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October 27, 2017
TECH SPACE
Understanding how electrons turn to glass



Sendai, Japan (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Researchers at Tohoku University have gained new insight into the electronic processes that guide the transformation of liquids into a solid crystalline or glassy state. The ability of some liquids to transition into glass has been exploited since ancient times. But many fundamental aspects of this transition phase are far from understood. Better understanding could spur the development of new products, such as DVDs or blue ray discs that store data by altering their state of matter from one to an ... read more

ROBO SPACE
Researchers unveil tool to debug 'black box' deep learning algorithms
New York NY (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Computers can now beat humans at chess and Go, but it may be a while before people trust their driving. The danger of self-driving cars was highlighted last year when Tesla's autonomous car collided ... more
ABOUT US
Determining when humans started impacting the planet on a large scale
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Humans have so profoundly altered the Earth that, some scientists argue, our current geologic epoch requires a new name: the Anthropocene. But defining the precise start of the era is tricky. Would ... more
OIL AND GAS
Raton Basin earthquakes linked to oil and gas fluid injections
Boulder CO (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
A rash of earthquakes in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico recorded between 2008 and 2010 was likely due to fluids pumped deep underground during oil and gas wastewater disposal, says a new ... more
TECH SPACE
Laser beams for superconductivity
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
A laser pulse, a special material, an extraordinary property which appears inexplicably. These are the main elements that emerge from a research conducted by an international team, coordinated by Mi ... more
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TECH SPACE
Turning a material upside down can sometimes make it softer
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
The ICN2 Oxide Nanophysics Group led by ICREA Prof. Gustau Catalan has recently published the latest findings from their research line on flexoelectricity in Advanced Materials. PhD student Kumara C ... more
WATER WORLD
Underwater sound waves help scientists locate ocean impacts
Cardiff UK (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Scientists have developed a new method to locate the precise time and location that objects fall into our oceans. The method, developed by researchers from Cardiff University, uses underwater ... more
ENERGY TECH
When humidity benefits batteries
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Sometimes you can find simple solutions to complex problems, as demonstrated by the team of INRS's Dr. Lionel Roue, which cleverly improved the performance of silicon-based electrodes for lithium-io ... more
ENERGY TECH
Plastic and metal-organic frameworks partner for sensing and storage
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
A marriage between 3-D printer plastic and a versatile material for detecting and storing gases could lead to inexpensive sensors and fuel cell batteries alike, suggests new research from the Nation ... more
SOLAR DAILY
UNIST researchers develop highly stable perovskite solar cells
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has presented a highly stable perovskite solar cells (PSCs), using edged-selectively fluorine (F) functionalized graphene nano-platelets (EFGnPs). This breakthr ... more
CHIP TECH
Resistive memory components the computer industry can't resist
New Haven CT (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Make way for some new memsistors. For years, the computer industry has sought memory technologies with higher endurance, lower cost, and better energy efficiency than commercial flash memories. Now, ... more


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INTERNET SPACE
Models clarify physics at photocathode surfaces
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Photocathodes used in linear accelerator facilities, free electron lasers and advanced X-ray light sources generate a beam of electrons to probe matter at an atomic level. Advances in materials scie ... more
NANO TECH
Nanotube fiber antennas as capable as copper
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Fibers made of carbon nanotubes configured as wireless antennas can be as good as copper antennas but 20 times lighter, according to Rice University researchers. The antennas may offer practical adv ... more
INTERNET SPACE
Sussex physicists have breakthrough on brittle smart phone screens
Sussex UK (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Scientists at the University of Sussex may have found a solution to the long-standing problem of brittle smart phone screens. Professor Alan Dalton and his team have developed a new way to mak ... more
CAR TECH
Paris city bikes go electric
Paris (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Ten years after Paris launched the wildly popular Velib bicycle-sharing scheme, the grey two-wheelers that have spawned imitators worldwide are getting a makeover. ... more



