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May 02, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Court deals setback to South Africa's nuclear ambitions



Johannesburg (AFP) April 26, 2017
A South African court on Wednesday halted the government's accords with several countries to develop new nuclear power stations, a victory for NGOs and other critics of the plan. The High Court in Cape Town ruled that the administration had failed to allow adequate public consultation for preliminary agreements with Russia, South Korea and the United States to build eight reactors. Environmental groups led by Earthlife Africa had challenged the plan in court, saying the government had not proper ... read more

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Ukraine, Belarus leaders mark Chernobyl anniversary
Kiev (AFP) April 26, 2017
The presidents of Ukraine and Belarus toured Wednesday the site of the Chernobyl plant to mark 31 years since the "unhealing wound" of the world's worst civil nuclear accident spewed radiation across Europe. ... more
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 d ... 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
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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
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


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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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Finding best combination for biofuel corn, soil protection
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
The phrase "a double-edged sword" describes something that is beneficial in some ways but problematic in others. One example is removing maize stover (the husks, stems and leaves of corn plants) from fields. Maize stover is used to make cellulosic ethanol, a renewable biofuel. And renewable biofuels are beneficial to the environment. However, removing the stover can harm the environment because ... more
Kumamoto, Japan (SPX) May 02, 2017
Fast, low energy, and continuous biofuel extraction from microalgae
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Caterpillar found to eat shopping bags, suggesting biodegradable solution to plastic pollution
Paris (AFP) April 24, 2017
The Very Hungry Caterpillar joins fight against plastic pollution
Indian Space Agency Comes Up With an App Indicating Solar Power Potential
New Delhi (Sputnik) Apr 26, 2017
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed an Android app that will show the solar potential of a given location in any part of the country. The app was developed to support the clean energy target of generating 175,000 MW power through non-fossil fuel energy. The computation of solar energy potential is essential for selecting locations for solar photovoltaic (PV) thermal ... more
Washington (UPI) May 1, 2017
U.S. renewable power groups defend reliability
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Light can improve perovskite solar cell performance
Golden CO (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Experts outline pathway for generating up to 10 terawatts of power from sunlight by 2030
CEE Group acquires wind farm with a capacity of 27.6 megawatts in Brandenburg
Hamburg, Germany (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
CEE, the Hamburg-based private equity group, continues to expand its wind power portfolio in Germany. It has acquired eight wind turbines in the Vormark wind farm near to the municipality Gross Pankow (Prignitz) in Brandenburg. The seller is a consortium consisting of the Danish company European Energy A/S and the Berlin-based Green Wind Energy GmbH. The wind farm consists of eight turbine ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
Norwegian company envisions wind energy role for oil production
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.
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
Freezing lithium batteries may make them safer and bendable
New York, NY (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Yuan Yang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed a new method that could lead to lithium batteries that are safer, have longer battery life, and are bendable, providing new possibilities such as flexible smartphones. His new technique uses ice-templating to control the structure of the solid electrolyte for lithium batteries that are used ... more
Newark NJ (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
A more than 100% quantum step toward producing hydrogen fuel
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Clarifying the mechanism for suppressing turbulence through ion mass
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Electrochemical performance of lithium-ion capacitors
Philippine minister bans new open-pit mines worth $8 bn
Manila (AFP) April 27, 2017
Philippine socialite-turned-environment minister Regina Lopez caused ire in the mining industry Thursday by announcing a ban on new open-pit mines, a move that threatens over eight billion dollars in investments. Lopez, who has already ordered the closure of 23 mines this year, told reporters she would not allow any new open-pit mines to operate, even those that gained government approval be ... more
Pensacola, FL (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Predicting the movement and impacts of microplastic pollution
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
New approach to improve detection of landfill-related pollution
London (AFP) April 27, 2017
British government loses court case over air pollution plans
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Oil prices lower on softening China
Washington (UPI) May 1, 2017
The steady rise in U.S. exploration and production figures, coupled with a slowing Chinese economy, helped drag crude oil prices lower in early Monday trading. Crude oil prices moved lower during the latter half of April as U.S. crude oil production recovered on the back of improved market conditions. On Friday, oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported nine more rigs added to the ... more
Washington (UPI) May 1, 2017
Pull out of Paris climate deal, energy group tells Trump
Washington (UPI) May 1, 2017
Colorado gas blast idles second company
Washington (UPI) May 1, 2017
Kuwait reports increased oil profits in difficult environment
How Old are Martian Gullies
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 27, 2017
Gullies eroded into the steep inner slope of an impact crater at this location appear perfectly pristine in this image captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Although at first glance it may appear that there are craters superimposed on the gully fans, inspection of HiRISE stereo coverage shows that the craters lie only on the pre-gully terrain. Distinctive colors in the gull ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 02, 2017
