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February 21, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
System automatically detects cracks in nuclear power plants



West Lafayette IN (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
A new automated system detects cracks in the steel components of nuclear power plants and has been shown to be more accurate than other automated systems. "Periodic inspection of the components of nuclear power plants is important to avoid accidents and ensure safe operation," said Mohammad R. Jahanshahi, an assistant professor in Purdue University's Lyles School of Civil Engineering. "However, current inspection practices are time consuming, tedious and subjective because they involve an operator ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Slovenian nuclear plant restarts after shutdown
A 35-year-old nuclear plant in Slovenia was restarted Friday after it automatically shut down because of a water supply problem, its operator said. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Slovenian nuclear plant shuts down after water problem
A 35-year old nuclear plant in Slovenia automatically shut down because of a water supply problem, its operator said Thursday, ruling out any radiation danger. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
'Scorpion' robot mission inside Fukushima reactor aborted
A "scorpion" robot sent into a Japanese nuclear reactor to learn about the damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown had its mission aborted after the probe ran into trouble, Tokyo Electric Power company said Thursday. ... more
TECH SPACE
New synchrotron powder diffraction facility for long running experiments
Synchrotron beamlines and their instruments are built to harness the photon beam power of synchrotron radiation (SR), which has special properties - ideally suited to providing detailed and accurate ... more
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CIVIL NUCLEAR
'No risk' in Benin after truck with chemical for nuclear production crashes
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. ... 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
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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


France's Areva picks up Japanese investors

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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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

Printable solar cells just got a little closer
A U of T Engineering innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Dr. Hairen Tan and his team have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning nearly any surface ... more
Trina Solar modules eligible for calls for tenders in France

Accelerated chlorophyll reaction in microdroplets to reveal secret of photosynthesis

First Solar Awarded 140Mw Module Supply Contract For Australia'S Largest Solar Project

Michigan meets renewable energy targets
All electric service providers in Michigan met their renewable energy targets, with wind contributing most to the green economy, a public commission found. "The combined efforts of the electric providers, renewable energy project developers, communities hosting renewable energy projects, renewable energy advocates and many others have contributed to the effective implementation of Michi ... more
British grid drawing power from new offshore wind farm

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

Russia's nuclear giant pushes into wind energy

EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms
The European Parliament on Wednesday adopted draft reforms of Europe's carbon market after 2021, a key step in reaching the bloc's climate change goals. The European Commission published its reform plans in July 2015 for the EU's Emissions Trading System (ETS), the world's largest. Ivo Belet, climate spokesman for the centre-right European People's party, said the "balanced" reforms woul ... more
Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights

Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax

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

Squishy supercapacitors bathed in green tea could power wearable electronics
Wearable electronics are here - the most prominent versions are sold in the form of watches or sports bands. But soon, more comfortable products could become available in softer materials made in part with an unexpected ingredient: green tea. Researchers report in ACS' The Journal of Physical Chemistry C a new flexible and compact rechargeable energy storage device for wearable electronics ... more
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Polluted Indian lake catches fire
Toxic smoke billowed Friday from a lake in India's technology capital Bangalore after the polluted water caught fire, with residents lamenting authorities' alleged inaction over the blighted environment. The fire erupted late Thursday after a nearby pile of burning trash apparently caused chemical effluents on Bellandur lake to burst into flames. TV footage showed thick grey plumes of s ... more
Trump's pick to head environment agency confirmed

London to tax old cars to combat air pollution

Environmental lawyer murdered in Philippines: police

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Shell sees LNG sector rising
The demand for liquefied natural gas, a super-cooled and easily transported energy option, is set to outpace conventional gas, Royal Dutch Shell said. From Pakistan to Colombia, Shell said the demand for liquefied natural gas is growing. Globally, the company said in an annual review that new LNG supplies on the market were keeping up with demand. "The outlook for LNG demand is s ... more
Russia's Rosneft starts drilling in Iraq

