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September 22, 2017
CARBON WORLDS
Graphene and other carbon nanomaterials can replace scarce metals



Gothenburg, Sweded (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scarce metals are found in a wide range of everyday objects around us. They are complicated to extract, difficult to recycle and so rare that several of them have become "conflict minerals" which can promote conflicts and oppression. A survey at Chalmers University of Technology now shows that there are potential technology-based solutions that can replace many of the metals with carbon nanomaterials, such as graphene. They can be found in your computer, in your mobile phone, in almost all other e ... read more

ROBO SPACE
Quantum machine learning
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Language acquisition in young children is apparently connected with their ability to detect patterns. In their learning process, they search for patterns in the data set that help them identify and ... more
ENERGY TECH
Innovation could mean flexible rechargeable batteries for pacemakers
Belfast UK (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Experts at Queen's University Belfast have designed a flexible and organic alternative to the rigid batteries that power up medical implants. Currently, devices such as pacemakers and defibril ... more
TECH SPACE
Pulling, not pushing, silk could revolutionize how greener materials are manufactured
Sheffield UK (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
New insights into how animals spin silk could lead to new, greener ways of producing synthetic fibres, according to academics at the University of Sheffield. Researchers from the University of ... more
ROBO SPACE
Sorting molecules with DNA robots
Pasadena CA (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Imagine a robot that could help you tidy your home: roving about, sorting stray socks into the laundry and dirty dishes into the dishwasher. While such a practical helper may still be the stuff of s ... more
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ENERGY TECH
Graphene-wrapped nanocrystals make inroads towards next-gen fuel cells
Berkeley CA (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
A powdery mix of metal nanocrystals wrapped in single-layer sheets of carbon atoms, developed at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), shows promise for sa ... more
CAR TECH
Dockless bike-share hits US capital, following craze in China
Washington (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Dockless bike-sharing, a trend which has taken China by storm, arrived in the US capital Wednesday with the launch of new services aimed at promoting two-wheeled travel without the hassle of a docking station. ... more
CAR TECH
Baidu announces $1.5 bln fund for autonomous driving
Beijing (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Chinese internet giant Baidu on Thursday announced a $1.5 billion investment in autonomous driving projects over the next three years, as it seeks to diversify its portfolio and compete with rivals such as Google. ... more
THE PITS
Rio in massive share buyback after coal mines sale
Sydney (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Rio Tinto will return $2.5 billion to shareholders in a buyback after selling most of its Australian coal assets to China-backed Yancoal, the mining giant said Friday. ... more
BIO FUEL
Re-engineering biofuel-producing bacterial enzymes
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Converting fibrous plant waste, like corn stalks and wood shavings, into fermentable simple sugars for the production of biofuel is no simple process. Bacteria must break down tough leaves, stems an ... more
TRADE WARS
Landmark EU, Canada trade deal enters into force
Brussels (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
A landmark free trade deal linking EU and Canada went into effect on Thursday despite lingering opposition from activists worried about the pact's consequences on the environment and health. ... more


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OIL AND GAS
Colorado sees slight uptick from oil and gas sector
Washington (UPI) Sep 21, 2017
Tax revenue for the shale-rich state of Colorado is recovering and the economy is growing after a downturn in previous years, the state budget office said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Kurdish vote hurts trade, U.S. says
Washington (UPI) Sep 21, 2017
Sending oil north through Turkey, trade relations for the Kurdish north of Iraq could be hurt through a vote for independence, the U.S. State Department said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Texas oil and gas sector resilience 'extraordinary'
Washington (UPI) Sep 21, 2017
Even though the price of oil is low by historical stands, a state energy official in Texas said the oil and gas sector there has been extraordinarily resilient. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Energy-rich Norway leaves key policy rate unchanged
Washington (UPI) Sep 21, 2017
For Norway, one of the main suppliers of oil and natural gas in the European economy, there's a need for expansionary monetary policies, its central bank said. ... more



SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
A project led by the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will combine artificial intelligence with massive amounts of data and industry experience from a dozen U.S. partners to identify places where the electric grid is vulnerable to disruption, reinforce those spots in advance and recover faster when failures do occur. The eventual goal is an autonomous grid that s ... more
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
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
More durable, less expensive fuel cells
Newark DE (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
A team of engineers at the University of Delaware has developed a technology that could make fuel cells cheaper and more durable, a breakthrough that could speed up the commercialization of fuel cell vehicles. They describe their results in a paper published in Nature Communications on Monday, Sept. 4. Hydrogen-powered fuel cells are a green alternative to internal combustion engines ... more
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
UW shatters long-range communication barrier for near-zero-power devices
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Firebricks offer low-cost storage for carbon-free energy
Berkeley CA (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Graphene-wrapped nanocrystals make inroads towards next-gen fuel cells
French energy company to build wind power sector in India
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
French energy company ENGIE said it teamed up with an investment group to help develop a wind energy program in India, one of the world's fastest growing economies. The company formed a partnership with the Abraaj investment group to develop as much as 1 gigawatt of wind power in the Indian energy sector. "Energy demand is growing tremendously in India, and ENGIE is investing in ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Finding better wind energy potential with the new European Wind Atlas
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Last of the 67 turbines for a British wind farm installed
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Kimberly-Clark next U.S. company to draw more on renewables
NREL investigates coatings needed for concentrating solar power
Golden CO (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Next-generation concentrating solar power (CSP) plants require high-temperature fluids, like molten salts, in the range of 550-750 degrees Celsius to store heat and generate electricity. At those high temperatures, however, the molten salts eat away at common alloys used in the heat exchangers, piping, and storage vessels of CSP systems. New research at the U.S. Department of Energy's National R ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
Chinese solar panel manufacturer claims a quarter of India's market
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists make atoms-thick Post-It notes for solar cells and circuits
(UPI) Sep 19, 2017
French company Total steps into solar energy market
Against rising headwinds, UK pushes ahead with nuclear projects
London (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Under pressure from Brexit and the declining costs of renewable energy, Britain's nuclear industry is increasingly relying on supportive government policy to plough on with high-profile - and controversial - projects. With four big projects due for completion by 2025, the country is at the forefront of a global industry left shaken by the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear site in Japa ... more
Princeton NJ (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Russia's use and stockpiles of highly enriched uranium pose significant nuclear risks
Bloomington IN (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Discovery could reduce nuclear waste by chemically reengineering molecules
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
EU parliament opposes bid to reduce testing of Fukushima food imports
New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollution
University Park PA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
An inexpensive biomaterial that can be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and many other applications has been developed by Penn State researchers, who predict its adoption would greatly reduce pollution. Completely compostable, the material - a polysaccharide polyelectrolyte complex - is comprised of nearly equal parts of treated cellulose pulp from wood or ... more
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
A new way to directly convert methane to methanol using gold-palladium nanoparticles
Beijing (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
China aims to extend ethanol fuel usage countrywide by 2020
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
How well electron transport works in furfural biogas
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Colorado sees slight uptick from oil and gas sector
Washington (UPI) Sep 21, 2017
Tax revenue for the shale-rich state of Colorado is recovering and the economy is growing after a downturn in previous years, the state budget office said. "Sales taxes and individual income taxes are rebounding in 2017 as the economy strengthens from the oil and gas downturn and moderate economic growth of 2015 and 2016," the Office of State Planning and Budget reported in its quarterl ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 21, 2017
Kurdish vote hurts trade, U.S. says
Washington (UPI) Sep 21, 2017
Texas oil and gas sector resilience 'extraordinary'
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Iraq's Kurds in economic crisis ahead of independence vote
Climate risk classification created to account for potential 'existential' threats
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
A new study evaluating models of future climate scenarios has led to the creation of the new risk categories "catastrophic" and "unknown" to characterize the range of threats posed by rapid global warming. Researchers propose that unknown risks imply existential threats to the survival of humanity. These categories describe two low-probability but statistically significant scenarios that c ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Science denial not limited to political right
Ottawa (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Canada Tory MP called out for referring to minister as 'climate Barbie'
