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March 21, 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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Study IDs link between sugar signaling and regulation of oil production in plants
Upton NY (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Even plants have to live on an energy budget. While they're known for converting solar energy into chemical energy in the form of sugars, plants have sophisticated biochemical mechanisms for regulating how they spend that energy. Making oils costs a lot. By exploring the details of this delicate energy balance, a group of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National ... more
Hampton VA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
NASA Study Confirms Biofuels Reduce Jet Engine Pollution
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Petrol and jet fuel alternatives are produced by yeast cell factories
New solar energy plant to be installed on Barbuda
London, UK (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
The government of Antigua and Barbuda (GOAB) further strives toward the realisation of generating 20 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy resources by the year 2020. The installation of a 150 kWp clean power project on the Caribbean twin islands state, to be implemented shortly by the clean energy provider PV Energy Limited, marks the first step in Barbuda towards the final goal of ... more
Espoo, Finland (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Nanotube film may resolve longevity problem of challenger solar cells
Barrington RI (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Nuera Solar Announces Partnership with The Solar Village Project
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
EU close to 2020 renewable energy target
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
TU Graz researchers show that enzyme function inhibits battery ageing
Graz, Austria (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
It has been known in biology for a long time that the excited oxygen molecule singlet oxygen is the main cause of ageing in cells. To counter this, nature uses an enzyme called superoxide dismutase to eliminate superoxide as a free radical. Superoxide also occurs in cell respiration for energy production and is the preliminary stage and thus source of singlet oxygen. TU Graz's Stefan Freun ... more
Sydney (AFP) March 15, 2017
Headphone batteries explode on flight to Australia
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
New feedback system could allow greater control over fusion plasma
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Exhaust fumes as a resource
China's severe winter haze tied to effects of global climate change
Atlanta GA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
China's severe winter air pollution problems may be worsened by changes in atmospheric circulation prompted by Arctic sea ice loss and increased Eurasian snowfall - both caused by global climate change. Modeling and data analysis done by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology suggest that sea ice and snowfall changes have shifted China's winter monsoon, helping create stagnant ... more
Washington (AFP) March 15, 2017
Trump to undo Obama auto emission rules: official
Jakarta (AFP) March 17, 2017
Indonesia summons UK envoy over coral reef destruction
Miami (AFP) March 16, 2017
Trump budget 'cripples' environment, science, critics say
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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
Fitch: Azerbaijan's energy company facing mixed pressures
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
Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2017
As children, we learned about our solar system's planets by certain characteristics - Jupiter is the largest, Saturn has rings, Mercury is closest to the sun. Mars is red, but it's possible that one of our closest neighbors also had rings at one point and may have them again someday. That's the theory put forth by NASA-funded scientists at Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana, whose findi ... more
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
ExoMars: science checkout completed and aerobraking begins
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
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
Durham NH (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Is spring getting longer
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
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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Report: Taiwan gains decommissioned frigates
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Two decommissioned U.S. Navy frigates were reportedly signed over to Taiwan this month and will soon enter service with the Taiwanese navy. The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates were handed over at a low-key ceremony in Charleston, South Carolina, attended by Commander of the Taiwanese Navy, Adm. Huang Shu-kuang, Taiwan's Representative to the United States Stanley Kao, and unidentifie ... more
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
Kaohsiung, Taiwan (AFP) March 21, 2017
Taiwan launches submarine project in face of China threat
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 21, 2017
North Korea nuclear programme in 'new phase': IAEA
Jerusalem (AFP) March 20, 2017
Israeli nuclear whistleblower says state hounding him
Fuling, China (AFP) March 17, 2017
China re-brands Cold War nuclear bunker as tourist draw
'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
Boeing gets $3.2B for Apache sales to Saudi Arabia
Stockholm (AFP) March 15, 2017
Sweden wants new tax on airline tickets
Hong Kong (AFP) March 15, 2017
Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific sees first loss in 8 years
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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?
Origami-inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2017
The next rovers to explore another planet might bring along a scout. The Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER) in development at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, was inspired by origami. Its lightweight design is capable of flattening itself, tucking in its wheels and crawling into places rovers can't fit. Over the past year and a half, PUFFER has been tested ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Toward Machines that Improve with Experience
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
'Tree-on-a-chip' passively pumps water for days
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Songs that make robots cry


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