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October 04, 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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Saudi Arabia opens bid for 'utility scale' solar project
Riyadh (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Saudi Arabia invited bids on Tuesday for a "utility-scale" 300-megawatt solar project, a first for the world's top oil exporter. ... more
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UNIST researchers develop wearable solar thermoelectric generator
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
A recent study, led by Professor Kyoung Jin Choi in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at UNIST has introduced a new advanced energy harvesting system, capable of generating electricity ... more
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Perovskite solar cells reach record long-term stability, efficiency over 20 percent
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) can offer high light-conversion efficiency with low manufacturing costs. But to be commercially viable, perovskite films must also be durable and not degrade under sola ... more
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Researchers set time limit for ultrafast perovskite solar cells
Cambridge UK (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Researchers have quantified the astonishingly high speeds at which future solar cells would have to operate in order to stretch what are presently seen as natural limits on their energy conversion e ... more
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'New era' in solar energy fuelling growth in renewables: IEA
Paris (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
The renewable energy sector is growing faster than expected, driven largely by a "new era" in solar power and strong expansion in China, the International Energy Agency said on Wednesday. ... more
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Elemental Energy closes financing for Western Canada's first utility scale solar project
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Elemental Energy Inc. has closed construction and term debt financing for the 17 megawatt Brooks Solar project located in Newell County, Alberta. National Bank of Canada is the sole lender on the tr ... more
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DOE should take steps toward facilitating energy development on its public lands
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy should place a higher priority on developing an accurate and actionable inventory of agency-owned or managed properties that can be leased or sold for energy developmen ... more
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UK unveils first subsidy-free solar farm
Clayhill, UK (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Claire Perry MP, the UK Minister for Climate Change and Industry, has officially opened Anesco's Clayhill solar farm and energy storage facility, located near Flitwick in Bedfordshire. Clayhill is t ... more
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PrISUm Announces Corporate Partnerships with Baron
Ames IA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
PrISUm is proud to announce our corporate partnership with Baron. PrISUm is the Iowa State University Solar Car Team, a student run organization which designs, builds, and races vehicles powered by ... 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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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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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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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



Olive mill wastewater transformed: From pollutant to bio-fertilizer, biofuel
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Olive oil has long been a popular kitchen staple. Yet producing the oil creates a vast stream of wastewater that can foul waterways, reduce soil fertility and trigger extensive damage to nearby ecosystems. Now in a study appearing in ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, scientists report on the development of an environmentally friendly process that could transform this pollutant int ... more
Ithica NY (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Bioreactors on a chip renew promises for algal biofuels
Providence RI (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Researchers develop 3-D-printed biomaterials that degrade on demand
Golden CO (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Enzyme's worth to biofuels shown in latest NREL research
Researchers design soft, flexible origami-inspired robot
Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
A Case Western Reserve University researcher has turned the origami she enjoyed as a child into a patent-pending soft robot that may one day be used on an assembly line, in surgery or even outer space. Kiju Lee, the Nord Distinguished Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and her lab have moved from paper robots to 3-D-printed models that bend, contract, extend and t ... more
Chiba, Japan (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
Smash hit: Ping pong robot takes on Olympian at Tokyo tech fair
Zurich (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
UBS could slash third of staff amid technology shift: CEO
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 03, 2017
Robot Spelunkers Go for a Dip
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
US car sales get boost from hurricane recovery
Chicago (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
The US auto industry was boosted in September from shoppers replacing vehicles destroyed in major hurricanes and showed the first reversal of this year's monthly sales declines, car makers reported Tuesday. The recovery in Texas and Florida from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which destroyed hundreds of thousands of vehicles, helped the industry sell 1.52 million new cars, SUVs and light truck ... more
New York (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
General Motors targets 20 all-electric models by 2023
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
Scientists harvest electricity from tears
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
Sad about the battery drain on your new smartphone? A good cry might help. Scientists have found a way to harvest electricity from tears. In recent lab experiments, researcher at the University of Limerick's Bernal Institute, in Ireland, found lysozyme crystals yield an electric current when pressurized. Lysozyme is found in tears and saliva, as well as the whites of bird eggs and the m ... 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
New York NY (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Energy harvested from evaporation could power much of US, says study
