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June 22, 2017
BIO FUEL
Discovery could lead to sustainable ethanol made from carbon dioxide



Stanford CA (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Most cars and trucks in the United States run on a blend of 90 percent gasoline and 10 percent ethanol, a renewable fuel made primarily from fermented corn. But to produce the 14 billion gallons of ethanol consumed annually by American drivers requires millions of acres of farmland. A recent discovery by Stanford University scientists could lead to a new, more sustainable way to make ethanol without corn or other crops. This promising technology has three basic components: water, carbon dioxide an ... read more

BIO FUEL
Corn better used as food than biofuel
Champaign IL (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether corn is bette ... more
BIO FUEL
Researchers produce biofuel for conventional diesel engines
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
In accordance with an EU directive, conventional automotive diesel is supplemented with seven percent biodiesel. This proportion is set to rise to ten percent by 2020. However, this presents a signi ... more
BIO FUEL
Turning car plastics into foams with coconut oil
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
End-of-life vehicles, with their plastic, metal and rubber components, are responsible for millions of tons of waste around the world each year. Now, one team reports in ACS Sustainable Chemistry an ... more
BIO FUEL
Splitting carbon dioxide using low-cost catalyst materials
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
A promising avenue for the future of clean energy is to store it in the form of carbon-based fuels produced from renewable sources, effectively enabling the clean use of liquid fuels such as gasolin ... more
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BIO FUEL
Scientists use new technique to recycle plant material into stock chemicals
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
Recycling can encompass more than just materials like plastics and paper. Important chemicals can also be recovered and reused. ... more
BIO FUEL
Newly identified gene helps time spring flowering in vital grass crops
Madison WI (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Winter is no time to flower, which is why so many plants have evolved the ability to wait for the snow to melt before investing precious resources in blooms. Waking up to flower as the warmer, ... more
BIO FUEL
Cold conversion of food waste into renewable energy and fertilizer
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
Researchers from Concordia's Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering (BCEE) in collaboration with Bio-Terre Systems Inc. are taking the fight against global warming to colder cli ... more
BIO FUEL
Nagoya University researchers break down plastic waste
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) May 30, 2017
What to do proteins and Kevlar have in common? Both feature long chain molecules that are strung together by amide bonds. These strong chemical bonds are also common to many other naturally occurrin ... more
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A more energy-efficient catalytic process to produce olefins
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) May 31, 2017
Research at the University of Pittsburgh into a more energy-efficient catalytic process to produce olefins, the building blocks for polymer production, was recently featured on the inside front cove ... more
BIO FUEL
New photocatalyst speeds up the conversion of carbon dioxide into chemical resources
Daegu, South Korea (SPX) May 30, 2017
DGIST's joint research team has developed a new titania photocatalyst that converts carbon dioxide into methane three times more efficiently than the existing photocatalyst by manipulating its surfa ... more


Discovery of an alga's 'dictionary of genes' could lead to advances in biofuels, medicine

BIO FUEL
A full life cycle assessment of second-generation biofuels
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) May 22, 2017
Numerous studies have raised critical concerns about the promise of corn ethanol's ability to mitigate climate change and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Some of the studies have suggested that a ... more
BIO FUEL
Triple play boosting value of renewable fuel could tip market in favor of biomass
Madison WI (SPX) May 22, 2017
Technologies for converting non-edible biomass into chemicals and fuels traditionally made from petroleum exist aplenty. But when it comes to attracting commercial interest, these technologies compe ... more
BIO FUEL
Insight into enzyme's 3-D structure could cut biofuel costs
Los Alamos NM (SPX) May 22, 2017
Using neutron crystallography, a Los Alamos research team has mapped the three-dimensional structure of a protein that breaks down polysaccharides, such as the fibrous cellulose of grasses and woody ... more
BIO FUEL
Microbial fuel cell converts methane to electricity
University Park PA (SPX) May 19, 2017
Transporting methane from gas wellheads to market provides multiple opportunities for this greenhouse gas to leak into the atmosphere. Now, an international team of researchers has taken the first s ... more



