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March 15, 2017
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New research urges a rethink on global energy subsidies



Sussex, UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
The hidden toll that subsidies for electricity, fossil fuels, and transport have on social welfare, economic growth and technological innovation needs to be exposed through better research says a new paper in Ecological Economics by Benjamin K Sovacool. Energy subsidies, which have mostly supported fossil fuels and nuclear power over the previous half century, have historically kept energy prices artificially low, compared to market rates. But they come at a high cost to governments and taxpayers. ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Loss-hit Toshiba nosedives on fears about future
Tokyo (AFP) March 15, 2017
Toshiba shares plunged Wednesday as fears grow about the future of one of Japan's best-known firms, hit by massive losses and accounting fraud allegations at its US nuclear unit. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
German energy company RWE evolving for success
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
German energy company RWE said it's "back on track" after retooling its footing in the market and riding on the success of its renewable energy arm. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Potential approach to how radioactive elements could be 'fished out' of nuclear waste
Manchester UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Manchester scientists have revealed how arsenic molecules might be used to 'fish out' the most toxic elements from radioactive nuclear waste - a breakthrough that could make the decommissioning indu ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
For Japan's nuclear refugees, insults and rejection
Hirono, Japan (AFP) March 10, 2017
Satsuki Sekine's home was destroyed in Japan's 2011 tsunami disaster and her family fled in the nuclear panic that followed. But crueller still were the insults and stigmatisation she faced in the community where she sought refuge. ... more
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CIVIL NUCLEAR
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 thu ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
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
CIVIL NUCLEAR
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
TECH SPACE
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
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. ... 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


Researchers find new clues for nuclear waste cleanup

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
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

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Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate a fuel that is both sustainable and relatively cheap to produce. It's using natural light to generate hydrogen from biomass. One of the challenges facing modern society is what it does with its waste products. As natural resources decline in abundance, using waste for energy is becoming more ... more
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Petrol and jet fuel alternatives are produced by yeast cell factories
University Park PA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Energy crop production on conservation lands may not boost greenhouse gases
Pullman WA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Tree growth model assists breeding for more wood
Nuera Solar Announces Partnership with The Solar Village Project
Barrington RI (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Nuera Solar has announced a partnership with the Solar Village Project, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that delivers light and power to communities in Africa, India, and Polynesia. The partnership is part of the Nuera Gives Initiative, and with the partnership Nuera Solar will provide a solar power system to the Solar Village Project for each solar system that the company installs. ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
EU close to 2020 renewable energy target
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Perovskite edges can be tuned for optoelectronic performance
Lappeenranta, Finland (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Iran and Middle East could adopt fully renewable electricity systems

