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December 05, 2017
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Breakthrough process for directly converting methane to methanol



Medford MA (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
The direct oxidation of methane - found in natural gas - into methanol at low temperatures has long been a holy grail. Now, researchers at Tufts have found a breakthrough way to accomplish the feat using a heterogeneous catalyst and cheap molecular oxygen, according to a paper published in the journal Nature by a team led by Tufts University chemical engineers. Methanol is a key feedstock for the production of chemicals, some of which are used to make products such as plastics, plywood and paints. ... read more

BIO FUEL
Convert methane to hydrogen without forming carbon dioxide at low-cost
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
As we work to toward more sustainable ways of powering our lifestyles, there is a quest to bridge the gap between the carbon dioxide-emitting fossil fuels we rely on for our most basic needs, and th ... more
BIO FUEL
Brazilian ethanol can replace 13 percent of global crude oil consumption
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Expansion of sugarcane cultivation in Brazil for ethanol production in areas not under environmental protection or reserved for food production could potentially replace up to 13.7% of world crude o ... more
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The water world of ancient photosynthetic organisms
St. Louis MI (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have traced the paths of three water channels in an ancient photosynthetic organism to provide the first comprehensive, experimental study of how th ... more
BIO FUEL
Cleaning Okinawan pig farm wastewater with microbial fuel cells
Onna, Japan (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
One of the greatest threats to the environment today is wastewater left over from production activities. Agricultural practices, such as pig farming, produce a large amount of wastewater containing ... more
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Surrey develops new 'supercatalyst' to recycle carbon dioxide and methane
Surrey UK (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
The University of Surrey has developed a new and cost-effective catalyst to recycle two of the main causes behind climate change - carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). In a study published ... more
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Coffee set to power London buses in green initiative
London (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
London's caffeine habit could soon provide an eco-friendly energy kick to its buses, including its iconic red double decker. ... more
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Desert solar to fuel centuries of air travel
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Scientists with the SOLAR-JET Project have demonstrated the first-ever entire process to make kerosene, the jet fuel used by commercial airlines, using a high-temperature thermal solar reactor to cr ... more
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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 econom ... more
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To find new biofuel enzymes, it can take a microbial village
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
A new study led by researchers at the Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), based at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), demonstrates the importance of microbial ... more
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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


Penn researchers mimic giant clams to enhance the production of biofuel

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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
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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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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
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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



