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May 25, 2017
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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 after a full life cycle assessment - meaning an analysis of environmental impact throughout all stages of a product's life - biofuels like corn ethanol may not offer any greenhouse gas emissions reductions relative to petroleum fuels. The Royal Society of Chemistry journal Energy and Environmental Scienc ... read 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
BIO FUEL
Genome sequence of fuel-producing alga announced
College Station TX (SPX) May 15, 2017
The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A and M AgriLife Research. The report, in Genome Annou ... more
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BIO FUEL
Enhancing the efficiency of cereal straw for biofuel production
Hong Kong, China (SPX) May 11, 2017
Straw is commonly used for feeding animals, burning, baling, etc. As one of the "Three Canton Treasures", straw can actually be used as a raw material to produce biofuel. Ethanol, an alcohol, ... more
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New breakthrough makes it easier to turn old coffee waste into cleaner biofuels
Lancaster, UK (SPX) May 11, 2017
Future Americano, cappuccino and latte drinkers could help produce the raw material for a greener biofuel that would reduce our reliance on diesel from fossil fuels. Purpose-grown feedstocks ( ... more
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Biomass powering U.S. military base
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
A renewable energy project at a military installation in northern New York shows that biomass is a feasible power solution, the U.S. government said. ... more
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Turning chicken poop and weeds into biofuel
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
Chicken is a favorite, inexpensive meat across the globe. But the bird's popularity results in a lot of waste that can pollute soil and water. One strategy for dealing with poultry poop is to ... more
BIO FUEL
Sandia could help biofuel pay for itself with goods made from waste
Emeryville CA (SPX) May 08, 2017
A recent discovery by Sandia National Laboratories researchers may unlock the potential of biofuel waste - and ultimately make biofuels competitive with petroleum. Fuel made from plants is muc ... more
BIO FUEL
First EPA-approved outdoor field trial for genetically engineered algae
San Diego CA (SPX) May 09, 2017
Scientists at the University of California San Diego and Sapphire Energy have successfully completed the first outdoor field trial sanctioned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for genetica ... more


Nickel: A greener route to fatty acids

BIO FUEL
Scientists develop efficient multifunctional catalyst for CO2 hydrogenation to gasoline
Beijing, China (SPX) May 04, 2017
Converting CO2 from a detrimental greenhouse gas into value-added liquid fuels not only contributes to mitigating CO2 emissions, but also reduces dependence on petrochemicals. However, since CO2 is ... more
BIO FUEL
Fast, low energy, and continuous biofuel extraction from microalgae
Kumamoto, Japan (SPX) May 02, 2017
As an alternative to liquid fossil fuels, biodiesel extracted from microalgae is an increasingly important part of the bioenergy field. While it releases a similar amount of CO2 as petroleum when bu ... more
BIO FUEL
Finding best combination for biofuel corn, soil protection
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
The phrase "a double-edged sword" describes something that is beneficial in some ways but problematic in others. One example is removing maize stover (the husks, stems and leaves of corn plants) fro ... more
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Photosynthesis in the dark Unraveling the mystery of algae evolution
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Scientists have long studied which of the three primary photosynthetic eukaryotes (red algae, green algae, and glaucophytes) has come into existence first to unravel the biological mystery of algae ... more



NRL Tests Autonomous 'Soaring with Solar' Concept
Washington DC (SPX) May 22, 2017
Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Vehicle Research Section and Photovoltaic Section are building on the proven concept of autonomous cooperative soaring of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Their research investigates the presence of solar photovoltaics (PV) to the cooperative autonomous soaring techniques, which enables long endurance flights of unmanned sailplanes that us ... more
Vilnius, Lithuania (SPX) May 22, 2017
EU SmartFlex project finishes reference solar facade
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) May 22, 2017
InnoEnergy-backed Solaris Offgrid raises 1M Euro to tackle global electricity poverty
New Bedford MA (SPX) May 18, 2017
Beaumont Solar Announces the Beaumont "Big C" Services Unit to Solar Industry
New North Sea production to start in June
Washington (UPI) May 24, 2017
The Norwegian government said Wednesday it gave its consent to energy company Statoil for the June start of new oil and gas production from a North Sea field. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the nation's energy regulator, issued its consent for the start of production operations from the Gina Krog field in the Norwegian waters of the North Sea. "Operator Statoil is planning ... more
Washington (UPI) May 24, 2017
