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September 23, 2017
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Re-engineering biofuel-producing bacterial enzymes



Washington DC (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Converting fibrous plant waste, like corn stalks and wood shavings, into fermentable simple sugars for the production of biofuel is no simple process. Bacteria must break down tough leaves, stems and other cellulosic matter resistant to degradation to turn them into usable energy. Helping bacteria become more efficient in this process could result in more affordable biofuels for our gas tanks and sustainable products such as bioplastics. One way to achieve this goal is to re-engineer the bacterial ... read 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
BIO FUEL
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
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How well electron transport works in furfural biogas
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Furfural is a promising candidate in the quest for alternative biofuels. The combustion industries are very interested in what could become a potential new type of fuel derived from atmospheric-plas ... more
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China aims to extend ethanol fuel usage countrywide by 2020
Beijing (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
China said Wednesday it would extend the use of ethanol fuel nationwide as it seeks to intensify anti-pollution efforts while finding a use for its huge corn surplus. ... more
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A sweeter way to make green products
Newark DE (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
The shampoo you washed your hair with this morning. The balloons for the party. Refrigerators and sunglasses, medicine and mosquito repellent, guitar strings and fishing lures. These - and thousands ... more
BIO FUEL
How to draw electricity from the bloodstream
London, UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Men build dams and huge turbines to turn the energy of waterfalls and tides into electricity. To produce hydropower on a much smaller scale, Chinese scientists have now developed a lightweight power ... more
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Scientists make methanol using air around us
Cardiff UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Scientists at Cardiff University have created methanol from methane using oxygen from the air. Methanol is currently produced by breaking down natural gas at high temperatures into hydrogen ga ... more
BIO FUEL
Could switchgrass help China's air quality?
Urbana IL (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers from the United States and China have proposed an idea that could improve China's air quality, but they're not atmospheric scientists. They're agronomists. "China's poor air qualit ... more
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Center for Biorenewable Chemicals introduces idea for new molecules,
Ames IA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
With crude oil selling for less than $50 a barrel, there's little economic incentive to develop biorenewable chemicals as only drop-in replacements for petrochemicals. That's a reality that ha ... more
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Reusable ruthenium-based catalyst could be a game-changer for the biomass industry
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Known for their outstanding versatility, primary amines (derivatives of ammonia) are industrially important compounds used in the preparation of a wide range of dyes, detergents and medicines. ... more


Technique could aid mass production of biodegradable plastic

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Researchers identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst
Champaign IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Fuels that are produced from nonpetroleum-based biological sources may become greener and more affordable, thanks to research performed at the University of Illinois' Prairie Research Institute that ... more
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How a bacterium can live on methanol
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Many chemists are currently researching how small carbon molecules, such as methane and methanol, can be used to generate larger molecules. The earth is naturally rich in methane, and artificial pro ... more
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Stretchable biofuel cells extract energy from sweat to power wearable devices
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
A team of engineers has developed stretchable fuel cells that extract energy from sweat and are capable of powering electronics, such as LEDs and Bluetooth radios. The biofuel cells generate 10 time ... more
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Cyborg bacteria outperform plants when turning sunlight into useful compounds
New York NY (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Photosynthesis provides energy for the vast majority of life on Earth. But chlorophyll, the green pigment that plants use to harvest sunlight, is relatively inefficient. To enable humans to capture ... more



