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February 14, 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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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

Magnolia Solar awarded US Patent for High Efficiency Multijunction Solar Cell
Ecoark Holdings has announced its subsidiary Magnolia Solar, Inc. has recently been awarded a new U.S. patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The U.S. Patent No 9,543,456 issued on January 10, 2017 relates to the development of "Multijunction Solar Cell Employing Extended Heterojunction and Step Graded Antireflection Structures and Methods of constructing the same ... more
French government gets renewable energy endorsement

EU to phase out China solar panel duties

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
Prysmian UK to supply land cable connections for East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm

Russia's nuclear giant pushes into wind energy

The power of wind energy and how to use it

Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax
Several senior Republican statesmen, including former secretaries of state and the treasury department, proposed Wednesday a carbon tax as a way of fighting the threat posed by climate change. Their proposal aims to scrap former president Barack Obama's environmental regulations in favor of taxes on polluting emissions that could be returned to everyday Americans as cash. "Mounting evide ... more
Electricity costs: A new way they'll surge in a warming world

Climate change may overload US electrical grid: study

Action is needed to make stagnant CO2 emissions fall

New, long-lasting flow battery could run for more than a decade with minimum upkeep
Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new flow battery that stores energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water. This new chemistry allows for a non-toxic, non-corrosive battery with an exceptionally long lifetime and offers the potential to significantly decrease the costs of production. The research, p ... more
The ultimate green technology

UMD physicist improves method for designing fusion experiments

Portable superconductivity systems for small motors

Banned chemicals from the '70s found in the deepest reaches of the ocean
A study, led by Newcastle University's Dr Alan Jamieson, has uncovered the first evidence that man-made pollutants have now reached the farthest corners of our earth. Sampling amphipods from the Pacific Ocean's Mariana and Kermadec trenches - which are over 10 kilometres deep and 7,000 km apart - the team found extremely high levels of Persistent Organic Pollutants - or POPs - in the organism's ... more
Israel court rules against 'nuclear' ammonia tank

Philippines to review mines closure order

Philippine ministers say mine closure order will cost jobs

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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
Facing multiple pressures, oil prices move lower

U.S. oil production looking robust, OPEC says

China's oil demand growing, but at a slower pace

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
Opportunity passes 44 kilometers of surface travel after 13 years

Scientists shortlist three landing sites for Mars 2020

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter plays crucial role in search for landing sites

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
Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release

Researchers say climate models understate risk, ignore human factors

Cape Town pools crack down on splashing as drought bites

Vast expanse of melting carbon found beneath Western United States
Roughly 350 kilometers, or 217 miles, beneath the surface of the Western United States, lies a newly discovered mass of melting carbon. Researchers found the region of melting carbon using the world's largest array of seismometers. The molten belt stretches across 1.8 million square kilometers, or 695,000 square miles. As carbonates melt deep beneath Earth's surface, they produce unique ... more
A new platform to study graphene's electronic properties

Study traces black carbon sources in the Russian Arctic

Graphene's sleeping superconductivity awakens

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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

U.S. Navy exercises contract options for nuclear reactor components

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
UN to meet after N. Korea claims successful missile test

Iran's Rouhani says military power 'purely defensive'

French MPs clear way for payouts to atomic test victims

IS fighter first to be stripped of Australian citizenship
An Islamic State fighter has become the first Australian to be stripped of his citizenship under anti-terrorism laws, authorities and reports said. Khaled Sharrouf - who made headlines in 2014 when he posted an image on Twitter of his young son holding a severed head - had his citizenship revoked earlier this year, The Australian newspaper reported Saturday. A spokeswoman for the Immig ... more
Leidos contracted for counter-WMD support

IS bastion in Syria soon to be isolated: coalition

Trump visits Centcom, with sights on battling Islamic State

Airbus contracts CAE for C295W training simulation
Airbus Defense and Space awarded CAE an 11-year contract to support the Canadian government's Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue program. Under the contract, valued at over $229 million, CAE will integrate training systems to prepare Canadian pilots to fly the C295W military transport aircraft. Canada selected to the aircraft as its new fixed-wing search-and-rescue platform in December 2016. ... more
Saab offers high-tech jet production hub to India

How to decrease the mass of aircrafts

Israeli companies cash in on F-35 contract work

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Myanmar jade mine landslide kills 9: official
A landslide in northern Myanmar's jade mining region has killed 9 people, a local official said Saturday, the latest fatal incident to strike the shadowy billion-dollar industry. The men were believed to be searching for jade in Kachin state when a wall of unstable earth collapsed late Thursday night. Five bodies were found buried beneath the rubble on Thursday and three more were found ... more
Justice for victims of Nepal's civil war slips away

Six cosmic catastrophes that could wipe out life on Earth

Facebook adds tool for helping in times of crisis

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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NASA Selects Top 20 Space Robotics Challenge Teams

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