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September 15, 2017
TIME AND SPACE
The beam of invisibility



Vienna, Austria (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Researchers from Vienna University, together with colleagues from Greece and the USA, have now developed a new idea for a cloaking technology. A completely opaque material is irradiated from above with a specific wave pattern - with the effect that light waves from the left can now pass through the material without any obstruction. This surprising result opens up completely new possibilities for active camouflage. The idea can be applied to different kinds of waves, it should work with sound waves ... read more

ROBO SPACE
Artificial 'skin' gives robotic hand a sense of touch
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
A team of researchers from the University of Houston has reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference betw ... more
TECH SPACE
'Peel-and-go' printable structures fold themselves
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
As 3-D printing has become a mainstream technology, industry and academic researchers have been investigating printable structures that will fold themselves into useful three-dimensional shapes when ... more
AEROSPACE
Airbus wins $4-bln order from Cathay Pacific
Paris (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Airbus said Wednesday it has finalised a more than $4 billion order with Cathay Pacific for 32 of its A321neo aircraft to revamp the Hong Kong-based carrier's regional affiliate. ... more
CARBON WORLDS
Tough stuff: Spider silk enhanced with graphene-based materials
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Researchers from the Graphene Flagship have demonstrated that graphene-based materials can be used to boost the properties of spider's silk. The silk - produced naturally by the spiders, incorporati ... more
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ENERGY TECH
Firebricks offer low-cost storage for carbon-free energy
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Firebricks, designed to withstand high heat, have been part of our technological arsenal for at least three millennia, since the era of the Hittites. Now, a proposal from MIT researchers shows this ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
EU parliament opposes bid to reduce testing of Fukushima food imports
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
The European Parliament on Wednesday warned against easing health controls imposed on food products imported from the Fukushima region in Japan in the wake of the nuclear disaster of 2011. ... more
SOLAR DAILY
8 GW of solar now managed by GreenPowerMonitor
Las Vegas NV (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
DNV GL has announced a key milestone with GreenPowerMonitor (GPM) providing monitoring, control and asset management solutions for 10 uber-large PV energy power plants in production globally. The to ... more
BIO FUEL
A sweeter way to make green products
Newark DE (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
The shampoo you washed your hair with this morning. The balloons for the party. Refrigerators and sunglasses, medicine and mosquito repellent, guitar strings and fishing lures. These - and thousands ... more
WIND DAILY
Kimberly-Clark next U.S. company to draw more on renewables
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Kimberly-Clark, a paper-based personal care production company, said today that it will now get about a third of its power needs met by wind power in Texas and Oklahoma. ... more
CHIP TECH
The dark side of quantum computers
Eindhoven, Netherlands (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
The era of fully fledged quantum computers threatens to destroy internet security as we know it. Researchers are in a race against time to prepare new cryptographic techniques before the arrival of ... more


VW recalls 4.86 million vehicles in China over airbag concerns

CAR TECH
Tesla sets semi-truck debut for October 26
Washington (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Tesla plans to unveil a heavy transport truck next month, in a further broadening of the product lineup for the electric vehicle maker. ... more
CAR TECH
Wax on, melt off: Roads that deice themselves during winter storms
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Drexel University researchers have made a discovery that could create roads that deice themselves during winter storms. Their secret? - Adding a little paraffin wax to the road's concrete mix. In a ... more
TRADE WARS
Top Chinese bitcoin exchange shuts down
Beijing (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
One of the biggest bitcoin exchanges in China and the world announced Thursday that it would stop all trading following new Chinese government regulations clamping down on crypto-currencies. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Seasonal factors help Russia over-comply with OPEC pledge
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Seasonal factors and maintenance at an Arctic oil field in Russia may be contributing factors to its compliance with an OPEC-led production deal, data show. ... 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
ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
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
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
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Firebricks offer low-cost storage for carbon-free energy
Cambridge UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Why US battery startups fail and how to fix it
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 (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Kimberly-Clark next U.S. company to draw more on renewables
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Light-Based Method Improves Practicality and Quality of Remote Wind Measurements
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
Las Vegas NV (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
8 GW of solar now managed by GreenPowerMonitor
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
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
EU parliament opposes bid to reduce testing of Fukushima food imports
Islamabad (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
PM opens country's fifth nuclear power plant
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Jacobs JV wins support contract for nuclear research center
A sweeter way to make green products
Newark DE (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
The shampoo you washed your hair with this morning. The balloons for the party. Refrigerators and sunglasses, medicine and mosquito repellent, guitar strings and fishing lures. These - and thousands of other products we use every day - contain chemicals made from petroleum. But researchers at the University of Delaware can now offer manufacturers a much sweeter alternative to this fossil fuel. ... more
London, UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
How to draw electricity from the bloodstream
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?
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Greek minister defends 'improving' oil slick clean-up
Athens (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Greece's merchant marine minister defended on Thursday the government's response to an oil spill that has spread across beaches near Athens following criticism from environmentalists and calls for his resignation. Panagiotis Kouroublis said ecological damage from the spill is limited and conditions are getting better. "Day by day the situation is improving," the minister told a news con ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Hurricane recovery gives lift to oil prices; But key agency trims long-term price
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Seasonal factors help Russia over-comply with OPEC pledge
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Billions more barrels of oil possible from Azerbaijan
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
(UPI) Sep 13, 2017
EU pledges to 'make our planet great again'
Montreal (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
Canada, China, EU and partners push forward on Paris climate accord
Washington (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
Series of potent hurricanes stokes scientific debate
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
Spacecraft passes docking test
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft Tianzhou 1 completed an automated fast-docking operation with the Tiangong II space laboratory late on Tuesday night, according to the China Manned Space Agency. Tianzhou 1 began its approach to the space lab at 5:24 pm and spent six and a half hours for the docking, which was completed at 11:58 pm, the agency said in a news release. It was the third docking ... 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
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2017
Russia, China May Sign 5-Year Agreement on Joint Space Exploration
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MD Helicopter contracted for 150 Cayuse Warriors for Afghan air force
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
MD Helicopters has received $1.39 billion contract for the procurement of an estimated 150 MD 530F light utility helicopters for the government of Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced on Tuesday. The contract will include maintenance, support services and pilot training. Production sites and funding under the foreign military sales program will be determined by each order as ... more
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
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2017
Harris Corp. developing F-35 missile release system
VW recalls 4.86 million vehicles in China over airbag concerns
Beijing (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Volkswagen will recall almost five million vehicles in China over airbag concerns, Chinese authorities said Thursday, dealing a new blow to the German automaker in the world's largest car market. VW and its joint ventures with Chinese partners FAW and SAIC will start withdrawing 4.86 million vehicles fitted with potentially faulty airbags made by Japan's bankrupt airbag giant Takata from Mar ... more
San Francisco (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Waymo suit against Uber on road to trial
Washington (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Tesla sets semi-truck debut for October 26
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Wax on, melt off: Roads that deice themselves during winter storms
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 DC (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Tough stuff: Spider silk enhanced with graphene-based materials
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
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
Eindhoven, Netherlands (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
The dark side of quantum computers
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Flip-flop qubits: Radical new quantum computing design invented
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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
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Brexit a step away from pollution commitments, U.N. envoy says
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


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