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May 17, 2017
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Genome sequence of fuel-producing alga announced



College Station TX (SPX) May 15, 2017
The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A and M AgriLife Research. The report, in Genome Announcements, comes after almost seven years of research, according to Dr. Tim Devarenne, AgriLife Research biochemist and principal investigator in College Station. In addition to sequencing the genome, other genetic facts emerged that ultimately could help his team and others studying this green microalga furth ... read more

BIO FUEL
Enhancing the efficiency of cereal straw for biofuel production
Hong Kong, China (SPX) May 11, 2017
Straw is commonly used for feeding animals, burning, baling, etc. As one of the "Three Canton Treasures", straw can actually be used as a raw material to produce biofuel. Ethanol, an alcohol, ... more
BIO FUEL
New breakthrough makes it easier to turn old coffee waste into cleaner biofuels
Lancaster, UK (SPX) May 11, 2017
Future Americano, cappuccino and latte drinkers could help produce the raw material for a greener biofuel that would reduce our reliance on diesel from fossil fuels. Purpose-grown feedstocks ( ... more
BIO FUEL
Biomass powering U.S. military base
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
A renewable energy project at a military installation in northern New York shows that biomass is a feasible power solution, the U.S. government said. ... more
BIO FUEL
Turning chicken poop and weeds into biofuel
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
Chicken is a favorite, inexpensive meat across the globe. But the bird's popularity results in a lot of waste that can pollute soil and water. One strategy for dealing with poultry poop is to ... more
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BIO FUEL
Sandia could help biofuel pay for itself with goods made from waste
Emeryville CA (SPX) May 08, 2017
A recent discovery by Sandia National Laboratories researchers may unlock the potential of biofuel waste - and ultimately make biofuels competitive with petroleum. Fuel made from plants is muc ... more
BIO FUEL
First EPA-approved outdoor field trial for genetically engineered algae
San Diego CA (SPX) May 09, 2017
Scientists at the University of California San Diego and Sapphire Energy have successfully completed the first outdoor field trial sanctioned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for genetica ... more
BIO FUEL
Nickel: A greener route to fatty acids
Tarragona, Spain (SPX) May 04, 2017
Chemists designed a nickel catalyst that easily transforms petroleum feedstocks into valuable compounds like fatty acids. The process is environmentally friendly: not only it works at room temperatu ... more
BIO FUEL
Scientists develop efficient multifunctional catalyst for CO2 hydrogenation to gasoline
Beijing, China (SPX) May 04, 2017
Converting CO2 from a detrimental greenhouse gas into value-added liquid fuels not only contributes to mitigating CO2 emissions, but also reduces dependence on petrochemicals. However, since CO2 is ... more
BIO FUEL
Fast, low energy, and continuous biofuel extraction from microalgae
Kumamoto, Japan (SPX) May 02, 2017
As an alternative to liquid fossil fuels, biodiesel extracted from microalgae is an increasingly important part of the bioenergy field. While it releases a similar amount of CO2 as petroleum when bu ... more
BIO FUEL
Finding best combination for biofuel corn, soil protection
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
The phrase "a double-edged sword" describes something that is beneficial in some ways but problematic in others. One example is removing maize stover (the husks, stems and leaves of corn plants) fro ... more


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Caterpillar found to eat shopping bags, suggesting biodegradable solution to plastic pollution
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Scientists have found that a caterpillar commercially bred for fishing bait has the ability to biodegrade polyethylene: one of the toughest and most used plastics, frequently found clogging up landf ... more
BIO FUEL
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. ... more
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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
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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



