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October 23, 2017
TECH SPACE
Two-dimensional materials gets a new theory for control of properties



University Park PA (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Desirable properties including increased electrical conductivity, improved mechanical properties, or magnetism for memory storage or information processing may be possible because of a theoretical method to control grain boundaries in two-dimensional materials, according to Penn State materials scientists. Two-dimensional (2D) materials have been the focus of intense study in the last decade, but prior to the work of Yuanxi Wang, a recent Penn State doctoral graduate and Vincent H. Crespi, disting ... read more

CHIP TECH
Novel 'converter' heralds breakthrough in ultra-fast data processing at nanoscale
Singapore (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Advancement in nanoelectronics, which is the use of nanotechnology in electronic components, has been fueled by the ever-increasing need to shrink the size of electronic devices in a bid to produce ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
South Korea to push ahead with nuclear power plants
Seoul (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
South Korea on Friday decided to push ahead with the construction of two new nuclear reactors after months of heated debate over whether the country should start weaning itself off atomic energy. ... more
AEROSPACE
Highly flexible wings tested
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
The subscale X-56A is scheduled for a series of research flights in November to prove enabling technology for designing aircraft with highly flexible, lightweight wings. The use of less structurally ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
AREVA NP installs a system allowing flexible electricity generation at Goesgen nuclear power plant
Daniken, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP has installed a system to automatically adjust Goesgen Swiss nuclear power plant's electricity generation to the needs of the grid operator. The successfully implemented solution varies the ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE
New Delhi shuts power plant in fight against Diwali smog
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
India's environmental watchdog shut down a coal-fired power plant and banned the use of diesel generators in New Delhi as air quality plummeted in the world's most polluted capital on Wednesday, the start of the Diwali festival. ... more
TRADE WARS
Cognac craze in US, China prompts Hennessy expansion
Paris (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
The world's biggest brandy producer Hennessy on Wednesday opened a new plant in southwest France to try to satisfy the seemingly insatiable thirst for its liquor in the US and Asia. ... more
TRADE WARS
Cashing out: The end of Hong Kong's historic trading floor
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 22, 2017
In its heyday in the 1980s, more than a thousand brokers dressed in signature red blazers made deals on the trading floor of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, in what was a raucous, competitive bear pit. ... more
CAR TECH
Lyft gets $1 bn from Google parent to rev up challenge to Uber
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
US ridesharing giant Lyft announced Thursday it has received a $1 billion investment led by the venture arm of Google parent Alphabet, to help ramp up its challenge to market leader Uber. ... more
TRADE WARS
China's economic growth slows in Q3 but on course to beat target
Beijing (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
China's economy slowed marginally in the third quarter but is well on course to beat the government's annual target, cementing President Xi Jinping's standing as he prepares to be handed a second term in power at a Communist Party conclave. ... more
CAR TECH
Baidu to hit the road with self-driving bus
Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Baidu chief executive Robin Li on Tuesday said the Chinese internet giant will have a self-driving bus on the road soon as it races for a lead in autonomous vehicles. ... more


