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March 29, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Japan high court rules nuclear reactors can restart



Tokyo (AFP) March 28, 2017
A Japanese appeals court on Tuesday ruled that a pair of nuclear reactors halted by a lower court order can be restarted, in a victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's energy policy. Japan shut down all of its reactors after the Fukushima nuclear crisis in 2011, relying on imported fossil fuels to power its economy. Due to public opposition, only a handful have since been restarted. But Abe has repeatedly said that resource-poor Japan, the world's third-largest economy, needs nuclear power and ha ... read more

TECH SPACE
Visualizing nuclear radiation
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Extraordinary decontamination efforts are underway in areas affected by the 2011 nuclear accidents in Japan. The creation of total radioactivity maps is essential for thorough cleanup, but the most ... more
WOOD PILE
Late US billionaire's record land gift lays Chile row to rest
Santiago (AFP) March 18, 2017
Douglas Tompkins's widow vividly remembers the suspicions the late billionaire raised when he started buying up land in Patagonia, the natural paradise at the bottom of South America. ... 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
ENERGY NEWS
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 ne ... more
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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
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
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


Completion of dismantling of nuclear facilities at the Cadarache MOX plant

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

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Community in chaotic Jakarta goes green to fight eviction
Jakarta (AFP) March 20, 2017
Brightly coloured wooden and brick houses line a clean riverside path amid trees and vegetable gardens, a tranquil scene in the normally chaotic Indonesian capital Jakarta. Residents have transformed the "kampung", as traditional neighbourhoods are known in Indonesia, into a model of clean and green living in an effort to fight off the threat of eviction. Tongkol kampung was once much ... more
Upton NY (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Chemists ID catalytic 'key' for converting CO2 to methanol
Upton NY (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Study IDs link between sugar signaling and regulation of oil production in plants
Hampton VA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
NASA Study Confirms Biofuels Reduce Jet Engine Pollution
Artificial photosynthesis steps into the light
Houston TX (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Rice University scientists have created an efficient, simple-to-manufacture oxygen-evolution catalyst that pairs well with semiconductors for solar water splitting, the conversion of solar energy to chemical energy in the form of hydrogen and oxygen. The lab of Kenton Whitmire, a Rice professor of chemistry, teamed up with researchers at the University of Houston and discovered that growin ... more
London, UK (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Nanomaterials that makes harvesting sunlight easier
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
New Stanford study calls for US solar policy reform
Billings MT (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Colstrip bill risks shutting door to Montana's renewable power future
Mega-wind farm offshore Denmark clears hurdle
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Danish plans to build one of the larger wind farms in European territorial waters are in line with competition and environmental goals there, a governing body said. Denmark in February told the European Commission it was offering state-backed premiums for the price of electricity to support the Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm. Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner in charge of ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
North Carolina offshore wind hailed as job creator
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
North Carolina ready for offshore wind energy auction
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Flagship English Channel wind farm nears completion
Energy demand metrics indicate strong U.S. economy
Washington (UPI) Mar 24, 2017
Metrics measuring consumer demand for fuels and related products in the United States were indicative of an improving economy, a trade group said. The American Petroleum Institute reported total petroleum deliveries, a measure of demand, gained 0.1 percent to 19.7 million barrels per day, its highest level since 2008. Total motor gasoline deliveries, a measure of consumer demand, was up ... more
New York (AFP) March 26, 2017
New York skyscrapers adapt to climate change
Paris (AFP) March 28, 2017
Program to be axed saves energy in LA buildings
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
Emissions flat for three years in a row, IEA says
Clarifying how lithium ions ferry around in rechargeable batteries
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Although most of our electronic devices, like mobile phones, laptops and electric vehicles use lithium rechargeable batteries, what is going on inside them is not fully understood. Researchers from the Center for Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) succeeded in observing in realtime the ultrafast dynamics of lithium ions with femtosecond time resolut ... more
New Haven CT (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Building a market for renewable thermal technologies
New Haven CT (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
New gel-like coating beefs up the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
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Paris mayor orders cleanliness blitz
Paris (AFP) March 27, 2017
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Monday unveiled a grand plan to clean up the French capital, putting teeth into the campaign by stepping up enforcement operations. The city will be "uncompromising with those who sully the public space," she said, addressing one of the main complaints of residents and tourists alike. The Socialist mayor said the squad of police handing out fines - dubbed the ... more
Bogota (AFP) March 27, 2017
Colombian town votes against gold mine, in vain
Basque Country, Spain (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Rocks that tell our industrial history
Minneapolis, MN (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
'Super sponge' promises effective toxic clean-up of lakes and more
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Novel oil spill cleanup technology tested
Worcester MA (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Tests conducted last week of a novel technology that can greatly accelerate the combustion of crude oil floating on water demonstrated its potential to become an effective tool for minimizing the environmental impact of future oil spills. Called the Flame Refluxer, the technology, developed by fire protection engineering researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with funding from the ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
West Africa oil potential growing
