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May 04, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Ukraine clings to nuclear power despite Chernobyl trauma



Kiev (AFP) April 30, 2017
Ukraine is still suffering from the trauma of the world's worst civil nuclear accident at Chernobyl but has nonetheless turned the hazardous fuel into the backbone of its energy portfolio. The crisis-torn country now uses atomic power for more than half of its electricity needs as it struggles through a coal shortage sparked by a three-year war against Russian-backed insurgents in the separatist east. And that figure shot up to nearly three-quarters of all power consumed during natural gas price ... 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
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. ... 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
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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
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


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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



Turning chicken poop and weeds into biofuel
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
Chicken is a favorite, inexpensive meat across the globe. But the bird's popularity results in a lot of waste that can pollute soil and water. One strategy for dealing with poultry poop is to turn it into biofuel, and now scientists have developed a way to do this by mixing the waste with another environmental scourge, an invasive weed that is affecting agriculture in Africa. They report t ... more
Tarragona, Spain (SPX) May 04, 2017
Nickel: A greener route to fatty acids
Beijing, China (SPX) May 04, 2017
Scientists develop efficient multifunctional catalyst for CO2 hydrogenation to gasoline
Kumamoto, Japan (SPX) May 02, 2017
Fast, low energy, and continuous biofuel extraction from microalgae
Photoluminescent display absorbs, converts light into energy
Bellingham WA (SPX) May 04, 2017
By replacing the phosphor screen in a laser phosphor display (LPD) with a luminescent solar concentrator (LSC), one can harvest energy from ambient light as well as display high-resolution images. "Energy-harvesting laser phosphor display and its design considerations", published recently by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, in the Journal of Photonics for Energy, d ... more
New Delhi (Sputnik) May 04, 2017
Indian Space Agency Test-Drives Solar Electric Hybrid Vehicle
Washington (UPI) May 1, 2017
U.S. renewable power groups defend reliability
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
Renewable sources now almost one-fifth of US generating capacity
U.S. wind power accelerating at near-record pace
Washington (UPI) May 2, 2017
An annual report from a wind energy trade group in the United States found the sector is in the midst of extraordinary growth and Texas is leading the way. Tuesday's report from the American Wind Energy Association found first quarter U.S. installations reached 2,000 megawatts, triple the capacity from one year ago, for one of the strongest quarters on record. "The addition of No ... more
Hamburg, Germany (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
CEE Group acquires wind farm with a capacity of 27.6 megawatts in Brandenburg
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
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
Thin layers of water hold promise for the energy storage of the future
Raleigh, NC (SPX) May 03, 2017
Researchers at North Carolina State University have found that a material which incorporates atomically thin layers of water is able to store and deliver energy much more quickly than the same material that doesn't include the water layers. The finding raises some interesting questions about the behavior of liquids when confined at this scale and holds promise for shaping future energy-storage t ... more
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Bright future for self-charging batteries
Beijing, China (SPX) May 04, 2017
Super P carbon black for reversible lithium and sodium ion storage
London, UK (SPX) May 03, 2017
Revolutionary method reveals impact of short circuits on battery safety
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
Manila (AFP) May 3, 2017
Philippine environment chief dumped as miners triumph
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
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Pentagon concerned about lifting offshore drilling moratorium
Washington (UPI) May 3, 2017
A letter viewed by Florida lawmakers from the Pentagon said maintaining a moratorium on drilling in parts of the Gulf of Mexico was in the nation's interest. A letter from the Department of Defense to U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, D-Fla., expressed concern about recent executive action from President Donald Trump that could open up more offshore areas for drilling. Anthony Kurta, acting ... more
Washington (UPI) May 3, 2017
State-wide inspections follow fatal Colorado gas explosion
Washington (UPI) May 3, 2017
Chinese energy companies looking for offshore foothold
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
How fluids flow through shale
Japan aims to uncover how moons of Mars formed
Tokyo, Japan (The Conversation) May 03, 2017
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced a mission to visit the two moons of Mars and return a rock sample to Earth. It's a plan to uncover both the mystery of the moons' creation and, perhaps, how life began in our Solar System. The Solar System's planets take their names from ancient Greek and Roman mythology. Mars is the god of war, while the red planet's two moons ar ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 02, 2017
