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April 05, 2017
Toshiba to buy Engie's stake in NuGen for $139 mn

Tokyo (AFP) April 4, 2017
Japan's troubled conglomerate Toshiba said Tuesday it would buy the 40 percent stake held by French group Engie in their British nuclear joint venture NuGen for about 15.3 billion yen ($138.6 million). The deal - prompted by the bankruptcy of Toshiba's US subsidiary Westinghouse - was at Engie's request, said the Japanese group, which currently holds the remaining 60 percent of the venture. NuGen plans to build three reactors at the Moorside site in Cumbria in northwest England. The AP-100 ... read more

Westinghouse's woes spotlight US nuclear sector's decline
Washington (AFP) March 30, 2017
Westinghouse's bankruptcy announcement Wednesday cast a pall over the future of nuclear energy in the United States and comes as the Trump administration seeks to revive the coal industry. ... more
Toshiba execs under fire as loss forecast balloons
Chiba, Japan (AFP) March 30, 2017
Angry investors lambasted Toshiba executives at a shareholder meeting Thursday after it warned annual losses could balloon to more than $9.0 billion but they agreed to the sale of its memory chip business, the jewel in the Japanese giant's crown. ... more
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
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. ... more
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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
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
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
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
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
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

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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
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
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
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

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Ridding the oceans of plastics by turning the waste into valuable fuel
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Billions of pounds of plastic waste are littering the world's oceans. Now, a Ph.D. organic chemist and a sailboat captain report that they are developing a process to reuse certain plastics, transforming them from worthless trash into a valuable diesel fuel with a small mobile reactor. They envision the technology could someday be implemented globally on land and possibly placed on boats to conv ... more
New Delhi (AFP) March 31, 2017
Shell unveils giant new high-tech research lab in India
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Hydrogen production: This is how green algae assemble their enzymes
Jakarta (AFP) March 20, 2017
Community in chaotic Jakarta goes green to fight eviction
Report: Global renewable power capacity expanding
Washington (UPI) Mar 30, 2017
As European and Asian leaders take up the low-carbon mantel from the United States, a global report found 2016 was a record-setter for renewable energy. The International Renewable Energy Agency reported total global renewable energy capacity increased last year by 161 gigawatts, reaching 2,000 GW by the end of the year. According to estimates from the U.S. Energy Department, 1 gigawatt ... more
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Next generation perovskite solar cells with new world-record performance
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Financialization's negative effect on the American solar industry
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Bio-inspired energy storage: A new light for solar power
U.N. says low-carbon economy not a "pipe dream"
Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017
The decline in energy sector emissions and emerging grid parity for renewables shows a shift to a low-carbon economy isn't a "pipe dream," a U.N. panel found. A report from a United Nations' panel aimed at encouraging a broad-based shift toward renewable energy finds that 2016 was the third year in a row that emissions declined at the same time the global economy expanded. The mu ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Mega-wind farm offshore Denmark clears hurdle
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
World Bank urges more investment for developing global electricity
Washington (AFP) April 3, 2017
Global efforts to provide universal access to electricity, develop more renewable energy sources and increase efficiency are not on track to meet a target date of 2030, the World Bank said Monday. With fewer people receiving electricity for the first time in recent years, only 92 percent of the world's population will have access to power by 2030, the bank said in a new report published toge ... more
New York (AFP) April 3, 2017
US states begin legal action on Trump energy delay
Paris (AFP) March 28, 2017
Program to be axed saves energy in LA buildings
Washington (UPI) Mar 24, 2017
Energy demand metrics indicate strong U.S. economy
How does oxygen get into a fuel cell
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 30, 2017
Fuel cells use a simple chemical reaction, such as the combination of oxygen and hydrogen to form water, to generate electricity. The question of which is the best material to use when making ceramic fuel cells is not a straightforward one, however. New materials are required that act as a catalyst for the chemical reaction required with maximum efficiency, but that also last as long as possible ... more
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Clarifying how lithium ions ferry around in rechargeable batteries
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
Surge in coal pollution led to smaller newborns: study
Paris (AFP) April 3, 2017
In fresh evidence about the dangers of coal pollution, a scientist on Monday said a switch to coal-fired power in a southern US state after a nuclear accident in 1979 led to a sharp fall in birthweight, a benchmark of health. The study looked at the aftermath of the Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania, which caused two nuclear plants to be shut down and their power to be replaced locally ... more
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
'Peeling the onion' to get rid of odors near wastewater treatment plants
Buenos Aires (AFP) March 30, 2017
Argentina suspends Canada's Barrick mining over spill
Los Angeles (AFP) March 29, 2017
California prepares for war with Trump over environment
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New technology could end costly crude oil pipeline blockages
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Getting crude oil from the wellhead to its downstream destination can be literally stopped in its tracks when components of the oil known as asphaltenes clump together, reducing the flow or causing a complete blockage. A petroleum engineer from the University of Houston has reported building a prototype device to address the problem, which currently requires the use of chemical dispersants ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017
