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December 22, 2016
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Researchers model the way into a nuclear future



Moscow, Russia (SPX) Dec 22, 2016
Physicists from MIPT and the Joint Institute for High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of Sciences described the mobility of line defects, or dislocations, in uranium dioxide. This will enable future predictions of nuclear fuel behavior under operating conditions. The research findings were published in the International Journal of Plasticity. Nuclear fuel has an immense potential, as it is one of the most energy dense resources available: a single uranium dioxide fuel pellet weighing no more t ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Japan pulls plug on troubled fast breeder reactor
Japan has scrapped plans to generate electricity at a multi-billion dollar experimental nuclear reactor, the government said Monday, giving up on the decades-old project due to spiralling costs. ... more
TECH SPACE
Discovery to inspire more radiation-resistant metals
Metals exposed to radiation at high temperatures swell. That's a problem for the nuclear energy and aerospace industries. ... more
CYBER WARS
White House points to Putin over election hack
The White House on Thursday pointed to Russian President Vladimir Putin's direct involvement in cyber attacks designed to impact the US election, dramatically upping the stakes in a dispute between the world's two leading nuclear powers. ... 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
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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
CIVIL NUCLEAR
'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


Ukraine to unveil giant new safety dome over Chernobyl

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
Ultrafast lasers reveal light-harvesting secrets of photosynthetic algae
Photosynthetic algae have been refining their technique for capturing light for millions of years. As a result, these algae boast powerful light-harvesting systems - proteins that absorb light to be turned into energy - that scientists have long aspired to understand and mimic for renewable energy applications. Now, researchers at Princeton University have revealed a mechanism that enhance ... more
People willing to pay more for new biofuels

Investing in the 'bioeconomy' could create jobs and reduce carbon emissions

Argonne researchers study how reflectivity of biofuel crops impacts climate

Blue Oak Energy and Sun Air Solar complete additional 808kW PV System
Blue Oak Energy and Sun Air Solar have completed a 259 kWdc rooftop solar PV system atop a facility occupied by Abbott's diabetes care business and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Located near Oakland International Airport on Bay Farm Island in San Francisco's East Bay, a new 259 kWdc rooftop system complements an on-site 549 kWdc solar PV carport completed earlier this year by Blue O ... more
Tenth Year of Consecutive Global Growth for PV Demand, IHS Markit Says

Saudi Vision 2030 Gives Boost to Solar Energy Investors

Canadian Solar Subsidiary Recurrent Energy Completes 200 Megawatt Garland Solar Facility

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

MIT Energy Initiative report provides guidance for evolving electric power sector
Distributed energy resources - relatively small-scale power technologies such as solar, wind, energy storage, and power electronics and control devices - are being deployed rapidly in the global shift toward a low-carbon energy future. To ensure that both distributed and centralized energy resources are integrated efficiently, however, electric power systems in the U.S., Europe, and other ... more
Toward energy solutions for northern regions

Energy-hungry Asia slowing down, lender says

US push to low-carbon future 'unstoppable': Biden

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Scientists track chemical and structural evolution of catalytic nanoparticles in 3-D
Catalysts are at the heart of fuel cells-devices that convert hydrogen and oxygen to water and enough electricity to power vehicles for hundreds of miles. But finding effective, inexpensive catalysts has been a key challenge to getting more of these hydrogen-powered, emission-free vehicles out on the road. To help tackle this challenge, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) B ... more
Scientists boost catalytic activity for key chemical reaction in fuel cells

Lower cost of LEDs reduce profitability for manufacturing landscape

Safe and inexpensive hydrogen production as a future energy source

China chokes under heavy smog with worse ahead
Hospital visits spiked, roads were closed and flights cancelled Monday as China choked under a vast cloud of toxic smog, with forecasters warning worse was yet to come. At least 23 cities in the world's most populous nation have issued red alerts for air pollution since Friday, according to the official Xinhua news agency. A host of emergency measures have been implemented to protect the ... more
Planes grounded as smog chokes China for fifth day

Bacteria control levels of dangerous pollutant in seabirds

RIT researchers estimate 10,000 metric tons of plastic enter Great Lakes every year

Gas prices moving higher alongside oil prices
U.S. gasoline prices continue to rise along with crude oil, though some refinery issues and supply levels could create some fluidity, a retail market report finds. Motor club AAA reports a national average retail price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline at $2.25 for Tuesday, up a fraction from the previous day and 4 cents, or 1.5 percent, higher than last week. Gasoline pr ... more
The deepwater horizon aftermath

