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March 13, 2017
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) enzyme has started to produce sustainable chemicals for biofuels. The results were recently published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology. We are in great need of sustainable and clean alternatives to oil-derived products. One of the choices at hand is to produce chemicals and biofuels from sustainable bi ... read more

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Energy crop production on conservation lands may not boost greenhouse gases
University Park PA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Growing sustainable energy crops without increasing greenhouse gas emissions, may be possible on seasonally wet, environmentally sensitive landscapes, according to researchers who conducted a study ... more
BIO FUEL
Yeast cell factories make gas, jet fuel alternatives
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden are using fatty acid synthase, or FAS, to produce sustainable alternatives to petrol and jet fuel. ... more
BIO FUEL
New polymer additive could revolutionize plastics recycling
Ithaca NY (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
When Geoffrey Coates, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Cornell University, gives a talk about plastics and recycling, he usually opens with this question: What percentage of the 78 m ... more
BIO FUEL
Turning food waste into tires
Wooster OH (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Tomorrow's tires could come from the farm as much as the factory. Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered that food waste can partially replace the petroleum-based filler that has b ... more
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BIO FUEL
Novel 3-D manufacturing leads to highly complex, bio-like materials
Pullman WA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Washington State University researchers have developed a unique, 3-D manufacturing method that for the first time rapidly creates and precisely controls a material's architecture from the nanoscale ... more
BIO FUEL
New materials could turn water into the fuel of the future
Pasadena CA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Researchers at Caltech and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have - in just two years - nearly doubled the number of materials known to have potential for use in solar fuels. They ... more
BIO FUEL
Light-driven reaction converts carbon dioxide into fuel
Durham NC (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Duke University researchers have developed tiny nanoparticles that help convert carbon dioxide into methane using only ultraviolet light as an energy source. Having found a catalyst that can do this ... more
BIO FUEL
Biofuel produced by microalgae
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
In the modern society, energy generation heavily relies on fossil fuels, which, however, lead to environmental pollution and depletion of non-renewable resources. Photosynthetic organisms such as pl ... more
BIO FUEL
Scientists use nanoparticles, ultraviolet light to turn CO2 into fuel
Durham, N.C. (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Scientists at Duke University have developed a new method for catalyzing the conversion of carbon dioxide into methane, a component of many alternative fuels. The reaction is bolstered by the presence of rhodium nanoparticles and ultraviolet light. ... more
BIO FUEL
Alberta backing bioenergy programs
Edmonton, Alberta (UPI) Feb 10, 2017
The provincial government of Alberta said it was creating new jobs by offering funding to support bioenergy and a low-carbon future. ... more


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DuPont Industrial Biosciences to develop new high-efficiency biogas enzyme method
Leiden, The Netherlands (SPX) Jan 31, 2017
DuPont Industrial Biosciences has been awarded a grant from the European Commission to demonstrate high-efficiency enzyme production to increase biogas yields as part of the DEMETER project, funded ... more
BIO FUEL
Cathay Pacific to cut emissions with switch to biofuel
Hong Kong (AFP) Jan 31, 2017
Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific will switch to biofuels made from landfill rubbish on select long haul flights, reports said Tuesday, in an effort to cut harmful emissions. ... more
BIO FUEL
Populus dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, metabolites
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Jan 18, 2017
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, info ... more
BIO FUEL
Handheld Sensor Unit Determines Biofuel Content Of Diesel Blends
London, UK (SPX) Jan 18, 2017
Advanced sensor technology has been developed for the accurate determination of the biofuel content of diesel blends used in a wide range of automotive and industrial power applications. Hand ... more

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U.S. solar market set new record in 2016
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
The solar market in the United States had its best year on record in 2016, according to researchers with the Solar Energy Industries Association. In a study published by the industry group, researchers note the solar market nearly doubled its previous record, and added more electric generating capacity than any other source for the first time in history. The report, called the U. ... more
Baton Rouge LA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
New study shines light on photosynthesis
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Perovskite edges can be tuned for optoelectronic performance
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
SolarReserve Helps Netcare Lower Their Energy Costs
Argonne invents reusable sponge that soaks up oil
Lemont IL (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
When the Deepwater Horizon drilling pipe blew out seven years ago, beginning the worst oil spill in U.S. history, those in charge of the recovery discovered a new wrinkle: the millions of gallons of oil bubbling from the sea floor weren't all collecting on the surface where it could be skimmed or burned. Some of it was forming a plume and drifting through the ocean under the surface. Now, ... more
