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September 12, 2017
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Could switchgrass help China's air quality?



Urbana IL (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers from the United States and China have proposed an idea that could improve China's air quality, but they're not atmospheric scientists. They're agronomists. "China's poor air quality is caused by a combination of coal burning and particulates from soil erosion. The Loess Plateau is the major source of erosion in China, and air quality there is just terrible. If erosion in the Loess Plateau can be improved, air quality will improve," says D.K. Lee, an agronomist in the Department of Crop ... read more

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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 ha ... 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
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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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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
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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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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 ... more
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
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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



Defects in next-generation solar cells can be healed with light
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers have shown that defects in the molecular structure of perovskites - a material which could revolutionise the solar cell industry - can be "healed" by exposing it to light and just the right amount of humidity. The international team of researchers demonstrated in 2016 that defects in the crystalline structure of perovskites could be healed by exposing them to light, but the effects w ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Engineers develop tools to share power from renewable energy sources during outages
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
Oil-rich Norway struggles to beat its 'petroholism'
Oslo (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
For climate reasons as much as economic prudence, Norway is trying to cut its dependence on oil, a godsend that has made the small Scandinavian country rich beyond its dreams - which is exactly what makes it hard to pass up. 'Black gold' has enabled Norway to build up the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, currently worth close to $1.0 trillion. Yet several small political parties have ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Libyan oil production back to normal
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Energy driving Oklahoma's economic recovery
Moscow (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
China's CEFC buys into Russian oil giant Rosneft
Italy's drought seen from space
Paris (ESA) Sep 07, 2017
Despite the welcome showers at the weekend, abnormally low soil-moisture conditions persist in central Italy. Scientists are using satellite data to monitor the drought that has gripped the country. Wildfires, water scarcity and billions of euros worth of damage to agriculture are just some of the effects of this summer's drought in Italy - not to mention the relentless heat. News of potential w ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
Series of potent hurricanes stokes scientific debate
Austin TX (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Periodic table of ecological niches could aid in predicting effects of climate change
Sydney (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Australia has hottest winter on record
Why US battery startups fail and how to fix it
Cambridge UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Better batteries are critical to the world's clean energy future. More economical and efficient batteries would help to solve many of our planet's energy challenges, paving the way towards long-range electric vehicles to help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels as well as advancing renewable energy production by resolving intermittency problems. However, the scientific research needed to b ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Researchers develop new material for hydrogen storage
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Scientists unveil explosion-free lithium-ion batteries
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers devise a new way of producing hydrogen fuel
Could switchgrass help China's air quality?
Urbana IL (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers from the United States and China have proposed an idea that could improve China's air quality, but they're not atmospheric scientists. They're agronomists. "China's poor air quality is caused by a combination of coal burning and particulates from soil erosion. The Loess Plateau is the major source of erosion in China, and air quality there is just terrible. If erosion in the Lo ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Reusable ruthenium-based catalyst could be a game-changer for the biomass industry
Ames IA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Center for Biorenewable Chemicals introduces idea for new molecules,
Lincoln NE (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Technique could aid mass production of biodegradable plastic
US House passes bill to clear path for self-driving cars
Washington (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
The US House of Representatives on Wednesday approved legislation aimed at clearing the path for deployment of self-driving vehicles by requiring consistent regulations across the 50 states. The "Self Drive Act" approved by voice vote "will help pave the way for self-driving cars nationwide and ensures America stays a global leader in innovation," said a tweet from Representative Greg Walden ... more
New York (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Post-Harvey Houston faces a car crunch
Shanghai (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
China mulls petrol car ban, boosting electric vehicles
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Fuel economy standards cheaper, more beneficial than previously believed
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Scientists developed 'smart fertilizer'
Krasnoyarsk, Russia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
According to the head of the works Tatiana Volova, Professor of SibFU and the Head of Laboratory in the Institute of Biophysics KSC of SB RAS, development of a new generation of drugs with the use of bio-decomposable materials which decompose under the influence of the microflora to innocuous products and provide a gradual release of the active principle into the soil, is the newest area of rese ... more
