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April 03, 2017
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Sun's UV Light Helped Spark Life



Moffett Field CA (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
High energy, ultraviolet radiation from the Sun is a known to hazard to life, yet the energy provided by our star has played an important role as the essential driver of life on Earth. Before life began, radiation from the Sun was the primary source of energy on our planet, just as it is today. In this oxygen-poor, prebiotic world, solar energy may have provided the jolt to transform simple organic molecules into more complex ones, which were used as the building blocks of biology and life. ... read more

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Financialization's negative effect on the American solar industry
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Financialization's Negative Effect on the American Solar Industry: The increasing role of the United States' financial sector in the 1980s and 1990s, when it shifted from focusing on technology inve ... more
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Report: Global renewable power capacity expanding
Washington (UPI) Mar 30, 2017
As European and Asian leaders take up the low-carbon mantel from the United States, a global report found 2016 was a record-setter for renewable energy. ... more
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Soventix builds Solar Power Plant for Vina Cono Sur
Santiago, Chile (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
SOVENTIX has signed a PPA with the Chilean company Vina Cono Sur for the realization of a solar power plant project. The plant with a nominal output of just under 100 kilowatts peak (kWp) is built i ... more
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QSTec starts up its 8,000 MT polysilicon facility in Qatar
Doha, Qatar (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) has announced that it has successfully produced its first polysilicon at its 8,000 metric tonnes per annum (MTPA) manufacturing facility in Qatar.b QSTec, the ... more
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First Solar to deliver 48Mw Manildra solar farm
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
First Solar, Inc. reported Monday that a financial close has been reached for the Manildra Solar Farm in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. First Solar will leverage its expertise in utility-scale so ... more
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State leaders, businesses, take up U.S. low-carbon effort
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
A bubble-up approach to building a low-carbon U.S. economy will help offset the emphasis on fossil fuels from Washington, leaders and advocates said. ... more
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PV Nano Cell Announces Cooperation with Meyer Burger for Advancements in Printed Electronics
Migdal Ha'emek, Israel (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
PV Nano Cell Ltd. reports that they are teaming with Meyer Burger. PV Nano Cell's Sicrys silver and copper inks will be used with Meyer Burger's PiXDRO JETx printers for high volume production appli ... more
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The economic case for wind and solar energy in Africa
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, ... more
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Lightsource turns on Northern Ireland's largest solar project
London, UK (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Lightsource Renewable Energy, Europe's leading solar energy company, is pleased to announce the commissioning of a major solar development in Antrim, delivering over 32 MW of clean, renewable energy ... more
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Artificial photosynthesis steps into the light
Houston TX (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Rice University scientists have created an efficient, simple-to-manufacture oxygen-evolution catalyst that pairs well with semiconductors for solar water splitting, the conversion of solar energy to ... more


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Colstrip bill risks shutting door to Montana's renewable power future
Billings MT (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
A Montana Senate bill slated for a committee vote would deter future investment in Montana's underutilized renewable energy resources. Senate Bill 338, introduced by Sen. Duane Ankney (R - Colstrip) ... more
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Renewable energy has robust future in much of Africa
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
As Africa gears up for a tripling of electricity demand by 2030, a new Berkeley study maps out a viable strategy for developing wind and solar power while simultaneously reducing the continent's rel ... more
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New Stanford study calls for US solar policy reform
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
The rapidly expanding solar energy industry could meaningfully contribute to curbing climate change only if governments and the private sector approach it more economically and efficiently, accordin ... more
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Revealing the microscopic mechanisms in perovskite solar cells
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
A material with the perovskite crystal structure has become very popular for solar cells. While most perovskites are inorganic compounds, this new material is a hybrid of relatively inexpensive orga ... more

