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December 15, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Bruce Power Contracts Major Industry Suppliers for Steam Generator Replacement Project



Kincardine, Canada (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
A fully integrated joint venture formed among AECOM, Aecon and AREVA NP - the Steam Generator Replacement Team (SGRT) - has signed a contract valued at more than $130 million to replace steam generators at Unit 6 of the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station in Ontario, Canada. Work is scheduled to reach substantial completion in the first quarter of 2022. In addition to the contract for Unit 6, SGRT signed a long-term Preferred Supplier Agreement, with a firm pricing structure, for steam generator repl ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Defects found at China nuclear reactor project
Beijing (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Defects were found in equipment for a third-generation nuclear reactor under construction in southern China with the problematic parts being replaced, the state-owned China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) said Wednesday. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Australian waste treatment technology plays major role in management of radioactive waste
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
A new technology partnership between ANSTO and Swedish company, Quintus Technologies, will play a crucial role in treating waste arising from nuclear medicine production at Australia's nuclear agenc ... more
CHIP TECH
Toshiba, Western Digital settle legal battle over chip unit sale
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Toshiba settled legal disputes with US production partner Western Digital, both firms said Wednesday, clearing the way for the embattled Japanese conglomerate's multi-billion-dollar sale of its prized chip business. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Cairo, Moscow sign contract for Egypt's first nuclear plant
Cairo (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
Egypt and Russia signed a contract on Monday for the building of Egypt's first nuclear power plant, during a visit to Cairo by President Vladimir Putin. ... more
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CIVIL NUCLEAR
Mainz physicists propose a new method for monitoring nuclear waste
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
New scientific findings suggest neutrino detectors may play an important role in ensuring better monitoring and safer storage of radioactive material in nuclear waste repository sites. Researchers a ... more
NUKEWARS
US urges talks as North Korea brags of nuclear arsenal
Washington (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
The United States is ready to talk to North Korea "without preconditions" but remains determined to force it to abandon its nuclear arsenal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday. ... more
NUKEWARS
Kim vows to make N. Korea 'strongest nuclear power'
Seoul (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Kim Jong-Un has vowed to make North Korea the "world's strongest nuclear power," state media reported Wednesday, as the reclusive nation shows little sign of reining in a weapons programme fuelling global alarm. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
AREVA NP Maintenance Technique Reduces Frequency of Component Inspections at Two Exelon Plants
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently granted inspection relief to Exelon's Byron Unit 2 and Braidwood Unit 1 following use of AREVA NP's innovative cavitation peening mitigation techniqu ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Trump aide Flynn planned to 'rip up' Russia sanctions: whistleblower
Washington (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn texted a businessman during President Donald Trump's inauguration speech that a Middle East nuclear power plant scheme with Russian partners was "good to go," a Democratic lawmaker alleged Wednesday. ... more
TECH SPACE
Seaweed could hold key to environmentally friendly sunscreen
London UK (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
A compound found in seaweed could protect human skin from the damaging impact of the sun without causing harm to marine ecosystems. The use of sunscreens is advocated to prevent sun damage, bu ... more


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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Smoke prompts evacuation of 200 at French nuclear site
Caen, France (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
About 200 people working at the site of a cutting-edge nuclear reactor under construction in northern France were evacuated Tuesday after smoke was detected at the site, officials said. ... more
NUKEWARS
Building and delivering a nuclear weapon
Paris (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
After testing a missile that North Korea said was capable of striking the US, Pyongyang claimed it had become a full nuclear power, though analysts remain sceptical. ... more
MISSILE NEWS
UAE denies Yemen rebel missile entered its air space
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Dec 3, 2017
Abu Dhabi on Sunday denied a claim by Iran-backed Huthi rebels that a missile fired from Yemen reached its air space or threatened a nuclear power plant set to open in 2018. ... more
NUKEWARS
Ambassadors of Western nuclear powers to snub Nobel ceremony
Oslo (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
Breaking with tradition, nearly all ambassadors of the world's nuclear powers will not attend this year's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony which honours efforts to ban atomic weapons, the Nobel Institute said Thursday. ... more



Bristol scientists turn beer into fuel
Bristol UK (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Chemists at the University of Bristol have made the first steps towards making sustainable petrol using beer as a key ingredient. It is commonly accepted that there is an urgent need for sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels for transportation to replace diesel and petrol. One of the most widely used sustainable alternatives to petrol world-wide is bioethanol - in the United State ... more
Golden CO (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
NREL develops novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Algae could feed and fuel planet with aid of new high-tech tool
Golden CO (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
