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September 29, 2017
ROBO SPACE
Creative use of noise brings bio-inspired electronic improvement



Washington DC (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
In conventional electronics, a great deal of effort is devoted to eliminating stochastic resonance (SR) - the annoying hiss that generally hinders the detection of weak signals and degrades overall device performance. But, what if there were a way to exploit this effect to enhance signal transmission for a new generation of devices, such as bio-inspired sensors and computing processors whose design is based on the neural networks of the brain? Researchers at Osaka University in Japan are wor ... read more

BIO FUEL
Enzyme's worth to biofuels shown in latest NREL research
Golden CO (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
An enzyme discovered at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) proves adept at breaking down cellulose fibers regardless of whether their crystalline struc ... more
TECH SPACE
The 3-D selfie has arrived
Nottingham UK (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Computer scientists at the University of Nottingham and Kingston University have solved a complex problem that has, until now, defeated experts in vision and graphics research. They have developed t ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
BWXT awarded contract extension for nuclear waste facility operations
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC has received a contract extension for management and operations at the U.S. Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the company announced Thursday. ... more
SOLAR DAILY
India gets lending support for a greener grid
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
Regional lenders said Thursday they were offering hundreds of millions of dollars in loans to support the greening up of the power sector in India. ... more
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BIO FUEL
Researchers develop 3-D-printed biomaterials that degrade on demand
Providence RI (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Brown University engineers have demonstrated a technique for making 3-D-printed biomaterials that can degrade on demand, which can be useful in making intricately patterned microfluidic devices or i ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Twitter aims to boost appeal with new 280-character tweet limit
San Francisco (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Twitter is testing allowing tweets to be expanded to 280 characters - double the existing limit - in the latest effort to boost flagging growth at the social network. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Google weaves touch controls into Levi Strauss jacket
San Francisco (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Levi Strauss this week begins selling a denim jacket with touch controls woven into the fabric in the first fashion offering stitched from a collaboration with Google. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Debate swirls as power of US tech giants grows
Washington (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
With a handful of US technology giants growing more powerful and dominant, debate is intensifying on whether big tech's growth is healthy or not. ... more
CHIP TECH
China-backed fund to buy British chipmaker after US snub
Beijing (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Canyon Bridge, an investment fund backed by a Chinese state-owned group, is to acquire the British electronics company Imagination Technologies, shortly after being barred by Washington from buying US chipmaker Lattice Semiconductor. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
EU 'digital summit' upstaged by Germany and Brexit
Brussels (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
A summit of European Union leaders in Estonia intended to chart out a digital future for the continent is set to be upstaged by less utopian issues including Brexit and the unexpected rise of the far right in Germany. ... more


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ROBO SPACE
Amazon beefs up Echo line-up and Alexa skills
San Francisco (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Amazon on Wednesday introduced a handful of new home assistant devices powered by its Alexa voice-commanded artificial intelligence, ramping up its lineup competing against challenges from Google and others. ... more
TRADE WARS
Myanmar's conflict-hit Rakhine a magnet for Chinese cash
Bangkok (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Battered by global outrage over an army crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, Myanmar has found comfort in an old friend - China, an Asian superpower whose unflinching support is tied to the billions it has lavished on ports, gas and oil in violence-hit Rakhine state. ... more
TRADE WARS
US commerce secretary hopeful about Trump-Xi trade talks
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Wednesday said he was optimistic about trade talks between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping when they meet in November. ... more
CAR TECH
German police arrest another Audi employee over 'dieselgate'
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
German prosecutors on Thursday said they had arrested a second employee of luxury carmaker Audi as part of a probe into parent company Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal. ... 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
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 b ... more
New York NY (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Energy harvested from evaporation could power much of US, says study
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
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
India gets lending support for a greener grid
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
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
BWXT awarded contract extension for nuclear waste facility operations
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
With extra sugar, leaves get fat too
Upton, NY (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Eat too much without exercising and you'll probably put on a few pounds. As it turns out, plant leaves do something similar. In a new study at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, scientists show that retaining sugars in plant leaves can make them get fat too. In plants, this extra fat accumulation could be a good thing. It could help turn plants into factories f ... more
Urbana IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Researchers discover unique property of critical methane-producing enzyme
Providence RI (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Researchers develop 3-D-printed biomaterials that degrade on demand
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Illinois researchers develop gene circuit design strategy to advance synthetic biology
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Crude oil rally extends on strong U.S. economic figures
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
Strong showing for the pace of U.S. economic growth in the second quarter gave further strength Thursday to the sustained rally in crude oil prices. The U.S. Commerce Department reported real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 3.1 percent in the second quarter, the strongest level in years. In a nod to efforts by President Donald Trump to favor the domestic side, the ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
Summer best time to back out of OPEC deal, Russia says
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
Encana latest North American energy company to shake off Harvey
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
French, Norwegian companies work on new operations off Brazil
Cost of climate disasters to reach half of US growth in a decade: report
Washington (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Economic losses from severe storms, hurricanes, floods, drought and wildfires are projected to reach at least $360 billion a year in the next decade in America, about half of annual US growth, according to a report out Wednesday. Since some kinds of severe weather can be made worse or more frequent by climate change, action is needed to move the United States away from fossil fuels and towar ... more
Sydney (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Drought not dingos behind mainland Australia tiger extinction: study
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'
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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Pilot shortage plagues Air Force
Washington (UPI) Sep 25, 2017
The U.S. Air Force is more than 1,500 pilots short of its requirements, with senior service leaders warning the problem has potentially dire consequences. The pilot and aircrew shortage was discussed at a meeting Friday of more than 60 leaders at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. "We are in a crisis," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein said at the day-long Aircrew Summ ... more
Tianjin, China (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Airbus opens first plane-completion centre in China
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Israel receives F-35 aircraft
London (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
UK warns Boeing over Bombardier trade row
German police arrest another Audi employee over 'dieselgate'
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
German prosecutors on Thursday said they had arrested a second employee of luxury carmaker Audi as part of a probe into parent company Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal. The arrest on Wednesday came after investigators searched two premises, a spokeswoman for the prosecution's office in the southern city of Munich told AFP. She added that prosecutors had also widened their investig ... more
Singapore (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Electric car-sharing service to roll into Singapore
Beijing (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
China delays electric car quota until 2019
London (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
James Dyson: Vacuum cleaner king turns to electric cars
Graphene forged into three-dimensional shapes
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Researchers from Finland and Taiwan have discovered how graphene, a single-atom-thin layer of carbon, can be forged into three-dimensional objects by using laser light. A striking illustration was provided when the researchers fabricated a pyramid with a height of 60 nm, which is about 200 times larger than the thickness of a graphene sheet. The pyramid was so small that it would easily fi ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Enhancing the sensing capabilities of diamonds with quantum properties
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
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
Beijing (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
China-backed fund to buy British chipmaker after US snub
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
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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
Amsterdam (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
I.Coast toxic spill victims launch new Dutch court bid
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


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