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May 18, 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
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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
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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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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



Beaumont Solar Announces the Beaumont "Big C" Services Unit to Solar Industry
New Bedford MA (SPX) May 18, 2017
Beaumont Solar has announced their Beaumont "Big C" Services Unit. The rush to meet certain tax incentives and regulatory deadlines demands such a process that delivers on-time, on-budget performance. Additionally, state electrical board regulations requiring 1:1 or 3:2 electrician licensing ratios and the pressure to build to exacting standards with low cost yet high quality resources creates a ... more
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) May 18, 2017
A record year for Swedish leading solar energy technology provider Midsummer
London, UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Solar power not a favorite for New Zealand
BP sees energy sector mixing, though oil still has a role
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
Though fossil fuels will continue to have a role in the global energy mix, a pillar of growth for BP is low-carbon opportunities, CEO Bob Dudley said Wednesday. The British energy company reported a first quarter profit of $1.5 billion, compared with a year-over-year loss of $583 million. BP is joining its industry peers in reporting a strong recovery in early 2017, after slogging throu ... more
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
Italy, Russia energy companies firm up partnerships
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
Israeli partners report earnings after first gas shipments to Jordan
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
AAA: 1M more people expected to travel for Memorial Day this year
India gets bonds to help tackle climate change
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
More than $40 million in bonds are available to help India, one of the world's leading economies, address challenges from climate change, a bank said. The Asian Development Bank said it raised $47 million in bonds due in February 2021 that will help drive capital toward climate change mitigation projects in India. "In today's markets, green bonds are an increasingly important sou ... more
Paris (AFP) May 17, 2017
The EU: What happened to climate's poster child; Canada blocks audit change
Luanda (AFP) May 17, 2017
Drought affects 1.4 million in Angola: UNICEF
Bonn (AFP) May 18, 2017
In climate talks, it's always been America first
Mini heat engine could power tomorrow's tiny machines
Washington DC (UPI) May 15, 2017
In the future, tiny thermal engines could power nanoscale machinery and quantum computers. Researchers demonstrated the potential of miniaturized heat engines using a theoretical model. "Heat engines are devices that turn thermal energy into a useful form known as 'work,'" Ahsan Nazir, a research fellow at the University of Manchester, said in a news release. "Besides being of immense p ... more
Champaign IL (SPX) May 15, 2017
Electroplating delivers high-energy, high-power batteries
Trieste, Italy (SPX) May 15, 2017
Laser pulses reveal the superconductors of the future
Chicago IL (SPX) May 15, 2017
Understanding of superconductor's 'normal' state may help solve longstanding puzzle
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
GM announces drive for sustainable rubber
Detroit (AFP) May 15, 2017
General Motors said Monday it was moving toward sustainable rubber production for the cars and trucks it produces every year, reducing contributions to deforestation in Southeast Asia and South America. Steven Kiefer, senior vice president for global purchasing and supply chain, said the move would push the auto industry and its supply chain towards "net-zero deforestation." The new pol ... more
San Francisco (AFP) May 15, 2017
Judge curbs Uber engineer in trade secrets case
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) May 17, 2017
Volvo says may pull brake on diesel engines
San Francisco (AFP) May 12, 2017
Judge seeks criminal review of Uber-Alphabet dispute
Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
Why did hunter-gatherers first begin farming?
Sheffield, UK (SPX) May 18, 2017
The beginnings of agriculture changed human history and has fascinated scientists for centuries. Researchers from the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures at the University of Sheffield have shed light on how hunter-gatherers first began farming and how crops were domesticated to depend on humans. Domesticated crops have been transformed almost beyond recognition in comparison with thei ... more
Brasilia (AFP) May 16, 2017
Chinese exporting adulterated fish to Brazil: police
Paris (ESA) May 17, 2017
Novel use of satnav saves precious water
Newark DE (SPX) May 18, 2017
Plants call 911 to help their neighbors
Three-dimensional direction-dependent force measurement at the subatomic scale
Osaka, Japan (SPX) May 17, 2017
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is an extremely sensitive technique that allows us to image materials and/or characterize their physical properties on the atomic scale by sensing the force above material surfaces using a precisely controlled tip. However, conventional AFM only provides the surface normal component of the force (the Z direction) and ignores the components parallel to the surface (t ... more
Boston MA (SPX) May 17, 2017
Materials bend as they 'breathe' under high temperatures
Washington (AFP) May 16, 2017
HP Enterprise unveils computer 'for era of Big Data'
Friedrichshafen, Germany (SPX) May 16, 2017
"Airbus Friedrichshafen: new satellite hub lays groundwork for the future"
Achieving near-perfect optical isolation using opto-mechanical transparency
Champaign IL (SPX) May 17, 2017
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated a new level of optical isolation necessary to advance on-chip optical signal processing. The technique involving light-sound interaction can be implemented in nearly any photonic foundry process and can significantly impact optical computing and communication systems. "Low-loss optical isolators are critical ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) May 15, 2017
Organic electronics: Semiconductors as decal stickers
Espoo, Finland (SPX) May 12, 2017
Refrigerator for quantum computers discovered
Lexington KY (SPX) May 15, 2017
Materials research creates potential for improved computer chips and transistors
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
Gas gives laser-induced graphene super properties
Houston TX (SPX) May 18, 2017
Rice University scientists who invented laser-induced graphene (LIG) for applications like supercapacitors have now figured out a way to make the spongy graphene either superhydrophobic or superhydrophilic. And it's a gas. Until recently, the Rice lab of James Tour made LIG only in open air, using a laser to burn part of the way through a flexible polyimide sheet to get interconnected flak ... more
Madrid, Spain (SPX) May 18, 2017
Energy decay in graphene resonators
Nagoy, Japan (SPX) May 14, 2017
Beautiful, consistent carbon belts
Vienna, Austria (SPX) May 16, 2017
Chemically tailored graphene
SFL signs contract with Dubai to build environmental monitoring satellite
Toronto, Canada (SPX) May 18, 2017
The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) of Toronto reports it has signed of a new contract to provide Dubai-based Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) with a microsatellite for aerosol and greenhouse gas monitoring. SFL's Next-generation Earth Monitoring and Observation (NEMO) platform technology, which incorporates high-performance ground target tracking capability, is a key enabler for the ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 17, 2017
First space-based sodium LIRDAR will study poorly understood Mesosphere
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
UK prison moves to stop drone deliveries of contraband
London (AFP) May 16, 2017
A British prison will install anti-drone technology to stop contraband being smuggled through the skies, the jail's governor told AFP on Tuesday. The Channel Island of Guernsey is installing an "invisible dome" above its prison to stop mobile phones, drugs and weapons being smuggled in, governor David Matthews said. "Many prison governors are struggling with the drones. The problem is yo ... more
Taurene, Latvia (AFP) May 12, 2017
Latvian daredevil in 'drone-diving' world first
Dallas TX (SPX) May 11, 2017
Airbus creates new commercial drone services start-up "Airbus Aerial"
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
U.S. Army awards contract for extended range drone
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Cities need to 'green up' to reduce the impact of air pollution
Surrey, UK (SPX) May 18, 2017
The harmful impact of urban air pollution could be combated by strategically placing low hedges along roads in a built-up environment of cities instead of taller trees, a new study has found. The study, just published in the journal Atmospheric Environment, points out that low hedges reduce the impact of pollution from vehicles in cityscapes where there are large buildings close to roads, ... more
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Robotic 'exoskeleton' prevents elderly falls: study


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