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March 31, 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


Potential approach to how radioactive elements could be 'fished out' of nuclear waste

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
Jakarta (AFP) March 20, 2017
Community in chaotic Jakarta goes green to fight eviction
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
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
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
First Solar to deliver 48Mw Manildra solar farm
London, UK (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Lightsource turns on Northern Ireland's largest solar project
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
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
How does oxygen get into a fuel cell
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
Rocks that tell our industrial history
Basque Country, Spain (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
"Because certain geological events record everything, studying them helps to reconstruct the environmental past and to determine how human beings have influenced the environment. They will even be able to offer valuable information to tackle possible effects of climate change," asserted Nikole Arrieta, author of the study analysing beachrocks. They are rock formations that are produced in ... more
Los Angeles (AFP) March 29, 2017
California prepares for war with Trump over environment
Paris (AFP) March 27, 2017
Paris mayor orders cleanliness blitz
Bogota (AFP) March 27, 2017
Colombian town votes against gold mine, in vain
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Oil prices set for rise after higher U.S. GDP figures reported
Washington (UPI) Mar 30, 2017
Crude oil prices were on pace for another day of solid gains Thursday after a report showed fourth quarter gains in the United States were better than expected. Crude oil prices surged Wednesday more than 2 percent after data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration confirmed gains in crude oil inventories, but also showed a steep decline in petroleum products like gasoline. Secu ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 30, 2017
Genel Energy aims to emerge as a natural gas player
Washington (UPI) Mar 30, 2017
Norway raises reserve estimate of Barents Sea field
Washington (UPI) Mar 30, 2017
Texas oil production down year-over-year
New MAVEN findings reveal how Mars' atmosphere was lost to space
Boulder CO (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Solar wind and radiation are responsible for stripping the Martian atmosphere, transforming Mars from a planet that could have supported life billions of years ago into a frigid desert world, according to new results from NASA's MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission) spacecraft led by the University of Colorado Boulder. "We've determined that most of the gas ever present in ... more
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Potential Mars Airplane Resumes Flight
Paris (ESA) Mar 29, 2017
Final two ExoMars landing sites chosen
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 27, 2017
Mars dust storm west of Opportunity starting to abate
Putin says climate change not manmade
Moscow (AFP) March 30, 2017
Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Thursday said climate change was not caused by human activity, as the White House announced that President Donald Trump would decide by May on continued US participation in the landmark Paris Agreement limiting global carbon emissions. One day after visiting the Franz Josef Land archipelago in the Arctic, Putin claimed that icebergs had been melting for decad ... more
Washington (AFP) March 29, 2017
Trump moves to roll back Obama climate measures
Miami (AFP) March 30, 2017
US climate science hearing descends into bullying 'food-fight'
Paris (AFP) March 30, 2017
Trump keeps world dangling on Paris climate pact
'Pink Star' diamond set to fetch record price in Hong Kong
Hong Kong (AFP) March 29, 2017
A plum-sized pink diamond is expected to break the world record for a gemstone early next month when it goes under the hammer in Hong Kong, Sotheby's auction house said Wednesday. The 59.60-carat "Pink Star" is the largest in its class ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). But Sotheby's was been forced to buy back the flawless diamond after a previous buyer defaulted on ... more
Rochester NY (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Reusable carbon nanotubes could be the water filter of the future, says RIT study
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
The world's largest diamond foil
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 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
Japan ruling party urges strike capability amid N.Korea threat
Tokyo (AFP) March 29, 2017
Japan's ruling party said Wednesday the government should consider developing the capability to strike enemy bases if the country is attacked, citing North Korea's missile and nuclear threats. For years Tokyo has harboured deep suspicion of Pyongyang and seen itself as increasingly vulnerable to its nuclear and missile ambitions. North Korea conducted two nuclear tests last year and test ... more
Washington (AFP) March 29, 2017
N. Korea could be in final preparations for nuclear test: report
United Nations, United States (AFP) March 30, 2017
US warns China it is losing patience over North Korea
Beijing (AFP) March 29, 2017
China coal imports from North Korea surge in February
IS propaganda team killed in Iraq air strike: coalition
Washington (AFP) March 30, 2017
The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group said Thursday that it had killed a propaganda chief and associates in an air strike in the western Iraqi town of Al-Qaim. Ibrahim Al-Ansari was an "important ISIS leader," said Colonel Joseph Scrocca, a spokesman for the Baghdad-based coalition, using an alternate acronym for Islamic State. The propaganda official was a leader in prop ... more
Montreal (AFP) March 28, 2017
Electronics ban on flights not a longterm solution: IATA boss
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
Smiths Detection tapped for airport security
Tehran (AFP) March 27, 2017
IS releases video threatening Iran
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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Rush hour on Mosul's 'displacement highway'
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 30, 2017
On west Mosul's Baghdad street, thousands of displaced Iraqis flee the fighting with their meagre belongings but similar numbers walk in the other direction, heading straight back into the war-torn city. The street is currently the main corridor for civilians fleeing the battle between the Islamic State group and the government forces trying to root them out of their last strongholds. It ... more
Ayr, Australia (AFP) March 29, 2017
Military mobilises to help cyclone-ravaged Australian region
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
NASA Tests Robotic Ice Tools for Use on Ocean Worlds
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 31, 2017
Want to go ice fishing on Jupiter's moon Europa? There's no promising you'll catch anything, but a new set of robotic prototypes could help. Since 2015, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has been developing new technologies for use on future missions to ocean worlds. That includes a subsurface probe that could burrow through miles of ice, taking samples along the wa ... more
Washington (AFP) March 26, 2017
Tech world debate on robots and jobs heats up
Washington (UPI) Mar 30, 2017
AM General, Army to test autonomous vehicle system
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Printable device points toward sensor-laden robot skin


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