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November 15, 2017
SOLAR DAILY
Butterfly wing inspires photovoltaics that could triple light absorption



Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Sunlight reflected by solar cells is lost as unused energy. The wings of the butterfly Pachliopta aristolochiae are drilled by nanostructures (nanoholes) that help absorbing light over a wide spectrum far better than smooth surfaces. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now succeeded in transferring these nanostructures to solar cells and, thus, enhancing their light absorption rate by up to 200 percent. The scientists report their results in the journal Science Advances. DOI: 10. ... read more

CHIP TECH
Essential quantum computer component downsized by 2 orders
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Qubits, or quantum bits, are the key building blocks that lie at the heart of every quantum computer. In order to perform a computation, signals need to be directed to and from qubits. At the ... more
CHIP TECH
Physicists mix waves on superconducting qubits
Moscow (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Physicists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) and Royal Holloway, University of London, have demonstrated an effect known as quantum wave mixing on an artificial atom. Their ... more
BIO FUEL
To find new biofuel enzymes, it can take a microbial village
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
A new study led by researchers at the Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), based at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), demonstrates the importance of microbial ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
A fast reactor system to shorten the lifetime of long-lived fission products
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
A team of scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) working in collaboration with Tohoku University, Tokyo City University and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency has proposed a novel appr ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Fuel removal device installed at meltdown-hit Fukushima reactor
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
Workers at Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have installed a device to remove nuclear fuel from a meltdown-hit reactor nearly seven years after the crisis was sparked by a tsunami, a spokesman said Monday. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Nuclear tax refund keeps RWE on track for 2017
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
German energy giant RWE on Tuesday said it was confident of hitting the upper targets of its 2017 outlook after a huge nuclear tax refund boosted its nine-month performance. ... more
NANO TECH
Promising sensors for submarines, mines and spacecraft
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Researchers from the Physics Department of Moscow State University and their colleagues have discovered a mechanism that allows gas sensors, based on nanocrystalline metal oxides, to work at room te ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Learning from photosynthesis
Tempe AZ (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
The green sulfur bacterium makes its home in the chilly waters of the Black Sea. To eek out its lonely existence, this life form scavenges energy from the feeble sunlight available to it at a depth ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Sunny future for renewables thanks to China: IEA
Paris (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Solar energy is to lead the race to new power generation over the coming decades, thanks in large part to China and India, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. ... more
CAR TECH
Lyft takes Uber challenge north to Canada
San Francisco (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
US ride-sharing startup Lyft said Monday it is launching next month in Toronto, the first city in what is expected to be an international expansion for the Uber rival. ... more


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TRADE WARS
IMF raises 2017 growth outlook for South Korea
Seoul (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday raised its 2017 growth forecast for South Korea, as improving exports and construction investment offset elevated geopolitical tensions over the North Korea nuclear crisis. ... more
TRADE WARS
Watchdog warns of 'high risk' digital currency offers
Paris (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
A European financial markets watchdog warned Monday of the risks to investors of putting money in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), and to firms of stepping over the line of legality. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Don't buy the tight-market hype, IEA says
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
Unless OPEC agrees to cut more production, output from non-member states will leave the market in surplus and limit the rally in oil prices, the IEA said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
China downplays Venezuela debt risks
Beijing (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
China said Tuesday that cooperation with Venezuela on its massive loans was "proceeding smoothly", voicing confidence that Caracas can handle its debt problems even as the South American country descended towards selective default. ... more



