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May 18, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
India to build 10 domestic nuclear power reactors



New Delhi (AFP) May 17, 2017
India on Wednesday said it will develop 10 domestically-built heavy water reactors to increase its nuclear power capacity, as it looks to ramp up clean energy generation. The federal cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the plan to built the pressurised heavy water reactors with a combined capacity of 7,000 megawatts, more than double the country's current atomic power generation of 6,780 megawatts. "A total of 7,000 MW capacity will be added. It will help produce clean ener ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Japan restarts another reactor
Tokyo (AFP) May 17, 2017
A Japanese utility on Wednesday switched on a nuclear reactor, the latest to come back in service despite deep public opposition in the aftermath of the Fukushima crisis. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Coatings for nuclear fuel preventing explosions in reactors, developed at TPU
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) May 18, 2017
Physicists from Tomsk Polytechnic University are creating protective titanium nitride-based coatings for shells of fuel elements (fuel rods) of nuclear reactors. Such shells can significantly reduce ... more
TECH SPACE
Revolutionary new sunscreen features melanin-mimicking nanoparticles
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have created a sunscreen that both mimics and enhances the skin's natural protective abilities. ... more
TECH SPACE
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 o ... more
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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
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


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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



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
Beaumont Solar Announces the Beaumont "Big C" Services Unit to Solar Industry
New Bedford MA (SPX) May 18, 2017
Beaumont Solar has announced their Beaumont "Big C" Services Unit. The rush to meet certain tax incentives and regulatory deadlines demands such a process that delivers on-time, on-budget performance. Additionally, state electrical board regulations requiring 1:1 or 3:2 electrician licensing ratios and the pressure to build to exacting standards with low cost yet high quality resources creates a ... more
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) May 18, 2017
A record year for Swedish leading solar energy technology provider Midsummer
London, UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Solar power not a favorite for New Zealand
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
Mini heat engine could power tomorrow's tiny machines
Washington DC (UPI) May 15, 2017
In the future, tiny thermal engines could power nanoscale machinery and quantum computers. Researchers demonstrated the potential of miniaturized heat engines using a theoretical model. "Heat engines are devices that turn thermal energy into a useful form known as 'work,'" Ahsan Nazir, a research fellow at the University of Manchester, said in a news release. "Besides being of immense p ... more
Champaign IL (SPX) May 15, 2017
Electroplating delivers high-energy, high-power batteries
Trieste, Italy (SPX) May 15, 2017
Laser pulses reveal the superconductors of the future
Chicago IL (SPX) May 15, 2017
Understanding of superconductor's 'normal' state may help solve longstanding puzzle
Cities need to 'green up' to reduce the impact of air pollution
Surrey, UK (SPX) May 18, 2017
The harmful impact of urban air pollution could be combated by strategically placing low hedges along roads in a built-up environment of cities instead of taller trees, a new study has found. The study, just published in the journal Atmospheric Environment, points out that low hedges reduce the impact of pollution from vehicles in cityscapes where there are large buildings close to roads, ... more
Hanoi (AFP) May 15, 2017
Vietnam arrests activist as MP resigns over mass fish deaths
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
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BP sees energy sector mixing, though oil still has a role
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
Though fossil fuels will continue to have a role in the global energy mix, a pillar of growth for BP is low-carbon opportunities, CEO Bob Dudley said Wednesday. The British energy company reported a first quarter profit of $1.5 billion, compared with a year-over-year loss of $583 million. BP is joining its industry peers in reporting a strong recovery in early 2017, after slogging throu ... more
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
Italy, Russia energy companies firm up partnerships
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
Israeli partners report earnings after first gas shipments to Jordan
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
AAA: 1M more people expected to travel for Memorial Day this year
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
India gets bonds to help tackle climate change
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
More than $40 million in bonds are available to help India, one of the world's leading economies, address challenges from climate change, a bank said. The Asian Development Bank said it raised $47 million in bonds due in February 2021 that will help drive capital toward climate change mitigation projects in India. "In today's markets, green bonds are an increasingly important sou ... more
