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January 25, 2017
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Arctic melt ponds form when meltwater clogs ice pores



Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Jan 24, 2017
When spring comes to the Arctic, the breakup of the cold winter ice sheets starts at the surface with the formation of melt ponds. These pools of melted snow and ice darken the surface of the ice, increasing the amount of solar energy the ice sheet absorbs and accelerating melt. A team including University of Utah mathematician Kenneth Golden has determined how these melt ponds form, solving a paradoxical mystery of how a pool of water actually sits atop highly porous ice. Their results are publis ... read more

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A big nano boost for solar cells
Solar cells convert light into electricity. While the sun is one source of light, the burning of natural resources like oil and natural gas can also be harnessed. However, solar cells do not c ... more
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Scientists lay foundations for new type of solar cell
An interdisciplinary team of researchers has laid the foundations for an entirely new type of photovoltaic cell. In this new method, infrared radiation is converted into electrical energy using a di ... more
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Capital One invests big in SolarReserve's Crescent Dunes solar energy project
Leading investors around the world are looking for innovative companies and technologies that are part of the clean energy revolution, recognizing the tremendous economic and job creation opportunit ... more
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Xinhua: U.S. wasting opportunity in clean energy
Decoupling the U.S. economy from the renewable energy sector might not work as designed, a column in China's official Xinhua News Agency read. ... more
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Asia Pacific to gain edge in low-carbon growth
It will be the economies in the Asia Pacific region that could gain the global edge in clean energy technology in the age of protectionism, a consultant said. ... more
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Rooftop Solar in the Spotlight at the World Future Energy Summit Solar Expo
Rooftop solar energy will help drive renewable energy to the next stage of its development in the Middle East and South Asian markets, according to leading industry figures at the World Future Energ ... more
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Astronergy receives licence to import 100 MW of solar modules to Turkey
Astronergy is among the few international manufacturers of solar modules to receive an import licence from the Turkish Ministry of Economics. The German company is permitted to supply a total of 100 ... more
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Report details how renewables can decarbonise the energy sector
Falling costs, driven by innovation in technology and policy, is spurring renewable energy deployment and with it a myriad of socioeconomic benefits, according to the new comprehensive publication r ... more
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Saudi to launch multi-billion renewable scheme: minister
Saudi Arabia is set to launch a renewable energy programme worth up to $50 billion, as the world's largest oil exporter vies to diversify its economy, its energy minister said Monday. ... more


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Not enough investment in renewables: IRENA
Money invested in renewable energy is not enough to reach a climate goal of limiting global warming to 2.0 degrees Celsius, an Abu Dhabi-based green energy organisation said Sunday. ... more
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Renewable energy investment value fell 18% in 2016: study
Global investment in renewable energy dropped by 18 percent in 2016 due to sharp falls in equipment prices and a slowdown in China and Japan, a study found Thursday. ... more

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Populus dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, metabolites
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists as well as researchers in the fields of biofuels, materials science, and secondary plant metabolism. For nearly 10 years, researchers with DOE's BioEnergy Scie ... more
Handheld Sensor Unit Determines Biofuel Content Of Diesel Blends

Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production, increase profits

Iowa State engineer helps journal highlight how pyrolysis can advance the bioeconomy

Making AI systems that see the world as humans do
A Northwestern University team developed a new computational model that performs at human levels on a standard intelligence test. This work is an important step toward making artificial intelligence systems that see and understand the world as humans do. "The model performs in the 75th percentile for American adults, making it better than average," said Northwestern Engineering's Ken Forbu ... more
NASA develops AI for future exploration of extraterrestrial subsurface oceans

For white-collar staff, AI threatens new workplace revolution

Swarm of underwater robots mimics ocean life

Renewables a big boost for GE's profits
Gains in the renewable energy sector and deals in exploration and production helped boost fourth quarter profits substantially, General Electric said Friday. GE said its earnings during the fourth quarter increased to about $3.5 billion, against the $2.6 billion reported during the same period last year. By sector, the company's renewable energy sector saw total revenues increase 29 per ... more
Essen, Germany wins greenest city honors

Obama puts offshore North Carolina on wind energy map

DNV GL certifies new prototype of Siemens' 8 MW Offshore Wind Turbine

Society set for head-on collision with driverless cars
Evangelists for driverless cars see a bright future coming down the road: thousands of lives saved, countless driving hours freed up, cityscapes transformed with traffic jams vanquished. But the new technology also threatens millions of jobs and raises a slew of ethical dilemmas - prospects that were on the minds of business chiefs and politicians meeting at the World Economic Forum this we ... more
Paris experiments with driverless buses

VW ex-boss denies prior knowledge of pollution cheating

New Zealand stimulates electric vehicle market

New design strategy for longer lasting batteries
It's always exciting to bring home a new smartphone that seems to do anything, but it can be all downhill from there. With every charge and discharge cycle, the device's battery capacity lowers a little bit more - eventually rendering the device completely useless. "Why does this degradation occur? In some cases, we know; in other cases, we don't," said Northwestern Engineering's Christoph ... more
Physicist uncovers clues to mechanism behind magnetic reconnection