New York (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
prices jump as Irma approaches Florida
Los Angeles (AFP) July 13, 2017
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Hanover NH (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Drought response in global crops may be as complex as day and night
New tools for exploring the surface of Mars
Paris (ESA) Sep 12, 2017
In past decades, spacecraft have sent back huge amounts of complex data about Mars, providing a wealth of information about the planet. More than ever, the scientific community needs a way to sift through, compare, and analyse these data, prompting the development of two new tools for exploring the surface of the Red Planet: the iMars webGIS and the Planetary SUrface Portal (PSUP). Among t ... more
Chennai, India (IANS) Sep 12, 2017
192 Indian space objects currently in orbit
Brussels, Belgium (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Molecules move faster near sticky surfaces
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
Europe's biggest X-ray laser begins operations
Flip-flop qubits: Radical new quantum computing design invented
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Engineers at Australia's University of New South Wales have invented a radical new architecture for quantum computing, based on novel 'flip-flop qubits', that promises to make the large-scale manufacture of quantum chips dramatically cheaper - and easier - than thought possible. The new chip design, detailed in the journal Nature Communications, allows ... more
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
Arusha, Tanzania (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
In new leap for AI: computer chips that can smell
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
The power it takes to bring a Boeing 747 from a resting state on the airport tarmac to speeding across the sky is enormous. The jet can continue in its active state for as long as its fuel lasts. A Frisbee, in contrast, takes far less energy to go airborne, but with no energy supply, it falls almost immediately. The same principle can be extended to the traditional power system and decentr ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
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
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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
Airbus to reshape Earth observation market with its Pleiades Neo constellation
Toulouse, France (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
The production of Airbus' four new very high resolution satellites, which together will form the Pleiades Neo constellation, is well on schedule for launch in 2020. They will join the already world leading Airbus constellation of optical and radar satellites and will offer enhanced performance and the highest reactivity in the market thanks to their direct access to the data relay communication ... more
Paris (ESA) Sep 07, 2017
New era in air-quality monitoring a step away
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
High Resolution Smallsats Built by SSL Arrive at Vandenberg AFB for Launch
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Cloud formation suppressed by biogenic organic emissions
UMass Amherst environmental chemist flashes warning light on new nanoparticle
Amherst MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
When environmental and soil chemist Baoshan Xing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst began reading in 2014 that a new, two-dimensional material known as layered black phosphorous (BP) was gaining the attention of biomedical researchers for use in drug delivery systems and tumor photothermal therapy, he was both intrigued and concerned. "I am not only a soil chemist, but an environme ... more
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
Livermore CA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Carbon nanotubes worth their salt
AUD counter-drone system upgraded by Blighter
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
The AUDS counter-drone system has been enhanced for deployment on vehicles and features new technology to defeat swarm attacks. The AUDS system was first deployed in 2015 by a consortium of British companies - Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics and Enterprise Control Systems. It uses an intuitive interface to detect, track, identify and defeat a drone in about 15 seconds at ... more
Riga, Latvia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Atlas Dynamics Introduces Fixed Wing UAV with 5-Hour Flight Time, 150 Kilometer Operational Range
Riga, Latvia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Atlas Dynamics Unveils NEST Smart Protective Charging Station for Enhanced Performance of Atlas Pro Platform
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 08, 2017
X-37B Flies Again In First SpaceX Launch
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UN slams UK government over 'plague' of air pollution
London (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
A UN report has slammed the UK for failing to tackle the "plague" of air pollution, while also warning of Brexit risks, ahead of the body's Human Rights Council opening Monday. "Air pollution continues to plague the United Kingdom," read the report by United Nations expert Baskut Tuncak, to be presented at the rights council in Geneva which runs until September 29. More than 40,000 prema ... more
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Colombo (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Sri Lanka bans plastic after garbage crisis
Brasília (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Brazil government freezes Amazon mining plans
NASA awards SSL new funding for Dragonfly on-orbit assembly program
Palo Alto, CA (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
SSL reports that NASA has awarded the next phase of funding for its ground-breaking Dragonfly on-orbit satellite assembly program. The contract modification to move forward with the detailed design of a semi-autonomous robotic system for in-space satellite assembly confirms NASA's confidence in SSL and the success of this "Tipping Point" public private partnership, which is enabling the de ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
New Japanese sniffs out smelly feet
Beijing (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Chinese robotics artist makes real-life 'Transformers'
Berlin (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Voice assistants promise a light-fingered future


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