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May 11, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Tunnel collapse at US nuclear site raises safety concerns



Los Angeles (AFP) May 10, 2017
The collapse of a tunnel at the most contaminated nuclear waste site in the United States has raised safety concerns at such facilities described by some as ticking time bombs. Workers on Wednesday began plugging a hole in the collapsed tunnel at the Hanford Site in the western state of Washington, where an emergency was declared the previous day and thousands of workers were placed on lockdown for several hours. Federal officials said approximately 50 truckloads of soil will be used to seal the ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Tunnel collapses at US nuke site, no radiation leak
Los Angeles (AFP) May 10, 2017
Thousands of workers at a nuclear site in the US state of Washington were ordered to take cover Tuesday after a storage tunnel filled with contaminated material partially collapsed, but there was no indication of a radioactive leak. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Plutonium research to aid nuclear cleanup techniques
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Researchers at Florida State University have discovered a plutonium-organic hybrid compound that doesn't behave as expected. The compound behaves as if it composed of lighter elements such as iron or nickel. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Barakah Unit 1 construction completion a great achievement
London, UK (SPX) May 09, 2017
Barakah Unit 1, the first nuclear reactor in the United Arab Emirates, has completed initial construction activities. World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising said; "The comple ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
EU Plans to Hand Over Control of Euratom Nuclear Waste on UK Soil to London
Moscow (Sputnik) May 09, 2017
The European Union plans to transfer control over the European Atomic Energy Community's (Euratom) radioactive materials stored on UK territory to London after Brexit, media reported Thursday, citin ... more
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CIVIL NUCLEAR
UAE delays launch of first nuclear reactor until 2018
Abu Dhabi (AFP) May 5, 2017
The United Arab Emirates on Friday delayed the start-up of its first nuclear reactor until next year for further safety checks because regulators have not yet granted an operating licence. ... more
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. ... 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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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



New breakthrough makes it easier to turn old coffee waste into cleaner biofuels
Lancaster, UK (SPX) May 11, 2017
Future Americano, cappuccino and latte drinkers could help produce the raw material for a greener biofuel that would reduce our reliance on diesel from fossil fuels. Purpose-grown feedstocks (used to extract oils) for biodiesels are controversial because of their cost and the demand they place on land and water. However, spent coffee grounds, which have a high calorific value, offer a good ... more
Hong Kong, China (SPX) May 11, 2017
Enhancing the efficiency of cereal straw for biofuel production
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Biomass powering U.S. military base
San Diego CA (SPX) May 09, 2017
First EPA-approved outdoor field trial for genetically engineered algae
First test flight of stratospheric solar plane
Payerne, Switzerland (AFP) May 5, 2017
The first solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere made an initial low-altitude test flight over Switzerland Friday. The SolarStratos, a super-light, sleek, white two-seater aircraft with long wings covered with solar panels, took off from Payerne at 8:00 am (0600 GMT), according to an AFP photographer at the airbase in western Switzerland. "The maiden flight of the prototype ... w ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
New device turns dirty air into energy
Houghton MI (SPX) May 11, 2017
Installing solar to combat national security risks in the power grid
Leuven, Belgium (SPX) May 11, 2017
New technology generates power from polluted air
Dutch open 'world's largest offshore' wind farm
The Hague (AFP) May 8, 2017
Dutch officials on Monday opened what is being billed as one of the world's largest offshore wind farms, with 150 turbines spinning in action far out in the North Sea. Over the next 15 years, the Gemini windpark, which lies some 85 kilometres (53 miles) off the northern coast of The Netherlands, will meet the energy needs of about 1.5 million people. At full winds the windpark has a gene ... more
Solomons MD (SPX) May 10, 2017
Scientists track porpoises to assess impact of offshore wind farms
London, UK (SPX) May 09, 2017
OX2 will manage a 45 MW wind farm owned by IKEA Group in Lithuania
Washington DC (SPX) May 10, 2017
Building Energy celebrates the beginning of operations and electricity generation of its first wind farm
Australia power grid leased to local-foreign consortium
Sydney (AFP) May 11, 2017
A major Australian power grid operator was Thursday partially leased to a local-foreign consortium in a multi-billion-dollar deal, ending an international chase for electricity assets being privatised to raise funds for infrastructure projects. Australia's largest state New South Wales has sought to privatise three large power assets - TransGrid, Ausgrid and Endeavour Energy - but faced ro ... more
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Myanmar recovery linked to development of electrical grid
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Poland central to EU energy diversification strategy
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
U.S. emissions generally lower last year
Graphane could act as efficient and water-free hydrogen fuel cell membrane
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) May 09, 2017
Hydrogen powered fuel cell cars, developed by almost every major car manufacturer, are ideal zero-emissions vehicles because they produce only water as exhaust. However, their reliability is limited because the fuel cell relies upon a membrane that only functions in when enough water is present, limiting the vehicle's operating conditions. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh's Swan ... more
Princeton NJ (SPX) May 11, 2017
New model of plasma stability could help researchers predict and avoid disruptions
Washington DC (SPX) May 11, 2017
Can the motion of checking your smartwatch charge it?
