left the short-term market lopsided and pushed major benchmarks lower early Friday. ... 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
Silicon solves problems for next-generation battery technology
Joensuu, Finland (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Silicon - the second most abundant element in the earth's crust - shows great promise in Li-ion batteries, according to new research from the University of Eastern Finland. By replacing graphite anodes with silicon, it is possible to quadruple anode capacity. In a climate-neutral society, renewable and emission-free sources of energy, such as wind and solar power, will become increasingly ... more
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Recipe for safer batteries - Just add diamonds
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
Atlanta GA (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Photosynthesis discovery could help design more efficient artificial solar cells
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Solar hydrogen production by artificial leaves
China and Brazil sign agreements on nuclear power
Beijing (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
China and Brazil signed 14 cooperative agreements on Friday, including on football and nuclear and hydro power, as embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer seeks to revive Latin America's largest economy. They were inked following Temer's meeting with President Xi Jinping in Beijing ahead of next week's BRICS summit. Temer, who has vigorously sought Chinese investment since taking offi ... 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:
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
Fukushima operator faces $5 bn US suit over 2011 disaster
Technique could aid mass production of biodegradable plastic
Lincoln NE (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Introducing a simple step to the production of plant-derived, biodegradable plastic could improve its properties while overcoming obstacles to manufacturing it commercially, says new research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Jiangnan University. That step? Bringing the heat. Nebraska's Yiqi Yang and colleagues found that raising the temperature of bio-plastic fibers to sev ... more
Champaign IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Researchers identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst
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
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Paris region oil wells pumping on borrowed time
Andrezel, France (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Standing alongside a field of beets in the Brie region outside Paris, the horse head of the oil derrick bobs day and night, drawing crude that helps satisfy the French capital's thirst for petrol. But perhaps for not much longer as the government plans a new law that would prohibit exploiting fossil fuels in France, which would quickly turn the nation's small but still profitable oil sector ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
No change in status for Libyan oil production, OMV says
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
Iraq cutting more oil production than necessary
Washington (UPI) Aug 31, 2017
Oil prices bounce back after Harvey downgraded to tropical depression
Researchers tackle methane emissions with gas-guzzling bacteria
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
An international research team co-led by a Monash biologist has shown that methane-oxidising bacteria - key organisms responsible for greenhouse gas mitigation - are more flexible and resilient than previously thought. Soil bacteria that oxidise methane (methanotrophs) are globally important in capturing methane before it enters the atmosphere, and we now know that they can consume hydroge ... more
Corvallis OR (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Methane from tundra, ocean floor didn't spike during previous natural warming period
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
Rio completes Australia coal mines sale to China's Yancoal
Sydney (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Mining giant Rio Tinto has wrapped up the sale of most of its Australian coal assets to Yancoal, with the China-backed firm taking control of the business on Friday. Rio, the world's second-largest miner, which is dual-listed in Britain and Australia, banked US$2.45 billion in cash with a further US$240 million due in royalty payments. With its Coal & Allied operations transferring to Ya ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
In a first, U.S. ships coal to Ukraine
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
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
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
Beijing (XNA) Aug 31, 2017
Kuaizhou-11 to send six satellites into space
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
ESA and Chinese astronauts train together
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Elbit upgrading F-5 fighters of unidentified country
(UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Elbit Systems of Israel is to upgrade F-5 fighter jets from an unidentified country in the Asia-Pacific region, the company announced on Tuesday. The contract is worth about $93 million, the company said, and the work will be performed over a three-year period. "We are proud to have been selected to perform this upgrade program, building on our vast know-how and experience in F-5 ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
General Dynamics receives $310.6M contract for M1A2 SEP 3 upgrades
Washington (UPI) Aug 25, 2017
U.S. Army tests JETS forward observer targeting system
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
Australia seeks upgrade program for MH-60R helos
New emissions test necessary for new vehicles in the EU
Washington (UPI) Aug 31, 2017
Starting Friday, all new car models in the European Union need to pass emissions tests in real driving conditions before they hit the road, commissioners said. The European Commission invited member states to examine emission issues after Volkswagen in 2015 was found to have used software to get around some pollution standards. In response, the commission introduced stricter and more ac ... more
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
VW shares gain as dieselgate bullet dodged
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
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
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
Flourine lends white graphene new qualities
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
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(Zr0.4Ti0.6)O3 thin films. This exciting finding paves the way for high-frequency ultrafast electromechanical switches and sensors. Piezo micro electro mechanical systems (piezoMEMS) are miniaturiz ... more
Arusha, Tanzania (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
In new leap for AI: computer chips that can smell
University Park PA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Conformal metasurface coating eliminates crosstalk and shrinks waveguides
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
High-tech electronics made from autumn leaves
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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
Brazil government freezes Amazon mining plans
Brasília (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Brazil's government said Thursday it has frozen attempts to license commercial mining in a huge natural reserve in the Amazon after a court decision put the controversial project on hold. Mining and Energy Minister Fernando Coelho Filho "ordered a stop to all procedures having to do with eventual mineral rights" in the reserve in the eastern Amazon known as Renca, a statement from the minist ... more
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
Nairobi (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Kenya bans plastic bags in bid to fight pollution


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