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Oil prices bounce on signs of market tightening
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Russian oil company reached Iraqi production milestone
Mars dust storm west of Opportunity starting to abate
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 27, 2017
Opportunity is just outside the rim of Endeavour Crater, heading to the gully, named 'Perseverance Valley.' The large regional dust storm to the west of the rover's site has started to abate, although there is still a lot of dust in the atmosphere and rover energy levels are affected. On Sol 4672 (March 16, 2017), Opportunity drove over 141 feet (43 meters) to the south. Owning to the elev ... more
Paris (ESA) Mar 29, 2017
Final two ExoMars landing sites chosen
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
Breaks observed in Curiosity rover wheel treads
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2017
Mars Volcano, Earth's Dinosaurs Went Extinct About the Same Time
Number of Kenyans going hungry doubles to 3 mln: Red Cross
Nairobi (AFP) March 28, 2017
The number of Kenyans needing emergency food aid has doubled in the past three months to three million, the Red Cross said Tuesday, as the impact of a devastating drought worsens. Kenya is one of several East African countries suffering from food crises, along with Ethiopia; South Sudan, where famine has already been declared; and Somalia, on the brink of its third famine in 25 years. Ou ... more
Paris (ESA) Mar 29, 2017
Climate at your fingertips
New York (AFP) March 23, 2017
Tillerson alias emails from his ExxonMobil era prove elusive
Baidoa, Somalia (AFP) March 20, 2017
Cloaked in rags and dust, Somalis flee looming famine
Northern seas once pumped CO2 into Earth's atmosphere
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
Today, Earth's oceans absorb excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Research suggests in the past the opposite was true. In recent decades, scientists estimate the Arctic and Nordic seas absorbed as much as 40 percent of CO2 emissions. Analysis of sediment cores suggests Earth's northern seas pumped significant amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere in the past. "Our research sho ... more
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
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Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
The carbon dioxide loop
Prague (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
Czech scientists build non-metal magnet out of carbon
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FNSS building amphibious assault vehicles for Turkish Navy
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
Turkey's FNSS reports it is to produce armored amphibious assault vehicles for the Turkish Naval Forces Command under a new government contract. A total of 27 vehicles - 23 personnel carriers, two command-and-control vehicles and two recovery vehicles – will be produced and will be based on an indigenous development model, FNSS said. The vehicles are to carry troops from a lan ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
New French corvette passes first sea trials
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
Australia modernizes Anzac-class frigate
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
U.K., France join forces for new anti-ship weapon
US leads boycott of nuclear weapons ban talks
United Nations, United States (AFP) March 27, 2017
More than 100 countries on Monday launched the first UN talks aimed at achieving a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons, as Washington led an international boycott of a process it deems unrealistic. Before the conference had even begun, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, spoke out to reject the proposal in the light of current global security threats. "As a mom and a daughter th ... more
Seoul (AFP) March 22, 2017
North Korea's parliament to hold rare meeting: KCNA
Washington (AFP) March 23, 2017
China's ZTE pleads guilty to violating US sanctions on Iran, N.Korea
Washington (AFP) March 23, 2017
US sees 'activity' at N. Korea nuke sites: US official
Electronics ban on flights not a longterm solution: IATA boss
Montreal (AFP) March 28, 2017
British and US bans on laptops and tablet computers in flight cabins are not sustainable in the long term, the head of the association representing airlines said Tuesday. "The current measures are not acceptable as a long-term solution to whatever threat they are trying to mitigate," said Alexandre de Juniac, director general of the International Air Transport Association. "Even in the s ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
Smiths Detection tapped for airport security
Tehran (AFP) March 27, 2017
IS releases video threatening Iran
Moscow (AFP) March 24, 2017
Russian troops killed in IS-claimed attack on Chechen base
Raytheon tapped for Super Hornet, Growler radar upgrades
Washington (UPI) Mar 24, 2017
Raytheon received a $17.8 million contract to upgrade radars used on F/A-18 and EA-18G aircraft operated by the U.S. Navy and the Australian air force. The AN/APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array radar is already in full-rate production for both armed forces. According to Raytheon, the device allows radar beams to be steered at close to the speed of light, resulting in enhanced si ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
French government approves Rafale F4 upgrades
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
U.S. Air Force buys additional Boeing QF-16 targets
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Serbia to receive MiG-29 fighters from Russia
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Extreme space weather: Protecting our critical infrastructure
Munich, Germany (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Extreme space weather has a global footprint and the potential to damage critical infrastructure on the ground and in space. A new report from the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) calls for bridging knowledge gaps and for better coordination at EU level to reduce the potential impact of space weather events. The sun shapes the space environment around the Earth. This so-ca ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 20, 2017
Video game study suggests people will remain calm as the world ends
Dhaka (IANS) Mar 27, 2017
Bangladesh to join India's South Asia Satellite initiative
Luxembourg (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
SES is enabling disaster response and connecting affected communities
Printable device points toward sensor-laden robot skin
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
In this age of smartphones and tablet computers, touch-sensitive surfaces are everywhere. They're also brittle, as people with cracked phone screens everywhere can attest. Covering a robot - or an airplane or a bridge - with sensors will require a technology that is both flexible and cost-effective to manufacture in bulk. A team of researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligenc ... more
Washington (AFP) March 26, 2017
Tech world debate on robots and jobs heats up
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Quadruped robot exhibits spontaneous changes in step with speed
Washington (UPI) Mar 22, 2017
Kraken Sonar Systems gains funding for robotics project


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