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November 13, 2017
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Sandia speeds transformation of biofuel waste into wealth



Livermore CA (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
A Sandia National Laboratories-led team has demonstrated faster, more efficient ways to turn discarded plant matter into chemicals worth billions. The team's findings could help transform the economics of making fuels and other products from domestically grown renewable sources. Lignin, the tough material left over from biofuel production, contains compounds that can be converted into products like nylon, plastics and drugs. It is one of the main components of plant cell walls, and gives plants st ... read more

BIO FUEL
Study identifies additional hurdle to widespread planting of bioenergy crops
Indianapolis IN (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
A study examining how certain decisions impact what farmers plant and harvest identified one crucial factor that researchers believe needs to be added to the list of decision variables when consider ... more
BIO FUEL
Penn researchers mimic giant clams to enhance the production of biofuel
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Alison Sweeney of the University of Pennsylvania has been studying giant clams since she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara. These large mollusks, which anchor ... more
BIO FUEL
Research aims to help renewable jet fuel take flight
Newark DE (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Airplanes zoom overhead, wispy-white contrails streaming behind them. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) handled 43,684 flights, on average, every day last year, and U.S. military and commerc ... more
BIO FUEL
Stiff fibers spun from slime
Munich, Germany (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Some animals produce amazing materials. Spider silk, for example, is stronger than steel. Mussels secrete byssus threads, which they use to cling tightly to stones under water. The material secreted ... more
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BIO FUEL
Expanding Brazilian sugarcane could dent global CO2 emissions
Champaign IL (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Vastly expanding sugarcane production in Brazil for conversion to ethanol could reduce current global carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 5.6 percent, researchers report in the journal Nature Cli ... more
BIO FUEL
Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have determined how electrocatalysts can convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water ... more
BIO FUEL
Separating methane and CO2 will become more efficient
Leuven, Belgium (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
To make natural gas and biogas suitable for use, the methane has to be separated from the CO2. This involves the use of membranes: filters that stop the methane and let the CO2 pass through. Researc ... more
BIO FUEL
Breaking down stubborn cellulose
Styria, Austria (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Biofuels obtained from biomass are becoming increasingly important. Apart from biomethane, however, they cannot be produced efficiently, cheaply and sustainably since the current technological compl ... more
BIO FUEL
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
Liverpool UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have made a significant breakthrough in the direct conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) into liquid fuels and chemicals which could help ... more
BIO FUEL
A key step in synthetic fuel production from seawater patented by NRL
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
The world's oceans cover approximately 70 percent of Earth's surface and contain roughly 93 percent of the planet's carbon dioxide (CO2). With around 38,000 gigatons (Gt) of carbon, our world's ocea ... more


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BIO FUEL
Surrounded by potential: New science in converting biomass
Ames IA (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
In every plant--from trees to crops--there exists a substance that makes up its wood or stems, fiber, and cell walls. This substance is a complex natural polymer called lignin, and it is the second ... more
BIO FUEL
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 ecos ... more
BIO FUEL
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
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 t ... more



China Saves the World, and America Too by Going Off-The-Grid
Wuxi, China (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
"People demand a beautiful life," was the opening statement of Mr. Wu Xingiong, Deputy Director of the Economic Committee of CPPCC. He is 100% right. The people of mother earth have spoken and the ancient middle kingdom of China woke. And not the I just got out of bed woke, but a full steam ahead mentality to cure the planet. A German colleague told me many years ago that China will cover ... more
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Mechanochemistry paves the way to higher quality perovskite photovoltaics
Phoenix, AZ (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
OMCO Solar expands to met demand for field-fast racking systems
Washington (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
US renewable energy booms despite Trump vow to quit Paris deal
As Iran-Saudi 'Cold War' heats up, what next?
