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October 01, 2017
IRON AND ICE
NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid CubeSat Goes Full Sail



Huntsville AL (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid Scout, a small satellite the size of a shoebox, designed to study asteroids close to Earth, performed a full-scale solar sail deployment test at ManTech NeXolve's facility in Huntsville, Alabama, Sept. 13. The test was performed in an indoor clean room to ensure the deployment mechanism's functionality after recent environmental testing. NEA Scout is a six-unit CubeSat that relies on an innovative solar sail for propulsion. It is one of 13 secondary science payloads NASA ... read more

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End-of-summer Arctic sea ice extent is eighth lowest on record
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Arctic sea ice appeared to have reached its yearly lowest extent on Sept. 13, NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder have reporte ... more
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India gets lending support for a greener grid
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
Regional lenders said Thursday they were offering hundreds of millions of dollars in loans to support the greening up of the power sector in India. ... more
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International Trade Commission finds injury in solar industry dispute
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
The International Trade Commission has found injury in a suit filed by Suniva and SolarWorld, a pair of struggling, foreign-owned, U.S.-based solar cell companies who claim foreign imports have unfairly harmed their bottom lines. ... more
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Flexible semitransparent solar cells made from atomically thin sheet
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Researchers at Tohoku University have developed an innovative method for fabricating semitransparent and flexible solar cells with atomically thin 2D materials. The new technology improves power con ... more
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Flisom launches next-gen flexible solar panels
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Flisom AG, an innovative and specialized solar technology company, backed by Tata Industries, a group of Swiss investors and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa ... more
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Solar Power Lights Up Amazon Communities Fighting Dirty Energy
Oakland CA (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Three indigenous communities on the front lines of the Amazon rainforest's most emblematic rights and resources struggles now have solar energy generation capacity and internet hubs thanks to a part ... more
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Green Bank Network totals over $29 Billion for clean energy projects around the World
Albany NY (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
The Green Bank Network has closed transactions that are expected to mobilize more than US$29 billion in public and private capital for clean energy projects around the globe, putting them on pace to ... more
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Antigua's well-built PV systems sustain impact of hurricane Irma
Antigua and Barbuda (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
The 6th September 2017 will remain as a notable day that all the people of Antigua and Barbuda will remember. Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Caribbean, exceeding category 5, ... more
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Scientists make atoms-thick Post-It notes for solar cells and circuits
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Over the past half-century, scientists have shaved silicon films down to just a wisp of atoms in pursuit of smaller, faster electronics. For the next set of breakthroughs, though, they'll need novel ... more
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NREL investigates coatings needed for concentrating solar power
Golden CO (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Next-generation concentrating solar power (CSP) plants require high-temperature fluids, like molten salts, in the range of 550-750 degrees Celsius to store heat and generate electricity. At those hi ... more


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Chinese solar panel manufacturer claims a quarter of India's market
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
Chinese renewable power company Trina Solar said it now claims a quarter of the market share in India after setting a milestone for shipments. ... more
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French company Total steps into solar energy market
(UPI) Sep 19, 2017
In an announcement ahead of the French president's speech before the U.N. General Assembly, Total said it took a greater stake in a renewable power company. ... more
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Dubai awards contract for final phase of solar park
Dubai (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
The Gulf desert emirate of Dubai on Saturday announced the award of a $3.8-billion contract for the final phase of a solar park aimed at generating 5,000 megawatts of electricity by 2030. ... more
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8 GW of solar now managed by GreenPowerMonitor
Las Vegas NV (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
DNV GL has announced a key milestone with GreenPowerMonitor (GPM) providing monitoring, control and asset management solutions for 10 uber-large PV energy power plants in production globally. The to ... more



