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October 20, 2017
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IEA: An electrified world would cost $31B per year to achieve



Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
The investments necessary to provide electricity for the entire world population is less than 2 percent of total energy investments, the IEA said Thursday. A report from the International Energy Agency, published Thursday, finds that providing universal access to electricity within 13 years would require an investment of $31 billion per year, which the report said was less than 2 percent of total global energy investments. IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said countries like India, one ... read more

ENERGY TECH
The blob that ate the tokamak
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
To fuse hydrogen atoms into helium, doughnut-shaped devices called tokamaks must maintain the heat of the ultrahot plasma they control. But like boiling water, plasma has blobs, or bubbles, that per ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
AREVA NP awarded contract for safety upgrades in seven reactors
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP will deliver its Filtered Containment Venting System (FCVS) to seven nuclear reactors operated by Korean Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP). The project execution has already started, completi ... more
CHIP TECH
Spin current detection in quantum materials unlocks potential for alternative electronics
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
A new method that precisely measures the mysterious behavior and magnetic properties of electrons flowing across the surface of quantum materials could open a path to next-generation electronics. ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Proton and antiproton share fundamental properties
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
The search goes on. No difference in protons and antiprotons have yet been found which would help to potentially explain the existence of matter in our universe. However, physicists in the BASE coll ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Research demonstrates method to alter coherence of light
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Brown University researchers have demonstrated for the first time a method of substantially changing the spatial coherence of light. In a paper published in the journal Science Advances, the r ... more
TECH SPACE
Dutch open 'world's first 3D-printed bridge'
The Hague (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Dutch officials toasted on Tuesday the opening of what is being called the world's first 3D-printed concrete bridge, which is primarily meant to be used by cyclists. ... more
AEROSPACE
Researchers Develop New Tool to Evaluate Icephobic Materials
Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
When ice builds up on aircraft bodies or engines, it can create a serious situation in flight. The shape of the wing can change, affecting the aerodynamics of the aircraft, and engine icing can resu ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Navigational view of the brain thanks to powerful X-rays
Atlanta GA (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
If brain imaging could be compared to Google Earth, neuroscientists would already have a pretty good "satellite view" of the brain, and a great "street view" of neuron details. But navigating how th ... more
WATER WORLD
Impact of Amazonian hydropower is 'significantly underestimated,'
Stirling UK (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
The environmental impact of hydropower generation in the Amazon may be greater than predicted, according to new University of Stirling research. The study suggests that estimates of biodiversi ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Clean Energy Collective Starts Construction on SCE and G Community Solar Facilities
Cayce SC (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Construction has begun at two of the three solar facilities to be completed for one of the nation's largest utility-sponsored community solar programs, SCE and G announced this week. The 16 megawatt ... more


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WIND DAILY
Construction to begin on $160 million Industry Leading Hybrid Renewable Energy Project
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Australia's international wind energy company Windlab Limited will begin construction of the innovative $160 million Kennedy Energy Park hybrid renewable energy project, after securing financing fro ... more
CAR TECH
President Duterte threatens iconic Philippine 'jeepney'
Manila (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Firebrand Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Tuesday to scrap by next year the "jeepneys" that have become a national symbol, as he became embroiled in a showdown with the mass transport industry. ... more
ENERGY TECH
PPPL takes detailed look at 2-D structure of turbulence in tokamaks
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
A key hurdle for fusion researchers is understanding turbulence, the ripples and eddies that can cause the superhot plasma that fuels fusion reactions to leak heat and particles and keep fusion from ... more
OIL AND GAS
Wheatstone LNG a drag on Woodside Petroleum
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
General gains in liquefied natural gas production from Australia's Woodside Petroleum weren't enough to lift expectations for total output, it said Thursday. ... more



