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August 31, 2017
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Moscow gets its first traffic signals powered by renewable energy



Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
The Russian capital, Moscow, now has its first traffic signals ever to be powered by renewable energy, the nation's Center for Traffic Organization announced. "Traffic lights of the new system have two independent sources of energy: a wind generator and a solar battery," Vadim Yuryev, the head of the Russian Center for Traffic Organization, was quoted by the Tass news agency as saying. According to him, relying on renewable energy is a good solution for traffic management for some of the ... read more

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Photosynthesis discovery could help design more efficient artificial solar cells
Atlanta GA (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
A natural process that occurs during photosynthesis could lead to the design of more efficient artificial solar cells, according to researchers at Georgia State University. During photosynthes ... more
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Perovskite solar cells go single crystal
Beijing, China (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Photovoltaic conversion is regarded as the ultimate solution to the mankind's ever growing demand for energy, yet the traditional silicon-based solar cells are expensive to produce, and the producti ... more
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How 139 countries could be powered by 100 percent wind, water, and solar energy by 2050
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
The latest roadmap to a 100% renewable energy future from Stanford's Mark Z. Jacobson and 26 colleagues is the most specific global vision yet, outlining infrastructure changes that 139 countries ca ... more
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Shape-shifters soak up sunshine
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
A crystalline material that changes shape in response to light could form the heart of novel light-activated devices. Perovskite crystals have received a lot of attention for their efficiency at con ... more
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A low-cost method for solar-thermal conversion that's simpler and greener
New York NY (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Researchers led by Yuan Yang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Columbia Engineering, along with colleagues at the Department of Chemistry at Columbia University and at Sta ... more
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More solar power thanks to titanium
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Earth-abundant, cheap metals are promising photocatalytic electrode materials in artificial photosynthesis. A team of Chinese scientists now reports that a thin layer of titania beneath hematite nan ... more
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Renewables could bring balance to India's economic growthw.
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
India, one of the world's fastest growing economies, could offset the strains of development through low-carbon efforts, an international energy report found. ... more
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Audi Cooperates with Alta Devices on Automobiles with Solar Roofs
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Aug 24, 2017
Audi and Alta Devices, a subsidiary of solar-cell specialist, Hanergy Thin Film Power, plan to work together to integrate solar cells into panoramic glass roofs of Audi models. With this cooperation ... more
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By 2050, 139 countries could be powered by wind, solar, water
Washington (UPI) Aug 23, 2017
Stanford scientists outline the infrastructure changes needed to make 139 countries powered 100 percent by wind, water and solar energy by 2050. ... more
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Coronal Energy completes major solar installations on Department Of Defense property
Pensacola, FL (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic, a leading independent power producer (IPP) and provider of turnkey renewable energy solutions, and Pensacola-headquartered energy provider Gulf Power have compl ... more


Deep-UV probing method detects electron transfer in photovoltaic devices

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Midsummer receives two new orders for its DUO thin film solar cell manufacturing system
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Midsummer, a leading technology provider of equipment for cost-effective manufacturing of flexible CIGS thin film solar cells, has received an order for two compact DUO solar cell manufacturing syst ... more
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The power of perovskite
Onna, Japan (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Originally a mineral, the perovskite used in today's technology is quite different from the rock found in the Earth mantle. A "perovskite structure" uses a different combination of atoms but keep th ... more
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China's solar panels shine spotlight on North Korea trade
Dandong, China (AFP) Aug 20, 2017
Traders from North Korea visit Yuan Huan's shop in the Chinese border city of Dandong several times a month to place orders, bringing their own translators and wads of cash. ... more
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Floating solar power: new frontier for green-leaning water utilities
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Lakes and ponds used by water utilities have long been viewed with a single purpose: holding water. Now a handful of pioneering water utilities are looking at their aquatic real estate with a new purpose in mind: solar energy generation. ... more



