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November 20, 2017
CAR TECH
'Robo-taxis' hold promise, and perils, for automakers



Paris (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
It's November 22, 2028 and Sarah, a young mother, gives her two children a kiss goodbye before buckling them into the driverless car that will bring them to school. Sarah doesn't have a car and has no plans to buy one. Living in a suburb, she has run the numbers and the result is clear: It's much cheaper to order a car only when she needs one. The "robo-taxi" has also made her life easier, but only after such vehicles upended the business models which carmakers had relied on for decades. The ... read more

CAR TECH
UK budget aims for driverless cars by 2021
London (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
British finance minister Philip Hammond is to announce 75 million pounds ($99 million, 84 million euros) funding for Artificial Intelligence and plans to put driverless cars on UK roads by 2021, in his budget speech on Wednesday. ... more
CAR TECH
Driverless, electric future just round the corner for urban cars
London (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
A driverless, electric car is only a swipe away in the cities of the future, where pollution clampdowns and rapid advances in technology will transform the way we travel, despite lagging infrastructure. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Embattled Toshiba to boost capital by $5.3 bn share issuance
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
Embattled Japanese conglomerate Toshiba said Sunday it plans to raise $5.3 billion by issuing new shares, a move aimed at avoiding a humiliating delisting from the Tokyo bouse. ... more
CAR TECH
Want safe travels? Find freeways with these features
Provo UT (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
New BYU research commissioned by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) shows a number of highway features that make accidents less likely. Among them are some that are intuitive: minimal hills a ... more
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BIO FUEL
Coffee set to power London buses in green initiative
London (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
London's caffeine habit could soon provide an eco-friendly energy kick to its buses, including its iconic red double decker. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
New theory rewrites opening moments of Chernobyl disaster
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
A brand-new theory of the opening moments during the Chernobyl disaster, the most severe nuclear accident in history, based on additional analysis is presented for the first time in the journal Nucl ... more
TRADE WARS
Post-hurricane rebuilding fuels jump in October US home construction
Washington (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
Construction of new homes in the United States sprang to life in October as hurricane-damaged housing markets recovered from back-to-back late summer storms, according to data released Wednesday. ... more
TRADE WARS
Panama opens embassy in China after cutting Taiwan ties
Beijing (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Panama opened its first embassy in China on Thursday five months after cutting ties with Taiwan, which has seen its allies dwindle against the mainland's growing influence. ... more
TRADE WARS
China to build $1.6 bn aluminium plant in Tajikistan
Dushanbe, Tajikistan (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
China will build an aluminium factory worth $1.6 billion in ex-Soviet Tajikistan, the Central Asian country's leading smelter said Friday, in a sign of Beijing's increasing influence over the economy of its resource-poor neighbour. ... more
TECH SPACE
Scientific advances can make it easier to recycle plastics
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Most of the 150 million tons of plastics produced around the world every year end up in landfills, the oceans and elsewhere. Less than 9 percent of plastics are recycled in the United States, rising ... more


