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March 30, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Toshiba's US nuclear unit files for bankruptcy protection



Washington (AFP) March 29, 2017
Toshiba's loss-hit US nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Company has filed for bankruptcy protection, the companies said Wednesday, as the troubled division wrestles with huge losses and accounting fraud claims. The Japanese conglomerate's board approved the Chapter 11 filing in a US court in New York, a step that temporarily shelters struggling firms as they try to restructure their affairs and debts. Westinghouse technology is at the core of about half of the world's nuclear reactors. "Wes ... read more

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. ... more
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. ... 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
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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
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


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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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Hydrogen production: This is how green algae assemble their enzymes
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Researchers at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum have analysed how green algae manufacture complex components of a hydrogen-producing enzyme. The enzyme, known as the hydrogenase, may be relevant for the biotechnological production of hydrogen. To date, little is known about the way organisms form this type of hydrogenases under natural conditions. Using novel synthetic biology methods, the team aro ... more
Upton NY (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Chemists ID catalytic 'key' for converting CO2 to methanol
Jakarta (AFP) March 20, 2017
Community in chaotic Jakarta goes green to fight eviction
Upton NY (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Study IDs link between sugar signaling and regulation of oil production in plants
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
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
First Solar to deliver 48Mw Manildra solar farm
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
Tokyo (AFP) March 29, 2017
Japan scientist eyes energy burst from 'typhoon turbine'
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
Program to be axed saves energy in LA buildings
Paris (AFP) March 28, 2017
Voluntary efficiency programmes - including one targeted for elimination by the Trump administration - have led to energy savings of up to 30 percent in commercial buildings in Los Angeles, researchers have reported. Describing their study as the first large-scale analysis of green certification schemes for big buildings, a pair of researchers from the University of California at Los Angel ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 24, 2017
Energy demand metrics indicate strong U.S. economy
New York (AFP) March 26, 2017
New York skyscrapers adapt to climate change
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
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Los Angeles (AFP) March 29, 2017
California prepares for war with Trump over environment
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Chevron makes LNG headway
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
The third production facility at the Gorgon liquefied natural gas facility off the Australian coast is now in service, the regional subsidiary of Chevron said. "This is a key milestone for the Gorgon joint venture participants, our workforce, customers, government and all those associated with the project over its lifetime should be extremely proud," Nigel Hearne, Chevron's regional man ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Moscow sees Arctic oil as an option
Worcester MA (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Novel oil spill cleanup technology tested
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
West Africa oil potential growing
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
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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
Washington (AFP) March 29, 2017
Trump moves to roll back Obama climate measures
Beijing (AFP) March 29, 2017
China calls on US to honour climate commitments
Washington (AFP) March 29, 2017
No decision yet on staying in Paris climate accord: US
The world's largest diamond foil
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Material researchers of Friedrich-Alexander Universitat Erlangen Nurnberg (FAU) have come a step closer to their goal of providing large diamond foils for practical applications. In a test reactor, they have succeeded in producing the world's largest diamond foil with a diameter of 28 centimetres. Diamond foils can be used as ultimate wear protection in industrial applications and for research i ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) March 29, 2017
'Pink Star' diamond set to fetch record price in Hong Kong
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
Northern seas once pumped CO2 into Earth's atmosphere
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
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U.K., France join forces for new anti-ship weapon
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Britain and France have inked an agreement to share the the cost of a new cruise missile program lead by MBDA Missile Systems. Under the terms of the pact, signed by British Defense Minister Harriett Baldwin and French counterpart Laurent Collet-Billon, each country will contribute roughly $62 million for the Future Cruise / Anti-Ship Weapon program. "We are launching today a maj ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Indian navy commissions first Mk IV-class Landing Craft Utility ship
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
Australia modernizes Anzac-class frigate
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
Norway orders autonomous mine-hunting systems
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
Tokyo (AFP) March 29, 2017
Japan ruling party urges strike capability amid N.Korea threat
Washington (AFP) March 29, 2017
N. Korea could be in final preparations for nuclear test: report
Beijing (AFP) March 29, 2017
China coal imports from North Korea surge in February
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
Tehran (AFP) March 27, 2017
IS releases video threatening Iran
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
Smiths Detection tapped for airport security
Moscow (AFP) March 24, 2017
Russian troops killed in IS-claimed attack on Chechen base
Saab to perform operational support for Swedish Gripens
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Saab received a $42 million contract from the Swedish government to perform operational and developmental support for the Gripen fighter throughout 2017. In addition to the operation of rigs and simulators, the company will test, verify and validate Gripen C/D and Gripen E fighter aircraft systems. Gripen C/D planes will also receive operational support. Work on the contract will ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Serbia to receive MiG-29 fighters from Russia
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
Northrop Grumman gets contract mod for E-2D production
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Simulator for F-35 naval test pilots ready to use
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Military mobilises to help cyclone-ravaged Australian region
Ayr, Australia (AFP) March 29, 2017
Towns remained cut off in northern Australia Wednesday after being pummelled by a powerful cyclone that washed battered yachts ashore and ripped roofs off houses, as the military mobilised to help with the clean-up. The category four Cyclone Debbie slammed into the coast of Queensland state between Bowen and Airlie Beach on Tuesday afternoon, packing destructive winds and devastating some of ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Rising flood insurance costs growing will New York City
Dhaka (IANS) Mar 27, 2017
Bangladesh to join India's South Asia Satellite initiative
Munich, Germany (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
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Tech world debate on robots and jobs heats up
Washington (AFP) March 26, 2017
Are robots coming for your job? Although technology has long affected the labor force, recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotics are heightening concerns about automation replacing a growing number of occupations, including highly skilled or "knowledge-based" jobs. Just a few examples: self-driving technology may eliminate the need for taxi, Uber and truck drivers, algorith ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Printable device points toward sensor-laden robot skin
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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