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November 29, 2017
SOLAR DAILY
NREL develops switchable solar window



Golden CO (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Thermochromic windows capable of converting sunlight into electricity at a high efficiency have been developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Relying on such advanced materials as perovskites and single-walled carbon nanotubes, the new technology responds to heat by transforming from transparent to tinted. As the window darkens, it generates electricity. The color change is driven by molecules (methylamine) that are reversibly ab ... read more

BIO FUEL
Brazilian ethanol can replace 13 percent of global crude oil consumption
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Expansion of sugarcane cultivation in Brazil for ethanol production in areas not under environmental protection or reserved for food production could potentially replace up to 13.7% of world crude o ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
For Gabon's sickly uranium miners, a long quest for compensation
Mounana, Gabon (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
"We are all sick. It's our health, and we are being conned," Moise Massala says angrily. ... more
ENERGY TECH
Statoil: Batteries can address wind power variability
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
Norwegian energy company Statoil said it was planning a battery system for a floating wind farm that will be "smart " enough to compensate for calm conditions. ... more
ENERGY TECH
Activity descriptors for electrocatalysts in energy storage applications
Beijing, Russia (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Under the environmental concerns such as pollution and greenhouse effect, environment-friendly energy storage applications such as fuel cells, ammonia production and lithium-air batteries are propos ... more
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ROBO SPACE
Amputees can learn to control a robotic arm with their minds
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
A new study by neuroscientists at the University of Chicago shows how amputees can learn to control a robotic arm through electrodes implanted in the brain. The research, published in Nature C ... more
TECH SPACE
Quantum optics allows us to abandon expensive lasers in spectroscopy
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
An international research group together with scientists from the MSU have developed a time-resolved spectroscopy method that allows studying fast processes in samples. The new method works by analy ... more
CARBON WORLDS
Tuning the wavelength of fluorescent carbon tubes
Fukuoka, Japan (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Carbon is not just the most important element for life, it also has fascinating properties of its own. Graphene - a pure carbon sheet just one atom thick - is one of the strongest materials. Roll gr ... more
TECH SPACE
Researchers inadvertently boost surface area of nickel nanoparticles for catalysis
Raleigh NC (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Air Force Research Laboratory have discovered that a technique designed to coat nickel nanoparticles with silica shells actually fragments th ... more
TECH SPACE
New 3-D printer is 10 times faster than commercial counterparts
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
MIT engineers have developed a new desktop 3-D printer that performs up to 10 times faster than existing commercial counterparts. Whereas the most common printers may fabricate a few Lego-sized bric ... more
CHIP TECH
Quantum systems correct themselves
Innsbruck, Austria (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
An international team of researchers from Innsbruck, Harvard, Copenhagen and Waterloo put forward a new method to protect quantum information stored in trapped ions. In their new proposal, the ... more


