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March 14, 2017
BIO FUEL
Tree growth model assists breeding for more wood



Pullman WA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
A meeting in a forest between a biologist and a mathematician could lead to thicker, faster growing trees. "Mathematicians like translating biological processes into numbers," said Andrei Smertenko, assistant professor in Washington State University's Institute of Biological Chemistry. "I'm a biologist, and I want to help grow stronger, better trees." Breeding trees is a time-consuming and imprecise field, with breeders relying on a few genetic markers and what they can see. It takes years before ... read 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
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
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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
BIO FUEL
A better way to farm algae
Syracuse NY (SPX) Feb 01, 2017
Scientists have long known of the potential of microalgae to aid in the production of biofuels and other valuable chemicals. However, the difficulty and significant cost of growing microalgae have i ... more


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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
BIO FUEL
Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production, increase profits
Urbana IL (SPX) Jan 11, 2017
Today many biofuel refineries operate for only seven months each year, turning freshly harvested crops into ethanol and biodiesel. When supplies run out, biorefineries shut down for the other five m ... more

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Iran and Middle East could adopt fully renewable electricity systems
Lappeenranta, Finland (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Iran can transition to a fully renewable electricity system and financially benefit from it by 2030. Researchers at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) show that major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region could turn their abundant renewable energy resources into lucrative business opportunities in less than two decades. According to the study, a ... 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
AMEC Foster Wheeler agrees to $2.6B takeover by Wood Group
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Wood Group will purchase AMEC Foster Wheeler for $2.6 billion in a move that will combine two of Britain's largest energy services. In a statement announcing the acquisition, Wood Group leaders said the takeover is a boon to the company's business strategy and its relationships with clients. "The combination will create an asset-light, largely reimbursable business of greater sca ... more
Dallas TX (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Oil woes continue on reported G20 slowdown
Brussels (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Europe vetting comments on Russia's control over gas
Moscow (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Business confidence improving for oil-rich Russia
Flagship English Channel wind farm nears completion
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
The first turbines for the English Channel's Rampion wind farm, which will meet the demands of nearly 347,000 homes, are installed, a German company said. German energy company E.ON said the first of the 116 turbines were installed off the coast of Sussex during the weekend. With a peak capacity of 400 megawatts, the Rampion wind farm will meet the average demands of nearly 347,000 aver ... more
Paris (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
French, Spanish companies set for more wind power off coast of France
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
Discovery in new material raises questions about theoretical models of superconductivity
Ames IA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has successfully created the first pure, single-crystal sample of a new iron arsenide superconductor, CaKFe4As4, and studies of this material have called into question some long-standing theoretical models of superconductivity. The material is notable for having the high superconducting temperature of 35K without the need for small amounts of addit ... more
Sydney (AFP) March 12, 2017
Australia PM, Musk discuss offer to fix power woes
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
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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
Jerusalem (AFP) March 13, 2017
Intel buying Israeli car tech firm Mobileye for $15 bn
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
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 (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Cancer-Causing Radiation Biggest Threat to Humans on Deep Space Missions
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Conquering metal fatigue
Munich, Germany (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Polymer-coated silicon nanosheets - an alternative to graphene
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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
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
New way to tune electronic energy levels may lead to valleytronic devices
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
Human 2 Mars Conference May 9-11 2017 - Washington DC
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
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Additional Arctic weather data raises forecast accuracy of Japan cold waves
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
NASA examines deadly spring-like weather with GPM satellite
InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
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
US military deploys attack drones to S. Korea
Washington (AFP) March 13, 2017
The US Army is permanently stationing an attack drone system and its support personnel in South Korea amid ongoing tensions with the North, a Defense Department spokesman said Monday. Officials said the deployment, due by next year, was not unique to South Korea and was being conducted across the Army to provide infantry divisions with better intelligence. But the announcement comes just ... more
London (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Leonardo subsidiary to buy laser technology company Daylight Solutions
London (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Kelvin Hughes launching counter-drone system
London (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
Hughes to provide satellite communications for SkyGuardian drones
Ethiopia rubbish landslide death toll soars to 65
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 13, 2017
At least 65 people were killed in a giant landslide at Ethiopia's largest rubbish dump this weekend, officials said Monday, in a tragedy that saw entire families including children buried alive. "The rescue operation is still ongoing, security personnel and rescuers are trying their level best" to locate any possible survivors, while searching for the dead, Communication Minister Negeri Lenc ... 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
Songs that make robots cry
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Music, more than any art, is a beautiful mix of science and emotion. It follows a set of patterns almost mathematically to extract feelings from its audience. Machines that make music focus on these patterns, but give little consideration to the emotional response of their audience. An international research team led by Osaka University together with Tokyo Metropolitan University, imec in Belgiu ... more
Bethesda MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
DARPA robotic servicing program has become stalled
Tel Aviv (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Rafael completes test firing with Protector USV
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Robot uses social feedback to fetch objects intelligently


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