Electrocatalysis can advance green transition

UNIST researchers get green light to commercialize metal-air batteries

Treated carbon pulls radioactive elements from water
Researchers at Rice University and Kazan Federal University in Russia have found a way to extract radioactivity from water and said their discovery could help purify the hundreds of millions of gallons of contaminated water stored after the Fukushima nuclear plant accident. They reported that their oxidatively modified carbon (OMC) material is inexpensive and highly efficient at absorbing ... more
Georges Besse II plant reaches full enrichment capacity

France takes key step towards closing ageing nuclear plant

AREVA to supply refueling equipment upgrades to TVA reactors

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Europe to take up climate investment mantle
European lenders will be among the world leaders in supporting efforts to address the impact of climate change in an era of naysayers, the EIB president said. The World Meteorological Organization reported last week that global average temperatures in 2016 hit records highs for the third consecutive year. Werner Hoyer, the president of the European Investment Bank, told delegates in Bru ... more
China energy firm expands in crisis-hit Brazil

Australian energy group backs Li Ka-shing takeover

China to build $1.5 billion power line across Pakistan

Forests 'held their breath' during global warming hiatus, research shows
Global forest ecosystems, widely considered to act as the lungs of the planet, 'held their breath' during the most recent occurrence of a warming hiatus, new research has shown. The international study examined the full extent to which these vital ecosystems performed as a carbon sink from 1998-2012 - the most recent recorded period of global warming slowdown. The researchers, including Pr ... more
Trees supplement income for rural farmers in Africa

How much drought can a forest take?

Activists slam giant Indonesian mill for environmental damage

Cosmologists a step closer to understanding quantum gravity
Cosmologists trying to understand how to unite the two pillars of modern science - quantum physics and gravity - have found a new way to make robust predictions about the effect of quantum fluctuations on primordial density waves, ripples in the fabric of space and time. Researchers from the University of Portsmouth have revealed quantum imprints left on cosmological structures in the very ... more
China to set up gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet

MIT researchers reveal new technique for measuring gravity

A population of neutron stars can generate gravitational waves continuously

The speed limit for intra-chip communications in microprocessors of the future
Researchers at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have developed a theory that gives the possibility to precisely predict the level of noise caused by the amplification of photonic and plasmonic signals in nanoscale optoelectronic circuits. In their research published in Physical Review Applied, the scientists propose an approach that can be used to evaluate the ultimate data t ... more
Apple antitrust suit: Qualcomm overcharged 'billions'

China's largest chip company to build $30 billion semiconductor factory

Theorists propose new class of topological metals with exotic electronic properties

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Advanced cookstoves provide environmental benefits, but less than expected
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine have found that while advanced wood-burning cookstoves can provide benefits to the environment and climate, these benefits are less than expected due to higher emissions measured in the field compared to laboratory settings. The study, conducted in rural Malawi, found that pollutant emissions from thes ... more
Cookware made with scrap metal contaminates food

Indonesian province declares alert as haze fears grow

Europe chokes under freezing smog

Trump to ruffle feathers in Year of the Rooster
US president Donald Trump will strut through the Year of the Rooster, thriving as Hong Kong geomancers predict 2017 will be marked by the arguments and aggression that are characteristic of the animal. With Trump at the top of the pecking order, the volatile traits of the rooster - combined with the year's signature element of fire - mean rocky times ahead, particularly in the western wor ... more
2016 baby bump after China relaxes one-child rule

Hong Kong's 'Mr Pringles' announces leadership bid

Hong Kong leader slams independence movement in final speech

AUDS counter-UAV system achieves TRL-9 status
Blighter Surveillance Systems' AUDS counter-UAV defense system recently achieved TRL-9 status following deployment with the U.S. armed forces. The achievement places the unmanned aircraft detection device at the highest technology readiness level, or TRL. The scale, used by the U.S. Department of Defense and NASA, ranges from 1 to 9 with 9 referring the most technology mature devices. / ... more
GenDyn offers Bluefin SandShark mini-drone for sale online

UAV performs first ever perched landing using machine learning algorithms

Liteye, Tribalco to deliver AUDS systems to U.S. armed forces

China's quantum communication satellite delivered for use
China's quantum communication satellite, launched last August, is officially operational after four months of in-orbit testing, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said Wednesday. Testing of the satellite, payloads and space-ground links have been completed, the CAS said, adding that everything was operating properly. The Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) satellite is the ... more
A new invisibility cloak to conceal objects in diffusive atmospheres is devised

First European-built all-electric satellite EUTELSAT 172B getting ready to fly

Breaking the optical bandwidth record of stable pulsed lasers

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U.K. Defense Ministry finalizes laser weapon system contract
Britain's Ministry of Defense has awarded MBDA and other industry partners a $36 million contract to produce a Laser Directed Energy Weapon demonstrator. The contract, which aims to allow Britain's first laser weapon to enter service by the mid-2020s, will task contractors to assess the technology's capabilities. Project leaders hope to demonstrate the system in 2019. "The U.K. h ... more
U.S. Air Force issues RFP for aircraft laser weapons

Northrop Grumman to develop next-gen fighter laser system

UK to start laser gun program

New low-cost technique converts bulk alloys to oxide nanowires
A simple technique for producing oxide nanowires directly from bulk materials could dramatically lower the cost of producing the one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures. That could open the door for a broad range of uses in lightweight structural composites, advanced sensors, electronic devices - and thermally-stable and strong battery membranes able to withstand temperatures of more than 1,000 degr ... more
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