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Scientists use new technique to recycle plant material into stock chemicals



Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
Recycling can encompass more than just materials like plastics and paper. Important chemicals can also be recovered and reused. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new technique for recycling plant material into stock chemicals, or commodity chemicals. When recycling plant materials, the target is lignin, a complex organic polymer that provides structure to the tissue of vascular plants. Lignin is especially important to the formation of a plant's cell walls. It al ... read more

BIO FUEL
Splitting carbon dioxide using low-cost catalyst materials
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
A promising avenue for the future of clean energy is to store it in the form of carbon-based fuels produced from renewable sources, effectively enabling the clean use of liquid fuels such as gasolin ... more
BIO FUEL
Newly identified gene helps time spring flowering in vital grass crops
Madison WI (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Winter is no time to flower, which is why so many plants have evolved the ability to wait for the snow to melt before investing precious resources in blooms. Waking up to flower as the warmer, ... more
BIO FUEL
Cold conversion of food waste into renewable energy and fertilizer
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
Researchers from Concordia's Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering (BCEE) in collaboration with Bio-Terre Systems Inc. are taking the fight against global warming to colder cli ... more
BIO FUEL
Nagoya University researchers break down plastic waste
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) May 30, 2017
What to do proteins and Kevlar have in common? Both feature long chain molecules that are strung together by amide bonds. These strong chemical bonds are also common to many other naturally occurrin ... more
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A more energy-efficient catalytic process to produce olefins
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) May 31, 2017
Research at the University of Pittsburgh into a more energy-efficient catalytic process to produce olefins, the building blocks for polymer production, was recently featured on the inside front cove ... more
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New photocatalyst speeds up the conversion of carbon dioxide into chemical resources
Daegu, South Korea (SPX) May 30, 2017
DGIST's joint research team has developed a new titania photocatalyst that converts carbon dioxide into methane three times more efficiently than the existing photocatalyst by manipulating its surfa ... more
BIO FUEL
Discovery of an alga's 'dictionary of genes' could lead to advances in biofuels, medicine
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 26, 2017
Plant biologists and biochemists from UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco have produced a gold mine of data by sequencing the genome of a green alga called Chromochloris zofingiensis. Scien ... more
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A full life cycle assessment of second-generation biofuels
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) May 22, 2017
Numerous studies have raised critical concerns about the promise of corn ethanol's ability to mitigate climate change and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Some of the studies have suggested that a ... more
BIO FUEL
Triple play boosting value of renewable fuel could tip market in favor of biomass
Madison WI (SPX) May 22, 2017
Technologies for converting non-edible biomass into chemicals and fuels traditionally made from petroleum exist aplenty. But when it comes to attracting commercial interest, these technologies compe ... more
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Insight into enzyme's 3-D structure could cut biofuel costs
Los Alamos NM (SPX) May 22, 2017
Using neutron crystallography, a Los Alamos research team has mapped the three-dimensional structure of a protein that breaks down polysaccharides, such as the fibrous cellulose of grasses and woody ... more


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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 Annou ... 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



