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September 26, 2017
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
New type of supercomputer could be based on 'magic dust' combination of light and matter



Cambridge UK (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
A team of researchers from the UK and Russia have successfully demonstrated that a type of 'magic dust' which combines light and matter can be used to solve complex problems and could eventually surpass the capabilities of even the most powerful supercomputers. The researchers, from Cambridge, Southampton and Cardiff Universities in the UK and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Russia, have used quantum particles known as polaritons - which are half light and half matter - to act ... read more

TIME AND SPACE
Quantum twisted Loong confirms the physical reality of wavefunctions
Beijing, China (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Quantum mechanics, as a pillar of modern civilization, has benefited human society for a century, in which wavefunctions played a crucial role. In the past 100 years, what most people did was 'Shut ... more
ROBO SPACE
From self-folding robots to computer vision
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
From self-folding robots, to robotic endoscopes, to better methods for computer vision and object detection, researchers at the University of California San Diego have a wide range of papers and wor ... more
TECH SPACE
Four elements make 2-D optical platform
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Rice University scientists have discovered a two-dimensional alloy with an optical bandgap that can be tuned by the temperature used to grow it. The Rice lab of materials scientist Pulickel Aj ... more
CARBON WORLDS
Enhancing the sensing capabilities of diamonds with quantum properties
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Pure diamond consists of carbon atoms in a perfect crystal lattice. But remove a few carbons and swap some others for nitrogen, and you get a diamond with special quantum-sensing properties. These p ... more
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SOLAR DAILY
Green Bank Network totals over $29 Billion for clean energy projects around the World
Albany NY (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
The Green Bank Network has closed transactions that are expected to mobilize more than US$29 billion in public and private capital for clean energy projects around the globe, putting them on pace to ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Russia floats out powerful nuclear icebreaker
Saint Petersburg (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Russia on Friday held a launching ceremony for a powerful nuclear icebreaker, called Sibir (Siberia), in its drive to prepare a fleet for navigating the Northern Passage and hauling goods, particularly energy, to Asian markets. ... more
BIO FUEL
Researchers discover unique property of critical methane-producing enzyme
Urbana IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
An unexpected discovery has given scientists a greater understanding of an important methane-producing enzyme. A team of researchers at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) at ... more
NANO TECH
Application of air-sensitive semiconductors in nanoelectronics
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
A research group consisting of scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University, Germany and Venezuela proved vulnerability of a two-dimensional semiconductor gallium selenide in air. This discovery wil ... more
CHIP TECH
Laser can control a current in graphene within one femtosecond
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Controlling electronic current is essential to modern electronics, as data and signals are transferred by streams of electrons which are controlled at high speed. Demands on transmission speeds are ... more
TRADE WARS
US says NAFTA helps Chinese goods reach American market
Washington Sept 22, 2017
An increasing amount of Chinese-made components are reaching the US market through Mexico and Canada, at the expense of American manufacturers, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Friday. ... more