Additional drilling slated for Leviathan gas field

California officials challenge fracking off coastline

Small Troughs Growing on Mars May Become 'Spiders'
Erosion-carved troughs that grow and branch during multiple Martian years may be infant versions of larger features known as Martian "spiders," which are radially patterned channels found only in the south polar region of Mars. Researchers using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) report the first detection of cumulative growth, from one Martian spring to another, of channels resultin ... more
All eyes on Trump over Mars

Opportunity performs several drives to ancient gully

Full go-ahead for building ExoMars 2020

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Seizing environmental opportunities under a Trump presidency
Australian, South African and US researchers say that although the environmental movement is in shock at US President-elect Donald Trump's election victory and its implications, it is not all doom and gloom. "The environmental movement should proactively seize opportunities over the next four years," said lead author Dr Duan Biggs of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions ... more
Climate report says 2016 on pace to be hottest year yet

Glee to gloom: Climate and the 'Trump effect'

'Fear is palpable' among US climate scientists over Trump moves

Big diamonds have liquid metal roots, deep in the Earth
After closely inspecting massive diamonds, scientists suggest they not only have unusual sizes but also unusual origins. Slivers of embedded iron in these gems, surrounded by special gases, point to a liquid metal origin and also confirm metal-saturated conditions deep in the Earth, the researchers say. To date, geologists have puzzled over the origin of large diamonds like the fam ... more
Tortoise electrons trying to catch up with hare photons give graphene its conductivity

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Australia inks mega deal to buy French subs
Australia on Tuesday signed a mega deal to purchase a fleet of next-generation submarines from France, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hailing the vessels' "cutting-edge technology". French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian inked the inter-governmental agreement (IGA) in Adelaide that will see French shipbuilder DCNS design and build the Shortfin Barracudas. The total cost of the ... more
Fincantieri starting Australian subsidiary

Lockheed Martin contracted for Trident II processing and support

Finland issues battle system RFP; US extends destroyer contract; Huntington tasked for LPD design

Lockheed Martin to continue ICBM sustainment for U.S. Air Force
Lockheed Martin has received $60 million in contracts to sustain and modernize intercontinental ballistic missile re-entry systems for the U.S. Air Force. The agreement is comprised of a new contract in addition to an extended second contract. The company will be tasked with providing equipment and services for U.S. Air Force personnel to support testing and maintenance for all Minutema ... more
IAEA content with oil-rich Iran, Iran seeks sanction review

Iran discusses nuclear ships plan with IAEA chief

Obama allows Iran sanctions renewal without signing bill

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US military formally ends anti-IS operation in Libya's Sirte
The US military has officially ended operations in a former Islamic State bastion in Libya, officials announced Tuesday. The Pentagon had launched Operation Odyssey Lightning to help local forces push the jihadists from the coastal city of Sirte on August 1. "In partnership with the Libyan Government of National Accord, the operation succeeded in its core objective of enabling GNA-aligne ... more
2016, the year the IS 'caliphate' buckled

Jihadists' return from frontline a major threat, US experts warn

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

360-Degree Airport Simulator Tests the Future of Air Traffic Control
Heading home for the holidays may fill you with joy, as well as a little dread at the thought of the complexities of air travel at one of the busiest times of the year. The good news is that NASA is working on new technologies and concepts in air traffic management that will not only provide some relief from holiday travel headaches, but increase the efficiency, safety and environmental friendli ... more
Northrop Grumman completes E-2D Advanced Hawkeye flight test

US military resumes Osprey flights in Japan after crash

F-35 program is not 'out of control', JSF chief fires back at Trump

'Tiny earthquakes' help scientists predict mountain rock falls
The risk of mountain rock falls in regions with sub-zero temperatures, such as the Swiss Alps and parts of Canada, could be better predicted by using technology which measures 'tiny earthquakes' - according to a group of international experts. In a new study led by the University of Sussex, geoscientists from the British Geological Survey and the Technical University of Munich reveal that ... more
China charges 10 in power plant collapse killed 74

Sawdust reinvented into super sponge for oil spills

China arrests 18 over fatal October blast

A hardware-based approach for real world collaborative multi-robots
Technological revolution means robots no longer are the song of the future. The Governor of the Bank of England predicts today that up to half of British workforce face redundancy in the imminent 'second machine age'. No wonder, the research of multi-robot systems generates serious buzz both for promising (albeit at times scary) results and for their application prospects in the real world. ... more
Zuckerberg builds software butler for his home

Research shows people can control a robotic arm with only their minds

Artificial intelligence creeps into daily life



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