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February 27, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Iran requests 950 tonnes of uranium from Kazakhstan



Tehran (AFP) Feb 25, 2017
Iran's nuclear chief said Saturday that the country had requested to buy 950 tonnes of uranium concentrate from Kazakhstan over the next three years to help develop its civil reactor programme. The request has been made to the body that oversees the nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers in 2015. Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, told the ISNA news agency that the purchase was supposed to happen "within three years". "650 tonnes will enter the country ... read more

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Fukushima operator eyes plan to clean up plant
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, Japan (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said Thursday it will craft a plan this summer to extract highly radioactive fuel from the damaged reactors - a key step in decommissioning work expected to take decades. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
German energy giant RWE posts 5.7-bln-euro loss in 2016
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
German energy provider RWE on Thursday announced a surprise loss of 5.7 billion euros for 2016, hit by writedowns on its plants and one-off costs related to the country's exit from nuclear power. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Russia's Rosatom Subsidiaries Produced 7,900 Tonnes of Uranium in 2016
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
Russian state-owned nuclear energy corporation Rosatom's subsidiaries produced the total of 7,900 metric tons of uranium in 2016, which is on the 2015 level, the company said Monday. "Uranium ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
China delays nuclear reactor start again
Paris (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Two nuclear reactors being built in the southern Chinese city of Taishan will come onstream months later than planned, said China General Nuclear Power (CGN), which runs the project together with France's EDF. ... more
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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 n ... more
TECH SPACE
New synchrotron powder diffraction facility for long running experiments
London, UK (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
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
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Slovenian nuclear plant restarts after shutdown
Ljubljana (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
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
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
'Scorpion' robot mission inside Fukushima reactor aborted
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
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
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Slovenian nuclear plant shuts down after water problem
Ljubljana (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
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
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. ... more


Explosion at French nuclear plant, 'no radiation risk'

