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April 13, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
AREVA and KAZATOMPROM sign a strategic agreement



Paris, France (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
On April 10, 2017, AREVA and KAZATOMPROM signed a major agreement to strengthen their long-standing cooperation in the uranium mining sector in Kazakhstan. The official signing ceremony took place in Astana in the presence of Mr. Bozumbayev, Energy Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and Mr. Varin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of AREVA. The document was signed by Askar Zhumagaliyev, Chairman of the Board of NAC KAZATOMPROM JSC and Philippe Knoche, CEO of AREVA. This agreement, whic ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
AREVA NP Signs Contract for Outage Services at Farley Nuclear Generating Station
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
AREVA NP signed a contract with Southern Nuclear to provide outage services at the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Generating Station* units 1 and 2 between 2017 and 2021. Over the course of six outages, A ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
France enshrines decision to close oldest nuclear plant
Paris (AFP) April 9, 2017
The French government on Sunday published a decree for closing the country's oldest nuclear plant, fulfilling a campaign-trail pledge made by President Francois Hollande who is now in the final weeks of office. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
S.Africa to re-think nuclear deal after junk status : ANC
Johannesburg (AFP) April 9, 2017
South Africa's ruling party on Sunday said the government will have to re-think its costly and highly contentious nuclear expansion programme following last week's relegation of the country's creditworthiness to junk. ... 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
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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). ... 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
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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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
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