Austin TX (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Researchers link methane in groundwater in Parker and Hood counties to natural sources
Dallas (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Oil falls to below $49 per barrel in selloff
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Low-cost monitoring device uses light to quickly detect oil spills
French, Spanish companies set for more wind power off coast of France
Paris (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
French and Spanish energy companies said Monday they were setting their sights on building up the wind energy potential off the coast of France. French energy company ENGIE counts an installed wind power capacity of more than 1,700 megawatts in France and is now teaming up with its Spanish counterpart, EDPR, on plans to install as much as 750 MW of wind power offshore. According ... more
Washington DC (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Wind energy gaining traction, U.S. trade group says
Essen, Germany (UPI) Mar 3, 2017
German company to store US wind energy in batteries in Texas
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Breakthrough research for testing and arranging vertical axis wind turbines
Australia PM, Musk discuss offer to fix power woes
Sydney (AFP) March 12, 2017
Australia's prime minister held talks with Elon Musk Sunday after the US innovator offered to solve the energy crisis plaguing a southern region in a hundred days - or install the technology free. Musk, the entrepreneur behind electric carmaker Tesla, made the pledge in response to power woes in South Australia, which was last year hit by a state-wide blackout after severe winds from an ... more
Ames IA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Discovery in new material raises questions about theoretical models of superconductivity
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
ORNL study examines tungsten in extreme environments to improve fusion materials
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
ABB delivers first urban battery storage solution in Denmark to support renewables
Potential approach to how radioactive elements could be 'fished out' of nuclear waste
Manchester UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Manchester scientists have revealed how arsenic molecules might be used to 'fish out' the most toxic elements from radioactive nuclear waste - a breakthrough that could make the decommissioning industry even safer and more effective. Elizabeth Wildman, a PhD student in the research group led by Professor Steve Liddle based at The University of Manchester, has reported the first examples of ... more
London, UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The EIC and Nuclear AMRC sign MoU
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Completion of dismantling of nuclear facilities at the Cadarache MOX plant
Vienna (AFP) March 8, 2017
UN nuclear chief set for third term
'Global startup' vows autonomous car by 2020 in US
Washington (AFP) March 10, 2017
A "global startup" which makes electric racing vehicles unveiled plans Friday to sell a fully autonomous electric car in the US market by 2020. The company called Nio, founded by Chinese entrepreneur William Li and with offices in Silicon Valley, Europe and China, unveiled a prototype of the vehicle called Eve at the South by Southwest tech conference in Austin, Texas. According to a Nio ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) March 10, 2017
Uber backlash after Hong Kong drivers found guilty by court
Shanghai (AFP) March 10, 2017
China auto sales jump in February: industry group
San Francisco (AFP) March 12, 2017
California gives green light to self-driving car tests
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Researchers develop equation that helps to explain plant growth
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
It is rare in biology that a single trait can answer questions spanning several fields of research. One such trait is plant biology's "leaf mass per area," a simple measurement calculated by weighing a dried leaf and dividing by its original fresh area. Leaf mass per area, or LMA, which has been measured in thousands of studies, is used in nearly every field of plant biology to make predictions ... more
Tucson AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
This small molecule could have a big future in global food security
London, UK (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Future climate change will affect plants and soil differently
Leioa, Spain (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Stabilizing soils with sulfates to improve their constructional properties
Orbiting in sunshine
Paris (ESA) Mar 13, 2017
Following three days of intensive work, mission control has declared the newly launched Sentinel-2B satellite fit and ready for commissioning. The 1100 kg Sentinel was launched on Tuesday atop a Vega rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Joining its orbiting twin, the new satellite will double the high-resolution coverage from the Sentinel-2 mission for the EU's Copernicus env ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
U.S. Naval Research Lab develops light, transparent armor
Washington (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Cancer-Causing Radiation Biggest Threat to Humans on Deep Space Missions
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Mikros contracted for U.S. Navy radar support systems
Single molecule switch
Konstanz, Germany (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The theoretical physicists Junior Professor Fabian Pauly and his postdoc Dr. Safa G. Bahoosh now succeeded in a team of experimental physicists and chemists in demonstrating a reliable and reproducible single molecule switch. The basis for this switch is a specifically synthesized molecule with special properties. This is an important step towards realising fundamental ideas of molecular e ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Reducing conducting thin film surface roughness for electronics
