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February 10, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Explosion at French nuclear plant, 'no radiation risk'



Caen, France (AFP) Feb 9, 2017
An explosion at a nuclear power plant on France's northwest coast on Thursday caused minor injuries, but the authorities said there was no risk of radiation. The blast occurred in the engine room at the Flamanville plant, which lies 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of the port of Cherbourg and just across from the Channel Islands. "It is a technical incident. It is not a nuclear accident," senior local official Jacques Witkowski told AFP. He said a ventilator had exploded outside the nuclear zo ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Three new uranium minerals from Utah
Leesite, leoszilardite and redcanyonite are three new uranyl minerals discovered growing on the walls of old uranium mines in southern Utah. An alumnus of Michigan Technological University found the ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Iran imports 149 tonnes of uranium from Russia: atomic chief
Iran will receive the final part of a 149-tonne shipment of uranium from Russia as part of its nuclear deal with world powers, it was announced on Monday. ... more
TECH SPACE
How X-rays in matter create genetoxic low-energy electrons
Researchers led by Kiyoshi Ueda of Tohoku University have investigated what x-rays in matter really do and identified a new mechanism of producing low-energy free electrons. Since the low-energy ele ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Radiation level in Fukushima plant at record high
/> Radiation levels inside a stricken reactor at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant have hit a record high capable of shutting down robots, in the latest challenge to efforts aimed at dismantling the ... more
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France's Areva picks up Japanese investors
France's troubled nuclear energy company Areva announced Friday that two Japanese companies would take equity stakes as part of its restructuring as investors approved a state bailout. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Russia 'ready' to entirely fund Hungary nuclear plant
/> Russia is "ready" to finance in full the expansion of Hungary's only nuclear plant, Russian president Vladimir Putin said Thursday in Budapest. The original agreement signed between Hungary ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Toshiba to stop building new nuclear plants: report
Japan's Toshiba is set to dramatically reduce its nuclear operations and stop building new atomic power plants after suffering billion of dollars of losses on US projects, a report said. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Canada uranium supplier, Fukushima operator in contract fight
Canadian uranium supplier Cameco's share price fell more than 12 percent in New York on Wednesday after the operator of the Fukushima plant in Japan canceled a Can$1.3 billion (US$1 billion) fuel supply contract. ... more
TECH SPACE
NASA studies cosmic radiation to protect high-altitude travelers
NASA scientists studying high-altitude radiation recently published new results on the effects of cosmic radiation in our atmosphere. Their research will help improve real-time radiation monitoring ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
International partnerships vital for UK nuclear energy
The UK must ensure that any actions taken regarding its membership of the Euratom treaty as part of the Brexit process includes a smooth transition for its current nuclear industry and allows the UK ... more


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CIVIL NUCLEAR
New technique could lead to safer, more efficient uranium extraction
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 Univ ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
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
CIVIL NUCLEAR
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
CIVIL NUCLEAR
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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A better way to farm algae
Scientists have long known of the potential of microalgae to aid in the production of biofuels and other valuable chemicals. However, the difficulty and significant cost of growing microalgae have in some ways stalled further development of this promising technology. Bendy Estime, a biomedical and chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate, has devoted his research to this area, and developed a new te ... more
DuPont Industrial Biosciences to develop new high-efficiency biogas enzyme method

Cathay Pacific to cut emissions with switch to biofuel

Populus dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, metabolites

Powerful change: A profile of today's solar consumer
People with higher incomes and better education no longer dominate demand for the domestic solar market in Queensland with a new QUT study revealing the highest uptake in solar PV systems comes from families on medium to lower incomes. Over the past decade the profile of Queenslanders acquiring solar PV has changed significantly based on a study by QUT Dr Jeff Sommerfeld investigating the ... more
EU to phase out China solar panel duties

NREL research pinpoints promise of polycrystalline perovskites

Material can turn sunlight, heat and movement into electricity

British grid drawing power from new offshore wind farm
While only a fraction of the total capacity is realized, Norwegian energy company Statoil said the British grid is getting power from its latest wind farm. Statoil announced its first wind turbine from the Dudgeon facility off the British coast was now providing electricity to the nation's grid. Up to 6,000 homes are now getting power from offshore wind. Once in full operation later thi ... more
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Russia's nuclear giant pushes into wind energy

The power of wind energy and how to use it

Electricity costs: A new way they'll surge in a warming world
Climate change is likely to increase U.S. electricity costs over the next century by billions of dollars more than economists previously forecast, according to a new study involving a University of Michigan researcher. The study shows how higher temperatures will raise not just the average annual electricity demand, but more importantly, the peak demand. And to avoid brownouts and absorb t ... more
Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax

Climate change may overload US electrical grid: study

Action is needed to make stagnant CO2 emissions fall

Portable superconductivity systems for small motors
Superconductivity, where electrical currents course unhindered through a material, is one of modern physics' most intriguing scientific discoveries. It has many practical uses. Governments, industries, and health care and science centers all make use of superconductivity in applications extending from MRIs in hospitals to the cavities of particle accelerators, where scientists explore the fundam ... more
How to recycle lithium batteries

New, long-lasting flow battery could run for more than a decade with minimum upkeep

