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October 05, 2017
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Bioreactors on a chip renew promises for algal biofuels



Ithica NY (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
For over a decade, companies have promised a future of renewable fuel from algae. Investors interested in moving the world away from fossil fuel have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the effort, and with good reason. Algae replicate quickly, requiring little more than water and sunlight to accumulate to massive amounts, which then convert atmospheric CO2 into lipids (oils) that can be harvested and readily processed into biodiesel. Despite high-profile demonstrations, promises have f ... read more

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Algae with light switch
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
Sunlight allows green algae to do more than just carry out photosynthesis. Some unicellular algae actually use light to switch the adhesion of their flagella to surfaces on and off - a phenomenon fi ... more
BIO FUEL
With extra sugar, leaves get fat too
Upton, NY (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Eat too much without exercising and you'll probably put on a few pounds. As it turns out, plant leaves do something similar. In a new study at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Lab ... more
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Illinois researchers develop gene circuit design strategy to advance synthetic biology
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Over the last 17 years, scientists and engineers have developed synthetic gene circuits that can program the functionality, performance, and behavior of living cells. Analogous to integrated circuit ... more
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Green algae could hold clues for engineering faster-growing crops
Princeton NJ (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Two new studies of green algae - the scourge of swimming pool owners and freshwater ponds - have revealed new insights into how these organisms siphon carbon dioxide from the air for use in photosyn ... more
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Researchers discover unique property of critical methane-producing enzyme
Urbana IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
An unexpected discovery has given scientists a greater understanding of an important methane-producing enzyme. A team of researchers at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) at ... more
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Re-engineering biofuel-producing bacterial enzymes
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Converting fibrous plant waste, like corn stalks and wood shavings, into fermentable simple sugars for the production of biofuel is no simple process. Bacteria must break down tough leaves, stems an ... more
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Copper catalyst yields high efficiency CO2-to-fuels conversion
Berkeley CA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and ... more
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Enzyme's worth to biofuels shown in latest NREL research
Golden CO (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
An enzyme discovered at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) proves adept at breaking down cellulose fibers regardless of whether their crystalline struc ... more
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New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollution
University Park PA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
An inexpensive biomaterial that can be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and many other applications has been developed by Penn State researchers, who predict its ado ... more
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A new way to directly convert methane to methanol using gold-palladium nanoparticles
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Liquid methanol is widely used as a feedstock for other chemicals and also has considerable potential as an alternative fuel source. However, converting methane - the primary component of abundant n ... more


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China aims to extend ethanol fuel usage countrywide by 2020
Beijing (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
China said Wednesday it would extend the use of ethanol fuel nationwide as it seeks to intensify anti-pollution efforts while finding a use for its huge corn surplus. ... more
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A sweeter way to make green products
Newark DE (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
The shampoo you washed your hair with this morning. The balloons for the party. Refrigerators and sunglasses, medicine and mosquito repellent, guitar strings and fishing lures. These - and thousands ... more
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How to draw electricity from the bloodstream
London, UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Men build dams and huge turbines to turn the energy of waterfalls and tides into electricity. To produce hydropower on a much smaller scale, Chinese scientists have now developed a lightweight power ... more
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Researchers develop 3-D-printed biomaterials that degrade on demand
Providence RI (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Brown University engineers have demonstrated a technique for making 3-D-printed biomaterials that can degrade on demand, which can be useful in making intricately patterned microfluidic devices or i ... more



