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August 23, 2017
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Researchers devise microreactor to study formation of methane hydrate



Brooklyn NY (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Researchers at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering are using a novel means of studying how methane and water form methane hydrate that allows them to examine discrete steps in the process faster and more efficiently. NYU Tandon researchers led by Ryan Hartman, an assistant professor of biomolecular and chemical engineering who runs Tandon's Flow Chemistry with Microsystems Laboratory, are using microfluidics - the precise control and manipulation of fluids by constraining them to sub-millimeter g ... read more

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Qatar, US stage joint military exercise
Doha (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Qatari and US paratroopers held a joint training exercise in crisis-hit Doha on Tuesday which American officials said reinforced "the enduring military-to-military" partnership between the two countries. ... more
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Slow drain on U.S. crude oil prices as production balances inventories
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
Crude oil prices were moving between slight gains and losses early Tuesday given some competing trends at play in the migration toward market balance. ... more
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Dakota pipeline company sues environmental groups
Chicago (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
The operator of a controversial US oil pipeline, which was the focus of months of protests by Native American tribes, on Tuesday sued several environmental groups, claiming they spread false information and incite violence. ... more
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sees Mexico as important gas export market
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
The state economy for Texas is capitalizing on cross-border movements of natural gas to Mexico, a director at a state energy regulator said. ... more
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Prep work begins at oil drilling site in
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
Melbana Energy, one of the few companies working in Cuba, said it started the preliminary work necessary to clear a site for eventual production. ... more
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BHP Billiton looking to unload its U.S. shale portfolio
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
An Australian energy giant said its assets in the U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico were promising, but said capital restraints meant it was leaving shale behind. ... more
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Discovery could lead to new catalyst design to reduce nitrogen oxides in diesel exhaust
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Researchers have discovered a new reaction mechanism that could be used to improve catalyst designs for pollution control systems to further reduce emissions of smog-causing nitrogen oxides in diese ... more
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Ukraine works to chart new energy strategy
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
A Ukrainian government working to break out from under a Russian shadow said it's developed a road map for a sustainable energy future. ... more
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OPEC congratulates Iran's oil minister on reappointment
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
OPEC looks forward to a durable and constructive relationship with member state Iran, its secretary general told the country's reappointed oil minister, Bijan Zanganeh. ... more
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KBR makes strides in the Middle East and West African markets
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
U.S. engineering company KBR said it would help the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. find ways to develop a giant gas field, its second such project in a week. ... more


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More drilling planned for offshore Norway
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
The government of Norway, one of Europe's leading oil and gas producers, said it signed off on new exploration and production opportunities in the North Sea. ... more
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Total snatches up Maersk Oil for $7.45 billion
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
French supermajor Total said Monday it would become the second-largest operator in northwest Europe through a deal to acquire Danish producer Maersk Oil. ... more
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PZ Projects launches novel platform for registering natural gas trades
Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Israel's P.Z. Projects is launching a novel software platform that enables the registering of transactions between companies that are active in the global natural gas sector. Developed over a two-ye ... more
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Sanchez Energy takes cash for Eagle Ford acreage
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
The sale of assets in the Eagle Ford shale increases liquidity and the value of shareholders, the head of Sanchez Energy said. ... more