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For Palestinian family, an udder-ly unique power source
Dahriya (AFP) April 12, 2017
Power comes in many forms, but Kamal al-Jebrini's family looked to where others may fear to tread for a new source of it: cow dung. The family has begun recycling waste from its cows to produce electricity for one of the largest Palestinian dairy plants and even to provide power to some houses. They discovered the idea during trips abroad and decided cow dung that would otherwise mainly ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017
Gripen fighter completes test flights using 100 percent biofuel
Champaign IL (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
Scientists engineer sugarcane to produce biodiesel, more sugar for ethanol
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Ridding the oceans of plastics by turning the waste into valuable fuel
Powerpedia Forms Nonprofit to Provide Free Solar Systems to Orphanages Throughout Baja Mexico and Beyond
San Diego CA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Powerpedia, a San Diego-based renewable energy consultancy has announced the formation of the nonprofit organization "#GetChargedUp" to facilitate a multi-year commitment of providing free solar systems to orphanages throughout Baja Mexico and beyond, under its flagship program #EmpowerOrphans. "I recently had a chance to spend the day with children and volunteers at the Rancho de Los Nino ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
IEA: India needs diverse investments in renewables
Treviso, Italy (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Upsolar Introduces its Floating Solar Technology to Europe
Nairobi, Kenya (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Record new renewable power capacity added worldwide at lower cost
Canada sees emerging role for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
With economic diversification on the agenda in Canada, the country's natural resources minister said this may be the start of the era for wind energy. Wind energy advocates and government officials visited Quebec for a regional energy conference as the North American energy landscape is shifting. Robert Hornung, the president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association, told the audience mo ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017
U.N. says low-carbon economy not a "pipe dream"
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'
U.S. emissions generally lower last year
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
The only U.S. sector where emissions of carbon dioxide increased last year was in the transportation sector, an Energy Department division reported. A daily brief from the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported CO2 emissions from the transportation sector increased 1.9 percent from 2015 levels. Emissions directly from motor gasoline increased 1.8 percent and the overall sector ... more
Washington (AFP) April 3, 2017
World Bank urges more investment for developing global electricity
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
Physicists develop ultrathin superconducting film
Saarbrucken, Germany (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Experimental physicists in the research group led by Professor Uwe Hartmann at Saarland University have developed a thin nanomaterial with superconducting properties. Below about -200 C these materials conduct electricity without loss, levitate magnets and can screen magnetic fields. The particularly interesting aspect of this work is that the research team has succeeded in creating super ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Scientists further understanding of a process that causes heat loss in fusion devices
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Art of paper-cutting inspires self-charging paper device
Ithaca NY (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Group works toward devising topological superconductor
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
Washington (AFP) April 10, 2017
Road salt runoff threatens US, Canada lakes: study
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
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Anticipating hazards from fracking-induced earthquakes in Canada and US
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
As hydraulic fracturing operations expand in Canada and in some parts of the United States, researchers at the 2017 Seismological Society of America's (SSA) Annual Meeting are taking a closer look at ways to minimize hazards from the earthquakes triggered by those operations. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a method of hydrocarbon recovery that uses high-pressure injections of fluid ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
No end in sight for rally on crude oil prices
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
Russia plans to cut oil output by 300,000 barrels per day
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
Shell claims low-carbon edge
Opportunity Mars rover on the way to Perseverance Valley
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 12, 2017
Opportunity is heading south to "Perseverance Valley" on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover drove on Sols 4686, 4688 and 4691 (March 30, April 1 and April 4, 2017), covering 127 feet (38.79 meters), 44 feet (13.36 meters) and 91 feet (27.82 meters), respectively. Both Navigation Camera (Navcam) and Panoramic Camera (Pancam) panoramas were collected after each drive. There w ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
NASA's MAVEN reveals Mars has metal in its atmosphere
Estacion Yungay, Chile (AFP) April 6, 2017
Chile desert combed for clues to life on Mars
Colorado Springs CO (Sputnik) Apr 06, 2017
Russia critcal to ExoMars Project says Italian Space Agency Head
Drought, conflict and famine in Africa
Nairobi (AFP) April 11, 2017
Drought and conflict have pushed the Horn of Africa, Nigeria and Yemen to the brink of famine, and a lack of aid funding means many could starve to death, the UN said Tuesday. More than 20 million people are at risk of famine in Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria, a tragedy already affecting 100,000 people in war-torn South Sudan. Worldwide, Africa has been hardest hit by famine in recent decade ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Plants have been helping to offset climate change, but now it's up to us
Rochester NY (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Tibet sediments reveal climate patterns from late Miocene, 6 million years ago
Rome (AFP) April 10, 2017
G7 energy ministers fail to agree statement on climate change: Italy
Diamonds coupled using quantum physics
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Diamonds with minute flaws could play a crucial role in the future of quantum technology. For some time now, researchers at TU Wien have been studying the quantum properties of such diamonds, but only now have they succeeded in coupling the specific defects in two such diamonds with one another. This is an important prerequisite for the development of new applications, such as highly sensi ... more
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Graphene Flagship researches create thin film transistors printed with layered materials
Hong Kong (AFP) April 4, 2017
'Pink Star' diamond fetches record $71.2 mn in Hong Kong
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Researchers 'iron out' graphene's wrinkles
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Finland to commission design of new corvettes
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Rauma Marine Constructions of Finland is to receive a contract to design new naval vessels for Finland's Squadron 2020 project. The award, worth about $7.9 million, was authorized to be issued by the Finnish Defense Forces' Logistics Command by Minister of Defense Jussi Niinistö. The Ministry of Defense said the contract follows a Memorandum of Understanding last year. A contrac ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Navy taps Tetra Tech for environmental remediation work
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
U.S. Navy christens destroyer USS Paul Ignatius
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
'Super carrier' USS Gerald R. Ford begins sea trials
Russia to upgrade Iskander-M missile
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
Russia's state-owned Rostec corporation announced plans to upgrade the country's Iskander-M tactical ballistic missile systems on Tuesday. Speaking with the TASS news agency, Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov said his company aims to deliver an improved tactical missile to the Kremlin by 2020. "In accordance with the adopted strategy of the cluster Armaments within ten years we are goin ... more
Washington (AFP) April 12, 2017
No easy way for US to back military threats to Pyongyang
Washington (AFP) April 13, 2017
Tensions high, NKorea readies nuclear test: report
Seoul (AFP) April 11, 2017
North Korea vows response to 'reckless' US Navy move
IS now controls less than seven percent of Iraq, military says
Baghdad (AFP) April 11, 2017
The Islamic State group now controls less than seven percent of Iraq, down from the 40 percent it held nearly three years ago, a military spokesman said Tuesday. Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes and other support are now battling IS inside second city Mosul, after retaking much of the other territory the jihadists had seized. "Daesh controlled 40 percent of Iraqi land" in 2014, ... more
Niamey (AFP) April 10, 2017
Niger troops kill 57 Boko Haram fighters: security sources
Washington (AFP) April 10, 2017
White House warns Syria on chemical, barrel bomb use
Madrid (AFP) April 10, 2017
Southern EU leaders say US strike on Syria 'understandable'
Airbus talks with military plane clients 'constructive': Enders
Amsterdam (AFP) April 12, 2017
Madrid talks with representatives from seven countries buying Airbus's troubled A400M military plane were "constructive," the boss of Airbus, Tom Enders, told AFP Wednesday, as he seeks relief from penalties due to delivery delays. "We're not communicating about meetings like that, but I can say it was a constructive meeting," Enders said on the sidelines of the aerospace giant's shareholder ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
Lockheed Martin gets $372 million contract mod for F-35 work
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
U.S. Air Force to extend service life for F-16 fleet
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Navy continues grounding of T-45 trainer aircraft
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Glowing bacteria detect buried landmines
Jerusalem (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
The need for safe and efficient technologies for detecting buried landmines and unexploded ordnance is a humanitarian issue of immense global proportions. About half a million people around the world are suffering from mine-inflicted injuries, and each year an additional 15 to 20 thousand more people are injured or killed by these devices. More than 100 million such devices are still buried in o ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
General Dynamics marks milestone for U.S. border systems
Hammam Al-Alil, Iraq (AFP) April 10, 2017
Near Mosul, soldiers and displaced meet at the spa
Jiutepec, Mexico (AFP) April 11, 2017
Victims of military torture fear Mexico security bill
Brane Craft Proposal Awarded Phase 2 by NASA
El Segundo CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
NASA has awarded Dr. Siegfried Janson of The Aerospace Corporation (Aerospace) with the 2017 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase II grant award, worth approximately $500,000, for further development of his Brane Craft flat spacecraft proposal. This award is one of 22 early-stage technical proposals that will transform the future of human and robotic exploration missions, introdu ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
Lockheed Martin gets license for military exoskeleton tech
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


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