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May 29, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Why nuclear could become the next 'fossil' fuel



Homestead, United States (AFP) May 28, 2017
A gray dinosaur statue outside south Florida's largest power plant is meant to symbolize two decommissioned fossil fuel reactors, but it also could be seen to represent a nuclear industry crumpling under mounting costs. Almost a decade ago, Turkey Point was aiming to become one of the country's largest nuclear plants. Florida Power and Light had argued that such expansion was needed to maintain diverse energy sources and to supply Florida's booming population for years to come, while touting nuc ... read more

TECH SPACE
Atomic structure of irradiated materials is more akin to liquid than glass
Washington DC (SPX) May 28, 2017
Materials exposed to neutron radiation tend to experience significant damage, leading to the containment challenges involved in immobilizing nuclear waste or nuclear plant confinements. At the nanos ... more
TECH SPACE
Collecting real-time data for material microstructural evolution during radiation exposure
Washington DC (SPX) May 26, 2017
It may be surprising to learn that much remains unknown about radiation's effects on materials. To find answers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers are developing techniques to ... more
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. ... 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
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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
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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
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


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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
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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



Discovery of an alga's 'dictionary of genes' could lead to advances in biofuels, medicine
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 26, 2017
Plant biologists and biochemists from UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco have produced a gold mine of data by sequencing the genome of a green alga called Chromochloris zofingiensis. Scientists have learned in the past decade that the tiny, single-celled organism could be used as a source of sustainable biofuel and that it produces a substance called astaxanthin, which may be useful fo ... more
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) May 22, 2017
A full life cycle assessment of second-generation biofuels
Madison WI (SPX) May 22, 2017
Triple play boosting value of renewable fuel could tip market in favor of biomass
Los Alamos NM (SPX) May 22, 2017
Insight into enzyme's 3-D structure could cut biofuel costs
Solar cells more efficient thanks to new material standing on edge
Lund, Sweden (SPX) May 26, 2017
Researchers from Lund University in Sweden and from Fudan University in China have successfully designed a new structural organization using the promising solar cell material perovskite. The study shows that solar cells increase in efficiency thanks to the material's ability to self-organise by standing on edge. The current research study deals with perovskite, a new and promising material ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) May 26, 2017
How to obtain highly crystalline organic-inorganic perovskite films for solar cells
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) May 26, 2017
Smart reform the key to unlock energy storage revolution
Pennsauken NJ (SPX) May 26, 2017
Keystone lowers energy costs with rooftop solar installation in New Jersey
U.S. states taking up wind energy mantle
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
Gains in wind power in the United States are coming up from the state level, with California among the leaders, an industry report found. A report from the sidelines of a wind energy conference in California from the American Wind Energy Association finds the sector supports more than 100,000 jobs in the country. The state hosting the event is one of the national leaders in wind energy ... more
Anaheim, CA (SPX) May 28, 2017
GE Energy Financial Services Surpasses $15 Billion in Renewable Energy Investments
Solomons MD (SPX) May 10, 2017
Scientists track porpoises to assess impact of offshore wind farms
The Hague (AFP) May 8, 2017
Dutch open 'world's largest offshore' 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
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Poland central to EU energy diversification strategy
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Myanmar recovery linked to development of electrical grid
Off-the-shelf, power-generating clothes are almost here
Amherst MA (SPX) May 28, 2017
A lightweight, comfortable jacket that can generate the power to light up a jogger at night may sound futuristic, but materials scientist Trisha Andrew at the University of Massachusetts Amherst could make one today. In a new paper this month, she and colleagues outline how they have invented a way to apply breathable, pliable, metal-free electrodes to fabric and off-the-shelf clothing so it fee ... more
Houston TX (SPX) May 24, 2017
Graphene-nanotube hybrid boosts lithium metal batteries
Dresden, Germany (SPX) May 26, 2017
New approach to revolutionize the production of molecular hydrogen
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 26, 2017
Stretching the limits of elastic conductors
Tough times for S.Africa town blighted by mine closure
Carletonville, South Africa (AFP) May 28, 2017
At the end of a narrow road stands the dilapidated husk of a golf clubhouse, now overrun with tall weeds and creepers. It stands as a reminder of better times for the once booming mining town of Blyvooruitzicht, an hour's drive southwest of Johannesburg. Joseph Rammusa, 53, was proud to have been the club's president - its last, because in 2013, the once-prosperous town suffered a drama ... more
Hobart, Australia (SPX) May 23, 2017
37 million bits of litter on remote islands
Beijing, China (SPX) May 19, 2017
Ozone and haze pollution weakens land carbon uptake in China
Surrey, UK (SPX) May 18, 2017
Cities need to 'green up' to reduce the impact of air pollution
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U.S. oil production centers shift away from hurricane belt
Washington (UPI) May 26, 2017
An above-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean could be problematic for the U.S. energy industry, but data show shifting production patterns may spare oil. Meteorologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center said this year's hurricane season in the Atlantic, which extends from June 1 through Nov. 30, is more than likely to be activ ... more
Washington (UPI) May 26, 2017
New oil production starts offshore Brazil
Washington (UPI) May 26, 2017
Russia's Gazprom in talks with Iran
Washington (UPI) May 26, 2017
OPEC, non-OPEC alliance not strong enough to limit North America
