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August 07, 2017
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New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel



Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Scientists have developed a light-activated material that can chemically convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide without generating unwanted byproducts. The achievement marks a significant step forward in developing technology that could help generate fuel and other energy-rich products using a solar-powered catalyst while mitigating levels of a potent greenhouse gas. When exposed to visible light, the material, a "spongy" nickel organic crystalline structure, converted the carbon dioxide (CO2 ... read more

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Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels
Pullman WA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Washington State University researchers have developed a way to grow algae more efficiently - in days instead of weeks - and make the algae more viable for several industries, including biofuels. ... more
BIO FUEL
Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool
Amherst MA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Twenty years ago, microbiologist Barry Goodell, now a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and colleagues discovered a unique system that some microorganisms use to digest and recyc ... more
BIO FUEL
How enzymes produce hydrogen
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Researchers at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum and the Freie Universitat Berlin have clarified the crucial catalytic step in the production of hydrogen by enzymes. The enzymes, called [FeFe]-hydrogenases, e ... more
BIO FUEL
New biofuel technology significantly cuts production time
Okanagan, Canada (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
New research from a professor of engineering at UBC's Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce. "Methane is a biofuel commonly used in ... more
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BIO FUEL
Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Whether or not society shakes its addiction to oil and gasoline will depend on a number of profound environmental, geopolitical and societal factors. But with current oil prices hovering aroun ... more
BIO FUEL
A whole-genome sequenced rice mutant resource for the study of biofuel feedstocks
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Rice is a staple food for over half of the world's population and a model for studies of candidate bioenergy grasses such as sorghum, switchgrass, and Miscanthus. To optimize crops for biofuel produ ... more
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Cutting the cost of ethanol, other biofuels and gasoline
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Biofuels like the ethanol in U.S. gasoline could get cheaper thanks to experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Michigan State University. They've demonstrated how to design and genetic ... more
BIO FUEL
Sea shells for sale: A new source of sustainable biomaterials
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Over 7 million tonnes of mollusc shells are discarded by the seafood industry each year as unwanted waste - and the vast majority of these shells are either thrown in landfills or dumped at sea. Dr ... more
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Cellulosic biofuels can benefit the environment if managed correctly
East Lansing MI (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Could cellulosic biofuels - or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood - become a green fuel of the future, providing an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy needs? In Science, rese ... more
BIO FUEL
Cheap, energy-efficient and clean reaction to make chemical feedstock
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
They are all around you! Most plastics, conductive polymers, and even medicines derive from molecules with a double bond between two carbon atoms, C=C. These molecules are called olefins and a ... more


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Regulating the indirect land use carbon emissions imposes high hidden costs on fuel
Chicago IL (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Farmers earn more profits when there is demand for corn for biofuel instead of for food only. This can lead some to convert grasslands and forests to cropland. This conversion, also called indirect ... more
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New catalyst paves way for carbon neutral fuel
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Australian scientists have paved the way for carbon neutral fuel with the development of a new efficient catalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air into synthetic natural gas in a 'cle ... more
BIO FUEL
Discovery could lead to sustainable ethanol made from carbon dioxide
Stanford CA (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Most cars and trucks in the United States run on a blend of 90 percent gasoline and 10 percent ethanol, a renewable fuel made primarily from fermented corn. But to produce the 14 billion gallons of ... more
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Corn better used as food than biofuel
Champaign IL (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether corn is bette ... more



