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March 07, 2017
EU approves Hungary's Kremlin-backed nuclear plant

Brussels (AFP) March 6, 2017
EU authorities on Monday approved a controversial nuclear expansion project in Hungary that is heavily backed by Russia. The approval removes the last roadblock to the 12.5 billion euro ($13.2 billion) expansion of Hungary's only nuclear facility, which Russia is financing by 80 percent even as tensions between Europe and the Kremlin run high. The European Commission "has approved this support under EU state aid rules on the basis of commitments made by Hungary to limit distortions of competitio ... 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
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. ... 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
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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
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

'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
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

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New materials could turn water into the fuel of the future
Pasadena CA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Researchers at Caltech and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have - in just two years - nearly doubled the number of materials known to have potential for use in solar fuels. They did so by developing a process that promises to speed the discovery of commercially viable solar fuels that could replace coal, oil, and other fossil fuels. Solar fuels, a dream of clean-energy ... more
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King County Metro signs Urban Solar on for rare 10 year contract
Seattle WA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
In an unprecedented move, King County Metro (Metro) granted Urban Solar a decade-long contract to provide solar LED lighting solutions for its transit shelters and stops. The relationship began in 2011 when Metro signed Urban Solar on for a five-year contract for its PV-Shelter solar systems. Urban Solar was able to transform Metro's flat shelter roof solar lighting systems and implement a ... more
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SOVENTIX developing solar parks of up to 140 megawatts in Alberta, Canada
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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
Space energy technology restored to make power stations more efficient
Oxford UK (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Satellite-powering technology that was abandoned decades ago has been reinvented to potentially work with traditional power stations to help them convert heat to electricity more efficiently, meaning we would need less fossil fuel to burn for power. A new study in Nano Energy presents a prototype energy converter, which uses graphene instead of metal, making it almost seven times more efficient. ... more
Livermore CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Confined nanoparticles improve hydrogen storage materials performance
Richland WA (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Tweaking electrolyte makes better lithium-metal batteries
Pasadena CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Getting rid of the last bits of sulfur in fuel
Bangladesh orders shutdown of city tanneries
Dhaka (AFP) March 6, 2017
A Bangladeshi court on Monday ordered the government to shut down more than 100 tanneries in Dhaka after they were accused of dumping huge amounts of toxic waste into the city's main river. The High Court ruling followed a petition by Bangladeshi environmentalists, who have accused the government of failing to enforce earlier orders to clean up the tanneries. "The court told the administ ... more
Geneva (AFP) March 6, 2017
Environmental risks kill 1.7mn kids under 5 a year: WHO
Karachi (AFP) March 5, 2017
Pakistan's financial capital Karachi turned 'into rubbish bin'
East Lansing MI (SPX) Mar 06, 2017
A Trump twist - Environment over economy in Michigan
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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
Beijing (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
Oil prices face pressure over slowing China
Vienna (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
OPEC not entirely in compliance with production deal
Moscow (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
Russia defers questions on Crimean oil and gas
New evidence for a water-rich history on Mars
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Mars may have been a wetter place than previously thought, according to research on simulated Martian meteorites conducted, in part, at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). In a study published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers found evidence that a mineral found in Martian meteorites - which had been considered as proof of an anc ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 03, 2017
NASA Orbiter Steers Clear of Mars Moon Phobos
Paris (ESA) Mar 03, 2017
Remnants of a mega-flood on Mars
Baton Rouge LA (SPX) Feb 27, 2017
Mars is more Earth-like than moon-like
Bringing water to Kenya's drought-stricken wildlife
Voi, Kenya (AFP) March 5, 2017
In a wildlife sanctuary in southern Kenya the relentless sun has bleached savannah grasses and dried up rivers, turning water holes first into muddy pits and now, dust bowls. Herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra have gathered near one of the holes, where for six months, pea farmer Patrick Mwalua has been delivering water to them in a rented blue truck. After the rains failed for the thir ... more
Washington (AFP) March 3, 2017
Trump team divided over Paris climate agreement
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Just how early is spring arriving in your neighborhood
Mogadishu (AFP) Feb 28, 2017
Somali president declares 'national disaster' over drought
'Super-deep' diamonds may hold new information about Earth's interior
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Researchers at Tohoku University believe that it is possible for natural diamonds to form at the base of the Earth's mantle. The formation of such "super-deep" diamonds was simulated using high-pressure and high-temperature experiments by the Japanese research team, led by Fumiya Maeda. Diamonds are evidence that carbon exists deep in the Earth. Most natural diamonds are formed around the ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Graphene sheets capture cells efficiently
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) Mar 03, 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
London (UPI) Mar 1, 2017
Rolls-Royce supplying propulsion components for USCG vessels
Canberra, Australia (UPI) Feb 27, 2017
Austal's next-gen patrol boat completes detailed design review
Pentagon blasts 'unprofessional' Iranian navy
Washington (AFP) March 6, 2017
The Pentagon on Monday blasted the "unprofessional" behavior of the Iranian navy after two separate incidents in the Strait of Hormuz last week. According to the Pentagon, an Iranian frigate on Thursday came within 150 yards (meters) of the civilian-crewed USNS Invincible. Then on Saturday, a number of small assault craft came within 350 yards of the Invincible and other ships. "Th ... more
Vienna (AFP) March 6, 2017
US hasn't decided yet on Iran nuclear deal: IAEA
Washington (AFP) March 7, 2017
Trump, Abe say North Korea threat 'entered a new stage'
Seoul (AFP) March 7, 2017
North Korea says missiles were drill for strike on US bases
Anti-IS assaults gain ground in Iraq and Syria
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 6, 2017
Iraqi forces advanced in west Mosul and fighters in neighbouring Syria seized a key supply route to Raqa Monday, as twin US-backed offensives gained ground against the Islamic State group. Supported by the US-led anti-IS coalition, Iraqi forces and a Kurdish-Arab alliance in Syria are battling to push the jihadists from Mosul and Raqa, the last two major urban centres under their control. ... more
Istanbul (AFP) March 7, 2017
Turkey, Russia, US military chiefs weigh anti-IS steps
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
Boeing to provide additional support for Saudi F-15s
Riyadh (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
Boeing received a $46 million contract modification from the U.S. Air Force to perform interim contractor support for Saudi Arabia's recently purchased F-15s. Interim contractor support refers to an agreement wherein a service will defer an investment due to a lack of technological capabilities, such as equipment spares or technical data. Boeing is expected to complete this service for ... more
Bonn (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
Rheinmetall making ammunition for U.S. Air Force F-35s
Arlington, Va. (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
Boeing to provide C-17 training for UAE
Washington (UPI) Mar 3, 2017
KAI picks Triumph Group for KF-X airframe component
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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
United Nations, United States (AFP) March 6, 2017
War-scarred Syrian children may be 'lost to trauma': aid group
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
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
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Robot uses social feedback to fetch objects intelligently
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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