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January 27, 2017
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New technique could lead to safer, more efficient uranium extraction



Corvallis OR (SPX) Jan 27, 2017
The separation of uranium, a key part of the nuclear fuel cycle, could potentially be done more safely and efficiently through a new technique developed by chemistry researchers at Oregon State University. The technique uses soap-like chemicals known as surfactants to extract uranium from an aqueous solution into a kerosene solution in the form of hollow clusters. Aside from fuel preparation, it may also find value in legacy waste treatment and for the cleanup of environmental contamination. ... read more

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France takes key step towards closing ageing nuclear plant
France on Tuesday took a key step towards shutting down its oldest nuclear power station, a campaign promise of Socialist President Francois Hollande, just months before he leaves office. ... more
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Georges Besse II plant reaches full enrichment capacity
The AREVA Georges Besse II enrichment plant successfully reached its full production capacity of 7.5 million SWUs1 in 2016, on schedule as planned. The plant has gradually been able to ramp up its a ... more
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Treated carbon pulls radioactive elements from water
Researchers at Rice University and Kazan Federal University in Russia have found a way to extract radioactivity from water and said their discovery could help purify the hundreds of millions of gall ... more
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AREVA to supply refueling equipment upgrades to TVA reactors
AREVA NP signed a multimillion-dollar agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to provide fleet-wide refuel equipment upgrades. Under this contract, AREVA NP will upgrade existing refueli ... more
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Portugal protests against Spain nuclear waste near border
Portugal has accused Spain of stockpiling nuclear waste close to its border without evaluating the environmental impact, in a complaint filed Monday with Brussels. ... more
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UK asks regulators to assess Chinese nuclear reactor
Britain on Tuesday asked regulators to begin an assessment of a Chinese-designed nuclear reactor for a proposed plant in Bradwell, southeastern England. ... more
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France sells off Engie stake to finance Areva rescue
France has sold a 4.1-percent stake in energy company Engie, pulling in 1.14 billion euros ($1.2 billion) to help finance a state-led rescue of troubled nuclear firm Areva. ... more
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EU clears French rescue of troubled nuclear firm Areva
EU anti-trust regulators on Tuesday cleared the French government's massive restructuring of troubled state-owned nuclear reactor builder Areva. ... more
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Controversial nuclear power plant near New York to close
The controversial Indian Point nuclear plant near New York will close in 2021, a casualty of low energy prices and relentless criticism by environmentalists, the power company announced Monday. ... more


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Battling energy crisis, Pakistan turns on fourth nuclear plant
Pakistan's fourth nuclear power plant went online Wednesday, a joint collaboration with China that adds 340 megawatts to the national grid as part of the goverment's efforts to end a growth-sapping energy deficit. ... more
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Report finds additional radioactive materials in gas-well drill cuttings
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 t ... more

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Populus dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, metabolites
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists as well as researchers in the fields of biofuels, materials science, and secondary plant metabolism. For nearly 10 years, researchers with DOE's BioEnergy Scie ... more
Handheld Sensor Unit Determines Biofuel Content Of Diesel Blends

Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production, increase profits

Iowa State engineer helps journal highlight how pyrolysis can advance the bioeconomy

Scientists lay foundations for new type of solar cell
An interdisciplinary team of researchers has laid the foundations for an entirely new type of photovoltaic cell. In this new method, infrared radiation is converted into electrical energy using a different mechanism from that found in conventional solar cells. The mechanism behind the new solid-state solar cell made of the mineral perovskite relies on so-called polaron excitations, which combine ... more
France issues first 'green bonds' with record 7 bln euro sale

A big nano boost for solar cells

Xinhua: U.S. wasting opportunity in clean energy

Largest US offshore wind farm gets green light
Local authorities approved the largest offshore wind farm in the United States on Wednesday, to be located near Long Island and capable of powering some 50,000 households. Construction on the site, which could begin by 2019, is set to install an initial 15 turbines with a capacity of 90 megawatts. The South Fork Wind Farm will be located some 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of the tip ... more
Renewables a big boost for GE's profits

Essen, Germany wins greenest city honors

Obama puts offshore North Carolina on wind energy map

Iraq inks billion-dollar power plant deal with GE
Iraq signed a billion-dollar deal Thursday with US firm General Electric for the construction of two power plants aimed at easing the country's long-running electricity woes, the premier's office said. Under the deal, the power plants, each with a capacity of 750 megawatts, will be built in the provinces of Dhi Qar and Muthannah at a total cost of $1.05 billion, a statement from Haider al-Ab ... more
China energy firm expands in crisis-hit Brazil

Europe to take up climate investment mantle

Australian energy group backs Li Ka-shing takeover

Electrocatalysis can advance green transition
The world population is growing, as is energy demand, and we have long been able to see the consequences of climate change caused by the world's consumption of fossil resources. The IEA reports that global demand for energy was around 18 terawatts (TW) in 2013. This corresponds to 18,000,000 megawatts. Demand is expected to rise to around 25 TW in 2040. This means that our carbon emissions will ... more
Harnessing the energy of fireworks for fuel

UNIST researchers get green light to commercialize metal-air batteries

Samsung blames Galaxy Note 7 fires on faulty batteriesW/LLL

Synthetic chemicals: Ignored agents of global change
Despite a steady rise in the manufacture and release of synthetic chemicals, research on the ecological effects of pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and industrial chemicals is severely lacking. This blind spot undermines efforts to address global change and achieve sustainability goals. So reports a new study in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Emma J. Rosi, a freshwater ecologist at ... more
Cookware made with scrap metal contaminates food