Largest Nuclear Training Center In France Opens Its Doors
Normandy, France (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
TRIHOM has inaugurated its new learning center in Normandy, France. The event was attended by Philippe Knoche, the CEO of New AREVA, as well as company managers and representatives from the region. With 1,100 m of space dedicated to training, the center is the largest in France thanks to its wide range of training workshops, and one of the biggest of its kind in Europe. Its 6 learning zone ... 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
Saint Petersburg (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Russia floats out powerful nuclear icebreaker
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'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
A proposal to address what the Trump administration outlined as threats to traditional energy sources is counterintuitive, sustainable energy supporters said. The U.S. Department of Energy said last week it was calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change how the wholesale electricity sector works by offering compensation for "traditional" power generators. In a ... more
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
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
Poland rejects EU evidence on primeval forest dispute
Warsaw (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Poland on Friday rejected evidence put before the European Court of Justice to prove illegal logging in the Bialowieza forest, a protected UNESCO site that includes Europe's last primeval woodland. During a court hearing in Luxembourg on September 11, the European Commission's representative showed satellite images of Bialowieza to show that Warsaw is defying the court's temporary injunctio ... more
Miami (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Forest loss means tropics emit more carbon than they trap: study
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
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
University Park, PA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
New gravitational wave hits Earth
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
Head of Taiwan microchip giant TSMC set to retire
Taipei (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
The man who founded Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) and made it the world's biggest microchip producer in terms of contracts announced Monday he would retire next year. Morris Chang, one of Taiwan's most revered business leaders, worked at US firm Texas Instruments and later headed Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute before founding TSMC in 1987. Often called the ... 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
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Laser can control a current in graphene within one femtosecond
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Mountains of garbage and despair in India's dirtiest city
Gonda City, India (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
Flies throng over piles of faeces, the drains overflow with sewage and the foul smell in the air is inescapable. Welcome to Awas Vikas: one of the most exclusive parts of Gonda, a city suffering the ignominy of being branded the dirtiest in India. Even in such upmarket areas, garbage trucks are rarely seen, green spaces are littered with rubbish, and residents are desperate for their bi ... more
Amsterdam (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
I.Coast toxic spill victims launch new Dutch court bid
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
Hong Kong democracy activist in court for throwing 'smelly' sandwich
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist who threw a "smelly fish sandwich" at a police officer as voters went to the polls last year pleaded not guilty to assault Tuesday. The sandwich had been aimed at the city's then leader, Leung Chun-ying, who was on his way to vote in the September 2016 legislative election, but it missed and hit the officer. Defendant Avery Ng of the League of Social D ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Hong Kong migrant mothers sing for their distant children
Beijing (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
China's Communist Party expels top member ahead of congress
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
The making of Hong Kong's famous 'fire dragon'
BAE Systems, Cranfield University envision dual-mode UAVs
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
BAE Systems engineers, with students from Cranfield University, have come up with a new technology concept that uses unmanned aerial vehicles. Called Adaptable UAVs, the concept involves unmanned aerial vehicles that can alternate between fixed-wing and rotary flight on the same mission for greater speed and versatility. The aircraft would feature adaptive flight control and adva ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
IAI unmanned helo performs proof-of-concept demo
Dubai (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Driverless hover-taxi makes first 'concept' flight in Dubai
New Delhi (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
Drones, Fighter jets on table as Mattis visits key ally India
Sputnik, the tiny sphere that launched the space race
Korolyov, Russia (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
When the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite 60 years ago, it marked both the beginning of space exploration and the start of a race between Moscow and Washington. Sputnik, the tiny silver sphere with four spider leg-like antennae, showed off Soviet technological prowess. But German scientists - who had worked on Adolf Hitler's rocket projects and brought to the USSR af ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 29, 2017
New laser sensor could detect explosives, dangerous gases more quickly
Washington (UPI) Sep 29, 2017
Germany-based Hensoldt acquires Kelvin Hughes
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
UV-irradiated amorphous ice behaves like liquid at low temperatures
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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
Nanoparticle supersoap creates 'bijel' with potential as sculptable fluid
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
A new two-dimensional film, made of polymers and nanoparticles and developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), can direct two different non-mixing liquids into a variety of exotic architectures. This finding could lead to soft robotics, liquid circuitry, shape-shifting fluids, and a host of new materials that use soft, rather than ... 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
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Application of air-sensitive semiconductors in nanoelectronics


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