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November 19, 2017
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China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040



Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China is expected to achieve a "major breakthrough" in nuclear-powered space shuttles around 2040, according to a report issued by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation on Thursday. The achievement will be able to support large-scale exploration and development of space resources, and make mining on asteroids and space solar power plants possible, said the report, which outlines the development road map for China's space transportation system to 2045. A future generation of carr ... read more

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Learning from photosynthesis
Tempe AZ (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
The green sulfur bacterium makes its home in the chilly waters of the Black Sea. To eek out its lonely existence, this life form scavenges energy from the feeble sunlight available to it at a depth ... more
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Recurrent Energy secures debt financing for 20 MW California solar project
Guelph, Canada (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Recurrent Energy a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. has closed on a combined construction loan and construction letter of credit facility for the 20 MWac/28 MWp Gaskell West 1 solar po ... more
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Pine and poplar wood improve sunlight-driven water purification
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Engineers at the University of Maryland have found that porous types of wood from trees like poplar and pine can greatly increase the efficiency of water-to-steam conversion under sunlight. The find ... more
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Ionic 'solar cell' could provide on-demand water desalination
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Modern solar cells, which use energy from light to generate electrons and holes that are then transported out of semiconducting materials and into external circuits for human use, have existed in on ... more
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DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
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Butterfly wing inspires photovoltaics that could triple light absorption
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Sunlight reflected by solar cells is lost as unused energy. The wings of the butterfly Pachliopta aristolochiae are drilled by nanostructures (nanoholes) that help absorbing light over a wide spectr ... more
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Sunny future for renewables thanks to China: IEA
Paris (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Solar energy is to lead the race to new power generation over the coming decades, thanks in large part to China and India, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. ... more
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In Morocco, a blue tourist town is turning green
Chefchaouen, Morocco (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Huddling against a hillside in northern Morocco is a tourist town famed for the striking blue of its buildings, and now the mayor is mixing in another colour - green. ... more
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Mechanochemistry paves the way to higher quality perovskite photovoltaics
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
For several years, tension has been rising in line with the approaching commercialization of perovskite photovoltaic cells. Now, there has been another small earthquake: it turns out that devices ba ... more
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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 a ... more
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Solar greenhouses generate electricity and grow healthy crops
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
The first crops of tomatoes and cucumbers grown inside electricity-generating solar greenhouses were as healthy as those raised in conventional greenhouses, signaling that "smart" greenhouses hold g ... more


US renewable energy booms despite Trump vow to quit Paris deal

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OMCO Solar expands to met demand for field-fast racking systems
Phoenix, AZ (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
OMCO Solar, a division of OMCO Holdings, has announced a significant expansion to their solar product offerings and construction leadership teams, bringing years of solar experience to support the l ... more
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European lender closer to green finance goals
Washington (UPI) Nov 2, 2017
After signing an agreement in New Delhi with a global solar alliance, the European bank for development said it moved closer to its green finance goals ... more
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No tariffs, U.S. solar industry leaders say
Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2017
The Trump administration is called on to embrace free-markets over protectionism in order to support the blossoming solar power sector, industry leaders said. ... more
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Scientists elevate quantum dot solar cell world record
Golden CO (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) established a new world efficiency record for quantum dot solar cells, at 13.4 percent. Colloid ... more