Researchers identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst
Champaign IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Fuels that are produced from nonpetroleum-based biological sources may become greener and more affordable, thanks to research performed at the University of Illinois' Prairie Research Institute that examines the use of a processing catalyst made from palladium metal and bacteria. Biofuels are made from renewable materials such as plants or algae, and offer an alternative to petroleum-based ... more
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
How a bacterium can live on methanol
New York NY (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Cyborg bacteria outperform plants when turning sunlight into useful compounds
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Stretchable biofuel cells extract energy from sweat to power wearable devices
Roboteam receives orders for tactical robots
(UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Maryland-headquartered Robot provider Roboteam Inc. reports it has received new orders for its Micro Tactical Ground Robot to support U.S. and international military missions. The third-generation robot is an all-terrain system used for explosive ordnance disposal, and in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear material missions and HAZMAT operations. Roboteam said the two ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Illinois researchers develop origami-inspired robot
Freiburg, Germany (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
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Boston MA (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
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Saudi Arabia shortlists 25 bidders for major wind plant
Riyadh (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Saudi Arabia invited bids Tuesday from 25 shortlisted companies to build a 400 megawatt wind power project, as the world's top oil exporter pushes for renewable sources to diversify its energy mix. The plant in northern Al-Jouf province is the first utility-scale wind project as part of the government's reform plan to wean the kingdom off oil, which has set a target of 9.5 gigawatts of renew ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
First foundations set for Baltic Sea wind farm
La Ventosa, Mexico (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Wind energy blows up storm of controversy in Mexico
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
U.S. extends wind energy taproots into Zambia
Japan's 'highway doctor' does checkup on ageing roads
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
As Japan takes on the mammoth task of upgrading its capital's outdated roads and infrastructure, a local "highway doctor" is betting that its 3-D technology can led a hand. Tokyo's sprawling maze of ageing expressways, measuring 320 kilometres (or 200 miles) in length, have long been crying out for a facelift, some dating back to the last time the city hosted the Olympic Games in 1964. ... more
Sao Paulom Brazil (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Nanoparticles pollution rises 30 percent when flex-fuel cars switch from bio to fossil
Worcester MA (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
New liquid-metal membrane technology may help make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles viable
Manila (AFP) Aug 26, 2017
Uber to resume Philippine service 'soon' after fine
PPPL physicist discovers that some plasma instabilities can extinguish themselves
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Physicist Fatima Ebrahimi at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has for the first time used advanced models to accurately simulate key characteristics of the cyclic behavior of edge-localized modes (ELMs), a particular type of plasma instability. The findings could help physicists more fully comprehend the behavior of plasma, the hot, charged g ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Tweaking thermoelectric voltage across atomic-scale gold junction by mechanical force
Dresden, Germany (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Physicists find strange state of matter in superconducting crystal
Dallas TX (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
No batteries required: Energy-harvesting yarns generate electricity
Kazakhstan inaugurates IAEA-backed nuclear fuel bank
Astana, Kazakhstan (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Kazakhstan inaugurated Tuesday a new internationally-controlled uranium fuel bank seen as potentially important in curbing nuclear proliferation and reducing regional security tensions. The bank is capable of storing enough low-enriched uranium fuel to light up a large city for three years and it is hoped that access to the fuel will dissuade countries from launching their own nuclear enrich ... more
Budapest (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
2018 start for Russia-backed nuclear plant work:
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
Fukushima operator faces $5 bn US suit over 2011 disaster
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
UAE nuclear programme edges toward 2018 launch
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ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
A new way to finance the shift to low-carbon and sustainable development is necessary to support the rapid change in Asian economies, a regional lender said. The Asian Development Bank called for a so-called Green Finance Catalyzing Facility, which would be different from a fund in that it would include a blend of financing from the private sector. The bank, which has its headquarters i ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
China merges energy giants into global leader
Miami (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Power demand to peak in Europe summers, not winters: study
Lincoln UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
India must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new 'smart' cities to be sustainable
Ancient trees reveal relationship between climate change, wildfires
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
New analysis of centuries-old trees in South America has revealed a strong correlation between wildfires and periods of warming. The history of Earth's climate features frequent fluctuations in global temperatures, including many periods of warming. In modern history, periods of warming have occurred more frequently - interrupted by shorter and shorter periods of more and more moderate ... more
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 25, 2017
Brazil's opening of Amazon to mining sets off alarm
New York NY (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Annual value of trees estimated at 500 million dollars per megacity
