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October 20, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
AREVA NP awarded contract for safety upgrades in seven reactors



Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP will deliver its Filtered Containment Venting System (FCVS) to seven nuclear reactors operated by Korean Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP). The project execution has already started, completion is scheduled in 2020. FCVS is a safety related system for the mitigation of severe accidents. It allows the operator to depressurize the containment if needed by filtering the gaseous releases which significantly reduces environmental risks. Major components will be installed in a separate buil ... read more

TECH SPACE
Space radiation won't stop NASA's human exploration
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
While it's true that space radiation is one of the biggest challenges for a human journey to Mars, it's also true that NASA is developing technologies and countermeasures to ensure a safe and succes ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Greenpeace fireworks shine light on French nuclear safety concerns
Metz, France (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Greenpeace activists set off fireworks inside a nuclear plant in eastern France early Thursday after breaking into the facility to underline its vulnerability to attack. ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Low-carbon advocates say U.S. renewables breaking records
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Amid the pushback on Washington's efforts to back coal and nuclear power, a report from low-carbon advocates found clean energy has organic momentum. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
French, Belgian nuke plants vulnerable to attack: Greenpeace
Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
International experts warned on Tuesday about security shortcomings at French and Belgian nuclear plants that make them vulnerable to attack, in a report commissioned by the Greenpeace group. ... more
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CIVIL NUCLEAR
Japan government, TEPCO liable for Fukushima crisis: court
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Japan could have foreseen and avoided the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, a court ruled on Tuesday, ordering the government and the power plant operator to pay damages to local residents. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
New 'molecular trap' cleans more radioactive waste from nuclear fuel rods
Winston Salem NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
A new method for capturing radioactive waste from nuclear power plants is cheaper and more effective than current methods, a potential boon for the energy industry, according to new research publi ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Fukushima operator gets first safety approval since 2011 disaster
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant cleared a major regulatory hurdle Wednesday to restart two reactors in Japan, its first since the 2011 tsunami sparked the worst atomic accident in decades. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Radioactive cesium leajing into ocean 60 miles from Fukushima
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Scientists have discovered a surprising new source of radioactive cesium some 60 miles from the Fukushima nuclear plant that was damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
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. ... more
TECH SPACE
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. ... more


UAE to open Arab Gulf's first nuclear reactor in 2018

CIVIL NUCLEAR
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. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Russia floats out powerful nuclear icebreaker
Saint Petersburg (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Russia on Friday held a launching ceremony for a powerful nuclear icebreaker, called Sibir (Siberia), in its drive to prepare a fleet for navigating the Northern Passage and hauling goods, particularly energy, to Asian markets. ... more
TECH SPACE
Positive, negative or neutral, it all matters: NASA explains space radiation
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 24, 2017
Charged particles may be small, but they matter to astronauts. NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) is investigating these particles to solve one of its biggest challenges for a human journey to Mars ... more
TECH SPACE
Space radiation is risky business for the human body
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
While people protect their eyes from the sun's radiation during a solar eclipse, NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) is working to protect the whole human body from radiation in space. Space radiati ... more



Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have determined how electrocatalysts can convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water and electricity. The discovery can lead to the development of efficient electrocatalysts for large scale production of synthesis gas - a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. "The electroche ... more
Styria, Austria (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Breaking down stubborn cellulose
Leuven, Belgium (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Separating methane and CO2 will become more efficient
Liverpool UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
Scientists create most powerful micro-scale bio-solar cell yet
Binghamton NY (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have created a micro-scale biological solar cell that generates a higher power density for longer than any existing cell of its kind. A microfluidic lab-on-a-chip system that generates its own power is essential for stand-alone, independent, self-sustainable point-of-care diagnostic devices to work in limited-resource and r ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Rooftop solar carving out a niche in China
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
SCE monopoly abuse of power prompts the necessity of off-grid inventions
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Think laterally to sidestep production problems
A kite that might fly
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
The notion of tethered wind turbines that generate electricity from abundant and reliable high-altitude winds seems futuristic. Now, KAUST research led by Georgiy Stenchikov has identified the most favorable areas for high-altitude wind-energy systems in the Middle East. The results confirm that there is abundant wind energy up there that could feasibly be harnessed, bringing the possibili ... more
Edinburgh (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
First floating wind farm starts operation in Scotland
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Construction to begin on $160 million Industry Leading Hybrid Renewable Energy Project
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Scotland outreach to Canada yields wind energy investment
IEA: An electrified world would cost $31B per year to achieve
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
The investments necessary to provide electricity for the entire world population is less than 2 percent of total energy investments, the IEA said Thursday. A report from the International Energy Agency, published Thursday, finds that providing universal access to electricity within 13 years would require an investment of $31 billion per year, which the report said was less than 2 percen ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
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
Metal supplies unlikely to seriously hamper battery use
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
The dramatic rise in production of electric vehicles, coupled with expected growth in the use of grid-connected battery systems for storing electricity from renewable sources, raises a crucial question: Are there enough raw materials to enable significantly increased production of lithium-ion batteries, which are the dominant type of rechargeable batteries on the market? A new analysis by ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
The blob that ate the tokamak
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
PPPL takes detailed look at 2-D structure of turbulence in tokamaks
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
A new miniature solution for storing renewable energy
Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse' as smog looms
Sonipat, India (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
As Hindus across India celebrate Diwali this week, scientists fear a ban on firecrackers and other emergency anti-pollution measures deployed by authorities may not be enough to prevent a repeat of last year's "airpocalypse" in Delhi. Each year, as winter descends on the Indian capital, a perfect storm of seasonal crop stubble burning, dense cloud cover and smoke generated by millions of fir ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Pollution killed nine million people in 2015: report
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Scientists trace path of inland plastic pollution from rivers to oceanw/ll
Copenhagen (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Air pollution kills over 500,000 Europeans a year: report
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Oil prices retreat on Russian concerns about balance
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
A downbeat sentiment from a Russian oil boss on the trajectory for crude oil prices sent key benchmarks diving into negative territory early Thursday. Outside of the first week in October, crude oil prices have been holding steady in bullish territory for the better part of the third quarter. The rally is due in part to the effort by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Wheatstone LNG a drag on Woodside Petroleum
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Baghdad reminds oil companies that it's in charge
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Oil States International expects revenue hit from Harvey
MAVEN finds Mars has a twisted tail
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Mars has an invisible magnetic "tail" that is twisted by interaction with the solar wind, according to new research using data from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) spacecraft is in orbit around Mars gathering data on how the Red Planet lost much of its atmosphere and water, transforming from a world that could have supported life billi ... more
Paris (ESA) Oct 18, 2017
Webcam on Mars Express surveys high-altitude clouds
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Study shows how water could have flowed on 'cold and icy' ancient Mars
University of Vienna
Microbes leave 'fingerprints' on Martian rocks
Geologic evidence is the forerunner of ominous prospects for a warming earth
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
While strong seasonal hurricanes have devastated many of the Caribbean and Bahamian islands this year, geologic studies on several of these islands illustrate that more extreme conditions existed in the past. A new analysis published in Marine Geology shows that the limestone islands of the Bahamas and Bermuda experienced climate changes that were even more extreme than historical events. ... more
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
'Plan B': Seven ways to engineer the climate
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
British government unveils green spending plans
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
As Paris climate goals recede, geoengineering looms larger
NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth's Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 16, 2017
A new NASA study provides space-based evidence that Earth's tropical regions were the cause of the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration seen in at least 2,000 years. Scientists suspected the 2015-16 El Nino - one of the largest on record - was responsible, but exactly how has been a subject of ongoing research. Analyzing the first 28 months of data from NASA ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 16, 2017
New Insights From OCO-2 Showcased in Science
Miami (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Spikes in carbon emissions detected with NASA satellite
New York, NY (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Columbia researchers observe exotic quantum particle in bilayer graphene
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Navy to commission 14th Virginia-class submarine
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
The Navy's 14th Virginia-class fast attack submarine will be commissioned into service on Saturday in Virginia. The Navy said Thomas Dee, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of the Navy, will preside over the ceremony for the future USS Washington at Norfolk Naval Station. "The future USS Washington is among the most technologically advanced platforms in the world," Dee ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Navy officers fired over 'preventable' USS McCain collision
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Leonardo to provide new communications software for Australian submarines
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
BAE Systems to support Queen Elizabeth carriers
N. Korea cloud has silver lining for South's armsmakers
Seoul (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
The constant missile and nuclear threats from South Korea's belligerent northern neighbour have racked regional tensions sky-high, but they are a boon for the country's burgeoning defence industry. South Korea has been one of the world's largest importers of military equipment and technology for decades - mostly from the US - but in recent years its domestic sector has grown rapidly. A ... more
Tehran (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Iran warns Europe against new nuke deal conditions
Singapore (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
US commander must 'imagine the unimaginable' on NKorea
Busan, South Korea (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Echoes of war as S. Korean grannies on protest front lines
US strategy sees Raqa fall but leaves Kurds in lurch
Washington (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
The fall of the Islamic State group's last bastion in Syria was a victory for Washington's military plan, but comes as the US political strategy for the region seems to stumble. Even as US-backed Kurdish fighters raised their flags over the shattered heart of Raqa, their brethren in Iraq were in retreat, abandoning oil-rich territory to Iraqi forces. The power shift shows that, while US ... more
(UPI) Oct 17, 2017
IS 'death spiral' most dangerous part of fight for US coalition
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Boko Haram raids military base in NE Nigeria: sources
Manila (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Top Philippine Islamist militant Hapilon killed: defence chief
State Dept. proposes $343B C-17 support contract with Kuwait
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
The State Department announced Friday it has approved a possible foreign military sale to the government of Kuwait for continuation of the C-17 logistics support services and equipment. The contract, which requires approval from Congress before being finalized, is said to be worth an estimated $342.6 million and would meet a request from Kuwait for three years - with an option for an a ... more
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Hear This: 30 Percent Less Noise
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Multiple countries set to receive new eyes in the sky for Apache attack helicopters
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
U.S. taps Elbit for pilot HUD display units
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Zurich Insurance sees $700 mln in hurricane claims in Q3
Zurich (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Swiss group Zurich Insurance said Thursday it expects to receive around $700 million (595 million euros) in insurance claims related to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in the third quarter. Zurich Insurance Group said in a statement it "currently estimates aggregate claims in the third quarter of 2017 related to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria ... to be approximately $700 million net of ... more
Mexico City (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Mexicans pick up the pieces one month after quake
Utuado, Puerto Rico (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Puerto Rico mostly in the dark one month after hurricane
Mexico City (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Mexico quake hit rich and poor alike, but tragedies differ
Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer
Sussex UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Scientists have invented a way to morph liquid metal into physical shapes. Researchers at the University of Sussex and Swansea University have applied electrical charges to manipulate liquid metal into 2D shapes such as letters and a heart. The team says the findings represent an "extremely promising" new class of materials that can be programmed to seamlessly change shape. This open ... more
Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Intel working with Facebook on chips for AI
Paris (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Self-taught, 'superhuman' AI now even smarter: makers
Singapore (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Emma the robot masseuse gets to work in Singapore
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