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August 21, 2017
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Potato waste processing may be the road to enhanced food waste conversion



University Park PA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently convert potato waste into ethanol. This process may lead to reduced production costs for biofuel in the future and add extra value for chip makers. Using potato mash made from the peelings and potato residuals from a Pennsylvania food-processor, researchers triggered simultaneous sacchari ... read more

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Mexico's prickly pear cactus: energy source of the future?
Mexico City (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
The prickly pear cactus is such a powerful symbol in Mexico that they put it smack in the middle of the national flag. ... more
BIO FUEL
Additive selectively converts CO2 to multicarbon fuels
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Chemists have figured out a new, more efficient way to create carbon-based fuels from carbon dioxide (CO2). In chemical reactions performed in the lab, a Caltech team has identified a new additive t ... more
BIO FUEL
Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Biochar from recycled waste may both enhance crop growth and save health costs by helping clear the air of pollutants, according to Rice University researchers. Rice researchers in Earth scien ... more
BIO FUEL
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Scientists have developed a light-activated material that can chemically convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide without generating unwanted byproducts. The achievement marks a significant step ... more
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Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels
Pullman WA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Washington State University researchers have developed a way to grow algae more efficiently - in days instead of weeks - and make the algae more viable for several industries, including biofuels. ... more
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Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool
Amherst MA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Twenty years ago, microbiologist Barry Goodell, now a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and colleagues discovered a unique system that some microorganisms use to digest and recyc ... more
BIO FUEL
How enzymes produce hydrogen
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Researchers at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum and the Freie Universitat Berlin have clarified the crucial catalytic step in the production of hydrogen by enzymes. The enzymes, called [FeFe]-hydrogenases, e ... more
BIO FUEL
New biofuel technology significantly cuts production time
Okanagan, Canada (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
New research from a professor of engineering at UBC's Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce. "Methane is a biofuel commonly used in ... more
BIO FUEL
Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Whether or not society shakes its addiction to oil and gasoline will depend on a number of profound environmental, geopolitical and societal factors. But with current oil prices hovering aroun ... more
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A whole-genome sequenced rice mutant resource for the study of biofuel feedstocks
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Rice is a staple food for over half of the world's population and a model for studies of candidate bioenergy grasses such as sorghum, switchgrass, and Miscanthus. To optimize crops for biofuel produ ... more


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Sea shells for sale: A new source of sustainable biomaterials
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Over 7 million tonnes of mollusc shells are discarded by the seafood industry each year as unwanted waste - and the vast majority of these shells are either thrown in landfills or dumped at sea. Dr ... more
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Cellulosic biofuels can benefit the environment if managed correctly
East Lansing MI (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Could cellulosic biofuels - or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood - become a green fuel of the future, providing an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy needs? In Science, rese ... more
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Cheap, energy-efficient and clean reaction to make chemical feedstock
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
They are all around you! Most plastics, conductive polymers, and even medicines derive from molecules with a double bond between two carbon atoms, C=C. These molecules are called olefins and a ... more
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Biofuel from waste
Munich, Germany (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Fuel from waste? It is possible. But hitherto, converting organic waste to fuel has not been economically viable. Excessively high temperatures and too much energy are required. Using a novel cataly ... more



