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September 14, 2017
ENERGY TECH
Army, UMD researchers develop water-based lithium-ion batteries that don't explode



Adelphi MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the University of Maryland have developed for the first time a lithium-ion battery that uses a water-salt solution as its electrolyte and reaches the 4.0 volt mark desired for household electronics, such as laptop computers, without the fire and explosive risks associated with some commercially available non-aqueous lithium-ion batteries. This technology will bring the Soldiers a "completely safe and flexible Li-ion battery that provides identic ... read more

BIO FUEL
How to draw electricity from the bloodstream
London, UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Men build dams and huge turbines to turn the energy of waterfalls and tides into electricity. To produce hydropower on a much smaller scale, Chinese scientists have now developed a lightweight power ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Obama-era solar power program reaches goal early
Washington (UPI) Sep 13, 2017
A U.S. solar power initiative enacted by former President Barack Obama reached a goal for cost competitiveness three years early, the government said. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Finland's TVO challenges approval of Areva bailout
Paris (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Finnish utility TVO said Wednesday it would appeal the EU's approval of a bailout of Areva, saying it did not provide adequate guarantees the French nuclear giant would be able to complete construction of a reactor in Finland. ... more
CHIP TECH
Toshiba: Japan's faded titan selling the family silver
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
At a train station used by hundreds of workers at struggling Japanese electronics giant Toshiba, an advert is apparently trying to poach staff worried by their employer's precarious financial position. ... more
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INTERNET SPACE
Apple lays claim to smartphone future with new flagship iPhone X
Cupertino, United States (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Apple laid claim to the future of the smartphone Tuesday with a 10th anniversary iPhone X, featuring facial recognition unlocking and other refinements, touting the device as the next generation of mobile computing. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Facebook staffs up in China despite being blocked
Shanghai (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Facebook has hired a Chinese government-relations point man and is seeking other staff in signs that it harbours ambitions for a China presence despite its main social media platform being blocked. ... more
CHIP TECH
Trump blocks Chinese acquisition of US semiconductor firm
Washington (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
President Donald Trump on Wednesday blocked attempts by a Chinese state-owned firm to acquire an American semiconductor manufacturer on national security concerns, drawing a rebuke from Beijing. ... more
TECH SPACE
Chinese video site offers virtual escape from 'boring' reality
Shanghai (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Feeling trapped in her "boring" life as a member of China's modern workforce, "Yaorenmao" escapes online, where she prances and preens in cosplay outfits for her 1.3 million fans. ... more
CAR TECH
VW aims to sell 1.5 mln electric cars in China by 2025
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
German carmaker Volkswagen is aiming to sell 1.5 million electric cars in China by 2025, its boss was quoted as saying Thursday, seeking to capitalise as Beijing mulls a clampdown on polluting vehicles. ... more
CAR TECH
Europe insists Volkswagen meet emission-scandal obligations
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
The European Commission said it was insisting the automotive group Volkswagen meet its obligations to consumers regarding an emissions-cheating scandal. ... more


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CAR TECH
Waymo suit against Uber on road to trial
San Francisco (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Waymo's case against Uber over swiped self-driving car technology appeared headed for trial after an appeals court on Wednesday rejected a bid to steer it toward private arbitration. ... more
TRADE WARS
Europe must seize Brexit 'window of opportunity', says Juncker
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker declared in a flagship speech Wednesday that "wind is back in Europe's sails" after last year's shock Brexit vote, an act he warned Britain would regret. ... more
TRADE WARS
China industrial output drops again in August
Beijing (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
China's economy revealed fresh signs of headwinds in August as data showed Thursday that industrial output and retail sales unexpectedly slowed for a second consecutive month. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Russia says it's doing more than it needs to for oil market balance
Washington (UPI) Sep 13, 2017
Russia is doing more than it needs to in order to move the level of oil on the market closer to the five-year average, state media reported Wednesday. ... more



Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
The power it takes to bring a Boeing 747 from a resting state on the airport tarmac to speeding across the sky is enormous. The jet can continue in its active state for as long as its fuel lasts. A Frisbee, in contrast, takes far less energy to go airborne, but with no energy supply, it falls almost immediately. The same principle can be extended to the traditional power system and decentr ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
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Beijing (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
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Miami (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Power demand to peak in Europe summers, not winters: study
Army, UMD researchers develop water-based lithium-ion batteries that don't explode
Adelphi MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the University of Maryland have developed for the first time a lithium-ion battery that uses a water-salt solution as its electrolyte and reaches the 4.0 volt mark desired for household electronics, such as laptop computers, without the fire and explosive risks associated with some commercially available non-aqueous lithium-ion batteries. ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers devise a new way of producing hydrogen fuel
Cambridge UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Why US battery startups fail and how to fix it
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Researchers develop new material for hydrogen storage
Light-based method makes remote wind measurements easier and more accurate
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Researchers have developed a new remote sensing instrument based on light detection and ranging (LIDAR) that could offer a simple and robust way to accurately measure wind speed. The detailed, real-time wind measurements could help scientists to better understand how hurricanes form and provide information that meteorologists can use to pinpoint landfall earlier, giving people more time to prepa ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Light-Based Method Improves Practicality and Quality of Remote Wind Measurements
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Texas makes wind energy strides
London (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
UK wind electricity cheaper than nuclear: data
Defects in next-generation solar cells can be healed with light
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers have shown that defects in the molecular structure of perovskites - a material which could revolutionise the solar cell industry - can be "healed" by exposing it to light and just the right amount of humidity. The international team of researchers demonstrated in 2016 that defects in the crystalline structure of perovskites could be healed by exposing them to light, but the effects w ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Engineers develop tools to share power from renewable energy sources during outages
Washington (UPI) Sep 13, 2017
Obama-era solar power program reaches goal early
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
New records for the solar cell of tomorrow
Finland's TVO challenges approval of Areva bailout
Paris (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Finnish utility TVO said Wednesday it would appeal the EU's approval of a bailout of Areva, saying it did not provide adequate guarantees the French nuclear giant would be able to complete construction of a reactor in Finland. Areva, together with German engineering group Siemens, has been building in Finland since 2005 what was meant to be a showcase of next-generation nuclear power, but wh ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Jacobs JV wins support contract for nuclear research center
Islamabad (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
PM opens country's fifth nuclear power plant
Beijing (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
China and Brazil sign agreements on nuclear power
How to draw electricity from the bloodstream
London, UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Men build dams and huge turbines to turn the energy of waterfalls and tides into electricity. To produce hydropower on a much smaller scale, Chinese scientists have now developed a lightweight power generator based on carbon nanotube fibers suitable to convert even the energy of flowing blood in blood vessels into electricity. They describe their innovation in the journal Angewandte Chemie. ... more
Cardiff UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Scientists make methanol using air around us
Urbana IL (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Could switchgrass help China's air quality?
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Reusable ruthenium-based catalyst could be a game-changer for the biomass industry
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Oil prices rise on expectations of market balance
Washington (UPI) Sep 13, 2017
Crude oil prices were higher early Wednesday after the IEA said the level of oil and petroleum products on the market could dip below the five-year average. Traders have been watching the level of commercial crude oil and petroleum product inventories for much of the year in part to gauge the impact of an effort led by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to balance an over ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 13, 2017
Russia says it's doing more than it needs to for oil market balance
Athens (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Blame game in Greece as oil spill spreads in Athens' Saronic gulf
Washington (UPI) Sep 13, 2017
Gulf nations still at risk from spat with Qatar, Moody's says
Warmer world may bring more local, less global, temperature variability
Durham NC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Many tropical or subtropical regions could see sharp increases in natural temperature variability as Earth's climate warms over coming decades, a new Duke University-led study suggests. These local changes could occur even though Earth's global mean surface air temperature (GMST) is likely to become less variable, the study shows. "This new finding runs counter to the popular notion ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
Series of potent hurricanes stokes scientific debate
Paris (ESA) Sep 07, 2017
Italy's drought seen from space
Austin TX (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Periodic table of ecological niches could aid in predicting effects of climate change
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
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
Beijing (XNA) Aug 31, 2017
Kuaizhou-11 to send six satellites into space
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2017
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Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
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European Aviation satellite is ready for commercial service
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Inmarsat has confirmed that the European Aviation satellite has successfully completed in-orbit tests and is ready to support inflight internet services when the European Aviation Network (EAN) goes 'live' later this year. The satellite, built by France's Thales Alenia Space, was launched by Arianespace in June this year. EAN is the world's first dedicated aviation connectivity solution to ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
MD Helicopter contracted for 150 Cayuse Warriors for Afghan air force
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2017
Bahrain seeks new F-16Vs, upgrade of existing fighters
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2017
DynCorp receives $103.2 million contract for training aircraft maintenance
Waymo suit against Uber on road to trial
San Francisco (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Waymo's case against Uber over swiped self-driving car technology appeared headed for trial after an appeals court on Wednesday rejected a bid to steer it toward private arbitration. A US federal appeals court upheld a lower court decision that an arbitration contract with a former Waymo employee at the heart of the case did not apply to the legal battle between Uber and the self-driving car ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
US House passes bill to clear path for self-driving cars
New York (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Post-Harvey Houston faces a car crunch
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
VW aims to sell 1.5 mln electric cars in China by 2025
Jail terms for French carbon trading scammers
Paris (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
A top fraudster behind a tax scam in France using carbon emission rights was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday as authorities press ahead with prosecutions over the 1.6-billion-euro ($1.9-billion) scandal. Twelve people were sentenced in Paris for taking part in an international network of VAT trickery and money-laundering, with fugitive businessman Cyril Astruc receiving the harsh ... 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
Trump blocks Chinese acquisition of US semiconductor firm
Washington (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
President Donald Trump on Wednesday blocked attempts by a Chinese state-owned firm to acquire an American semiconductor manufacturer on national security concerns, drawing a rebuke from Beijing. The acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, a publicly-traded Oregon company, by Chinese-owned Canyon Bridge Fund could endanger the US government's use of sensitive products the company pr ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Toshiba: Japan's faded titan selling the family silver
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Flip-flop qubits: Radical new quantum computing design invented
Golden CO (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Researchers validate UV light's use in improving semiconductors
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Modi, Abe to kick-start India's first bullet train project
Ahmedabad, India (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will break ground on India's first bullet train project on Thursday in western Gujarat state, as the country seeks faster travel for millions. Modi has pledged to invest billions of dollars to modernise India's creaking railway system, with the bullet train one of his key election promises ahead of his landslide vict ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
In the face of climate change can our engineers keep the trains running on time
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
UN slams UK government over 'plague' of air pollution
London (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
A UN report has slammed the UK for failing to tackle the "plague" of air pollution, while also warning of Brexit risks, ahead of the body's Human Rights Council opening Monday. "Air pollution continues to plague the United Kingdom," read the report by United Nations expert Baskut Tuncak, to be presented at the rights council in Geneva which runs until September 29. More than 40,000 prema ... more
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Colombo (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Sri Lanka bans plastic after garbage crisis
Brasília (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Brazil government freezes Amazon mining plans


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