Cyborg bacteria outperform plants when turning sunlight into useful compounds
New York NY (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Photosynthesis provides energy for the vast majority of life on Earth. But chlorophyll, the green pigment that plants use to harvest sunlight, is relatively inefficient. To enable humans to capture more of the sun's energy than natural photosynthesis can, scientists have taught bacteria to cover themselves in tiny, highly efficient solar panels to produce useful compounds. The researchers ... more
University Park PA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Potato waste processing may be the road to enhanced food waste conversion
Mexico City (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
Mexico's prickly pear cactus: energy source of the future?
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Additive selectively converts CO2 to multicarbon fuels
Deep-UV probing method detects electron transfer in photovoltaic devices
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Sensitized solar cells consisting of a molecular or solid-state sensitizer that serves to collect light and inject an electron into a substrate that favors their migration are among the most studied photovoltaic systems at present. Despite its importance in determining the potential of a photovoltaic device, current methods for monitoring the interfacial electron transfer remain ambiguous. ... more
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Midsummer receives two new orders for its DUO thin film solar cell manufacturing system
Onna, Japan (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
The power of perovskite
Dandong, China (AFP) Aug 20, 2017
China's solar panels shine spotlight on North Korea trade
Wind energy blows up storm of controversy in Mexico
La Ventosa, Mexico (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Cain Lopez looks tiny standing near the seven enormous wind turbines that tower over his farm in the Mexican village of La Ventosa. In this gusty rural region near the Pacific coast, the wind is so strong it sometimes flips over cars and even trailer trucks. Lopez always considered it a curse, until an international energy company came along and said it wanted to build these 40-meter (13 ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
U.S. extends wind energy taproots into Zambia
Richland WA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Night vision for bird- and bat-friendly offshore wind power
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Norway's Statoil reshapes hold of giant wind farm off the British coast
UAE nuclear programme edges toward 2018 launch
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
At first glance, the long hallway seems abandoned. But behind glass walls, in soundproof offices, engineers and physicists are putting the final touches to the Arab world's first nuclear programme. At the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) in Abu Dhabi, dozens of employees are reviewing the 15,000-page application for the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, scheduled to launch next ye ... more
Paris, France (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
129I waste used to track ocean currents for 15,000 km after discharge from nuclear plants
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Analysis highlights failings in US's advanced nuclear program
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Clashes at anti-nuclear demo in France
Study gives first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat
Paris (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
New data provides the first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat which enables the planet to recover from extremes of climate change - but the recovery timescales are significant. This work was presented at the Goldschmidt conference in Paris, and has just been published in the peer-reviewed journal Geochemical Perspectives Letters*. The idea of a natural temperature thermostat wa ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Incomplete drought recovery may be the new normal
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Asian Development Bank finds new climate finance stream
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Heat map showcases extreme temperatures in Southern Europe
Merkel wants to 'restore trust' in diesel after scandal
Berlin (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that trust must be restored in diesel cars after the emissions cheating scandal and spoke out against plans to ban them from some inner cities. She said she was "angered" by German auto giants who in the "dieselgate" scandal either broke the law or used legal loopholes, but also pointed to the at least 800,000 jobs in the crucial industrial sector. ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Uber's ousted CEO calls investor lawsuit unfounded
Manila (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Uber bows to Philippines suspension after show of defiance
Beijing (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
China's Great Wall Motor plans Fiat Chrysler purchase
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Iraqi forces close in on IS-held Tal Afar
Tal Al-Hessan, Iraq (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Iraqi forces closed in Monday on Tal Afar on the second day of an offensive against the last major bastion of the Islamic State group in the country's north, seizing several villages around the city. In the desert plains around Tal Afar, convoys of tanks and armoured vehicles could be seen heading for the jihadist-held city, raising huge clouds of dust. The offensive launched at dawn Sun ... more
Baghdad (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Mattis in Baghdad as Iraq presses assault on IS bastion
Tal Abta, Iraq (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Iraqi forces retake two districts of IS bastion
Baghdad (AFP) Aug 20, 2017
Iraq begins battle to retake Tal Afar, IS bastion near Mosul: PM
US-South joint drills begin amid North Korea tensions
Seoul (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Seoul and Washington began annual war games on Monday, with South Korean President Moon Jae-In warning the nuclear-armed North not to use them as an excuse to perpetuate the "vicious cycle" of tensions. Tens of thousands of South Korean and US troops are taking part in the "Ulchi Freedom Guardian" joint military drills, a largely computer-simulated exercise that runs for two weeks in the Sou ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