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Fayetteville, AR (SPX) May 04, 2017
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Cities brace for climate challenges
Vienna (AFP) April 30, 2017
Faced with exploding populations and steadily rising temperatures worldwide, cities must make haste in reinforcing defences against climate change-induced flooding and heat waves, experts warned this week. City temperatures are forecast to shoot up in the coming years, exposing inhabitants to killer heat spikes, while rising sea levels and river flooding threaten homes, drinking water, and t ... more
Suva, Fiji (AFP) May 3, 2017
Fiji urges Trump to honour Paris climate deal
Geneva (AFP) May 2, 2017
1.4 million children acutely malnourished in Somalia this year: UN
Beijing, China (SPX) May 03, 2017
Mechanism of the influence of the Tibetan-Iranian Plateaus on the circulation and climate in summer
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
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
Deep-diving technology finds little filter feeder has giant carbon cycling impact
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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Navy installs submarine rescue system in merchant vessel
Washington (UPI) May 3, 2017
http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=100172 A submarine rescue diving and recompression system has been installed on a Military Sealift Command-chartered merchant vessel by the U.S. Navy. The SRDRS was installed aboard the HOS Dominator by the Navy's Undersea Rescue Command and contractor Phoenix Holdings International. The HOS Dominator is normally used for tra ... more
Washington (UPI) May 3, 2017
Boeing cancels Harpoon contract
Beijing (Sputnik) Apr 26, 2017
What China's 1st domestically-built aircraft carrier means
Washington (UPI) May 3, 2017
Australia commissions Austal patrol boat
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
Seoul (AFP) May 3, 2017
Activity resumes at North Korea nuclear test site: monitor
Beijing (AFP) May 3, 2017
China's military pact with N.Korea looks shaky
Seoul (AFP) May 4, 2017
N.Korean and Chinese media in war of words over weapons
Boko Haram leader Shekau 'injured in air strike'
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) May 3, 2017
Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau has been injured and one of his deputies killed in an air strike in northeast Nigeria, civilian and security sources told AFP on Wednesday. Two Nigerian Air Force jets bombarded fighters who had gathered for prayers in Balla village, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Damboa, on the edge of the Sambisa Forest, last Friday. "Shekau was wounded in the bo ... more
Beirut (AFP) May 3, 2017
IS attack kills dozens at Syria camp
Washington (AFP) May 1, 2017
US-led strikes against IS have killed 352 civilians: Pentagon
The Hague (AFP) April 26, 2017
Nations urged to 'banish evil of chemical arms'
Department of Defense awards contract for 240 F-35 Lightning II planes
Washington (UPI) May 1, 2017
Lockheed Martin has received a $1.377 billion contract for low-rate initial production of 130 Lot 12 F-35 Lightning II fighter planes. The contract includes parts, maintenance, and other services for the program, the Department of Defense announced. In addition the Lot 12 F-35 production for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corp and other non-Department of Defense and foreign customers, the ... more
Tel Aviv (AFP) May 2, 2017
Israel shows off F-35 stealth fighters for first time
Moscow (Sputnik) May 04, 2017
Russia's T-50 Super Jet Preparing to Soar With Next-Gen Engine
Cleveland OH (SPX) Apr 28, 2017
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Zapping bacteria with sanitizers made of paper
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) May 02, 2017
Imagine wearing clothes with layers of paper that protect you from dangerous bacteria. A Rutgers-led team has invented an inexpensive, effective way to kill bacteria and sanitize surfaces with devices made of paper. "Paper is an ancient material, but it has unique attributes for new, high-tech applications," said Aaron Mazzeo, an assistant professor in Rutgers' Department of Mechanical and ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 03, 2017
Researchers develop radar simulator to characterize scattering of debris in tornadoes
Charleston, United States (AFP) May 4, 2017
US opioid crisis at epidemic proportions
Washington (UPI) May 1, 2017
Bullying is on the decline in most schools, new research shows
Your future surgery may use an automated, robotic drill
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) May 02, 2017
A computer-driven automated drill, similar to those used to machine auto parts, could play a pivotal role in future surgical procedures. The new machine can make one type of complex cranial surgery 50 times faster than standard procedures, decreasing from two hours to two and a half minutes. Researchers at the University of Utah developed the drill that produces fast, clean, and safe cuts, ... more
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) May 04, 2017
Computers learn to understand humans better by modelling them
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Synthetic two-sided gecko's foot could enable underwater robotics
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
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