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December 28, 2016
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Report finds additional radioactive materials in gas-well drill cuttings



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Hydraulic fracturing has boosted U.S. energy production while coming under scrutiny for its potential environmental impacts, mostly related to the wastewater the method generates. Now, a report in the ACS journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters takes a look at solid waste from horizontal gas wells. The study found that some well waste from the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania contained radioactive material not previously reported, with the potential for leaching from landfills into the ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Chemistry research breakthrough that could improve nuclear waste recycling technologies
Researchers from The University of Manchester have taken a major step forward by describing the quantitative modelling of the electronic structure of a family of uranium nitride compounds - a proces ... 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
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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
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


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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
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
Tesla, Panasonic team up for solar power

Tenth Year of Consecutive Global Growth for PV Demand, IHS Markit Says

Saudi Vision 2030 Gives Boost to Solar Energy Investors

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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New approach captures the energy of slow motion
A new concept in energy harvesting could capture energy currently wasted due to its characteristic low frequency and use it to power next-generation electronic devices, according to a team of Penn State materials scientists and electrical engineers. The project, funded by Samsung, designed a mechanical energy transducer based on flexible, organic, ionic diodes that points to scalable energ ... more
Fuel cells with PFIA-membranes

World's smallest electrical wire made from world's smallest diamonds

Scientists boost catalytic activity for key chemical reaction in fuel cells

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

Bacteria control levels of dangerous pollutant in seabirds

Planes grounded as smog chokes China for fifth day

Oil prices dip in pre-Christmas trading
Lingering supply-side strains and traders looking for quick profits as the year draws down pushed crude oil prices into negative territory early Friday. Trading is light this week as investors take time away for the long year-end holiday season. Friday is the last trading session before the Christmas holiday. Crude oil prices gained ground in Thursday trading after a report from ... more
Putin: We're not a member of OPEC

More reserves uncovered offshore Norway

Next U.S. Gulf of Mexico lease sale will be online

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

Large, rare diamonds offer window into inner workings of Earth's mantle
Breakthrough research led by GIA Postdoctoral Research Fellow Evan Smith examines diamonds of exceptional size and quality to uncover clues about Earth's geology. The researchers studied the unique properties of diamonds with similar characteristics to famous stones such as the Cullinan, Constellation and Koh-i-Noor to advance our understanding of Earth's deep mantle, hidden beneath tectonic pla ... more
No tax on CO2 emissions in China's new environment law

Big diamonds have liquid metal roots, deep in the Earth

Tortoise electrons trying to catch up with hare photons give graphene its conductivity

General Dynamics receives modification for Columbia submarines
General Dynamics received a $146 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to increase design support requirements for Columbia-class submarines. The contract's tasks include vendor component and technology development, engineering integration, concept design studies, cost reduction, and prototype manufacturing. General Dynamics will also conduct engineering analysis and cost eva ... more
U.S. Navy accepts 9th littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords

Raytheon selected for anti-ship weapon support

China's aircraft carrier passes south of Taiwan

Duped by fake news, Pakistan minister makes nuke threat to Israel
Pakistan's defence minister has threatened to retaliate in kind to any Israeli nuclear strike after apparently being tricked by a fake news site into a confrontation on social media. Khawaja Asif was responding to an invented story published on the website AWDNews and headlined: "Israeli Defense Minister: If Pakistan send ground troops into Syria on any pretext, we will destroy this country ... more
India tests Agni-V ballistic missile, tensions with China rise

N. Korea plans nuclear push in 2017: top defector

US must 'greatly strengthen' its nuclear capability: Trump

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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

China tests new jet fighter prototype
China has tested the latest version of its fifth-generation stealth fighter, state media reported Monday, as it tries to end the West's monopoly on the world's most advanced warplanes. The test comes as the nation flexes its military muscles, sending its sole aircraft carrier the Liaoning into the western Pacific in recent days to lead drills there for the first time. The newest version ... more
Main black box of crashed Russian plane found in Black Sea

Preparing for air traffic control via satellite

Ukraine's Antonov rolls out first AN-132D aircraft

58,000 people died on Chinese roads in 2015: report
Chinese roads saw 58,000 deaths in more than 180,000 traffic accidents in 2015, authorities said, adding that poor enforcement of traffic laws still posed a threat to road safety in the country. Deaths on Chinese roads have dropped from more than 107,000 in 2004 to 58,000 in 2015, according to a report posted on Wednesday on the official website of the National People's Congress (NPC), the C ... more
New Technology Could Help Track Firefighters for Safety

66,000 workplace deaths in China last year: report

'Tiny earthquakes' help scientists predict mountain rock falls

Mimicking biological movements with soft robots
Designing a soft robot to move organically - to bend like a finger or twist like a wrist - has always been a process of trial and error. Now, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a method to automatically design soft actuators based on the desired movement. "Rather ... more
Marriage and more with robots: science fiction or new reality?

NIST device for detecting subatomic-scale motion may aid robotics, homeland security

A hardware-based approach for real world collaborative multi-robots



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