NREL research finds a sweet spot for engineering better cellulose-degrading enzymes
Guanidinium stabilizes perovskite solar cells at 19 percent efficiency
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
With the power-conversion efficiency of silicon solar cells plateauing around 25%, perovskites are now ideally placed to become the market's next generation of photovoltaics. In particular, organic-inorganic lead halide perovskites offer manufacturing versatility that can potentially translate into much higher efficiency: studies have already shown photovoltaic performances above 20% acros ... more
Uncha Amirpur, India (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
India faces painful move to cleaner energy
Warwick UK (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Solar power advances possible with new 'double-glazing' device
Washington (UPI) Dec 14, 2017
U.S. solar power group says it sees headwinds ahead
Construction to start on $160 million Kennedy Energy Park in North Queensland
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Construction of the first utility-scale wind, solar and storage hybrid generator connected to the national electricity network is set to start near Hughenden in North West Queensland. The first sod of soil will be turned at a ceremony on Monday 11 December. The ceremony marks the start of work on the innovative $160 million Kennedy Park Energy developed by Windlab Limited - Australia's int ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 14, 2017
Oil-rich Alberta sees momentum for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
U.S. wind turbines getting taller and more efficient
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
New wind farm in service off the British coast
US void hard to miss at Paris climate summit
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Two years ago to the day, US secretary of state John Kerry shared in the cheers and champagne in Paris as world powers sealed a landmark global climate accord. Returning to the French capital Tuesday for a follow-up summit, he cut a bitter and disappointed figure. The United States' commitment to fighting climate change - something both Kerry and former president Barack Obama hoped woul ... more
Paris (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
To save climate, stop investing in fossil fuels: economists
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Improving sensor accuracy to prevent electrical grid overload
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Japan faces challenges in cutting CO2, Moody's finds
New test procedure for developing quick-charging lithium-ion batteries
Munich, Germany (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
When lithium-ion batteries are charged too quickly, metallic lithium gets deposited on the anodes. This reduces battery capacity and lifespan and can even destroy the batteries. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Forschungszentrum Julich have now presented a process that, for the first time ever, allows this so-called lithium plating process to be investigated directl ... more
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Research dispels misconception of superconductivity in niobium compound
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Rules for superconductivity mirrored in 'excitonic insulator'
Binghamton NY (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Scientists create stretchable battery made entirely out of fabric
UN warns of surging e-waste, little recycling
Geneva (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
The UN warned Wednesday that waste from discarded electronics like mobile phones, laptops and refrigerators is piling up worldwide, and it urged far better recycling of the often hazardous rubbish. A full 44.7 million tonnes of so-called e-waste was generated around the world in 2016, up eight percent from two years earlier, according to a report from the UN's International Telecommunicatio ... more
Brussels (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Britain must obey EU environment rules for post-Brexit air deal
Paris (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
Offsetting Trump, Macron moves to 'Make Our Planet Great Again'
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Tiny ocean creatures can shred a plastic bag into 1.75 million pieces
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North Sea business out nearly $30M a day on Forties pipeline outage
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
Closing the Forties pipeline system in the North Sea, which sidelines almost half of the area's production, means heavy industry losses, a trade group said. Pipeline operator Ineos shut down the Forties crude network in the North Sea after discovering a "hairline crack" on a pipe near Aberdeen, Scotland, last week. The system carries about 40 percent of the oil produced in the British w ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
Florida senator moves ahead of White House on offshore drilling plans
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
European gas flows back after fatal Austrian accident
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
Contracts awarded for export terminal overhaul
Designing future human space exploration on Hawaii's lava fields
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
On the lava fields of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, a team of NASA researchers and partners have been busy doing science in a most unusual way. They were studying the biology and geology of this remarkable terrain while simulating a realistic mission to the surface of Mars. The conditions were so real that many of the expected challenges of otherworldly exploration were recreated, including a ... more
New Rochelle, NY (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Space program should focus on Mars, says editor of New Space
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 04, 2017
EU exempts fuel for ExoMars mission from Russian sanctions
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
NASA's oldest Mars rover survives another harsh winter
UCI scientists unveil new satellite-based global drought severity index
New Orleans LA (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Just in time for the holidays, researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions are rolling out a new satellite-based drought severity index for climate watchers worldwide. Relying on data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment mission, the index adds terrestrial water storage (groundwater) to drought assessments, augmenting commonly used tools most o ... more
