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January 21, 2017
BIO FUEL
Populus dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, metabolites



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Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists as well as researchers in the fields of biofuels, materials science, and secondary plant metabolism. For nearly 10 years, researchers with DOE's BioEnergy Science Center (BESC), a DOE Bioenergy Research Center led by ORNL, have studied the genome of Populus - a fast-gr ... read more

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Handheld Sensor Unit Determines Biofuel Content Of Diesel Blends
Advanced sensor technology has been developed for the accurate determination of the biofuel content of diesel blends used in a wide range of automotive and industrial power applications. Hand ... more
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Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production, increase profits
Today many biofuel refineries operate for only seven months each year, turning freshly harvested crops into ethanol and biodiesel. When supplies run out, biorefineries shut down for the other five m ... more
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Iowa State engineer helps journal highlight how pyrolysis can advance the bioeconomy
A special issue of the journal Energy Technology details the latest advances in pyrolysis technologies for converting biomass into fuels, chemicals and fertilizers. Two pyrolysis experts are g ... more
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Handheld sensor unit determines biofuel content of diesel blends
Advanced sensor technology has been developed for the accurate determination of the biofuel content of diesel blends used in a wide range of automotive and industrial power applications. Hand ... more
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Potential biofuel crops in Hawaii may successfully sequester carbon in soil
Two potential biofuel crops in Hawaii--sugarcane and napiergrass--may sequester more carbon in soil than is lost to the atmosphere, according to a study published January 4, 2017 in the open-access ... more
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WSU researchers discover unique microbial photosynthesis
Researchers at Washington State University have discovered a new type of cooperative photosynthesis that could be used in engineering microbial communities for waste treatment and bioenergy producti ... more
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Species diversity reduces chances of crop failure in algal biofuel systems
When growing algae in outdoor ponds as a next-generation biofuel, a naturally diverse mix of species will help reduce the chance of crop failure, according to a federally funded study by University ... more
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Open-source plant database confirms top US bioenergy crop
Scientists have confirmed that Miscanthus, long speculated to be the top biofuel producer, yields more than twice as much as switchgrass in the U.S. using an open-source bioenergy crop database gain ... more
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Economics of forest biomass raise hurdles for rural development
The use of residual forest biomass for rural development faces significant economic hurdles that make it unlikely to be a source of jobs in the near future, according to an analysis by economists at ... more


Biomass operations aren't currently feasible in rural communities

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Molecular Velcro boosts microalgae's potential in biofuel, industrial applications
Michigan State University scientists have engineered "molecular Velcro" into to cyanobacteria, boosting this microalgae's biofuel viability as well as its potential for other research. The fin ... more
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Ultrafast lasers reveal light-harvesting secrets of photosynthetic algae
Photosynthetic algae have been refining their technique for capturing light for millions of years. As a result, these algae boast powerful light-harvesting systems - proteins that absorb light to be ... more

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Report details how renewables can decarbonise the energy sector
Falling costs, driven by innovation in technology and policy, is spurring renewable energy deployment and with it a myriad of socioeconomic benefits, according to the new comprehensive publication released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). REthinking Energy, now in its third edition, was released at IRENA's seventh Assembly, the Agency's ultimate decision-making authority. ... more
Astronergy receives licence to import 100 MW of solar modules to Turkey

Rooftop Solar in the Spotlight at the World Future Energy Summit Solar Expo

Saudi to launch multi-billion renewable scheme: minister

Tight market signs give boost to oil prices
Crude oil prices recovered some lost ground in early Thursday trading after the International Energy Agency found signs of market tightening. Crude oil prices have moved in wide swings this week as metrics and sentiments emerged on how well members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries were coordinating on a production agreement meant to offset the glut of oil that dinged ... more
IEA: U.S. shale oil 'leaner and fitter'

Saudi economic agenda tied to human rights

Russia's Gazprom shows gains on stronger European sales

Obama puts offshore North Carolina on wind energy map
Thousands of acres offshore North Carolina are set aside for potential wind energy in one of the final moves under the Obama presidency, the government said. "This is a significant milestone for North Carolina and our country as we continue to make progress on diversifying our nation's energy portfolio," Walter Cruickshank, the acting director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, s ... more
DNV GL certifies new prototype of Siemens' 8 MW Offshore Wind Turbine

DONG Energy makes wind energy debut

New York sets bar high for offshore wind

NREL pioneers better way to make renewable hydrogen
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a method which boosts the longevity of high-efficiency photocathodes in photoelectrochemical water-splitting devices. Using a photoelectrochemical (PEC) device is a promising way to produce hydrogen. A PEC cell absorbs sunlight and converts that energy into hydrogen and oxygen by splitting w ... more
New study will help find the best locations for thermal power stations in Iceland

Faster recharging batteries possible after new insights

Firms push hydrogen as top green energy source

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AREVA to supply refueling equipment upgrades to TVA reactors
AREVA NP signed a multimillion-dollar agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to provide fleet-wide refuel equipment upgrades. Under this contract, AREVA NP will upgrade existing refueling platforms, manipulator cranes, fuel transfer systems and used fuel bridge components. This modern equipment will help operators increase efficiency, strengthen performance and reduce time when rece ... more
Portugal protests against Spain nuclear waste near border

