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March 20, 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
The EIC and Nuclear AMRC sign MoU
London, UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Two leading organisations within the UK's nuclear industry, the Energy Industries Council (EIC) and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC), have signed a Memorandum of Und ... 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
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
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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
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
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


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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
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

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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
Hampton VA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
NASA Study Confirms Biofuels Reduce Jet Engine Pollution
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
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
Brussels (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
EU funding renewable energy efforts in Algeria
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Perovskite edges can be tuned for optoelectronic performance
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
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
North Carolina offshore wind hailed as job creator
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
Emissions flat for three years in a row, IEA says
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
Through the use of more natural gas and renewables, the United States and China, the lead world economies, helped keep global emissions flat, the IEA said. The International Energy Agency reported Friday that global energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide, a potent greenhouse gas, were flat in 2016 for the third year in a row, even as the global economy grew. "These three year ... more
Sussex, UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
New research urges a rethink on global energy subsidies
Paris (AFP) March 17, 2017
CO2 stable for 3rd year despite global growth: IEA
Wellington, New Zealand (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
New Zealand lauded for renewables, but challenges remain
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
Jakarta (AFP) March 17, 2017
Indonesia summons UK envoy over coral reef destruction
Atlanta GA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
China's severe winter haze tied to effects of global climate change
Washington (AFP) March 15, 2017
Trump to undo Obama auto emission rules: official
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Beijing shuts last coal power plant in switch to natural gas
Beijing (AFP) March 19, 2017
The last large coal-fired power plant in Beijing has suspended operations, with the city's electricity now generated by natural gas, the state news agency reported as smog enveloped the Chinese capital this weekend. The shuttering of the Huangneng Beijing Thermal Power Plant comes on the heels of China's annual legislative sessions, where Premier Li Keqiang promised to "make our skies blue a ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
Saudi Arabia takes wait-and-see approach to U.S. oil
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
Norway's Statoil aims to boost local energy sector
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
Alberta pegs economic hope to Canadian coastal pipeline
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
A new study provides solid evidence for global warming
Beijing, China (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Global warming is driven by the Earth's energy imbalance (EEI): our planet traps more and more heat due to continuous increasing greenhouse gases. From the energy perspective, the global warming is actually ocean warming, since ocean stores more than 90% of the trapped heat. Therefore, ocean heat content (OHC) change is a fundamental indicator of global warming, thus direct measurement of OHC wi ... more
Baden-Baden, Germany (AFP) March 18, 2017
US climate scepticism clouds G20 meet
Nairobi (AFP) March 15, 2017
13 killed in Kenya in drought-related violence
Washington (AFP) March 15, 2017
Pentagon chief says climate change threatens security
The carbon dioxide loop
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
The oceans are great at absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air, but when their deep waters are brought to the surface, the oceans themselves can be a source of this prevalent greenhouse gas. Wind patterns together with the Earth's rotation drive deep ocean water - and the CO2 it sequesters - upward, replacing surface water moving offshore. A process known as upwelling, it occurs on th ... more
Prague (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
Czech scientists build non-metal magnet out of carbon
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
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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
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Report: Taiwan gains decommissioned frigates
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
BAE Systems to modernize U.S. Navy cruiser
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
Northrop Grumman tapped for littoral combat ship gun support
US, China to cooperate on 'dangerous' N.Korea situation
Beijing (AFP) March 18, 2017
The US and China pledged on Saturday to work together in addressing the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear programme, as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned regional tensions had reached a "dangerous level." The language from Tillerson and his Chinese counterpart after talks in Beijing was notably conciliatory after a run-up in which US President Donald Trump accused China of doing ... more
Seoul (AFP) March 17, 2017
Military action against N. Korea an 'option': Tillerson
Fuling, China (AFP) March 17, 2017
China re-brands Cold War nuclear bunker as tourist draw
Seoul (AFP) March 17, 2017
Tillerson seeks new North Korea plan on Seoul visit
'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
Lockheed Martin to recoat U.S. Air Force F-22s
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
Lockheed Martin has received a $40 million contract modification to sustain the U.S. Air Force's F-22 Raptor fleet. Under the agreement, the company will strip and recoat F-22 coatings reverting earlier than initially expected. Work on the contract will be performed at various locations in California, Georgia, Utah and Texas. The U.S. Department of Defense expects the work to be ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
U.S. Army looks to Air Force for future air defenses
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Boeing gets $3.2B for Apache sales to Saudi Arabia
Washington (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
Romania plans to buy 20 additional F-16s
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U.S. Coast Guard avoids budget cuts
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
The U.S. Coast Guard will not see the budget cuts the Trump administration planned for the branch after a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers blocked the move. While President Donald Trump continues to push Congress to boost budgets for military branches managed by the Department of Defense, the administration sought to strip $1.3 billion in spending for the Coast Guard. The cut would hav ... more
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 19, 2017
Mosul families go against the tide to return home
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 18, 2017
Death carts carry family ripped apart by Mosul campaign
Washington (AFP) March 18, 2017
Do US self-defense laws trigger more crime?
Toward Machines that Improve with Experience
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Self-driving taxis. Cell phones that react appropriately to spoken requests. Computers that outcompete world-class chess and Go players. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming part and parcel of the technological landscape-not only in the civilian and commercial worlds but also within the Defense Department, where AI is finding application in such arenas as cybersecurity and dynamic logistics ... more
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Songs that make robots cry
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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