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May 09, 2017
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New device turns dirty air into energy



Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
A team of Belgian scientists have developed a new device capable of generating power while cleaning polluted air. The device, which must be exposed to sunlight to function, features two chambers separated by a single membrane. The air is cleaned on one side, while contaminants are converted into hydrogen gas on the other. "This hydrogen gas can be stored and used later as fuel, as is already being done in some hydrogen buses, for example," Sammy Verbruggen, a professor at the University ... read more

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Discovery of new transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells
Minneapolis MN (SPX) May 09, 2017
A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, have discovered a new nano-scale thin film material with the highest-ever conductivity in its class. The new material could lead to smaller ... more
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First test flight of stratospheric solar plane
Payerne, Switzerland (AFP) May 5, 2017
The first solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere made an initial low-altitude test flight over Switzerland Friday. ... more
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How photosynthetic cells deal with a lack of iron
Freiburg, Germany (SPX) May 08, 2017
International researchers working in collaboration with Professor Wolfgang R. Hess and Dr. Jens Georg, both from the University of Freiburg's Faculty of Biology, have discovered a small RNA molecule ... more
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Renewable sources now almost one-fifth of US generating capacity
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
According to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) monthly "Energy Infrastructure Update" (with data through March 31, 2017), wind and solar provided 50.84% of the ne ... more
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Indian Space Agency Test-Drives Solar Electric Hybrid Vehicle
New Delhi (Sputnik) May 04, 2017
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) added another milestone to its list of achievements by successfully showcasing a solar-electric hybrid vehicle. ISRO's different engineering branches at ... more
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Photoluminescent display absorbs, converts light into energy
Bellingham WA (SPX) May 04, 2017
By replacing the phosphor screen in a laser phosphor display (LPD) with a luminescent solar concentrator (LSC), one can harvest energy from ambient light as well as display high-resolution images. ... more
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U.S. renewable power groups defend reliability
Washington (UPI) May 1, 2017
Industry trade groups aligned with low-carbon power sources in the United States defended their respective sectors against concerns about grid reliability. ... more
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Indian Space Agency Comes Up With an App Indicating Solar Power Potential
New Delhi (Sputnik) Apr 26, 2017
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed an Android app that will show the solar potential of a given location in any part of the country. The app was developed to support the cle ... more
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Light can improve perovskite solar cell performance
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Publishing in Nature, EPFL scientists show how light affects perovskite film formation in solar cells, which is a critical factor in using them for cost-effective and energy-efficient photovoltaics. ... more
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Modeling reveals how policy affects adoption of solar energy photovoltaics in California
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
One key goal for renewable energy in the United States is to promote the continued adoption of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a clean energy workforce. ... more


Experts outline pathway for generating up to 10 terawatts of power from sunlight by 2030

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A more than 100% quantum step toward producing hydrogen fuel
Newark NJ (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Efforts to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels are advancing on various significant fronts. Such initiatives include research focused on more efficient production of gaseous hydrogen fuel by using ... more
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Solar cell design with over 50 percent energy-conversion efficiency
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Solar cells convert the sun's energy into electricity by converting photons into electrons. A new solar cell design could raise the energy conversion efficiency to over 50% by absorbing the spectral ... more
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Ancala and Anesco deploy large scale battery at UK solar farm
London, UK (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Ancala Partners and Anesco have completed the first portfolio-scale deployment of batteries co-located on solar parks in the UK. The batteries, located at 10 of Ancala's existing solar PV sites acro ... more
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Scientist invents way to trigger artificial photosynthesis to clean air
Orlando FL (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
A chemistry professor in Florida has just found a way to trigger the process of photosynthesis in a synthetic material, turning greenhouse gases into clean air and producing energy all at the same t ... more