Tehran (AFP) Nov 12, 2017
From a Yemeni missile attack to the resignation of Lebanon's prime minister, the "Cold War" between Middle East rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran has been heating up. Experts believe the risk of a direct military clash is low, but why have tensions escalated now and how will the crisis evolve? AFP looks at five questions on the Riyadh-Tehran rivalry and its implications. - What are the o ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Oil prices flat, but still seeing a geopolitical risk premium
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
An effective solution for collecting spilled petroleum
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
McDermott contract to help boost oil offshore Saudi Arabia
Climate target too low and progress too slow: top scientist
Bonn (AFP) Nov 11, 2017
The world must sharply draw down greenhouse gas emissions and suck billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air if today's youth are to be spared climate cataclysm, a top scientist has warned. "This reality is being ignored by governments around the world," said James Hansen, who famously announced to the US Congress 30 years ago that global warming was underway. "To say that we are ... more
Paris (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Developing world says rich nations shirking on climate
United Nations, United States (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
UN chief says $100 bln climate fund far from guaranteed
Paris (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Developing world says rich nations shirking on climate pledges
Cool textiles to beat the heat
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Air-conditioned buildings bring welcome relief to people coming in from the heat. But creating that comfort comes with a cost to our wallets and the environment in the form of increased energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions. Now researchers report in ACS Nano the development of a new material for clothing that we could one day don as our own personal cooling unit, without any external ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
A novel layered superconductor based on tin and arsenic
Ames IA (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
'Perfectly frustrated' metal provides possible path to superconductivity
Washington (UPI) Nov 7, 2017
Scientists design smart paper capable of detecting water, conducting electricity
Sandia speeds transformation of biofuel waste into wealth
Livermore CA (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
A Sandia National Laboratories-led team has demonstrated faster, more efficient ways to turn discarded plant matter into chemicals worth billions. The team's findings could help transform the economics of making fuels and other products from domestically grown renewable sources. Lignin, the tough material left over from biofuel production, contains compounds that can be converted into prod ... more
Indianapolis IN (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Study identifies additional hurdle to widespread planting of bioenergy crops
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Penn researchers mimic giant clams to enhance the production of biofuel
Newark DE (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Research aims to help renewable jet fuel take flight
Uber IPO 'target' is 2019: CEO
New York (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Uber is on track for a 2019 public stock offering and the plan is not dependent on new funding from Japan's SoftBank, the global ride-sharing giant's CEO said Thursday. Speaking at a New York Times conference, Dara Khosrowshahi said "2019 is the target" and that co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick and the rest of the board agree on the plan for an initial public offering. "We have ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Vehicle emissions per driver on the rise, study finds
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
EV corridor will stretch from Norway to Italy
Beijing (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Ford, Chinese firm to invest $756 million on electric cars
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Cover crops shield soil from extreme temps
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Soil characteristics like organic matter content and moisture play a vital role in helping plants flourish. It turns out that soil temperature is just as important. Every plant needs a certain soil temperature to thrive. If the temperature changes too quickly, plants won't do well. Their seeds won't germinate or their roots will die. "Most plants are sensitive to extreme changes in soil te ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Chinese company offers lifetime of booze for $1,700 on Alibaba
Paris (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
France to oppose EU's 5-year renewal for weedkiller glyphosate
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Sensors applied to plant leaves warn of water shortage
Plasma from lasers can shed light on cosmic rays, solar eruptions
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Lasers that generate plasma can provide insight into bursts of subatomic particles that occur in deep space, scientists have found. Such findings could help scientists understand cosmic rays, solar flares and solar eruptions - emissions from the sun that can disrupt cell phone service and knock out power grids on Earth. Physicists have long observed that particles like electrons and atomic ... more
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Measuring atoms for better navigation and mineral detection
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Discovery of a new structure family of oxide-ion conductors SrYbInO4
Houghton MI (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
New insights into metamaterial magic
Fully integrated circuits printed directly onto fabric
Cambridge UK (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Researchers have successfully incorporated washable, stretchable and breathable electronic circuits into fabric, opening up new possibilities for smart textiles and wearable electronics. The circuits were made with cheap, safe and environmentally friendly inks, and printed using conventional inkjet printing techniques. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, working with colleag ... more
