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December 19, 2016
TECH SPACE
Discovery to inspire more radiation-resistant metals



Ann Arbor, Mich. (UPI) Dec 16, 2016
Metals exposed to radiation at high temperatures swell. That's a problem for the nuclear energy and aerospace industries. Scientists at the University of Michigan may have found a solution. Researchers there found metal alloys boasting three or more equally distributed elements are resistant to radiation-induced swelling. Radiation undermines metallic structures. When a radiation particle collides with metal, atoms are knocked from the material's crystal structures. The displaced atom is ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Bulgaria seeks investor to revive nuclear project
Bulgaria is looking for an investor ready to revive a long-delayed project for a new nuclear power plant on the Danube, the government announced Friday. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Japan switches on nuclear reactor after safety shutdown
Japan has restarted one of its few operating nuclear reactors after a two-month safety checkup, despite still-heated debate over atomic power following the Fukushima disaster. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Fukushima costs to double to nearly $180 bn: report
The estimated cost of dealing with the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis has doubled to some $180 billion, a report said Thursday, underlining the challenge Japan faces in overcoming the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Ukraine moves giant new safety dome over Chernobyl
Ukraine on Tuesday unveiled the world's largest moveable metal structure over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant's doomed fourth reactor to ensure the safety of Europeans for future generations. ... more
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'Diamond-age' of power generation as nuclear batteries developed
New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery. A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have grown a man-made ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Nuclear energy: who's advancing and who's retreating
Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a bid to speed up the phaseout of its ageing nuclear power plants, but is still sticking to its plan to gradually close its reactors. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Ukraine to unveil giant new safety dome over Chernobyl
Ukraine was on Tuesday due to unveil the world's largest moveable metal structure over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant's doomed fourth reactor to ensure the safety of future generations across Europe. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Swiss reject speedy nuclear phaseout
Switzerland's ageing nuclear reactors will keep running for the foreseeable future, after voters Sunday rejected a call to speed up the phaseout of the plants. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Timeline of Chernobyl nuclear disaster
The Chernobyl disaster in then Soviet Ukraine, the worst civil nuclear accident in history, left thousands of people dead or dying and contaminated up to three quarters of Europe. ... more


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CIVIL NUCLEAR
NY moves closer to shutting down Indian Point
New York state has taken another step toward shutting down the Indian Point nuclear power plant, outside New York city, officials said Monday. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Vietnam scraps huge nuclear power plant projects
Power-hungry Vietnam scrapped plans for two multi-billion dollar nuclear power plants on Tuesday, citing environmental and financial reasons after the cost of the projects skyrocketed. ... more
People willing to pay more for new biofuels
When it comes to second generation biofuels, Washington State University research shows that consumers are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11 percent over conventional fuel. "We were surprised the premium was that significant," said Jill McCluskey, WSU professor in the School of Economic Sciences. "We wanted to study people in different regions of the country, to make sure we wer ... more
Investing in the 'bioeconomy' could create jobs and reduce carbon emissions

Argonne researchers study how reflectivity of biofuel crops impacts climate

UNIST researchers turn waste gas into road-ready diesel fuel

Saudi Vision 2030 Gives Boost to Solar Energy Investors
Private sector investors are showing new interest in Saudi Arabia's solar energy market, after the nation's leadership included plans to add 9.5 GW of renewables to the energy supply as part of Saudi Vision 2030, along with opening the way to greater private sector and international investment. Announced in April, the Vision 2030 strategy sets 9.5 GW as an 'initial target' to help build th ... more
Canadian Solar Subsidiary Recurrent Energy Completes 200 Megawatt Garland Solar Facility

Beaumont Solar Expands Construction Capacity to 20 Megawatts (MW) per Quarter

EDF EN France chooses Trina Solar modules for its PV plant in Fos sur Mer

Offshore wind makes U.S. debut
Turbines are spinning at a wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island, powering the region for the first time in an offshore capacity, a company announced. Project developer Deepwater Wind said its Block Island wind farm is now in commercial operations, marking a first for the United States. "We've made history here in the Ocean State, but our work is far from over," Deepwater Wind ... more
Apple invests in China wind farms

German energy company plants wind farm seed in Texas

New York to bid in Federal Offshore Wind Auction

Energy-hungry Asia slowing down, lender says
Growth for energy-hungry Asian economies is starting to level off as a slowdown in India drags on regional momentum, a regional lender said. The Asian Development Bank trimmed its outlook for full-year 2016 from 5.7 percent to 5.6 percent for all of Asia. The forecast for 2017 remains stable at 5.7 percent. The bank said a slowdown in India was behind most of the downgrade. "Indi ... more
US push to low-carbon future 'unstoppable': Biden

China's Shanghai Electric to invest $9bn in Pakistan upgrades

China power plant collapse kills at least 22: Xinhua

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Finger swipe-powered phone? We're 1 step closer
The day of charging cellphones with finger swipes and powering Bluetooth headsets simply by walking is now much closer. Michigan State University engineering researchers have created a new way to harvest energy from human motion, using a film-like device that actually can be folded to create more power. With the low-cost device, known as a nanogenerator, the scientists successfully operated an L ... more
Battery research reaching out to higher voltages

Could a seawater battery help end our dependence on lithium?