NREL investigates coatings needed for concentrating solar power
Golden CO (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Next-generation concentrating solar power (CSP) plants require high-temperature fluids, like molten salts, in the range of 550-750 degrees Celsius to store heat and generate electricity. At those high temperatures, however, the molten salts eat away at common alloys used in the heat exchangers, piping, and storage vessels of CSP systems. New research at the U.S. Department of Energy's National R ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
Chinese solar panel manufacturer claims a quarter of India's market
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists make atoms-thick Post-It notes for solar cells and circuits
(UPI) Sep 19, 2017
French company Total steps into solar energy market
Colorado sees slight uptick from oil and gas sector
Washington (UPI) Sep 21, 2017
Tax revenue for the shale-rich state of Colorado is recovering and the economy is growing after a downturn in previous years, the state budget office said. "Sales taxes and individual income taxes are rebounding in 2017 as the economy strengthens from the oil and gas downturn and moderate economic growth of 2015 and 2016," the Office of State Planning and Budget reported in its quarterl ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 21, 2017
Kurdish vote hurts trade, U.S. says
Washington (UPI) Sep 21, 2017
Texas oil and gas sector resilience 'extraordinary'
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Iraq's Kurds in economic crisis ahead of independence vote
Climate risk classification created to account for potential 'existential' threats
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
A new study evaluating models of future climate scenarios has led to the creation of the new risk categories "catastrophic" and "unknown" to characterize the range of threats posed by rapid global warming. Researchers propose that unknown risks imply existential threats to the survival of humanity. These categories describe two low-probability but statistically significant scenarios that c ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Science denial not limited to political right
Ottawa (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Canada Tory MP called out for referring to minister as 'climate Barbie'
Washington (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
US looks to work with Paris climate accord 'partners': Tillerson
More durable, less expensive fuel cells
Newark DE (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
A team of engineers at the University of Delaware has developed a technology that could make fuel cells cheaper and more durable, a breakthrough that could speed up the commercialization of fuel cell vehicles. They describe their results in a paper published in Nature Communications on Monday, Sept. 4. Hydrogen-powered fuel cells are a green alternative to internal combustion engines ... more
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
UW shatters long-range communication barrier for near-zero-power devices
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Firebricks offer low-cost storage for carbon-free energy
Berkeley CA (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Graphene-wrapped nanocrystals make inroads towards next-gen fuel cells
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 adoption would greatly reduce pollution. Completely compostable, the material - a polysaccharide polyelectrolyte complex - is comprised of nearly equal parts of treated cellulose pulp from wood or ... more
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
A new way to directly convert methane to methanol using gold-palladium nanoparticles
Beijing (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
China aims to extend ethanol fuel usage countrywide by 2020
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
How well electron transport works in furfural biogas
'Car nation' Germany distrustful of driverless vehicles
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
German carmakers are showing off their self-driving cars at the IAA international auto show in Frankfurt, but most people in the car-mad country have yet to be convinced by the technology. Curious visitors to the biennial trade fair, which lasts until September 24, can entrust their lives to a computer on a specially created car at a test track overlooked by Daimler and Volkswagen's giant st ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Dockless bike-share hits US capital, following craze in China
Beijing (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Baidu announces $1.5 bln fund for autonomous driving
Beijing (AFP) Sept 18, 2017
GM to recall 2.5 mn vehicles in China over Takata airbags
Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
Syngenta chief calls for debate on 'sustainable agriculture'
Paris (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Swiss agrochemicals giant Syngenta, recently taken over by ChemChina, said there should be a wide-scale debate on what constitutes "sustainable agriculture" in face of a number of current controversies over pesticides. "We have a lot of discussions about specific products. I think it's really important to step back and have a real discussion with the government, and with NGOs and academics a ... more
Dubai (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
At Dubai expo, Chinese firms look to tap lucrative halal market
Melbourne FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Research finds roots use chemical 'photos' to coordinate growth
Riga (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
Latvia tweets no room for mushroom hunters on army base
Low-level radiation exposure less harmful to health than other modern lifestyle risks
Oxford, UK (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Human populations have always been exposed to ionizing radiation, and more so in modern life due to its use in medicine, industry and the armed forces. Whilst the risks to human health from medium and high-level radiation are relatively well-understood, the risks at lower levels are less clear. Mixed messages about the safety of low doses of radiation from different sources have created confusio ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Space radiation is risky business for the human body
Sheffield UK (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Pulling, not pushing, silk could revolutionize how greener materials are manufactured
San Francisco (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
'Overwatch' eSports league to debut in December
Quantum sensors decipher magnetic ordering in semiconducting material
