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September 06, 2017
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Center for Biorenewable Chemicals introduces idea for new molecules,



Ames IA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
With crude oil selling for less than $50 a barrel, there's little economic incentive to develop biorenewable chemicals as only drop-in replacements for petrochemicals. That's a reality that has leaders of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) based at Iowa State University proposing a new model for creating, applying, and commercializing chemicals made from corn stalks, wood chips and other sources of biomass. The researchers' model is ... read more

BIO FUEL
Reusable ruthenium-based catalyst could be a game-changer for the biomass industry
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Known for their outstanding versatility, primary amines (derivatives of ammonia) are industrially important compounds used in the preparation of a wide range of dyes, detergents and medicines. ... more
BIO FUEL
Technique could aid mass production of biodegradable plastic
Lincoln NE (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Introducing a simple step to the production of plant-derived, biodegradable plastic could improve its properties while overcoming obstacles to manufacturing it commercially, says new research from t ... more
BIO FUEL
Researchers identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst
Champaign IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Fuels that are produced from nonpetroleum-based biological sources may become greener and more affordable, thanks to research performed at the University of Illinois' Prairie Research Institute that ... more
BIO FUEL
How a bacterium can live on methanol
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Many chemists are currently researching how small carbon molecules, such as methane and methanol, can be used to generate larger molecules. The earth is naturally rich in methane, and artificial pro ... more
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BIO FUEL
Stretchable biofuel cells extract energy from sweat to power wearable devices
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
A team of engineers has developed stretchable fuel cells that extract energy from sweat and are capable of powering electronics, such as LEDs and Bluetooth radios. The biofuel cells generate 10 time ... more
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Cyborg bacteria outperform plants when turning sunlight into useful compounds
New York NY (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Photosynthesis provides energy for the vast majority of life on Earth. But chlorophyll, the green pigment that plants use to harvest sunlight, is relatively inefficient. To enable humans to capture ... more
BIO FUEL
Potato waste processing may be the road to enhanced food waste conversion
University Park PA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to mo ... more
BIO FUEL
Mexico's prickly pear cactus: energy source of the future?
Mexico City (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
The prickly pear cactus is such a powerful symbol in Mexico that they put it smack in the middle of the national flag. ... more
BIO FUEL
Additive selectively converts CO2 to multicarbon fuels
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Chemists have figured out a new, more efficient way to create carbon-based fuels from carbon dioxide (CO2). In chemical reactions performed in the lab, a Caltech team has identified a new additive t ... more
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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 scien ... more