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Three new uranium minerals from Utah
Houghton, MI (SPX) Feb 08, 2017
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
Tehran (AFP) Feb 6, 2017
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
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Feb 01, 2017
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
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 3, 2017
/> 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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Scientists use nanoparticles, ultraviolet light to turn CO2 into fuel
Durham, N.C. (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Scientists at Duke University have developed a new method for catalyzing the conversion of carbon dioxide into methane, a component of many alternative fuels. The reaction is bolstered by the presence of rhodium nanoparticles and ultraviolet light. Rhodium is known to accelerate, or catalyze, a variety of reactions used for industrial processes, but the energy boost offered by the rare ... more
Edmonton, Alberta (UPI) Feb 10, 2017
Alberta backing bioenergy programs
Syracuse NY (SPX) Feb 01, 2017
A better way to farm algae
Leiden, The Netherlands (SPX) Jan 31, 2017
DuPont Industrial Biosciences to develop new high-efficiency biogas enzyme method
Dream of energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Milano-Bicocca are bringing the dream of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy one step closer to reality thanks to high tech silicon nanoparticles. The researchers developed technology to embed the silicon nanoparticles into what they call efficient luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). These LSCs are the key eleme ... more
Bangkok, Thailand (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Prime Road and First Solar complete 18MW of Thai solar farms
Washington (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
U.S. renewables a job engine, trade groups say
Zug, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
meeco installed biggest solar energy plant in Zimbabwe
US grid can handle more offshore wind power
Newark DE (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Injecting large amounts of offshore wind power into the U.S. electrical grid is manageable, will cut electricity costs, and will reduce pollution compared to current fossil fuel sources, according to researchers from the University of Delaware and Princeton University who have completed a first-of-its-kind simulation with the electric power industry. The researchers consulted with PJM Inte ... more
Lansing, Mich. (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
Michigan meets renewable energy targets
Stavanger, Norway (UPI) Feb 9, 2017
British grid drawing power from new offshore wind farm
Milan, Italy (SPX) Jan 31, 2017
Prysmian UK to supply land cable connections for East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm
New Zealand lauded for renewables, but challenges remain
Wellington, New Zealand (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Even with international praise for its renewable energy strategy, New Zealand's government said there is room for improvement. An annual review of the New Zealand energy sector from the International Energy Agency described the country as a "success story" for its ability to advance on low-carbon options like hydro-electric power and geothermal energy, all without government subsidies. ... more
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms
Taipei (AFP) Feb 12, 2017
Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights
Washington (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax
Tiny nanoclusters could solve big problems for lithium-ion batteries
Champaign IL (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
As devices become smaller and more powerful, they require faster, smaller, more stable batteries. University of Illinois chemists have developed a superionic solid that could be the basis of next-generation lithium-ion batteries. Chemistry professor Prashant Jain and graduate students Sarah White and Progna Banerjee described the material - ultrasmall nanoclusters of copper selenide - in t ... more
Corvallis OR (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
New hydronium-ion battery presents opportunity for more sustainable energy storage
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Waste silicon sawdust recycled into anode for lithium-ion battery
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
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Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage on Philippine miners
Manila (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
After two decades as a yoga missionary, Philippine Environment Secretary Regina Lopez is unleashing her inner rage on the mining industry while aiming for Bhutan-style gross national happiness. Lopez has in recent months moved global commodity markets with a campaign to close roughly two-thirds of the existing mines in the Philippines, which is the world's biggest supplier of nickel ore and ... more
Hanoi (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Vietnam to punish officials over mass fish deaths
Stockholm (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
Study finds high levels of toxic chemicals in house cats
Geneva (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Tiny plastic particles from clothing, tyres clogging oceans: report
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Saudi FM in first visit to Iraq since 2003
Baghdad (AFP) Feb 25, 2017
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir held talks in Baghdad with Iraq's leadership Saturday, the first such visit by a chief diplomat from the kingdom since 2003. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi received Jubeir and his accompanying delegation, a statement from his office said, a key step in efforts to normalise frosty ties. Both sides "discussed cooperation in various fields, includ ... more
New York (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
Oil prices end the week on a down note
Vienna (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
OPEC: We're at 86 percent compliance to cuts
Edmonton, Alberta (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
Economy in oil-rich Alberta turning corner
Opportunity leaving crater rim for the Plains of Meridiani
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 21, 2017
Opportunity is located on the rim of Endeavour crater, about to leave the rim and get back on the plains of Meridiani. The rover is not leaving the crater, just setting up for faster progress south along the rim toward the next major scientific objective, the gully now less than a kilometer away. Opportunity completed the last in-situ (contact) measurements on Sol 4638 (Feb. 9, 2017) ... more
Miami (AFP) Feb 25, 2017
NASA mulls putting astronauts on deep space test flight
Baton Rouge LA (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
More Earth-like than moon-like
Dublin, Ireland (UPI) Feb 15, 2017
Scientists say Mars valley was flooded with water not long ago
Warming ponds could accelerate climate change
Exeter, UK (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Rising temperatures could accelerate climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide stored in ponds and increasing the methane they release, new research shows. The scientists experimentally warmed an array of ponds over seven years by 4-5+ C and studied the impacts on greenhouse gas emissions and rates of metabolism. Changes observed after the first year became "amplified" over a ... more
Quixeramobim, Brazil (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Brazil's poorest region suffers worst drought in a century
Paris (AFP) Feb 16, 2017
Climate study delivers dire warning on Alpine snow
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release
Graphene from soybeans
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
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
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
How to roll a nanotube: Demystifying carbon nanotubes' structure control
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Feb 10, 2017
UNIST to engineer dream diodes with a graphene interlayer
Houston TX (SPX) Feb 15, 2017
Graphene foam gets big and tough
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SAIC unveils ACV 1.1 prototype for U.S. Marines
Charleston, S.C. (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Science Applications International Corporation unveiled its first Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 to the U.S. Marine Corps during a ceremony in Charleston, S.C. The Marine Corps is set to receive 16 of the vehicles, which are also being produced by BAE Systems. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in March. "We are confident that this vehicle is equipped with the latest technology whi ... more
Washington DC (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
To rule the waves: US eyes large-scale navy revamp plan
Moscow (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Russia to lay down two submarines in 2017
Washington (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
Guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City conducts live-fire exercise
Iran complying with nuclear deal, says UN watchdog
Vienna (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
Iran is complying with the landmark nuclear deal it sealed with major world powers in 2015, according to a report from the UN watchdog seen by AFP on Friday. The International Atomic Energy Agency addressed key limits set under the agreement, which is under intense scrutiny after the election of US President Donald Trump. The report said Iran is not pursuing construction of its existing ... more
Seoul (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
S. Korea blasts news of Kim murder via loudspeaker to North: report
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
N. Korea more isolated than ever after Malaysia killing
Beijing (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
China move puts onus on US in N. Korea impasse: experts
Iraq air force strikes IS targets in Syria
Baghdad (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
The Iraqi air force struck members of the Islamic State group inside neighbouring Syria on Friday, officials said, adding that the targeted militants were responsible for recent bombings in Baghdad. The strike was announced by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in a statement and is believed to be the first of its kind by Iraqi jets on Syrian territory. "We ordered the air force command to s ... more
Washington (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
IS forcing children, disabled into suicide cars: US general
Beirut (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Syria rebels say Al-Bab captured from IS jihadists
London (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
British IS bomber was ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee: report
NASA-funded balloon recovered a year after flight over Antarctica
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
For 12 days in January 2016, a football-field-sized balloon with a telescope hanging beneath it floated 24 miles above the Antarctic continent, riding the spiraling polar vortex. On Jan. 31, 2016, scientists sent the pre-planned command to cut the balloon - and the telescope parachuted to the ground in the Queen Maud region of Antarctica. The telescope sat on the ice for an entire year. ... more
Cleveland OH (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
NASA wind tunnel tests Lockheed Martin X-Plane concept
Madrid (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
Madrid invites Airbus CEO to debrief on military plane woes
Abu Dhabi (Sputnik) Feb 22, 2017
Russia-UAE 5th-generation fighter jet to be developed no earlier than 2025
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Civilians trickle towards Iraq forces in new Mosul assault
Al-Buseif, Iraq (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
On the edge of the village of Al-Buseif, captured overnight from the Islamic State group by Iraqi forces advancing on western Mosul, a federal policeman signalled to fleeing civilians. The small group of villagers, some carrying makeshift white flags, walked slowly along a dirt road in the valley below, metres (yards) from the western bank of the Tigris river. They were the first civilia ... more
Rome (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Berlusconi lunch on auction to help Italy quake victims
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Hong Kong 'Snowden refugees' sought by Sri Lanka agents: lawyer
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
Rio sets aside recession, violence fears for carnival
Study: Even 'benevolent bots' fight, sometimes for years
Oxford, England (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
An analysis of bot behavior over the course of a decades shows even "benevolent" bots bicker. In fact, researchers found evidence of bot-versus-bot fights lasting several years. The bots in question were employed by Wikipedia to perform a variety of editing and maintenance tasks. Editing bots repair vandalized text, enforce content and language bans, check and fix spelling, insert links ... more
Lausanne, Switzerland (UPI) Feb 17, 2017
Scientists invent new, faster gait for six-legged robots
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Now you can 'build your own' bio-bot
Washington (AFP) Feb 11, 2017
How algorithms secretly run the world


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