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April 25, 2017
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar joins fight against plastic pollution



Paris (AFP) April 24, 2017
A moth caterpillar commonly bred to provide fish bait feasts on a notoriously resistant plastic, scientists reported Monday, raising hopes the creature can help manage the global problem of plastic-bag pollution. "This discovery could be an important tool for helping to get rid of the polyethylene plastic waste accumulated in landfill sites and oceans," said Cambridge University professor Paolo Bombelli, co-author of a study published in the journal Current Biology. Polyethylene represents 40 p ... read more

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Degradable electronic components created from corn starch
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
As consumers upgrade their gadgets at an increasing pace, the amount of electronic waste we generate continues to mount. To help combat this environmental problem, researchers have modified a degrad ... more
BIO FUEL
Towards more efficient biofuels by making oil from algae
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
The mechanism behind oil synthesis within microalgae cells has been revealed by a Japanese research team. This discovery could contribute to the development of biofuels. The findings were published ... more
BIO FUEL
Algal residue - an alternative carbon resource for pharmaceuticals and polyesters
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Microalgae have received much attention in biomass production due to many strains having a high biomass productivity per unit time and per unit area. Algae produce high levels of oil as well as carb ... more
BIO FUEL
For Palestinian family, an udder-ly unique power source
Dahriya (AFP) April 12, 2017
Power comes in many forms, but Kamal al-Jebrini's family looked to where others may fear to tread for a new source of it: cow dung. ... more
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Gripen fighter completes test flights using 100 percent biofuel
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017
A Gripen fighter owned by Sweden's Ministry of Defense has successfully flown using a GKN RM12 engine completely powered by renewable biofuel. ... more
BIO FUEL
Scientists engineer sugarcane to produce biodiesel, more sugar for ethanol
Champaign IL (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
A multi-institutional team led by the University of Illinois have proven sugarcane can be genetically engineered to produce oil in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production. Surprisingly, the mo ... more
BIO FUEL
Ridding the oceans of plastics by turning the waste into valuable fuel
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Billions of pounds of plastic waste are littering the world's oceans. Now, a Ph.D. organic chemist and a sailboat captain report that they are developing a process to reuse certain plastics, transfo ... more
BIO FUEL
Shell unveils giant new high-tech research lab in India
New Delhi (AFP) March 31, 2017
Oil giant Shell opened Friday a high-tech research hub in southern India that is hoping to pioneer the green energy of the future, including ways to transform farm and city waste into clean fuel. ... more
BIO FUEL
Hydrogen production: This is how green algae assemble their enzymes
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Researchers at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum have analysed how green algae manufacture complex components of a hydrogen-producing enzyme. The enzyme, known as the hydrogenase, may be relevant for the biot ... more
BIO FUEL
Community in chaotic Jakarta goes green to fight eviction
Jakarta (AFP) March 20, 2017
Brightly coloured wooden and brick houses line a clean riverside path amid trees and vegetable gardens, a tranquil scene in the normally chaotic Indonesian capital Jakarta. ... more


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Study IDs link between sugar signaling and regulation of oil production in plants
Upton NY (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Even plants have to live on an energy budget. While they're known for converting solar energy into chemical energy in the form of sugars, plants have sophisticated biochemical mechanisms for regulat ... more
BIO FUEL
NASA Study Confirms Biofuels Reduce Jet Engine Pollution
Hampton VA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent, in a new study conclusion that bodes well for airline economics and Earth's envir ... more
BIO FUEL
Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate a fuel that is both sustainable and relatively cheap to produce. It's using natural light to ... more
BIO FUEL
Petrol and jet fuel alternatives are produced by yeast cell factories
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
There have been many attempts to modify this stubborn little enzyme, but none have succeeded. Until now. With new findings from Chalmers University of Technology, the fatty acid synthase (FAS) enzym ... more