With extra sugar, leaves get fat too
Upton, NY (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Eat too much without exercising and you'll probably put on a few pounds. As it turns out, plant leaves do something similar. In a new study at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, scientists show that retaining sugars in plant leaves can make them get fat too. In plants, this extra fat accumulation could be a good thing. It could help turn plants into factories f ... more
Urbana IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Researchers discover unique property of critical methane-producing enzyme
Providence RI (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Researchers develop 3-D-printed biomaterials that degrade on demand
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Illinois researchers develop gene circuit design strategy to advance synthetic biology
From self-folding robots to computer vision
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
From self-folding robots, to robotic endoscopes, to better methods for computer vision and object detection, researchers at the University of California San Diego have a wide range of papers and workshop presentations at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (or IROS) which takes place from Sept. 24 to 28 in Vancouver, Canada. UC San Diego researchers also are organizing ... more
(UPI) Sep 26, 2017
Northrop subsidiary unveils new unmanned ground vehicle
Champaign IL (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Click beetles inspire design of self-righting robots
Milan (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Robotic fashion: Wear your heartbeat on your sleeve
French energy company to build wind power sector in India
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
French energy company ENGIE said it teamed up with an investment group to help develop a wind energy program in India, one of the world's fastest growing economies. The company formed a partnership with the Abraaj investment group to develop as much as 1 gigawatt of wind power in the Indian energy sector. "Energy demand is growing tremendously in India, and ENGIE is investing in ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Finding better wind energy potential with the new European Wind Atlas
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Last of the 67 turbines for a British wind farm installed
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Kimberly-Clark next U.S. company to draw more on renewables
German police arrest another Audi employee over 'dieselgate'
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
German prosecutors on Thursday said they had arrested a second employee of luxury carmaker Audi as part of a probe into parent company Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal. The arrest on Wednesday came after investigators searched two premises, a spokeswoman for the prosecution's office in the southern city of Munich told AFP. She added that prosecutors had also widened their investig ... more
Singapore (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Electric car-sharing service to roll into Singapore
Beijing (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
China delays electric car quota until 2019
London (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
James Dyson: Vacuum cleaner king turns to electric cars
Research led by PPPL provides reassurance that heat flux will be manageable in ITER
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
A major issue facing ITER, the international tokamak under construction in France that will be the first magnetic fusion device to produce net energy, is whether the crucial divertor plates that will exhaust waste heat from the device can withstand the high heat flux, or load, that will strike them. Alarming projections extrapolated from existing tokamaks suggest that the heat flux could b ... more
New York NY (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Energy harvested from evaporation could power much of US, says study
Oslo, Norway (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Stopping problem ice - by cracking it
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Hybrid indium-lithium anodes provide fast interfacial ion transport
Russia floats out powerful nuclear icebreaker
Saint Petersburg (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Russia on Friday held a launching ceremony for a powerful nuclear icebreaker, called Sibir (Siberia), in its drive to prepare a fleet for navigating the Northern Passage and hauling goods, particularly energy, to Asian markets. The massive new ship measures 173 metres in length and has two nuclear reactors with the propulsion power of 60 megawatts. It can crush ice up to three metres thi ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
BWXT awarded contract extension for nuclear waste facility operations
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
UAE to open Arab Gulf's first nuclear reactor in 2018
London (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Against rising headwinds, UK pushes ahead with nuclear projects
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SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
A project led by the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will combine artificial intelligence with massive amounts of data and industry experience from a dozen U.S. partners to identify places where the electric grid is vulnerable to disruption, reinforce those spots in advance and recover faster when failures do occur. The eventual goal is an autonomous grid that s ... more
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
Beijing (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
China merges energy giants into global leader
Forest loss means tropics emit more carbon than they trap: study
Miami (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
The widespread loss of forests in the tropics means the region emits more carbon than it captures, reversing its longtime role as a safeguard against climate change, researchers said Thursday. The analysis in the journal Science relies on 12 years (2003-2014) of satellite imagery, laser remote sensing technology and field measurements. This approach allowed scientists to focus on aspects ... more
Brasilia (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Brazil scraps bid to mine Amazon natural reserve
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
American oaks share a common northern ancestor
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Forest fires are not limited to hot or temperate climates
Gravitational twists help theoretical physicists shed light on quantum complexity