Japan faces challenges in cutting CO2, Moody's finds
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Utility companies in the Japanese market face an uphill battle in meeting targets for the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, Moody's reported Monday. Moody's Investors Service reported that Japan faces challenges in meeting its commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Based on March levels, the report found emissions from the utility sector will need to be cut by as much as 50 p ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
IEA: An electrified world would cost $31B per year to achieve
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
Electronic entropy enhances water splitting
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Researchers have long known that cerium is the best element to use when splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen - a key technique in creating hydrogen gas for fuel. But why, exactly, cerium is so successful has been far less understood. Now a Northwestern University team led by Chris Wolverton has discovered that cerium's electronic entropy, which is created when an electron transitions a ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Scientists solve a magnesium mystery in rechargeable battery performance
Ames IA (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Ames UConn team discover superconductor with bounce
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Plastic and metal-organic frameworks partner for sensing and 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
Air pollution cuts solar energy potential in China
Princeton NJ (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
China is rapidly expanding its solar power supply, hoping to meet 10 percent of the nation's electricity needs with solar energy by 2030. But there's a problem: severe air pollution is blocking light from the sun, significantly reducing China's output of solar energy, particularly in the northern and eastern parts of the country. This issue is worst in the winter, when - according to resea ... more
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
New fractal-like concentrating solar power receivers are better at absorbing sunlight
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
German utility sees potential in rooftop solar
Guelph, Canada (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Recurrent Energy Announces Commercial Operation of 71 MW North Carolina Solar Project
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
Dessel, Belgium (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Dessel: a new step forward with the dismantling of the site
Expanding Brazilian sugarcane could dent global CO2 emissions
Champaign IL (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Vastly expanding sugarcane production in Brazil for conversion to ethanol could reduce current global carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 5.6 percent, researchers report in the journal Nature Climate Change. This would be a massive undertaking, involving the conversion of hundreds of thousands of square miles - at its most ambitious, more than the combined land area of Texas and Califor ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Stiff fibers spun from slime
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
Leuven, Belgium (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Separating methane and CO2 will become more efficient
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Oil prices stand still in market push-pull
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
Mixed support from supply and demand metrics left crude oil prices in relatively static territory in the early rounds of Thursday trading. Preliminary data and early reads on supply and demand indicated a slight drain in U.S. crude oil inventories. The U.S. Energy Information Administration, however, posted a surprise 856,000 build, snapping a four-week streak of declines. Trader ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 25, 2017
Amid energy spats, Ukraine's economy showing resilience
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
Iran says it's signed its first agreement tied to LNG
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
Hearings cancelled over Minnesota oil pipeline
A drier south: Europe's drought trends match climate change projections
Logan UT (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
On the same day that global leaders wrapped up an international water and climate summit in Rome, researchers published new findings that suggest European drought trends are lining up with climate change projections. Their study, published Oct. 25 in Scientific Reports, shows that two major drought indices are deviating from one another across Europe in a manner consistent with climate cha ... more
Hanover, NH (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Carbon dioxide levels lower than thought during super greenhouse period
New Haven CT (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Study reshapes understanding of climate change's impact on early societies
Riyadh (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
IMF chief warns of 'dark future' over climate change
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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Boeing keeps tough line on Bombardier as earnings fall
New York (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Boeing strongly defended its tough stance in a trade dispute with Canada's Bombardier Wednesday, as it reported lower quarterly earnings in part due to unexpected costs on a military contract. Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg defended a complaint against the Canadian company over alleged illegal subsidies, a dispute that has deepened tensions between Canadian Prime Minister and US Pr ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
UChicago astrophysicists to catch particles from deep space on NASA balloon mission
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Highly flexible wings tested
Athens (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Greece defends F-16 warplane upgrade amid cost criticism
Delphi boosts self-driving efforts with $400 mn deal for nuTonomy
Washington (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
Automotive equipment maker Delphi said Tuesday it was acquiring US university spinoff nuTonomy in a move to bolster its technology for self-driving vehicles. Delphi, a former General Motors unit now headquartered in Britain, said the deal was valued at $400 million, with another $50 million possible in incentive payments. The deal is likely to expand the reach of nuTonomy, a company spun ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Opel drives Peugeot's sales, but China stalls
Bad Birnbach, Germany (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Self-driving bus to shuttle Bavarian townsfolk
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
Study: Millions of miles of planned roads shouldn't be built
Taming 'wild' electrons in graphene
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Graphene - a one-atom-thick layer of the stuff in pencils - is a better conductor than copper and is very promising for electronic devices, but with one catch: Electrons that move through it can't be stopped. Until now, that is. Scientists at Rutgers University-New Brunswick have learned how to tame the unruly electrons in graphene, paving the way for the ultra-fast transport of electrons ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Global CO2 emissions stalled for the third year in a row
Fort Collins CO (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Carbon coating gives biochar its garden-greening power
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 16, 2017
NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth's Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike
Nanoelectronic breakthrough may lead to more efficient quantum devices
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Researchers from Concordia have made a breakthrough that could help your electronic devices get even smarter. Their findings, which examine electron behaviour within nanoelectronics, have been published in the journal Nature Communications. The article was co-authored by current PhD student Andrew McRae (MSc 13) and Alexandre Champagne, associate professor of physics in the Faculty o ... more
Singapore (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Research team led by NUS scientists breaks new ground in memory technology
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Researchers bring optical communication onto silicon chips
New Haven CT (SPX) Oct 26, 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
Ahmedabad, India (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
Modi, Abe to kick-start India's first bullet train project
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
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New York (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Hyperloop startup says superfast rail a reality
India top court bans dirty fuel to fight Delhi's bad air
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
India's top court Tuesday banned the use of petroleum coke - a cheap but dirty fuel - in New Delhi's neighbouring states, the latest crackdown aimed at improving air quality in one of the most polluted cities in the world. The Supreme Court also ordered a ban on the sale and use of furnace oil - a polluting refinery by-product - in industries in the states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and R ... more
Santiago (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Chile to ban plastic bags in coastal regions
Rome (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Schools closed over fears of toxic wind from Italy steel plant
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
Levels of microplastics in the Baltic have remained constant for 30 years
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