US official backs clean energy cooperation with China
Beijing (AFP) June 8, 2017
US Energy Secretary Rick Perry called for Sino-US cooperation on clean energy during a visit to Beijing Thursday, a week after President Donald Trump's much-criticised withdrawal from the Paris climate pact. Trump's decision has jolted the international community and could put China, the world's top carbon emitter, in a position to fill the leadership void on curbing global warming. But ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Simulations pinpoint atomic-level defects in solar cell nanostructures
Cayce SC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
SCE and G Launches South Carolina's Largest Community Solar Program
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
U.S. solar power gaining momentum
British oil and gas priorities not changed by election
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
While the direction of British politics remains unclear, an industry trade group for oil and gas said it was steadfast in pushing for more domestic development. British Prime Minister Theresa May faced calls to step down from her Labor Party rivals after the hold over the majority in Parliament for her Conservative Party slipped as early results from general elections trickled in Friday ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Crude oil prices tread water after British election
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Oil slips in part on subdued growth forecast from Europe
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Corporate spat suggests Senegal oil is the real deal
Earliest human impact on geological processes took place 11,500 years ago
Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
"A new Tel Aviv University study has uncovered the earliest known geological indications of manmade impact on geological processes, in particular erosion of the surface, from 11,500 years ago. Within a core sample retrieved from the Dead Sea, researchers discovered basin-wide erosion rates dramatically incompatible with known tectonic and climatic regimes of the period recorded. "Human imp ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) June 6, 2017
US 'on the wrong side of history' on climate: French UN envoy
Bologna, Italy (AFP) June 11, 2017
Climate change rift raises temperature for G7 meet
Beijing (AFP) June 9, 2017
China rolls out green carpet for California on climate
'Instantly rechargeable' battery could change the future of electric and hybrid automobiles
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Jun 06, 2017
A technology developed by Purdue researchers could provide an "instantly rechargeable" method that is safe, affordable and environmentally friendly for recharging electric and hybrid vehicle batteries through a quick and easy process similar to refueling a car at a gas station. The innovation could expedite the adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles by eliminating the time needed to stop ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Scientists develop divide and conquer approach for more stable power generation
University Park PA (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Low cost, scalable water-splitting fuels the future hydrogen economy
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
New model deepens understanding of the dynamics of quark-gluon plasmas
Scientists use new technique to recycle plant material into stock chemicals
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
Recycling can encompass more than just materials like plastics and paper. Important chemicals can also be recovered and reused. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new technique for recycling plant material into stock chemicals, or commodity chemicals. When recycling plant materials, the target is lignin, a complex organic polymer that provides structure to ... more
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Splitting carbon dioxide using low-cost catalyst materials
Madison WI (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Newly identified gene helps time spring flowering in vital grass crops
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
Cold conversion of food waste into renewable energy and fertilizer
New millimeter-wave technology could make future vehicles much safer
Hiroshima, Japan (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Hiroshima University and Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited (MIFS) has announced the development of a low-power millimeter-wave amplifier that feeds on 0.5 V power supply and covers the frequency range from 80 GHz to 106 GHz. It was fabricated using MIFS's Deeply Depleted Channel (DDC) technology. This is the first W-band (75-110 GHz) amplifier that can operate even with such a low power-supply v ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
New benchmark set for global electric vehicle sales
San Francisco (AFP) June 8, 2017
Uber woes mount ahead of workplace probe report
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
Electric vehicle sales up, but incentives needed to drive growth
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Scientists design laser to kill weeds
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
In a quest to become heroes to yard workers everywhere, a team of German researchers are developing a laser gun to kill weeds. In reality, the new laser system is unlikely to be coming to a yard near you. But it could prove a boon to farmers and the environment. The system's promising ability relies on robotic software, which is being tested and improved by computer scientists at ... more
Jabugo, Spain (AFP) June 11, 2017
Spain's 'jamon' conquers China
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Study predicts where global warming is likely to spark food violence
Seoul (AFP) June 7, 2017
Culls, poultry transport ban as S. Korea fights bird flu outbreak
Study proves viability of quantum satellite communications
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Researchers in Canada have taken a significant step towards enabling secure quantum communication via moving satellites, as announced by the Canadian Government in April 2017. Their study, published in the new journal Quantum Science and Technology, demonstrates the first quantum key distribution transmissions from a ground transmitter to a quantum payload on a moving aircraft. To en ... more
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jun 07, 2017
Indian Space Agency to Work on Electric Propulsion for Large Satellites
Champaign IL (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Metal-ion catalysts and hydrogen peroxide could green up plastics production
