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December 06, 2017
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Researchers generate electricity from low-cost biomaterial



Limerick, Ireland (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Mobile phone speakers and motion detectors in cars and video games may soon be powered by electricity generated from low cost and sustainable biomaterials, according to research carried out at University of Limerick (UL), Ireland. Scientists at UL's Bernal Institute have discovered that the biomolecule glycine, when tapped or squeezed, can generate enough electricity to power electrical devices in an economically viable and environmentally sustainable way. The research was published on December 4, ... read 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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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 ... more
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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
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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
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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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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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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
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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



Sustainable solvent platform for photon upconversion increases solar utilization efficiency
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The conversion of solar energy into electricity is currently restricted by a concept known as the Shockley-Quesser limit. This limitation allows only photons that have higher energies than those of the bandgap to be used, while those with lower energies are wasted. In an effort to obtain a solution to this problem and make solar energy conversion more efficient, the process of converting photons ... more
Albany NY (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Gore Mountain ski resort completes massive solar farm
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
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Zagtouli, Burkina Faso (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
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Gas prices inch lower, but still way above the June average
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
Seasonal factors finally caught up with the U.S. gas market and, with refineries making a cheaper winter blend, the price at the pump is lower, analysts said. Motor club AAA lists a national average retail price for regular unleaded gasoline at $2.48 per gallon for Tuesday, the lowest price in more than a month. Lower demand because of the cooler weather and a cheaper winter blend of ga ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
Statoil submits formal plans for mega Barents Sea oil field
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
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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
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Superior hydrogen catalyst just grows that way
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Replacing your everyday gas guzzler with a hydrogen fueled car could drastically reduce your carbon footprint. So why don't we all make the switch? One of reasons we don't is the expensive platinum catalyst required to operate hydrogen fuel cells efficiently. Research led by Sandia National Laboratories and the University of California, Merced aim at bringing down the cost of hydroge ... more
Adelphi MD (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Army researchers seek better batteries
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
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Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
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Researchers generate electricity from low-cost biomaterial
Limerick, Ireland (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Mobile phone speakers and motion detectors in cars and video games may soon be powered by electricity generated from low cost and sustainable biomaterials, according to research carried out at University of Limerick (UL), Ireland. Scientists at UL's Bernal Institute have discovered that the biomolecule glycine, when tapped or squeezed, can generate enough electricity to power electrical de ... more
Medford MA (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Breakthrough process for directly converting methane to methanol
Surrey UK (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Surrey develops new 'supercatalyst' to recycle carbon dioxide and methane
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Convert methane to hydrogen without forming carbon dioxide at low-cost
Hearing hybrid and electric vehicles while quieting noise pollution
New Orleans LA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Europe, as well as most of the world, faces a future with hybrid or pure electronic road vehicles that rely on alternative drive chains. But these low-emission vehicles are considered too quiet for hearing-impaired pedestrians, so the European Union is mandating that they be equipped with acoustic vehicle alerting systems. With these alert systems would come a marked increase in the amount of no ... more
London (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
London's iconic black cabs go electric
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
GM recalling 1 million cars in China
Washington (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
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Light green plants save nitrogen without sacrificing photosynthetic efficiency
Champaign IL (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The top leaves of crops absorb far more light than they can use, starving lower leaves of light. Scientists designed plants with light green leaves with hopes of allowing more light to penetrate the crop canopy and increase overall light use efficiency and yield. This strategy was tested in a recent modeling study that found leaves with reduced chlorophyll content do not actually improve canopy- ... more
Manchester UK (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
What makes soil, soil? Researchers find hidden clues in DNA
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Tokyo 2020 to feed IOC food from disaster-hit regions
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Robotic device tracks plant growth at the cellular level
Seaweed could hold key to environmentally friendly sunscreen
London UK (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
A compound found in seaweed could protect human skin from the damaging impact of the sun without causing harm to marine ecosystems. The use of sunscreens is advocated to prevent sun damage, but most formulations contain synthetic UV radiation filters that can make their way in to water systems. Many of these are not ecocompatible and may harm fragile marine life including coral, fish and m ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Borophene shines alone as 2-D plasmonic material
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
New microscope sets a record for visualizing surface wetting properties
Toyohashi, Japan (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
First step toward practical application of holographic memory with magnetic assist
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
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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
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Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
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Highly efficient photocatalyst capable of carbon dioxide recycling
Daegu, South Korea (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
A research team of Energy Science and Engineering at DGIST has succeeded in developing a titanium dioxide (TiO2)-based high efficiency photocatalyst that converts carbon dioxide to methane using a simple reduction method. The photocatalysts developed by the research team can be used to convert carbon dioxide to fuels like methane. Therefore, it is expected to be applied to technologies for ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Hybrid electrolyte enhances supercapacitance in vertical graphene nanosheets
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Draphene nano 'tweezers' can grab individual biomolecules
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Ultrathin and flat graphene metalenses gain morace properties
Sentinel-5P brings air pollution into focus
Paris (ESA) Dec 06, 2017
Launched on 13 October, the Sentinel-5P satellite has delivered its first images of air pollution. Even though the satellite is still being prepared for service, these first results have been hailed as exceptional and show how this latest Copernicus satellite is set to take the task of monitoring air quality into a new era. This new mission promises to image air pollutants in more detail t ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Haze pollution affects satellite cloud detection
Paris (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
French NGO helps African mums shake off AIDS stigma
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
OGC seeks public comment on CDB Multi-spectral Imagery Extension
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
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Joensuu, Finland (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
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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
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Babies' brains at risk from toxic pollution: UN
New Delhi (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
As New Delhi and other major cities hit new toxic smog peaks, the United Nations sounded the alarm Wednesday over the damage that pollution is doing to babies' developing brains. The UN's children's agency, UNICEF, said Asia accounts for more than 16 million of the world's 17 million infants aged under one year living in areas with severe pollution - at least six times more than safe levels ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
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New Delhi (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
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Nairobi (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
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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
East Lansing MI (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Robot learning improves student engagement
Berkeley CA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Robots foresee future with automated visualized predictions
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Helping hands guide robots as they learn
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