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Shell unveils giant new high-tech research lab in India
New Delhi (AFP) March 31, 2017
Oil giant Shell opened Friday a high-tech research hub in southern India that is hoping to pioneer the green energy of the future, including ways to transform farm and city waste into clean fuel. The sprawling facility in the Indian tech capital Bangalore will house 1,500 experts under one roof as Shell expands its research and development operations in Asia. The 21-hectare hub will host ... more
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Hydrogen production: This is how green algae assemble their enzymes
Jakarta (AFP) March 20, 2017
Community in chaotic Jakarta goes green to fight eviction
Upton NY (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Chemists ID catalytic 'key' for converting CO2 to methanol
AM General, Army to test autonomous vehicle system
Washington (UPI) Mar 30, 2017
An autonomous vehicle for transporting personnel and equipment within U.S. military facilities is being developed by AM General and the Army. AM General said its partnership with the U.S. Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center, or TARDEC, comes under the Applied Robotics for Installations and Base Operations initiative. The initiative aims is to advance the s ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Printable device points toward sensor-laden robot skin
Washington (AFP) March 26, 2017
Tech world debate on robots and jobs heats up
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Quadruped robot exhibits spontaneous changes in step with speed
Japan scientist eyes energy burst from 'typhoon turbine'
Tokyo (AFP) March 29, 2017
Most people look for a place to hide when a typhoon is on the horizon, but Atsushi Shimizu hopes that the fury of nature may one day help resource-poor Japan tackle its energy woes. As thousands of Australians seek shelter from a "monster" cyclone battering the country's northern coast, the Tokyo-based engineer believes that his bladeless wind turbine can not only stand up to the raw force o ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Mega-wind farm offshore Denmark clears hurdle
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
North Carolina offshore wind hailed as job creator
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
North Carolina ready for offshore wind energy auction
Mercedes, VW recall million vehicles in China
Beijing (AFP) March 29, 2017
German automakers Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen will recall nearly one million vehicles in China, according to the country's quality regulator. Mercedes Benz will recall nearly 400,000 vehicles of different models produced between May 2015 and February 2017 due to concerns that parts of the ignition circuitry could overheat under some extreme conditions, according to a statement posted on the ... more
New Delhi (AFP) March 29, 2017
India court bans sale of 800,000 vehicles over emission levels
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
NASA Kennedy Partners to Help Develop Self-driving Cars
Paris (AFP) March 29, 2017
London, Paris, Seoul launch 'name-and-shame' polluting car index
How does oxygen get into a fuel cell
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Fuel cells use a simple chemical reaction, such as the combination of oxygen and hydrogen to form water, to generate electricity. The question of which is the best material to use when making ceramic fuel cells is not a straightforward one, however. New materials are required that act as a catalyst for the chemical reaction required with maximum efficiency, but that also last as long as possible ... more
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Clarifying how lithium ions ferry around in rechargeable batteries
New Haven CT (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Building a market for renewable thermal technologies
New Haven CT (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
New gel-like coating beefs up the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries
Toshiba's US nuclear unit files for bankruptcy protection
Washington (AFP) March 29, 2017
Toshiba's loss-hit US nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Company has filed for bankruptcy protection, the companies said Wednesday, as the troubled division wrestles with huge losses and accounting fraud claims. The Japanese conglomerate's board approved the Chapter 11 filing in a US court in New York, a step that temporarily shelters struggling firms as they try to restructure their affairs ... more
Chiba, Japan (AFP) March 30, 2017
Toshiba execs under fire as loss forecast balloons
Washington (AFP) March 30, 2017
Westinghouse's woes spotlight US nuclear sector's decline
Tokyo (AFP) March 28, 2017
Japan high court rules nuclear reactors can restart
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Program to be axed saves energy in LA buildings
Paris (AFP) March 28, 2017
Voluntary efficiency programmes - including one targeted for elimination by the Trump administration - have led to energy savings of up to 30 percent in commercial buildings in Los Angeles, researchers have reported. Describing their study as the first large-scale analysis of green certification schemes for big buildings, a pair of researchers from the University of California at Los Angel ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 24, 2017
Energy demand metrics indicate strong U.S. economy
New York (AFP) March 26, 2017
New York skyscrapers adapt to climate change
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
Emissions flat for three years in a row, IEA says
Methane emissions from trees
Newark DE (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
A new study from the University of Delaware is one of the first in the world to show that tree trunks in upland forests actually emit methane rather than store it, representing a new, previously unaccounted source of this powerful greenhouse gas. Methane is about 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide, with some estimates as high as 33 times stronger due to its effects when it is in the atmospher ... more
Columbus OH (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Forests fight global warming in many ways
Riverside CA (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Asian dust providing key nutrients for California's giant sequoias
Bogor, Indonesia (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Reconsider the impact of trees on water cycles and climate, scientists ask
Cells adapt ultra-rapidly to zero gravity