Freshwater from salt water using only solar energy
Houston TX (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
A federally funded research effort to revolutionize water treatment has yielded an off-grid technology that uses energy from sunlight alone to turn salt water into fresh drinking water. The desalination system, which uses a combination of membrane distillation technology and light-harvesting nanophotonics, is the first major innovation from the Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment ( ... more
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Using sunlight to the max
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Solar heating could cover over 80 percent of domestic heating requirements in Nordic countries
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Photopower for microlabs
Kazakhstan "hugely" important to oil and gas industry
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
Kazakhstan, with its strategic trade position and strong energy portfolio, is "hugely" import to the global energy sector, a director at GE Oil & Gas said. General Electric hosted a forum in the Kazakh capital of Astana to focus on emerging regional trends in the transportation and energy industries. Lorenzo Simonelli, the head of the company's oil and gas division, said Kazakhstan is t ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
Russian oil boss sees need for market stability
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
Inventories, tropical storm system give support to crude oil prices
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
Colorado reports modest gains from oil and gas sector
OECD: Air pollution, urbanization offsetting gains in renewables
Washington (UPI) Jun 21, 2017
Air pollution remains high globally and urban areas are expanding, showing a more comprehensive effort is needed on the environmental front, the OECD said. "While there are signs of greening growth, most countries show progress on just one or two fronts and little on the others," OECD Environment Director Simon Upton said in a statement Tuesday. The Organization for Economic Coop ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 19, 2017
World Bank: Middle East conflicts impede climate and other objectives
New York NY (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
NASA-MIT Study Evaluates Efficiency of Oceans as Heat Sink, Atmospheric Gases Sponge
Warder, Ethiopia (AFP) June 22, 2017
Starvation looms as food runs out in drought-hit Ethiopia
Clean energy stored in electric vehicles to power buildings
Warwick UK (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Stored energy from electric vehicles (EVs) can be used to power large buildings - creating new possibilities for the future of smart, renewable energy - thanks to ground-breaking battery research from WMG at the University of Warwick. Dr Kotub Uddin, with colleagues from WMG's Energy and Electrical Systems group and Jaguar Land Rover, has demonstrated that vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology ... more
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
Battery improvements spark HEV EV market breakthrough
Washington (UPI) Jun 16, 2017
Liquified gas electrolytes power new lower-temperature battery
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Making hydrogen fuel from humid air
Scientists make plastic from sugar and carbon dioxide
Bath UK (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Some biodegradable plastics could in the future be made using sugar and carbon dioxide, replacing unsustainable plastics made from crude oil, following research by scientists from the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath. Polycarbonates from sugars offer a more sustainable alternative to traditional polycarbonate from BPA, however the process uses a ... more
Champaign IL (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Corn better used as food than biofuel
Stanford CA (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Discovery could lead to sustainable ethanol made from carbon dioxide
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Researchers produce biofuel for conventional diesel engines
Uber CEO Kalanick resigns under pressure
San Francisco (AFP) June 21, 2017
Uber's embattled chief executive Travis Kalanick has resigned, yielding to pressure from investors seeking to clean up a toxic corporate culture at the fast-growing ridesharing group. Kalanick had announced an indefinite leave of absence a week earlier following the release of a report on Uber's workplace troubles by former US attorney general Eric Holder. His departure announced late Tu ... more
Chicago (AFP) June 20, 2017
Ford to import Focus cars built in China
Beijing (AFP) June 16, 2017
China's Mobike raises $600 mn to fund bike-sharing expansion
Stanford CA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Wireless charging of moving electric vehicles overcomes major hurdle in new Stanford study
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China 'backyard' pig farmers squeezed as sector scales up
Beijing (AFP) June 18, 2017
Walking through swarms of flies at his piggery on the outskirts of Beijing, Liu Jin shows off 1,500 hormone-free black hogs raised for China's growing organic meat market. Liu employs a dozen people to look after the swine that are kept in indoor sties and outdoor pens - the type of large-scale operation China hopes will one day replace the millions of "backyard" farms across the country. ... more
Paris (AFP) June 19, 2017
Climate imperils Ethiopia's coffee output
Beijing (AFP) June 21, 2017
China opens gates to US beef imports
Bordeaux (AFP) June 21, 2017
Growers at Bordeaux winefest unite against climate change
Magnetic space tug could target dead satellites
Paris (ESA) Jun 21, 2017
Derelict satellites could in future be grappled and removed from key orbits around Earth with a space tug using magnetic forces. This same magnetic attraction or repulsion is also being considered as a safe method for multiple satellites to maintain close formations in space. Such satellite swarms are being considered for future astronomy or Earth-observing missions - if their relati ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 16, 2017
Study explains how jewel scarab beetles appear golden
Atlanta GA (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
New computing system takes its cues from human brain
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
Northrop Grumman tests flat-panel radar