Building a better microbial fuel cell - using paper

Cassava carrier bags: Indonesian entrepreneur tackles plastic scourge
From bags washing up on Bali's beaches to food packaging scattered across roads and clogging waterways in cities, Indonesia is facing a plastic waste crisis driven by years of rapid economic growth. Now an entrepreneur from Bali, disgusted at the rubbish littering the famous holiday island, is trying to tackle the problem with alternatives to conventional plastic. His company, Avani Eco, ... more
China tightens smog data controls amid public anger

Philippine ministers say mine closure order will cost jobs

Coal ash selenium found in fish in NC lakes

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Iran on Total's radar for future growth
Future investments geared toward growth include signing agreements to work with Iran on its giant South Pars gas field, French supermajor Total said. Total released results for the fourth quarter, saying its net income of $8.3 billion last year represented the "highest profitability" of any of its peers. As a result, the company said it was increasing its return on dividends by 1.6 perc ... more
First sale of U.S. strategic oil scheduled

BHP Billiton sinks $2.2 billion in Gulf of Mexico

U.S. exploration and production activity rising

ISRO saves its Mars mission spacecraft from eclipse
Scientists from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) have successfully executed crucial orbital maneuvering on Mars spacecraft to give it another lease of life. The Mission was facing imminent death as it was to face an eclipse during which dark shadows of Mars would block light to spacecraft's solar panel. After hours long remotely controlled execution which activated onboard t ... more
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter plays crucial role in search for landing sites

UAE Aims to Launch Its First Ever Mars Mission in 2020

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Scientists argue current climate change models understate the problem
A new study on the relationship between people and the planet shows that climate change is only one of many inter-related threats to the Earth's capacity to support human life. An international team of distinguished scientists, including five members of the National Academies, argues that there are critical components missing from current climate models that inform environmental, climate, ... more
Researchers say climate models understate risk, ignore human factors

Cape Town pools crack down on splashing as drought bites

Shifting monsoon altered early cultures in China

Study traces black carbon sources in the Russian Arctic
According to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 35% of black carbon in the Russian Arctic originates from residential heating sources, 38% comes from transport, while open fires, power plants, and gas flaring are responsible for only 12%, 9%, and 6% respectively. These estimates confirm previous work for some areas of the European Arctic, ... more
Graphene's sleeping superconductivity awakens

Scientists turn graphene into working OLED electrodes, a first

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

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South Korea to speed up hovercraft delivery
South Korea's defense procurement agency will move up the scheduled delivery of two hovercraft landing ships by one year. The move, which the agency says is meant to counter North Korea's growing nuclear capabilities, brings the delivery date from 2021 to 2020 according to IHS Janes. Hanjin Heavy Industries received a $130 million contract to support the project. "If the hovercra ... more
Carrier Charles de Gaulle undergoing refit and upgrade

China makes progress on second aircraft carrier

Chinese aircraft carrier program to make new advances in 2017

US, Japan conduct test of joint missile
The United States and Japan have conducted the first interception of a ballistic missile target using a jointly built system, amid heightened tensions over North Korea's missile program. The two nations have been working together since 2006 to develop a variant of the Standard Missile-3, a ship-launched missile that operates as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. Friday' ... more
N. Korea nuclear attack would trigger 'overwhelming response': Mattis

Iran's Rouhani says military power 'purely defensive'

French MPs clear way for payouts to atomic test victims

Leidos contracted for counter-WMD support
Leidos received a contract from the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency to support countermeasure training against weapons of mass destruction. Under the agreement, the company will support the agency's Cooperative Biological Engagement Program, or CBEP, as well as the Cooperative Threat Reduction program, also known as CTR. The contract includes four one-year options, and has a potent ... more
IS bastion in Syria soon to be isolated: coalition

Trump visits Centcom, with sights on battling Islamic State

Pentagon publishes, then pulls, video from Yemen raid

Lockheed trims costs for F-35, most expensive plane ever
Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon on Friday said the next batch of F-35 stealth fighters, the most expensive planes in history, will be produced at a reduced cost. They announced $728 million in savings after President Donald Trump publically upbraided Lockheed over "out of control" costs, although most of the savings were already planned ahead of his involvement, during a months-long contrac ... more
South Korea, Indonesia open KF-X program office

Greece military plans modernization of its F-16 fleet

U.S. Navy purchases 25 more AH-1Z helicopters

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Justice for victims of Nepal's civil war slips away
Shanti Dhakal's husband disappeared without a trace nearly two decades ago at the height of Nepal's brutal Maoist insurgency, presumed murdered by police for having links to the rebels. Dhakal was among 60,000 victims who registered a complaint with two commissions set up in 2015 with a two-year mandate to investigate the murders, rapes and forced disappearances perpetrated by both sides. ... more
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NASA Selects Top 20 Space Robotics Challenge Teams
NASA, in partnership with Space Center Houston - the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center, and NineSigma, a global innovation consultant organization, has selected the top 20 teams in the Space Robotics Challenge. Eligible teams will be awarded $15,000 and advance to the final Virtual Competition, which will take place in June. The Space Robotics Challenge, part of NASA's C ... more
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