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May 22, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Swiss vote for gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover



Geneva (AFP) May 21, 2017
The Swiss voted Sunday in favour of a massive overhaul of the country's energy system by gradually replacing the power from its ageing nuclear reactors with renewable sources. A full 58.2 percent of Swiss voters supported the shift, according to a final tally after Sunday's referendum, with only four of the country's 26 cantons voting "no". The move has been in the making since shortly after Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant was destroyed in the March 2011 tsunami disaster, when the Swiss governme ... read more

TECH SPACE
Luminous bacteria will help to measure radioactivity
Krasnoyarsk, Russia (SPX) May 23, 2017
During the research, the scientists were to answer the following questions which are currently considered to be important in the realm of radiobiology: What are the peculiarities of low-dose gamma r ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Hungary: AREVA NP awarded contract for safety IC modernization at Paks Nuclear Power Plant
Paris, France (SPX) May 22, 2017
AREVA NP will update the reactor protection system of the Paks nuclear power plant* 4 units together with its Hungarian consortium partner evopro systems engineering Kft. The scope of the cont ... 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
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. ... more
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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
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
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
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


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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
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



Triple play boosting value of renewable fuel could tip market in favor of biomass
Madison WI (SPX) May 22, 2017
Technologies for converting non-edible biomass into chemicals and fuels traditionally made from petroleum exist aplenty. But when it comes to attracting commercial interest, these technologies compete financially with a petroleum-based production pipeline that has been perfected over the course of decades. Winning that competition - or at least leveling the economic playing field - require ... more
Los Alamos NM (SPX) May 22, 2017
Insight into enzyme's 3-D structure could cut biofuel costs
University Park PA (SPX) May 19, 2017
Microbial fuel cell converts methane to electricity
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) May 22, 2017
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NRL Tests Autonomous 'Soaring with Solar' Concept
Washington DC (SPX) May 22, 2017
Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Vehicle Research Section and Photovoltaic Section are building on the proven concept of autonomous cooperative soaring of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Their research investigates the presence of solar photovoltaics (PV) to the cooperative autonomous soaring techniques, which enables long endurance flights of unmanned sailplanes that us ... more
Vilnius, Lithuania (SPX) May 22, 2017
EU SmartFlex project finishes reference solar facade
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) May 22, 2017
InnoEnergy-backed Solaris Offgrid raises 1M Euro to tackle global electricity poverty
New Bedford MA (SPX) May 18, 2017
Beaumont Solar Announces the Beaumont "Big C" Services Unit to Solar Industry
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
China further opens energy sector to private investment
Beijing (AFP) May 22, 2017
China said it will further open up its oil and gas sector to private investment as it seeks to overhaul an industry still dominated by a handful of state-run firms. The plan comes as China, the world's biggest energy guzzler, attempts to ramp up domestic oil and gas production to boost its supply of the vital resources. The country is heavily reliant on energy imports as domestic produ ... more
Sydney (AFP) May 11, 2017
Australia power grid leased to local-foreign consortium
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Poland central to EU energy diversification strategy
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Myanmar recovery linked to development of electrical grid
Advancing next-generation Stable, safe, smart, sustainable batteries
Beijing, China (SPX) May 22, 2017
Next-generation rechargeable batteries are promising candidates for state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries owing to their high energy density and preferred cost efficiency. For instance, Lithium-sulfur batteries, which are featured by their theoretically 10 times higher capacity and 5 times higher energy density, are reviving in both the academic and the industry. Shu Lei Chou and colleagues fro ... more
East Lansing MI (SPX) May 23, 2017
How scientists turned a flag into a loudspeaker
Kobe, Japan (SPX) May 22, 2017
Photocatalyst makes hydrogen production 10 times more efficient
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 23, 2017
Better cathode materials for lithium-sulphur-batteries
Ozone and haze pollution weakens land carbon uptake in China
Beijing, China (SPX) May 19, 2017
Toxic air pollution is a serious side effect of the rapid economic development in China. While it is widely recognized that air pollutants adversely affect human health and climate change, their impacts on the regional carbon balance are less well understood. Ozone reduces plant photosynthesis directly through stomatal uptake. Atmospheric aerosols often benefit plant photosynthesis through ... more
Hobart, Australia (SPX) May 23, 2017
37 million bits of litter on remote islands
Surrey, UK (SPX) May 18, 2017
Cities need to 'green up' to reduce the impact of air pollution
Hanoi (AFP) May 15, 2017
Vietnam arrests activist as MP resigns over mass fish deaths
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Wood Group to help with Russia's LNG efforts
Washington DC (UPI) May 22, 2017
Scottish energy services company Wood Group said Monday it secured a contract with Russia to help advance Far East liquefied natural gas development. Wood Group started action immediately on its five-year contract to help advance a liquefied natural gas project on Sakhalin Island in the Pacific Ocean. For Wood Group, it builds on a partnership for Sakhalin that reaches back to the late ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 22, 2017
