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Pentagon's 25M Acres Could Ease Renewables Siting Debate

Author: Scott Streater
Source: New York Times
Date: December 3, 2009

While not central to its war-fighting mission abroad, the U.S. military is quietly becoming one of the nation's most aggressive energy innovators, retrofitting thousands of acres of military installations with renewables technologies that will help meet the bases' future power demand while also aiding host states in achieving renewable energy targets.

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Director Holdren Testifies Before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming

Source: Office of Science and Technology Policy
December 02, 2009

Dr. John P. Holdren, Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy testified Dec. 2, 2009, on the State of Climate Science before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. Dr. Holdren's testimony is available here.

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Air Force Center of Excellence awarded in nanostructures and improved cognition

Source: Physorg
Date: December 1, 2009

Kenneth Sandhage, co-director of the BIONIC Center of Excellence, is designing, fabricating, characterizing and modeling the performance of inorganic/organic nanocomposites for efficient, remote energy-harvesting devices, such as photovoltaics and batteries.

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First Metallic Nanoparticles Resistant to Extreme Heat

Source: ScienceDaily
Date: Dec. 1, 2009

A University of Pittsburgh team overcame a major hurdle plaguing the development of nanomaterials such as those that could lead to more efficient catalysts used to produce hydrogen and render car exhaust less toxic. The researchers reported Nov. 29 in Nature Materials the first demonstration of high-temperature stability in metallic nanoparticles, the vaunted next-generation materials hampered by a vulnerability to extreme heat.

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Nanotechnology research explores energy storage

Author: Natalie Johnson
Source: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Date: December 1, 2009

In leading the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s first technology spin-off, Charles Gibson, an inorganic chemistry professor, hopes to make a big impact on the energy storage industry with the tiniest of particles.

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Transformational Energy Research Projects Win $151 Million in Funding

Source: Department of Energy/ARPA-E
Date: October 26, 2009

The Department of Energy today announced major funding for 37 ambitious research projects - including some that could allow intermittent energy sources like wind and solar to provide a steady flow of power, or use bacteria to produce automotive fuel from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide.

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Natural Resource Security News

House Approves Bills to Improve the Integration of Energy and Water Research and the Efficiency of Natural Gas Turbines

Source: Committee on Science and Technology, U.S House of Representatives
Date: December 1, 2009

Today, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3598, the Energy and Water Research Integration Act, and H.R. 3029, a bill to establish a research, development, and technology development program to improve the efficiency of gas turbines.

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Very Small Offers Big Clean Up Potential

Source: Environmental Protection Agency
Date: N/A

EPA scientists are exploring ways to use some very small materials to clean up some very big environmental problems. Research chemist Dr. Souhail Al-Abed and his colleagues have synthesized activated carbon with nanoparticles of iron/palladium bimetallic to produce a new nano-scale treatment to clean up pollutants. The new, tiny technology is offering promise where conventional technologies have been limited in detecting, treating, removing, and preventing environmental contaminants.

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Behavior Modification Could Ease Concerns About Nanoparticles

Source: ScienceDaily
Date: Nov. 13, 2009

In an advance that could help ease health and environmental concerns about the emerging nanotechnology industry, scientists are reporting development of technology for changing the behavior of nanoparticles in municipal sewage treatment plants -- their main gateway into the environment. Their study will be published in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology.

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Desalination equipment maker sees rapid growth

Source: Reuters
Date: November 6, 2009

Energy Recovery Inc, which makes equipment for desalination plants, sees the industry that converts sea water to fresh water growing as much as 25 percent annually and is looking to expand its operations through the acquisition of new technologies.

Obama Advisor Aneesh Chopra - New U.S. Tech Czar - on Innovative Solutions to Global Crises

Source: NanoWerk
Date: October 22nd, 2009

As the world's population swells, environmental problems, energy limitations, shortages of clean water and food, and health threats are becoming crises, particularly in less developed countries.

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Nanolessons for Revamping Government Oversight of Technology

Author: J. Clarence Davies
Source: Issues in Science and Technology
Date: Fall 2009 Issue

Nanotechnology is changing the world. Now the federal government must radically change how it oversees this and other technologies to best protect human health and the environment.

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Tech researchers using nanotechnology in biofuel process to save money, environment

Author: Dave Guerin
Source: Louisiana Tech University
Date: October 8, 2009

Dr. James Palmer, associate professor of chemical engineering at Louisiana Tech University, is collaborating with fellow professors Dr. Yuri Lvov, Dr. Dale Snow, and Dr. Hisham Hegab to capitalize on the environmental and financial benefits of “biofuels” by using nanotechnology to further improve the cellulosic ethanol processes.

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