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Mammalian cells are optimally adapted to gravity. But what happens in the microgravity environment of space if the earth's pull disappears? Previously, many experiments exhibited cell changes - after hours or even days in zero gravity. Astronauts, however, returned to Earth without any severe health problems after long missions in space, which begs the question as to how capable cells are of ada ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
'Gravitational noise' interferes with determining distant sources
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Increasing the sensitivity of next-generation gravitational wave detectors
Quantum communication: How to outwit noise
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Nowadays we communicate via radio signals and send electrical pulses through long cables. This could change soon, however: Scientists have been working intensely on developing methods for quantum information transfer. This would enable tap-proof data transfer or, one day, even the linking of quantum computers. Quantum information transfer requires reliable information transfer from one qua ... more
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Information storage with a nanoscale twist
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
A big leap toward tinier lines
Linkoping, Sweden (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Organic electronics can use power from socket
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Argentina suspends Canada's Barrick mining over spill
Buenos Aires (AFP) March 30, 2017
Argentina suspended Canadian mining company Barrick Gold on Thursday after the firm admitted to a new spill at a mine in the Andes mountains, its third in two years. Barrick said Wednesday that a pipeline at its Veladero gold and silver mine had sprung a leak the day before, spilling liquid used in the mining process. It insisted there were no toxic chemicals in the spill, but environmen ... more
Los Angeles (AFP) March 29, 2017
California prepares for war with Trump over environment
Paris (AFP) March 27, 2017
Paris mayor orders cleanliness blitz
Basque Country, Spain (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Rocks that tell our industrial history
Chinese-born professor returns to Australia
Sydney (AFP) April 2, 2017
An Australian-based Chinese professor who has been critical of Beijing flew back to Sydney Sunday, a week after he was blocked from leaving China at the end of a visit. Feng Chongyi, a permanent resident of Australia who has a Chinese passport, had been barred from flying out of the southern city of Guangzhou and was questioned by authorities. His lawyer said at the time he was "suspec ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) April 2, 2017
Warhol Mao portrait fetches $12.7m in Hong Kong auction
Beijing (AFP) April 2, 2017
What's in a Chinese name? Ancient rites and growing business
Hong Kong (AFP) March 30, 2017
Hong Kong activist jailed over Umbrella Movement protest
A novel hybrid UAV that may change the way people operate drones
Beijing, China (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Two PhD students in National University of Singapore, Unmanned System Research Group spent four years in developing the novel hybrid unmanned aerial vehicles(UAV), U-Lion as shown in Figure 1. U-Lion is a hybrid UAV which can take-off and land vertically like helicopter UAVs, and transit to cruise flight like normal airplanes. The wings can be fully retracted or expended, to favor the stab ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
General Atomics building ground control station for drones
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
China to open first drone factory in Saudi Arabia
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 27, 2017
Happy Wanderer? Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Breaks Its Own Orbital Record
Nanomagnets for future data storage
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
The idea is intriguing: if only a single atom or small molecule was needed for a single unit of data (a zero or a one in the case of binary digital technology), massive volumes of data could be stored in the tiniest amount of space. This is theoretically possible, because certain atoms can be magnetised in only one of two possible directions: "spin up" or "spin down". Information could then be s ... more
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Atomic 're-packing' behind metallic glass mystery
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Modern alchemy creates luminescent iron molecules
Konstanz, Germany (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
The beginning of the end of order
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German scientists focus radiation of 10,000 suns with new light array
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
Researchers in Germany are trying to use a massive light array to generate clean energy. This week, the scientists switched on their Synlight experiment, a collection of 149 film projector spotlights on steroids. Together the lights can generate the radiation of 10,000 suns, making the world's biggest solar simulator. When concentrated on a single point, the lights can produce temperatu ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
Scientists find out where laser energy goes when a beam is fired into plasma
Glasgow, Scotland (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Where does laser energy go after being fired into plasma?
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
U.S. Air Force buys additional laser materials
New Nano Devices Could Withstand Extreme Environments in Space
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Behind its thick swirling clouds, Venus is hiding a hot surface pelted with sulfuric acid rains. At 480C, the planet's atmosphere would fry any of today's electronics, posing a challenge to scientists hoping to study this extreme environment. Researchers at the Stanford Extreme Environment Microsystems Laboratory, or the XLab, are on a mission to conquer these conditions. By developing hea ... more
Hanover NH (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
3-D printing turns nanomachines into life-size workers
Krasnoyarsk, Russia (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Scientists created nanopowders for the synthesis of new aluminum alloys
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Light-controlled gearbox for nanomachines


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