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May 31, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Three Mile Island nuclear plant to close in 2019



Washington (UPI) May 30, 2017
The Three Mile Island atomic power plant - site of the worst U.S. commercial nuclear accident in 1979 - will cease operations in 2019, owner Exelon Corp. announced Tuesday. The plant, based in Middletown, Pa., and about 90 miles west of Philadelphia, has lost $300 million over the past five years because of the decline in energy prices, Chicago-based Exelon said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The plant, which opened in 1974 and has one remaining reactor, will ... read more

TECH SPACE
Neutron lifetime measurements take new shape for in situ detection
Washington DC (SPX) May 31, 2017
All matter making up the stars, our planet and life upon it came into existence 13.8 billion years ago as a result of the Big Bang. A millisecond after the Big Bang occurred, neutrons and protons fo ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Nuclear spent fuel fire could force millions of people to relocate
Princeton NJ (SPX) May 30, 2017
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) relied on faulty analysis to justify its refusal to adopt a critical measure for protecting Americans from the occurrence of a catastrophic nuclear-waste ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
EU clears EDF takeover of Areva reactor business
Brussels (AFP) May 29, 2017
EU anti-trust regulators on Monday cleared the buyout of Areva's troubled state-owned nuclear reactor business by EDF, the electricity supplier also owned by the French state. ... more
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. ... more
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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
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