Turning chicken poop and weeds into biofuel
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
Chicken is a favorite, inexpensive meat across the globe. But the bird's popularity results in a lot of waste that can pollute soil and water. One strategy for dealing with poultry poop is to turn it into biofuel, and now scientists have developed a way to do this by mixing the waste with another environmental scourge, an invasive weed that is affecting agriculture in Africa. They report t ... more
Tarragona, Spain (SPX) May 04, 2017
Nickel: A greener route to fatty acids
San Diego CA (SPX) May 09, 2017
First EPA-approved outdoor field trial for genetically engineered algae
Beijing, China (SPX) May 04, 2017
Scientists develop efficient multifunctional catalyst for CO2 hydrogenation to gasoline
Your future surgery may use an automated, robotic drill
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) May 02, 2017
A computer-driven automated drill, similar to those used to machine auto parts, could play a pivotal role in future surgical procedures. The new machine can make one type of complex cranial surgery 50 times faster than standard procedures, decreasing from two hours to two and a half minutes. Researchers at the University of Utah developed the drill that produces fast, clean, and safe cuts, ... more
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) May 04, 2017
Computers learn to understand humans better by modelling them
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Synthetic two-sided gecko's foot could enable underwater robotics
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
The rise of automated art
Dutch open 'world's largest offshore' wind farm
The Hague (AFP) May 8, 2017
Dutch officials on Monday opened what is being billed as one of the world's largest offshore wind farms, with 150 turbines spinning in action far out in the North Sea. Over the next 15 years, the Gemini windpark, which lies some 85 kilometres (53 miles) off the northern coast of The Netherlands, will meet the energy needs of about 1.5 million people. At full winds the windpark has a gene ... more
London, UK (SPX) May 09, 2017
OX2 will manage a 45 MW wind farm owned by IKEA Group in Lithuania
Washington (UPI) May 2, 2017
U.S. wind power accelerating at near-record pace
Hamburg, Germany (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
CEE Group acquires wind farm with a capacity of 27.6 megawatts in Brandenburg
Tesla revenues surge as it ramps for Model 3 launch
Washington (AFP) May 3, 2017
Tesla said Wednesday that revenues more than doubled in the past quarter compared with a year ago, as the electric carmaker prepared for production of its new mass-market vehicle. In its update for the first quarter Tesla said its Model 3 development "is nearly complete." The company expects to produce 5,000 of these cars per week at some point this year and 10,000 per week in 2018. The ... more
Stockholm (AFP) May 5, 2017
Chinese carmaker Geely to be largest Saxo shareholder
Berlin (AFP) May 2, 2017
Germany's Bosch sells subsidiary to China's ZMJ
Beirut (AFP) April 30, 2017
Bike-sharing launched in congested Beirut
NRL breakthrough enables safer alternative to lithium-ion batteries
Washington DC (SPX) May 05, 2017
Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL) Chemistry Division have developed a safer alternative to fire-prone lithium-ion batteries, which were recently banned for some applications on Navy ships and other military platforms. Joseph Parker, Jeffrey Long, and Debra Rolison from NRL's Advanced Electrochemical Materials group are leading an effort to create an entire family of ... more
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) May 09, 2017
Graphane could act as efficient and water-free hydrogen fuel cell membrane
Beijing, China (SPX) May 04, 2017
Super P carbon black for reversible lithium and sodium ion storage
London, UK (SPX) May 03, 2017
Revolutionary method reveals impact of short circuits on battery safety
Plutonium research to aid nuclear cleanup techniques
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Researchers at Florida State University have discovered a plutonium-organic hybrid compound that doesn't behave as expected. The compound behaves as if it composed of lighter elements such as iron or nickel. The discovery - detailed in the journal Nature Chemistry - could yield new technologies and methods for cleaning up nuclear waste. "What makes this discovery so interesting ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) May 09, 2017
EU Plans to Hand Over Control of Euratom Nuclear Waste on UK Soil to London
Abu Dhabi (AFP) May 5, 2017
UAE delays launch of first nuclear reactor until 2018
London, UK (SPX) May 09, 2017
Barakah Unit 1 construction completion a great achievement
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U.S. emissions generally lower last year
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
The only U.S. sector where emissions of carbon dioxide increased last year was in the transportation sector, an Energy Department division reported. A daily brief from the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported CO2 emissions from the transportation sector increased 1.9 percent from 2015 levels. Emissions directly from motor gasoline increased 1.8 percent and the overall sector ... more
Washington (AFP) April 3, 2017
World Bank urges more investment for developing global electricity
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
New look at satellite data questions scale of China's afforestation success
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
China has invested more resources than any other country in reversing deforestation and planting trees. However, given the large scale of these programmes it has been difficult to quantify their impact on forest cover. A new study shows that much of China's new tree cover consists of sparse, low plantations as opposed to large areas of dense, high tree cover. The results of the study could ... more
Warsaw (AFP) May 5, 2017
Poland EU row over ancient forest heats up
Lubumbashi, Dr Congo (AFP) May 4, 2017
DR Congo arrests 14 Chinese for wood smuggling
Lubumbashi, Dr Congo (AFP) May 5, 2017
DR Congo arrests 14 Chinese for wood smuggling
Scientists Find Giant Wave Rolling Through the Perseus Galaxy Cluster
