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March 09, 2017
Completion of dismantling of nuclear facilities at the Cadarache MOX plant

Paris, France (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
AREVA has completed clean-up and dismantling operations on the facilities belonging to the former MOX fuel fabrication plant in Cadarache (Bouches-du-Rhone). Around 60 emptied process areas have thus been able to handed back to the CEA, which is the operator of the nuclear site. The unprecedented scale of the project makes it one of the largest dismantling projects in the world. The operations which began in 2009, after 40 years of industrial service (1962-2003), concerned two basic nuclear instal ... read more

UN nuclear chief set for third term
Vienna (AFP) March 8, 2017
The board of the UN atomic watchdog, which tracks Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, Wednesday backed Yukiya Amano to serve a third term as director general, the board's chairman said. ... more
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. ... more
Scientists demonstrate improved particle warning to protect astronauts
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Our constantly-changing sun sometimes erupts with bursts of light, solar material, or ultra-fast energized particles - collectively, these events contribute to space weather. In a study published Ja ... 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
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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
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

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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
'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

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Turning food waste into tires
Wooster OH (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Tomorrow's tires could come from the farm as much as the factory. Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered that food waste can partially replace the petroleum-based filler that has been used in manufacturing tires for more than a century. In tests, rubber made with the new fillers exceeds industrial standards for performance, which may ultimately open up new applications for rubb ... more
Pasadena CA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
New materials could turn water into the fuel of the future
Pullman WA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Novel 3-D manufacturing leads to highly complex, bio-like materials
Pullman WA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Tree growth model assists breeding for more wood
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
Baton Rouge LA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
New study shines light on photosynthesis
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Gaz Metro Acquires Standard Solar
Bloomington IN (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Chemists create molecular 'leaf' that collects and stores solar power without solar panels
Wind energy gaining traction, U.S. trade group says
Washington DC (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Wind energy in the United States is making a case for itself as a cheap source of energy that steers revenue to rural America, an industry trade group said. Federal data show five state - Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, North Dakota and South Dakota - each sourced more than 20 percent of their electricity from wind power last year to lead the nation. "Wind is now cheaply and reliably s ... more
Paris (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
French, Spanish companies set for more wind power off coast of France
Essen, Germany (UPI) Mar 3, 2017
German company to store US wind energy in batteries in Texas
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Breakthrough research for testing and arranging vertical axis wind turbines
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
A new approach to improving lithium-sulfur batteries
Newark DE (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are the power behind most modern portable electronics, including cell phones, tablets, laptops, fitness trackers, and smart watches. However, their energy density - that is, the amount of energy stored within a given amount of physical space, or mass - will need to be improved for these batteries to see widespread use in smart grid and electric transport applic ... more
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
ABB delivers first urban battery storage solution in Denmark to support renewables
Livermore CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Confined nanoparticles improve hydrogen storage materials performance
Houston TX (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
New path suggested for nuclear fusion
Environmental risks kill 1.7mn kids under 5 a year: WHO
Geneva (AFP) March 6, 2017
More than one in four deaths in children under five are linked to polluted environments, according to two new World Health Organization reports published Monday. Each year, environmental risks such as indoor and outdoor pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water and poor sanitation kill around 1.7 million children between the ages of one month and five years, the reports found. Harmful e ... more
Paris (AFP) March 3, 2017
City noise linked to hearing loss: study
Dhaka (AFP) March 6, 2017
Bangladesh orders shutdown of city tanneries
Karachi (AFP) March 5, 2017
Pakistan's financial capital Karachi turned 'into rubbish bin'
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U.S. rig counts increased in February
Dallas (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
The number of rigs deployed in the United States on average last month was up more than 200 from last year, oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported. Rig counts serve as a loose metric to gauge the industry's confidence in spending on exploration and production. A gain would indicate growing confidence in a particular region, while a decline suggests market conditions are cost-pr ... more
Vienna (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Senegal, North Sea provide boost for Cairn Energy
Dallas TX (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Texas energy sector recovery in its infancy