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
'We're losing the battle', Macron tells Paris climate talks
London, UK (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Space Climate Observatory agreed ahead of One Planet Summit in Paris
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Investors turn back on fossil fuels at Paris climate summit
Wheat gets boost from purified nanotubes
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
The introduction of purified carbon nanotubes appears to have a beneficial effect on the early growth of wheatgrass, according to Rice University scientists. But in the presence of contaminants, those same nanotubes could do great harm. The Rice lab of chemist Andrew Barron grew wheatgrass in a hydroponic garden to test the potential toxicity of nanoparticles on the plant. To their surpris ... more
New York, NY (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Columbia engineers create artificial graphene in a nanofabricated semiconductor structure
Birmingham UK (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
A diamond as the steppingstone to new materials, using plasma physics technology
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Graphene spin transport takes a step forward towards applications
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Ocean of Things Aims to Expand Maritime Awareness across Open Seas
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
The internet of things connects an ever-growing number of smart devices for up-to-the-minute monitoring and tracking of many common events. Head out to most parts of the open ocean, however, and no such capability exists for real-time monitoring of maritime activity. DARPA has announced its Ocean of Things program, which seeks to enable persistent maritime situational awareness over large ... more
Durham NC (SPX) Dec 14, 2017
Electromagnetic water cloak eliminates drag and wake
Ottawa (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Canada rejects Fincantieri-Naval Group warships offer
London (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Queen inaugurates new 'best of British' aircraft carrier
Boeing to support Air Force's minuteman program
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
The Boeing Company has been awarded a modified contract to support a minuteman force development evaluation test flight program for the U.S. Air Force. The deal, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense, is worth more than $40.6 million and modifies a previous contract award to procure mod 7 wafer instrumentation support kits. The kits are used to enable size and weight red ... more
Washington (AFP) Dec 15, 2017
Putin, Trump discuss N Korea in phone call
United Nations, United States (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
US envoy Haley to present 'irrefutable evidence' on Iran
Beijing (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Dennis Rodman: Trump and N. Korea's Kim 'pretty much the same'
Nigerian soldiers warned after Boko Haram attack
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Dec 14, 2017
Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram were on Thursday put on high alert after four military vehicles went missing during a raid on an army post in the restive northeast. A message sent to all military bases across the region called for "all units and troops to remain at alert and not be taken by surprise". Two armoured cars and two all-terrain pickup trucks were taken after the jihadists ... more
Paris (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Gulf pours 130mn euros into Sahel anti-jihadist force
Washington (UPI) Dec 13, 2017
NATO holds CBRN training course in Kuwait
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Boko Haram tries to take over military base in NE Nigeria
Draken International to buy surplus South African fighters
Washington (UPI) Dec 12, 2017
South Africa's state-owned defense company, Denel SOC Ltd., is selling 12 surplus Cheetah fighter jets to Draken International, a U.S.-based tactical fighter training company. The sales contract, announced Tuesday by Denel, includes return to service and flight acceptance tests in South Africa and aircraft delivery to the United States. The company is also pursuing post-delivery logisti ... more
Ottawa (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Canada to buy 18 used Australian jetsw
Doha (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Qatar signs $8-bn deal to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from UK
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Bell-Boeing awarded contract for materials, support of V-22 Osprey
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World leaders in Paris seek cash for climate crunc
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
World leaders met in Paris Tuesday seeking to unlock more money to drive the global economy's shift to green energy, exactly two years after signing a global pact to avert worst-case-scenario global warming. Without trillions of dollars invested in clean energy technology, the Paris Agreement's goal to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial ... more
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Leaders needed to fix global 'mess', says Kofi Annan
Fajardo, Puerto Rico (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Storm-hit Puerto Rico starving for tourists
Buffalo NY (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
New mapping technique can help fight extreme poverty
Lockheed Martin and NEC to Enhance Satellites, Space Travel with Artificial Intelligence
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 15, 2017
Lockheed Martin and NEC Corp have announced that Lockheed Martin will use NEC's System Invariant Analysis Technology (SIAT) in the space domain. SIAT's advanced analytics engine uses data collected from sensors to learn the behavior of systems, including computer systems, power plants, factories and buildings, enabling the system itself to automatically detect inconsistencies and prescribe resol ... more
El Segundo CA (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Aerospace's SeedTECH AI advances to second round of $5M IBM Watson XPRIZE
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Speedy cockroaches help researchers train robots to walk
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 13, 2017
Not Your Grandpa's Robot: Russian Robot 'FEDOR' May Become Self-Learning
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