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Solar power reliability in Britain boosted with batteries
Washington (UPI) Apr 24, 2017
Batteries deployed at solar farms in Britain could add reliability to the renewable energy portfolio in the country, developers said. Investment manager Ancala Partners and energy storage provider Anesco said their joint effort led to the completion of their first portfolio-scale deployment of batteries at 10 solar plants across Britain. Solar power is an intermittent source of r ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Center for Sustainable Energy Partners with EnergySage to Offer an Online Multifamily Solar Marketplace
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Swedish leading solar energy technology provider Midsummer offers complete BIPV metal roof systems
Binghamton NY (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Adjusting solar panel angles a few times a year makes them more efficient
Oil price rally cools after first round of French vote
Washington (UPI) Apr 24, 2017
Crude oil prices got support early Monday from the weekend results of the first round of French presidential elections, which could be a test for the EU. Crude oil prices were losing ground in the waning sessions of April as investors shifted their attention from early concerns about tensions in the Middle East and on the Korean Peninsula back toward market fundamentals. An agree ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 24, 2017
Iran sees oil reserve potential growing with new discoveries
Washington (UPI) Apr 24, 2017
Chevron leaving Asian geothermal assets behind
Washington (UPI) Apr 24, 2017
Reserve estimate raised for North Sea oil field
Norwegian company envisions wind energy role for oil production
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
A Norwegian energy company said it was moving to the next phase of testing for a project that would use wind power to facilitate offshore oil production. DNV GL is leading a joint research project that includes the Norwegian Research Council, the regional subsidiary of Italian energy company ENI and U.S. supermajor Exxon Mobil as its partners. The partnership is testing whether or not w ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
Oklahoma to end tax credits for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
German power company examining new wind energy options.
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
Canada sees emerging role for wind energy
Making batteries from waste glass bottles
Riverside CA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have used waste glass bottles and a low-cost chemical process to create nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will extend the range of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and provide more power with fewer charges to personal electronics like cell phone ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Electrochemical performance of lithium-ion capacitors
Stanford CA (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Stanford scientist's new approach may accelerate design of high-power batteries
Albany NY (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
NYSERDA Announces $15.5 Million Available for Energy Storage Projects to Support the Electric Grid
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Andra continues Areva contract to operate its Aube Surface Disposal Facility
Paris, France (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
AREVA, represented by its subsidiary STMI, has won the call for tenders to provide its services as industrial operator of the French National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management's Aube surface disposal facility. The contract, worth several million euros, covers the period from 2017 to 2022. As industrial operator of the site, AREVA's main responsibilities will be: + Acceptance, i ... more
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
The critical importance of Predictive Power when building NPPs
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
AREVA NP Signs Contract for Outage Services at Farley Nuclear Generating Station
Paris, France (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
AREVA and KAZATOMPROM sign a strategic agreement
Beyond China, carmakers seek new drivers of Asian growth
Shanghai (AFP) April 20, 2017
Southeast Asia's potential beckons as global automakers look beyond China's massive market to extend their sales boom in the region, but executives say they face a struggle to match the explosive Chinese growth. Chinese passenger-car sales have quadrupled over the past 10 years to 24.38 million last year, having become the world's biggest market in 2009. But with Chinese economic growth ... more
Shanghai (AFP) April 19, 2017
Automakers see promise in China car-sharing
Shanghai (AFP) April 23, 2017
China's quota threat charges up electric car market
Shanghai (AFP) April 21, 2017
Imitation Game: China carmakers ape foreign brands at Shanghai show
New data unearths pesticide peril in beehives
Ithaca NY (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Honeybees - employed to pollinate crops during the blooming season - encounter danger due to lingering and wandering pesticides, according to a new Cornell University study that analyzed the bee's own food. Researchers used 120 pristine honeybee colonies that were placed near 30 apple orchards around New York state. After allowing the bees to forage for several days during the apple flower ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Climatic effect of irrigation over the Yellow River basin
Stanford CA (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
A better way to predict the environmental impacts of agricultural production
Laramie WY (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Researchers quantify grasslands' carbon storage value
'Twist and shine': Development of a new photoluminescent sensor material
Onna, Japan (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Stress sensors are important tools when it comes to evaluating the robustness of a material facing strong mechanical forces. OIST researchers have just published in Advanced Materials an article reporting a new kind of sensor molecules that brightens up when the material they are incorporated into comes under heavy mechanical stress. Such light-based sensing molecules, also called photolum ... more
Bornheim, Germany (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Leybold simplifies repairs and maintenance through Augmented Reality
Washington (UPI) Apr 24, 2017
Lockheed Martin secures $1.6 billion contract for counterfire radars
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Tiny Probes Hold Big Promise for Future NASA Missions