Several drives put opportunity closer to 'Perseverance Valley'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 27, 2017
Opportunity Nears 'Perseverance Valley'
San Diego CA (SPX) Apr 28, 2017
Engineers investigate simple, no-bake recipe to make bricks on Mars
US may stay in Paris climate accord, with caveats
Washington (AFP) April 26, 2017
Signs are mounting that US President Donald Trump's administration may stay in the landmark Paris climate change accord of 2015, under pressure from big business and public support for the agreement. But experts say the final decision, expected next month, is anything but certain, and staying at the table could come with significant caveats, like a weakening of US commitments to curbing gree ... more
Addis Ababa (AFP) April 28, 2017
Ethiopia drought creates food crisis for 7.7 million
Washington (AFP) April 26, 2017
US may stay in Paris climate accord, with caveats
United Nations, United States (AFP) April 24, 2017
UNEP chief confident US will not ditch Paris climate deal
Shunned by microbes, organic carbon can resist breakdown in underground environments
Stanford CA (SPX) May 02, 2017
The soils and sediments beneath our feet can contain an astonishing amount of carbon - more than in all of the world's plants and the atmosphere combined - and represents a significant potential source of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. In a new study, Stanford scientists have uncovered a previously unknown mechanism that explains why microbes sometimes fail to break down all the plant ... more
La Jolla, CA (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Graphene withstands high pressure, may aid in desalination
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
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Vienna, Austria (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
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China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier: media
Beijing (AFP) April 26, 2017
China has launched its first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier, state media said Wednesday, as the country seeks to transform its navy into a force capable of projecting power onto the high seas. Adorned with colourful ribbons, the Type 001A ship "transferred from dry dock into the water at a launch ceremony" in the northeastern port city of Dalian, according to official broa ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 28, 2017
Navy exercises nuclear fuel contract options for subs, aircraft carriers
Washington (UPI) Apr 28, 2017
BAE to launch fourth British Astute-class attack submarine
Beijing (Sputnik) Apr 26, 2017
What China's 1st domestically-built aircraft carrier means
Trump would be 'honored' to meet N.Korea's Kim, if conditions right
Washington (AFP) May 1, 2017
US President Donald Trump on Monday said he would not rule out meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, under the right conditions, as Pyongyang threatens to carry out a sixth nuclear test. Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been running high for weeks, with signs the North might be preparing a long-range missile launch or a new nuclear test - prompting tough talk from Washington, which ... more
Washington (UPI) May 1, 2017
Lockheed Martin receives Trident missile contract
Seoul (AFP) April 30, 2017
S Korea, US conduct military drills despite Pyongyang threats
Seoul (AFP) May 1, 2017
N. Korea warns of nuclear test 'at any time'
US-led strikes against IS have killed 352 civilians: Pentagon
Washington (AFP) May 1, 2017
US-led strikes aimed against the Islamic State group have "unintentionally" killed 352 civilians since the offensive began in 2014, according to the US military. The tally from the Combined Joint Task Force did not include findings from an investigation the coalition said it had launched into one allegedly particularly deadly strike on March 17 in west Mosul. US General Stephen Townsend ... more
The Hague (AFP) April 26, 2017
Nations urged to 'banish evil of chemical arms'
Guernica, Spain (AFP) April 26, 2017
Spain's Guernica marks 80th anniversary of bombing
Athens (AFP) April 24, 2017
Nations team up to protect ancient heritage from terrorism
FAA and Aireon announce ADS-B nextgen technology flight test success
McLean VA (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Aireon and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced a successful flight test of space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology, collecting ADS-B data to be used as part of a larger validation effort exploring the new system's capability from low-earth orbit. The flight took place on Thursday, March 30, 2017, utilizing the FAA's specially equipped " ... more
Washington (UPI) May 1, 2017
Department of Defense awards contract for 240 F-35 Lightning II planes
Washington (UPI) Apr 27, 2017
Lockheed Martin to upgrade sensor systems Japan's Apache helicopters
Washington (UPI) Apr 27, 2017
Eurofighter Typhoon successfully tests Meteor missile
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Bullying is on the decline in most schools, new research shows
Washington (UPI) May 1, 2017
New research suggests bullying and bullying-related behaviors are on the decline at elementary, middle and high schools. Education researchers surveyed approximately 246,000 students in grades 4 through 12 at 109 Maryland schools over the course of ten years. The result - detailed in the journal Pediatrics - suggest bullying is trending down. "While bullying is a significant pu ... more
Champaign IL (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Engineers shine light on deadly landslide
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) May 02, 2017
Zapping bacteria with sanitizers made of paper
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (AFP) April 29, 2017
24 dead as Kyrgyz landslide engulfs village homes
Synthetic two-sided gecko's foot could enable underwater robotics
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Geckos are well known for effortlessly scrambling up walls and upside down across ceilings. Even in slippery rain forests, the lizards maintain their grip. Now scientists have created a double-sided adhesive that copies this reversible ability to stick and unstick to surfaces even in wet conditions. They say their development, reported in ACS' Journal of Physical Chemistry C, could be usef ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
The rise of automated art
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) May 02, 2017
Your future surgery may use an automated, robotic drill
Princeton NJ (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Human prejudices sneak into artificial intelligence systems


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