Gore Mountain ski resort completes massive solar farm
Albany NY (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and Borrego Solar have announced the completion of Gore Mountain Ski Resort's 5.3 megawatt solar array in Washington County, the largest solar installation dedicated to a ski resort in the nation. The project supports Governor Cuomo's goal to have 50 percent of the State's el ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Windows of opportunity: Solar cell with improved transparency
Zagtouli, Burkina Faso (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Burkina, France launch W.Africa's biggest solar plant
Golden CO (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
NREL develops switchable solar window
Iraq says southern oil exports set a record
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
The Iraqi Oil Ministry said exports from southern ports set a record, but more work was needed to make up for losses from issues in the north of the country. The ministry said the southern port at Basra recently sent out an average of 3.9 million barrels of oil per day, the highest capacity ever reached there. In a statement, Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said southern exports wer ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
Oil in mid-$60 per barrel range fair, Russian company says
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
Texas looks to port overhaul to keep pace with oil and gas exports
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
Danish gas field gets new life after fate questioned
Decline in atmospheric carbon dioxide key to ancient climate transition
Southampton UK (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
A decline in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels led to a fundamental shift in the behaviour of the Earth's climate system around one million years ago, according to new research led by the University of Southampton. A team of international scientists used new geochemical measurements, coupled with a model of the 'Earth system', to show that the growth and changing nature of continenta ... more
Paris (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Around 50 leaders set for Paris climate summit
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
Europe backing climate ambitions with capital
Columbus OH (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Researchers pin down one source of a potent greenhouse gas
Musk's record-breaking battery officially launches in Australia
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
The world's biggest battery was officially launched in Australia on Friday, a day after the Elon Musk-driven project was powered up early to meet demand amid a bout of hot weather, officials said. Musk's Tesla built the Powerpack system, which can provide electricity for more than 30,000 homes, to ease South Australia's energy woes after the state was hit with a total blackout in 2016 follow ... more
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Batteries with better performance and improved safety
Beijing, Russia (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Activity descriptors for electrocatalysts in energy storage applications
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
Statoil: Batteries can address wind power variability
Breakthrough process for directly converting methane to methanol
Medford MA (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
The direct oxidation of methane - found in natural gas - into methanol at low temperatures has long been a holy grail. Now, researchers at Tufts have found a breakthrough way to accomplish the feat using a heterogeneous catalyst and cheap molecular oxygen, according to a paper published in the journal Nature by a team led by Tufts University chemical engineers. Methanol is a key feedstock ... more
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Convert methane to hydrogen without forming carbon dioxide at low-cost
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Brazilian ethanol can replace 13 percent of global crude oil consumption
St. Louis MI (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
The water world of ancient photosynthetic organisms
GM recalling 1 million cars in China
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
US auto giant General Motors and its partners in China will recall nearly one million vehicles over a fuel tank issue, a Chinese regulator said Friday. It is the latest recall to hit car companies in China in recent months. GM and its joint venture partners SAIC and Wuling Automobile will recall 938,686 vehicles starting December 1, according to China's General Administration of Quality ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Traffic-weary Chinese man fined for repainting road lines
Washington (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
GM sees 2019 launch for self-driving taxi fleet
Washington (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
SoftBank offer for Uber shares to cut valuation: reports
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Tokyo 2020 to feed IOC food from disaster-hit regions
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
International Olympic officials will be fed produce from northern Japan hit by the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster, as Tokyo 2020 organisers aim to dispel fears over food from the region. "Restoration of the disaster-hit area is an important pillar of our Games," a spokeswoman for the Tokyo 2020 organising committee told AFP. "By offering food from three disaster-hit prefectures, we ho ... more
Rome (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
UN dishes up prickly pear cactus in answer to food security
Davis CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Gene discovery may halt worldwide wheat epidemic
Istanbul (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Istanbul anglers keep up tradition despite stocks alarm
New 3-D printer is 10 times faster than commercial counterparts
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
MIT engineers have developed a new desktop 3-D printer that performs up to 10 times faster than existing commercial counterparts. Whereas the most common printers may fabricate a few Lego-sized bricks in one hour, the new design can print similarly sized objects in just a few minutes. The key to the team's nimble design lies in the printer's compact printhead, which incorporates two new, s ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Borophene shines alone as 2-D plasmonic material
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
UCLA engineers use deep learning to reconstruct holograms and improve optical microscopy
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 01, 2017
Study shows how to get sprayed metal coatings to stick
Discovery points the way to better and cheaper transparent conductors
Liverpool UK (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Researchers at the University of Liverpool have made a discovery that could improve the conductivity of a type of glass coating which is used on items such as touch screens, solar cells and energy efficient windows. Coatings are applied to the glass of these items to make them electrically conductive whilst also allowing light through. Fluorine doped tin dioxide is one of the materials use ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Microwave-based test method can help keep 3-D chip designers' eyes open
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 01, 2017
A step forward for quantum computing
College Park MD (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Quantum simulators wield control over more than 50 qubits, setting new record
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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A transistor of graphene nanoribbons
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Dec 01, 2017
Graphene ribbons that are only a few atoms wide, so-called graphene nanoribbons, have special electrical properties that make them promising candidates for the nanoelectronics of the future: While graphene - a one atom thin, honeycomb-shaped carbon layer - is a conductive material, it can become a semiconductor in the form of nanoribbons. This means that it has a sufficiently large energy ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Fast flowing heat in graphene heterostructures
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Deducing the properties of a new form of diamond
Daegu, South Korea (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Highly efficient photocatalyst capable of carbon dioxide recycling
OGC seeks public comment on CDB Multi-spectral Imagery Extension
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The "Multi-Spectral Imagery" extension defines how to encode and store reflected electromagnetic radiation from the infrared wavelengths into a CDB data store. This extension is limited to only adding this new data type and does not change any existing requirements or structure defined in the CDB standard. This extension also attempts to harmonize with the existing component selectors used in th ... more
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
First global maps of traits that drive vegetation growth
Paris (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
French NGO helps African mums shake off AIDS stigma
London, UK (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
UK-built satellite shines first light on air pollution
Physicists explain metallic conductivity of thin carbon nanotube films
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
An international team of researchers from MIPT; Lebedev Physical Institute, RAS; Prokhorov General Physics Institute, RAS; Skoltech; and Aalto University (Finland) has examined the optical and dielectric properties of thin macroscopic films based on single-walled carbon nanotubes and obtained an explanation for the metallic nature of their conductivity using infrared and terahertz spectroscopy. ... more
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) ov 27, 2017
Ceria nanoparticles: It is the surface that matters
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Semiconducting carbon nanotubes can reduce noise in interconnects
Joensuu, Finland (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Manganese dioxide shows potential in micromotors
Crossing drones with satellites: ESA eyes high-altitude aerial platforms
Paris (ESA) Dec 03, 2017
ESA is considering extending its activities to a new region of the sky via a novel type of aerial vehicle, a 'missing link' between drones and satellites. High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites, or HAPS, are platforms that float or fly at high altitude like conventional aircraft but operate more like satellites - except that rather than working from space they can remain in position inside the at ... more
Miami (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Falcon's attack strategy could inspire new drones: study
Jackson TN (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Research shows drones could help crop management take off
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Drone photos offer faster, cheaper data on key Antarctic species
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Is underground transit worse for your health?
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 90 percent of the 4.5 million workers in the Los Angeles area spend an average of 60 minutes each day commuting on a roadway or railway. When USC researchers from the Viterbi School of Engineering set out to study the environmental benefits of different modes of public transit in LA, they found some unexpected results: certain SoCal public transit rout ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog
Paris (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
UN makes global bid to end 'rampant' pollution
Beirut (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Serious health risks from Lebanon waste burning: report
Amputees can learn to control a robotic arm with their minds
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
A new study by neuroscientists at the University of Chicago shows how amputees can learn to control a robotic arm through electrodes implanted in the brain. The research, published in Nature Communications, details changes that take place in both sides of the brain used to control the amputated limb and the remaining, intact limb. The results show both areas can create new connections to l ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Cheap origami-inspired muscles are both soft and strong
Washington (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
Amazon brings Alexa from the home to the office in a new AI push
East Lansing MI (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Robot learning improves student engagement
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