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December 23, 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
Molecular Velcro boosts microalgae's potential in biofuel, industrial applications
Michigan State University scientists have engineered "molecular Velcro" into to cyanobacteria, boosting this microalgae's biofuel viability as well as its potential for other research. The findings, featured in the current issue of ACS Synthetic Biology, show how MSU researchers have designed a surface display system to attach cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, to yeast and oth ... more
Ultrafast lasers reveal light-harvesting secrets of photosynthetic algae

People willing to pay more for new biofuels

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

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

New rules for micro-grids in Alberta
A rule change means consumers in Alberta can have more flexibility when it comes to how they generate their own forms of green electricity, the government said. The provincial government amended regulations governing low-carbon power sources to allow for more flexibility in grid connectivity and power limits, increasing micro-generation size limits from 1 megawatt to 5 MW. The go ... more
Offshore wind makes U.S. debut

Apple invests in China wind farms

German energy company plants wind farm seed in Texas

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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Safe and inexpensive hydrogen production as a future energy source
Hydrogen gas is a promising alternative energy source to overcome our reliance on carbon-based fuels, and has the benefit of producing only water when it is reacted with oxygen. However, hydrogen is highly reactive and flammable, so it requires careful handling and storage. Typical hydrogen storage materials are limited by factors like water sensitivity, risk of explosion, difficulty of control ... more
Ultra-thin solution to primary obstacle in solid-state battery development

Scientists boost catalytic activity for key chemical reaction in fuel cells

Lower cost of LEDs reduce profitability for manufacturing landscape

China's smoggiest city closes schools amid public anger
China's smoggiest city closed schools Wednesday as much of the country suffered its sixth day under an oppressive haze, sparking public anger about the slow response to the threat to children's health. Since Friday a choking miasma has covered a large swathe of northeastern China, leaving more than 460 million gasping for breath. Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province, was one of mo ... 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

Schlumberger lands deepwater work
A subsidiary of oilfield services company Schlumberger said it landed contracts to help manage operations in the U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The subsidiary, Cameron, signed two contracts to help manage operations on behalf of rig owner Transocean. One of the contracts is specific to management of infrastructure for Transocean in the Gulf of Mexico, while the second outlines a sui ... more
Gas prices moving higher alongside oil prices

Texas oil production not rebounding yet

Russia sees oil markets balanced in late 2017

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

Tortoise electrons trying to catch up with hare photons give graphene its conductivity
How electrons interact with other electrons at quantum scale in graphene affects how quickly they travel in the material, leading to its high conductivity. Now, Natalia Menezes and Cristiane Morais Smith from the Centre for Extreme Matter and Emergent Phenomena at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and a Brazilian colleague, Van Sergio Alves, have developed a model attributing the greater cond ... more
Simulation method helps combat climate change, boost energy supply

Closing the carbon loop

Rapid and mass production of graphene, using microwaves

Raytheon selected for anti-ship weapon support
Raytheon has received a $64.6 million contract to perform technical support services for several naval anti-ship weapon systems operated by the U.S. Navy. The contract covers services for the Phalanx Close-In Weapon System, the SeaRAM, and the Land-based Phalanx Weapon System. Foreign military sales for Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Canada, Britain, South Korea, Portugal, and Greece are also in ... more
Australia inks mega deal to buy French subs

Fincantieri starting Australian subsidiary

Move to scrap beloved US Navy titles tossed overboard

US must 'greatly strengthen' its nuclear capability: Trump
President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday that America must massively boost its nuclear capability until the "world comes to its senses." "The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes," Trump wrote on Twitter, without explaining what he meant. His comment marks a jarring departure from Presid ... more
Putin urges Russian nuclear weapons boost

IAEA content with oil-rich Iran, Iran seeks sanction review

Iran discusses nuclear ships plan with IAEA chief

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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

NASA's Magnetic Materials Lab Moves Evolution of Energy Conversion Forward
Electric vehicles. The topic is trending, and with more than 13 million results in a single internet search, it seems to be what everyone is talking about... including NASA. But NASA researchers aren't just talking about the topic - they're diligently working to improve and advance the technology electric aircraft use in order to make them energy efficient and worthwhile. "As the cou ... more
Ukraine's Antonov rolls out first AN-132D aircraft

Northrop Grumman completes E-2D Advanced Hawkeye flight test

US military resumes Osprey flights in Japan after crash

'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
58,000 people died on Chinese roads in 2015: report

New Technology Could Help Track Firefighters for Safety

66,000 workplace deaths in China last year: report

NIST device for detecting subatomic-scale motion may aid robotics, homeland security
Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new device that measures the motion of super-tiny particles traversing distances almost unimaginably small - shorter than the diameter of a hydrogen atom, or less than one-millionth the width of a human hair. Not only can the handheld device sense the atomic-scale motion of its tiny parts with unpreced ... more
A hardware-based approach for real world collaborative multi-robots

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