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October 02, 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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A little tension yields enormous solar crystals
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
In the race to replace silicon in low-cost solar cells, semiconductors known as metal halide perovskites are favored because they can be solution-processed into thin films with excellent photovoltai ... more
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France gets green light for green support schemes
Washington (UPI) Sep 29, 2017
The French government has bloc-level support for developing more renewable energy as it makes its way to 2020 benchmarks, the European Commission said Friday. ... 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
ICE WORLD
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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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


Scientists make atoms-thick Post-It notes for solar cells and circuits

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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
ENERGY NEWS
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 ... 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



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
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
Algae with light switch
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
Creative use of noise brings bio-inspired electronic improvement
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
In conventional electronics, a great deal of effort is devoted to eliminating stochastic resonance (SR) - the annoying hiss that generally hinders the detection of weak signals and degrades overall device performance. But, what if there were a way to exploit this effect to enhance signal transmission for a new generation of devices, such as bio-inspired sensors and computing processors who ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
From self-folding robots to computer vision
(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
Germany gets economic lift with wind energy
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
With the start of construction of a new wind farm off the coast of Germany, officials said the nation's economy was supported through low-carbon efforts. German energy company E.ON, with support from Norway's Statoil, hosted a ceremony to mark the start of construction for the Arkona offshore wind farm, which formally started in late August. Christian Pegel, a regional Germany en ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
French energy company to build wind power sector in India
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
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
New Delhi (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Tata wins bid to make electric cars for Indian government
Paris (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Paris experiments with 'car-free day' across the city
Beijing (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
China delays electric car quota until 2019
Energy harvested from evaporation could power much of US, says study
New York NY (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
In the first evaluation of evaporation as a renewable energy source, researchers at Columbia University find that U.S. lakes and reservoirs could generate 325 gigawatts of power, nearly 70 percent of what the United States currently produces. Though still limited to experiments in the lab, evaporation-harvested power could in principle be made on demand, day or night, overcoming the interm ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
Small scale energy harvesters show large scale impact
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Research led by PPPL provides reassurance that heat flux will be manageable in ITER
Oslo, Norway (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Stopping problem ice - by cracking it
BWXT awarded contract extension for nuclear waste facility operations
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC has received a contract extension for management and operations at the U.S. Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the company announced Thursday. The three-year extension, worth an estimated $928 million, provides cost incentives for safe and efficient operations. It also includes an option for two years of additional work. The Nuclear ... more
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
UAE to open Arab Gulf's first nuclear reactor in 2018
Saint Petersburg (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Russia floats out powerful nuclear icebreaker
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
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
New quantum computer chip uses sounds waves to store data
Exeter UK (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
Move towards 'holy grail' of computing by creation of brain-like photonic microchips
Beijing (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
China-backed fund to buy British chipmaker after US snub
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I.Coast toxic spill victims launch new Dutch court bid
Amsterdam (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Lawyers for tens of thousands of victims poisoned by a 2006 toxic spill in the Ivory Coast on Wednesday called for the company behind the dump to pay compensation at the start of a new legal battle. The multinational firm Trafigura "acted badly in disposing of its waste in the Ivory Coast" and "must pay," lawyer Bojan Dekker told an Amsterdam court. The judges must first decide whether t ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 25, 2017
Are plastic nanoparticles causing brain damage in fish?
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
Hundreds mark third anniversary of Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Hundreds gathered outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong Thursday to mark the third anniversary of mass pro-democracy rallies known as the Umbrella Movement, as fears grow over Beijing's tightening grip on the city. Tens of thousands blocked major thoroughfares in the city for 79 days starting September 28, 2014 to call for fully free leadership elections in the city, in a movement ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
China's Communist Party expels top member ahead of congress
Taipei (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
'Sing! China' concert in Taiwan halted amid protests
Beijing (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Interpol meets in Beijing as China hunts for fugitives
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
Dosage formulations for anti-radiation drug being developed
Washington (UPI) Sep 26, 2017
Humanetics Corporation is to develop solid-dosage formulations of BIO 300, a drug to mitigate the toxicities of exposure to radiation. The drug, administered orally, is in clinical development by the Minnesota-based firm and is aimed for deployment to military personnel and first responders. Humanetics' work on dosage is the result of a $3.8 million grant from the U.S. Department ... more
Princeton NJ (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
Ultracold atoms point toward an intriguing magnetic behavior
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
UV-irradiated amorphous ice behaves like liquid at low temperatures
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
Application of air-sensitive semiconductors in nanoelectronics
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
A research group consisting of scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University, Germany and Venezuela proved vulnerability of a two-dimensional semiconductor gallium selenide in air. This discovery will allow manufacturing superconducting nanoelectronics based on gallium selenide, which has never been previously achieved by any research team in the world. The study was published in Semiconduc ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Creative use of noise brings bio-inspired electronic improvement
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Assembly of nanoparticles proceeds like a zipper
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
A new kind of optical nanosensor uses torque for signal processing


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