Russian oil company reports higher production
Washington (UPI) May 24, 2017
Rally in oil prices stumbles ahead of pivotal OPEC meeting
Washington (UPI) May 24, 2017
British petrochemicals company INEOS expands oil and gas holdings
The forces that affect species' movements in a changing climate
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) May 25, 2017
Ocean currents affect how climate change impacts movements of species to cooler regions. A new study published in Scientific Reports provides novel insight into how species' distributions change from the interaction between climate change and ocean currents. As the climate gets warmer, species migrate to new regions where conditions are more tolerable, such as higher latitudes, deeper wate ... more
Berlin (AFP) May 23, 2017
Merkel vows to convince climate change 'doubters'
New York NY (SPX) May 25, 2017
Fossil beetles suggest that LA climate has been relatively stable for 50,000 years
Cape Town (AFP) May 22, 2017
Cape Town region declares drought disaster
Feather light metal cathodes for stable lithium-oxygen batteries
Washington DC (SPX) May 25, 2017
Lithium-oxygen systems could someday outperform today's lithium-ion batteries because of their potential for high energy density. However, a number of important issues, such as their poor electrochemical stability must be addressed before these systems can successfully compete with current rechargeable batteries. Today, in ACS Central Science, researchers report a new type of cathode, which coul ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) May 22, 2017
Advancing next-generation Stable, safe, smart, sustainable batteries
Kobe, Japan (SPX) May 22, 2017
Photocatalyst makes hydrogen production 10 times more efficient
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) May 22, 2017
Physicists discover that lithium oxide on tokamak walls can improve plasma performance
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 after a full life cycle assessment - meaning an analysis of environmental impact throughout all stages of a product's life - biofuels like corn ethanol may not offer any greenhouse gas emissions reduct ... more
Madison WI (SPX) May 22, 2017
Triple play boosting value of renewable fuel could tip market in favor of biomass
Los Alamos NM (SPX) May 22, 2017
Insight into enzyme's 3-D structure could cut biofuel costs
University Park PA (SPX) May 19, 2017
Microbial fuel cell converts methane to electricity
China's Geely boosts expansion with Proton, Lotus stakes
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) May 24, 2017
Chinese auto giant Geely on Wednesday stepped up its global expansion drive with a 49.9 percent stake in Malaysia's troubled Proton as well as a 51 percent share in British sports car brand Lotus. The deal would allow the automaker to "strengthen our global footprint and develop a beachhead in Southeast Asia," a region of more than 650 million people, Geely Holding executive vice president D ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 23, 2017
China scrambles to tame bike chaos
Hong Kong (AFP) May 23, 2017
Hong Kong police arrest 21 Uber drivers in sting
Shanghai (AFP) May 22, 2017
China's JAC says electric car tie-up with VW approved
Popular artificial sweetener also works as pesticide and insect birth control
Washington (UPI) May 23, 2017
According to a new study, a popular artificial sweetener could double as a pesticide and birth control for insects. In recent experiment, scientists used erythritol - the sugar alcohol in Truvia - to kill newly hatched fly larvae. Researchers also measured diminished egg production among flies feeding off of the sugar substitute. "Erythritol has potential to be deployed in a wi ... more
La Jolla CA (SPX) May 25, 2017
Helping plants pump iron
Urbana IL (SPX) May 23, 2017
Blue and purple corn: Not just for tortilla chips anymore
Washington DC (SPX) May 22, 2017
Diverse rotations and poultry litter improves soybean yield
Arralis launches plug and play Ka band chipset
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) May 19, 2017
Irish company Arralis, world leaders in building technology and products that are the future of global radar and wireless communications, are announcing the launch of their new Leonis Ka band chipset, which will complement their growing millimetre wave communications product portfolio. Ka band antennas are 400% smaller than their Ku band rivals which opens up the consumer and connected veh ... more
Cologne, Germany (SPX) May 25, 2017
Physicists discover mechanism behind granular capillary effect
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 23, 2017
HPC4MfG paper manufacturing project yields first results
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 22, 2017
Unfolding the folding mechanism of ladybug wings
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Quantum reservoir for microwaves
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) May 18, 2017
In a recent experiment at EPFL, a microwave resonator, a circuit that supports electric signals oscillating at a resonance frequency, is coupled to the vibrations of a metallic micro-drum. By actively cooling the mechanical motion close to the lowest energy allowed by quantum mechanics, the micro-drum can be turned into a quantum reservoir - an environment that can shape the states of the ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) May 23, 2017
Ultrafast tunable semiconductor metamaterial created
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) May 24, 2017
Using graphene to create quantum bits