Washington (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
US looks to work with Paris climate accord 'partners': Tillerson
Rio in massive share buyback after coal mines sale
Sydney (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Rio Tinto will return $2.5 billion to shareholders in a buyback after selling most of its Australian coal assets to China-backed Yancoal, the mining giant said Friday. The world's second-largest miner sold Coal & Allied to Yancoal, majority-controlled by China's Yanzhou Coal, earlier this month in a divestment drive analysts expect will lead to a complete exit from the sector. The buybac ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
First-ever U.S. coal shipment arrives in Ukraine
Sydney (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Rio completes Australia coal mines sale to China's Yancoal
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
In a first, U.S. ships coal to Ukraine
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, separated from Tiangong-2 space lab at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday. At 3:29 p.m. on Sunday, the cargo ship started to separate from the space lab under orders from the ground. After separation, it operated at an orbit of about 400 kilometers above the earth. Tianzhou-1 will continue to carry out experiments before it leaves orbit, and will gain exp ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Chinese company eyes development of reusable launch vehicle
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
Spacecraft passes docking test
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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. The single-aisle medium-haul jets will be operated by Cathay Dragon which flies from Hong Kong to a number of Asian destinations, Airbus said in a statement. A preliminary agreement had been signed in August. ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
MD Helicopter contracted for 150 Cayuse Warriors for Afghan air force
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2017
Harris Corp. developing F-35 missile release system
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2017
Navy chiefs see difficulties but improvement with aircraft readiness
'Car nation' Germany distrustful of driverless vehicles
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
German carmakers are showing off their self-driving cars at the IAA international auto show in Frankfurt, but most people in the car-mad country have yet to be convinced by the technology. Curious visitors to the biennial trade fair, which lasts until September 24, can entrust their lives to a computer on a specially created car at a test track overlooked by Daimler and Volkswagen's giant st ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Dockless bike-share hits US capital, following craze in China
Beijing (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Baidu announces $1.5 bln fund for autonomous driving
Beijing (AFP) Sept 18, 2017
GM to recall 2.5 mn vehicles in China over Takata airbags
Graphene and other carbon nanomaterials can replace scarce metals
Gothenburg, Sweded (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scarce metals are found in a wide range of everyday objects around us. They are complicated to extract, difficult to recycle and so rare that several of them have become "conflict minerals" which can promote conflicts and oppression. A survey at Chalmers University of Technology now shows that there are potential technology-based solutions that can replace many of the metals with carbon nanomate ... more
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Test for safe CO2 storage to aid world-leading technology project
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Tough stuff: Spider silk enhanced with graphene-based materials
Paris (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Jail terms for French carbon trading scammers
Quantum sensors decipher magnetic ordering in semiconducting material
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
For the first time, physicists have successfully imaged spiral magnetic ordering in a multiferroic material. These materials are considered highly promising candidates for future data storage media. The researchers were able to prove their findings using unique quantum sensors that were developed at Basel University and that can analyze electromagnetic fields on the nanometer scale. The re ... more
Eindhoven, Netherlands (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
The dark side of quantum computers
Washington (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Trump blocks Chinese acquisition of US semiconductor firm
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Toshiba: Japan's faded titan selling the family silver
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China raises bullet train speed six years after crash
Beijing (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
China on Thursday increased the maximum speed of bullet trains on the Beijing-Shanghai line to 350 kilometres (217 miles) per hour, six years after a fatal accident led to a speed cap. The speed limit had been reduced to 300 kilometres per hour after 40 people died in a high-speed train crash near Wenzhou in July 2011. The acceleration cuts the 1,318-kilometre (819-mile) Beijing-Shanghai ... more
Ahmedabad, India (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
Modi, Abe to kick-start India's first bullet train project
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
Canada's Eldorado Gold to suspend investment in Greece
Athens (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Canada's Eldorado Gold announced early Monday it would suspend investment in mining operations in Greece due to what it said were delays by the Greek government in issuing permits. Despite repeated attempts by the company and its Greek subsidiary to talk to the government, "delays continue in issuing routine permits and licences for the construction and development of the Skouries and Olympi ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Brexit a step away from pollution commitments, U.N. envoy says
London (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
UN slams UK government over 'plague' of air pollution
Colombo (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Sri Lanka bans plastic after garbage crisis


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