India facing renewable energy challenges
(UPI) Jul 31, 2017
An effort in India, one of the world's strongest economies, to improve the renewable energy sector could face headwinds, Moody's Investors Service said. India aims to triple its renewable power capacity by 2022 to 175 gigawatts by drawing on new solar and wind energy sources. The country is No. 4 in the world in terms of new solar power, No. 4 in the world based on cumulative wind power ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
Chinese renewable energy capacity growing rapidly
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
A new picture emerges on the origins of photosynthesis in a sun-loving bacteria
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
World Bank tries to make Pacific solar power decisions easier
U.S. labor balances OPEC supply strains to leave oil prices even
Washington (UPI) Aug 4, 2017
OPEC production concerns were balanced by strong labor figures from the United States, the world's largest economy, leaving oil prices flat early Friday. The U.S. Labor Department reported non-farm payrolls increased by 209,000 last month and hourly earnings in the same broad sector increased 9 cents to $26.36. "Over the year, average hourly earnings have risen by 65 cents, or 2. ... more
Caracas (AFP) Aug 6, 2017
Venezuela's military: Key things to know
Washington (UPI) Aug 4, 2017
Platts: OPEC balancing act is starting to wobble
Washington (UPI) Aug 4, 2017
Kuwait ships first batch of oil to refinery in Vietnam
US to join climate talks despite Paris accord exit
Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
The United States announced Friday it would still take part in international climate change negotiations in order to protect its interests, despite its planned withdrawal from the Paris accord on global warming. Two months after President Donald Trump announced the United States would abandon the 2015 global pact, his administration confirmed it had informed the United Nations of its "intent ... more
Paris (AFP) July 31, 2017
Small odds of reaching 2 C climate goal: researchers
Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
Could spraying particles into marine clouds help cool the planet
Los Angeles (AFP) July 28, 2017
Al Gore: I've given up on climate 'catastrophe' Trump
BAE Systems installing heat and power plant at Portsmouth, England
Washington (UPI) Aug 4, 2017
BAE Systems of Great Britain is starting to install a new combined heat and power plant at the Royal Navy base in Portsmouth, England. The plant will be completed at the end of next year and will recycle energy, reduce carbon footprint and save the Ministry of Defense as much as $4.7 million in annual energy costs, BAE said. "By developing this new facility we will be able to rec ... more
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Study reveals exactly how low-cost fuel cell catalysts work
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Scientists map ways forward for lithium-ion batteries for extreme environments
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
New chromium-based superconductor has an unusual electronic state
Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Biochar from recycled waste may both enhance crop growth and save health costs by helping clear the air of pollutants, according to Rice University researchers. Rice researchers in Earth science, economics and environmental engineering have determined that widespread use of biochar in agriculture could reduce health care costs, especially for those who live in urban areas close to farmland ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
Pullman WA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels
Amherst MA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool
Global momentum underway for electric vehicles
Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
The drive toward electric vehicles gained international momentum with Germany and the United States making strides on the sea change in the automotive industry. Two million electric vehicles were on the road globally last year, though nearly all of those were in China, the European Union and the United States. A report from the International Energy Agency found that dense metropolitan a ... more
Berlin (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Germany's car bosses bid to head off diesel ban with software patch
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
Beijing aims to expand electric bus fleet
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
BMW sticks to cautious forecast as profits shift up
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Heatstruck Italy starts harvesting its thirsty vines
Rome (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Italy's annual wine harvest, the biggest in the world, is off to its earliest start in a decade as the country swelters in a heatwave following months of drought. Winemakers have also had to contend with spring frosts and hailstorms this year and the country's agri-food agency Coldiretti is anticipating a 10-15 percent fall in volumes. But producers say a good year for drinkers is still ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Alkaline soil, sensible sensor
Paris (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Paris's urban rooftop hives hope to preserve honeybees
Urbana IL (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
New system could remove two water pollutants from ag fields
Reality check for 'wonder material'
Groningen, Netherlands (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Topological insulators, a class of materials which has been investigated for just over a decade, have been heralded as a new 'wonder material', as has graphene. But so far, topological insulators have not quite lived up to the expectations fueled by theoretical studies. University of Groningen physicists now have an idea about why. Their analysis was published on 27 July in the journal Physical ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Making telescopes that curve and twist
London, UK (SPX) Aug 02, 2017
Spacepath Communications and Datum Systems announce strategic partnership
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
NASA-Developed Technologies Showcased on Dellingr's Debut Flight
Single-photon emitter has promise for quantum info-processing