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INTERNET SPACE
Facebook joins effort to boost newspaper subscriptions
Washington (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Facebook announced Thursday initiatives to help struggling news organizations gain paid subscribers, following a similar move unveiled earlier this month by Google. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Chinese food delivery startup raises $4 billion
Beijing (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Chinese online food delivery company Meituan-Dianping raised $4 billion dollars on Thursday from Chinese and foreign investors, amid a growing appetite to plow cash into the country's tech start-ups. ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Bidding war heats up for $5 billion second Amazon HQ
New York (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
It's the prize of a lifetime - a $5 billion investment creating 50,000 well-paid jobs that everyone wants, but only one US city will get. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Iraq PM arrives on Saudi visit
Riyadh (AFP) Oct 21, 2017
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Riyadh Saturday in a visit aimed at upgrading strategic ties, amid warming relations between the Arab neighbours. ... 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
'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
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
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 percolate within the plasma edge, reducing the performance of the plasma by taking away heat that sustains the fusion reactions. Now, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton P ... more
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
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
'Air-breathing' battery could cut costs of renewable energy storage
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 from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. The project is owned by Kennedy Energy Park Holdings Pty Ltd, a joint venture between Windlab and Eurus Energy Holdin ... more
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
A kite that might fly
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Scotland outreach to Canada yields wind energy investment
Edinburgh (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
First floating wind farm starts operation in Scotland
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
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
Cayce SC (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Clean Energy Collective Starts Construction on SCE and G Community Solar Facilities
South Korea to push ahead with nuclear power plants
Seoul (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
South Korea on Friday decided to push ahead with the construction of two new nuclear reactors after months of heated debate over whether the country should start weaning itself off atomic energy. A state commission, based on a survey of 471 jurors selected across the country, recommended finishing construction of the Shin Kori-5 and Shin Kori-6 reactors near the southeastern city of Ulsan. ... more
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP awarded contract for safety upgrades in seven reactors
Daniken, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP installs a system allowing flexible electricity generation at Goesgen nuclear power plant
Metz, France (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Greenpeace fireworks shine light on French nuclear safety concerns
Breaking down stubborn cellulose
Styria, Austria (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Biofuels obtained from biomass are becoming increasingly important. Apart from biomethane, however, they cannot be produced efficiently, cheaply and sustainably since the current technological complexity and costs are still too high. Partly to blame is cellulose, a polysaccharide and plant constituent which is not water soluble and thus difficult to process. Typically, biorefineries use a ... more
Leuven, Belgium (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Separating methane and CO2 will become more efficient
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
Liverpool UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
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Chevron suspends operations in Iraqi Kurdistan
New York (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Chevron said Friday it "temporarily" suspended operations in Kurdistan in Iraq, an oil-rich region at the center of a conflict between Baghdad and Kurdish forces. "We continue to monitor the situation in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq," said a spokeswoman for the US oil giant in an email message. "We remain in regular contact," she said. "We look forward to resuming our operations as soon ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Rising dollar, risk tolerance, drags oil prices lower
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Iran reaches agreement on gas with Italian power company
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Azerbaijan would support further OPEC balancing actions
US ocean observation critical to understanding climate change
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
The ocean plays a critical role in climate and weather, serving as a massive reservoir of heat and water that influences tropical storms, El Nin?o, and climate change. In addition, the ocean has absorbed 30 percent of the carbon dioxide associated with human activities, lessening the climate effects of fossil fuel combustion. Ocean observing systems are important as they provide informatio ... more
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Geologic evidence is the forerunner of ominous prospects for a warming earth
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
'Plan B': Seven ways to engineer the climate
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
British government unveils green spending plans
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
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Jing Haipeng, the first Chinese astronaut to go into space three times, has voiced his desire to go into space again as a further demonstration of his loyalty to the Communist Party of China (CPC). "I'm eager to go to space again, be a pioneer in the battle one more time," said the 51-year-old major general and delegate to the ongoing 19th National Congress of the CPC. "Let the vastn ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launches three satellites
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
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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
Hear This: 30 Percent Less Noise
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
Lyft gets $1 bn from Google parent to rev up challenge to Uber
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
US ridesharing giant Lyft announced Thursday it has received a $1 billion investment led by the venture arm of Google parent Alphabet, to help ramp up its challenge to market leader Uber. Lyft said the new funding gives it a valuation of $11 billion as it steps up competition against Uber, reeling from a series of missteps and scandals which have forced out its founder and chief executive. ... more
Manila (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
President Duterte threatens iconic Philippine 'jeepney'
Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Baidu to hit the road with self-driving bus
Oslo (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Norway seeks 'Tesla tax' on electric cars
Carbon coating gives biochar its garden-greening power
Fort Collins CO (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
For more than 100 years, biochar, a carbon-rich, charcoal-like substance made from oxygen-deprived plant or other organic matter, has both delighted and puzzled scientists. As a soil additive, biochar can store carbon and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and it can slow-release nutrients to act as a non-toxic fertilizer. But the precise chemistry by which biochar stores nutrients and ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 16, 2017
NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth's Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike
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
Novel 'converter' heralds breakthrough in ultra-fast data processing at nanoscale
Singapore (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Advancement in nanoelectronics, which is the use of nanotechnology in electronic components, has been fueled by the ever-increasing need to shrink the size of electronic devices in a bid to produce smaller, faster and smarter gadgets such as computers, memory storage devices, displays and medical diagnostic tools. While most advanced electronic devices are powered by photonics - which invo ... more
Mumbai (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
India's TCS profits fall amid weak growth in retail, banking
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Quantum communications bend to our needs
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Newly-discovered semiconductor dynamics may help improve energy efficiency
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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
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
Pollution killed nine million people in 2015: report
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Delhi chokes on toxic haze despite Diwali fireworks ban
Beijing (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Smog defies China's Communist Party congress
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