Flagship English Channel wind farm nears completion
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
The first turbines for the English Channel's Rampion wind farm, which will meet the demands of nearly 347,000 homes, are installed, a German company said. German energy company E.ON said the first of the 116 turbines were installed off the coast of Sussex during the weekend. With a peak capacity of 400 megawatts, the Rampion wind farm will meet the average demands of nearly 347,000 aver ... more
Paris (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
French, Spanish companies set for more wind power off coast of France
Washington DC (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Wind energy gaining traction, U.S. trade group says
Essen, Germany (UPI) Mar 3, 2017
German company to store US wind energy in batteries in Texas
New research urges a rethink on global energy subsidies
Sussex, UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
The hidden toll that subsidies for electricity, fossil fuels, and transport have on social welfare, economic growth and technological innovation needs to be exposed through better research says a new paper in Ecological Economics by Benjamin K Sovacool. Energy subsidies, which have mostly supported fossil fuels and nuclear power over the previous half century, have historically kept energy ... more
Wellington, New Zealand (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
New Zealand lauded for renewables, but challenges remain
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
Australia PM, Musk discuss offer to fix power woes
Sydney (AFP) March 12, 2017
Australia's prime minister held talks with Elon Musk Sunday after the US innovator offered to solve the energy crisis plaguing a southern region in a hundred days - or install the technology free. Musk, the entrepreneur behind electric carmaker Tesla, made the pledge in response to power woes in South Australia, which was last year hit by a state-wide blackout after severe winds from an ... more
Sydney (AFP) March 15, 2017
Headphone batteries explode on flight to Australia
Ames IA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Discovery in new material raises questions about theoretical models of superconductivity
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
ORNL study examines tungsten in extreme environments to improve fusion materials
Polluted air causing early deaths in fossil-fuelled Balkans
Tuzla, Bosnia And Herzegovina (AFP) March 15, 2017
Stuck between a landfill and a coal-fired power plant, residents of the Bosnian village of Divkovici are dying of asphyxia, poisoned by some of the most polluted air in Europe. "In a few years, it will be like Chernobyl here: houses without souls," said unemployed Goran Stojak. His father died last year of lung cancer, and he is afraid to undergo medical tests for fear of "bad news". His ... more
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 14, 2017
Death toll from Ethiopia landslide reaches 72
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 13, 2017
Ethiopia rubbish landslide death toll soars to 65
Geneva (AFP) March 6, 2017
Environmental risks kill 1.7mn kids under 5 a year: WHO
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Drop in crude oil prices keep U.S. gas prices low
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
A drop in crude oil prices was a relief for U.S. consumers who saw retail gas prices drop in kind, but the relief may be short-lived, a market analysis finds. Motor club AAA reports a national average retail price for a gallon of regular unleaded at $2.29, a slight drop from the previous day and the eleventh consecutive day for a decline. That follows a dramatic drop last week in crude ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Crude oil prices move lower on OPEC production data
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Production gains seen in some OPEC members
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Enbridge gets an earful over northern Michigan underwater pipeline
Opportunity Driving South to Gully
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
Opportunity is located just outside the rim of Endeavour Crater, less than half a mile (700 meters) away from the next big science objective, a gully. The rover completed the last in-situ science measurements inside Endeavour Crater on Sol 4657 (Feb. 28, 2017). Because of constrained data volume, Sol 4658 (March 1, 2017), was a dedicated 'atmospheres' day, a sol of just low-data volu ... more
Moffett Field Ca (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Mars Rover Tests Driving, Drilling and Detecting Life in Chile's High Desert
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mars Orbiter Tracks Back-to-Back Regional Storms
Boulder CO (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Paleolake deposits on Mars might look like sediments in Indonesia
MILSATCOM 2017 - 26/27 April, 2017 Colorado Springs
US desert songbirds at risk in a warming climate
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Projected increases in the frequency, intensity and duration of heatwaves in the desert of the southwestern United States are putting songbirds at greater risk for death by dehydration and mass die-offs, according to a new study. Researchers used hourly temperature maps and other data produced by the North American Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS) - a land-surface modeling effort main ... more
Niamey (AFP) March 10, 2017
Niger drought leaves schools closed
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Soils could release much more carbon than expected as climate warms
Paris (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Investment vital to adapting to climate change in West Africa
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
Birmingham UK (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Iron dissolved by air pollution may increase ocean potential to trap carbon
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
'Super-deep' diamonds may hold new information about Earth's interior
Royal Navy names new offshore patrol vessel
London (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Britain's Royal Navy has officially named the first ship in the second batch of updated River-class offshore patrol vessels from BAE Systems. HMS Forth is about 295 feet long and displaces 2,204 tons of water. It has a top speed of about 24 knots and is equipped with a 30mm cannon and a helicopter flight deck. The ship was named Thursday at a BAE Systems shipyard in Glasgow, Scot ... more
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
British naval base readies for new aircraft carriers
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
U.K. Royal Navy buys electric cars for store transit
Pretoria (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Denel, TKMS collaborate on Navy vessels
Iran Postpones Rocket Carrier Launch Fearing US Threats
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
The Commander of IRGC Aerospace Force says Iran has put off a planned launch of a rocket carrier fearing threats from the United States. Iran has put off a planned launch of a rocket carrier fearing threats from the United States, Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said. On Thursday, Hajizadeh said as cited by ... more
Washington (AFP) March 9, 2017
US move on North Korea tests risks China clash
Seoul (AFP) Mar 12, 2017
South Korea's Moon vows 'new history' after impeachment
Washington (AFP) March 7, 2017
Trump, Abe say North Korea threat 'entered a new stage'
Human 2 Mars Conference May 9-11 2017 - Washington DC
'Jihadists' kill civilians, soldiers in north Mali
Ansongo, Mali (AFP) March 13, 2017
Two civilians and two Malian soldiers were killed Monday in an attack blamed on jihadists in the country's restive north. Mali's defence ministry confirmed two soldiers were killed and two injured during the assault by armed men close to the village of Fafa, which lies near the border with Niger. Reinforcements were on their way to the area, the ministry said. A security source reach ... more
Washington (AFP) March 10, 2017
January raid in Yemen killed 4 to 12 civilians: US
Washington (AFP) March 8, 2017
IS hopes to hold onto shreds of 'caliphate': US official
Istanbul (AFP) March 8, 2017
Turkey, Russia, US military chiefs seek better coordination against IS
MDH debuts multi-mission concept helicopter
Washington (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Arizona-based MD Helicopters has debuted a single-engine concept aircraft for the military, law enforcement, emergency medical services and special operations markets. The MD 6XX, displayed at last week's HAI Heli-Expo Trade Show & Exhibition in Texas, features a number of newly designed structural elements and technologically advanced systems, the company said. "With the develop ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Lockheed Martin upgrades Airborne Multi-INT Lab
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
NASA Test Flights to Examine Technology for Improved Efficiency on Supersonic Aircraft
Washington (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Boeing to sustain South Korea's F-15 fleet
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Nepal police demolish camp for earthquake displaced
Kathmandu (AFP) March 14, 2017
Nepal police Tuesday demolished the largest remaining settlement of people displaced by a powerful earthquake that struck nearly two years ago, a move that will leave hundreds homeless. Around 100 families were still living in the camp in Kathmandu when police wearing riot gear used bulldozers to flatten the bamboo and tarpaulin structures. "The gods will curse the government. We don't h ... more
Prague (AFP) March 10, 2017
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Songs that make robots cry
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Music, more than any art, is a beautiful mix of science and emotion. It follows a set of patterns almost mathematically to extract feelings from its audience. Machines that make music focus on these patterns, but give little consideration to the emotional response of their audience. An international research team led by Osaka University together with Tokyo Metropolitan University, imec in Belgiu ... more
Bethesda MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
DARPA robotic servicing program has become stalled
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