Washington DC (SPX) May 22, 2017
Managing stress helps transistor performance
China further opens energy sector to private investment
Beijing (AFP) May 22, 2017
China said it will further open up its oil and gas sector to private investment as it seeks to overhaul an industry still dominated by a handful of state-run firms. The plan comes as China, the world's biggest energy guzzler, attempts to ramp up domestic oil and gas production to boost its supply of the vital resources. The country is heavily reliant on energy imports as domestic produ ... more
Sydney (AFP) May 11, 2017
Australia power grid leased to local-foreign consortium
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Poland central to EU energy diversification strategy
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Myanmar recovery linked to development of electrical grid
Gas gives laser-induced graphene super properties
Houston TX (SPX) May 18, 2017
Rice University scientists who invented laser-induced graphene (LIG) for applications like supercapacitors have now figured out a way to make the spongy graphene either superhydrophobic or superhydrophilic. And it's a gas. Until recently, the Rice lab of James Tour made LIG only in open air, using a laser to burn part of the way through a flexible polyimide sheet to get interconnected flak ... more
Madrid, Spain (SPX) May 18, 2017
Energy decay in graphene resonators
Nagoy, Japan (SPX) May 14, 2017
Beautiful, consistent carbon belts
Vienna, Austria (SPX) May 16, 2017
Chemically tailored graphene
SES-14 integrates NASA ultraviolet space spectrograph
Luxembourg (SPX) May 24, 2017
SES report the successful integration of NASA's Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) hosted payload with SES-14. GOLD will employ an ultraviolet imaging spectrograph to measure densities and temperatures in the Earth's thermosphere and ionosphere in response to Sun-Earth interaction. It is aimed at revolutionizing scientists' understanding of this part of the space e ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 25, 2017
NASA's CYGNSS Satellite Constellation Begins Public Data Release
Addis Ababa (XNA) May 25, 2017
AU-EU joint space-based initiative calls for proposals
New Delhi (Sputnik) May 24, 2017
GSLV to launch US-India NISAR EO Satellite
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Nanotechnology Flight Test: Material Impact on the Future
Cleveland OH (SPX) May 18, 2017
Mastering the intricacies of controlling matter at the nanoscale level is part of a revolutionary quest to apply nanotechnology to benefit industrial processes. A key element of that technology is the use of carbon nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes are small hollow tubes with diameters of 0.7 to 50 nanometers and lengths generally in the tens of microns. While ultra-small, carbon nanotubes offer big-t ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) May 24, 2017
Stanford scientists use nanotechnology to boost the performance of key industrial catalyst
Chicago IL (SPX) May 24, 2017
Researchers create first significant examples of optical crystallography for nanomaterials
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) May 23, 2017
Molecular Lego for nanoelectronics
Exploring underground with a colliding drone
Paris (ESA) May 22, 2017
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano last weekend helped to explore the caverns under Sicily using a drone that deliberately bumped into its surroundings in order to build a map. ESA has been testing equipment, techniques and working methods for missions with astronauts in inner space for many years. Delving inside Earth and exploring caves often parallels the exploration of outer space, from a la ... more
Washington (UPI) May 23, 2017
Northrop Grumman awarded contract for MQ-4C drone maintenance
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
Drone to replace Israeli manned maritime patrol aircraft
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
General Atomics receives MQ-9 contract
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37 million bits of litter on remote islands
Hobart, Australia (SPX) May 23, 2017
The beaches of one of the world's most remote islands have been found to be polluted with the highest density of plastic debris reported anywhere on the planet, in a study published in the prestigious US scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Despite being uninhabited and located more than 5000 kilometres from the nearest major population centre, Henderson Isla ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) May 19, 2017
Ozone and haze pollution weakens land carbon uptake in China
Surrey, UK (SPX) May 18, 2017
Cities need to 'green up' to reduce the impact of air pollution
Hanoi (AFP) May 15, 2017
Vietnam arrests activist as MP resigns over mass fish deaths
AI wins as Google algorithm beats No. 1 Go player
Shanghai (AFP) May 23, 2017
Google's computer algorithm AlphaGo narrowly beat the world's top-ranked player in the ancient Chinese board game of Go on Tuesday, reaffirming the arrival of what its developers tout as a ground-breaking new form of artificial intelligence. AlphaGo took the first of a scheduled three games against brash 19-year-old Chinese world number one Ke Jie, who after the match annointed the programme ... more
Boston MA (SPX) May 25, 2017
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Building a better 'bot': Artificial intelligence helps human groups
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