France sells off Engie stake to finance Areva rescue

UK asks regulators to assess Chinese nuclear reactor

New Zealand stimulates electric vehicle market
New Zealand's government said Thursday it was setting aside more than $2 million to help stimulate the electric-vehicle market in the country. Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins said more than a dozen projects will be targeted with a $2.5 million fund to incentivize the electric vehicle market. "The funding will provide up to 50 percent funding for projects that will de ... more
German MPs to grill VW ex-boss over 'Dieselgate'

Bikeshare cycles dumped en masse in China

US closes probe into fatal Tesla autopilot crash, no defect found

Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses
A chemical that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops - such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits - to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more susceptible to a deadly virus, according to researchers at Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "In the lab, we found that the commonly used organosilicone adjuvant, Syl ... more
Harvests in the US to suffer from climate change

Tiny plants with huge potential

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China's quantum communication satellite delivered for use
China's quantum communication satellite, launched last August, is officially operational after four months of in-orbit testing, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said Wednesday. Testing of the satellite, payloads and space-ground links have been completed, the CAS said, adding that everything was operating properly. The Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) satellite is the ... more
China to develop prototype super, super computer in 2017

Thales supplying Crowsnest radar system to Royal Navy

York Space Systems signs Cooperative Research and Development Agreement

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Chip-sized, high-speed terahertz modulator raises possibility of faster data transmission
Tufts University engineers have invented a chip-sized, high-speed modulator that operates at terahertz (THz) frequencies and at room temperature at low voltages without consuming DC power. The discovery could help fill the "THz gap" that is limiting development of new and more powerful wireless devices that could transmit data at significantly higher speeds than currently possible. Measure ... more
Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm hit with US antitrust suit

Microbiologists make big leap in developing 'green' electronics

Multiregional brain on a chip

Australian energy group backs Li Ka-shing takeover
Li Ka-shing's Cheung Kong Infrastructure on Monday moved a step closer to a more than Aus$7 billion (US$5.2 billion) takeover of Australian energy group Duet after a recommendation from the energy group's board. In December, the Hong Kong billionaire put in an unsolicited and conditional offer of $Aus3 per share for Duet. Following a review of the offer, the Duet board said it had agreed ... more
China to build $1.5 billion power line across Pakistan

MIT Energy Initiative report provides guidance for evolving electric power sector

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Research shows driving factors behind changes between local and global carbon cycles
Pioneering new research has provided a fascinating new insight in the quest to determine whether temperature or water availability is the most influential factor in determining the success of global, land-based carbon sinks. The research, carried out by an international team of climate scientists including Professors Pierre Friedlingstein and Stephen Sitch from the University of Exeter, ha ... more
Scientists turn graphene into working OLED electrodes, a first

Graphene's sleeping superconductivity awakens

China's Decline in Coal Consumption Drives Global Slowdown in Emissions

NASA's Terra Satellite Sees Alaskan Volcanic Eruption Wrapped in White
When NASA's Terra satellite passed over Alaska's erupting Bogoslof Volcano the MODIS instrument aboard captured an image of a large ash plume surrounded by clouds making it appear to be wrapped in white. The Bogoslof Volcano is located on Bogoslof Island at 53 55'38" north latitude and 168 2'4" west longitude, along the southern edge of the Bering Sea. It is about 35 miles northwest of Una ... more
World's First Weather-Cracking Wind Satellite Aeolus to Improve Future Forecasts

China to launch electromagnetic monitoring satellite for earthquake study

Study tracks 'memory' of soil moisture

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Lighting up ultrathin films
Based on a study of the optical properties of novel ultrathin semiconductors, researchers of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have developed a method for rapid and efficient characterization of these materials. Chemical compounds based on elements that belong to the so-called transition metals can be processed to yield atomically thin two-dimensional crystals consisting of a ... more
New research helps to meet the challenges of nanotechnology

Zeroing in on the true nature of fluids within nanocapillaries

Nano-chimneys can cool circuits

GenDyn offers Bluefin SandShark mini-drone for sale online
A small autonomous underwater vehicle for defense and commercial use in now available for purchase online from General Dynamics Mission Systems. The new Bluefin SandShark weighs less than 11 pounds - before adding a mission payload - fits in a backpack, can swim up to five knots and dive down to 656 feet, the company said. Its tail section houses the battery and system electron ... more
AUDS counter-UAV system achieves TRL-9 status

UAV performs first ever perched landing using machine learning algorithms

Liteye, Tribalco to deliver AUDS systems to U.S. armed forces

Air pollution and lack of physical activity pose competing threats to children in China
Children and adolescents in mainland China are facing two serious and conflicting public health threats: ongoing exposure to air pollution and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle with little regular physical activity outside school. Health workers and policymakers need to find ways to address both of these issues so that children can be more physically active without suffering the health r ... more
China tells local meteorological bureaus to stop smog alerts

Trump could enact sweeping changes to environment policy

Researchers develop environmentally friendly soy air filter

For white-collar staff, AI threatens new workplace revolution
If your job involves inputting reams of data for a company, you might want to think about retraining in a more specialised field. Or as a plumber. After industrial robots and international trade put paid to many manufacturing jobs in the West, millions of white-collar workers could now be under threat from new technology such as artificial intelligence (AI). The issue of how best to fa ... more
Scientists proposed a novel regional path tracking scheme for autonomous ground vehicles

Cheery robots may make creepy companions, but could be intelligent assistants

Robots need 'kill switches', warn Euro MPs



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