Paris (AFP) May 17, 2017
The EU: What happened to climate's poster child; Canada blocks audit change
Luanda (AFP) May 17, 2017
Drought affects 1.4 million in Angola: UNICEF
Bonn (AFP) May 18, 2017
In climate talks, it's always been America first
Gas gives laser-induced graphene super properties
Houston TX (SPX) May 18, 2017
Rice University scientists who invented laser-induced graphene (LIG) for applications like supercapacitors have now figured out a way to make the spongy graphene either superhydrophobic or superhydrophilic. And it's a gas. Until recently, the Rice lab of James Tour made LIG only in open air, using a laser to burn part of the way through a flexible polyimide sheet to get interconnected flak ... more
Madrid, Spain (SPX) May 18, 2017
Energy decay in graphene resonators
Nagoy, Japan (SPX) May 14, 2017
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Vienna, Austria (SPX) May 16, 2017
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Australian naval shipbuilding getting $1B boost
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
The Australian government plans a nearly $965 million investment to develop infrastructure at the country's naval shipyards for the building of next-gen ships. The investment, announced by the Australian Department on Defense earlier this week as the Naval Shipbuilding Plan, is designed to end the boom-and-bust cycle that has afflicted the industry for many years. "We are embarki ... more
Sydney (AFP) May 16, 2017
Australia unveils massive new shipbuilding plan
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
Italian shipyard delivers new Torado submarine
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Austal opens new office in Australian contract bid
ICBM launch facility receives comprehensive maintenance
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
An ICBM launch facility has undergone its first comprehensive programmed depot maintenance since the facility's activation in 1962. The maintenance of the launch facility at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana consisted of a complete overhaul of parts to ensure equipment meets military standards and requirements. The work was conducted by the 583rd Missile Maintenance Squadron, w ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) May 16, 2017
US would talk to N. Korea if missile, nuclear tests stop: Haley
Tokyo (AFP) May 17, 2017
North Korea poses threat to China, Russia: US admiral
Seoul (AFP) May 16, 2017
N. Korea takes leap with missile test: analysts
NATO chiefs recommend joining anti-IS coaltion
Brussels (AFP) May 17, 2017
NATO's top brass on Wednesday said they believed the alliance should consider joining the anti-Islamic State coalition put together by Washington to fight jihadists in Syria and Iraq. The issue is top of the agenda at a NATO summit in Brussels next week, with US President Donald Trump pushing the allies to take on a greater role in combatting terrorism. General Petr Pavel, head of NATO's ... more
Washington (AFP) May 12, 2017
No US involvement in deal with IS fighters: Pentagon
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
Typhoon and Hawk jets delivered to Oman by BAE
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
The first models of the Eurofighter and Hawk trainer aircraft have been delivered to Oman in a formal ceremony. It was held by BAE Systems Air & Information division in the United Kingdom. A delegation of more than 100 invited guests witnessed the ceremony in Warton, Lancashire. One of the key attendees was Sayyid Badr bin Saud al Saudi, Minister Responsible for Defense Affairs for the ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
New ejection seat allows Air Force to lift F-35 pilot weight restriction
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
A-29 chosen for USAF assessment
Palestine TX (SPX) May 11, 2017
NASA Completes Balloon Technology Test Flight
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Hong Kong 'Snowden refugees' face deportation: lawyer
Hong Kong (AFP) May 15, 2017
A group of refugees who sheltered fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong are facing deportation after the city's authorities rejected their bid for protection, their lawyer said Monday. The impoverished Philippine and Sri Lankan refugees helped the former National Security Agency contractor evade authorities in 2013 by hiding him in their cramped homes after he initiated one of t ... more
Washington (UPI) May 14, 2017
Healthcare bill inspires road rage: Tenn. woman tries to run Congressman off road
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
GE Appliances to get Google voice control option
Washington (AFP) May 17, 2017
GE Appliances announced a deal with Google Wednesday enabling the US tech giant's voice control home hub to be used for cooking, cleaning and other functions. The deal enables GE's "Geneva" to communicate with the Google Assistant, so users can say: "Ok Google, ask Geneva Home to set the oven timer for 10 minutes." The announcement comes nearly a year after GE Appliances unveiled a simil ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 15, 2017
Live interactions with robots increase their perceived human likeness
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


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