Preparations Continue Before Driving into 'Perseverance Valley'
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 26, 2017
Opportunity is at the top of Perseverance Valley on the rim of Endeavour crater. The plan before proceeding down the valley is to survey the valley from the top and to perform a walk-about survey above the spillway. On Sol 4733 (May 17, 2017), the robotic arm was used to point the Microscopic Imager (MI) up at the sky for some long overdue sky flat calibration images, and in support ... more
Hampton VA (SPX) May 28, 2017
Student-Made Mars Rover Concepts Lift Off
Rockford IL (VOA) May 29, 2017
Illinois Company Among Hundreds Supporting NASA Mission to Mars
Paris (ESA) May 25, 2017
Schiaparelli landing investigation completed
Weathering of rocks a poor regulator of global temperatures
Seattle WA (SPX) May 26, 2017
A new University of Washington study shows that the textbook understanding of global chemical weathering - in which rocks are dissolved, washed down rivers and eventually end up on the ocean floor to begin the process again - does not depend on Earth's temperature in the way that geologists had believed. The study, published May 22 in the open-access journal Nature Communications, looks at ... more
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) May 25, 2017
The forces that affect species' movements in a changing climate
New York NY (SPX) May 25, 2017
Fossil beetles suggest that LA climate has been relatively stable for 50,000 years
Taormina, Italy (AFP) May 26, 2017
Paris climate commitment 'crippling' to US growth: White House
Laser-induced graphene kills bacteria, resists biofouling
Houston TX (SPX) May 26, 2017
Scientists at Rice University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have discovered that laser-induced graphene (LIG) is a highly effective anti-fouling material and, when electrified, bacteria zapper. LIG is a spongy version of graphene, the single-atom layer of carbon atoms. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour developed it three years ago by burning partway through an inexpensive p ... more
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 26, 2017
BESSY 2 experiment shows 3D graphene properties are tuneable
Houston TX (SPX) May 18, 2017
Gas gives laser-induced graphene super properties
Madrid, Spain (SPX) May 18, 2017
Energy decay in graphene resonators
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Lockheed awarded contract for Trident II D5 navigation subsystem
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
Lockheed Martin Rotary and Missile Systems has received a $79.9 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense for technical and program management support services for the Trident II D5 Shipboard System Integration, or SSI, with the program focusing on the missile system's navigation subsystem. The contract covers navigation hardware, software design, installation and services fo ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 22, 2017
General Dynamics to support Columbia-class submarine development
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
Trump: North Korea 'will be solved'; As Kim touts key role
Taormina, Italy (AFP) May 26, 2017
US President Donald Trump promised Friday that North Korea "will be solved", as G7 powers opened a summit that will confront a series of missile tests by the nuclear-armed nation. Trump's tough talk came in a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, which along with South Korea is most immediately threatened by North Korean belligerence. But the isolated regime has also threatene ... more
Washington (UPI) May 26, 2017
Military leaders make case for $13.9B nuclear weapons budget
Washington (AFP) May 24, 2017
Trump calls N. Korea's Kim Jong-Un 'madman with nuclear weapons'
Seoul (AFP) May 29, 2017
North Korea fires missile in latest provocation
Egypt hits jihadists after attack on Christians kills 28
Minya, Egypt (AFP) May 26, 2017
Egypt launched six air strikes on jihadist camps in Libya Friday after masked gunmen attacked a bus of Coptic Christians south of the Egyptian capital, killing at least 28 people. Assailants in three pick-up trucks attacked the bus as it was heading for the Saint Samuel monastery in Minya province, more than 200 kilometres (120 miles) from Cairo, before fleeing, the interior ministry said. ... more
Brussels (AFP) May 24, 2017
NATO must 'step up' after Manchester attack: Stoltenberg
Manila (AFP) May 24, 2017
Duterte threatens martial law for all of Philippines
Iligan, Philippines (AFP) May 24, 2017
Islamist militants take Catholic hostages in Philippines: Church
Super Hornets to get infrared search and track system
Washington (UPI) May 26, 2017
Boeing has received an $89 million contract to incorporate the Block II Infrared Search and Track System, or IRST, in the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet, the Department of Defense announced on Thursday. The contract includes design and development, hardware procurement, technical reviews, risk reduction, and product support and engineering tasks. Work will be conducted in Orlando, Fla., ... more
Washington (UPI) May 23, 2017
Sikorksy awarded contract for King Stallion helicopters
Washington (UPI) May 23, 2017
Military, civilian aviation leaders meet over pilot shortage issues
Washington (UPI) May 24, 2017
Northrop Grumman receives E-2D contract
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Countries most affected by weather disasters do not spend more on weather services
Washington DC (SPX) May 25, 2017
Countries Most Affected by Weather Disasters Do Not Spend More on Weather Services: Countries hit hardest by weather-related disasters do not necessarily spend more on commercial weather and climate information services that assist in preparing for these events, a new study finds. Identifying countries for which this is true and improving the design and delivery of weather and climate serv ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) May 26, 2017
UN braces for up to 200,000 Iraqis to flee Mosul
Munich, Germany (SPX) May 28, 2017
Disaster risk management: Science helps save lives
Washington (AFP) May 26, 2017
Why civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria are increasing
AI wins as Google algorithm beats No. 1 Go player
Shanghai (AFP) May 23, 2017
Google's computer algorithm AlphaGo narrowly beat the world's top-ranked player in the ancient Chinese board game of Go on Tuesday, reaffirming the arrival of what its developers tout as a ground-breaking new form of artificial intelligence. AlphaGo took the first of a scheduled three games against brash 19-year-old Chinese world number one Ke Jie, who after the match annointed the programme ... more
Boston MA (SPX) May 25, 2017
Robots help shed light on how humans walk
Tampa FL (SPX) May 22, 2017
Lockheed Martin exoskeleton helps soldiers carry heavy gear
New Haven CT (SPX) May 19, 2017
Building a better 'bot': Artificial intelligence helps human groups


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