New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel

BIO FUEL
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



Moscow gets its first traffic signals powered by renewable energy
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
The Russian capital, Moscow, now has its first traffic signals ever to be powered by renewable energy, the nation's Center for Traffic Organization announced. "Traffic lights of the new system have two independent sources of energy: a wind generator and a solar battery," Vadim Yuryev, the head of the Russian Center for Traffic Organization, was quoted by the Tass news agency as saying. ... more
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
New records for the solar cell of tomorrow
Golden CO (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
NREL, Swiss scientists power past solar efficiency records
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Solar hydrogen production by artificial leaves
Russian ecologists say Nord Stream 2 damages precious refuge
Saint Petersburg (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Russian environmentalists on Tuesday said the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline that will funnel Russian gas to Europe threatens a coastal Baltic refuge that is home to rare animals and birds. "The Nord Stream 2 project through the Kurgalsky reserve is unacceptable. Construction is impossible without inflicting environmental damage," Mikhail Kreindlin, an ecologist with Greenpeace Russia, told ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 31, 2017
Oil prices bounce back after Harvey downgraded to tropical depression
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Mexico, Russia eye energy trade relations
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Report: Oil fading as an energy source because of electric vehicles
Periodic table of ecological niches could aid in predicting effects of climate change
Austin TX (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
A group of ecologists has started creating a periodic table of ecological niches similar to chemistry's periodic table. And just as chemists have used their periodic table as a point of reference to understand relationships among elements, the emerging table for ecologists shows relationships over time among animals, plants and their environments - acting as a critical resource for scientists se ... more
Sydney (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Australia has hottest winter on record
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Researchers tackle methane emissions with gas-guzzling bacteria
Corvallis OR (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Methane from tundra, ocean floor didn't spike during previous natural warming period
Lithium-ion batteries will get more efficiency due to silicon, germanium, carbon nanowalls
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Members of the D. V. Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics together with their colleagues from the Faculty of Chemistry of the Lomonosov Moscow State University have developed a new silicon- and germanium-based material that could significantly increase specific characteristics of lithium-ion batteries. The research results have been published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A. Lit ... more
Pullman WA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
New device could turn heat energy into a viable fuel source
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Electricity production: When enzymes rival platinum
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Making better batteries via real-time TEM observation
Reusable ruthenium-based catalyst could be a game-changer for the biomass industry
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Known for their outstanding versatility, primary amines (derivatives of ammonia) are industrially important compounds used in the preparation of a wide range of dyes, detergents and medicines. Although many attempts have been made to improve their synthesis using catalysts containing nickel, palladium and platinum, for example, few have succeeded in reducing the formation of secondary and ... more
Lincoln NE (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Technique could aid mass production of biodegradable plastic
Ames IA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Center for Biorenewable Chemicals introduces idea for new molecules,
Champaign IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Researchers identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst
Battling to thwart diesel bans, Merkel throws in the cash
Berlin (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday pledged a billion euros to help German cities fight air pollution caused by dirty diesel cars, as a scandal strangling the automobile industry threatened to engulf politicians at the height of an election campaign. Merkel said she was doubling financial aid to cities from a previously announced 500 million euros ($600 million), in a bid to stave off the thr ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 31, 2017
New emissions test necessary for new vehicles in the EU
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
VW shares gain as dieselgate bullet dodged
Sao Paulom Brazil (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Nanoparticles pollution rises 30 percent when flex-fuel cars switch from bio to fossil
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prices jump as Irma approaches Florida
New York (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Orange juice prices jumped in New York on Tuesday as Hurricane Irma's approach cast a shadow over the citrus-producing US state of Florida. Irma has become a "potentially catastrophic" Category Five hurricane, the most ferocious category of storm, the National Hurricane Center said. Its likely path shows it hitting the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and ... more
Hanover NH (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Drought response in global crops may be as complex as day and night
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Mooncakes from heaven: Hong Kong's sweet obsession
Los Angeles (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Getting well-oiled: booze in the age of the robo-barman
Bit data goes anti-skyrmions
Halle, Germany (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Today's world, rapidly changing because of "big data", is encapsulated in trillions of tiny magnetic objects - magnetic bits - each of which stores one bit of data in magnetic disk drives. A group of scientists from the Max Planck Institutes in Halle and Dresden have discovered a new kind of magnetic nano-object in a novel material that could serve as a magnetic bit with cloaking properties to m ... more
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Artificial intelligence analyzes gravitational lenses 10 million times faster
Tallahassee FL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
National Maglab achieves new world record with strongest resistive magnet
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Van Allen probes survive extreme radiation five years on
In new leap for AI: computer chips that can smell
Arusha, Tanzania (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Nigerian neuroscientist Oshiorenoya Agabi may have found a way to solve one of life's puzzling dilemmas: how to make air travel pleasant again. What if you could skip tedious airport security lines, while a special device able to sniff out explosives works silently in the background? This is only one of the possible uses of what Agabi says is the world's first neurotechnology device dev ... more
University Park PA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Conformal metasurface coating eliminates crosstalk and shrinks waveguides
Golden CO (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Researchers validate UV light's use in improving semiconductors
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Nagoya-led team flips the switch on ferroelectrics
ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
A new way to finance the shift to low-carbon and sustainable development is necessary to support the rapid change in Asian economies, a regional lender said. The Asian Development Bank called for a so-called Green Finance Catalyzing Facility, which would be different from a fund in that it would include a blend of financing from the private sector. The bank, which has its headquarters i ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
China merges energy giants into global leader
Miami (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Power demand to peak in Europe summers, not winters: study
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
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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
Ames IA (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Ames Laboratory scientists move graphene closer to transistor applications
Raleigh NC (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Researchers set new bar for water-splitting, CO2-splitting techniques
Storrs CT (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
UConn chemist synthesizes pure graphene
Teledyne e2v sensors will play a vital role in ESA's FLEX satellite mission to study plant health and stress from space
Essex, UK (SPX) Sep 01, 2017
eledyne e2v has been awarded a multimillion euro contract by OHB System AG to supply customised Charge Coupled Device (CCD) image sensors for the Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) satellite mission, under a programme of and funded by the European Space Agency (ESA). The FLEX mission, which is the eighth in ESA's Earth Explorer programme, is scheduled to launch in 2022. For the first time, it wi ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Pinpointing the sources of trans-Pacific dust
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 28, 2017
Russian scientists invent device allowing them to sense kilometers into Earth
'Nano-hashtags' could provide definite proof of Majorana particles
Eindhoven, Netherlands (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
In Nature an international team of researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology, Delft University of Technology and the University of California - Santa Barbara presents an advanced quantum chip that will be able to provide definitive proof of the mysterious Majorana particles. These particles, first demonstrated in 2012, are their own antiparticle at one and the same time. The chip, whic ... more
Amherst MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
UMass Amherst environmental chemist flashes warning light on new nanoparticle
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
A more complete picture of the nano world
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
What the world's tiniest 'monster truck' reveals
Insitu receives $21M order for RQ-21A Blackjack drone parts
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Insitu Inc. has received a $21 million order against a previously awarded contract for parts and sustainment of the RQ-21A unmanned aircraft system. The maintenance of the RQ-21A, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense, will be in support of Naval Special Warfare fleet operations. Procurement of the parts will take place in Bingen, Wash., and is expected to run through June 2018 ... more
Washington (AFNS) Sep 01, 2017
Air Force preparing to launch fifth Orbital Test Vehicle mission
Arusha, Tanzania (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
TED: Phones and drones transforming healthcare
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Lockheed pairs drone with counter-UAS system
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Sri Lanka bans plastic after garbage crisis
Colombo (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Sri Lanka banned plastic bags and other disposable products on Friday after the collapse of the island's biggest dump led to a rubbish disposal crisis. Rotting garbage piled up in many parts of the capital after the giant rubbish tip collapsed in April, crushing dozens of homes and killing 32 people. Many blamed the haphazard use of plastic, which was also cited in flash flooding in the ... more
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Brasília (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Brazil government freezes Amazon mining plans
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Aug 26, 2017
Gaza boy swimmer death puts spotlight on pollution crisis
Roboteam receives orders for tactical robots
(UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Maryland-headquartered Robot provider Roboteam Inc. reports it has received new orders for its Micro Tactical Ground Robot to support U.S. and international military missions. The third-generation robot is an all-terrain system used for explosive ordnance disposal, and in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear material missions and HAZMAT operations. Roboteam said the two ... more
Berlin (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Voice assistants promise a light-fingered future
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
New robot rolls with the rules of pedestrian conduct
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Illinois researchers develop origami-inspired robot


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