What constitutes Brent oil may be changing

US-led coalition expects to stay in Iraq after Mosul

Researchers pinpoint watery past on Mars
Researchers from Trinity College Dublin have discovered a patch of land in an ancient valley on Mars that appears to have been flooded by water in the not-too-distant past. In doing so, they have pinpointed a prime target to begin searching for past life forms on the Red Planet. The findings have just been published in Geophysical Research Letters, by Dr Mary Bourke from Trinity, and her c ... more
Scientists say Mars valley was flooded with water not long ago

Opportunity leaving crater rim for the Plains of Meridiani

Opportunity passes 44 kilometers of surface travel after 13 years

Climate study delivers dire warning on Alpine snow
The Alpine skiing season may be much shorter by century's end, and limited to a smaller area, said a climate study Thursday warning of snow cover loss as high as 70 percent. Most climate models predict increased winter precipitation due to global warming, scientists wrote in the European Geosciences Union (EGU) journal The Cryosphere. But with temperatures rising too, the is likely to be ... more
Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release

Scientists argue current climate change models understate the problem

Researchers say climate models understate risk, ignore human factors

Graphene from soybeans
A breakthrough by CSIRO-led scientists has made the world's strongest material more commercially viable, thanks to the humble soybean. Graphene is a carbon material that is one atom thick. Its thin composition and high conductivity means it is used in applications ranging from miniaturised electronics to biomedical devices. These properties also enable thinner wire connections; providing e ... more
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Brazil to retire its only aircraft carrier, Sao Paulo
Brazil's navy will decommission its sole aircraft carrier, Sao Paulo, after concluding the vessel's maintenance costs are too high. Navy officials made the decision to retire the aircraft carrier after studies revealed it would take 10 years to upgrade the ship. IHS Janes reports the country will make procuring a replacement the service's third-highest priority after its submarine and T ... more
Lockheed Martin to perform full-rate eCASS production for U.S. Navy

Not-so-rosy future for Rolls-Royce marine division

BAE to modernize guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg

Iran in new military drills despite US warnings
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard is to conduct military drills next week, a senior commander announced Saturday, despite warnings from the United States and fresh sanctions over a ballistic missile test. "The manoeuvres called 'Grand Prophet 11' will start Monday and last three days," General Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the force's ground units, told a news conference. He said rockets ... more
China urges nuclear talks resumption with NKorea

Kim's modest Macau life no protection from Pyongyang

Navy flight-tests sub-launched Trident II ballistic missiles

Bashiqa brings back the booze to clear IS hangover
Surrounded by the ruins of pastel-coloured buildings still bearing slogans glorifying the Islamic State's "caliphate", Wissam Ghanem is having a slow day selling beer, vodka and whisky. Iraqi forces expelled the jihadists from his town of Bashiqa, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) northeast of Mosul, in December but it was badly damaged and few people have returned. "Only about 40 families ... more
IS leaders leaving Syria's Raqa, Pentagon says

IS fighter first to be stripped of Australian citizenship

Leidos contracted for counter-WMD support

Russian Helicopters in talks with India for 200 aircraft
Russian Helicopters is in talks with the government of India for the potential sale of 200 helicopters to support various security roles. Representatives for the state-owned defense enterprise say both parties are finalizing the terms of the contract. Under the current draft, 140 of the rotorcraft will be built in India. The remaining 60 will be supplied by the company's existing facili ... more
NATO countries to join multinational aerial tanker initiative

India, Russia close in on chopper deal: report

Czech Republic, Switzerland eye A400M lease from Germany

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Bringing satellites to users can improve public health and safety
The drumbeat calling scientists to share their work with the public is as loud as ever, and Tracey Holloway is happy to answer. It's just that education isn't exactly what she's offering. She's got satellites. "We have hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of data from satellites that have been up in space for over 10 years," says Holloway, a professor of environmental studies at the Univ ... more
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'Scorpion' robot mission inside Fukushima reactor aborted

Will androids dream of quantum sheep?
The word 'replicant' evokes thoughts of a sci-fi world where society has replaced common creatures with artificial machines that replicate their behaviour. Now researchers from Singapore have shown that if such machines are ever created, they'll run more efficiently if they harness quantum theory to respond to the environment. This follows the findings of a team from the Centre for Quantum ... more
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