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April 06, 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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Report shines light on installed costs and deployment barriers for residential solar PV
Golden CO (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are making available the most detailed component and system-level cost breakdowns to date for residen ... more
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Electronic control to ensure photovoltaic systems always work at maximum power
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
After having developed various algorithms and control systems and having applied them in a whole range of fields, such as robotics, control of motors in electric machines, and in wind generators, th ... more
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Concept, SolarTech team up next-gen solar panels
Pompano Beach FL (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
Concept by US, manufacturer of the POWERSTATION 247 product family has announced a new partnership with SolarTech Universal,a US. Company using Meyer Burger's, Swiss-engineered SmartWire Connection ... more
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Next generation perovskite solar cells with new world-record performance
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has presented a new cost-efficient way to produce inorganic-organic hybrid perovskite solar cells (PSCs) which sets a new world-record efficiency performance, i ... 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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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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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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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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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
Champaign IL (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
Scientists engineer sugarcane to produce biodiesel, more sugar for ethanol
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Hydrogen production: This is how green algae assemble their enzymes
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?
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 31, 2017
NASA Tests Robotic Ice Tools for Use on Ocean Worlds
Washington (UPI) Mar 30, 2017
AM General, Army to test autonomous vehicle system
U.N. says low-carbon economy not a "pipe dream"
Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017
The decline in energy sector emissions and emerging grid parity for renewables shows a shift to a low-carbon economy isn't a "pipe dream," a U.N. panel found. A report from a United Nations' panel aimed at encouraging a broad-based shift toward renewable energy finds that 2016 was the third year in a row that emissions declined at the same time the global economy expanded. The mu ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Mega-wind farm offshore Denmark clears hurdle
Tokyo (AFP) March 29, 2017
Japan scientist eyes energy burst from 'typhoon turbine'
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
North Carolina offshore wind hailed as job creator
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
Washington (AFP) March 30, 2017
VW reaches $157 mn diesel settlement with 10 US states
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 to buy Engie's stake in NuGen for $139 mn
Tokyo (AFP) April 4, 2017
Japan's troubled conglomerate Toshiba said Tuesday it would buy the 40 percent stake held by French group Engie in their British nuclear joint venture NuGen for about 15.3 billion yen ($138.6 million). The deal - prompted by the bankruptcy of Toshiba's US subsidiary Westinghouse - was at Engie's request, said the Japanese group, which currently holds the remaining 60 percent of the venture ... more
Washington (AFP) March 30, 2017
Westinghouse's woes spotlight US nuclear sector's decline
Chiba, Japan (AFP) March 30, 2017
Toshiba execs under fire as loss forecast balloons
Washington (AFP) March 29, 2017
Toshiba's US nuclear unit files for bankruptcy protection
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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
First world survey finds 9,600 tree species risk extinction
London (AFP) April 5, 2017
The first ever global database of trees on Wednesday revealed that 9,600 tree species are threatened with extinction and identified a total of 60,065 in existence. Brazil is the country with the most diverse tree population, with 8,715 species, according to the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) group. It also has the largest number of tree species - 4,333 - that only ex ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Apr 02, 2017
Emissions from the edge of the forest
Newark DE (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Methane emissions from trees
Columbus OH (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Forests fight global warming in many ways
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
Researchers find a way to scale production of printable electronics
Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017
Scientists have developed a new way to produce printable electronics. Researchers combined 3D and ink-jet printing to create an immensely scalable production method. The new memory device uses resistive memory. It's called ReRAM. "In any kind of memory, the basic memory unit must be switchable between two states that represent one bit, or '0' or '1,'" Bernhard Huber, a doctoral s ... more
Raleigh NC (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Advances make reduced graphene oxide electronics feasible
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
'Virtual' interferometers may overcome scale issues for optical quantum computers
Durham NC (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Jumping droplets whisk away hotspots in electronics
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London to impose new charges to cut 'lethal' pollution
London (AFP) April 4, 2017
Drivers of the most polluting cars will be charged to travel into the centre of London from 2019, Mayor Sadiq Khan said Tuesday, describing his city's air as "lethal". Khan hopes the move will halve harmful nitrogen oxide emissions in central London, where air pollution is thought to cost 9,000 premature deaths per year. Under the scheme, vehicles will be charged 12.50 Pounds ... more
Paris (AFP) April 3, 2017
Surge in coal pollution led to smaller newborns: study
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
'Peeling the onion' to get rid of odors near wastewater treatment plants
Buenos Aires (AFP) March 30, 2017
Argentina suspends Canada's Barrick mining over spill
US authorities bust visa fraud scheme for wealthy Chinese
Los Angeles (AFP) April 5, 2017
Federal agents in California on Wednesday raided two homes and a business allegedly connected to a $50 million visa fraud scheme that benefited up to 100 Chinese nationals. Authorities said the key suspects in the case helped wealthy Chinese obtain residency visas in the United States in exchange for bogus investments. According to an affidavit by an FBI agent involved in the probe, Vict ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) April 3, 2017
Hong Kong anti-graft body arrests 72 over vote-rigging
Beijing (AFP) April 5, 2017
Billionaire Warren Buffet becomes face of Coke in China
Hong Kong (AFP) April 2, 2017
Warhol Mao portrait fetches $12.7m in Hong Kong auction
U.S. Navy tests updated Triton drone
Washington (UPI) Apr 5, 2017
The U.S. Navy recently completed a round of tests with an updated variant of the Northrop Grumman-built MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicle. According to the manufacturer, enhancements included software designed to improve the aircraft's autonomous operational capabilities. Testers say the trials enable the platform to enter Early Operational Capability for the U.S. armed forces in ear ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
A novel hybrid UAV that may change the way people operate drones
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
European conference on space debris risks and mitigation
Paris (ESA) Apr 06, 2017
The 7th European Conference on Space Debris, to be held 18-21 April at ESA's Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, will provide a unique Space Debris User Portal The 7th European Conference on Space Debris, to be held 18-21 April at ESA's Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, will provide a unique forum for leading scientists, engineers, managers, space operators, indust ... more
Luxembourg (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
SES and Thales Unveil Next-Generation Capabilities Onboard SES-17
Rio De Janeiro (Sputnik) Apr 06, 2017
Russia Opens 1st Ground Station to Monitor Orbital Debris in Brazil
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
NASA laser communications to provide Orion faster connections
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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?
Carbon nanotubes self-assemble into tiny transistors
Groningen, Netherlands (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
Carbon nanotubes can be used to make very small electronic devices, but they are difficult to handle. University of Groningen scientists, together with colleagues from the University of Wuppertal and IBM Zurich, have developed a method to select semiconducting nanotubes from a solution and make them self-assemble on a circuit of gold electrodes. The results were published in the journal Advanced ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
New Nano Devices Could Withstand Extreme Environments in Space
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


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