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TRADE WARS
In Ireland, Brexit border risk awakens ghosts of the Troubles
Belfast (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
During the worst of the Troubles, this wedge of north Belfast was "Murder Mile", a neighbourhood which crystalized the Northern Ireland conflict pitting Catholic nationalists against Protestant loyalists. ... more
TRADE WARS
Fresh US probe of Chinese aluminum imports ups ante with Beijing
Washington (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
The United States on Tuesday stepped up its trade confrontation with China, ordering an investigation into imports of aluminum sheet worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Michigan tightens screws on pipeline company Enbridge
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
Michigan has zero tolerance for errors in the network of pipelines crossing its territory, state leaders said in announcing an agreement with Enbridge. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Gas production accelerating in the Bakken
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
Even though more crude oil than gas comes out of the Bakken shale in North Dakota, the pace of growth for gas is far greater, a federal report found. ... 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
New computational method provides optimized design of wind up toys
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
A team of leading computer scientists has developed a novel computational system to aid the design and fabrication of wind-up toys, focusing on automating the intricate interior machinery responsible for the toys' wind-up motion. The new computational system includes analytic modeling of a wide variety of elemental mechanisms found in common wide-up toys, including their geometry and kinem ... more
Julich, Germany (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
Renaissance of the iron-air battery
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
Statoil: Batteries can address wind power variability
Sydney (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
Musk beats deadline for building world's biggest battery
New wind farm in service off the British coast
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
Norwegian energy company Statoil said Wednesday its Dudgeon wind farm off the British coast is now feeding the grid from its 67 wind turbines. The Dudgeon wind farm is about 25 miles off the coast of Norfolk. Its turbines, with a combined capacity of 402 megawatts, can meet the energy demands of around 410,000 average households at its peak. The Norwegian company, one of the main energy ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
End tax credits for wind energy, Tennessee Republican says
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
Burkina Faso launches Sahel region's largest solar power plant
Zagtouli, Burkina Faso (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
West Africa's biggest solar power plant goes onstream on Wednesday as Burkina Faso, one of the world's poorest countries, inaugurates a novel scheme to boost renewables and cut energy dependence on its neighbours. The 55-hectare (135-acre) plant at Zagtouli on the outskirts of the capital Ouagadougou will be able to churn out 33 megawatts - enough to power tens of thousands of homes. Pr ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Improving solar cells by watching atoms move in hybrid perovskite crystals
Golden CO (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
NREL develops switchable solar window
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Artificial photosynthesis gets big boost from new catalyst
For Gabon's sickly uranium miners, a long quest for compensation
Mounana, Gabon (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
"We are all sick. It's our health, and we are being conned," Moise Massala says angrily. The 82-year-old is a retired geochemist who used to work in a uranium mine in Gabon owned by French nuclear giant Areva. He and hundreds of other former workers say they fell ill from their work to extract the uranium - a source of nuclear power and warheads, but toxic and potentially carcinogenic. ... more
Ostrovets, Belarus (AFP) Nov 26, 2017
Belarus nuclear power plant stirs fears in Lithuania
Charlotte NC (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Lightbridge and AREVA NP Sign Agreements to Immediately Advance Fuel Development
London (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
UK made grave errors over Hinkley nuclear project: MPs
Cleaning Okinawan pig farm wastewater with microbial fuel cells
Onna, Japan (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
One of the greatest threats to the environment today is wastewater left over from production activities. Agricultural practices, such as pig farming, produce a large amount of wastewater containing organic contaminants, malodorous gases, and other substances that are damaging to the water supply. Usual methods of treating and recycling such wastewater include aeration, applying it as fertilizer ... more
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Brazilian ethanol can replace 13 percent of global crude oil consumption
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
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St. Louis MI (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
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OECD economic warning lights send oil prices lower
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
A lack of clarity over what happens next with OPEC's production agreement and a weak economic growth outlook for 2018 sent oil prices lower early Tuesday. Angel Gurria, the secretary general for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, said global growth is accelerating from 3.1 percent in terms of gross domestic product last year to 3.6 percent in 2017. "Over t ... more
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Half of hydraulically fractured wells within 3km of domestic groundwater systems
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
Gas prices may inch lower into December
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
Michigan tightens screws on pipeline company Enbridge
Canada to explore trade, climate change fight, with China
Washington (UPI) Nov 27, 2017
The Canadian prime minister said a "progressive trade" relationship and climate change would be high on the agenda during a December tour of China. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced during the weekend he'd travel to China for a five-day trip starting Dec. 3. The outreach to the world's second-largest economy is the latest in a series that began with his first official vis ... more
Sale, Morocco (AFP) Nov 24, 2017
Moroccans pray for rain as 'mercy from God'
Madrid (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought
Washington (UPI) Nov 21, 2017
Climate change encouraged 19th century migration to America
Battle lines drawn over coal at UN climate talks
Bonn (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
A score of mostly wealthy nations banded together at UN climate talks Thursday to swear off coal-fired power, a key driver of global warming and air pollution. To cap global warming at "well under" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) - the planet-saving target in the 196-nation Paris Agreement - coal must be phased out in developed countries by 2030, and "by no later than 2050 in ... more
Bonn (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Anti-coal drive at UN climate talks stalked by pro-coal White House
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
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
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
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Sky-high Wi-Fi ready to fly
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
Airline passengers will be able to surf the internet in the air almost as fast as they do on the ground, as China Unicom, China's second-largest telecom carrier by subscribers, prepares to demonstrate its in-flight Wi-Fi service next month. The move came shortly after local airlines were allowed to decide for themselves whether passengers could use personal electronic devices during flight ... more
New Delhi (Sputnik) Nov 29, 2017
Indian aerospace behemoth reveals why Indo-Russia FGFA is highly feasible
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
Lockheed awarded $37.7M contract for F-35 software conversions
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 24, 2017
US ends search for sailors after Philippine Sea air crash
Norway puts brakes on plans for 'Tesla tax'
Oslo (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
Norway, a world leader of zero-emission vehicles, has abandoned plans for a proposed "Tesla tax", a controversial measure that would have cut a tax rebate granted to heavy electric cars. Plans for the tax, which was to have entered into force in 2018, were halted after a budget compromise was reached between the right-wing government and its centre-right allies, which they presented on Wedne ... more
Washington (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
SoftBank offer for Uber shares to cut valuation: reports
London (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
Driverless, electric future just round the corner for urban cars
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
Hydrogen cars for the masses one step closer to reality
Graphene oxide making any material suitable to create biosensors
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
TPU scientist Raul Rodrigez and his colleagues from Lithuania and Germany were the first in the world to suggest how with the help of graphene oxide, in fact ordinary graphene as in pencils, but oxidized to make the surface of any material suitable for immobilization of living cells. Devices with such coatings will make it possible to detect and study individual living cells, including dan ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Pink diamond sells for over $32 mn in Hong Kong
Fukuoka, Japan (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Tuning the wavelength of fluorescent carbon tubes
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
New graphene filter turns whiskey clear
Argonne to install Comanche system to explore ARM technology for HPC
Lemont, IL (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is collaborating with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to provide system software expertise and a development ecosystem for a future high-performance computing (HPC) system based on 64-bit ARM processors. ARM is a RISC-based processor architecture that has dominated the mobile computing space for years. That dominance is due ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Strain-free epitaxy of germanium film on mica
Innsbruck, Austria (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Quantum systems correct themselves
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Scientists create a prototype neural network based on memristors
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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
99 percent of ocean microplastics could be identified with dye
Warwick UK (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
The smallest microplastics in our oceans - which go largely undetected and are potentially harmful - could be more effectively identified using an innovative and inexpensive new method, developed by researchers at the University of Warwick. New research, led by Gabriel Erni-Cassola and Dr. Joseph A. Christie-Oleza from Warwick's School of Life Sciences, has established a pioneering way to ... more
Hanoi (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
Vietnam jails activist for 7 years over toxic leak protests
Tabarja, Lebanon (AFP) Nov 26, 2017
Clean-up dives, recycling: Lebanese respond to garbage crisis
Omoa, Honduras (AFP) Nov 24, 2017
'Trash islands' off Central America indicate ocean pollution problem
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