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May 17, 2017
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Study analyzes foods for radioactive substances



Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 15, 2017
"Even though radiation emitting radioactive elements like uranium are only contained in small quantities in food, their chemical properties and radioactivity could pose a risk if they are ingested over a longer period in higher concentrations. "The actual risk is now being assessed within the scope of the cooperation with the BfS," explains BfR President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel. "In this way, the BfS and BfR will jointly obtain more data for risk assessment," Hensel adds. "Humans ca ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
South Africa to restart nuclear power plans
Johannesburg (AFP) May 13, 2017
South Africa will relaunch plans to build nuclear power plants by signing new agreements with several countries, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said Saturday. ... more
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. ... more
TECH SPACE
Space radiation reproduced in the lab for better, safer missions
Strathclyde UK (SPX) May 09, 2017
Man-made space radiation has been produced in research led by the University of Strathclyde, which could help to make space exploration safer, more reliable and more extensive. Researchers use ... 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
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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
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
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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


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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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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



Genome sequence of fuel-producing alga announced
College Station TX (SPX) May 15, 2017
The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A and M AgriLife Research. The report, in Genome Announcements, comes after almost seven years of research, according to Dr. Tim Devarenne, AgriLife Research biochemist and principal investigator in College Station. In addition to sequencing the genome, ... more
Lancaster, UK (SPX) May 11, 2017
New breakthrough makes it easier to turn old coffee waste into cleaner biofuels
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
Solar power not a favorite for New Zealand
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Solar power isn't the best option for New Zealand compared with other renewables, but the opportunity could emerge as costs decline, a minister said. An annual review of the New Zealand energy sector from the International Energy Agency described the country as a "success story" for its ability to advance on low-carbon options like hydro-electric power and geothermal energy, all without ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Atomic-scale study could pave the way for better, longer-lasting solar cells
London, UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign
Houghton MI (SPX) May 11, 2017
Installing solar to combat national security risks in the power grid
Scientists track porpoises to assess impact of offshore wind farms
Solomons MD (SPX) May 10, 2017
A new study by scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Cornell University and Duke University is the first in a series to understand how marine mammals like porpoises, whales, and dolphins may be impacted by the construction of wind farms off the coast of Maryland. The new research offers insight into previously unknown ... more
The Hague (AFP) May 8, 2017
Dutch open 'world's largest offshore' wind farm
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
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Poland central to EU energy diversification strategy
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Myanmar recovery linked to development of electrical grid
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
U.S. emissions generally lower last year
Laser pulses reveal the superconductors of the future
Trieste, Italy (SPX) May 15, 2017
Another step forward towards superconductivity at room temperature: an experiment at the cutting edge of condensed matter physics and materials science has revealed that the dream of more efficient energy usage can turn into reality. An international collaboration, led by the scientists of Italy's International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Universita Cattolica di Brescia ... more
Kent UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
Harnessing geometric frustration to tune batteries for greater power
Washington DC (UPI) May 15, 2017
Mini heat engine could power tomorrow's tiny machines
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
No batteries necessary, new medical implant derives energy from the human body
Vietnam arrests activist as MP resigns over mass fish deaths
Hanoi (AFP) May 15, 2017
Vietnam arrested another activist on Monday for organising protests over mass fish deaths caused by pollution from a steel plant, the same day a lawmaker resigned over the environmental scandal. Taiwanese steel firm Formosa was blamed for pollution last year which killed tonnes of fish, including rare species, and decimated livelihoods in coastal fishing communities in central Vietnam. T ... more
Miami (AFP) May 15, 2017
Plastic trash chokes remote South Pacific island
Antofagasta, Chile (AFP) May 15, 2017
Mining brings Chile city riches -- and fear of cancer
Paris (AFP) May 15, 2017
'Excess' car pollution killed 38,000 in 2015: study
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BHP Billiton: Growth potential apparent
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
Australian energy and mining giant BHP Billiton could see value increase by 50 percent under a variety of market scenarios, the company's CEO said Tuesday. The company in April dismissed a push by managers at hedge fund Elliot Associates and Elliot International, which hold minor shares in BHP Billiton, to split off its U.S. oil division in order to unlock tens of billions of U.S. dolla ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
U.S. gas prices stable despite market headwinds
Rome (AFP) May 16, 2017
Ancient olive trees make way for pipeline
Ottawa (AFP) May 16, 2017
Canada blocked climate change audit: official
Opportunity Reaches 'Perseverance Valley'
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 12, 2017
