Canada Rare Earth enters into agreement to purchase a rare earth separation refinery situated in Laos

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Canada Rare Earth Corporation has entered into an agreement to purchase 60% of the issued and outstanding shares of a company based in Laos. The Laos company owns a full capability rare earth refinery that is designed to process monazite rare earth concentrate and separate the concentrate into the entire spectrum of commercially traded rare earths including light and heavy elements.

DEKRA-certified tests: Mercedes-Benz HD trucks cut fuel consumption 22% in 20 years while meeting more stringent emissions rules; VECTO

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The test was structured according to the principles which LaO test manager Frank Zeitzen has defined for all on-road fuel consumption and vehicle mileage measurements.

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Novel high capacity anode material for Li-ion batteries: hydroxylamine hydrochloride

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Lianyi Shao, Jie Shu, Mengmeng Lao, Xiaoting Lin, Kaiqiang Wu, Miao Shui, Peng Li, Nengbing Long, Yuanlong Ren (2014) “Hydroxylamine hydrochloride: A novel anode material for high capacity lithium-ion batteries,” Journal of Power Sources , Volume 272, Pages 39-44 doi: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2014.08.065.

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Researchers from Caltech and UC San Diego report very high performance catalysts to convert seed oils to olefins

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The ethanolysis of fatty acids derived from seed oils could provide a renewable source of LAOs. olefins (LAOs) and other terminal-olefin products. Researchers from Caltech and UC San Diego have developed a family of ruthenium-based metathesis catalysts that have shown exceptional activity in the conversion of seed oils to linear-chain olefins. In many cases, catalyst turnover numbers (TONs) of more than 100?,000 000 were achieved, at a catalyst loading of only 3 ppm.

JBEI researchers use proteomics to ID 1750 unique proteins in switchgrass

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Lao et al. Jeemeng Lao, Manoj Sharma, Rita Sharma, Susana M. Researchers with the US Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have used advanced proteomic techniques to identify 1,750 unique proteins in shoots of switchgrass ( Panicum virgatum ), a North American native prairie grass that is viewed as a promising biofuel crop candidate. The results of this study are reported in the journal Proteomics.

Study finds unprecedented urbanization and urban expansion in East-Southeast Asia from 2000 to 2010

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The overall study area covered East-Southeast Asia and included 17 countries: China (including Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR); Taiwan; Japan; Mongolia; North Korea; South Korea; Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; Indonesia; Laos; Malaysia; Myanmar; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; Timor-Leste; Vietnam.

Tropical Storm Ketsana Kills More Than 240, Displaces More Than 609,000 in Philippines

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Ketsana has since strengthened into a typhoon, and is expected to intensify further as it approaches Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand, according to a government weather forecaster.