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
For the first time, physicists have successfully imaged spiral magnetic ordering in a multiferroic material. These materials are considered highly promising candidates for future data storage media. The researchers were able to prove their findings using unique quantum sensors that were developed at Basel University and that can analyze electromagnetic fields on the nanometer scale. The re ... more
Eindhoven, Netherlands (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
The dark side of quantum computers
Washington (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Trump blocks Chinese acquisition of US semiconductor firm
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Toshiba: Japan's faded titan selling the family silver
SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
A project led by the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will combine artificial intelligence with massive amounts of data and industry experience from a dozen U.S. partners to identify places where the electric grid is vulnerable to disruption, reinforce those spots in advance and recover faster when failures do occur. The eventual goal is an autonomous grid that s ... more
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
Beijing (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
China merges energy giants into global leader
Graphene and other carbon nanomaterials can replace scarce metals
Gothenburg, Sweded (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scarce metals are found in a wide range of everyday objects around us. They are complicated to extract, difficult to recycle and so rare that several of them have become "conflict minerals" which can promote conflicts and oppression. A survey at Chalmers University of Technology now shows that there are potential technology-based solutions that can replace many of the metals with carbon nanomate ... more
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Test for safe CO2 storage to aid world-leading technology project
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Tough stuff: Spider silk enhanced with graphene-based materials
Paris (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Jail terms for French carbon trading scammers
Scientists Produce Best Estimate of Earth's Composition
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have produced the best estimate of Earth's elemental composition which will help them understand how the Earth formed 4.6 billion years ago. The solar system began as a dense blob in a molecular cloud of hydrogen gas and dust that collapsed under its own gravity, forming the early Sun, Earth and other planets. Co-researcher Assoc ... more
Paris (ESA) Sep 19, 2017
Earth through different eyes
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 18, 2017
Dust devils contribute large amount of particulate matter to atmospheres of Earth, Mars
El Segundo CA (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Boeing to Design and Build Seven Medium Earth Orbit Satellites for SES
A new kind of optical nanosensor uses torque for signal processing
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
The world of nanosensors may be physically small, but the demand is large and growing, with little sign of slowing. As electronic devices get smaller, their ability to provide precise, chip-based sensing of dynamic physical properties such as motion become challenging to develop. An international group of researchers have put a literal twist on this challenge, demonstrating a new nanoscale ... more
Richland WA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
New insights into nanocrystal growth in liquid
Eindhoven, Netherlands (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
'Nano-hashtags' could provide definite proof of Majorana particles
Amherst MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
UMass Amherst environmental chemist flashes warning light on new nanoparticle
Drones can almost see in the dark
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
To fly safely, drones need to know their precise position and orientation in space at all times. While commercial drones solve this problem using GPS, this only works outdoors, and is not very reliable, especially in urban environments. Furthermore, the conventional cameras mounted on drones work only when there is a high amount of light available, and the drone's speed has to be limited o ... more
London, UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Lockheed Martin Unveils a New Lightweight Canister Launched Unmanned Aircraft System
Orlando, FL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
US Air Force Academy to Use VBS3 and VBS Fires for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Training
Jerusalem (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Israel says shot down Iranian-made, Hezbollah-operated drone
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Canada's Eldorado Gold to suspend investment in Greece
Athens (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Canada's Eldorado Gold announced early Monday it would suspend investment in mining operations in Greece due to what it said were delays by the Greek government in issuing permits. Despite repeated attempts by the company and its Greek subsidiary to talk to the government, "delays continue in issuing routine permits and licences for the construction and development of the Skouries and Olympi ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Brexit a step away from pollution commitments, U.N. envoy says
London (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
UN slams UK government over 'plague' of air pollution
Colombo (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Sri Lanka bans plastic after garbage crisis
Scientists create world's first 'molecular robot' capable of building molecules
Manchester UK (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists at The University of Manchester have created the world's first 'molecular robot' that is capable of performing basic tasks including building other molecules. The tiny robots, which are a millionth of a millimetre in size, can be programmed to move and build molecular cargo, using a tiny robotic arm. Each individual robot is capable of manipulating a single molecule and is ... more
Pisa, Italy (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Robot 'conductor' steals the show from Italy's top tenor
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Quantum machine learning
Pasadena CA (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Sorting molecules with DNA robots


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