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April 10, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
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

TECH SPACE
A step toward long-lasting sunscreen
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
In a perfect world, people would diligently reapply suncreen every couple of hours to protect their delicate skin from damaging solar radiation. But in reality, few people actually adhere to reappli ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
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
CIVIL NUCLEAR
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
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
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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. ... 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
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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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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

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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
Champaign IL (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
Scientists engineer sugarcane to produce biodiesel, more sugar for ethanol
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017
Gripen fighter completes test flights using 100 percent biofuel
New Delhi (AFP) March 31, 2017
Shell unveils giant new high-tech research lab in India
Electronic control to ensure photovoltaic systems always work at maximum power
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
After having developed various algorithms and control systems and having applied them in a whole range of fields, such as robotics, control of motors in electric machines, and in wind generators, the UPV/EHU's Advanced Control Group has proven that one of the methods, a sliding mode controller, offers good results in the control of photovoltaic generators, too. "It's a kind of innovative, ... more
Golden CO (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
Report shines light on installed costs and deployment barriers for residential solar PV
Pompano Beach FL (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
Concept, SolarTech team up next-gen solar panels
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Next generation perovskite solar cells with new world-record performance
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) Apr 6, 2017
Canada sees emerging role for wind energy
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'
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
Polluted London sets its sights on cars
London (AFP) April 9, 2017
Gone are the days of London's "pea souper" smogs, but like many European cities, the British capital is once again being choked by pollution - and has road traffic firmly in its sights. In 1952, the Great Smog suffocated London for five days, bringing the city to a standstill as soot-filled clouds descended onto the streets and into people's lungs, leaving more than 12,000 dead. The cri ... more
Shanghai (AFP) April 6, 2017
Shanghai river clean-up leaves boat-dwellers in limbo
Dhaka (AFP) April 6, 2017
Bangladesh closes one of world's most polluted places
London (AFP) April 4, 2017
London to impose new charges to cut 'lethal' pollution
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Kuwait seeks U.S. support for airbase makeover
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017
The U.S. State Department has approved Kuwait for a possible Foreign Military Sale of support for facilities and infrastructure construction. The proposed deal, reported to Congress by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, would be worth about $319 million. According to DSCA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its contractors would conduct the work, which would cover the are ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017
Conflict-surge in oil prices fades on rig, labor figures
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017
Norway issues new drilling permits for North and Barents Seas
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017
North American rig count increased in March
Russia critcal to ExoMars Project says Italian Space Agency Head
Colorado Springs CO (Sputnik) Apr 06, 2017
Russia is a fundamental partner in the joint project between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Russia's Roscosmos space corporation ExoMars, Italian Space Agency (ASI) President Roberto Battiston told Sputnik. ExoMars is the first project in the history of collaboration between the European Union and Russia that aims to search for life on Mars. The project started with the launch of a Ru ... more
Estacion Yungay, Chile (AFP) April 6, 2017
Chile desert combed for clues to life on Mars
Boulder CO (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
New MAVEN findings reveal how Mars' atmosphere was lost to space
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Potential Mars Airplane Resumes Flight
California declares stubborn drought officially over
Los Angeles (AFP) April 7, 2017
California Governor Jerry Brown declared Friday the official end of the state's drought that lasted more than five years. Despite lifting the drought emergency in all but four counties, the governor kept in place water reporting requirements, as well as bans on practices like watering during or following rainfall and hosing off sidewalks. "This drought emergency is over, but the next dro ... more
Washington (AFP) April 7, 2017
US coal company CEO urges Trump to stay in Paris climate deal
Bejing, China (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
How ENSO and Atlantic ADO impact East Asian winter monsoon
Seattle WA (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Finding order in chaos to help buffer against climate change
'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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Damen submits tender for Australian OPV ships
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
Damen Shipyards became the first shipbuilder to submit tender for Australia's Offshore Patrol Vessel project, which calls for the construction of twelve ships. Australia's Defense Ministry formally issued a request for tender for three shortlisted companies in November. The project aims to replace aging Armidale-class patrol boats currently in service with Australia's naval forces. ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 5, 2017
Raytheon tests new electric gun for Phalanx weapon system
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
Boeing, Laurel Tech contracted for DDG 51 modernization
Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017
U.S. Navy's USS America completes survivability test
Trump seeks options for eliminating NKorea nuke threat
Washington (AFP) April 9, 2017
As a US strike group led by an aircraft carrier steamed toward the Korean peninsula Sunday, a senior official said President Donald Trump has asked to be provided with a range of options for eliminating the North Korean nuclear threat. The US naval move will certainly raise tensions in the region and comes hard on the heels of a US cruise missile strike on Syria that was widely interpreted a ... more
Washington (AFP) April 9, 2017
US navy strike group heads toward Korean peninsula
Washington (AFP) April 6, 2017
Trump to Abe: US to boost military defense against NKorea
United Nations, United States (AFP) April 6, 2017
UN Security Council strongly condemns N.Korea missile test
Sarin: lethal nerve gas that kills in minutes
Washington (AFP) April 7, 2017
The United States believes the Syrian government employed a sarin-like nerve agent in Tuesday's deadly attack in the country's northwest. Here are the key facts about sarin, which was discovered in Nazi Germany. Originally conceived as a pesticide, sarin was used by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime to gas thousands of Kurds in the northern town of Halabja in 1988. Inhaled or absorb ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) April 7, 2017
UN divided over Syria gas attack probe as US launches missile strike
Beirut (AFP) April 6, 2017
Syria 'chemical' attack: what we know
Washington (AFP) April 5, 2017
Number of foreign jihadists in Iraq and Syria unknown: US
Navy grounds T-45C trainer aircraft over safety concerns
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
The U.S. Navy has temporarily grounded its T-45C trainer aircraft fleet amid oxygen supply problems that could incapacitate its crew. The three-day pause in flight operations took effect Wednesday on orders from Naval Air Forces Commander Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker. "The pause is in response to concerns raised by T-45C pilots over the potential for physiological episodes," U.S. Nav ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 5, 2017
Saab developing Gripen fighter for Brazil
Washington (UPI) Apr 5, 2017
CH-53K helicopters approved for low-rate production
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
Panama's AW139 helicopters hit a flight-hour milestone
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Mosul humanitarian crisis deepens as displacement peaks
Hammam Al-Alil, Iraq (AFP) April 6, 2017
The fighting in west Mosul has forced up to 15,000 people to flee their homes every day recently, straining humanitarian resources and leaving many in very difficult conditions. At the Hammam al-Alil camp for the displaced south of Mosul, hundreds of haggard-looking civilians spill out of buses escorted by the security forces all day long. The camp is a screening site and a gateway for s ... more
Mocoa, Colombia (AFP) April 6, 2017
Colombia opens probe into deadly landslide
Palm Beach, United States (AFP) April 7, 2017
Trump's visceral response prompts Syria strikes
Juba (AFP) April 7, 2017
Over 6,000 flee 'terrifying' violence in S.Sudan town: UN
Robot epigenetics: Adding complexity to embodied robot evolution
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Evolutionary robotics is a new exciting area of research which draws on Darwinian evolutionary principles to automatically develop autonomous robots. In a new research article published in Frontiers in Robotics and AI, researchers add more complexity to the field by demonstrating for the first time that just like in biological evolution, embodied robot evolution is impacted by epigenetic factors ... more
Washington (AFP) April 6, 2017
Facebook launches digital assistant 'M' in US
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 31, 2017
NASA Tests Robotic Ice Tools for Use on Ocean Worlds
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
NASA Robotic Refueling Mission Departs Station


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