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April 24, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Andra continues Areva contract to operate its Aube Surface Disposal Facility



Paris, France (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
AREVA, represented by its subsidiary STMI, has won the call for tenders to provide its services as industrial operator of the French National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management's Aube surface disposal facility. The contract, worth several million euros, covers the period from 2017 to 2022. As industrial operator of the site, AREVA's main responsibilities will be: + Acceptance, inspection, as well as any reconditioning operations and final disposal on site for low-level and intermediate- ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
The critical importance of Predictive Power when building NPPs
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Few jobs are more massive than that of building a nuclear power plant, a project that takes years and billions of dollars to complete. But once a new plant is finished, how do engineers know it will ... 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
TECH SPACE
Humans to Mars Official NASA Goal, But What About Radiation
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Human exploration of Mars is now an official goal of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill to increase NASA's budget. The la ... more
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 p ... more
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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
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
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 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


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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
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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Degradable electronic components created from corn starch
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
As consumers upgrade their gadgets at an increasing pace, the amount of electronic waste we generate continues to mount. To help combat this environmental problem, researchers have modified a degradable bioplastic derived from corn starch or other natural sources for use in more eco-friendly electronic components. They report their development in ACS' journal Industrial and Engineering Chemistry ... more
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Towards more efficient biofuels by making oil from algae
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Algal residue - an alternative carbon resource for pharmaceuticals and polyesters
Dahriya (AFP) April 12, 2017
For Palestinian family, an udder-ly unique power source
Center for Sustainable Energy Partners with EnergySage to Offer an Online Multifamily Solar Marketplace
San Diego CA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is collaborating with EnergySage, an online solar marketplace, to promote and simplify installations of solar electric power systems at multifamily residences in California. The partnership has resulted in the development of an easy-to-use, online comparison-shopping tool that provides information about the unique opportunities for shared solar proje ... more
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Swedish leading solar energy technology provider Midsummer offers complete BIPV metal roof systems
Binghamton NY (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Adjusting solar panel angles a few times a year makes them more efficient
Leuven, Belgium (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Imec Develops Bifacial n-PERT Solar Cell with a Record 22.8 Percent Front-Side Efficiency
Norwegian company envisions wind energy role for oil production
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
A Norwegian energy company said it was moving to the next phase of testing for a project that would use wind power to facilitate offshore oil production. DNV GL is leading a joint research project that includes the Norwegian Research Council, the regional subsidiary of Italian energy company ENI and U.S. supermajor Exxon Mobil as its partners. The partnership is testing whether or not w ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
Oklahoma to end tax credits for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
German power company examining new wind energy options.
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
Canada sees emerging role for wind energy
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
Making batteries from waste glass bottles
Riverside CA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have used waste glass bottles and a low-cost chemical process to create nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will extend the range of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and provide more power with fewer charges to personal electronics like cell phone ... more
Albany NY (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
NYSERDA Announces $15.5 Million Available for Energy Storage Projects to Support the Electric Grid
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Electrochemical performance of lithium-ion capacitors
Stanford CA (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Stanford scientist's new approach may accelerate design of high-power batteries
Sri Lanka bans anti-garbage protests after dump disaster
Colombo (AFP) April 21, 2017
Sri Lanka has outlawed protests over Colombo's garbage crisis following rallies over the city's waste disposal after a landslide at a giant rubbish tip killed 32 people and destroyed 145 homes. President Maithripala Sirisena announced that anyone preventing city authorities from disposing of garbage could be prosecuted and face an indefinite period in jail, his office said Friday. "Any p ... more
Paris (ESA) Apr 18, 2017
ESA helps faster cleaner shipping
Kathmandu (AFP) April 16, 2017
The bus mafia controlling Nepal's smog-choked capital
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
US streams carry surprisingly extensive mixture of pollutants
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Saudi king's air force pilot son named US envoy
Riyadh (AFP) April 22, 2017
Saudi Arabia on Saturday named an air force pilot son of King Salman as ambassador to its major ally Washington, with which ties are improving under President Donald Trump. The change came among a series of orders issued by the king, who shuffled his cabinet, restored civil service benefits, and replaced the head of the army which for two years has been fighting rebels in neighbouring Yemen. ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 21, 2017
More oil production possible from Texas shale
Washington (UPI) Apr 21, 2017
Oil prices stage weak recovery in early Friday trading
Washington (UPI) Apr 21, 2017
Schlumberger posts yearly gain on North American oil recovery
