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March 17, 2017
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Japan court rules government liable for Fukushima disaster



Tokyo (AFP) March 17, 2017
A Japanese court on Friday ruled for the first time that the government bears responsibility for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and ordered it and the plant operator to pay damages, officials and news reports said. A massive tsunami triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake smashed into the Fukushima Daiichi power plant on Japan's northeastern coast on March 11, 2011. The water overwhelmed reactor cooling systems and sent three into meltdown, spewing radiation over a wide area in Japan's wors ... 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
OIL AND GAS
Germany's E.ON next to turn face to low-carbon future
Berlin (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
German energy company E.ON said Wednesday it's been able to free itself from past burdens and was positioned for growth in a "new energy world." ... more
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TECH SPACE
Cancer-Causing Radiation Biggest Threat to Humans on Deep Space Missions
Washington (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Researchers looking into the effects of deep space travel on the human body may have just discovered something that could jeopardize humankind's chances of a successfully colonizing Mars. With work ... 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
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


Areva narrows losses in 2016

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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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
Hampton VA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
NASA Study Confirms Biofuels Reduce Jet Engine Pollution
EU close to 2020 renewable energy target
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Members of the European Union are about 3 percentage points away from meeting their 2020 objectives for renewable energy, its statistics office reported. Members of the EU agreed to a benchmark of 20 percent for a share of renewable energy on their grids by 2020. Eurostat, the bloc's record-keeping office, said the share of renewable energy in final consumption in 2015, the last full ye ... more
Barrington RI (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Nuera Solar Announces Partnership with The Solar Village Project
Lappeenranta, Finland (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Iran and Middle East could adopt fully renewable electricity systems
Brussels (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
EU funding renewable energy efforts in Algeria
North Carolina ready for offshore wind energy auction
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
More than 100,000 acres off the coast of North Carolina go on the auction block Thursday for potential wind energy development, the U.S. government said. The U.S. Department of Interior pounded the gavel to open the seventh offshore wind auction, putting 122,405 acres off the North Carolina coast on the block for commercial wind energy leasing. In August 2014, the Bureau of Ocean ... more
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Flagship English Channel wind farm nears completion
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
CO2 stable for 3rd year despite global growth: IEA
Paris (AFP) March 17, 2017
Global carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector held stable for the third straight year in 2016 despite the global economy continuing to expand, the International Energy Agency said Friday. By far the main culprit in global warming, carbon dioxide emissions stood at 32.1 billion tonnes last year, the IEA estimated. This was the same level as the same as the previous two years, des ... 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
Headphone batteries explode on flight to Australia
Sydney (AFP) March 15, 2017
A woman whose headphones caught fire on a plane suffered burns to her face and hands, Australian officials said Wednesday as they warned about the dangers of battery-operated devices in-flight. The passenger was listening to music on her own battery-operated headphones as she dozed about two hours into the trip from Beijing to Melbourne on February 19 when there was a loud explosion. "As ... more
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Exhaust fumes as a resource
Sydney (AFP) March 12, 2017
Australia PM, Musk discuss offer to fix power woes
Ames IA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Discovery in new material raises questions about theoretical models of superconductivity
Trump budget 'cripples' environment, science, critics say
Miami (AFP) March 16, 2017
US President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget would slash funding for science, health and environmental programs at home and abroad, sparking an outcry Thursday among experts who say the cuts would endanger the planet. The blueprint, which also includes sharp cuts in spending on the arts and foreign aid, has yet to undergo scrutiny in Congress and must be approved by lawmakers before it c ... more
Tuzla, Bosnia And Herzegovina (AFP) March 15, 2017
Polluted air causing early deaths in fossil-fuelled Balkans
Paris (AFP) March 14, 2017
Curbing pollution can prevent 3 mn Chinese deaths a year
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 15, 2017
Ethiopia rubbish dump landslide death toll soars to 113
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Russia's Lukoil backs OPEC production cut extension
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
