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October 16, 2017
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NGOs slam UN aviation agency plan for biofuels



Berlin (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Nearly 100 environmental and poverty fighting groups jointly released a letter Tuesday slamming a UN proposal that backs large-scale use of biofuels in commercial planes. Extensive burning of biofuels would vastly expand the production of palm oil, which critics say drives deforestation, higher CO2 emissions and conflicts with indigenous peoples displaced from their land. The UN's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) "vision" plan calls for 128 million tonnes of biofuels to be used i ... read more

BIO FUEL
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
Liverpool UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have made a significant breakthrough in the direct conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) into liquid fuels and chemicals which could help ... more
BIO FUEL
A key step in synthetic fuel production from seawater patented by NRL
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
The world's oceans cover approximately 70 percent of Earth's surface and contain roughly 93 percent of the planet's carbon dioxide (CO2). With around 38,000 gigatons (Gt) of carbon, our world's ocea ... more
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Surrounded by potential: New science in converting biomass
Ames IA (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
In every plant--from trees to crops--there exists a substance that makes up its wood or stems, fiber, and cell walls. This substance is a complex natural polymer called lignin, and it is the second ... more
BIO FUEL
Olive mill wastewater transformed: From pollutant to bio-fertilizer, biofuel
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Olive oil has long been a popular kitchen staple. Yet producing the oil creates a vast stream of wastewater that can foul waterways, reduce soil fertility and trigger extensive damage to nearby ecos ... more
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BIO FUEL
Algae with light switch
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
Sunlight allows green algae to do more than just carry out photosynthesis. Some unicellular algae actually use light to switch the adhesion of their flagella to surfaces on and off - a phenomenon fi ... more
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Bioreactors on a chip renew promises for algal biofuels
Ithica NY (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
For over a decade, companies have promised a future of renewable fuel from algae. Investors interested in moving the world away from fossil fuel have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to t ... more
BIO FUEL
With extra sugar, leaves get fat too
Upton, NY (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Eat too much without exercising and you'll probably put on a few pounds. As it turns out, plant leaves do something similar. In a new study at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Lab ... more
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Illinois researchers develop gene circuit design strategy to advance synthetic biology
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Over the last 17 years, scientists and engineers have developed synthetic gene circuits that can program the functionality, performance, and behavior of living cells. Analogous to integrated circuit ... more
BIO FUEL
Green algae could hold clues for engineering faster-growing crops
Princeton NJ (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Two new studies of green algae - the scourge of swimming pool owners and freshwater ponds - have revealed new insights into how these organisms siphon carbon dioxide from the air for use in photosyn ... more
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Researchers discover unique property of critical methane-producing enzyme
Urbana IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
An unexpected discovery has given scientists a greater understanding of an important methane-producing enzyme. A team of researchers at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) at ... more


Re-engineering biofuel-producing bacterial enzymes

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Copper catalyst yields high efficiency CO2-to-fuels conversion
Berkeley CA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and ... more
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Enzyme's worth to biofuels shown in latest NREL research
Golden CO (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
An enzyme discovered at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) proves adept at breaking down cellulose fibers regardless of whether their crystalline struc ... more
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New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollution
University Park PA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
An inexpensive biomaterial that can be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and many other applications has been developed by Penn State researchers, who predict its ado ... more
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A new way to directly convert methane to methanol using gold-palladium nanoparticles
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Liquid methanol is widely used as a feedstock for other chemicals and also has considerable potential as an alternative fuel source. However, converting methane - the primary component of abundant n ... more