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 communities as a source of stable enzymes that could be used to convert plants to biofuels. The study, recently published in the journal Nature Microbiology, reports on the discovery of new typ ... more
London (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
Coffee set to power London buses in green initiative
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Desert solar to fuel centuries of air travel
Livermore CA (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Sandia speeds transformation of biofuel waste into wealth
Calls mount for action on 'killer robots' after UN talks
Geneva (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
"Robots are not taking over the world", the diplomat leading the first official talks on autonomous weapons assured Friday, seeking to ease criticism over slow progress towards restricting the use of so-called "killer robots". The United Nations was wrapping up an initial five days of discussions on weapons systems that can identify and destroy targets without human control, which experts s ... more
Geneva (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
UN to host first talks on use of 'killer robots'
Beijing (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Cars and speakers: Baidu speeds up AI progress
Orlando FL (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
FORTIS K-SRD exoskeleton could help soldiers cover inclined terrain quickly
End tax credits for wind energy, Tennessee Republican says
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
It's wasteful to keep offering production tax credits to a "mature technology" like wind energy in the United States, a Tennessee Republican said. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., spoke on the floor in support of ending a wind production tax credit by the end of the year as part of a broader tax overhaul under consideration in the nation's capital. "We have turned our attentio ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
New York sets high bar for wind energy
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Construction to begin on $160 million Industry Leading Hybrid Renewable Energy Project
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
A kite that might fly
UK to have driverless cars by 2021: govt
London (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
British finance minister Philip Hammond is to announce 75 million pounds ($99 million, 84 million euros) funding for Artificial Intelligence and plans to put driverless cars on UK roads by 2021, in his budget speech on Wednesday. Hammond will announce regulation changes to allow Britain's driverless car industry, which the government estimates will be worth Pounds 28 billion by 2035, to get cars on the ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Volkswagen China to invest billions in new energy cars
San Francisco (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
Lyft takes Uber challenge north to Canada
Hawthorne, United States (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
Tesla unveils its all-electric semi truck
Study helps make microgrids a more reliable power source
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Today, more than 1.3 billion people are living without regular access to power, including more than 300 million in India and 600 million in sub-Saharan Africa. In these and other developing countries, access to a main power grid, particularly in rural regions, is remote and often unreliable. Increasingly, many rural and some urban communities are turning to microgrids as an alternative sou ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Fuel cell X-ray study details effects of temperature and moisture on performance
College Station TX (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Researchers take next step toward fusion energy
Ames IA (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
'Perfectly frustrated' metal provides possible path to superconductivity
A fast reactor system to shorten the lifetime of long-lived fission products
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
A team of scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) working in collaboration with Tohoku University, Tokyo City University and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency has proposed a novel approach to tackle the problem of radioactive waste disposal. The new method, published in Scientific Reports, could dramatically reduce the effective half-life (an indicator of the amount of time i ... more
Paris (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
France backtracks on nuclear power reduction target
Charlotte NC (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
AREVA NP introduces FORERUNNER robot to optimize steam generator inspections
Hanover NH (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Nuclear energy programs may not increase likelihood of proliferation
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
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
Heat island effect enables urban trees to grow faster
Munich, Germany (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Trees in metropolitan areas have been growing faster than trees in rural areas worldwide since the 1960s. This has been confirmed for the first time by a study on the impact of the urban heat island effect on tree growth headed by the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The analysis conducted by the international research team also shows that the growth of urban trees has already been exposed ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 12, 2017
Urban trees are growing faster than their rural peers
Washington (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
US imposes anti-dumping duties on Chinese hardwood plywood
Storrs CT (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Ecological restoration success higher with natural measures
Listening for gravitational waves using pulsars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 15, 2017
One of the most spectacular achievements in physics so far this century has been the observation of gravitational waves, ripples in space-time that result from masses accelerating in space. So far, there have been five detections of gravitational waves, thanks to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and, more recently, the European Virgo gravitational-wave detecto ... more
New York NY (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Gravity waves from merging supermassive black holes will be found soon
Yekaterinburg, Russia (SPX) Oct 27, 2017
Russian scientists have found flaws in popular theories of gravity
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 30, 2017
Prolific Earth Gravity Satellites End Science Mission
Transfer technique produces wearable gallium nitride gas sensors
Atlanta GA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
A transfer technique based on thin sacrificial layers of boron nitride could allow high-performance gallium nitride gas sensors to be grown on sapphire substrates and then transferred to metallic or flexible polymer support materials. The technique could facilitate the production of low-cost wearable, mobile and disposable sensing devices for a wide range of environmental applications. Tra ... more
Moscow (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Physicists mix waves on superconducting qubits
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
The next generation of power electronics?
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Essential quantum computer component downsized by 2 orders
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
Small cities choke as India remains callous to rising bad air
Moradabad, India (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
In the northern Indian city of Moradabad fumes from burning electronic waste blend with seasonal smog to create an even deadlier mix of pollutants than in Delhi, where filthy air has caused public outcry and made global headlines. India's smog crisis has centred on the capital but pollution is as bad or worse beyond its borders, with millions in smaller cities like Moradabad barely aware of ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
Delhi half-marathon to go ahead despite smog, court rules
Paris (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Interactive map shows air quality in real time across Europe
College Park MD (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Sulfur dioxide emissions plunge across China as India's soars
China taps state firms to buttress pensions as society ages
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
China on Saturday announced a pilot programme to help pension schemes meet growing pressure from an ageing society by transferring shares of state-owned firms to social security funds. A document released by the country's State Council, or cabinet, said the programme would begin this year with shares of up to seven SOEs to be transferred. The plan is intended to help make up for shortfal ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
China tells 'aunties' to dance away from cemeteries
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Activists renew push for Hong Kong independence
Beijing (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Trump praises China's 'highly respected' Xi
Alpha Unmanned Systems teams with Sightec for image stabilization and object tracking.
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Alpha Unmanned Systems, manufacturer of the gasoline-powered helicopter UAV known as the Alpha 800, has signed a technology partnership with Sightec, an Israeli developer of pioneering video image stabilization and object detection software. "Sightec's on-board processing eliminates the shakiness caused by vibration on 1, 2 and 3 axes and makes the images recorded easier to analyze than ev ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
Leonardo delivers Falco EVO drones to Middle East
Dubai UAE (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin Integrates New Engine for Fury Unmanned Air Vehicle
Washington (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
Pentagon steps up Somalia drone strikes
Diagonal methods for expensive global optimization developed by Russian scientists
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Russian scientists from Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod have improved the method of global optimization by offering the so-called "diagonal approach." The goal of global optimization is essentially to search for optimal solutions in various areas of human activity. The principal advantage of the diagonal approach compared to other methods is its speed. When solving multi-pa ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
China maintains reign over world supercomputer rankings
Moorestown NJ (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Lockheed Martin Achieves Long Range Discrimination Radar Critical Design Review On-Schedule
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Study explains how droplets can levitate on liquid surfaces
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Lockheed Martin to develop compact airborne high energy laser capabilities
Bothell WA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin $26.3 million for the design, development and production of a high power fiber laser. AFRL plans to test the laser on a tactical fighter jet by 2021. The contract is part of AFRL's Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) program, and is a major step forward in the maturation of protective airborne laser systems. ... more
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Lockheed Martin developing technology to intercept missile threats with Directed Energy
White Sands Missile Range NM (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Upgraded Lockheed Martin Laser Outguns Threat in Half the Time
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
ATHENA laser testbed system successfully shoots down drones
Manganese dioxide shows potential in micromotors
Joensuu, Finland (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Manganese dioxide could make the preparation of micromotors increasingly cost-effective, opening up new avenues for their use, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. Synthetic micromotors are tiny particles with dimensions less than the diameter of a human hair. Micromotors can undergo an autonomous motion in liquid environments, which can be driven by various mea ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Promising sensors for submarines, mines and spacecraft
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Better, bolder printing with silicon nanostructures
Beijing, China (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Practical superconducting nanowire single photon detector highly efficient
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