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February 16, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
'No risk' in Benin after truck with chemical for nuclear production crashes



Paris (AFP) Feb 14, 2017
The French nuclear group Areva said Tuesday a truck carrying a chemical used in the uranium fuel process had tipped over in Benin, but there was "no risk" of contamination. The accident occurred in the West African country on Sunday near Dassa, about 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of the capital Cotonou. The truck was carrying uranate, an oxide used in the process to make nuclear fuel. The chemical has "very low radioactivity", a spokeswoman for Areva told AFP. A security cordon was set up ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Explosion at French nuclear plant, 'no radiation risk'
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. ... 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
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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
CIVIL NUCLEAR
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


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SOLAR DAILY
100 percent renewable energy sources require overcapacity
Germany decided to go nuclear-free by 2022. A CO2-emission-free electricity supply system based on intermittent sources, such as wind and solar - or photovoltaic (PV) - power could replace nuclear p ... more
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

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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

Governors tell Trump that China will reap low-carbon rewards
Strong economic powers like China may take over as the global leaders in renewable energy and leave the U.S. economy depending on Beijing, state governors said. A bipartisan group of state governors working through a wind and solar energy coalition called on President Donald Trump to put his political weight behind the nation's renewable energy sector. "If the United States does ... more
First Solar Awarded 140Mw Module Supply Contract For Australia'S Largest Solar Project

Magnolia Solar awarded US Patent for High Efficiency Multijunction Solar Cell

French government gets renewable energy endorsement

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

Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights
As Taiwan lights up for the start of its annual lantern festival this weekend, one eco-friendly craftsman is breaking with tradition. Lantern-maker Lin Chow-chin is part of a growing movement on the island to make the celebrations greener, creating sustainable lights which can be converted into everything from desk lamps to flower vases. Each year huge electric sculptures go on display ... more
EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms

Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax

Electricity costs: A new way they'll surge in a warming world

Next-Gen batteries could provide power to microsatellites, cubesats
Sometimes good things come in very small packages. Just ask Dr. Luke Roberson, senior principal investigator for Flight Research within the Exploration Research and Technology Directorate at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Dr. Roberson is collaborating on research of a new solid-state battery prototype with Dr. Ryan Karkkainen, a composite material expert at the University of Miami ... more
UMD physicist improves method for designing fusion experiments

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Deaths from India air pollution rival China: study
India's air now rivals China's as the world's deadliest, according to a new study published Tuesday amid warnings that efforts to curb pollution from coal will not yield results any time soon. India's notoriously poor air quality causes nearly 1.1 million premature deaths every year, almost on a par with China, concluded a joint report by two US-based health research institutes. But wher ... more
New study helps explain how garbage patches form in the world's oceans

Banned chemicals from the '70s found in the deepest reaches of the ocean

EU emits 'final warning' to Britain, France on air pollution

Higher inventories send oil prices lower
More signs of recovery in U.S. shale oil basins and indications of a build in inventories sent crude oil prices lower early Wednesday. Crude oil prices rallied Tuesday to offset dramatic losses from earlier this week. Markets in general rallied after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen issued a general upbeat assessment of the U.S. economy. Oil prices have moved in a narrow band a ... more
New plans for the North Sea, German energy company says

OPEC notes role as market stabilizer

U.S. gas prices likely at short-term low

Opportunity passes 44 kilometers of surface travel after 13 years
Opportunity is located on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover is making progress towards the next major scientific objective, the gully less than a kilometer south of the current location. The rover has been driving on most planning sols. On Sol 4631 (Feb. 1, 2017), Opportunity traveled just under 85 feet (26 meters) to the southwest. The drive was followed with the collection of ... more
Scientists shortlist three landing sites for Mars 2020

Angling up for Mars science

ISRO saves its Mars mission spacecraft from eclipse

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Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release
The breakdown of methane hydrates due to warming climate is unlikely to lead to massive amounts of methane being released to the atmosphere, according to a recent interpretive review of scientific literature performed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Rochester. Methane hydrate, which is also referred to as gas hydrate, is a naturally-occurring, ice-like form of methane and wat ... more
Scientists argue current climate change models understate the problem

Researchers say climate models understate risk, ignore human factors

Cape Town pools crack down on splashing as drought bites

Graphene foam gets big and tough
A chunk of conductive graphene foam reinforced by carbon nanotubes can support more than 3,000 times its own weight and easily bounce back to its original height, according to Rice University scientists. Better yet, it can be made in just about any shape and size, they reported, demonstrating a screw-shaped piece of the highly conductive foam. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour tested its ... more
UNIST to engineer dream diodes with a graphene interlayer

A new platform to study graphene's electronic properties

Vast expanse of melting carbon found beneath Western United States

U.S. Navy to christen littoral combat ship USS Tulsa
The U.S. Navy is set to christen its latest Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Tulsa during a ceremony in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday. USS Tulsa, named after the city Oklahoma, will be christened during a ceremony featuring Adm. William F. Moran, vice naval operations chief, as the event's principal speaker. Navy officials say the christening will serve a tribute to the branch's ... more
U.S. Navy exercises contract options for nuclear reactor components

South Korea to speed up hovercraft delivery

China makes progress on second aircraft carrier

China expels dozens of S. Korean missionaries
Beijing has expelled dozens of South Korean missionaries working in northeast China including some helping North Korean refugees, activists said Tuesday, as relations sour over Seoul's planned US missile defence system. Around 170 South Koreans - including 70 missionaries and their family members - in the province of Jilin bordering North Korea were expelled between January 10 and Februar ... more
N. Korea slams UN condemnation of missile launch

UN condemns N. Korea missile launch as Trump vows strong response

UN to meet after N. Korea claims successful missile test

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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

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
Israeli companies cash in on F-35 contract work

Airbus contracts CAE for C295W training simulation

Saab offers high-tech jet production hub to India

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