Saint Paul MN (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Advocates turn focus to Minnesota oil pipeline
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
Houston (Sputnik) Mar 03, 2017
Humans May Quickly Evolve on Mars, Biologist Claims
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
Canada faces 'herculean shift' to meet climate targets
Ottawa (AFP) March 7, 2017
Canada requires a "herculean shift" in energy use to meet its international commitment to reduce greenhouse gases, according to a Senate study out Tuesday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government agreed under the Paris agreement on climate change to eliminate 219 megatonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030. This represents a 30 percent reduction from 2005 levels. "To put ... more
Beijing (SPX) Mar 06, 2017
Study reveals the atmospheric footprint of global warming hiatus
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
Czech scientists build non-metal magnet out of carbon
Prague (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
Scientists in the Czech Republic created magnetized carbon by treating graphene layers with non-metallic elements. Their invention, detailed in the journal Nature Communications, is the first non-metal magnet to maintain its magnetic properties at room temperature. Researchers say the discovery has a wide array of potential applications in the fields of biomedicine and electronics. ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Graphene sheets capture cells efficiently
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
'Super-deep' diamonds may hold new information about Earth's interior
Mumbai, India (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
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Canada picks Seaspan for Joint Support Ship production
Ottawa (UPI) Mar 1, 2017
The government of Canada awarded Seaspan's Vancouver Shipyards with a contract to produce Queenston-class Joint Support Ships. The project aims to replace the Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment vessels currently in service with Canada's navy, and has an estimated budget of $1.7 billion. Under the contract, Seaspan will provide production and engineering services to support the program. ... more
Moscow (UPI) Mar 03, 2017
Russia to begin aircraft carrier upgrade this year
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
Russia to arm Antey nuclear subs with Kalibr missiles
Moscow (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Russian Project 949A Antey submarines will be armed with Kalibr missile systems following an upgrade project, according to state media reports. The vessels, also known by their NATO reporting names Oscar I and Oscar II, are currently armed with P-700 Granit cruise missiles in addition to various anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons. The Kremlin's plans to improve the Soviet-era ships we ... more
Beijing (AFP) March 8, 2017
China urges US-N.Korea deal to avert 'head-on collision'
Seoul (AFP) March 8, 2017
N. Korea goes 'my way' with missiles and murder row
Washington (AFP) March 6, 2017
Pentagon blasts 'unprofessional' Iranian navy
IS hopes to hold onto shreds of 'caliphate': US official
Washington (AFP) March 8, 2017
The Islamic State group has lost most of the land it once held in Iraq and Syria but hopes to cling to scraps of a self-declared caliphate, a US official said Wednesday. Since summer 2014, when IS was at its peak just ahead of the US-led war on the group, the jihadists have lost 65 percent of the land they'd seized across much of northern Syria and large parts of Iraq, the US defense officia ... more
Istanbul (AFP) March 8, 2017
Turkey, Russia, US military chiefs seek better coordination against IS
Istanbul (AFP) March 7, 2017
Turkey, Russia, US military chiefs weigh anti-IS steps
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 6, 2017
Anti-IS assaults gain ground in Iraq and Syria
U.S. Air Force F-16s to receive weapon systems update
Washington DC (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
The U.S. Air Force awarded FAAC Inc. with a $9.5 million contract to upgrade weapon systems for the branch's F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. The agreement is part of the Common Weapon Engagement Zone - Operational Flight program. Under the contract, FAAC will update various F-16 weapon system components including software capabilities, multi-mission computers, and mid-life updates for F- ... more
Riyadh (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
Boeing to provide additional support for Saudi F-15s
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
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War-scarred Syrian children may be 'lost to trauma': aid group
United Nations, United States (AFP) March 6, 2017
Syrian children terrified by shelling and airstrikes are showing signs of severe emotional distress and could grow up to be a generation "lost to trauma," Save the Children warned Monday. Interviews with more than 450 children and adults showed a high level of psychological stress among children, with many suffering from frequent bedwetting or developing speech impediments. At least thr ... more
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 7, 2017
Jihadist tunnels save Assyrian winged bulls of Mosul
Valdosta GA (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
U.S. Air Force retires first HC-130 search and rescue aircraft
Tripoli (AFP) March 3, 2017
115 migrants rescued, 25 missing: Libya navy
DARPA robotic servicing program has become stalled
Bethesda MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
DARPA has been developing a program that will leverage successes in space robotics in order to accelerate in-orbit servicing of satellites. Of particular interest are the satellites that populate the geosynchronous orbit at about 36,000 km above Earth. There are hundreds of these vehicles that operate as military, civil and commercial satellite assets. However, once launched, there is no w ... more
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Robot uses social feedback to fetch objects intelligently
Washington (UPI) Mar 2, 2017
Switzerland taps Kongsberg for Protector weapon system
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Shape-shifting molecular robots respond to DNA signals

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