Japan raising up to $11.6 bn in postal giant share sale

TRADE WARS
US commerce secretary in Beijing ahead of Trump trip
Beijing (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
The visiting US commerce secretary told China's premier on Monday that the warm reception he received in Beijing "augurs very well" for Donald Trump's upcoming visit, amid tensions over trade and North Korea. ... more
TRADE WARS
China rust belt opens door wider to foreign investors
Shenyang, China (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
Trucks carrying hi-tech car components rumble in and out the gates of an American industrial zone in the heart of China's rust belt - using roads that the city especially renovated for the complex. ... more
CAR TECH
Carmakers face billions in European CO2 fines from 2021: study
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Big-name carmakers including Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler face fines running into the billions for failure to meet tough new European carbon dioxide emissions limits slated for 2021, a study has found. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Iraqi Kurdistan, autonomous and oil-rich
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Iraq's Kurdish region, which is holding a referendum on statehood on Monday, has been autonomous since 1991 and has played a major role in the war against jihadists. ... 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
Corvus Energy wins contract to provide battery systems for hybrid fishing vessels
Richmond, Canada (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Corvus Energy is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Norwegian maritime electronics firm Elmarin AS as the supplier of lithium ion based energy storage systems (ESS) for three new hybrid fishing vessels. The Orca Energy ESS from Corvus will supply electrical power to the fishing vessels' propulsion systems and electrical networks to enable environmentally-friendly and lower cost ope ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Graphene-wrapped nanocrystals make inroads towards next-gen fuel cells
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
UW shatters long-range communication barrier for near-zero-power devices
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Researchers challenge status quo of battery commercialization
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
Green Bank Network totals over $29 Billion for clean energy projects around the World
Albany NY (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
The Green Bank Network has closed transactions that are expected to mobilize more than US$29 billion in public and private capital for clean energy projects around the globe, putting them on pace to exceed their collective goal of US$40 billion by 2019. The announcement was made at the 5th annual Green Bank Congress, part of ClimateWeek NYC. Green Bank Network members are mobilizing as much as 1 ... more
Antigua and Barbuda (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Antigua's well-built PV systems sustain impact of hurricane Irma
Golden CO (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
NREL investigates coatings needed for concentrating solar power
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists make atoms-thick Post-It notes for solar cells and circuits
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
Saint Petersburg (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Russia floats out powerful nuclear icebreaker
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
Green algae could hold clues for engineering faster-growing crops
Princeton NJ (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Two new studies of green algae - the scourge of swimming pool owners and freshwater ponds - have revealed new insights into how these organisms siphon carbon dioxide from the air for use in photosynthesis, a key factor in their ability to grow so quickly. Understanding this process may someday help researchers improve the growth rate of crops such as wheat and rice. In the studies publishe ... more
Urbana IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Researchers discover unique property of critical methane-producing enzyme
University Park PA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollution
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Re-engineering biofuel-producing bacterial enzymes
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Gazprom steals spotlight from Exxon Mobil
Washington (UPI) Sep 25, 2017
Russian energy company Gazprom was ranked by S&P Global Platts as the top financial performer of the year, ending the reign for Exxon Mobil. Only two U.S. companies were in the Top 10 list of the biggest financial performers, and Exxon's move from No. 1 to No. 9 was the first time in 12 years it wasn't ranked at the top. U.S. refiner Valero Energy Corp. was ranked No. 8, down from the N ... more
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Iraqi Kurdistan, autonomous and oil-rich
Swansea UK (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Filter may be a match for fracking water
Washington (UPI) Sep 25, 2017
Balanced sentiment drives oil prices higher
Science denial not limited to political right
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many claims have been made that science denial, particularly as it relates to climate change, is primarily a problem of the political right. But what happens when scientific conclusions challenge liberals' attitudes on public policy issues, such as gun control, nuclear power or immigration? A new study from social psychologists at the Univer ... more
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
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Climate risk classification created to account for potential 'existential' threats
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
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
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Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017 China's Mars probe will carry 13 types of payload, including six rovers, in its first mission to the planet, scheduled for 2020. "The Mars exploration program is well underway," said Zhang Rongqiao, chief architect of the Mars mission, at the Beijing International Forum on Lunar and Deep-space Exploration, which opened Wednesday. "The payloads will be used to co ... more
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
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
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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
In the future, roads could generate power from passing traffic
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 18, 2017
The quest for a greener economy demands unlikely sources of energy. How about traffic? Researchers at Lancaster University in England are working to develop materials that can be incorporated into asphalt and convert the rumbling vibrations of passing vehicles into usable electricity. The "piezolectric" ceramics developed by engineers could potentially generate more than 1 megawa ... more
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Carmakers face billions in European CO2 fines from 2021: study
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
Enhancing the sensing capabilities of diamonds with quantum properties
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Pure diamond consists of carbon atoms in a perfect crystal lattice. But remove a few carbons and swap some others for nitrogen, and you get a diamond with special quantum-sensing properties. These properties are useful for quantum information applications and sensing magnetic fields, and as a platform for probing the mysteries of quantum physics. When a nitrogen atom is next to the space v ... more
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Test for safe CO2 storage to aid world-leading technology project
Gothenburg, Sweded (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Graphene and other carbon nanomaterials can replace scarce metals
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Tough stuff: Spider silk enhanced with graphene-based materials
Laser can control a current in graphene within one femtosecond
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Controlling electronic current is essential to modern electronics, as data and signals are transferred by streams of electrons which are controlled at high speed. Demands on transmission speeds are also increasing as technology develops. Scientists from the Chair of Laser Physics and the Chair of Applied Physics at Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg (FAU) have succeeded in s ... more
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Quantum sensors decipher magnetic ordering in semiconducting material
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
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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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