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April 04, 2017
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Sun's UV Light Helped Spark Life



Moffett Field CA (SPX) Apr 02, 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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Bio-inspired energy storage: A new light for solar power
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Inspired by an American fern, researchers have developed a groundbreaking prototype that could be the answer to the storage challenge still holding solar back as a total energy solution. The new typ ... 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


Artificial photosynthesis steps into the light

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Nanomaterials that makes harvesting sunlight easier
London, UK (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Using sunlight to drive chemical reactions, such as artificial photosynthesis, could soon become much more efficient thanks to nanomaterials. This is the conclusion of a study published today led by ... 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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Ridding the oceans of plastics by turning the waste into valuable fuel
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Billions of pounds of plastic waste are littering the world's oceans. Now, a Ph.D. organic chemist and a sailboat captain report that they are developing a process to reuse certain plastics, transforming them from worthless trash into a valuable diesel fuel with a small mobile reactor. They envision the technology could someday be implemented globally on land and possibly placed on boats to conv ... more
New Delhi (AFP) March 31, 2017
Shell unveils giant new high-tech research lab in India
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
NASA Robotic Refueling Mission Departs Station
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
The International Space Station serves as an orbiting test and demonstration laboratory for scientific experiments to be performed inside and outside the space station. The experiments are inherently transient with typical life cycles of about one to five years. Once their test objectives are accomplished, they are removed to make way for new experiments. On Feb. 19, a NASA experiment - a ... more
Paris (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Electronic synapses that can learn: towards an artificial brain?
Washington (UPI) Mar 30, 2017
AM General, Army to test autonomous vehicle system
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Printable device points toward sensor-laden robot skin
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
NASA Kennedy Partners to Help Develop Self-driving Cars
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Since its inception, NASA has been known as an agency that opens doors to the future. While focusing on exploration beyond our home planet, agency experts also are working to improve life right here on Earth. NASA at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida recently joined a partnership created to help perfect self-driving cars. Autonomous vehicles sound like science fiction. It has always been ... more
Ottawa (AFP) March 30, 2017
Ford boosts research in Canada for connected cars
Washington (AFP) April 3, 2017
Tesla tops quarterly sales forecast
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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World Bank urges more investment for developing global electricity
Washington (AFP) April 3, 2017
Global efforts to provide universal access to electricity, develop more renewable energy sources and increase efficiency are not on track to meet a target date of 2030, the World Bank said Monday. With fewer people receiving electricity for the first time in recent years, only 92 percent of the world's population will have access to power by 2030, the bank said in a new report published toge ... more
New York (AFP) April 3, 2017
US states begin legal action on Trump energy delay
Paris (AFP) March 28, 2017
Program to be axed saves energy in LA buildings
Washington (UPI) Mar 24, 2017
Energy demand metrics indicate strong U.S. economy
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
Munich, Germany (SPX) Apr 02, 2017
Emissions from the edge of the forest
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
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
Information storage with a nanoscale twist
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Swirling objects known as magnetic vortices and skyrmions can be miniaturized without sacrificing mobility, a KAUST-led international research team has found. These findings are relevant for future "race-track" memory technologies that feature massive densities of moveable magnetic bits1. In nanometer-thin magnetic films, such as iron-nickel alloys, the region separating two magnetic domai ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
A big leap toward tinier lines
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Quantum communication: How to outwit noise
Linkoping, Sweden (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Organic electronics can use power from socket
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Surge in coal pollution led to smaller newborns: study
Paris (AFP) April 3, 2017
In fresh evidence about the dangers of coal pollution, a scientist on Monday said a switch to coal-fired power in a southern US state after a nuclear accident in 1979 led to a sharp fall in birthweight, a benchmark of health. The study looked at the aftermath of the Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania, which caused two nuclear plants to be shut down and their power to be replaced locally ... more
Buenos Aires (AFP) March 30, 2017
Argentina suspends Canada's Barrick mining over spill
Los Angeles (AFP) March 29, 2017
California prepares for war with Trump over environment
Paris (AFP) March 27, 2017
Paris mayor orders cleanliness blitz
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
Hong Kong (AFP) April 3, 2017
Hong Kong anti-graft body arrests 72 over vote-rigging
Beijing (AFP) April 2, 2017
What's in a Chinese name? Ancient rites and growing business
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
A step toward long-lasting sunscreen
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
In a perfect world, people would diligently reapply suncreen every couple of hours to protect their delicate skin from damaging solar radiation. But in reality, few people actually adhere to reapplication guidelines, and those who do hardly relish the task. To develop longer-lasting sunscreens, researchers are trying to answer a basic question: How do sunblock ingredients work? The researc ... more
Miami (AFP) March 30, 2017
Space blanket floats away during historic spacewalk
Washington (UPI) Mar 31, 2017
U.S. Army orders Counter Fire Target Acquisition Radar System
Durham NC (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Spray-on memory could enable bendable digital storage
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Researchers create Star Wars 'superlaser' in the lab
Washington (UPI) Apr 3, 2017
Scientists at Macquarie University have developed a laser similar to the sci-fi superlaser used by the Death Star in Star Wars. A superlaser combines the multiple laser beams into a single beam. "Researchers are developing high power lasers to combat threats to security from the increased proliferation of low-cost drones and missile technology," Rich Mildren, an associate professor of p ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
German scientists focus radiation of 10,000 suns with new light array
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?
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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