Oxford UK (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Are we are living in a computer simulation? Intriguingly, the crux of this question may be hiding in an exotic quantum phenomenon which shows up in metals as a response to twists of space-time geometry. A recurring theme in science fiction, most famously popularised by the "Matrix' film trilogy, is whether our physical reality is a computer simulation. While this seems to be a rather philo ... more
London, UK (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
British Technology at Heart of Gravitational Wave Discovery
Hannover, Germany (SPX) Sep 28, 2017
Three Ears Listen Even More Accurately Than Two
Frankfurt, Germany (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Gravity waves influence weather and climate
Laser can control a current in graphene within one femtosecond
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Controlling electronic current is essential to modern electronics, as data and signals are transferred by streams of electrons which are controlled at high speed. Demands on transmission speeds are also increasing as technology develops. Scientists from the Chair of Laser Physics and the Chair of Applied Physics at Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg (FAU) have succeeded in s ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
China-backed fund to buy British chipmaker after US snub
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Quantum sensors decipher magnetic ordering in semiconducting material
Eindhoven, Netherlands (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
The dark side of quantum computers
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Are plastic nanoparticles causing brain damage in fish?
Washington (UPI) Sep 25, 2017
Fish may be suffering brain damage as a result of plastic pollution. New research shows plastic nanoparticles can end up inside the brains of fish. "Our study is the first to show that nanosized plastic particles can accumulate in fish brains," Tommy Cedervall, a chemistry researcher at Lund University in Sweden, said in a news release. Cedervall and his colleagues tracked the pa ... more
Amsterdam (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
I.Coast toxic spill victims launch new Dutch court bid
Nantes, France (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
The waste-collecting cyclists who caught the UN's eye
Manila (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Nestle tackles 'ocean-polluter' tag in Philippines
'Sing! China' concert in Taiwan halted amid protests
Taipei (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
A music concert in Taiwan descended into chaos over the weekend when independence activists clashed with pro-China groups, with three people injured in the scuffles. The incident comes amid heightened tensions between the self-ruled island and the mainland since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen took office in May last year, with Beijing cutting off all official communications. The event ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Hundreds mark third anniversary of Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement
Beijing (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Interpol meets in Beijing as China hunts for fugitives
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
Universities battleground for latest row over Hong Kong freedoms
Driverless hover-taxi makes first 'concept' flight in Dubai
Dubai (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Dubai has edged closer to its goal of launching a pioneering hover-taxi service, with the authorities announcing a successful "concept" flight was made on Monday without passengers. Safety features for the two-seater air taxi include emergency parachutes and nine independent battery systems, according to Dubai's Road and Transport Authority (RTA). It said the prototype, supplied by Germa ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
Drones, Fighter jets on table as Mattis visits key ally India
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Wanted: Novel Approaches for Detecting and Stopping Small Unmanned Air Systems
Blacksburg VA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Landmark study suggests risks vary widely in drone-human impacts
Holograms for molecules
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Much can be detected in blood or urine: viral illnesses, metabolic disorders or autoimmune diseases can be diagnosed with laboratory tests, for instance. But such examinations often take a few hours and are quite complex, which is why doctors hand the samples over to specialist laboratories. Scientists at ETH Zurich and the company Roche have jointly developed a completely new analysis met ... more
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Fast magnetic writing of data
Washington (UPI) Sep 26, 2017
Dosage formulations for anti-radiation drug being developed
Nottingham UK (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
The 3-D selfie has arrived
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Upgraded Lockheed Martin Laser Outguns Threat in Half the Time
White Sands Missile Range NM (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
A Lockheed Martin prototype laser weapon system proved that an advanced system of sensors, software and specialized optics can deliver decisive lethality against unmanned aerial vehicle threats. In tests conducted with the U.S. Army's Space and Missile Defense Command in August, the 30-kilowatt class ATHENA (Advanced Test High Energy Asset) system brought down five 10.8' wingspan Outlaw un ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
ATHENA laser testbed system successfully shoots down drones
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
DOD to invest $17M on laser weapons research in New Mexico
Washington DC (AFNS) Jul 25, 2017
'Eyes in space' and more powerful lasers will enhance US Army's arsenal
Assembly of nanoparticles proceeds like a zipper
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
It has always been the Holy Grail of materials science to describe and control the material's structure-function relationship. Nanoparticles are an attractive class of components to be used in functional materials because they exhibit size-dependent properties, such as superparamagnetism and plasmonic absorption of light. Furthermore, controlling the arrangement of nanoparticles can result ... more
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Application of air-sensitive semiconductors in nanoelectronics
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Creative use of noise brings bio-inspired electronic improvement
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
A new kind of optical nanosensor uses torque for signal processing


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