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March 03, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Areva narrows losses in 2016



Paris (AFP) March 1, 2017
The troubled French nuclear reactor builder Areva said Wednesday that it sharply narrowed its losses last year, thanks to an ongoing restructuring programme. In the red for the sixth year in a row, Areva said it booked a bottom-line loss of 665 million euros ($700 million) in 2016, compared with a loss of 2.04 billion euros a year earlier. In 2015, Areva had been compelled to make substantial provisions for restructuring and for additional losses on its EPR pressurised water reactor project in ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Next generation of nuclear robots will go where none have gone before
Manchester UK (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
The University of Manchester is to lead a consortium to build the next generation of robots that are more durable and perceptive for use in nuclear sites. The cost of cleaning up the UK's existing n ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Researchers find new clues for nuclear waste cleanup
Pullman WA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
A Washington State University study of the chemistry of technetium-99 has improved understanding of the challenging nuclear waste and could lead to better cleanup methods. The work is reported ... more
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. ... 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
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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
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


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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
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. ... more
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

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Light-driven reaction converts carbon dioxide into fuel
Durham NC (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Duke University researchers have developed tiny nanoparticles that help convert carbon dioxide into methane using only ultraviolet light as an energy source. Having found a catalyst that can do this important chemistry using ultraviolet light, the team now hopes to develop a version that would run on natural sunlight, a potential boon to alternative energy. Chemists have long sought an eff ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Biofuel produced by microalgae
Durham, N.C. (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Scientists use nanoparticles, ultraviolet light to turn CO2 into fuel
Edmonton, Alberta (UPI) Feb 10, 2017
Alberta backing bioenergy programs
SOVENTIX developing solar parks of up to 140 megawatts in Alberta, Canada
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
SOVENTIX Canada Inc. has commenced the development of several solar projects with a capacity of up to 140 megawatts (MWp) in Alberta, Canada. The six projects with a potential nameplate capacity from 15 to 45 MWp are located near Calgary and Edmonton. Building on Soventix Canada's success in the Ontario, the current projects will further drive the expansion of SOVENTIX in the Canadian solar mark ... more
Edmonton, Alberta (UPI) Feb 28, 2017
Alberta puts more weight behind solar power
London, UK (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Lightsource Renewable Energy acquires residential portfolio
Zug, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
meeco installed biggest solar energy plant in Zimbabwe
Breakthrough research for testing and arranging vertical axis wind turbines
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
The sight of propeller-like rotating blades positioned high up the pole of a tall horizontal-axis wind turbine (HAWT) may be familiar to many. Often grouped in wind farms, HAWTs provide significant amounts of energy for local communities. One drawback to HAWTs is the large space they take up, needing to be placed far apart from each other. If placed too close together, the turbulence and wind ve ... more
Newark DE (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
US grid can handle more offshore wind power
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
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
Getting rid of the last bits of sulfur in fuel
Pasadena CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Scientists led by a team at Caltech have developed a new method for potentially removing nearly all sulfur compounds from gas and diesel fuel. Sulfur compounds in fuels such as gasoline and diesel create air pollution when the fuel is burned. To address that challenge, large-scale oil refinery processes remove the majority of sulfur from fuel down to a government-mandated level. The new te ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
New path suggested for nuclear fusion
Vernon CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Romeo Power expands EV battery pack production in Southern California
Richland WA (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Tweaking electrolyte makes better lithium-metal batteries
Israel court orders toxic chemical tank emptied
Jerusalem (AFP) March 1, 2017
/> An Israeli court ruled Wednesday that a tanker of liquefied ammonia in the port city of Haifa must be emptied of its toxic content within 30 days. The container, which can hold 12,000 tonnes of the corrosive liquid, made headlines last year when Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Lebanon's Shiite militia Hezbollah, said it would go off like "a nuclear bomb" if hit by his group's missiles. N ... more
Stockholm (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
Study finds high levels of toxic chemicals in house cats
Manila (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage on Philippine miners
Hanoi (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Vietnam to punish officials over mass fish deaths
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Buffalo NY (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Thousands of ants converge to follow the most direct path from their colony to their food and back. A swarm of inexpensive, unmanned drones quickly map an offshore oil spill. Each extremely complex task is accomplished by individuals following very simple rules. But to make the drones do it, a bit of nature's magic must be captured in a mathematical formula. "Nature may not proactively us ... more
Aberdeen, Scotland (UPI) Mar 2, 2017
Design work completed for giant Israeli gas field, Leviathan
Paris (UPI) Mar 2, 2017
French utility ENGIE posts loss, but keeps eye on low-carbon ball
Brasilia, Brazil (UPI) Mar 1, 2017
Total teams up with Brazil's Petrobras
Martian Winds Carve Mountains, Move Dust, Raise Dust
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 28, 2017
On Mars, wind rules. Wind has been shaping the Red Planet's landscapes for billions of years and continues to do so today. Studies using both a NASA orbiter and a rover reveal its effects on scales grand to tiny on the strangely structured landscapes within Gale Crater. NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, on the lower slope of Mount Sharp - a layered mountain inside the crater - has begun a secon ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 03, 2017