Raleigh NC (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
New sound diffuser is 10 times thinner than existing designs
Engineer unveils new spin on future of transistors with novel design
Dallas TX (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
An engineer with the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas has designed a novel computing system made solely from carbon that might one day replace the silicon transistors that power today's electronic devices. "The concept brings together an assortment of existing nanoscale technologies and combines them in a new way," said Dr. Joseph ... more
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Seeing the invisible with a graphene-CMOS integrated device
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Beyond Scaling: An Electronics Resurgence Initiative
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) May 30, 2017
Wafer-thin magnetic materials developed for future quantum technologies
Divestment streak continues for British energy company Centrica
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
British energy company Centrica said Friday it was now a pure-European player after selling off parts of its Canadian partnership. Centrica holds a 60 percent stake in the Canadian exploration and production joint venture, CQ Energy Canada Partnership, and said it was now sold to a consortium led by Asian investors. "In line with its strategy announced in July 2015, the divestmen ... more
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
New ultrathin material for splitting water could make hydrogen production cheaper
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Keeping the hydrogen coming
Paris (AFP) June 3, 2017
India vows to 'go beyond' Paris accord, adding pressure on Trump
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Revolutionary new materials for troubled carbon times: Super filters the world can afford
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Around 2800BC, the ancient inhabitants of Ur, Mesopotamia made a discovery that was to change civilization. They learned that if they blended copper and tin into an alloy, the new composite material was stronger, more useful, and more valuable than any man-made substance to date. It gave its name to the entire age it revolutionized. Bronze. More than 4000 years later, in a study published ... more
Onna, Japan (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Graphene enhancing our vision of the infinitely small
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
Searching beyond graphene for new wonder materials
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) May 31, 2017
New method of characterizing graphene
NASA satellites image, measure Florida's extreme rainfall
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
New satellite images from the Global Precipitation Measurement mission offers a visualization of the extreme rainfall that has accumulated in Florida over the past week. GPM is a joint mission between NASA and Japan's space agency JAXA. It consists of a GPM core observatory satellite and a constellation of cooperating probes. As the GPM core observatory satellite passed above Sou ... more
Paris (ESA) Jun 02, 2017
The heat is on for Sentinel-3B
Cambridge, Canada (SPX) May 31, 2017
exactEarth Launches Revolutionary Global Real-Time Maritime Tracking and Information Service
Paris (AFP) May 30, 2017
Earth is a jewel, says astronaut after six months away
Sensing the nanoscale with visible light, and the fundamentals of disordered waves
New York NY (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
We cannot see atoms with the naked eye because they are so small relative to the wavelength of light. This is an instance of a general rule in optics - light is insensitive to features which are much smaller than the optical wavelength. However, a new experiment appearing in Science shows that features that are even 100 times smaller than the wavelength can still be sensed by light. Hanan ... more
Saint Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
Nanosized silicon heater and thermometer combined to fight cancer
Munich, Germany (SPX) May 30, 2017
Ultrafast nanophotonics: Turmoil in sluggish electrons' existence
Stanford CA (SPX) May 24, 2017
Stanford scientists use nanotechnology to boost the performance of key industrial catalyst
DARPA, BAE partner on multirole unmanned aerial systems
Washington (UPI) Jun 5, 2017
The Defense of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is partnering with BAE Systems to develop a new line of multi-role unmanned aerial systems.They are designed to be modular and able to mount different sensor, radio-frequency, and weapons packages. The contract provides $5.4 million to develop small multifunction UAVs that can conduct multiple missions with a single payl ... more
Washington (AFP) June 8, 2017
Pro-Syria regime drone shot down after it fires on coalition
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Falcon Flight for X-37B
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
Netherlands to replace ScanEagle UAV with Integrator
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Plastic in rivers major source of ocean pollution: study
The Hague (AFP) June 8, 2017
Plastic that is dumped in rivers and then ends up in the world's oceans is one of the major sources of marine pollution, a new study said this week, with Asian waterways the main culprits. Researchers at The Ocean Cleanup - a Dutch foundation developing new technologies for ridding the oceans of plastic - say rivers carry an estimated 1.15-2.41 million tonnes of plastic into the sea every ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
Americans' caffeine habit may be harming waterways, wildlife
Paris (AFP) June 7, 2017
Woman sues France over Paris pollution health damage
Austin TX (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
A new hyper-local air pollution map
Apple wants to rock the market with HomePod, faces challenges
San Francisco (AFP) June 7, 2017
Apple's new HomePod speaker may be music to the ears of its loyal fans, but how much it can crank up volume in the smart speaker market remains to be heard. Apple unveiled its long-awaited HomePod at its annual developers conference taking place this week in the heart of Silicon Valley, enticing lovers of its products with a high-end offering in a market dominated by lower-priced devices fro ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Autonomous machines edge towards greater independence
Beijing (AFP) June 8, 2017
AI gets so-so grade in Chinese university entrance exam
Geneva (AFP) June 8, 2017
AI 'good for the world'... says ultra-lifelike robot


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