Washington DC (SPX) May 05, 2017
NRL breakthrough enables safer alternative to lithium-ion batteries
Noise created by humans is pervasive in US protected areas
Fort Collins CO (SPX) May 09, 2017
Protected areas in the United States, representing 14 percent of the land mass, provide places for respite, recreation, and natural resource conservation. However, noise pollution poses novel threats to these protected areas, according to a first-of-its-kind study from scientists at Colorado State University and the U.S. National Park Service. Researchers found that noise pollution was twi ... more
Coatzacoalcos, Mexico (AFP) May 7, 2017
Human rights, environment activist killed in Mexico
Oslo (AFP) May 5, 2017
Norway wealth fund drops Indian group over environment concerns
London (AFP) May 5, 2017
Britain publishes long-awaited air pollution plan
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Texas drilling data paints fluid picture
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Though Texas drilling activity is increasing, state data show the number of wells actually completed so far this year is down by almost half. The total number of rigs deployed in Texas, the No. 1 oil producer in the United States, was 443 as of May 5, accounting for about half of all the rig activity in the country. Rig counts serve as a loose gauge of industry interest in spending on e ... more
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Chinese business group visits oil-rich Alberta
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Oil prices awaken on draw in inventories
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Russian researcher claims edge in Arctic oil and gas
Seasonal Flows in Valles Marineris
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 08, 2017
Recurring slope lineae (RSL) are seasonal flows on warm slopes, and are especially common in central and eastern Valles Marineris, as seen in this observation by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). This image covers a large area full of interesting features, but the enhanced color closeup highlight some of the RSL. Here, the RSL are active on east-facing slopes, extending from boulde ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 05, 2017
NASA Rover Curiosity Samples Active Linear Dune on Mars
Fayetteville, AR (SPX) May 04, 2017
Is Anything Tough Enough to Survive on Mars
Tokyo, Japan (The Conversation) May 03, 2017
Japan aims to uncover how moons of Mars formed
Climate talks under shadow of Trump threats
Bonn (AFP) May 8, 2017
US President Donald Trump's threats to pull America out of the climate-rescue Paris Agreement is expected to cast a long shadow over UN talks starting Monday to work on the nuts and bolts of the deal. The 11-day haggle in Bonn is meant to start drafting a "rulebook" to guide member countries in the practical execution of the pact, which seeks to brake global warming by curbing fossil fuel em ... more
Bonn (AFP) May 9, 2017
Climate: US hesitates as talks frustrated
Washington (AFP) May 11, 2017
US cities, states mobilize against climate change without Trump
Washington (AFP) May 9, 2017
Trump delays decision on Paris climate deal
Deep-diving technology finds little filter feeder has giant carbon cycling impact
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
Deep-diving Technology Finds Little Filter Feeder Has Giant Carbon Cycling Impact: Using a novel deep-sea technology, scientists have measured for the first time how a species of zooplankton called giant larvaceans contributes to the transfer of atmospheric carbon to the deep ocean. Data from the instrument DeepPIV revealed that giant larvaceans filter carbon particles at higher rates than any o ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) May 02, 2017
Shunned by microbes, organic carbon can resist breakdown in underground environments
La Jolla, CA (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
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Austal opens new office in Australian contract bid
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Australian shipbuilder Austal has opened a new office to support its bid for a contract to build offshore patrol vessels for the Royal Australian Navy. The design and project management office, located in Adelaide, South Australia, marks a major company expansion in one of two major Australian shipbuilding hubs. "As a key stakeholder in the delivery of the Australian government's ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Nimitz-class carrier USS Ronald Reagan begins sea trials