Crude oil prices post modest gains in Tuesday trading
Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017
Transocean wins with new contracts from Norway's Statoil
Durham, UK (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
UK shale gas extraction could be reduced by limited space to develop wells
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
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 31, 2017
Prolific Mars Orbiter Completes 50,000 Orbits
Paris (ESA) Mar 29, 2017
Final two ExoMars landing sites chosen
Early climate 'payback' with higher emission reductions
Exeter, UK (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Climate scientists at the Met Office Hadley Centre have shown that the early mitigation needed to limit eventual warming below potentially dangerous levels has a climate 'payback' much earlier than previously thought. Lead scientist Andrew Ciavarella explains: "Our study has shown that efforts to reduce global temperature rise in the long term - through aggressive reductions in greenhouse ... more
Lokamarinyang, Kenya (AFP) April 5, 2017
Drought shatters Turkana's dreams of a better future
New York (AFP) March 31, 2017
US will keep climate commitments despite Trump: ex-mayor of NY
Miami (AFP) March 30, 2017
US climate science hearing descends into bullying 'food-fight'
'Pink Star' diamond fetches record $71.2 mn in Hong Kong
Hong Kong (AFP) April 4, 2017
A giant diamond named the "Pink Star" broke the world record for a gemstone sold at auction when it fetched $71.2 million in Hong Kong on Tuesday. The 59.60-carat "Pink Star", the largest in its class ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America, was sold to the city's Chow Tai Fook jewellery chain. "Sotheby's Hong Kong is very proud to have this record," its Asia chairman Patti ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Researchers 'iron out' graphene's wrinkles
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Built from the bottom up, nanoribbons pave the way to 'on-off' states for graphene
Rochester NY (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Reusable carbon nanotubes could be the water filter of the future, says RIT study
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Russia launches second Yasen-class submarine
Washington (UPI) Mar 31, 2017
Russia's second Yasen-class submarine was launched at the Sevmash shipyards in Severodvinsk, the country's state-controlled media reported. Kazan, a nuclear-powered vessel, departed the port following a ceremony attended by high-ranking Russian military officials and their industry partners. "The launch of an advanced multi-role submarine of the improved project Yasen-M is quite ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017
U.S. Navy's USS America completes survivability test
Washington (UPI) Mar 31, 2017
Construction of new Chinese carrier progressing
Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017
EPP building acoustic array for U.S. Navy submarines
S. Korea, Japan, US hold drill against N. Korea submarines
Seoul (AFP) April 3, 2017
South Korea, Japan and the US held a joint naval exercise Monday aimed at countering missile threats from North Korean submarines, Seoul's defense ministry said, amid mounting concerns over the hermit state's weapons programme. Pyongyang is on a quest to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the US mainland with a nuclear warhead, and has so far staged five nuclear tests, two of th ... more
Washington (AFP) April 2, 2017
US urges China to take 'action' against North Korea
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) March 31, 2017
Kim Jong-Nam's body returned to North Korea: China
Washington (AFP) April 4, 2017
'No defense' against multiple Russian missiles: US general
Russia defends Syria against 'chemical attack' outcry
Khan Sheikhun , Syria (AFP) April 5, 2017
Russia defended its ally Damascus on Wednesday in the face of an international outcry over a suspected chemical attack that killed scores of civilians, saying a Syrian air strike hit a "terrorist warehouse". The UN Security Council was to hold an emergency meeting later Wednesday on the attack, which killed at least 72 civilians, among them 20 children, in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhu ... more
Moscow (AFP) April 1, 2017
Russia detains man over IS-claimed attack on Chechen base
Cairo (AFP) April 2, 2017
Egypt military says top Islamist killed in Sinai
Washington (AFP) March 30, 2017
IS propaganda team killed in Iraq air strike: coalition
Super Pressure Balloon Flight Enables Pioneering Infrasound Study
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
It's all about that bass and lots of it. Deep, deep base-sound at frequencies too low for the human ear to pick-up. It's called infrasound, low-frequency soundwaves formed by events as diverse as ocean waves crashing together, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes to rocket launches. These soundwaves, capable of traveling around the world multiple times, have never been recorded from the stratosphe ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Super Pressure Balloon Flight Enables Pioneering Infrasound Study
Washington (UPI) Apr 3, 2017
Hornet, Growler foreign customers to receive data updates
Washington (UPI) Apr 3, 2017
Ukraine's AN-132D takes historic first flight
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Birds hit by cars are, well, bird-brained
Paris (AFP) March 29, 2017
What's the difference between birds that get killed by cars, and those that don't? The dead ones tend to have smaller brains, scientists who performed 3,521 avian autopsies said Wednesday. What might be called the "bird brain rule" applies to different species, depending on the ratio of grey matter to body mass, they reported in the journal Royal Society Open Science. Crows, for exa ... more
Bogota (AFP) April 4, 2017
Why is South America being hit by deadly landslides?
Mocoa, Colombia (AFP) April 4, 2017
More than 270 dead in Colombia mudslides
Mocoa, Colombia (AFP) April 5, 2017
Death toll hits 290 as Colombia probes cause of mudslides
NASA Robotic Refueling Mission Departs Station
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
The International Space Station serves as an orbiting test and demonstration laboratory for scientific experiments to be performed inside and outside the space station. The experiments are inherently transient with typical life cycles of about one to five years. Once their test objectives are accomplished, they are removed to make way for new experiments. On Feb. 19, a NASA experiment - a ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 31, 2017
NASA Tests Robotic Ice Tools for Use on Ocean Worlds
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Robot epigenetics: Adding complexity to embodied robot evolution
Paris (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
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