Improving sensor accuracy to prevent electrical grid overload
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Electrical physicists from Czech Technical University have provided additional evidence that new current sensors introduce errors when assessing current through iron conductors. It's crucial to correct this flaw in the new sensors so that operators of the electrical grid can correctly respond to threats to the system. The researchers show how a difference in a conductor's magnetic permeabi ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Japan faces challenges in cutting CO2, Moody's finds
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
Scientists make progress in quest for fusion energy
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
Creating fusion energy presents a variety of challenges, but researchers at Texas A&M University are closer to besting at least of the obstacles. Scientists have developed a new method for creating resilient materials - possibly strong enough to survive the intensity of a fusion core. Fusion energy is the nuclear energy that powers the sun. One of the problems posed by fusion en ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
A novel layered superconductor based on tin and arsenic
Ames IA (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
'Perfectly frustrated' metal provides possible path to superconductivity
Washington (UPI) Nov 7, 2017
Scientists design smart paper capable of detecting water, conducting electricity
New York sets high bar for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
The state of New York aims to become a new hub for the wind energy industry with its unique geographical position and ambitions goals, a state leader said. New York ranks 11th in the nation in terms of installed wind energy capacity and is the 15th windiest. As of 2014, the state had 20 wind energy projects in service, with a total capacity of 1.8 gigawatts of capacity. The state set of ... more
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Construction to begin on $160 million Industry Leading Hybrid Renewable Energy Project
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
China Saves the World, and America Too by Going Off-The-Grid
Wuxi, China (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
"People demand a beautiful life," was the opening statement of Mr. Wu Xingiong, Deputy Director of the Economic Committee of CPPCC. He is 100% right. The people of mother earth have spoken and the ancient middle kingdom of China woke. And not the I just got out of bed woke, but a full steam ahead mentality to cure the planet. A German colleague told me many years ago that China will cover ... more
Chefchaouen, Morocco (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
In Morocco, a blue tourist town is turning green
Tempe AZ (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Learning from photosynthesis
Paris (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Sunny future for renewables thanks to China: IEA
AREVA NP introduces FORERUNNER robot to optimize steam generator inspections
Charlotte NC (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
AREVA NP has announced the latest addition to the company's next generation of inspection robots - FORERUNNER for steam generators, which is developed and manufactured by INETEC-Institute for Nuclear Technology. Its size and design will minimize installation and inspection times by providing improved access to the steam generator tubes for inspection and repair as required. AREVA NP plans ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
A fast reactor system to shorten the lifetime of long-lived fission products
Paris (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
France backtracks on nuclear power reduction target
Hanover NH (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Nuclear energy programs may not increase likelihood of proliferation
To find new biofuel enzymes, it can take a microbial village
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
A new study led by researchers at the Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), based at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), demonstrates the importance of microbial communities as a source of stable enzymes that could be used to convert plants to biofuels. The study, recently published in the journal Nature Microbiology, reports on the discovery of new typ ... more
Livermore CA (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Sandia speeds transformation of biofuel waste into wealth
Indianapolis IN (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Study identifies additional hurdle to widespread planting of bioenergy crops
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Penn researchers mimic giant clams to enhance the production of biofuel
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Oil prices drift lower on future production expectations
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
Crude oil prices drifted further away from recent highs Tuesday following a forecast for non-OPEC production growth that outpaces demand next year. The World Energy Outlook from the International Energy Agency said it expected the 8 million barrel per day increase in U.S. shale oil production growth from 2010 through 2025 will match the record for the highest pace of production growth f ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
Moody's: Noble Group could be broke in a year
Oslo (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Environmentalists take Norway to court over Arctic drilling
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Statoil makes headway with Barents Sea field development
Artificially cooling planet 'risky strategy,' new research shows
Exeter UK (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Proposals to reduce the effects of global warming by imitating volcanic eruptions could have a devastating effect on global regions prone to either tumultuous storms or prolonged drought, new research has shown. Geoengineering - the intentional manipulation of the climate to counter the effect of global warming by injecting aerosols artificially into the atmosphere - has been mooted as a p ... more
Bonn (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Scientists warn of 'giant leap backward' at climate talks
Berlin (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Heat on 'climate chancellor' Merkel over coal and cars
Bonn (AFP) Nov 11, 2017
Climate target too low and progress too slow: top scientist
Protest at open-pit coal mine near Bonn ahead of UN climate talks
Hambach Coal Mine, Near Niederzier, Germany (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Environmental activists wearing hazard suits marched onto one of the world's largest open-pit coal mines, near Bonn, on Sunday, the eve of 196-nation UN climate talks in the west German city. Some two hundred protesters crossed a denuded no-man's land and lined up like guards at the edge of the 40-square kilometre (15 square mile) Hambach opencast coal mine, the biggest manmade hole in Euro ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Coal still holds a slight edge as U.S. power source
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
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China plans to launch its reusable spacecraft in 2020, according to a statement from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation Tuesday. Unlike traditional one-off spacecraft, the new spacecraft will fly into the sky like an aircraft, said Chen Hongbo, a researcher from the corporation. The spacecraft can transport people or payload into the orbit and return to Earth. C ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
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
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Lockheed awarded contract for integration of F-35, SDB-II
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Pentagon officials announced Thursday that Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has been awarded a contract for weapons technology and development support on the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter and small-diameter bomb II for the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force. The deal is estimated to be worth more than $34.6 million and is classified as a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract - where Lockheed M ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 12, 2017
Norway receives first three F-35s from Lockheed Martin
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Air Force pilot shortage has grown, is 'stretching the force to the limit'
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
NASA Embraces Urban Air Mobility, Calls for Market Study
Lyft takes Uber challenge north to Canada
San Francisco (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
US ride-sharing startup Lyft said Monday it is launching next month in Toronto, the first city in what is expected to be an international expansion for the Uber rival. "Our passports are packed and we're crossing the border. Before you know it, Lyft will be coming to you live in Toronto," a blog from the California company said announcing its plans for the Canadian city. "We've been look ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Vehicle emissions per driver on the rise, study finds
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
EV corridor will stretch from Norway to Italy
Detroit (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Auto workers at Chinese-owned US plant reject bid to unionize
New graphene filter turns whiskey clear
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
Scientists have created a new graphene-oxide membrane capable of turning whiskey clear. Previous graphene-oxide filters proved impermeable to all but water, limiting their potential. But researchers at the University of Manchester found they could let other solvents through by making the graphene-oxide membrane extremely thin. During the membrane's assembly, pinholes become inter ... more
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
First-ever US experiments at new X-ray facility may lead to better explosive modeling
Brussels (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
EU agrees to reform world's largest carbon market
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
The fingerprints of coastal carbon sinks
The next generation of power electronics?
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
The trick is to be able to use beryllium atoms in gallium nitride. Gallium nitride is a compound widely used in semiconductors in consumer electronics from LED lights to game consoles. To be useful in devices that need to process considerably more energy than in your everyday home entertainment, though, gallium nitride needs to be manipulated in new ways on the atomic level. "There is grow ... more
Moscow (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Physicists mix waves on superconducting qubits
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Essential quantum computer component downsized by 2 orders
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
University of Utah researchers develop milestone for ultra-fast communications and computing
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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
Parents angry as Delhi schools reopen despite smog
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
Angry parents accused Delhi authorities on Monday of "playing with children's health" as schools reopened despite a fresh surge in pollution to emergency levels. Doctors declared a public health emergency last week when choking smog descended on the capital and elsewhere in northern India, prompting authorities to close schools, ban construction and bar trucks from entering the city. On ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
'Don't panic' says Indian minister as smog crisis deepens
College Park MD (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
China's sulfur dioxide emissions fell sharply while India's grew rapidly
Beijing (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
China factory output slows as government cracks down on pollution
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