Solar panels shine in darkest Amazon, the 'last frontier'
Ituxi Extractive Reserve, Brazil (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
In the darkest reaches of Brazil's Amazon, solar panels are bringing light - and could help save the rainforest. Aurelio Souza is working to install solar panels in villages along the remote Purus and Ituxi rivers in the western Amazonas state. "The Amazon is the last big frontier for electricity in the country," says the consultant for a joint program of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) a ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Total moves deeper into solar energy market
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Flying Dutch win world solar car race in Australia
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Statoil taps solar market in Brazil
Chevron abandons Great Australian Bight drill plans
Sydney (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Energy giant Chevron Friday joined BP in ditching plans to drill in the Great Australian Bight citing weak oil prices, with environmentalists urging other major players to follow suit. The company had planned to drill exploration wells to look for oil or natural gas after acquiring two deepwater blocks spanning more than 32,000 square kilometres (12,355 square miles) off the pristine South A ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Kurdish oil export payments continue after referendum
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Canadian trade group makes pitch for global edge
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Iranian energy companies lay out investment options in Amsterdam
As Paris climate goals recede, geoengineering looms larger
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Even if you are terrified of heights, jumping out of a plane with a makeshift parachute may begin to look like a good idea once you know the aircraft is running out of fuel. That, arguably, is akin to the mindset of climate scientists and policymakers brainstorming in Berlin this week on how to compensate for humanity's collective failure to curb the greenhouse gases - caused mainly by burn ... more
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
'Plan B': Seven ways to engineer the climate
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
British government unveils green spending plans
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
Cheaper to invest in climate change fight than to rebuild; EPA chief rolls back US plans
Low-cost battery from waste graphite
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Kostiantyn Kravchyk works in the group of Maksym Kovalenko. This research group is based at both ETH Zurich and in Empa's Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics. The two researchers' ambitious goal at the Empa branch is to make a battery out of the most common elements in the Earth's crust - such as magnesium or aluminum. These metals offer a high degree of safety, even if the anode i ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
Sodium could replace lithium for more cost-efficient battery storage
Washington (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Tesla delays truck launch, eyes battery power for Puerto Rico
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
A new way to produce clean hydrogen fuel from water using sunlight
NGOs slam UN aviation agency plan for biofuels
Berlin (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Nearly 100 environmental and poverty fighting groups jointly released a letter Tuesday slamming a UN proposal that backs large-scale use of biofuels in commercial planes. Extensive burning of biofuels would vastly expand the production of palm oil, which critics say drives deforestation, higher CO2 emissions and conflicts with indigenous peoples displaced from their land. The UN's Intern ... more
Liverpool UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
Ames IA (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Surrounded by potential: New science in converting biomass
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
A key step in synthetic fuel production from seawater patented by NRL
Tesla recalls Model X vehicles for seat fix
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Tesla on Thursday said that it is recalling Model X sport utility vehicles to fix second-row seat-backs which might shift forward during crashes. Internal testing revealed that cables in second-row fold-flat seats in 2016 and 2017 model year vehicles might need to be adjusted to "ensure the safety" of those riding inside, a Tesla spokesperson said in an email response to an AFP inquiry. ... more
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
California to allow autonomous cars without driver
Ljubljana (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Slovenia sets tough emissions limits for cars
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
The U.S. needs at least twice as many charging points for EV
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Genetically boosting the nutritional value of corn could benefit millions
Brunswick NJ (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Rutgers scientists have found an efficient way to enhance the nutritional value of corn - the world's largest commodity crop - by inserting a bacterial gene that causes it to produce a key nutrient called methionine, according to a new study. The Rutgers University-New Brunswick discovery could benefit millions of people in developing countries, such as in South America and Africa, who dep ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Sustainable irrigation may harm other development goals
Mumbai (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Pesticide poisoning kills 20 farmers in Indian state
Urbana IL (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Are we at a tipping point with weed control?
Space radiation won't stop NASA's human exploration
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
While it's true that space radiation is one of the biggest challenges for a human journey to Mars, it's also true that NASA is developing technologies and countermeasures to ensure a safe and successful journey to the red planet. "Some people think that radiation will keep NASA from sending people to Mars, but that's not the current situation," said, Pat Troutman, NASA Human Exploration St ... more
San Josť, United States (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Oculus unveils standalone virtual reality headset
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Microlasers get a performance boost from a bit of gold