Saudi Arabia opens bid for 'utility scale' solar project
Riyadh (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Saudi Arabia invited bids on Tuesday for a "utility-scale" 300-megawatt solar project, a first for the world's top oil exporter. "Today's bid opening represents a significant milestone for the National Renewable Energy Programme, and an important step on the way to diversifying Saudi Arabia's domestic energy mix and building a cutting edge domestic renewable energy sector," Energy Minister K ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
DOE should take steps toward facilitating energy development on its public lands
Cambridge UK (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Researchers set time limit for ultrafast perovskite solar cells
Paris (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
'New era' in solar energy fuelling growth in renewables: IEA
Oil prices inch lower and move into wait-and-see mode
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Crude oil prices on Wednesday continued to drift away from recent highs on signs the U.S. energy sector was returning to normal following recent hurricanes. Crude oil prices have moved lower for each session in October after rallying close to one-year highs during the previous month. Seasonal norms were upended in late August when Hurricane Harvey hit the large concentration of refineri ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Exports could add a layer to OPEC, non-OPEC accountability
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Western states to roll out EV highway initiative
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Iraq to rehab oil in liberated northern province
Auditor slams Canada on lack of climate actions
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Canada's rhetoric on climate change must be translated into action, the environment commissioner said Tuesday in a scathing report blaming years of inertia for leaving the nation vulnerable to climate damage. The government must move "from a seemingly endless planning mode into an action mode," said Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand in the report. ... more
Sydney (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Drought not dingos behind mainland Australia tiger extinction: study
Washington (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Cost of climate disasters to reach half of US growth in a decade: report
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Science denial not limited to political right
New nanomaterial can extract hydrogen fuel from seawater
Orlando FL (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
It's possible to produce hydrogen to power fuel cells by extracting the gas from seawater, but the electricity required to do it makes the process costly. UCF researcher Yang Yang has come up with a new hybrid nanomaterial that harnesses solar energy and uses it to generate hydrogen from seawater more cheaply and efficiently than current materials. The breakthrough could someday lead to a ... more
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Ultra-fast and ultra-sensitive hydrogen sensor
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Superconductivity found in thin films of titanium oxide
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
Scientists harvest electricity from tears
Olive mill wastewater transformed: From pollutant to bio-fertilizer, biofuel
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Olive oil has long been a popular kitchen staple. Yet producing the oil creates a vast stream of wastewater that can foul waterways, reduce soil fertility and trigger extensive damage to nearby ecosystems. Now in a study appearing in ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, scientists report on the development of an environmentally friendly process that could transform this pollutant int ... more
Ithica NY (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Bioreactors on a chip renew promises for algal biofuels
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
Algae with light switch
Upton, NY (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
With extra sugar, leaves get fat too
US car sales get boost from hurricane recovery
Chicago (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
The US auto industry was boosted in September from shoppers replacing vehicles destroyed in major hurricanes and showed the first reversal of this year's monthly sales declines, car makers reported Tuesday. The recovery in Texas and Florida from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which destroyed hundreds of thousands of vehicles, helped the industry sell 1.52 million new cars, SUVs and light truck ... more
New York (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
General Motors targets 20 all-electric models by 2023
New Delhi (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Tata wins bid to make electric cars for Indian government
Paris (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Paris experiments with 'car-free day' across the city
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Artificial light device boosts cows' milk yields by 9 percent
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
A new artificial light device developed in Ireland promises to increase cows' milk yields by 9 percent. In the latest tests, the technology, a mask, increased milk production among lactating bovines. The device was developed by Equilume, a company spun-out of the research labs at the University College Dublin in Ireland. For a few years, the company has been making light therapy masks f ... more
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Win-win strategies for climate and food security
Brussels (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
EU battle heats up over controversial weedkiller
Stockholm (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Land grabs cause lingering SE Asia conflicts: report
Sputnik, the tiny sphere that launched the space race
Korolyov, Russia (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
When the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite 60 years ago, it marked both the beginning of space exploration and the start of a race between Moscow and Washington. Sputnik, the tiny silver sphere with four spider leg-like antennae, showed off Soviet technological prowess. But German scientists - who had worked on Adolf Hitler's rocket projects and brought to the USSR af ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 29, 2017
New laser sensor could detect explosives, dangerous gases more quickly
Washington (UPI) Sep 29, 2017
Germany-based Hensoldt acquires Kelvin Hughes
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
