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February 11, 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
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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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Alberta backing bioenergy programs
The provincial government of Alberta said it was creating new jobs by offering funding to support bioenergy and a low-carbon future. The government said it was offering up to $45 million to support a bioenergy producer program aimed at deriving fuels from crops and livestock waste. The industry already powers the equivalent of 200,000 average households in Alberta and contributes ... more
A better way to farm algae

DuPont Industrial Biosciences to develop new high-efficiency biogas enzyme method

Cathay Pacific to cut emissions with switch to biofuel

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
French government gets renewable energy endorsement

EU to phase out China solar panel duties

NREL research pinpoints promise of polycrystalline perovskites

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

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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

Researchers optimize the assembly of micro meso and macroporous carbon for Li-S batteries

Building a better microbial fuel cell - using paper

Philippines to review mines closure order
The Philippines will review an order to close two dozen mines, the government said Friday, after the decision sparked concern over jobs losses and the economy. The environment ministry last week ordered the closure of 23 of the country's large-scale mines and the suspension of five others after a government investigation found they had illegally cut down trees and polluted rivers. The P ... more
Cassava carrier bags: Indonesian entrepreneur tackles plastic scourge

Philippine ministers say mine closure order will cost jobs

Coal ash selenium found in fish in NC lakes

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
Oil sharply higher on OPEC compliance

Worker missing after New Orleans pipeline explosion

Rio Tinto hires from oil and gas talent pool

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

Angling up for Mars science

Swirling spirals at the north pole of Mars

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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

Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release

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
U.S. Navy to christen littoral combat ship USS Tulsa

U.S. Navy contracts Bell for AH-1Z long-lead procurement

China makes progress on second aircraft carrier

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
U.S. Air Force test-launches Minuteman III missile

Iran's Rouhani says military power 'purely defensive'

French MPs clear way for payouts to atomic test victims

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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

How to decrease the mass of aircrafts
Members of the Department of Chemistry of Lomonosov Moscow State University have created unique polymer matrices for polymer composites based on novel phthalonitrile monomers. The developed materials possess higher strength than metals, which helps to sufficiently decrease the mass of aircraft parts that operate at high temperatures. Scientists have published the project results in the Journal o ... more
Leonardo to offer T-100 training system for T-X program

Saab offers high-tech jet production hub to India

U.S. Air Force tests first C-130 with Block 8.1 upgrades

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
Myanmar jade mine landslide kills 9: official

Facebook adds tool for helping in times of crisis

Six cosmic catastrophes that could wipe out life on Earth

Pentagon's robot satellite repair system sued by aerospace company
American aerospace manufacturer Orbital ATK is leveling a lawsuit against the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to halt a robot-satellite repair system being developed by the agency in conjunction with a non-US-owned competitor. The National Reconnaissance Office, which operates spy satellites, stands to benefit from robotic servicing of geosynchronous satellites (RSGS) te ... more
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