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March 16, 2017
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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 generate hydrogen from biomass. One of the challenges facing modern society is what it does with its waste products. As natural resources decline in abundance, using waste for energy is becoming more pressing for both governments and business. Biomass has been a source of heat and energy since the begin ... read more

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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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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
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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, ... more
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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
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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
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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
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
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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


Scientists use nanoparticles, ultraviolet light to turn CO2 into fuel

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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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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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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
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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

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EU close to 2020 renewable energy target
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Members of the European Union are about 3 percentage points away from meeting their 2020 objectives for renewable energy, its statistics office reported. Members of the EU agreed to a benchmark of 20 percent for a share of renewable energy on their grids by 2020. Eurostat, the bloc's record-keeping office, said the share of renewable energy in final consumption in 2015, the last full ye ... more
Barrington RI (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Nuera Solar Announces Partnership with The Solar Village Project
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Perovskite edges can be tuned for optoelectronic performance
Lappeenranta, Finland (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Iran and Middle East could adopt fully renewable electricity systems
Total starts production in deep Congolese waters
Washington (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
French supermajor Total said it started production at a deep-water prospect off the Congolese coast with a production capacity of 100,000 barrels per day. "Moho Nord is the biggest oil development to date in the Republic of the Congo," Arnaud Breuillac, president for Total's exploration and production division, said in a statement. "A showcase for Total's deep offshore operational excel ... more
Berlin (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
Germany's E.ON next to turn face to low-carbon future
Vienna (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
Be patient on oil market balance, IEA says
New York NY (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
Moody's: Shaky economic ground for some oil exporters
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
Headphone batteries explode on flight to Australia
Sydney (AFP) March 15, 2017
A woman whose headphones caught fire on a plane suffered burns to her face and hands, Australian officials said Wednesday as they warned about the dangers of battery-operated devices in-flight. The passenger was listening to music on her own battery-operated headphones as she dozed about two hours into the trip from Beijing to Melbourne on February 19 when there was a loud explosion. "As ... more
Sydney (AFP) March 12, 2017
Australia PM, Musk discuss offer to fix power woes
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
The EIC and Nuclear AMRC sign MoU
London, UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Two leading organisations within the UK's nuclear industry, the Energy Industries Council (EIC) and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together to promote global opportunities in the nuclear industry and support UK companies to enter the sector, at a ceremony held at the Nuclear AMRC's Rotherham campus on Tue ... more
Tokyo (AFP) March 15, 2017
Loss-hit Toshiba nosedives on fears about future
Manchester UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Potential approach to how radioactive elements could be 'fished out' of nuclear waste
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
German energy company RWE evolving for success
German prosecutors search Audi offices over 'dieselgate'
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) March 15, 2017
State prosecutors in southern Germany said Wednesday they had searched offices belonging to carmaker Audi over parent company Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating scandal. Investigators from Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Lower Saxony states searched "sites belonging to Audi AG and seven other locations" on suspicion of "fraud and illegal advertising", Munich prosecutors said in a stateme ... more
Paris (AFP) March 15, 2017
Renault chiefs implicated in decades-long emissions fraud: probe
Washington (AFP) March 15, 2017
US launches probe after hoverboard fire kills two-year-old
Jerusalem (AFP) March 13, 2017
Intel buying Israeli car tech firm Mobileye for $15 bn
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This small molecule could have a big future in global food security
Tucson AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Researchers at the University of Arizona have found a promising way to prevent the loss of millions of tons of crops to a fungus each year, offering the potential to dramatically improve food security, especially in developing countries. The team's approach uses transgenic corn plants that produce small RNA molecules that prevent fungi from producing aflatoxin, highly toxic substances that can r ... more
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Microbes measure ecological restoration success
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Researchers develop equation that helps to explain plant growth
Leioa, Spain (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Stabilizing soils with sulfates to improve their constructional properties
MIPT physicists predict the existence of unusual optical composites
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Physicists from MIPT have predicted the existence of transparent composite media with unusual optical properties. Using graphics card based simulations, scientists studied regular volume structures composed of two dielectrics with close parameters, and found that the optical properties of these structures differ from both those of natural crystals and artificial periodic composites, which are cu ... more
Saint-Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
New application of the selective laser melting method
Washington (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Scientists develop new surface finishing for 3D-printing
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Dramatic improvement in surface finishing of 3-D printing
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
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Ultrashort light pulses for fast 'lightwave' computers
Ithaca NY (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Two radio signals, one chip, open a new world for wireless communication
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Researchers flip a magnetic memory cell with a light pulse at record speed
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
'Going deep' to measure Earth's rotational effects
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers in Italy hope to measure Earth's rotation using a laser-based gyroscope housed deep underground, with enough experimental precision to reveal measurable effects of Einstein's general theory of relativity. The ring laser gyroscope (RLG) technology enabling these Earth-based measurements provide, unlike those made by referencing celestial objects, inertial rotation information, reveali ... more
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
15 years of GRACE: Satellite mission flies thrice its planned time
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Additional Arctic weather data raises forecast accuracy of Japan cold waves
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
How Arctic weather can improve mid-latitude forecasts
New nano-implant could one day help restore sight
San Diego CA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
A team of engineers at the University of California San Diego and La Jolla-based startup Nanovision Biosciences Inc. have developed the nanotechnology and wireless electronics for a new type of retinal prosthesis that brings research a step closer to restoring the ability of neurons in the retina to respond to light. The researchers demonstrated this response to light in a rat retina interfacing ... more
Onna, Japan (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Shaping the future
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Phonon nanoengineering: Vibrations of nanoislands dissipate heat more effectively
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Small nanoparticles have surprisingly big effects on polymer nanocomposites
Trump gives CIA power to conduct drone strikes
Washington (AFP) March 14, 2017
President Donald Trump's administration has given new powers to the CIA to conduct drone strikes against extremist targets in the Middle East, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The move would represent a change from Obama-era policies that limited the spy agency's role in conducting paramilitary strikes, pushing responsibility for these to the Pentagon. Obama had insisted on a mo ... more
Washington (AFP) March 13, 2017
US military deploys attack drones to S. Korea
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
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Polluted air causing early deaths in fossil-fuelled Balkans
Tuzla, Bosnia And Herzegovina (AFP) March 15, 2017
Stuck between a landfill and a coal-fired power plant, residents of the Bosnian village of Divkovici are dying of asphyxia, poisoned by some of the most polluted air in Europe. "In a few years, it will be like Chernobyl here: houses without souls," said unemployed Goran Stojak. His father died last year of lung cancer, and he is afraid to undergo medical tests for fear of "bad news". His ... more
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 15, 2017
Ethiopia rubbish dump landslide death toll soars to 113
Sorong, Indonesia (AFP) March 14, 2017
UK cruise ship damages pristine Indonesian coral reef
Washington (AFP) March 15, 2017
Trump to undo Obama auto emission rules: official
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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