Opportunity has arrived at the top of "Perseverance Valley" on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The next step on Sol 4720 (May 4, 2017), was a short approach of 39 feet (12 meters) to the northern end of the "spillway" that overtops into Perseverance. From this vantage point, the rover has been engaged in multiple-sol collection of extensive Panoramic Camera (Pancam) panoramas all around the r ... more
Providence RI (SPX) May 12, 2017
Ancient Mars impacts created tornado-like winds that scoured surface
Washington DC (SPX) May 17, 2017
How hard did it rain on Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 16, 2017
Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Valley's Origin
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New scrutiny of poles as world braces for climate shifts: UN
Geneva (AFP) May 15, 2017
Scientists will intensify scrutiny of the polar regions as part of an international campaign to improve global weather predictions and minimise risks linked to rapid climate change, the UN said Monday. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said a full year would be dedicated to improving polar forecasting capacities in the Arctic and another year would be spent doing the same in Antarc ... more
Paris (AFP) May 17, 2017
The EU: What happened to climate's poster child; Canada blocks audit change
Atlanta GA (SPX) May 15, 2017
Rising temperatures threaten stability of Tibetan alpine grasslands
Fairbanks, United States (AFP) May 11, 2017
Tillerson: Trump will not rush US climate policy review
Beautiful, consistent carbon belts
Nagoy, Japan (SPX) May 14, 2017
Chemists have tried to synthesize carbon nanobelts for more than 60 years, but none have succeeded until now. A team at Nagoya University reported the first organic synthesis of a carbon nanobelt in Science. Carbon nanobelts are expected to serve as a useful template for building carbon nanotubes and open a new field of nanocarbon science. The new nanobelt, measuring 0.83 nanometer (nm) in ... more
Vienna, Austria (SPX) May 16, 2017
Chemically tailored graphene
Washington DC (SPX) May 16, 2017
Looking at light to explore superconductivity in boron-diamond films
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
Deep-diving technology finds little filter feeder has giant carbon cycling impact
Italian shipyard delivers new Torado submarine
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
The attack submarine Romeo Romel, the fourth being build for the Naval Armament Unit of the Italian navy, was delivered at Italian defense contractor Fincantieri's shipyard at Muggiano, the company announced on Thursday. The vessel is the last of four submarines being built in the U212A Todaro-class. The previous ship, Pietro Venuti, a twin of the Romeo Romel, was delivered in Ju ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Austal opens new office in Australian contract bid
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
N. Korea says 'new missile' can carry nuclear warhead
Seoul (AFP) May 15, 2017
North Korea Monday celebrated the launch of what appeared to be its longest-range ballistic missile yet tested in a bid to bring the US mainland within reach, saying it was capable of carrying a "heavy nuclear warhead". Leader Kim Jong-Un personally oversaw the test on Sunday, the official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said, and pictures by state media showed him gazing at the missile in ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
ICBM launch facility receives comprehensive maintenance
United Nations, United States (AFP) May 16, 2017
US would talk to N. Korea if missile, nuclear tests stop: Haley
Tehran (AFP) May 14, 2017
Iran's delayed gold rush disillusions voters
No US involvement in deal with IS fighters: Pentagon
Washington (AFP) May 12, 2017
The Pentagon said Friday it played no part in an unusual deal in which Islamic State jihadists were allowed to leave a key town in Syria - only for some of them to be killed anyway. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces had independently cut a deal with the jihadists that let a group of about 70 of them leave Tabqa, an important city by a dam near the IS stronghold of Raqa. But as soon ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) May 11, 2017
Dramatic terror drill ahead of China visit
Copenhagen (AFP) May 9, 2017
Turkey to play role in Raqa fight: Mattis
Copenhagen (AFP) May 9, 2017
Anti-IS coalition meets in Denmark to assess campaign
Service Academies Swarm Challenge Pushes the Boundaries of Autonomous Swarm Capabilities
Washington DC (SPX) May 12, 2017
They came, they flew, they wildly exceeded expectations. More than 40 Cadets and Midshipmen from the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy helped expand the capabilities of swarms of highly autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) last month in the Service Academies Swarm Challenge. In the skies over Camp Roberts, an Army National Guard post north ... more
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
Boeing receives Apache remanufacturing contract for UK
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
New ejection seat allows Air Force to lift F-35 pilot weight restriction
Palestine TX (SPX) May 11, 2017
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Healthcare bill inspires road rage: Tenn. woman tries to run Congressman off road
Washington (UPI) May 14, 2017
Outrage over the GOP's healthcare bill spilled out of a town hall event and onto the roads in Tennessee over the weekend. On Saturday, Wendi Wright, a 35-year-old woman from Obion County, followed a car carrying Congressman David Kustoff, R-Tenn., and his aide. When Kustoff's ride finally stopped, Wright got out of her car, screamed at the politician and attacked his vehicle, banging on ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) May 15, 2017
Hong Kong 'Snowden refugees' face deportation: lawyer
Washington DC (SPX) May 10, 2017
New fiber-based sensor could quickly detect structural problems in bridges and dams
Paris (AFP) May 7, 2017
Marine Le Pen: far-right firebrand who has shaken up French politics
Live interactions with robots increase their perceived human likeness
Washington DC (SPX) May 15, 2017
Most human interactions with robots come from behind a screen. Whether it's fiction or a real-life interaction, rarely are we put face to face with a robot. This poses a significant barrier when we look towards a future where robots will be part of our everyday lives. How do we break down this barrier? A recent study by researchers at the University of Koblenz-Landau, University of Wurzbur ... more
Minneapolis MN (SPX) May 11, 2017
3-D-printed 'bionic skin' could give robots the sense of touch
Paris (AFP) May 11, 2017
Robotic 'exoskeleton' prevents elderly falls: study
Washington (AFP) May 9, 2017
Amazon's new Alexa speaker has a screen too


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