IEA: An electrified world would cost $31B per year to achieve
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
The investments necessary to provide electricity for the entire world population is less than 2 percent of total energy investments, the IEA said Thursday. A report from the International Energy Agency, published Thursday, finds that providing universal access to electricity within 13 years would require an investment of $31 billion per year, which the report said was less than 2 percen ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
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Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
Metal supplies unlikely to seriously hamper battery use
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
The dramatic rise in production of electric vehicles, coupled with expected growth in the use of grid-connected battery systems for storing electricity from renewable sources, raises a crucial question: Are there enough raw materials to enable significantly increased production of lithium-ion batteries, which are the dominant type of rechargeable batteries on the market? A new analysis by ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
The blob that ate the tokamak
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
PPPL takes detailed look at 2-D structure of turbulence in tokamaks
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
A new miniature solution for storing renewable energy
A kite that might fly
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
The notion of tethered wind turbines that generate electricity from abundant and reliable high-altitude winds seems futuristic. Now, KAUST research led by Georgiy Stenchikov has identified the most favorable areas for high-altitude wind-energy systems in the Middle East. The results confirm that there is abundant wind energy up there that could feasibly be harnessed, bringing the possibili ... more
Edinburgh (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
First floating wind farm starts operation in Scotland
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Construction to begin on $160 million Industry Leading Hybrid Renewable Energy Project
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Scotland outreach to Canada yields wind energy investment
Scientists create most powerful micro-scale bio-solar cell yet
Binghamton NY (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have created a micro-scale biological solar cell that generates a higher power density for longer than any existing cell of its kind. A microfluidic lab-on-a-chip system that generates its own power is essential for stand-alone, independent, self-sustainable point-of-care diagnostic devices to work in limited-resource and r ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Rooftop solar carving out a niche in China
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
SCE monopoly abuse of power prompts the necessity of off-grid inventions
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Think laterally to sidestep production problems
AREVA NP awarded contract for safety upgrades in seven reactors
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP will deliver its Filtered Containment Venting System (FCVS) to seven nuclear reactors operated by Korean Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP). The project execution has already started, completion is scheduled in 2020. FCVS is a safety related system for the mitigation of severe accidents. It allows the operator to depressurize the containment if needed by filtering the gaseous release ... more
Metz, France (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Greenpeace fireworks shine light on French nuclear safety concerns
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Japan government, TEPCO liable for Fukushima crisis: court
Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
French, Belgian nuke plants vulnerable to attack: Greenpeace
Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have determined how electrocatalysts can convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water and electricity. The discovery can lead to the development of efficient electrocatalysts for large scale production of synthesis gas - a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. "The electroche ... more
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Breaking down stubborn cellulose
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Liverpool UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
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Oil prices retreat on Russian concerns about balance
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
A downbeat sentiment from a Russian oil boss on the trajectory for crude oil prices sent key benchmarks diving into negative territory early Thursday. Outside of the first week in October, crude oil prices have been holding steady in bullish territory for the better part of the third quarter. The rally is due in part to the effort by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Wheatstone LNG a drag on Woodside Petroleum
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Baghdad reminds oil companies that it's in charge
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Oil States International expects revenue hit from Harvey
Geologic evidence is the forerunner of ominous prospects for a warming earth
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
While strong seasonal hurricanes have devastated many of the Caribbean and Bahamian islands this year, geologic studies on several of these islands illustrate that more extreme conditions existed in the past. A new analysis published in Marine Geology shows that the limestone islands of the Bahamas and Bermuda experienced climate changes that were even more extreme than historical events. ... more
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
'Plan B': Seven ways to engineer the climate
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
British government unveils green spending plans
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
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Coal still holds a slight edge as U.S. power source
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
U.S. coal production in the first half of the year is slightly lower than last year, but still holds an edge as an electricity source, the government said. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported total U.S. coal production during the first half of the year was slightly lower than the same time last year, but higher than the first half 2016. The EIA's report said declines in ... more
Sydney (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Rio in massive share buyback after coal mines sale
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
China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launched three remote sensing satellites Friday on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Yaogan-30 01 satellites will conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments. The launch is the 251st flight mission of the Long March rocket family. span class="BDL">Source: a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com">Xin ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
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State Dept. proposes $343B C-17 support contract with Kuwait
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
The State Department announced Friday it has approved a possible foreign military sale to the government of Kuwait for continuation of the C-17 logistics support services and equipment. The contract, which requires approval from Congress before being finalized, is said to be worth an estimated $342.6 million and would meet a request from Kuwait for three years - with an option for an a ... more
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Multiple countries set to receive new eyes in the sky for Apache attack helicopters
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
U.S. taps Elbit for pilot HUD display units
President Duterte threatens iconic Philippine 'jeepney'
Manila (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Firebrand Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Tuesday to scrap by next year the "jeepneys" that have become a national symbol, as he became embroiled in a showdown with the mass transport industry. The flamboyantly-decorated but smoke-belching vehicles were originally converted from surplus World War II US army jeeps but now largely use reconditioned diesel engines from Japan. ... more
Oslo (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Norway seeks 'Tesla tax' on electric cars
Ljubljana (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Slovenia sets tough emissions limits for cars
Paris (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Paris wants to phase out diesel cars by 2024
NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth's Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 16, 2017
A new NASA study provides space-based evidence that Earth's tropical regions were the cause of the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration seen in at least 2,000 years. Scientists suspected the 2015-16 El Nino - one of the largest on record - was responsible, but exactly how has been a subject of ongoing research. Analyzing the first 28 months of data from NASA ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 16, 2017
New Insights From OCO-2 Showcased in Science
Miami (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Spikes in carbon emissions detected with NASA satellite
New York, NY (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Columbia researchers observe exotic quantum particle in bilayer graphene
Spin current detection in quantum materials unlocks potential for alternative electronics
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
A new method that precisely measures the mysterious behavior and magnetic properties of electrons flowing across the surface of quantum materials could open a path to next-generation electronics. Found at the heart of electronic devices, silicon-based semiconductors rely on the controlled electrical current responsible for powering electronics. These semiconductors can only access the elec ... more
Mumbai (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
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Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
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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
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Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse' as smog looms
Sonipat, India (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
As Hindus across India celebrate Diwali this week, scientists fear a ban on firecrackers and other emergency anti-pollution measures deployed by authorities may not be enough to prevent a repeat of last year's "airpocalypse" in Delhi. Each year, as winter descends on the Indian capital, a perfect storm of seasonal crop stubble burning, dense cloud cover and smoke generated by millions of fir ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
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Air pollution kills over 500,000 Europeans a year: report
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