Japan restarts another reactor

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



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 31, 2017
A more energy-efficient catalytic process to produce olefins
Daegu, South Korea (SPX) May 30, 2017
New photocatalyst speeds up the conversion of carbon dioxide into chemical resources
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) May 30, 2017
Nagoya University researchers break down plastic waste
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
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Poland central to EU energy diversification strategy
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Myanmar recovery linked to development of electrical grid
Graphene-nanotube hybrid boosts lithium metal batteries
Houston TX (SPX) May 30, 2017
Rice University scientists have created a rechargeable lithium metal battery with three times the capacity of commercial lithium-ion batteries by resolving something that has long stumped researchers: the dendrite problem. The Rice battery stores lithium in a unique anode, a seamless hybrid of graphene and carbon nanotubes. The material first created at Rice in 2012 is essentially a three- ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) May 30, 2017
Printed, flexible and rechargeable battery can power wearable sensors
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) May 30, 2017
Nanoalloys 10 times as effective as pure platinum in fuel cells
Amherst MA (SPX) May 30, 2017
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Taiwan steel plant opens in Vietnam after fish deaths
Hanoi (AFP) May 29, 2017
A Taiwanese steel firm behind a toxic waste dump that killed tonnes of fish in Vietnam last year started operations on Monday, state media in Hanoi reported. The incident was one of the worst environmental disasters in Vietnam, decimating livelihoods along the central coast and sparking angry protests that continue today. The $11-billion Formosa steel plant in central Ha Tinh province w ... more
Carletonville, South Africa (AFP) May 28, 2017
Tough times for S.Africa town blighted by mine closure
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
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Israeli gas player Delek Group has strong first quarter
Washington (UPI) May 30, 2017
Riding on the success of gas reserves off the coast of Israel and from the acquisition of a rival, Israeli company Delek Group said it has global ambitions. The company reported earnings of $61.5 million during the first quarter, more than double what it posted last year. Working through its subsidiaries, the company holds a considerable interest in the offshore Tamar and Leviathan gas ... more
Washington (UPI) May 30, 2017
Iran could see new oil deals by July
Washington (UPI) May 30, 2017
Demand may be dragging oil prices lower Tuesday
Washington (UPI) May 30, 2017
Russia sees oil and gas cooperation potential with Saudi Arabia
Halos discovered on Mars widen time frame for potential life
Los Alamos NM (SPX) May 31, 2017
Lighter-toned bedrock that surrounds fractures and comprises high concentrations of silica--called "halos"--has been found in Gale crater on Mars, indicating that the planet had liquid water much longer than previously believed. The new finding is reported in a paper published this week in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. "The concentration of sili ... 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
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 26, 2017
Preparations Continue Before Driving into 'Perseverance Valley'
Hotspots show that vegetation alters climate by up to 30 percent
New York, NY (SPX) May 31, 2017
A new Columbia Engineering study, led by Pierre Gentine, associate professor of earth and environmental engineering, analyzes global satellite observations and shows that vegetation alters climate and weather patterns by as much as 30 percent. Using a new approach, the researchers found that feedbacks between the atmosphere and vegetation (terrestrial biosphere) can be quite strong, explaining u ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) May 30, 2017
As US weighs climate pullout, UN wants world to be more ambitious
Sussex UK (SPX) May 31, 2017
'Heat island' effect could double climate change costs for world's cities
Davis CA (SPX) May 31, 2017
Tiny shells indicate big changes to global carbon cycle
BESSY 2 experiment shows 3D graphene properties are tuneable
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 30, 2017
Carbon is a very versatile element. It not only forms diamonds, graphite, and coal, but can also take a planar form as a hexagonal matrix - graphene. This material, consisting of only a single atomic layer, possesses many extreme properties. It is highly conductive, optically transparent, and is mechanically flexible as well as able to withstand loads. Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov r ... more
Houston TX (SPX) May 26, 2017
Laser-induced graphene kills bacteria, resists biofouling
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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New Virginia-class submarine delivered to U.S. Navy
Washington (UPI) May 30, 2017
A new Virginia-class submarine, the USS Washington, has been delivered to the U.S. Navy. It will be the 14th submarine of the class to be deployed. It is the fourth of eight planned Block III variants of the Virginia-class to be built and the seventh of the class to be delivered. It was constructed at Newport News Shipyard by Huntington Ingalls Industries. Work on the ship had begun in ... more
Washington (UPI) May 30, 2017
Lockheed Martin receives Trident II contract
Washington (UPI) May 24, 2017
Raytheon awarded contract for mine detection system
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
Lockheed awarded contract for Trident II D5 navigation subsystem
US fears nuclear arms race in Asia-Pacific: Australia
Sydney (AFP) May 26, 2017
Senior Trump administration officials fear a nuclear arms race in Asia-Pacific if an increasingly belligerent North Korea is not reined in, Australia's foreign minister said Friday after talks in New York. Pyongyang has launched a series of missiles this year, including a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range projectile this month which the North claimed was capable of carrying a "heavy" nuclear war ... more
Taormina, Italy (AFP) May 26, 2017
Trump: North Korea 'will be solved'; As Kim touts key role
Seoul (AFP) May 30, 2017
S.Korea's Moon orders probe into undisclosed US missile launchers
Washington (UPI) May 26, 2017
Military leaders make case for $13.9B nuclear weapons budget
Philippines warns Islamist militants to surrender or die
Marawi, Philippines (AFP) May 30, 2017
Philippine authorities on Tuesday warned Islamist militants occupying parts of a southern city to surrender or die, as attack helicopters pounded the gunmen's strongholds where up to 2,000 residents were feared trapped. More than 100 people have been confirmed killed in the conflict, which began last week when gunmen waving black flags of the Islamic State (IS) group rampaged through the mos ... more
Marawi, Philippines (AFP) May 30, 2017
Philippines warns Islamist militants to surrender or die
Marawi, Philippines (AFP) May 30, 2017
Fear, confusion as Philippine Muslim city burns
Bangkok (AFP) May 30, 2017
UK journalist faces Thai jail for carrying protective gear to Iraq
BA flights disrupted for third day after IT crash
London (AFP) May 29, 2017
Passengers faced a third day of disruption at Heathrow on Monday as British Airways cancelled short-haul flights after a global computer crash that unions blamed on the outsourcing of IT services to India. The embattled airline said it was cancelling 17 short-haul flights from Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, but was aiming to operate a full long-haul schedule from the hub. It said it was ... more
Singapore (AFP) May 26, 2017
Singapore's BOC Aviation orders six Airbus jets worth $1.05 bn
Washington (UPI) May 23, 2017
Military, civilian aviation leaders meet over pilot shortage issues
Washington (UPI) May 18, 2017
Boeing proposes E-8C JSTAR replacement
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Disaster risk management: Science helps save lives
Munich, Germany (SPX) May 30, 2017
Natural and man-made disasters threaten millions of people every year and cause billions of property damage. How much do we know about them? And how can we use that knowledge to save lives and money? A recent report, compiled by the European Commission's Science and Knowledge Service (JRC), seeks to answer these and other questions and to help prepare for the time when disaster strikes. Th ... more
New Haven CT (SPX) May 30, 2017
Targeted conservation could protect more of Earth's biodiversity
Kinshasa, DR Congo (SPX) May 31, 2017
Study finds Congo's miners often resort to hunting wildlife for food
Princeton NJ (SPX) May 30, 2017
Nuclear spent fuel fire could force millions of people to relocate
Lockheed Martin exoskeleton helps soldiers carry heavy gear
Tampa FL (SPX) May 22, 2017
Their demanding missions often require soldiers to carry heavy equipment packs long distances over rough terrain, or up and down stairs and underground infrastructure in urban environments. Exhaustion and injury are frequently a consequence of these challenging operational scenarios. A new exoskeleton from Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) offers a solution. Using licensed DermoskeletonTM bionic ... more
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) May 31, 2017
CMU's interactive tool helps novices and experts make custom robots
Shanghai (AFP) May 27, 2017
Google's AlphaGo retires on top after humbling world No. 1
Taipei (AFP) May 30, 2017
Chess-playing robot star of Taiwan tech fair


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