Researchers peer into atom-sized tunnels in hunt for better battery

Beijing issues red alert for severe air pollution
Beijing issued its first air pollution red alert for 2016 Thursday, as choking smog is expected to cover the city and surrounding areas in north China during the next five days. From 8 pm on Friday, half of Beijing's private cars will be ordered off the road, with an odd-even number plate system in force, according to a notice posted on the official website of the Beijing municipal governmen ... more
Mosul battle leaving legacy of environmental damage

Researchers create new way to trap dangerous gases

Tehran traffic 'unbearable', says police chief

Oil prices rise on expectation of OPEC compliance
Crude oil prices rebounded from midweek declines to regain traction as sentiment emerged that an OPEC agreement to cut production would be honored. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed to a cap in production of about 32.5 million barrels per day starting in January. The deal amounts to a cut and relies heavily on non-member states to stick. The deal is designe ... more
More hydrocarbons found in Gulf of Mexico

Japan examines possible gas deals with Russia

South Caucusus energy security on NATO radar

Bremen robot team successfully simulates Mars mission in Utah
A major challenge in the exploration of Mars by robots is its uneven surface, which is marked by trenches and craters. Whether the systems can withstand the rough terrain on the Red Planet, they have to prove it on the earth first - for example, in the rocky deserts of the American state of Utah. There, scientists from the Robotics Innovation Center of the German Research Center for Artifi ... more
First detection of boron on the surface of Mars

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'Fear is palpable' among US climate scientists over Trump moves
Climate scientists tend to be a hardy bunch, accustomed to hate mail, vicious online attacks, lawmakers who deny that global warming is real, and for some, even death threats. But their mood darkened in recent days as President-elect Donald Trump tapped a series of climate change deniers and fossil fuel supporters for key posts in his administration. That gloom turned to panic when Trum ... more
Warmer temps may not affect carbon stored deep in northern peatlands

Glee to gloom: Climate and the 'Trump effect'

Scientists measure impact of local weather on global climate patterns

Closing the carbon loop
Research at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering focused on developing a new catalyst that would lead to large-scale implementation of capture and conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) was recently published in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Catalysis Science and Technology. Principal investigator is Karl Johnson, the William Kepler Whiteford Professor in the S ... more
Rapid and mass production of graphene, using microwaves

Meadow restoration studied for potential to build carbon credits in California

New synthetic diamond is harder than a jeweler's diamond

BAE Systems contracted to support U.S. submarine weapon systems
BAE Systems has received a $368 million contract to perform weapon system engineering services for U.S. and U.K. Ohio- and Vanguard-class submarines. The five-year contract supports the U.S. Navy's Strategic Systems Programs office, which oversees the Strategic Weapons System and Attack Weapons systems for both developing platforms. Company officials say the work will bolster maritime d ... more
BAE rolls out first Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 prototype

PAE contracted to support maritime surveillance in Tunisia

DCNS begins final M51 missile adaptation for French submarines

N. Korea calls time on 200-day mass mobilisation
North Korea on Thursday wrapped up a 200-day mass mobilisation campaign aimed at boosting an economy struggling with upgraded UN sanctions imposed after its two nuclear tests this year. Coming hard on the heels of a similar 70-day campaign that ended in May, the 200-day version kicked off in early June, pushing extra hours and working weekends. On the final day Thursday, as on every day ... more
Obama allows Iran sanctions renewal without signing bill

Gunning for science and power in N. Korea

Lockheed Martin to continue ICBM sustainment for U.S. Air Force

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2016, the year the IS 'caliphate' buckled
Multiple ground assaults and a deluge of air strikes shrank the Islamic State group's "caliphate" to a rump and decimated its fighters in 2016 but the organisation remains a potent threat. The jihadists have squandered close to half of the land they controlled in 2014 and many of their losses came this year, which saw major operations by myriad forces and countries. The loss of symbolic ... more
Jihadists' return from frontline a major threat, US experts warn

Drone strike kills IS figures in Syria, some with Paris attack ties

US blacklists alleged IS backer, money exchanges

Germany receives first tactical A400M transport from Airbus
The German Air Force has received its first upgraded A400M Atlas military transport aircraft from Airbus Defense and Space. The new plane is the sixth A400M to serve in the branch, and the first to feature new capabilities allowing it to fly into areas with known military threats. Germany intends to replace its legacy fleet of C-130 airlifters with the updated planes. "The A400M ... more
US military grounds Osprey planes in Japan after crash

Final sweep for MH370 sea search

Boeing delivers digital flight deck upgrades to NATO fleet

Sawdust reinvented into super sponge for oil spills
Lowly sawdust, the sawmill waste that's sometimes tossed onto home garage floors to soak up oil spilled by amateur mechanics, could receive some new-found respect thanks to science. Researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have chemically modified sawdust to make it exceptionally oil-attracting and buoyant, characteristics that are ideal for cleaning ... more
China arrests 18 over fatal October blast

Canada buys new Airbus search and rescue planes for Can$2.4 bn

Urgent appeal for supplies after strong Indonesia quake

Artificial intelligence creeps into daily life
Mark Zuckerberg envisions a software system inspired by the "Iron Man" character Jarvis as a virtual butler managing his household. The Facebook founder's dream is about artificial intelligence, which is slowly but surely creeping into our daily lives, no longer just science fiction. Artificial intelligence or AI is getting a foothold in people's homes, starting with the Amazon devices l ... more
Research shows people can control a robotic arm with only their minds

A skillful rescue robot with remote-control function

Internal sensors help soft robot hand feel the world like a human



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