NASA Orbiter Steers Clear of Mars Moon Phobos
Paris (ESA) Feb 28, 2017
Science checkout continues for ExoMars orbiter
Paris (ESA) Mar 03, 2017
Remnants of a mega-flood on Mars
Just how early is spring arriving in your neighborhood
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Even Punxsutawaney Phil can't be blamed for being baffled this year and hightailing it back to his burrow. He predicted six more weeks of winter on Feb 2, but by then spring was already springing well ahead of historical norms in much of the USA. While we've known for a over a decade now that climate change is variably advancing the onset of spring across the United States, a new set of ma ... more
Mogadishu (AFP) Feb 28, 2017
Somali president declares 'national disaster' over drought
Exeter, UK (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Warming ponds could accelerate climate change
Quixeramobim, Brazil (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Brazil's poorest region suffers worst drought in a century
Iron dissolved by air pollution may increase ocean potential to trap carbon
Birmingham UK (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Iron particles generated by cities and industry are being dissolved by man-made air pollution and washed into the sea - potentially increasing the amount of greenhouse gases that the world's oceans can absorb, a new study suggests. Scientists have long believed that acids formed from human-generated pollution and natural emissions dissolve iron in airborne particles - increasing the amount ... more
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
'Super-deep' diamonds may hold new information about Earth's interior
Mumbai, India (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Three layers of graphene reveals a new kind of magnet
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Graphene from soybeans
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Saab launches new CoastControl product for coast guards
Linkoping, Sweden (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Saab has launched a new product to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of coast guards around the world. The product is called CoastControl, which combines a full suite of surveillance and communications products with a workflow management tool for structured incident management, decision support, management of personnel, smart deployment of critical assets and surveillance. ... more
Washington (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
Ingalls Shipbuilding authenticates keel for USS Frank E. Petersen Jr.
Washington (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
Guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City conducts live-fire exercise
Charleston, S.C. (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
SAIC unveils ACV 1.1 prototype for U.S. Marines
Lockheed Martin to relocate Fleet Ballistic Missile program
Sunnyvale, CA. (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
Lockheed Martin plans to relocate its Fleet Ballistic Missile program in a move the company says will cut costs for its customers. The move will take place over the course of eight years. Approximately 650 positions from Lockheed Martin's Space Systems facility in Sunnyvale, Calif., will relocate to other company facilities in Florida and Colorado. "We value the deep expertise of ... more
Beijing (AFP) Feb 28, 2017
North Korea diplomat in China amid coal cut tension
London (UPI) Feb 27, 2017
U.K. MOD reveals $2.12B upgrade plan for Scottish bases
Vienna (AFP) March 1, 2017
UN atomic chief to meet Tillerson Thursday: IAEA
Radioactive threat detection system tested in DC
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
DARPA's SIGMA program-whose goal is to prevent attacks involving radiological "dirty bombs" and other nuclear threats-concluded its biggest and longest test deployment of vehicle-mounted radiation detectors in Washington, D.C., in February. For approximately seven months starting in July 2016, the fleet of D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services ambulances was outfitted with DARPA-develop ... more
Binghamton NY (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Researchers can predict terrorist behaviors with more than 90 percent accuracy
Beirut (AFP) March 2, 2017
Qaeda confirms coalition strike killed top leader in Syria
Washington (AFP) March 1, 2017
Up to 15,000 IS fighters remain in Iraq and Syria: US general
Brazilian air force tests KC-390 refueling capabilities
Brasilia, Brazil (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
The Brazilian air force has started flight testing the aerial refueling capabilities of Embraer's KC-390 airlifter. The first in-flight refueling mission of the future Brazilian air force aircraft occurred earlier this month, and military and company personnel are working on another test campaign with F-5M fighters again acting as the fuel receiver aircraft, the air force said. T ... more
Stockholm, Sweden (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
Hungary gets more flight time on leased Gripen fighters
Washington (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
Sikorsky, Polish affiliate prepare for M28 demonstration
London (UPI) Feb 28, 2017
Charles Woodburn to take over as BAE Systems CEO
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McMurdo to enhance U.K. coast guard's search-and-rescue technology
London (UPI) Mar 2, 2017
Orolia subsidiary McMurdo secured a contract to enhance existing search-and-rescue technology for the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the company announced Thursday. Under the contract, the company will work to enable U.K. search-and-rescue workers to operate using the new Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue satellites, or MEOSAR, currently being deployed. Work wil ... more
Les Cayes, Haiti (AFP) Feb 27, 2017
Haitians' ire over carnival spending amid hurricane's ruins
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Feb 24, 2017
Carnival helps Rio put crime, recession on back burner
Ottawa (AFP) Feb 25, 2017
Canada conservationist warns of 'cyber poaching
Switzerland taps Kongsberg for Protector weapon system
Washington (UPI) Mar 2, 2017
Norwegian company Kongsberg received a $15 million contract to deliver updated Protector remote weapon systems to the government of Switzerland. The weapon system was ordered by Armasuisse, Switzerland's federal procurement office. According to Kongsberg, the Protectors to be delivered will be modified to integrate with modern platforms. "Kongsberg has delivered Protector remote ... more
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Shape-shifting molecular robots respond to DNA signals
Raleigh, NC (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Tracking the movement of cyborg cockroaches
Oxford, England (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Study: Even 'benevolent bots' fight, sometimes for years


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