Iran sees need for major offshore investments
Washington DC (UPI) May 22, 2017
Oil production starts for Vitol offshore Ghana
Washington DC (UPI) May 22, 2017
BP says its North Sea portfolio is on the rebound
HI-SEAS Mission V Mars simulation marks midway point
Honolulu HI (SPX) May 22, 2017
After four months of living in a Mars-like environment, the six HI-SEAS Mission V crewmembers have hit the halfway mark. They have learned to deal with challenges such as a 20-minute communications delay, gearing up in hazmat suits to explore the geologic features of the landing site and cooking with dehydrated food. "The midpoint is an interesting time in the mission," observed crewmember ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 19, 2017
Deciphering the fluid floorplan of a planet
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
Cape Town region declares drought disaster
Cape Town (AFP) May 22, 2017
South Africa's Western Cape region which includes Cape Town declared a drought disaster on Monday as the province battled its worst water shortages for 113 years. Boreholes will be drilled at hospitals in Cape Town, a popular international tourist destination, a mobile desalination plant will be tested and the natural aquifer at Table mountain will be tapped. Southern African nations are ... more
Cannes, France (AFP) May 22, 2017
Trump can't stop progress on climate, says Al Gore
Ottawa (AFP) May 18, 2017
Canada lays out plan for 2018 carbon tax and cap and trade
Bonn (AFP) May 19, 2017
Hopes for climate pact shift to diplomatic sphere
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
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Nagoy, Japan (SPX) May 14, 2017
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Vienna, Austria (SPX) May 16, 2017
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General Dynamics to support Columbia-class submarine development
Washington DC (UPI) May 22, 2017
General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp. has been awarded a $32.7 million contract for design support requirements for the Columbia-class submarine, which is expected to replace Ohio-class submarines in 2021. The contract includes technological development funding for vendors and shipbuilders, concept design, engineering, affordability studies, and prototype manufacturing and assembly. ... more
Washington (UPI) May 19, 2017
General Atomics receives Ford-class carrier contract
Washington (UPI) May 18, 2017
Lockheed Martin lays keel for USS St. Louis
Washington (UPI) May 18, 2017
Rolls-Royce engines for Korean frigates
Iran shrugs off Trump threats, missile tests to carry on
Tehran (AFP) May 22, 2017
Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani ridiculed US strategy in the Middle East, dismissing Donald Trump's summit with Arab leaders as "just a show" and insisting that missile tests will continue. "Our missiles are for our defence and for peace, they are not offensive. Know that while there is a technical need to conduct missile tests, we will do so and we will ask the permission o ... more
Seoul (AFP) May 22, 2017
North Korea declares medium-range missile ready for deployment
Beijing (AFP) May 18, 2017
China urges S.Korea to 'remove obstacles' to good ties
Tehran (AFP) May 18, 2017
US sticking by Iran nuclear deal is good news for Rouhani
Pentagon plans to 'annihilate' IS fighters
Washington (AFP) May 19, 2017
President Donald Trump has instructed the Pentagon to "annihilate" the Islamic State group in Syria in a bid to prevent escaped foreign fighters from returning home, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. The move to encircle then kill as many jihadists in place as possible - rather than letting them exit a city and targeting them as they flee - reflects an increased urgency to stop bat ... more
Brussels (AFP) May 17, 2017
NATO chiefs recommend joining anti-IS coaltion
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
Lockheed Martin receives F-35 cost-reduction contract
Washington DC (UPI) May 22, 2017
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Corp. has received a $137.8 million contract modification for cost-reduction programs for the initial low-rate production of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, the Department of Defense announced on May 19. The work will primarily be performed in Waco, Texas, El Segundo, Calif. and Warton, England, with other work being completed across the United St ... more
Shanghai (AFP) May 22, 2017
China, Russia launch long-haul challenge to Boeing, Airbus
Washington (UPI) May 19, 2017
Boeing considering further Super Hornet upgrades
Hong Kong (AFP) May 22, 2017
Cathay Pacific sacks 600 staff in major shakeup
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58,000 Haitians facing deportation get US extension
Washington (AFP) May 22, 2017
More than 58,000 Haitians who stayed in the United States with a special protected status since a catastrophic 2010 earthquake will be allowed to stay another six months, the Department of Homeland Security said Monday. The Haitians were facing orders to return home from July 23 if the department did not renew their so-called Temporary Protected Status, granted after a magnitude 7 earthquake ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) May 22, 2017
DR Congo, China most affected by displacements in 2016: report
Hong Kong (AFP) May 15, 2017
Hong Kong 'Snowden refugees' face deportation: lawyer
Washington (UPI) May 14, 2017
Healthcare bill inspires road rage: Tenn. woman tries to run Congressman off road
Virtual top hats allow swarming robots to fly in tight formation
Atlanta GA (SPX) May 18, 2017
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have created a team of free-flying robots that obeys the two rules of the air: don't collide or undercut each other. They've also built autonomous blimps that recognize hand gestures and detect faces. Both projects will be presented at the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) May 29 - June 3 in Singapore. In the fi ... more
Tampa FL (SPX) May 22, 2017
Lockheed Martin exoskeleton helps soldiers carry heavy gear
San Diego CA (SPX) May 23, 2017
3-D-printed, soft, four legged robot can walk on sand and stone
Washington (AFP) May 17, 2017
GE Appliances to get Google voice control option


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