Washington (UPI) May 5, 2017
DCNS to modernize three French navy frigates
Washington (UPI) May 5, 2017
New America-class amphibious assault ship launched early
Russia to Rearm Strategic Missile Forces With 5th-Generation Arms by 2027
Moscow (Sputnik) May 08, 2017
Russia will have upgraded its Strategic Missile Forces with 5th-generation devices by 2027. All missile divisions of Russia's Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) will be rearmed with 5th-generation ballistic missile systems by 2027, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday. "The development and adoption of a new missile system with a heavy missile, as well as new systems with missiles of a lig ... more
Washington (AFP) May 3, 2017
US tests intercontinental ballistic missile
Seoul (AFP) May 9, 2017
South Koreans vote in historic election
Tehran (AFP) May 6, 2017
Iran army criticises Rouhani's missile comments
Turkey to play role in Raqa fight: Mattis
Copenhagen (AFP) May 9, 2017
The United States and Turkey will work together as operations continue to retake the Islamic State group's Syria bastion of Raqa, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said Tuesday. His remarks come weeks after Turkey launched air strikes against a key US-backed Kurdish militia ground force, drawing an angry response from Washington. "Our intent is to work with the Turks, alongside one another to ... more
Copenhagen (AFP) May 9, 2017
Anti-IS coalition meets in Denmark to assess campaign
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) May 4, 2017
Boko Haram's Shekau rejects air strike injury claims
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) May 3, 2017
Boko Haram leader Shekau 'injured in air strike'
NASA Completes Balloon Technology Test Flight
Palestine TX (SPX) May 11, 2017
NASA completed its third mid-latitude Super Pressure Balloon (SPB) flight at 11:24 p.m. EDT, Saturday, May 6, after 12 days, 4 hours and 34 minutes aloft. Flight controllers at NASA's Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas, conducted a controlled flight termination of the balloon, which slowly descended back to Earth impacting in the South Pacific Ocean about 200 miles south of ... more
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Rolls-Royce to provide logistical, engineering support for the KC-130J
Moscow (Sputnik) May 10, 2017
Russian engineers develop new surveillance, missile defense airships
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Leonardo partners with Britain for new aircraft decoy system
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Marine Le Pen: far-right firebrand who has shaken up French politics
Paris (AFP) May 7, 2017
Marine Le Pen took her crushing defeat in France's presidential election with trademark combativeness, saying her "historic" score confirmed her party's status as France's "biggest opposition force". The 48-year-old anti-EU and anti-immigration "candidate of the people" scored between 33.9 and 35 percent of the vote, projections showed - double her father Jean-Marie Le Pen's score in the 20 ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 10, 2017
New fiber-based sensor could quickly detect structural problems in bridges and dams
Beijing (AFP) May 6, 2017
20 sentenced to prison for deadly 2015 China landslide
Oxford UK (SPX) May 08, 2017
Affluent countries contribute less to wildlife conservation than the rest of the world
Chefs, robotics engineers, sailboat racers team up to tackle lionfish problem
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Lionfish populations are rapidly expanding along the East Coast of the United States and in the Caribbean, decimating native species and depleting the ecological diversity surrounding already vulnerable coral reefs. A variety of groups are working on curbing the spread of the invasive species, but a pair of conservation teams are taking a unique problem-solving approach - an approach t ... more
Washington (AFP) May 9, 2017
Amazon's new Alexa speaker has a screen too
Minneapolis MN (SPX) May 11, 2017
3-D-printed 'bionic skin' could give robots the sense of touch
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) May 04, 2017
Computers learn to understand humans better by modelling them


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