Research targets cookstove pollution using supercomputers and NASA satellites

How India's 'Garden City' became garbage city

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Texas energy sector showing clear recovery
The Texas oil and gas sector has turned the corner after a two-year "blood bath" that humbled the nation's top producer, a state economist said. Texas is the top oil producer in the country and most of the oil and gas drilling and exploration activity occurs there because of its rich shale resources. Karr Ingham, an economist at the independent Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, said d ... more
Former Sinopec president gets 15 years for graft

TransCanada submits US application to build Keystone pipeline

Transparency International has U.S. energy concerns

Long Eclipse Avoidance Manoeuvres Performed Successfully on MOM Spacecraft
An orbital manoeuvres was performed on Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft to avoid the impending long eclipse duration for the satellite. The duration of the eclipse would have been as long as 8 hours in the coming days. As the satellite battery is designed to handle an eclipse duration of only about 1 Hour 40 minutes, a longer eclipse would have drained the battery beyond the safe limi ... more
Commercial Crew's Role in Path to Mars

Similar-Looking Ridges on Mars Have Diverse Origins

Bursts of methane may have warmed early Mars

Climate change to shift global pattern of mild weather
As scientists work to predict how climate change may affect hurricanes, droughts, floods, blizzards and other severe weather, there's one area that's been overlooked: mild weather. But no more. NOAA and Princeton University scientists have produced the first global analysis of how climate change may affect the frequency and location of mild weather - days that are perfect for an outdoor we ... more
Researchers report new understanding of global warming

New England's 1816 'Mackerel Year' and climate change today

Green Sahara's ancient rainfall regime revealed

Graphene's sleeping superconductivity awakens
Researchers have found a way to trigger the innate, but previously hidden, ability of graphene to act as a superconductor - meaning that it can be made to carry an electrical current with zero resistance. The finding, reported in Nature Communications, further enhances the potential of graphene, which is already widely seen as a material that could revolutionise industries such as healthca ... more
Scientists turn graphene into working OLED electrodes, a first

China's Decline in Coal Consumption Drives Global Slowdown in Emissions

Research shows driving factors behind changes between local and global carbon cycles

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Huntington Ingalls uses superlift to construct Ford-class carrier
Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, is using a unique superlift to construct the U.S. Navy's second Ford-class aircraft carrier. The aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy, designated CVN 79 by the Navy, has been under construction since August 2015. HII officials say they are applying lessons learned from constructing the first vessel of the Ford class, th ... more
U.S. Navy notes progress on 2 expeditionary fast transports

U.S. Navy to commission USS Sioux City in Annapolis, Md.

Spain's Felipe meets Saudi king as warship sale mooted

UK minister defends 'failed' Trident missile test
Britain hit back on Monday against reports of a failed test of its nuclear weapons deterrent last year when an unarmed missile reportedly misfired, possibly in the direction of the United States. "Contrary to reports in the weekend press, HMS Vengeance and her crew were successfully tested," Defence Minister Michael Fallon told lawmakers, responding to the Sunday Times article. "We do no ... more
Days of N. Korea's Kim are numbered: defector

China must expand nuclear arsenal in response to Trump

Israel nuclear whistle-blower convicted over release terms

Militants still holding 25 hostages in Philippines: defence chief
The Philippine defence chief said Monday that 25 hostages are still being held by Islamic militants in the southern Philippines but urged that no ransom be paid for their release. Delfin Lorenzana also told a security forum in Singapore that President Rodrigo Duterte has been under pressure to declare martial law in at least three southern islands where jihadists operate, but he did not thin ... more
Fears of mass killings as IS advances in Syria's Deir Ezzor

Scramble to treat wounded after botched Nigeria air strike

Lebanon foils bomber in busy Beirut district: security sources

State Dept. approves $525 million aerostat sale to Saudi Arabia
The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of Persistent Threat Detection System Aerostats to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The proposed sale under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program carries an estimated value of $525 million. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which manages the FMS program, said in its notification to Congress that Saudi Arabia's pro ... more
U.S. AETC fires first live bombs from an F-35A

Shortage of Air Force fighter pilots grows

Britain seeks continued U.S. logistics support for C-17s

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Anguish and miracles: avalanche dramas captivate Italy
In the anxious days since an avalanche engulfed the Hotel Rigopiano in Italy on January 18, wrenching scenes and heart-stirring strokes of luck have riveted the country. The death toll hit 25 on Wednesday, with four people still missing. - Braving the storm - Central Italy was the scene of chaos after the region was struck by record snowfall and four magnitude five earthquakes in the ... more
Italy avalanche toll at 15 as helicopter crash adds to pain

Haitians face deportation as 2010 quake reprieve expires

Archaeologists shed new light on collapse of Mayan civilization

NASA develops AI for future exploration of extraterrestrial subsurface oceans
NASA is developing technology which could enable autonomous navigation of future underwater drones studying subsurface oceans on icy moons like Jupiter's Europa. The agency is working on artificial intelligence (AI) that would allow submersibles to make their own decisions during exploration of extraterrestrial water worlds. Space exploration missions and astronomical observations in recen ... more
Swarm of underwater robots mimics ocean life

Making AI systems that see the world as humans do

Researches replicate ocean life with swarm of underwater robots



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