Solar power not a favorite for New Zealand
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Solar power isn't the best option for New Zealand compared with other renewables, but the opportunity could emerge as costs decline, a minister said. 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 ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Atomic-scale study could pave the way for better, longer-lasting solar cells
London, UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign
Houghton MI (SPX) May 11, 2017
Installing solar to combat national security risks in the power grid
BHP Billiton: Growth potential apparent
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
Australian energy and mining giant BHP Billiton could see value increase by 50 percent under a variety of market scenarios, the company's CEO said Tuesday. The company in April dismissed a push by managers at hedge fund Elliot Associates and Elliot International, which hold minor shares in BHP Billiton, to split off its U.S. oil division in order to unlock tens of billions of U.S. dolla ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
U.S. gas prices stable despite market headwinds
Rome (AFP) May 16, 2017
Ancient olive trees make way for pipeline
Ottawa (AFP) May 16, 2017
Canada blocked climate change audit: official
New scrutiny of poles as world braces for climate shifts: UN
Geneva (AFP) May 15, 2017
Scientists will intensify scrutiny of the polar regions as part of an international campaign to improve global weather predictions and minimise risks linked to rapid climate change, the UN said Monday. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said a full year would be dedicated to improving polar forecasting capacities in the Arctic and another year would be spent doing the same in Antarc ... more
Paris (AFP) May 17, 2017
The EU: What happened to climate's poster child; Canada blocks audit change
Atlanta GA (SPX) May 15, 2017
Rising temperatures threaten stability of Tibetan alpine grasslands
Fairbanks, United States (AFP) May 11, 2017
Tillerson: Trump will not rush US climate policy review
Laser pulses reveal the superconductors of the future
Trieste, Italy (SPX) May 15, 2017
Another step forward towards superconductivity at room temperature: an experiment at the cutting edge of condensed matter physics and materials science has revealed that the dream of more efficient energy usage can turn into reality. An international collaboration, led by the scientists of Italy's International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Universita Cattolica di Brescia ... more
Kent UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
Harnessing geometric frustration to tune batteries for greater power
Washington DC (UPI) May 15, 2017
Mini heat engine could power tomorrow's tiny machines
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
No batteries necessary, new medical implant derives energy from the human body
Genome sequence of fuel-producing alga announced
College Station TX (SPX) May 15, 2017
The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A and M AgriLife Research. The report, in Genome Announcements, comes after almost seven years of research, according to Dr. Tim Devarenne, AgriLife Research biochemist and principal investigator in College Station. In addition to sequencing the genome, ... more
Lancaster, UK (SPX) May 11, 2017
New breakthrough makes it easier to turn old coffee waste into cleaner biofuels
Hong Kong, China (SPX) May 11, 2017
Enhancing the efficiency of cereal straw for biofuel production
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Biomass powering U.S. military base
Judge seeks criminal review of Uber-Alphabet dispute
San Francisco (AFP) May 12, 2017
A federal judge has asked for a criminal justice review in the case brought by Alphabet self-driving car unit Waymo accusing Uber of stealing its technology. Judge William Alsup, in an order posted late Thursday, said he was referring the case to the Justice Department "for investigation of possible theft of trade secrets." Alsup said he made the recommendation "based on the evidentiary ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 10, 2017
South Korea building world's largest test site for self-driving cars
Washington (AFP) May 11, 2017
Judge blesses $1 bn compensation deal in VW diesel case
Chicago IL (SPX) May 12, 2017
Experiments show that a few self-driving cars can dramatically improve traffic flow
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Chinese exporting adulterated fish to Brazil: police
Brasilia (AFP) May 16, 2017
Brazilian police said Tuesday they have uncovered a ring that imported Chinese fish illegally adulterated to be heavier and as such, worth more when resold. Investigators from the agriculture ministry in the southern state of Santa Catarina found local businesses selling adulterated pollock, hake and other imported species, police said in a statement. The fish had been injected with "wat ... more
Paris (ESA) May 17, 2017
Novel use of satnav saves precious water
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) May 11, 2017
Tillage farming damaging earthworm populations
Zurich (AFP) May 5, 2017
Syngenta shareholders accept ChemChina offer
HP Enterprise unveils computer 'for era of Big Data'
Washington (AFP) May 16, 2017
Researchers from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise on Tuesday unveiled what they claimed was a breakthrough in computing with a new machine capable of handling vast amounts of data at supercomputing speeds. The prototype named simple "the Machine" uses a new approach to computer architecture which the company says can be adapted for a range of Big Data applications, handling tasks at thousands of t ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 16, 2017
Inverse designing spontaneously self-assembling materials
Friedrichshafen, Germany (SPX) May 16, 2017
"Airbus Friedrichshafen: new satellite hub lays groundwork for the future"
Houston TX (SPX) May 17, 2017
'Hot' electrons don't mind the gap
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Materials research creates potential for improved computer chips and transistors
Lexington KY (SPX) May 15, 2017
