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April 18, 2017
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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 carbohydrates, occurring mainly in the form of starch. They can survive in unfavorable, nutrient deficient conditions, and can be propagated industrially without using farmland. Oil derived from algae has recently been adopted for use in jet fuels and biodiesel. Previously overlooked, however, was the ... read more

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Chemists ID catalytic 'key' for converting CO2 to methanol
Upton NY (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) and converting it to useful chemicals such as methanol could reduce both pollution and our dependence on petroleum products. So scientists are intensely interested in ... 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
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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


Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass

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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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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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Powerpedia Forms Nonprofit to Provide Free Solar Systems to Orphanages Throughout Baja Mexico and Beyond
San Diego CA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Powerpedia, a San Diego-based renewable energy consultancy has announced the formation of the nonprofit organization "#GetChargedUp" to facilitate a multi-year commitment of providing free solar systems to orphanages throughout Baja Mexico and beyond, under its flagship program #EmpowerOrphans. "I recently had a chance to spend the day with children and volunteers at the Rancho de Los Nino ... more
Treviso, Italy (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Upsolar Introduces its Floating Solar Technology to Europe
Livermore CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Americans use more clean energy in 2016
Nairobi, Kenya (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Record new renewable power capacity added worldwide at lower cost
Crude oil prices flat to start Monday, after rough overnight patch
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
Crude oil prices were pulling close to even in early trading Monday, following weakness overnight sparked by lingering U.S. energy sector gains. Trading is muted Monday as some markets remain idled because of the Easter holiday. U.S. markets were closed Friday, but ended the trading week on a down note after oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported steady gains in exploration and ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
Europe eyeing referendum results from potential energy partner Turkey
Caracas (AFP) April 17, 2017
Army declares loyalty to Maduro as Venezuela braces for giant demo
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Researchers design coatings to prevent pipeline clogging
German power company examining new wind energy options.
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
Technology for wind energy could use fixed-wing or sails for power in a way that would make deployment easier for deep waters, a German company said. German energy company E.ON said it made an investment commitment with Ampyx Power to test so-called airborne wind energy technology. "This novel technology has the potential to transform the global offshore wind generation market as ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
Canada sees emerging role for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017
U.N. says low-carbon economy not a "pipe dream"
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Mega-wind farm offshore Denmark clears hurdle
How some battery materials expand without cracking
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
When you charge a battery, or when you use it, it's not just electricity but also matter that moves around inside. Ions, which are atoms or molecules that have an electric charge, travel from one of the battery's electrodes to the other, making the electrodes shrink and swell. In fact, it's been a longstanding mystery why fairly brittle electrode materials don't crack under the strain of these e ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Scientists further understanding of a process that causes heat loss in fusion devices
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Art of paper-cutting inspires self-charging paper device
Riverside CA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
New battery coating could improve smart phones and electric vehicles
AREVA NP Signs Contract for Outage Services at Farley Nuclear Generating Station
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
AREVA NP signed a contract with Southern Nuclear to provide outage services at the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Generating Station* units 1 and 2 between 2017 and 2021. Over the course of six outages, AREVA NP will provide refueling, steam generator and specialty non-destructive examination services, inspection and reactor coolant pump services that support the Farley plant in providing carbon-free ... more
Paris, France (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
AREVA and KAZATOMPROM sign a strategic agreement
Johannesburg (AFP) April 9, 2017
S.Africa to re-think nuclear deal after junk status : ANC
Paris (AFP) April 9, 2017
France enshrines decision to close oldest nuclear plant
GM to ramp up self-driving effort in Silicon Valley
New York (AFP) April 14, 2017
General Motors is boosting its autonomous driving efforts, investing $14 million and adding 1,100 jobs in a new research center in San Francisco. The largest US automaker made the announcement Thursday, amid a race in the industry on autonomous vehicle research. While GM is already testing autonomous vehicles through its Cruise Automation unit in California, Arizona and Michigan, the new ... more
San Francisco (AFP) April 14, 2017
Uber says growth strong as it gives a peek at earnings
Washington (AFP) April 13, 2017
Tesla's Musk announces plans for semi-truck launch
San Francisco (AFP) April 14, 2017
Apple gets permit to test self-driving cars
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Italy producers in Asia rice row
Rome (AFP) April 13, 2017