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Researchers flip a magnetic memory cell with a light pulse at record speed
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The prototype of a chemical computer detects a sphere
New Zealand lauded for renewables, but challenges remain
Wellington, New Zealand (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Even with international praise for its renewable energy strategy, New Zealand's government said there is room for improvement. An annual review of the New Zealand energy sector from the International Energy Agency described the country as a "success story" for its ability to advance on low-carbon options like hydro-electric power and geothermal energy, all without government subsidies. ... more
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms
Taipei (AFP) Feb 12, 2017
Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights
Washington (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax
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Czech scientists build non-metal magnet out of carbon
Prague (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
Scientists in the Czech Republic created magnetized carbon by treating graphene layers with non-metallic elements. Their invention, detailed in the journal Nature Communications, is the first non-metal magnet to maintain its magnetic properties at room temperature. Researchers say the discovery has a wide array of potential applications in the fields of biomedicine and electronics. ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Graphene sheets capture cells efficiently
Birmingham UK (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Iron dissolved by air pollution may increase ocean potential to trap carbon
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
'Super-deep' diamonds may hold new information about Earth's interior
Taking earth's inner temperature
Cape Cod MA (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
The temperature of Earth's interior affects everything from the movement of tectonic plates to the formation of the planet. A new study led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) suggests the mantle - the mostly solid, rocky part of Earth's interior that lies between its super-heated core and its outer crustal layer - may be hotter than previously believed. The new finding, published Mar ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
How Arctic weather can improve mid-latitude forecasts
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
NASA examines deadly spring-like weather with GPM satellite
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Flashy first images arrive from NOAA's GOES-16 lightning mapper
Small nanoparticles have surprisingly big effects on polymer nanocomposites
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Polymer nanocomposites mix particles billionths of a meter (nanometers, nm) in diameter with polymers, which are long molecular chains. Often used to make injection-molded products, they are common in automobiles, fire retardants, packaging materials, drug-delivery systems, medical devices, coatings, adhesives, sensors, membranes and consumer goods. When a team led by the Department of Energy's ... more
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Phonon nanoengineering: Vibrations of nanoislands dissipate heat more effectively
Evanston IL (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Most complex nanoparticle crystal ever made by design
Houston TX (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Nano 'sandwich' offers unique properties
Leonardo subsidiary to buy laser technology company Daylight Solutions
London (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Leonardo is growing its presence in the United States through the acquisition of Daylight Solutions Inc., a quantum cascade laser company. Leonardo DRS, the company's U.S. subsidiary, signed a definitive acquisition agreement under which it will pay $150 million for Daylight Solutions, a Virginia-based firm. The purchase price includes an earn-out to be released to Daylight Solut ... more
London (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Kelvin Hughes launching counter-drone system
London (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
Hughes to provide satellite communications for SkyGuardian drones
Jacksonville FL (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Drone Aviation Delivers Enhanced WASP Tactical Aerostat to DoD
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Landslide at Ethiopia garbage dump kills at least 46
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 12, 2017
At least 46 people died and dozens more were hurt in a giant landslide at Ethiopia's largest rubbish dump outside Addis Ababa, a tragedy squatters living there blamed on a biogas plant being built nearby. Saturday's landslide flattened dozens of homes of people living in the Koshe dump when part of the largest pile of rubbish collapsed, an AFP journalist said. Dagmawit Moges, head of the ... more
Geneva (AFP) March 6, 2017
Environmental risks kill 1.7mn kids under 5 a year: WHO
Paris (AFP) March 3, 2017
City noise linked to hearing loss: study
Dhaka (AFP) March 6, 2017
Bangladesh orders shutdown of city tanneries
Rafael completes test firing with Protector USV
Tel Aviv (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems completed a test firing demonstration using its Protector unmanned surface vehicle, or USV. During the demonstration, the vehicle conducted a series of launches with a variety of munitions, including the Spike missile. The event marked the first missile test firing with a fully operational, remotely-controlled Protector platform. In a video release ... more
Bethesda MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
DARPA robotic servicing program has become stalled
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Robot uses social feedback to fetch objects intelligently
Washington (UPI) Mar 2, 2017
Switzerland taps Kongsberg for Protector weapon system


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