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Los Alamos National Laboratory has produced the first known material capable of single-photon emission at room temperature and at telecommunications wavelengths. These carbon nanotube quantum light emitters may be important for optically-based quantum information processing and information security, while also being of significant interest for ultrasensitive sensing, metrology and imaging ... more
Fairport, NY (SPX) Aug 02, 2017
Saelig introduces Sol Chip autonomous, solar-powered sensor station
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Ultracold molecules hold promise for quantum computing
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Magnetic quantum objects in a 'nano egg-box'
India must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new 'smart' cities to be sustainable
Lincoln UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Plans to create 100 new 'smart' cities in India to support the country's rapidly growing urban population could have a significant detrimental impact on the environment unless greater emphasis is placed on providing new supporting infrastructure and utilities, according to a major new study. Professor Hugh Byrd, a specialist in urban planning from the University of Lincoln, UK, conducted a ... more
University Park PA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Allowable 'carbon budget' most likely overestimated
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Sparkling springs aid quest for underground heat energy sources
Washington (AFP) July 7, 2017
Google's 'moonshot' factory spins off geothermal unit
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Flourine lends white graphene new qualities
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
With just a bit of fluorine, white graphene becomes a wide-bandgap semiconductor with magnetic properties. The new material could be used in electronics designed to perform under extreme conditions. White graphene is a two-dimensional atomic sheet of hexagonal boron nitride. Its hexagonal structure is similar to that of regular graphene, but the atomic layer is made up of boron nitride, ... more
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Chemical route towards electronic devices in graphene
Oranjenmund, Namibie (AFP) July 26, 2017
Off Namibia, an underwater diamond harvest
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Large single-crystal graphene is possible
NOAA's GOES-S and GOES-T satellites coming together
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Progress continues on the development of NOAA's GOES-S and GOES-T spacecraft that will follow the successful launch of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite or GOES-R, renamed GOES-16 upon reaching geostationary orbit. The GOES-S satellite is fully integrated and is currently undergoing its final functional testing to confirm it successfully passed mechanical and thermal en ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Aug 01, 2017
Aalto-1 satellite sends first image back to VTT Finland
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Aug 01, 2017
Vega orbits two Earth observation satellites
New method promises easier nanoscale manufacturing
Chicago IL (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Scientists at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a new way to precisely pattern nanomaterials that could open a new path to the next generation of everyday electronic devices. The new research, published July 28 in Science, is expected to make such materials easily available for eventual use in everything from LED displays to cellular phones to photod ... more
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Nanoparticles could spur better LEDs, invisibility cloaks
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
New material resembling a metal nanosponge could reduce computer energy consumption
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
How do you build a metal nanoparticle?
Northrop Grumman receives contract for MQ-4C Triton surveillance UAVs
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
Northrop Grumman Systems has received a $19.9 million contract for engineering and analysis of obsolescence issues with the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicle, the Department of Defense announced on Tuesday. The contract will go towards program management, qualification tests, and systems analysis for the Triton. Work will primarily be performed in Baltimore, M.D., and is expected to ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Mobile force protection aims to thwart adversaries' small UAVs and Drones
Paris (ESA) Aug 01, 2017
The flying kettle
Washington (UPI) Jul 26, 2017
Insitu receives contract for Afghan ScanEagle UAS services
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Russia's Lake Baikal 'extremely polluted', Putin warns
Moscow (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Russia's Lake Baikal, the world's deepest freshwater lake, has extremely high pollution levels, President Vladimir Putin warned Friday while visiting the Siberian lake. Lake Baikal is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the world's deepest lake at 1,700 metres (5,580 feet) and also the oldest at 25 million years. Tourists flock there to enjoy the unique wildlife and clear waters. Putin, while ... more
Banjul, Gambia (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Gambian environmentalists to sue 'polluting' Chinese firm
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
New catalysts remove 99 percent of BPA from water
Mishap doesn't dampen enthusiasm for security robots
Washington (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
On his first day at work as a security guard, Steve was greeted warmly, drawing attention from passersby, including some taking selfies with him at the tony retail-residential complex he patrolled. Then he fell into the fountain. Steve was a security robot employed by the Washington Harbour center in the Georgetown district of the US capital. According to some tech watchers, robots like ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Why humans find faulty robots more likeable
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Somersaulting simulation for jumping bots
Nagoya, Japan (AFP) July 30, 2017
Watch out Messi, here come the footballers at RoboCup


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