It's reasonable to give serious consideration to extending a production agreement led by OPEC, the head of Russian oil company Lukoil said Thursday. Russia is contributing as a non-member state to an effort steered by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries that aims to correct an oversupplied market through managed production declines. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
Fitch: Azerbaijan's energy company facing mixed pressures
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
DNO turns a profit on Kurdish assets
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Oil and gas exporter Norway keeps policy rate static
ExoMars: science checkout completed and aerobraking begins
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has completed another set of important science calibration tests before a year of aerobraking gets underway. The mission was launched a year ago this week, and has been orbiting the Red Planet since 19 October. During two dedicated orbits in late November, the science instruments made their first calibration measurements since arriving at Mars. The latest test ... 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
Opportunity Driving South to Gully
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 13, 2017
NASA Mars Orbiter Tracks Back-to-Back Regional Storms
13 killed in Kenya in drought-related violence
Nairobi (AFP) March 15, 2017
Thirteen people, mostly women and children, have been killed in central Kenya this week in a cycle of violence between rival farming tribes hit by drought, police and the Red Cross said. Police spokesman George Kinoti said the violence broke out on Monday when Ilchamus herdsmen, a sub-group of the Tugen people, launched an attack on members of the Pokot tribe seeking to steal their cattle. ... more
Pasadena CA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Cold climates and ocean carbon sequestration
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Vicious circle of drought and forest loss in the Amazon
Washington (AFP) March 15, 2017
Pentagon chief says climate change threatens security
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
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U.S. Navy orders overhaul of Mk 92 fire control system
Washington (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin with a $68 million basic ordering agreement to overhaul Mk 92 fire control systems. Under the agreement, the company is tasked with performing various equipment changes, repairs, overhauls and field services to support in-service engineering requirements. Additional work will include computer programming and documentation development. The eng ... more
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
British naval base readies for new aircraft carriers
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
New Zealand receives ANZAC combat system trainer
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
U.K. Royal Navy buys electric cars for store transit
Military action against N. Korea an 'option': Tillerson
Seoul (AFP) March 17, 2017
Military action by the United States against nuclear-armed North Korea is an "option on the table" if the threat from the rogue regime escalates, Washington's top diplomat Rex Tillerson said Friday. The strong comments from the secretary of state, in Asia for his first foray into crisis management, appear to signal a sea change in American policy towards the isolated country. Tillerson's ... more
Seoul (AFP) March 17, 2017
Tillerson seeks new North Korea plan on Seoul visit
Seoul (AFP) March 17, 2017
Tillerson seeks new North Korea plan on Seoul visit
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Iran Postpones Rocket Carrier Launch Fearing US Threats
'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
Reduce Fuel Burn With a Dose of BLI
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
It sounds like a cause of heart burn. Instead, Boundary Layer Ingestion - or BLI - is a promising idea NASA researchers are studying to reduce fuel burn in jet engines, thus reducing emissions and the cost of operating the aircraft. At its simplest: With BLI, an airplane's engines are located near the rear of the aircraft so that air flowing over the aircraft body becomes part of the mix o ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
MDH debuts multi-mission concept helicopter
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
U.S. Army looks to Air Force for future air defenses
Washington (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Boeing to sustain South Korea's F-15 fleet
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Ai Weiwei slams 'shameful' politicians ignoring refugees
Prague (AFP) March 16, 2017
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Thursday slammed "shameful" politicians who ignore refugees as he launched a giant art installation centered on their fate at the National Gallery in Prague. Called "Law of the Journey", the show features a 70-metre-long (230-foot-long) inflatable boat with 258 oversize refugee figures. A tribute to the thousands who have drowned crossing the Mediter ... more
Kathmandu (AFP) March 14, 2017
Nepal police demolish camp for earthquake displaced
Hamam Al-Alil, Iraq (AFP) March 14, 2017
After fleeing homes, Iraqis near Mosul wait for tents
Tokyo (AFP) March 17, 2017
Japan court rules government liable for Fukushima disaster
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
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Toward Machines that Improve with Experience
Bethesda MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
DARPA robotic servicing program has become stalled
Tel Aviv (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Rafael completes test firing with Protector USV


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