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March 06, 2017
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

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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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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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
'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'
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
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
Essen, Germany (UPI) Mar 3, 2017
German company to store US wind energy in batteries in Texas
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
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
Nano-sized hydrogen storage system increases efficiency
Livermore CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Lawrence Livermore scientists have collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of researchers including colleagues from Sandia National Laboratories to develop an efficient hydrogen storage system that could be a boon for hydrogen powered vehicles. Hydrogen is an excellent energy carrier, but the development of lightweight solid-state materials for compact, low-pressure storage is a huge c ... more
Linkoping, Sweden (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
A rose to store energy
Pasadena CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Getting rid of the last bits of sulfur in fuel
Houston TX (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
New path suggested for nuclear fusion
Pakistan's financial capital Karachi turned 'into rubbish bin'
Karachi (AFP) March 5, 2017
Neighbours forced their way into Mohammad Umair's home battling smoke and flames in a desperate bid to rescue his young family - he and his wife survived, their children did not. The fire began in a heap of garbage which blocked the narrow alley outside the five-storey building and quickly spread inside, engulfing the family as they slept that night. The tragic case has angered citizen ... more
East Lansing MI (SPX) Mar 06, 2017
A Trump twist - Environment over economy in Michigan
Jerusalem (AFP) March 1, 2017
Israel court orders toxic chemical tank emptied
Stockholm (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
Study finds high levels of toxic chemicals in house cats
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Coming soon: Oil spill-mapping swarms of flying drones
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
Brasilia, Brazil (UPI) Mar 1, 2017
Total teams up with Brazil's Petrobras
Tehran (AFP) March 4, 2017
France to encourage banks to work with Iran
Benghazi, Libya (AFP) March 3, 2017
Libya rivals battle for key oil region
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
Study reveals the atmospheric footprint of global warming hiatus
Beijing (SPX) Mar 06, 2017
The increasing rate of the global mean surface temperature was reduced from 1998 to 2013, known as the global warming hiatus or pause. Great efforts have been devoted to the understanding of the cause. The proposed mechanisms include the internal variability of the coupled ocean-atmosphere system, the ocean heat uptake and redistribution, among many others. However, the atmospheric footpri ... more
Voi, Kenya (AFP) March 5, 2017
Bringing water to Kenya's drought-stricken wildlife
Washington (AFP) March 3, 2017
Trump team divided over Paris climate agreement
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
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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
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Russia to begin aircraft carrier upgrade this year
Moscow (UPI) Dec 31, 2017
Russia will begin its planned repair and modernization project for its sole aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov in 2017, according to state media reports. The carrier, a Soviet vessel that has been in service with Russia's navy since the early 1990s, will be upgraded at the Zverdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk. The operation will take 2 1/2 years. "The decision to start Admiral Ku ... more
San Diego (UPI) Feb 28, 2017
U.S. Navy signs off on modernization of San Diego ships
Linkoping, Sweden (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Saab launches new CoastControl product for coast guards
London (UPI) Mar 1, 2017
Rolls-Royce supplying propulsion components for USCG vessels
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
Seoul (AFP) March 6, 2017
North Korea fires missiles, three reach Japan waters
Beijing (AFP) March 5, 2017
Chinese protest against South Korea's Lotte
Washington (AFP) March 4, 2017
Obama launched cyberwar to sabotage NKorea missile program
US targets Al-Qaeda in second day of Yemen strikes
Aden (AFP) March 3, 2017
US warplanes pounded Al-Qaeda targets in Yemen for a second straight day Friday, killing eight militants, security and tribal sources said, as Washington steps up its air war against the jihadists. The Pentagon said the past two days had seen it carry out "somewhere over 30" strikes against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), conducted in partnership with the Yemeni government. "Th ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Radioactive threat detection system tested in DC
Binghamton NY (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Researchers can predict terrorist behaviors with more than 90 percent accuracy
Washington (AFP) March 2, 2017
More than 20 US strikes targeted Al-Qaeda in Yemen
Flight tests of air traffic tool complete
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Members of a NASA-led research team pose in front of a trio of aircraft, which on February 22 concluded racking up enough air miles to circle the planet four times, all in the name of testing a new cockpit-based air traffic management tool. The prototype hardware and software is designed to automatically provide pilots with more precise spacing information on approach into a busy airport s ... more
Brasilia, Brazil (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Brazilian air force tests KC-390 refueling capabilities
Washington (UPI) Mar 3, 2017
KAI picks Triumph Group for KF-X airframe component
Washington (UPI) Feb 24, 2017
Sikorsky, Polish affiliate prepare for M28 demonstration
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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
Tripoli (AFP) March 3, 2017
115 migrants rescued, 25 missing: Libya navy
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 5, 2017
Thousands flee anti-IS offensives in Iraq and Syria
Les Cayes, Haiti (AFP) Feb 27, 2017
Haitians' ire over carnival spending amid hurricane's ruins
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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