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Breakthrough by Queen's University paves way for smaller electronic devices
Belfast UK (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Queen's University Belfast researchers have discovered a new way to create extremely thin electrically conducting sheets, which could revolutionise the tiny electronic devices that control everything from smart phones to banking and medical technology. Through nanotechnology, physicists Dr Raymond McQuaid, Dr Amit Kumar and Professor Marty Gregg from Queen's University's School of Mathemat ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
Seeing the invisible with a graphene-CMOS integrated device
Providence RI (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Researchers flip the script on magnetocapacitance
Orlando FL (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Graphene transistor could mean computers that are 1,000 times faster
Low-carbon trajectory is the only option, European leaders say
(UPI) Jun 12, 2017
There's no alternative but to pursue an energy strategy that calls for a low-carbon trajectory for economic growth, European leaders said from Vienna. More than 100 delegates were on hand for a forum in Vienna on the transition to an energy pathway focused on renewable and alternative energy resources. "There is no other alternative for the Energy Community members than to follow ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Divestment streak continues for British energy company Centrica
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
New ultrathin material for splitting water could make hydrogen production cheaper
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Keeping the hydrogen coming
Graphene encapsulation provides unprecedented view of the diffusion and rotation of fullerene molecules
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Carbon is one of the most versatile elements: it forms the basis for an enormous number of chemical compounds, it has several allotropes of different dimensionality, and it exhibits many different bonding geometries. For this reason, carbon materials have had a special place in materials research for a long time. Although the three-dimensional forms of carbon - diamond and graphite - are k ... more
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
UNIST researchers engineer transformer-like carbon nanostructure
Chicago IL (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
New chemical method could revolutionize graphene
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Researchers find a surprise just beneath the surface in carbon dioxide experiment
Watching cities grow
Munich, Germany (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Three million measurement points in one square kilometer: Prof. Xiaoxiang Zhu and her team have set a world record in information retrieval from satellite data. Thanks to new algorithms, the researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) succeeded in making four-dimensional point clouds of Berlin, Las Vegas, Paris and Washington, D.C. from images stacks of the TerraSAR-X radar satelli ... more
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Sofradir designs supersize near infrared detector for space observation
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Making waves with the hot electrons within Earth's radiation belts
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Bangladesh's heavy rainfall examined with NASA's IMERG
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Silver atom nanoclusters could become efficient biosensors
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
Researchers have now managed to pinpoint what happens when light is absorbed by extremely small nanoclusters of silver atoms. The results may have useful application in the development of biosensors and in imaging. By combining chemistry and nanotechnology, the research community in recent years has developed a kind of extremely small nanoclusters consisting of only a few noble metal atoms ... more
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Chemists perform surgery on nanoparticles
Chicago IL (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Superconducting nanowire memory cell, miniaturized technology
Liverpool UK (SPX) Jun 15, 2017
Nanotechnology reveals hidden depths of bacterial 'machines'
Pentagon Builds Robo-Wingmen to Fly With Manned Fighter Jets
Los Angeles CA (Sputnik) Jun 21, 2017
A California-based defense company this week announced that it will be rolling out a new set of drones to fly as robotic wingmen for human fighter pilots. Kratos Defense and Security Solutions developed the UTAP-22 Mako with funding from DIUx, the US Defense Department's Silicon Valley laboratory. Kratos, with the backing of the Air Force Research Labs, has also separately showcased the XQ ... more
Brussels (AFP) June 16, 2017
EU unveils plans to regulate drones by 2019
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
Insitu receives $45 million contract extension for SOCOM UAVs
Beirut (AFP) June 20, 2017
US-led coalition downs Iran-made drone in Syria
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Donkeys at dawn: a rubbish job in the Algiers Kasbah
Algiers (AFP) June 19, 2017
It's a rubbish job, but someone has to do it. Or some animal: in the alleyways of Algiers' famed Kasbah, donkeys shift tonnes of trash every day. Some streets in the Kasbah are so narrow that single file is necessary. Others are wider but are steep and stepped, ruling out more usual rubbish collection methods. Hence the resort to animal power to keep this World Heritage Site clean. U ... more
Hanoi (AFP) June 21, 2017
Vietnam environment official sacked over mass fish kill
Islamabad (AFP) June 22, 2017
Pakistani citizens gasp for clean air
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Lab on a chip could monitor health, germs and pollutants
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Redwood City CA (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
The exponential increase in the use of connected real-time sensors to surface streaming data in the age of the Internet of Things presents significant challenges and opportunities for the emerging field of streaming analytics. Detection of anomalies in streaming data, in particular, has becoming an increasingly important application across a large number of industries for critical use cases - ra ... more
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Learning with light: New system allows optical 'deep learning'
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