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September 27, 2017
ENERGY TECH
Research led by PPPL provides reassurance that heat flux will be manageable in ITER



Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
A major issue facing ITER, the international tokamak under construction in France that will be the first magnetic fusion device to produce net energy, is whether the crucial divertor plates that will exhaust waste heat from the device can withstand the high heat flux, or load, that will strike them. Alarming projections extrapolated from existing tokamaks suggest that the heat flux could be so narrow and concentrated as to damage the tungsten divertor plates in the seven-story, 23,000 ton tokamak ... read more

TECH SPACE
Holograms for molecules
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Much can be detected in blood or urine: viral illnesses, metabolic disorders or autoimmune diseases can be diagnosed with laboratory tests, for instance. But such examinations often take a few hours ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
UAE to open Arab Gulf's first nuclear reactor in 2018
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
The United Arab Emirates on Monday announced plans to open a nuclear power plant next year, in what would be a first for the emirate and the Arab Gulf region. ... more
TECH SPACE
Fast magnetic writing of data
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
For almost seventy years now, magnetic tapes and hard disks have been used for data storage in computers. In spite of many new technologies that have been developed in the meantime, the controlled m ... more
SOLAR DAILY
International Trade Commission finds injury in solar industry dispute
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
The International Trade Commission has found injury in a suit filed by Suniva and SolarWorld, a pair of struggling, foreign-owned, U.S.-based solar cell companies who claim foreign imports have unfairly harmed their bottom lines. ... more
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WATER WORLD
Discovery of a new group of sponges could help measure impact of deep-sea mining
London, UK (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
A completely new group of sponges has been discovered, which scientists believe could be a key indicator species in measuring future mining impact in a region targeted for deep-sea mining of polymet ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Researchers demonstrate quantum teleportation of patterns of light
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Quantum communication over long distances is integral to information security and has been demonstrated in free space and fibre with two-dimensional states, recently over distances exceeding 1200 km ... more
BIO FUEL
Illinois researchers develop gene circuit design strategy to advance synthetic biology
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Over the last 17 years, scientists and engineers have developed synthetic gene circuits that can program the functionality, performance, and behavior of living cells. Analogous to integrated circuit ... more
TIME AND SPACE
A preparative-scale reaction using platinum clusters with a single-digit atomicity realized
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Subnanometer noble-metal clusters have been studied previously for these possibilities in catalytic applications. For example, it is known that platinum is used as a catalyst for a fuel cell, which ... more
NANO TECH
Assembly of nanoparticles proceeds like a zipper
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
It has always been the Holy Grail of materials science to describe and control the material's structure-function relationship. Nanoparticles are an attractive class of components to be used in funct ... more
ENERGY TECH
Hybrid indium-lithium anodes provide fast interfacial ion transport
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Novel lithium electrodes coated with indium could be the basis for more powerful, longer-lasting, rechargeable batteries. The coating hinders undesirable side-reactions between the electrode and ele ... more


Stopping problem ice - by cracking it

SOLAR DAILY
Flexible semitransparent solar cells made from atomically thin sheet
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Researchers at Tohoku University have developed an innovative method for fabricating semitransparent and flexible solar cells with atomically thin 2D materials. The new technology improves power con ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Flisom launches next-gen flexible solar panels
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Flisom AG, an innovative and specialized solar technology company, backed by Tata Industries, a group of Swiss investors and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Solar Power Lights Up Amazon Communities Fighting Dirty Energy
Oakland CA (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Three indigenous communities on the front lines of the Amazon rainforest's most emblematic rights and resources struggles now have solar energy generation capacity and internet hubs thanks to a part ... more
OIL AND GAS
Erase fracking regulations, industry tells Trump
Washington (UPI) Sep 26, 2017
With a court dismissing a challenge to federal rules on hydraulic fracturing, producers said it was time for President Trump to erase the law altogether. ... 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
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 defibrillators are fitted with rigid and metal based batteries, which can cause patient discomfort. Dr Geetha Srinivasan and a team of young researchers from Queen's University Ionic Liquid Laboratories ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Research led by PPPL provides reassurance that heat flux will be manageable in ITER
Oslo, Norway (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Stopping problem ice - by cracking it
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Hybrid indium-lithium anodes provide fast interfacial ion transport
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
Flexible semitransparent solar cells made from atomically thin sheet
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Researchers at Tohoku University have developed an innovative method for fabricating semitransparent and flexible solar cells with atomically thin 2D materials. The new technology improves power conversion efficiency of up to 0.7% - this is the highest value for solar cells made from transparent 2D sheet materials. Transparent or semi-transparent solar cells with excellent mechanical flexi ... more
Oakland CA (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Solar Power Lights Up Amazon Communities Fighting Dirty Energy
Albany NY (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Green Bank Network totals over $29 Billion for clean energy projects around the World
Antigua and Barbuda (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Antigua's well-built PV systems sustain impact of hurricane Irma
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. The massive new ship measures 173 metres in length and has two nuclear reactors with the propulsion power of 60 megawatts. It can crush ice up to three metres thi ... more
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
UAE to open Arab Gulf's first nuclear reactor in 2018
London (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Against rising headwinds, UK pushes ahead with nuclear projects
Princeton NJ (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Russia's use and stockpiles of highly enriched uranium pose significant nuclear risks
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
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Illinois researchers develop gene circuit design strategy to advance synthetic biology
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Chesapeake Energy revises outlook because of Hurricane Harvey
Washington (UPI) Sep 26, 2017
U.S. shale oil and natural gas company Chesapeake said it expects it will take until the fourth quarter to see production gains following Hurricane Harvey. In the U.S. south, Chesapeake Energy has assets in the Eagle Ford shale basin in Texas and the Haynesville shale, situated mostly in Louisiana. Both states were in the direct line of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in late Augu ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 26, 2017
Oil prices turn lower following Monday's surge
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
Both sides claim win with fracking ruling
Washington (UPI) Sep 26, 2017
Growth prospects for energy-hungry Asia revised 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
by Staff Writers
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
Gothenburg, Sweded (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Graphene and other carbon nanomaterials can replace scarce metals
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
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
Are plastic nanoparticles causing brain damage in fish?
Washington (UPI) Sep 25, 2017
Fish may be suffering brain damage as a result of plastic pollution. New research shows plastic nanoparticles can end up inside the brains of fish. "Our study is the first to show that nanosized plastic particles can accumulate in fish brains," Tommy Cedervall, a chemistry researcher at Lund University in Sweden, said in a news release. Cedervall and his colleagues tracked the pa ... more
Nantes, France (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
The waste-collecting cyclists who caught the UN's eye
Manila (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Nestle tackles 'ocean-polluter' tag in Philippines
The Hague (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Dutch court to hear new case on I.Coast chemical spill


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