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TECH SPACE
Are multiple H-coils needed to accurately measure magnetic field strengths
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Is more always better? Researchers from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, sought to find out if that was the case for measuring magnetic field strengths. Their paper, appearing this week in AIP A ... more
TECH SPACE
Kevlar-based artificial cartilage mimics the magic of the real thing
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
The unparalleled liquid strength of cartilage, which is about 80 percent water, withstands some of the toughest forces on our bodies. Synthetic materials couldn't match it - until "Kevlartilag ... more
TRADE WARS
Studies suggests link between testosterone, stock market instability
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
New research supports the theory that testosterone influences the decision making of stock market traders, and could be a cause of market instability. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Oil prices snap out of slump on OPEC rhetoric
Washington (UPI) Nov 20, 2017
Renewed speculation over the next move from OPEC helped pull crude oil prices out of a slump on Friday, though many voices said U.S. shale may be the spoiler. ... 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
Fuel cell X-ray study details effects of temperature and moisture on performance
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Like a well-tended greenhouse garden, a specialized type of hydrogen fuel cell - which shows promise as a clean, renewable next-generation power source for vehicles and other uses - requires precise temperature and moisture controls to be at its best. If the internal conditions are too dry or too wet, the fuel cell won't function well. But seeing inside a working fuel cell at the tiny scal ... more
College Station TX (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Researchers take next step toward fusion energy
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Study helps make microgrids a more reliable power source
Ames IA (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
'Perfectly frustrated' metal provides possible path to superconductivity
End tax credits for wind energy, Tennessee Republican says
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
It's wasteful to keep offering production tax credits to a "mature technology" like wind energy in the United States, a Tennessee Republican said. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., spoke on the floor in support of ending a wind production tax credit by the end of the year as part of a broader tax overhaul under consideration in the nation's capital. "We have turned our attentio ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
New York sets high bar for wind energy
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
Recurrent Energy secures debt financing for 20 MW California solar project
Guelph, Canada (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Recurrent Energy a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. has closed on a combined construction loan and construction letter of credit facility for the 20 MWac/28 MWp Gaskell West 1 solar power project. KeyBank N.A. provided the construction loan and construction letter of credit facility for the project, while KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc. acted as lead arranger for the deal. This ... more
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Butterfly wing inspires photovoltaics that could triple light absorption
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Ionic 'solar cell' could provide on-demand water desalination
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Pine and poplar wood improve sunlight-driven water purification
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 approach to tackle the problem of radioactive waste disposal. The new method, published in Scientific Reports, could dramatically reduce the effective half-life (an indicator of the amount of time i ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
Embattled Toshiba to boost capital by $5.3 bn share issuance
Paris (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
France backtracks on nuclear power reduction target
Charlotte NC (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
AREVA NP introduces FORERUNNER robot to optimize steam generator inspections
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
London (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
Coffee set to power London buses in green initiative
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Desert solar to fuel centuries of air travel
Livermore CA (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Sandia speeds transformation of biofuel waste into wealth
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Fossil fuel investment spells 'unsustainable future': UN chief
Bonn (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Continued investment in fossil fuel would deliver "an unsustainable future", UN chief Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday, saying time was running out to prevent calamitous climate change caused by atmosphere-fouling emissions. Sinking more money into coal, oil and gas does not make financial sense, and markets must be "re-oriented away from the counter-productive," he told UN climate envoys i ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 20, 2017
Oil prices snap out of slump on OPEC rhetoric
Washington (UPI) Nov 20, 2017
Pipeline leak raises questions over fate of Keystone XL
Washington (UPI) Nov 20, 2017
U.S. wants input on Alaskan oil production proposal
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
Dallas TX (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Study settles prehistoric climate puzzle
Bonn (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
UN climate envoys agree on way forward, despite Trump
Bonn (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
Keeping it real: UN climate talks struggle to stay relevant
Anti-coal drive at UN climate talks stalked by pro-coal White House
Bonn (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Countries launched a coal phase-out initiative Thursday at UN climate talks in Bonn, offering an antidote to the defence of Earth-warming fossil fuels by US President Donald Trump's administration. Spearheaded by Canada and Britain, the "Powering Past Coal Alliance" commits more than 20 nations, cities, and regions to weaning themselves off a commodity that produces 40 percent of the world' ... more
Bonn (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Battle lines drawn over coal at UN climate talks
Hambach Coal Mine, Near Niederzier, Germany (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Protest at open-pit coal mine near Bonn ahead of UN climate talks
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Coal still holds a slight edge as U.S. power source
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China is expected to achieve a "major breakthrough" in nuclear-powered space shuttles around 2040, according to a report issued by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation on Thursday. The achievement will be able to support large-scale exploration and development of space resources, and make mining on asteroids and space solar power plants possible, said the report, which outlin ... more
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
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GEA awarded $143.4M for CH-53K helicopter engines
Washington (UPI) Nov 17, 2017
General Electric Aviation has been awarded a contract worth more than $143.4 million for the procurement of 22 low-rate initial production Lot 1 and 2 T408-GE-400 turboshaft engines for the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter. The deal, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, is under a firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, meaning that the $143.4 million is the maximum a ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 17, 2017
Boeing to upgrade B-52 bombers for U.S. Air Force
Washington (UPI) Nov 17, 2017
Rockwell Collins awarded $12.7M for E-6B Mercury aircraft upgrades
Washington (UPI) Nov 16, 2017
Bell-Boeing to provide V-22 support to Japan
Driverless, electric future just round the corner for urban cars
London (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
A driverless, electric car is only a swipe away in the cities of the future, where pollution clampdowns and rapid advances in technology will transform the way we travel, despite lagging infrastructure. As more and more countries announce a phasing-out of pure petrol and diesel cars, early versions of tomorrow's models are already on the streets: hybrid cars, fully electric motors and vehicl ... more
Paris (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
'Robo-taxis' hold promise, and perils, for automakers
Beijing (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Volkswagen China to invest billions in new energy cars
Hawthorne, United States (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
Tesla unveils its all-electric semi truck
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
Transfer technique produces wearable gallium nitride gas sensors
Atlanta GA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
A transfer technique based on thin sacrificial layers of boron nitride could allow high-performance gallium nitride gas sensors to be grown on sapphire substrates and then transferred to metallic or flexible polymer support materials. The technique could facilitate the production of low-cost wearable, mobile and disposable sensing devices for a wide range of environmental applications. Tra ... more
Moscow (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Physicists mix waves on superconducting qubits
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
The next generation of power electronics?
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Essential quantum computer component downsized by 2 orders
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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
Small cities choke as India remains callous to rising bad air
Moradabad, India (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
In the northern Indian city of Moradabad fumes from burning electronic waste blend with seasonal smog to create an even deadlier mix of pollutants than in Delhi, where filthy air has caused public outcry and made global headlines. India's smog crisis has centred on the capital but pollution is as bad or worse beyond its borders, with millions in smaller cities like Moradabad barely aware of ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
Delhi half-marathon to go ahead despite smog, court rules
Paris (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Interactive map shows air quality in real time across Europe
College Park MD (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Sulfur dioxide emissions plunge across China as India's soars
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