UV-irradiated amorphous ice behaves like liquid at low temperatures
Bristol scientists pinpoint the singularity for quantum computers
Bristol UK (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Researchers from the University of Bristol have discovered that super-powerful quantum computers, which scientists and engineers across the world are racing to build, need to be even more powerful than previously thought before they can beat today's ordinary PCs. Quantum computers are a new type of machine that operate on quantum mechanical hardware and are predicted to give enormous speed ... more
Taipei (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
Head of Taiwan microchip giant TSMC set to retire
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
New quantum computer chip uses sounds waves to store data
Exeter UK (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
Move towards 'holy grail' of computing by creation of brain-like photonic microchips
'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
A proposal to address what the Trump administration outlined as threats to traditional energy sources is counterintuitive, sustainable energy supporters said. The U.S. Department of Energy said last week it was calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change how the wholesale electricity sector works by offering compensation for "traditional" power generators. In a ... more
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
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Graphene forged into three-dimensional shapes
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Researchers from Finland and Taiwan have discovered how graphene, a single-atom-thin layer of carbon, can be forged into three-dimensional objects by using laser light. A striking illustration was provided when the researchers fabricated a pyramid with a height of 60 nm, which is about 200 times larger than the thickness of a graphene sheet. The pyramid was so small that it would easily fi ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Enhancing the sensing capabilities of diamonds with quantum properties
Gothenburg, Sweded (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Graphene and other carbon nanomaterials can replace scarce metals
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Test for safe CO2 storage to aid world-leading technology project
Public Invited to Analyze Photos Taken by International Space Station Astronauts
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
CosmoQuest's Image Detective, a NASA-funded citizen science project, invites the public to identify Earth features in photographs taken by astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS). Citizen scientists are asked to help identify geographic features (natural or human-made) in astronaut photographs and then determine the location on Earth where the photo is centered. CosmoQuest is ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Global Airborne Mission to Make Ozone Hole Detour
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
New Radar Sensor Provides Clear Vision in Any Weather
Buffalo NY (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Scientists monitor Silicon Valley's underground water reserves - from space
Tungsten offers nano-interconnects a path of least resistance
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
As microchips become ever smaller and therefore faster, the shrinking size of their copper interconnects leads to increased electrical resistivity at the nanoscale. Finding a solution to this impending technical bottleneck is a major problem for the semiconductor industry. One promising possibility involves reducing the resistivity size effect by altering the crystalline orientation of int ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Nanoscale islands dot light-driven catalyst
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Nanoparticle supersoap creates 'bijel' with potential as sculptable fluid
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Creative use of noise brings bio-inspired electronic improvement
BAE Systems, Cranfield University envision dual-mode UAVs
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
BAE Systems engineers, with students from Cranfield University, have come up with a new technology concept that uses unmanned aerial vehicles. Called Adaptable UAVs, the concept involves unmanned aerial vehicles that can alternate between fixed-wing and rotary flight on the same mission for greater speed and versatility. The aircraft would feature adaptive flight control and adva ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
IAI unmanned helo performs proof-of-concept demo
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Marines test 3D-printed small drones
Dubai (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Driverless hover-taxi makes first 'concept' flight in Dubai
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Polluted lake is poor Nicaraguans' lifeline
Tipitapa, Nicaragua (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Looking tired and haggard, William Coronado pulls up before dawn with a boat full of fish on the muddy shore of Nicaragua's Lake Managua, a dumping ground for trash and waste. "The lake is so polluted. They throw all sorts of crap into it," said the 56-year-old. "Containers, old buckets, all sorts of bags - all the junk they throw away in Managua. It's a disgrace." Coronado spent two da ... more
Gonda City, India (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
Mountains of garbage and despair in India's dirtiest city
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Olympics: Tokyo 2020 water venue polluted
Amsterdam (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
I.Coast toxic spill victims launch new Dutch court bid
Servosila introduces Mobile Robots equipped with Software Defined Radio payloads
Hong Kong (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Servosila introduces a new member of the family of Servosila "Engineer" robots, a UGV called "Radio Engineer". This new variant of the well-known backpack-transportable robot features a Software Defined Radio (SDR) payload module integrated into the robotic vehicle. "Several of our key customers had asked us to enable an Electronic Warfare (EW) or Cognitive Radio applications in our robots ... more
Washington (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
DeepMind forms ethics unit for AI; Google unveils $49 mini assistant
Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Researchers design soft, flexible origami-inspired robot
Chiba, Japan (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
Smash hit: Ping pong robot takes on Olympian at Tokyo tech fair


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