Dhaka (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
Bangladesh police declare world-heritage forest "pirate free"
Granting weightless wishes
Paris (ESA) Aug 28, 2017
ESA this week helped to provide children with disabilities the opportunity to experience weightlessness and lunar gravity on aircraft flights. Eight children from five ESA member states - UK, France, Germany, Belgium, and Italy -boarded the converted Airbus A310 in Bordeaux, France on 24 August as part of the Kid's Weightless Dreams campaign organised by Novespace and Reves de Gosse. ... more
Bozeman MT (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
MSU gravitational physicist receives NASA award to explore extreme gravity and the universe
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
First look at gravitational dance that drives stellar formation
Warwick UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Telescope for detecting optical signals from gravitational waves launched
Researchers report better way to create organic bioelectronics
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
With increasing scientific and medical interest in communication with the nervous system, demand is growing for biomedical devices that can better record and stimulate the nervous system, as well as deliver drugs and biomolecules in precise dosages. Researchers with the University of Houston and Pennsylvania State University have reported a new fabrication technique for biocompatible neura ... more
3Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
High-speed switching for ultrafast electromechanical switches and sensors
Arusha, Tanzania (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
In new leap for AI: computer chips that can smell
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Researchers create magnetic RAM
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Kenya bans plastic bags in bid to fight pollution
Nairobi (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
A ban on plastic bags came into force in Kenya on Monday in a bid to slow pollution, with offenders liable to jail time or hefty fines. The ban on the use, manufacture and importation of plastic carrier bags was carried through after the High Court threw out a challenge brought by importers who claim jobs will be lost and livelihoods threatened. Dozens of countries have either restricted ... more
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Catholic church condemns Brazil plan for Amazon mining
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Aug 26, 2017
Gaza boy swimmer death puts spotlight on pollution crisis
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's ashes buried at sea
Shenyang, China (AFP) July 15, 2017
The ashes of China's late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo were buried at sea on Saturday, depriving his supporters of a place to pay tribute to the pro-democracy dissident. Officials showed a video in which his wife, Liu Xia, and relatives lowered a white round urn into the water off the northeastern coastal city of Dalian, two days after the democracy advocate died of liver cancer aged 61 while i ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 27, 2017
On Chinese Valentine's Day, businesses woo 'single dogs'
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
Steer clear of screens and self-abuse, Chinese recruits told
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 25, 2017
Hong Kong independence duo fail to regain parliament seats
Lockheed pairs drone with counter-UAS system
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Lockheed Martin's Indago quadrotor drone is to be paired with a Danish system to detect and identify unmanned aerial system aircraft and their pilots, the companies involved announced this week. The counter-UAS system is the KNOX by MyDefense Communications and is being jointly developed under a new agreement between the companies. "KNOX technology will enable Indago users to ide ... more
Arusha, Tanzania (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
TED: Phones and drones transforming healthcare
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Drones relay RFID signals for inventory control
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
Army concludes MAST program for small autonomous drone swarms
NASA Awards $400,000 to Top Teams at Second Phase of 3D-Printing Competition
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
NASA is making progress and awarding prizes in its competition to build a 3-D printed habitat for deep space exploration. The agency has awarded first place and a prize of $250,000 to Team Foster + Partners | Branch Technology of Chattanooga, Tennessee, for successfully completing Phase 2: Level 3 of NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, a NASA's Centennial Challenges prize competition. Pen ... more
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Full Circle: NASA to Demonstrate Refabricator to Recycle, Reuse, Repeat
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
Lockheed receives contract for Marine Corps AN/TPS-59A(V)3 radars
Cape Canaveral AFS FL (SPX) Aug 26, 2017
45th Space Wing supports successful Minotaur IV ORS-5 launch
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DOD to invest $17M on laser weapons research in New Mexico
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
The Department of Defense is investing $17 million in directed energy laser weapons, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced at the Boeing facility in Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday. "With our state's unique expertise in directed energy work, this funding will jump start the deployment of this critical technology and bring more high-paying jobs to the state," said Heinrich, a member of ... more
Washington DC (AFNS) Jul 25, 2017
'Eyes in space' and more powerful lasers will enhance US Army's arsenal
Washington (UPI) Jun 26, 2017
Raytheon successfully fires high-energy laser from helicopter
Washington (UPI) Jun 14, 2017
Missile Defense Agency seeks laser-armed drone
A more complete picture of the nano world
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
They may be tiny and invisible, says Xiaoji Xu, but the aerosol particles suspended in gases play a role in cloud formation and environmental pollution and can be detrimental to human health. Aerosol particles, which are found in haze, dust and vehicle exhaust, measure in the microns. One micron is one-millionth of a meter; a thin human hair is about 30 microns thick. The particles, ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
What the world's tiniest 'monster truck' reveals
Livermore CA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Carbon nanotubes worth their salt
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Nanotechnology gives green energy a green color


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