Floating solar power: new frontier for green-leaning water utilities
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Lakes and ponds used by water utilities have long been viewed with a single purpose: holding water. Now a handful of pioneering water utilities are looking at their aquatic real estate with a new purpose in mind: solar energy generation. Large-scale floating solar projects have been installed in Japan and China, as well as on ponds at California wineries. But solar energy has remained p ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2017
Work begins in carbon-free site in Dubai
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of renewables in Germany
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Solar glasses generate solar power
Effort mounts to expand U.S. offshore drilling
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
After a rebound in the value of high bids for oil and gas acreage in the Gulf of Mexico, industry supporters said it was time to push for greater access. "We have an opportunity in the next offshore leasing plan to truly embrace our nation's energy potential and ensure American consumers and businesses continue to benefit from the U.S. energy renaissance," Erik Milito, the director of e ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
Minnesota starts new phase for Enbridge pipeline review
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
Soft start for crude oil, but a ceiling appears in sight
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
Mixed bag for July production from Norway
Incomplete drought recovery may be the new normal
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
The amount of time it takes for an ecosystem to recover from a drought is an important measure of a drought's severity. During the 20th century, the total area of land affected by drought increased, and longer recovery times became more common, according to new research published by Nature by a group of scientists including Carnegie's Anna Michalak and Yuanyuan Fang. Scientists predict tha ... more
Paris (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Study gives first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Asian Development Bank finds new climate finance stream
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Heat map showcases extreme temperatures in Southern Europe
Updated computer code improves prediction of particle motion in plasma experiments
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
A computer code used by physicists around the world to analyze and predict tokamak experiments can now approximate the behavior of highly energetic atomic nuclei, or ions, in fusion plasmas more accurately than ever. The new capability, developed by physicist Mario Podesta at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), outfits the code known as TRANSP with a ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
A quick and easy way to shut down instabilities in fusion devices
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
IV and cellular fluids power flexible batteries
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
A battery-inspired strategy for carbon fixation
Potato waste processing may be the road to enhanced food waste conversion
University Park PA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently convert potato waste into ethanol. This process may lead to reduced production costs for biofuel in the future and add extra value for chip makers. Using potato mash made from the ... more
Mexico City (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
Mexico's prickly pear cactus: energy source of the future?
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Additive selectively converts CO2 to multicarbon fuels
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
Fiat joins BMW-led group to develop driverless cars
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Italian-American automaker Fiat Chrysler on Wednesday said it was joining a BMW-led group to develop fully self-driving vehicles, the latest tie-up in an industry racing to get ready for the cars of the future. German luxury carmaker BMW began working on the project with US computer chip giant Intel and the Israeli tech firm Mobileye last year. The group aims to have their first fully automa ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Uber's ousted CEO calls investor lawsuit unfounded
Manila (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Uber bows to Philippines suspension after show of defiance
Washington (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Uber settles complaint over data protection for riders, drivers
Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
Harnessing rich satellite data to estimate crop yield
Urbana IL (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Without advanced sensing technology, humans see only a small portion of the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Satellites see the full range--from high-energy gamma rays, to visible, infrared, and low-energy microwaves. The images and data they collect can be used to solve complex problems. For example, satellite data is being harnessed by researchers at the University of Illinois for a more compl ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Surprising two-way journey for apple on the Silk Road
Los Angeles (AFP) July 13, 2017
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Oceans possess vast, untapped potential for sustainable aquaculture
Archinaut Project conducts first large-scale 3D build in space-like environment
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Archinaut, a NASA Technology Demonstration Mission (TDM) project developing cutting-edge technology to build and assemble complex hardware and supersized structures on demand in space, achieved an unprecedented milestone this summer. "To our knowledge, this is the first time additive manufacturing has been successfully tested on such a large scale in the vacuum and temperature conditions o ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
Cosmonauts launch 3D-printed satellite from space station
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
NASA protects its super heroes from space weather
Nottingham, UK (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Surprise discovery in the search for energy efficient information storage
InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
Single molecules can work as reproducible transistors - at room temperature
New York NY (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
A major goal in the field of molecular electronics, which aims to use single molecules as electronic components, is to make a device where a quantized, controllable flow of charge can be achieved at room temperature. A first step in this field is for researchers to demonstrate that single molecules can function as reproducible circuit elements such as transistors or diodes that can easily operat ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
New ultrathin semiconductor materials exceed some of silicon's 'secret' powers
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Single-photon emitter has promise for quantum info-processing
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
A semiconductor that can beat the heat
India must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new 'smart' cities to be sustainable
Lincoln UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Plans to create 100 new 'smart' cities in India to support the country's rapidly growing urban population could have a significant detrimental impact on the environment unless greater emphasis is placed on providing new supporting infrastructure and utilities, according to a major new study. Professor Hugh Byrd, a specialist in urban planning from the University of Lincoln, UK, conducted a ... more
University Park PA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Allowable 'carbon budget' most likely overestimated
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Sparkling springs aid quest for underground heat energy sources
Washington (AFP) July 7, 2017
Google's 'moonshot' factory spins off geothermal unit
Fizzy soda water could be key to clean manufacture of flat wonder material: Graphene
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Whether you call it effervescent, fizzy, or sparkling, carbonated water is making a comeback as a beverage. Aside from quenching thirst, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have discovered a new use for these "bubbly" concoctions that will have major impact on the manufacturer of the world's thinnest, flattest, and one most useful materials - graphene. As graphene ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
Flourine lends white graphene new qualities
Houghton MI (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
From greenhouse gas to 3-D surface-microporous graphene
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Chemical route towards electronic devices in graphene
Identifying individual atmospheric equatorial waves from a total flow field
Beijing, China (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Owing to the opposite vertical orientation with respect to the plane of Earth's rotation across the equator from the Southern Hemisphere to Northern Hemisphere, the equator serves as a waveguide that houses a zoo of all kinds of atmospheric waves propagating along the west-east direction, which are referred to as "equatorial waves". Equatorial waves are generated from spatially non-uniform ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
How future volcanic eruptions will impact Earth's ozone layer
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
NASA-led airborne mission studies storm intensification in northern hemisphere
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
How to move objects at the nanoscale
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
To move a nanoparticle on the surface of a graphene sheet, you won't need a "nano-arm": by applying a temperature difference at the ends of the membrane, the nanocluster laying on it will drift from the hot region to the cold one. In addition, contrary to the laws ruling the world at the macroscale, the force acting on the particle - the so-called thermophoretic force - should not decrease as th ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New method promises easier nanoscale manufacturing
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Nanoparticles could spur better LEDs, invisibility cloaks
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
New material resembling a metal nanosponge could reduce computer energy consumption
Balloons and drones and clouds
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Last week, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories flew a tethered balloon and an unmanned aerial system, colloquially known as a drone, together for the first time to get Arctic atmospheric temperatures with better location control than ever before. In addition to providing more precise data for weather and climate models, being able to effectively operate UASs in the Arctic is important fo ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
U.S. military to buy counter-drone radars from RADA
Washington (Sputnik) Aug 21, 2017
Could the X-37B Space Plane be Preparing for a Mission in September
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2017
DJI announces pending fix for drones following Army ban
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Treaty to curb mercury exposure takes effect
Paris (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
A 128-nation treaty to curb exposure to the dangerous heavy metal mercury entered into force Wednesday, the United Nations announced on the convention's website. Adopted in 2013, the Minamata Convention on Mercury was named for the Japanese fishing town in which thousands were poisoned by the deadly element in the mid-20th century. The toll was caused by discharge from a chemical factory ... more
Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Probiotics help poplar trees clean up toxins in Superfund sites
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Ottawa (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Canada looking to add environmental protections to NAFTA
DARPA assured autonomy seeks to guarantee safety of learning-enabled autonomous systems
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Building on recent breakthroughs in autonomous cyber systems and formal methods, DARPA has announced a new research program called Assured Autonomy that aims to advance the ways computing systems can learn and evolve to better manage variations in the environment and enhance the predictability of autonomous systems like driverless vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). "Tremendous a ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Northrop Grumman to demonstrate autonomous networked unmanned vehicles
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
AI revolution will be all about humans, says Siri trailblazer
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
SSL and NASA complete preliminary design review for on-orbit robotic servicing spacecraft


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