Italy's rice producers sounded the alarm Thursday over competition from Asia, saying the national industry was in crisis and consumers were unwittingly buying pesticide-contaminated grains harvested by exploited children. Italian farmers' association Coldiretti said imports of rice from Asia was driving the price of the home-grown staple into the ground, while lax labelling laws meant famili ... more
Madison WI (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Termite gut holds a secret to breaking down plant biomass
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Study: Nearly 2 billion people rely on food grown elsewhere
Oxford Uk (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
So sheep may safely graze
Humans to Mars Official NASA Goal, But What About Radiation
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Human exploration of Mars is now an official goal of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill to increase NASA's budget. The law sets spending at $19.5 billion for the 12-month period starting on October 1, 2017. Congress will need to approve the money. And for the first time, the NASA budget adds human exploration of M ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 19, 2017
Waste Cadets: space plans mean more space junk, harder space exploration
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
NASA Fellow studies new heatshield-making technique
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
SSL completes agreement to partner with DARPA on satellite servicing
Top chipmaker TSMC says forex fluctuation hits Q1 earnings
Taipei (AFP) April 13, 2017
Microchip giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing blamed currency fluctuations as it posted a slump in first quarter earnings Thursday, warning that growth was unlikely to pick up before the second half of the year. Analysts said TSMC, a key supplier for Apple although it has never officially confirmed the connection, would likely get a boost from the launch of the iPhone 8, expected aro ... more
University Park PA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Method improves semiconductor fiber optics, paves way for developing devices
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Flexible processors with atomically thin materials
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
'Indistinguishable photons' key to advancing quantum technologies
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
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Graphene Flagship researches create thin film transistors printed with layered materials
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Diamonds coupled using quantum physics
Hong Kong (AFP) April 4, 2017
'Pink Star' diamond fetches record $71.2 mn in Hong Kong
New Full-hemisphere Views of Earth at Night
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 17, 2017
NASA scientists are releasing new global maps of Earth at night, providing the clearest yet composite view of the patterns of human settlement across our planet. This composite image, one of three new full-hemisphere views, provides a view of the Americas at night. The clouds and sun glint - added here for aesthetic effect - are derived from MODIS instrument land surface and cloud cover products ... more
Bristol, UK (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Banned industrial solvent sheds new light on methane mystery
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
New map reveals Earth's magnetic field in high resolution
Aurora CO (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Raytheon speeds delivery and secures satellite weather data
Self-assembling polymers provide thin nanowire template
Lemont IL (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
For the chips in our computers and smartphones to get faster and faster, their components - the circuits and wires through which signals flow - have to get smaller and smaller. The miniaturization of these wires has taken scientists on a journey almost to the atomic level. Recently, scientists have begun to address - and now to surmount - certain barriers in physics that have prevented them from ... more
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Nanotubes that build themselves
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Scientists identify unusual force acting on nanoparticles
Krasnoyarsk, Russia (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Scientists created nanopowders for the synthesis of new aluminum alloys
U.S. Army tests dune buggy-like Hunter, Killer vehicles
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
A developing U.S. Army platform comprising two dune buggy-like vehicles completed a round of testing at Fort Sill, Okla., on Thursday. The eight-wheeled vehicles, known as Hunter and Killer, were tested between April 3 and April 13 during the 2017 Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment, or MFIX. They are designed to travel through various types of terrain and provide operators with aircra ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
U.K. defense minister calls for autonomous supply vehicles
(UPI) Apr 17, 2017
MQ-8C Fire Scout takes first flight from littoral combat ship
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
MS-177 sensor completes test on Global Hawk
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ESA helps faster cleaner shipping
Paris (ESA) Apr 18, 2017
With around 90% of world trade carried by ships, making sure a vessel follows the fastest route has clear economic benefits. By merging measurements from different satellites, ESA is providing key information on ocean currents, which is not only making shipping more efficient but is also helping to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Shipping companies forecast ocean currents down to a depth ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
US streams carry surprisingly extensive mixture of pollutants
London (AFP) April 9, 2017
Polluted London sets its sights on cars
Washington (AFP) April 10, 2017
Road salt runoff threatens US, Canada lakes: study
Brane Craft Proposal Awarded Phase 2 by NASA
El Segundo CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
NASA has awarded Dr. Siegfried Janson of The Aerospace Corporation (Aerospace) with the 2017 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase II grant award, worth approximately $500,000, for further development of his Brane Craft flat spacecraft proposal. This award is one of 22 early-stage technical proposals that will transform the future of human and robotic exploration missions, introdu ... more
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
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 31, 2017
NASA Tests Robotic Ice Tools for Use on Ocean Worlds


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