It's a material world, and an extremely versatile one at that, considering its most basic building blocks - atoms - can be connected together to form different structures that retain the same composition. Diamond and graphite, for example, are but two of the many polymorphs of carbon, meaning that both have the same chemical composition and differ only in the manner in which their atoms ar ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) May 15, 2017
Organic electronics: Semiconductors as decal stickers
Espoo, Finland (SPX) May 12, 2017
Refrigerator for quantum computers discovered
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) May 12, 2017
Model for multivalley polaritons
Australia power grid leased to local-foreign consortium
Sydney (AFP) May 11, 2017
A major Australian power grid operator was Thursday partially leased to a local-foreign consortium in a multi-billion-dollar deal, ending an international chase for electricity assets being privatised to raise funds for infrastructure projects. Australia's largest state New South Wales has sought to privatise three large power assets - TransGrid, Ausgrid and Endeavour Energy - but faced ro ... more
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Poland central to EU energy diversification strategy
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Myanmar recovery linked to development of electrical grid
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
U.S. emissions generally lower last year
Beautiful, consistent carbon belts
Nagoy, Japan (SPX) May 14, 2017
Chemists have tried to synthesize carbon nanobelts for more than 60 years, but none have succeeded until now. A team at Nagoya University reported the first organic synthesis of a carbon nanobelt in Science. Carbon nanobelts are expected to serve as a useful template for building carbon nanotubes and open a new field of nanocarbon science. The new nanobelt, measuring 0.83 nanometer (nm) in ... more
Vienna, Austria (SPX) May 16, 2017
Chemically tailored graphene
Washington DC (SPX) May 16, 2017
Looking at light to explore superconductivity in boron-diamond films
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
Deep-diving technology finds little filter feeder has giant carbon cycling impact
NASA Aims to Create First-Ever Space-Based Sodium Lidar to Study Poorly Understood Mesosphere
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 17, 2017
A team of NASA scientists and engineers now believes it can leverage recent advances in a greenhouse-detecting instrument to build the world's first space-based sodium lidar to study Earth's poorly understood mesosphere. Scientist Diego Janches and laser experts Mike Krainak and Tony Yu, all of whom work at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, are leading a research-a ... more
New Haven, CT (SPX) May 15, 2017
In measuring gas exchange between water and air, size matters
Washington DC (SPX) May 16, 2017
How satellite data led to a breakthrough for Lake Erie toxic algal blooms
Cleveland OH (SPX) May 16, 2017
Researchers apply data science to better predict effect of weather and other conditions
Scientists print nanoscale imaging probe onto tip of optical fiber
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 16, 2017
Combining speed with incredible precision, a team of researchers has developed a way to print a nanoscale imaging probe onto the tip of a glass fiber as thin as a human hair, accelerating the production of the promising new device from several per month to several per day. The high-throughput fabrication technique opens the door for the widespread adoption of this and other nano-optical st ... more
Upton, NY (SPX) May 02, 2017
Scientists set record resolution for drawing at the one-nanometer length scale
Osaka, Japan (SPX) May 04, 2017
X-ray microscope optics resolve 50-nm features while eliminating chromatic aberrations
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Self-assembled nanostructures can be selectively controlled
Airbus creates new commercial drone services start-up "Airbus Aerial"
Dallas TX (SPX) May 11, 2017
Airbus has launched its U.S. base and operations of a new commercial drone start-up, named Airbus Aerial, at the AUVSI Xponential tradeshow and conference in Dallas. With bases both in the U.S. and in Europe, Airbus Aerial's initial business will focus on developing new imagery services. These services will leverage the best software and aerospace technology from across the globe to offer action ... more
London (AFP) May 16, 2017
UK prison moves to stop drone deliveries of contraband
Taurene, Latvia (AFP) May 12, 2017
Latvian daredevil in 'drone-diving' world first
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
U.S. Army awards contract for extended range drone
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Vietnam arrests activist as MP resigns over mass fish deaths
Hanoi (AFP) May 15, 2017
Vietnam arrested another activist on Monday for organising protests over mass fish deaths caused by pollution from a steel plant, the same day a lawmaker resigned over the environmental scandal. Taiwanese steel firm Formosa was blamed for pollution last year which killed tonnes of fish, including rare species, and decimated livelihoods in coastal fishing communities in central Vietnam. T ... more
Miami (AFP) May 15, 2017
Plastic trash chokes remote South Pacific island
Antofagasta, Chile (AFP) May 15, 2017
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Paris (AFP) May 15, 2017
'Excess' car pollution killed 38,000 in 2015: study
Live interactions with robots increase their perceived human likeness
Washington DC (SPX) May 15, 2017
Most human interactions with robots come from behind a screen. Whether it's fiction or a real-life interaction, rarely are we put face to face with a robot. This poses a significant barrier when we look towards a future where robots will be part of our everyday lives. How do we break down this barrier? A recent study by researchers at the University of Koblenz-Landau, University of Wurzbur ... more
Minneapolis MN (SPX) May 11, 2017
3-D-printed 'bionic skin' could give robots the sense of touch
Paris (AFP) May 11, 2017
Robotic 'exoskeleton' prevents elderly falls: study
Washington (AFP) May 9, 2017
Amazon's new Alexa speaker has a screen too


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