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Graphene 'copy machine' may produce cheap semiconductor wafers
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
In 2016, annual global semiconductor sales reached their highest-ever point, at $339 billion worldwide. In that same year, the semiconductor industry spent about $7.2 billion worldwide on wafers that serve as the substrates for microelectronics components, which can be turned into transistors, light-emitting diodes, and other electronic and photonic devices. A new technique developed by MI ... more
Frankfurt, Germany (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Molecular libraries for organic light-emitting diodes
Pasadena CA (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
New quantum liquid crystals may play role in future of computers
Chicago IL (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Wonder material? Novel nanotube structure strengthens thin films for flexible electronics
U.S. emissions generally lower last year
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
The only U.S. sector where emissions of carbon dioxide increased last year was in the transportation sector, an Energy Department division reported. A daily brief from the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported CO2 emissions from the transportation sector increased 1.9 percent from 2015 levels. Emissions directly from motor gasoline increased 1.8 percent and the overall sector ... more
Washington (AFP) April 3, 2017
World Bank urges more investment for developing global electricity
New York (AFP) April 3, 2017
US states begin legal action on Trump energy delay
Paris (AFP) March 28, 2017
Program to be axed saves energy in LA buildings
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All in one against CO2
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
A "self-heating" boron catalyst that makes particularly efficient use of sunlight to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) serves as a light harvester, photothermal converter, hydrogen generator, and catalyst in one. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, researchers introduce a photothermocatalytic reaction that requires no additives beyond water. This could form the basis of a new, more efficient process for ... more
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Diamonds coupled using quantum physics
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Graphene Flagship researches create thin film transistors printed with layered materials
Hong Kong (AFP) April 4, 2017
'Pink Star' diamond fetches record $71.2 mn in Hong Kong
When Swarm met Steve
Paris (ESA) Apr 24, 2017
Thanks to social media and the power of citizen scientists chasing the northern lights, a new feature was discovered recently. Nobody knew what this strange ribbon of purple light was, so ... it was called Steve. ESA's Swarm magnetic field mission has now also met Steve and is helping to understand the nature of this new-found feature. Speaking at the recent Swarm science meeting in Canada, Eric ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 18, 2017
'Detergent' Molecules May Drive Recent Methane Changes
Bristol, UK (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Banned industrial solvent sheds new light on methane mystery
Aurora CO (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Raytheon speeds delivery and secures satellite weather data
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Nanoparticles remain unpredictable
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
The nanotech industry is booming. Every year, several thousands of tonnes of man-made nanoparticles are produced worldwide; sooner or later, a certain part of them will end up in bodies of water or soil. But even experts find it difficult to say exactly what happens to them there. It is a complex question, not only because there are many different types of man-made (engineered) nanoparticles, bu ... more
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Nanotubes that build themselves
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Better living through pressure: Functional nanomaterials made easy
Lemont IL (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Self-assembling polymers provide thin nanowire template
MQ-8C Fire Scout takes first flight from littoral combat ship
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
The MQ-8C Fire Scout, an unmanned helicopter being built for the U.S. Navy, took its first flight from a littoral combat ship earlier in April. The sea trials took place off the coast of California aboard the Independence-class vessel USS Montgomery, and follows an earlier flight test aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunman. Manufacturer Northrop Grumman says the event puts the ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
MS-177 sensor completes test on Global Hawk
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
Swiss prisons getting drone-detection capability
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
Radar warning receiver flies for first time in Predator drone
UK could face legal battle over air pollution delay
London (AFP) April 24, 2017
The British government is seeking to postpone the publication of its keenly-awaited air-pollution plan due to elections, raising the prospect a legal challenge. The High Court had demanded ministers come up with a plan to tackle illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution, largely caused by diesel emissions, by 3:00 pm (1400 GMT) on Monday. But the Downing Street office of Prime Minist ... more
Colombo (AFP) April 21, 2017
Sri Lanka bans anti-garbage protests after dump disaster
Paris (ESA) Apr 18, 2017
ESA helps faster cleaner shipping
Kathmandu (AFP) April 16, 2017
The bus mafia controlling Nepal's smog-choked capital
Human prejudices sneak into artificial intelligence systems
Princeton NJ (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
In debates over the future of artificial intelligence, many experts think of the new systems as coldly logical and objectively rational. But in a new study, researchers have demonstrated how machines can be reflections of us, their creators, in potentially problematic ways. Common machine learning programs, when trained with ordinary human language available online, can acquire cultural bi ... more
El Segundo CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Brane Craft Proposal Awarded Phase 2 by NASA
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
Lockheed Martin gets license for military exoskeleton tech
Washington (AFP) April 6, 2017
Facebook launches digital assistant 'M' in US


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