Innsbruck, Austria (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Researchers develop data bus for quantum computer
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Highly flexible organic flash memory for foldable and disposable electronics
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
University of Utah researchers develop milestone for ultra-fast communications and computing
Improving sensor accuracy to prevent electrical grid overload
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Electrical physicists from Czech Technical University have provided additional evidence that new current sensors introduce errors when assessing current through iron conductors. It's crucial to correct this flaw in the new sensors so that operators of the electrical grid can correctly respond to threats to the system. The researchers show how a difference in a conductor's magnetic permeabi ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Japan faces challenges in cutting CO2, Moody's finds
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
IEA: An electrified world would cost $31B per year to achieve
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
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EU agrees to reform world's largest carbon market
Brussels (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
The EU struck a deal Thursday to overhaul Europe's emissions trading scheme after 2021, hailing it as a key step toward meeting its commitments under the Paris climate agreement. But environmentalists complained it will be years before the effects make themselves felt from the overhaul of the world's biggest carbon market, which was tentatively agreed by the European Parliament and the membe ... more
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
First-ever US experiments at new X-ray facility may lead to better explosive modeling
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
The fingerprints of coastal carbon sinks
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Graphene enables high-speed electronics on flexible materials
NASA CubeSat to Test Miniaturized Weather Satellite Technology
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Behind every weather forecast-from your local, five-day prediction to a late-breaking hurricane track update-are the satellites that make them possible. Government agencies depend on observations from weather satellites to inform forecast models that help us prepare for approaching storms and identify areas that need evacuating or emergency first responders. Weather satellites have traditi ... more
Seville, Spain (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Green rooves to reduce the effects of climate change
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Warm Air Helped Make 2017 Ozone Hole Smallest Since 1988
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
NASA Satellite Tracks Ozone Pollution by Monitoring Its Key Ingredients
Subset of carbon nanotubes poses cancer risk similar to asbestos in mice
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Nanotechnology, the science of developing materials containing very small fibers, is having a growing influence on daily life. Now researchers have shown for the first time in mice that long and thin nanomaterials called carbon nanotubes may have the same carcinogenic effect as asbestos: they can induce the formation of mesothelioma. The findings were observed in 10%-25% of the 32 animals ... more
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Simple green synthesis is a breath of fresh air
Davis CA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
New, simplified technique makes light metallic nanofoam
Providence RI (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Researchers show how nanoscale patterning can decrease metal fatigue
Israel downs Syrian drone over Golan Heights: army
Jerusalem (AFP) Nov 11, 2017
The Israeli army said it had shot down a Russian-made Syrian drone carrying out a reconnaissance mission over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Saturday. The drone was intercepted by a Patriot missile in the demilitarised zone between the Israeli- and Syrian-controlled parts of the Golan, a military spokeswoman said in a statement. "The State of Israel regards with utmost seriousness ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
NASA-Developed Drone Aircraft Offer One-of-a-Kind Capabilities
Niamey (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
Niger to let US forces arm drones in counter-terrorism fight
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
Insitu awarded $9.2M for parts, sustainment of RQ-21A
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Delhi restricts vehicles as smog envelopes India and Pakistan
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
New Delhi banned all construction, barred lorries from entering the city and announced stringent restrictions on private car use on Thursday, seeking to combat a massive spike in pollution across large swathes of India and Pakistan. Tens of thousands of schools in Delhi and surrounding states remained closed as a hazardous fog of toxic pollution cloaked the region for a third day, bringing g ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Delhi's poor bear the brunt of deadly smog
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 12, 2017
Pollution spikes in Delhi amid warnings no relief in sight
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 11, 2017
Smog-hit Delhi calls off odd-even car rationing plan
UN to host first talks on use of 'killer robots'
Geneva (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
The United Nations is set to host the first-ever talks on the use of autonomous weapons, but those hoping for a ban on the machines dubbed killer robots will be disappointed, the ambassador leading the discussions said Friday. More than 100 artificial intelligence entrepreneurs led by Tesla's Elon Musk in August urged the UN to enforce a global ban on fully-automated weapons, echoing calls ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Computer system finds 'recipes' for producing materials
Raleigh NC (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Study shows need for adaptive powered knee prosthesis to assist amputees
New York NY (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Researchers unveil tool to debug 'black box' deep learning algorithms
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