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Students, researchers turn algae into renewable flip-flops
India's TCS profits fall amid weak growth in retail, banking
Mumbai (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
India's largest IT services firm Tata Consultancy Services blamed a two percent fall in quarterly earnings Thursday on muted growth in the retail and banking sectors, two of its largest revenue drivers. Net profit for the three months ending September fell to 64.46 billion rupees ($990 million) from 65.86 billion rupees a year ago, the software giant said in a statement. TCS said it had ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Quantum communications bend to our needs
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
A zero-index waveguide
Groningen, Netherlands (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Extra sulphur improves electronic structure of quantum dots
'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
A proposal to address what the Trump administration outlined as threats to traditional energy sources is counterintuitive, sustainable energy supporters said. The U.S. Department of Energy said last week it was calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change how the wholesale electricity sector works by offering compensation for "traditional" power generators. In a ... more
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
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NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth's Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 16, 2017
A new NASA study provides space-based evidence that Earth's tropical regions were the cause of the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration seen in at least 2,000 years. Scientists suspected the 2015-16 El Nino - one of the largest on record - was responsible, but exactly how has been a subject of ongoing research. Analyzing the first 28 months of data from NASA ... more
Miami (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Spikes in carbon emissions detected with NASA satellite
New York, NY (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Columbia researchers observe exotic quantum particle in bilayer graphene
Corvallis OR (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Sunlight and the right microbes convert Arctic carbon into carbon dioxide
Air quality-monitoring satellite in orbit
Plesetsk, Russia (ESA) Oct 16, 2017
The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel-5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The 820 kg satellite was carried into orbit on a Rockot launcher at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST) today. The first stage separated 2 min 16 sec after liftoff, followed by the fairing and second stage at 3 min 3 sec and 5 min 19 sec, respectively. The ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 10, 2017
China launches remote sensing satellite for Venezuela
Paris (ESA) Oct 10, 2017
Sentinel-5P poised for liftoff
Paris (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Europe set to launch atmosphere-probing satellite
Paper-based supercapacitor uses metal nanoparticles to boost energy density
Atlanta GA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Using a simple layer-by-layer coating technique, researchers from the U.S. and Korea have developed a paper-based flexible supercapacitor that could be used to help power wearable devices. The device uses metallic nanoparticles to coat cellulose fibers in the paper, creating supercapacitor electrodes with high energy and power densities - and the best performance so far in a textile-based superc ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Nanoscale islands dot light-driven catalyst
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Tungsten offers nano-interconnects a path of least resistance
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Nanoparticle supersoap creates 'bijel' with potential as sculptable fluid
New long range drones expected in 2018
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Tuesday that the company has officially transitioned its production line from the MQ-1C Gray Eagle to its new long-range variant, the MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range. The transition comes after GA-ASI completed the last contracted MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial system, which has been delivered to 12 U.S. Army operational units an ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Marines test 3D-printed small drones
London (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
UK will not confirm drone death of IS 'White Widow' recruiter
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Boeing to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences
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Air pollution kills over 500,000 Europeans a year: report
Copenhagen (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Air pollution causes more than 500,000 premature deaths across Europe each year despite "slowly" improving air quality on the continent, the EU's environment authority said Wednesday. Although data from the Copenhagen-based European Environment Agency (EEA) reveals some encouraging signs, in large part the result of new technologies, air pollution remains the leading environmental cause of ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Scientists trace path of inland plastic pollution from rivers to oceanw/ll
Tipitapa, Nicaragua (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Polluted lake is poor Nicaraguans' lifeline
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Olympics: Tokyo 2020 water venue polluted
US spacewalkers repair aging ISS robotic arm
Miami (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Two NASA astronauts wrapped up a successful spacewalk Thursday to repair the International Space Station's aging robotic arm, the US space agency said. The outing by Americans Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei ended at 3 pm (1900 GMT), marking a "very successful day," a NASA spokesman said. The spacewalk lasted six hours and 55 minutes, almost a half hour longer than planned because the p ... more
Raleigh NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Sensitivity to time improves performance at remotely controlling devices
Washington (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Mattel scraps plan for digital assistant for kids
Hong Kong (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Servosila introduces Mobile Robots equipped with Software Defined Radio payloads


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