Huntsville AL (SPX) May 03, 2017
Combining data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory with radio observations and computer simulations, an international team of scientists has discovered a vast wave of hot gas in the nearby Perseus galaxy cluster. Spanning some 200,000 light-years, the wave is about twice the size of our own Milky Way galaxy. The researchers say the wave formed billions of years ago, after a small galaxy ... more
Pasadena CA (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
Rare Brightening of Supernova's Light Found by Caltech's Palomar Observatory
Orlando FL (SPX) Apr 07, 2017
ZERO-G Research aims to advance deep-space mission technology
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Cells adapt ultra-rapidly to zero gravity
Hybrid circuits can increase computational power of chaos-based systems
Raleigh, NC (SPX) May 05, 2017
New research from North Carolina State University has found that combining digital and analog components in nonlinear, chaos-based integrated circuits can improve their computational power by enabling processing of a larger number of inputs. This "best of both worlds" approach could lead to circuits that can perform more computations without increasing their physical size. Computer scienti ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) May 04, 2017
A new wave of electronics that's flexible, organic and biodegradable
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 03, 2017
Dawn of organic single crystal electronics
Buffalo NY (SPX) May 02, 2017
'Valleytronics' advancement could help extend Moore's Law
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Noise created by humans is pervasive in US protected areas
Fort Collins CO (SPX) May 09, 2017
Protected areas in the United States, representing 14 percent of the land mass, provide places for respite, recreation, and natural resource conservation. However, noise pollution poses novel threats to these protected areas, according to a first-of-its-kind study from scientists at Colorado State University and the U.S. National Park Service. Researchers found that noise pollution was twi ... more
Cincinnati OH (SPX) May 04, 2017
Not even the Himalayas are immune to traffic smog
Oslo (AFP) May 5, 2017
Norway wealth fund drops Indian group over environment concerns
Coatzacoalcos, Mexico (AFP) May 7, 2017
Human rights, environment activist killed in Mexico
Chinese human rights lawyers seen as enemies of the state
Beijing (AFP) May 8, 2017
A leading Chinese human rights lawyer went on trial Monday for inciting subversion, in a case which sparked an international outcry after claims he was tortured. Xie Yang, who had worked on numerous cases considered politically sensitive by China's ruling Communist Party, was among hundreds of legal staff and activists detained in summer 2015. The "709 crackdown" - named after the date ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 8, 2017
Chinese court says prominent rights lawyer pleads guilty
Beijing (AFP) May 5, 2017
UN slams Chinese rights lawyer's detention
Hong Kong (AFP) May 4, 2017
Hong Kong remembers bloodiest violence 50 years on
US Air Force Space Shuttle X-37B Finally Unmasked
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 08, 2017
The mysterious X-37B has ended its fourth mission, and for the first time on this flight, it has been officially unmasked. Gliding swiftly to a daylight landing at the Kennedy Space Centre after 718 days in orbit, boffins have been rewarded with detailed images and video of the robot spaceplane. That's been typical of previous missions, but it's a major unmasking for this flight. The landi ... more
Washington (UPI) May 4, 2017
Carrier drone system undergoing testing
Washington (UPI) May 5, 2017
U.S. Army grants contract for pneumatic drone, target launchers
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Reaper drone tests GBU-38 JDAM bomb
Space radiation reproduced in the lab for better, safer missions
Strathclyde UK (SPX) May 09, 2017
Man-made space radiation has been produced in research led by the University of Strathclyde, which could help to make space exploration safer, more reliable and more extensive. Researchers used novel laser-plasma-based accelerators to mimic the radiation, which presents a risk to astronauts and space technology owing to the lack of protection from it in space. The study, funded by th ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 05, 2017
New metamaterial designed with counterintuitive property
Washington DC (SPX) May 05, 2017
NASA Seeks 'FabLab' Concepts for In-Space Manufacturing
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) May 08, 2017
The first one bit chemical memory unit: The 'chit'
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Laser weapons edge toward use in US military
Washington (AFP) April 8, 2017
A sci-fi staple for decades, laser weapons are finally becoming reality in the US military, albeit with capabilities a little less dramatic than at the movies. Lightsabers - the favored weapon of the Jedi in "Star Wars" films - will remain in the fictional realm for now, but after decades of development, laser weapons are now here and are being deployed on military vehicles and planes. ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 3, 2017
Researchers create Star Wars 'superlaser' in the lab
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
X-ray microscope optics resolve 50-nm features while eliminating chromatic aberrations
Osaka, Japan (SPX) May 04, 2017
X-ray microscopes are commonly used in combination with full-field imaging techniques in spectromicroscopy applications, where they allow the chemical structures of materials to be analyzed and visualized simultaneously. However, the performance of these microscopes is often affected by problems with chromatic aberrations - optical effects that limit the resolution or degree of fineness to ... more
Upton, NY (SPX) May 02, 2017
Scientists set record resolution for drawing at the one-nanometer length scale
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Self-assembled nanostructures can be selectively controlled
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Nanotubes that build themselves


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