Researchers Produce Detailed Map of Potential Mars Rover Landing Site
Providence RI (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
Brown University researchers have published the most detailed geological history to date for a region of Mars known as Northeast Syrtis Major, a spot high on NASA's list of potential landing sites for its next Mars rover to be launched in 2020. The region is home to a striking mineral diversity, including deposits that indicate a variety of past environments that could have hosted life. Us ... more
Copenhagen (Sputnik) Apr 24, 2017
Danish Martian Experts Get Their Hands on a Piece of 'Black Beauty'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 24, 2017
New Look at 2004's Martian Hole-in-One Site
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 20, 2017
Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation'
UK Space Agency and CNES join forces to curb climate change
London, UK (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
The UK Space Agency and their French counterparts, CNES, have reached a ground-breaking new agreement to work together to tackle climate change. The Agency's Director of Growth, Catherine Mealing-Jones, and CNES President, Jean-Yves Le Gall, signed the MicroCarb cooperation agreement 19th April at the French Ambassador's Residence in London, witnessed by Jo Johnson, the Minister of State f ... more
Washington (AFP) April 22, 2017
In Washington, the economic world meets Trump climate skepticism
Paris (AFP) April 21, 2017
Proposed cuts in US climate science reverberate worldwide
Lawrence KS (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
In new paper, scientists explain climate change using before and after photographic evidence
All in one against CO2
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
A "self-heating" boron catalyst that makes particularly efficient use of sunlight to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) serves as a light harvester, photothermal converter, hydrogen generator, and catalyst in one. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, researchers introduce a photothermocatalytic reaction that requires no additives beyond water. This could form the basis of a new, more efficient process for ... more
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Diamonds coupled using quantum physics
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
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Russia's frigate Admiral Gorshkov proceeds with sea trials
Washington (UPI) Apr 20, 2017
Admiral Gorshkov, the lead vessel in Russia's new class of frigates, is conducting sea trials ahead of formally entering service. The Russian navy began testing the warship in November 2014. March 20 marked the vessel's final tests. According to Russian state media reports, the trials are expected to be completed in July. "The works are not being delayed and are proceeding accord ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 20, 2017
Damen prepares training vessel for Australian navy
Washington (UPI) Apr 21, 2017
Construction begins for U.K's 5th Offshore Patrol Vessel
Manila (AFP) April 21, 2017
Philippines' Duterte tours Russian warship
United States begins review of nuclear arsenal
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
The U.S. Department of Defense will begin examining its nuclear weapon capabilities with its Nuclear Posture Review, the department announced this week. President Donald Trump ordered the review on Jan. 27 shortly after assuming office with the stated goal of ensuring U.S. nuclear capabilities were still an effective deterrent to hostile forces. It was included in a memo regarding execu ... more
Athens (AFP) April 23, 2017
China urges Korea peninsula denuclearisation
Beijing (AFP) April 24, 2017
In call with Trump, Xi urges 'restraint' on N. Korea: govt
Chicago IL (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Northeastern researchers' discovery could aid in detecting nuclear threats
US forces kill IS leader blamed for nightclub attack
Washington (AFP) April 21, 2017
US forces operating in Syria have killed a senior member of the Islamic State group blamed for an attack on a nightclub that left 39 dead, officials said Friday. "We will reach you anywhere," Brett McGurk, the US diplomat who coordinates the coalition fighting the jihadist group in Iraq and Syria, said in a tweet confirming the death. Officials identified the slain militant as Abdurakhmo ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
New system to destroy chemical warfare agents announced
Baghdad (AFP) April 13, 2017
Anti-IS strike rules unchanged under Trump: general
Baghdad (AFP) April 16, 2017
IS attacked Iraq forces with chemical weapons: military
Kazakhstan buys two more Airbus C295 aircraft
Washington (UPI) Apr 20, 2017
Airbus Defense and Space will sell two additional C295 military airlifters to the government of Kazakhstan, the aerospace contractor announced on Thursday. In addition to the aircraft, the contract also includes deliveries for spares and a support package. The company says the deal complies with a memorandum of understanding signed by both parties in 2012. Once delivered, Kazakhs ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 20, 2017
Singapore's air force upgrading Apache warfare systems
Washington (UPI) Apr 21, 2017
Israel set to receive three more F-35s this weekend
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
BAE, Leonardo to support threat detection for U.S. Army aircraft
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US to honour 'dumb' refugee deal with Australia: Pence
Sydney (AFP) April 22, 2017
The US will honour a controversial agreement with Australia to take refugees from Pacific island detention centres, Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday - a deal Donald Trump had previously branded "dumb". Pence also sought to clear the waters about the location of US supercarrier Carl Vinson that was supposedly steaming towards North Korea, saying it would arrive in the Sea of Japan "in ... more
Seoul (AFP) April 24, 2017
Rights group urges China to release N. Korean refugees
Bogota (AFP) April 21, 2017
'Is this Miami?': An Iraqi family's Colombian odyssey
Colombo (AFP) April 19, 2017
Sri Lanka ends search for garbage survivors as toll hits 32
Human prejudices sneak into artificial intelligence systems
Princeton NJ (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
In debates over the future of artificial intelligence, many experts think of the new systems as coldly logical and objectively rational. But in a new study, researchers have demonstrated how machines can be reflections of us, their creators, in potentially problematic ways. Common machine learning programs, when trained with ordinary human language available online, can acquire cultural bi ... more
El Segundo CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Brane Craft Proposal Awarded Phase 2 by NASA
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


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