Boeing, Northrop Grumman receive development contracts for new ICBM
Tehran (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Iran back to high enrichment 'in 5 days' if US quits nuclear deal
Washington (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
US sanctions Chinese, Russians over N.Korea support
Jailed Hong Kong activist Wong back in court
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
With hair newly shaven in accordance with Hong Kong prison rules, jailed pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was in court again Tuesday on more protest-related charges. Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were sent to prison last Thursday for their leading role in the initial protest that sparked the months-long Umbrella Movement of 2014 - demonstrations and street blockades calling for democrati ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Chinese crime writer arrested for murders 22 years ago
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 20, 2017
Crowds rally in Hong Kong after activists jailed
Beijing (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Second academic journal pressed to censor China content
Death toll in SLeone flood disaster reaches 441
Freetown (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
The death toll from a mudslide and flooding that struck Sierra Leone's capital Freetown has reached 441, the government said on Saturday. "Four hundred and forty-one corpses (were) buried as at yesterday," the deputy minister of information and communication, Cornelius Deveaux, told AFP, adding that the number of missing was "still being calculated." A tally of deaths, issued on Friday b ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
Africa Endeavor 2017 communications conference starts in Malawi
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 12, 2017
Dalai Lama cancels Botswana trip with 'exhaustion'
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) Aug 12, 2017
UN says Nigeria relations 'intact' after unauthorised raid
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Lockheed Martin receives $427.1M for F-35 production
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is receiving a $427.1 million order against an existing contract for ancillary and pilot flight equipment for F-35 Lightning II production, the Department of Defense announced on Monday. The equipment will go toward low-rate Lot 11 F-35 construction for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and foreign military participants in the program. The work will prim ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
L3 receives contract for Kuwaiti KC-130J work
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
France and Germany announce new joint fighter program
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Honeywell, Pratt and Whitney contracted by Air Force for power system support
US launches formal trade investigation into China
Washington (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
The United States on Friday formally launched a trade investigation into China's intellectual property practices and forced transfer of American technology, which President Donald Trump had called for this week. "On Monday, President Trump instructed me to look into Chinese laws, policies, and practices which may be harming American intellectual property rights, innovation, or technology dev ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
US in 'economic war' with China, says Trump strategist Bannon
Beijing (AFP) July 18, 2017
China's Xi calls for more imports and more 'open economy'
Sydney (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Australia to regulate virtual currency exchanges like Bitcoin
Erdogan says top Turkish general must accept demotion
Istanbul (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Tresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday warned a top Turkish general who played a key role in defeating last year's failed coup and led a cross-border operation in Syria that he must accept a surprise demotion without rancour. In a rare show of tension between the military and Erdogan, Turkish media reported that Lieutenant General Zekai Aksakalli had wanted to resign from the armed forces ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
India says China stand-off will end soon
Vijfhuizen, Netherlands (AFP) July 17, 2017
On third MH17 anniversary, families unveil 'living memorial'
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Top American general says attack on Japan same as on US
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Indian factory shut for dumping dye after dogs turn blue
Mumbai (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
A factory accused of dumping dye into an Indian river where several dogs turned blue has been shut down, an official said Tuesday, after alarming pictures emerged of the brightly-coloured canines. An animal activist spotted the blue dogs wandering the streets of Mumbai near an industrial zone where factories had been accused of pouring untreated chemicals directly into the Kasadi river. ... more
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Paris (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Treaty to curb mercury exposure takes effect
Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Probiotics help poplar trees clean up toxins in Superfund sites
Death toll in DR Congo landslide climbs to 140
Bunia, Dr Congo (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
The death toll from a landslide that swept over a fishing village on the banks of a lake in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reached 140, the government said Monday. "We estimate that there at least a hundred bodies buried underneath the rumble of large rocks that fell on the 48 destroyed homes," the deputy governor of Ituri Province, Pacifique Keta, told AFP. The landslide occurred ... more
Yangon (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Myanmar man faces jail for speaking about child soldier past
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Brazilian army, police raid violent Rio favelas
Conakry (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Eight killed in Guinea in rubbish dump landslide


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